When I first saw Man of Steel, I hated it. I've seen it again since, and wasn't as annoyed by it, but I still had issues with the story and Zack Snyder's penchant for blowing up everything he possibly can for the sake of it. I also wasn't confident that simply rearranging the story would do very much, but man am I eating those words now.
I love this edit. Any problems I had with it were problems I already had with the original film, but most of those were fixed for me with this cut. The movie feels very natural now, and a lot more of the beats work for me this time around. Nice work.
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Owner's replyApril 21, 2014
Thanks heaps for your feedback. I also felt the over use of explosions was too much, and I did tone it down a bit by removing one collapsing building completely, and trimmed other shots in an attempt to keep Superman or Zod in the center of each frame where ever possible. Glad you enjoyed the rest of it though :)
I have to be honest with you, when I first saw Man of Steel on bluRay it took me two sittings. Not that the movie was bad but I guess my expectations were very high. After watching it a few times I finally enjoyed it.
Coming into this edit I was intrigued by the fact the movie would go in more of a chronological order. I finally watched this edit and it BLEW MY MIND! Unbelievable editing from beginning to end. I watched this all the way through and kept my interest throughout. I like the fact the Krypton scenes were flashbacks in telling the story to Clark. Which was brilliant. This is topnotch stuff here. This will replace my other Man of Steel as my go to copy.
Video Quality was excellent, Audio was great, all the editing was brilliant. Narrative and Enjoyment exceeded my expectations. Great work Avid 4D, I'll definitely need to take pointers from you in fan editing. Provo!
PS: The opening credits were outstanding and didn't bother me or felt awkward to me.
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Owner's replyMarch 08, 2014
Thanks mikedrew87... I'm happy to you enjoyed it and very appreciative of your review. I feel the content I had to work with was of an excellent standard which helped me, but I'm glad you valued the changes I made.
Splicing the studio credits with glimpses of Lara giving birth felt awkward. I would rather it be kept like the theatrical cut except with a gradual fade-out as Jor-El looks down on the baby. There's a few odd frames that's all black with lens glare before we see Clark in the classroom. The transitions could be smoother in the early half of the movie.
Story-wise, the linear editing to the narrative made it easier to connect with Clark and the Kents. It also made the Kryptonians mysterious and intriguing when their past is explained. Placing the Krypton scenes within Jor-El's exposition to Clark was a good decision because it was repetitive in the theatrical cut, however I would rather the transition be subtle rather than an artistic effect. The edits in the latter half of the movie were very well-done. They felt natural and kept the scenes focused. Cutting down awkward dialogue made the script much better.
Overall, this edit made me like the movie more than before. It cleaned up rough edges while keeping the story and the majority of the movie intact. Sometimes simpler is better. Since the story itself isn't very complex, the linear narrative improved the viewing experience.