Just Before Dawn: Ultimate Extended Composite

Just Before Dawn: Ultimate Extended Composite

 
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Just Before Dawn: Ultimate Extended Composite
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Original Release Date:
1980
Original Running Time:
91
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
100
Time Added:
9
Brief Synopsis:
To take all known footage and put it all together making one super length and hopefully truly uncut version of the film.
Intention:
To take all known footage and put it all together making one super length and hopefully truly uncut version of the film.
Additional Notes:
Just Before Dawn (directed by Jeff Leiberman) was always a favorite film of mine for the slasher genre. It is rare when you have decent actors, a well written story and the main characters NOT acting like complete moronic teenage imbeciles. This is one of the few things that has always put this film above the rest. In fact seeing some of the characters reactions of what does happen is very believable and realistic to what most of us would do if we were in their situation. The very atmospheric and eerie score by legendary Brad Fiedel sets the tone nicely and as previously mentioned the acting was performed rather well and makes the characters believable. This is one of the few times where you do hope everyone makes it just before dawn. If you want to see a good film for the slasher genre I strongly recommend this film to you, and no this is not like Friday the 13th. Some quotes from the imdb.com about the film: ”The sublime camera-work supplies the film with an at times unbearable tension level and Brad Fiedel’s chilling electronic score only adds to this effect. “Just Before Dawn” is a fine slice of early 80′s horror, as long as you don’t desire blood to drip from your TV-set.” ”Frightening and bizarrely compelling, This has some great photography of the Oregon wilderness, a creepy musical score, and some of the best shocks ever put into a horror/slasher film.”
Release Information
NTSC DVD-5
Special Features
Cover art
Cover art by Retro Horror Remix (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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June 21, 2011

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March 31, 2011

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October 16, 2009

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10.0

September 4, 2009

First thing I thought after watching this edit was, man, a lot of work was put into this. Only a true fan of this movie would spend the time putting all this footage back into the film. I’ll be honest and say that when I first saw this film in the theater back in the 80′s when it was released, I thought it was kinda dull. Low on gore and kind of slow. I enjoyed slasher films like THE BURNING, THE PROWLER and MY BLOODY VALENTINE. This one took a while to grow on me but it did. Recently when I heard there was a fan edit of this that made it the full uncut 100 minute version, I had to track it down. This fan edit IS director Liebermans original cut of the film reconstructed before the distributors cut his version down and it’s a joy to behold. The editing is flawless but it’s obvious when the UK footage shows up because it’s inferior to the footage from the Paragon tape. I’m glad the editor chose to use the fullscreen Paragon VHS with the rare UK version. If he was using the widescreen Shriek Show dvd in great quality with the UK footage, it would have been way too distracting and besides, the SS dvd is way overmatted. I’ll be honest and say that the extra footage does slow down the pacing and I’m still a fan of the lean 90 minute Paragon tape that cuts out a lot of the fat but it’s still a joy to see the film the way it was meant to be seen. When I first heard of the extended version, my first thought was, will there be more gore? If I had directed this film, I would have thrown in a beheading or two since the killers are walking around with machetes. I guess a gory slasher film is what Lieberman didn’t want. He wanted to settle for atmosphere and in this case, it worked. The music and slow pacing of this film does work and it creates a feeling of dread and tension. So my final thoughts on this fan edit is that the editor did a great job in restoring the film to it’s original “meant to be seen” version. Check it out.

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Overall rating 
 
7.0
Audio/Video Quality 
 
7.0
Narrative 
 
7.0
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7.0

July 30, 2009

I am an extended edition buff and have a big collection of original ones and all the fanedits from here.
Many extended editions do not add anything to the movie, just add more useless scenes. I will rate the ones here.
Rating criteria: image quality, sound quality, 3x improvement, overall.
Image Quality: 7 of 10
Sound Quality: 7 of 10
Improvement: 7 of 10
Overall: 7 of 10

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