The work that went into this cut is obvious. Dropping all of the silly, over the top comic book stuff in favor of a more grounded (if that's possible) hitman movie was a great choice. The removed scenes weren't noticed and the story played out almost exactly how I remembered it overall, so no complaints there!
On the note of Perkins I actually really appreciated her being removed from the movie because as interesting as she was she didn't add anything to the narrative one way or the other. I was happy with John knocking her out and moving on, and it was another chance for him to show compassion to his friends, which he did several times in the movie.
The only thing that may have been chopped a little too much was Marcus's death scene. It seemed for a second like he was escaping but then he just fell back on the floor. I had to rewind and look again to see that it was now Tarasov who shot him. Looking at the original I see that it was Perkins who did it, so I think you did what you could, but this is the only thing keeping you from a perfect 10.
Really lived up to the description of the edit. Spoilers below.
Used this as a rewatch along with the unedited John wick 2. I orignally preferred John Wick 2 over the original handily, but this edit has turned the tables on that. It feels and flows much more naturally and spaces out the action scenes well without feeling overwhelming. I didn't miss the flashbacks or side characters which were cut out. I felt the fight against Viggo at the end was much less campy and felt more gritty.
The scene of Marcus getting killed seemed a bit iffy, but I can't remember if that was the original or edited. Also I do wish the scene of Mr.s Perkins getting excommunicated was somehow kept in. Finally, I think the edit cut out the shot showing that the new dog he adopted was scheduled for euthanization in the closing scene which I think could have been left in as well.
Decided to watch this after seeing part 4. A trimmed down version of John wick to remind me what it was i was missing from the sequels. Had a good time. TM2YC Really nails the aim of the edit.
There are some advantages and downsides next to the original. It removes a bit of flavour from the original, but that in turn makes the movie a bitt more tasteful and sharp. The only thing I miss is “I’m thinking I’m back!”. That’s such a key moment for me in the original. No mind though.
I was most impressed by the removal of the neon titles that go through the movie. Looking at the way this was achieved. Wow!
Lastly, I’m glad that TM2YC did the colour version. I probably wouldn’t have watched the black and white.
Regarding AV quality and editing, this looks perfect. It flows seamlessly through the film.
The removal of Perkins subplot works, nothing is lost without it.
One of the best ideas was Avi's role being reduced; every scene about not being able to speak Russian was really annoying on the original.
The action is really tight now and the story flows a lot better. The pacing feels just right. Removing / editing the flashbacks also helps.
Now it's great action scene followed by great action scene.
Overall Comment: A true to form edit that removes the unnecessary banter in between breathing moments.
Audio/Video Quality: I quite enjoyed the visuals in noir but gained more satisfaction in color due to the difference in audio intensity. Actions should've been more clearer when a film is in noir to express the intensity and varying levels of expression, a few scenes drowned this out with the background music blaring, in color though, this was justified and snug quite perfectly.
Visual Editing: The in-between cuts were fantastic and the bullet-time scene in the Red Circle stood out magnificently!
Audio Editing: As with my comment above regarding the action/movement intensity.
Narrative: This is now the go-to cut for the original, the centrism on John was seamless, fast, and what can I say "point-blank".
Enjoyment: I love this cut, the overall quality astounds me in every turn, I don't even mind what we're cut anymore as they've now settled-in as padding to an otherwise great movie!