Thank you once again. I didn’t remember the movie very well, so I watched your edit, and really enjoyed it. The movie seemed better than what I had seen a few years ago… Great pace, almost no cheesiness, and very few scenes with that annoying Prison Break girl.
The, I watched the unedited film, and I realized how great your fan edit was : the original cut was almost unwatchable. The intro was way too long, some scenes with Arnie were boring to death, and we were told way too much stuff about Gabriel Byrne’s character. Moreover, the coninuity of the movie was terrible (we often jumped from a scene to another). And damn, those scenes with the albino and the cat were absolutely terrible…
As a whole, I think it is now a good Arnie movie, whereas it used to be mediocre. I would just have removed 3 more things : the scene where Arnold cries, the ones with the pope, and the crowd shots in Times Square. Good job though, I can’t wait to watch your next fan edit !
Arnold Schwarzenegger was the king of action movies in the 80′s and, with a few exceptions like Kindergarten Cop and Junior, made movies I loved. All that ended after the release of True Lies (his last great movie, but flawed in its own right). After that, we got nothing but mediocre Arnie like Eraser, The 6th Day and this 1999 supernatural action outing. The less said about Collateral Damage, the better. This always seemed like a movie brimming with potential that was unfortunately let down by poor writing and lazy direction. And, at this point in Arnie’s career, he seemed more focused on getting into politics than making a decent film. Thankfully, as always, Uncanny Antman has come through for us and trimmed the fat. You don’t realize how much you hate something in a movie until it’s missing. Case in point, that annoying Albino. I didn’t even remember he was in the movie so his absence wasn’t even noticed. Then I watched the easter egg footage of the stuff that UA cut out and remembered how pointless he was. As is usually the case in UA’s edits, it’s the little details that matter. Stuff such as the devil pissing oil and healing his own wounds have been excised. These bits never really bothered me before because I never really took the time to think about them. Now that they’re gone though, the movie just seems to work better. The two biggest missteps in the film have also, thankfully, been axed. The ridiculous step mother vs. Arnie fight has been completely removed. This scene was awful beyond belief and, as UA pointed out, it didn’t make any sense. And, most importantly, Arnie’s sacrifice now means something. He no longer kills himself with mere seconds left to go. I mean, they both still had their clothes on. How could they possibly consumate the act in three seconds?! Despite UA’s modesty, he really has made this a much better film. It’s no classic by any means but it’s much, much more enjoyable now. This guy should be writing, directing and editing his own films, not fixing the mistakes of Hollywood hacks. But, then again, we need someone to make all these movies work.
I absolutely love this edit. I’ve watched the original flick, I can’t count the times. Arnold is a guilty pleasure of mine, much like Dolph Lungdren. I would have kept in the morning hangover cure drink scene, though I’m not sure where it would go seeing where you started the flick. And it wasn’t until I reread the edit notes that I noticed the albino character was missing, so much for watching this movie a lot, the character didn’t leave an impression on me. Moving the possession scene after the attempted assassination is brilliant, I always felt there was something wrong with the priest trying to kill Satan, as if a bullet could kill him indeed.