Wow... this was great!
I've always been a fan of this genre and I have watched Ladyhawke a few times over the years but it's always left me feeling a little cold, never creating the emotional engagement a film like this needs. Well this amazing edit from MusicEd921 changes that, the film was greatly improved and I enjoyed it far more than I have ever done before. It would never have occurred to me that changing the score could make a film feel so different, but this edit really shows how much the score matters.
I must commend the editor on all the hard work that clearly went into this. MusicEd921 has clearly taken a lot of time to match the music to the beats of the film, as much as possible, and it works extremely well. Thank you!
Ladyhawke itself is not a movie I have a ton of nostalgia for and I can't say it impressed me that greatly as a film on this rewatch. That said, this version definitely works better than the original. The Eliot Goldenthal score works quite well with the vision here presented by Richard Donner. There are parts where personally I felt the score was too jaunty over the action, or borderline sappy over the drama, but honestly that's totally in-keeping with Donner's tone and vision. It matches his directorial style here well, where he never fully goes for gripping action or sweeping drama, but tries to create a childlike sense of joy and wonder that pervades the story.
This film is honestly probably best viewed by someone around 12 years old, so any parents out there might want to seek this out. Personally I want my fantasy bigger and bolder and probably more exploitative, but there is a niche for this. A/V editing is top notch, fitting perfectly into the film. A 5.1 mix would be the natural direction to take this sweeping score, but I can give it a pass. For those with nostalgia for this, it may scratch an itch; for those with no real memories, this would be the preferred way to watch.
Great movie. The thing that gets me is the synth music. So I greatly appreciated this. The rescore is incredibly beautiful. Nice job. Brilliant score for this film. It helped me appreciate certain moments way more. It add so much but is never overwhelming.