Lifeforce: The Web Of Destiny Cut
I've always liked Lifeforce, not as "so bad it's good" but as a nice 80s update of a fifties style B-movie. But it's true that it had some awkward pacing in spots, and JSW's version does fix that perfectly. The edit does movie at a brisk pace, and is entertaining all along with never a good moment. If you listen closely, some bits do have slightly unnatural cuts in the music during the first third, but that's about as good as those cuts could be without completely clean separate channels. Nothing too distracting.
The only thing I miss is the complete opening credits theme, as Henry Mancini's score is amazing, but that was just the editor's personal preference, and the truncated version is well executed. Other than that, this would be my to-go cut of the movie.
Audio and video were fine, though before the one GB .mp4 version of the final cut I had watched an over 5 GB workprint that had much better video quality (obviously).
Recommended, particularly for nostalgics of 80s movies.
Overview - Overwritten, over-acted, overwrought. Lifeforce was the Swiss knife of Horror/SciFi/Apocalypse rolled into one howling package. That said, it has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, and I have watched it repeatedly in ever better formats. Dollar theater, VHS, Laserdisc, DVD. Sound and picture get better, story stays ridiculous. JetSetWilly puts the hammer down on pace, trimming superfluous dialogue, tightening the action.
Video - Technically excellent. Cuts are seamless. Lifeforce was always visually dark and all the blacks are solid.
Audio - Fine 2 channel stereo. I had a problem in one scene but JSW fixed that. Dialogue clear throughout.
Narrative - Ten minutes cut, and I had some concerns. Not to worry, most seemed like useless introductions, explaining who was who. Viewers will figure roles out in minutes. Otherwise, the narrative is tighter than the original and the story doesn’t mess around. A thriller that touches a lot of bases.
Enjoyment - Heck yeah! Nudity, zombies, spaceships, gun battles, Fallada's death-talk jive mumbo jumbo, Mathilda May in her absolute prime, cool Henry Mancini score, a movie that reeks of 80s excess. Sex, mayhem, superstition, science. Don't even get me started on Railsback.
What’s not to love?
A terrific edit of a B-picture that tried too hard and ended up absurd.
Thinking of Miss May, I say two tips up for JetSetWilly’s Lifeforce Web Of Destiny.
This is a fantastic edit of a cult classic by Jetsetwilly. Lifeforce was always one of those films which worked so much better in concept than in actual execution because of shoddy editing and dragging sequences in the original. Here the editor has cut away all excess material and given us a great film that presents the story as it always should have been: concise, graphic and interesting. Audio/visual work is top notch, no noticeable cuts or hiccups, and the narrative has been improved tremendously. If you're are a fan of space vampire invasion movies, you will be after watching this definitive cut by Jetsetwilly. Great work!