I rewatched the movie because I'm on the grindhouse bandwagon thanks to Gieferg.
The edit shows how sharp the line is between masterpiece & pulp. Directed by someone else and without Spielberg's amazing direction, the original film could have ended quite differently.
Great stuff - but some cuts (or missing reels) could have helped the narrative. It sometimes goes on too long and the pace is a bit slow. But everything else is just flawless - great editing, image manipulation and overall a great idea giving this masterpiece a grindhouse treatment.
'Jaws' was too scary for me but this Grindhouse masterpiece smooths off the cerrated edges of those teeth somewhat. Its the fan-edit U want to show someone who's been afraid of the water their whole life. Tell them they just need to put in some waterproof sports earbuds and even if the sharks are circling they will be bobbing away quite happily. With the right kind of groovy soundtrack playing of course. They will believe it seeing this.
Will be cool to see this remastered and upscaled and all that!!
By its very nature, very hard to rate the visuals + sound. Suffice to say it all works very well.
The added scenes + other films, all add to the experience.
The beach scene with the oriental lady was a work of genius.
Won't mention / spoil the ending, but adds to the experience.
In summary an immensely enjoyable experience.
Tremendously loopy fun all the way through. One of the great movies of all time, viewed through a funhouse (or, well, grindhouse, I guess) mirror. I won't spoil anything but the last five minutes are one of the greatest achievements in fan-editing I've ever seen -- a well-executed, hilarious and oddly poetic climax to a perfect ride.
Audio/Visual Quality: Always an odd one to rate for a grind house edit - picture was actually pretty good, considering the concept. I know that the picture and audio deteriorates during deleted scenes, but I believe this worked in favour of the edit and enhanced the experience. In fact, the only reason I give this a 9 instead of a 10 is due to the fact that at times I felt that the video quality was almost TOO good. IMO it wouldn't have been a bad idea to degrade the footage even more to match the quality of the deleted scenes.
Visual editing: Excellent. Jarring visual cuts are there on purpose and benefit the experience. Titles, SFX etc. are all wonderfully done.
Audio editing: Once again - the jarring edits work. The little jumps/repeats on certain lines are a nice touch as well as the odd added piece of dialogue.
Narrative: Well, it works, and I'm not complaining. There are redundant scenes, but then again - maybe that's part of the point? Pacing could have been better, and I wouldn't have minded some more extreme changes to some scenes, but all in all this is a beautifully degraded alternate version of the film.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this. I'm not a big fan of the original, but I do like it, and this was a fun alternate experience. I loved what was done with Quints tale, and the ending - I was expecting a grand explosion (which wouldn't have gone amiss), but what followed instead was nothing short of brilliant. DVD was nicely put together as well. Lovely stuff.