Fantastic way of watching this film, it works very well. The base, Logan Noir, looks great, and the rescore was not just well chosen but also not overdone.
The first action scene could have done with a touch up to make them less ridiculous. Overall, cuts were well done, largely unnoticable.
Added vo was very cool, again well chosen.
Technically speaking, only noticed a couple things: the cut off at 36:05 was a little abrupt, and the audio cut at 1:44:19 is noticable. Otherwise, flawless editing, the fade outs on the rescore were particularly well done.
Logan was initially a movie I liked, and admired, but didn't love. I appreciated a lot of its storytelling choices in terms of suggesting a backstory for the movie's status quo, and the emotional core that was missing from most of the FoX-Men movies, but it also seemed like it was trying a bit too hard to earn its Hard-R rating, overdoing it on the profanity and gore in a way that didn't make it feel of a piece with those other movies in the series. Plus, like the fan-editor, I liked the trailer better than the movie in large part down to the Johnny Cash music.
Most of my problems are rectified here, and with a great deal of care given to the music, which is selected with incredible care and precision, with some of the lyrics almost seeming too on-the-nose, but given that this is a movie where a clawed guy battling with his inner demons *literally* fights an evil version of himself, I don't think that's really much of a problem. The black-and-white works wonders to keep the constant showers of blood-and-guts from becoming overwhelming (I might be the one Kill Bill fan who preferred the B&W cut of the Crazy 88 sequence, for what it's worth).
My only qualms are ones that are structural to the movie, namely a somewhat saggy middle act with a pointless stop-over at a farmhouse that seems to just exist to kill off a bunch of characters, but aside from that, this edit has fixed a number of problems I had with the original film, I just would have preferred to see the pacing itself tightened up. Definitely a "B" elevated to an "A-" in my books; an edit I'll assuredly be revisiting in any (fan-edit-heavy) rewatch of the X-Films.
One of the greatest superhero films becomes greater. The black-and-white palette, and the light tweaks, but most especially the new. well-chosen and effectively deployed country and folk soundtrack emphasised the noir feel, existential questions and the story of larger story of loss, sacrifice and redemption to powerful effect. Wonderful.
A very cool experiment! For me, though, the musical additions were just not enough to say this is an "improvement" on the film, but it definitely is a fun alternate way to watch!
Personally I love the original Noir movie as is, so I was interested in what this brought to the table. Overall the music worked, but sometimes there were pieces of music that felt a bit off in my opinion. Sometimes the lyrics tell a similar story to what is going on in the movie when they eventually start, but sometimes the intro beats seemed too "happy" for the moment. Also, the normal sound effects are removed in place of the music, and that felt a little jarring too sometimes.
Otherwise, technical edits were solid, I did not notice anything but the musical additions. Great work otherwise!
Finally got round to watching this Last night. Very nice. Got a soft spot for Cash, but also the other inclusions tended to fit very well and were very contextually used - Night of the Hunter is prominent here too, although including it's narration is still 50/50 for me.
I used to generally like the superhero genre to whatever degree, but I'm sick to bloody death of them now. Couldn't care less. But Logan stands out among them as a very independent piece of self aware film making. Just quality contexts and well considered, emotionally & intellectually valid dialogue ect. - In this edit the best stuff is honored and some exposition is minimized. The shots that were cut, helped to tighten things up and I did not miss them. The musical inclusions actually heightened it's already visceral qualities, as the songs chosen are very apt - sure there are a couple of musical cues that came in a little early, a little quiet, or hung on a tad too long maybe, but that's the fan editor in me - It's hard to just sit and be a punter sometimes. The timing of the new material is generally very good and is always well considered. Overall this edit felt seamless and the B&W grading was usually quite punchy which I like. I would recommend for sure.