I LOVE this edit!!! I hated this movie originally but I've started to come around to it thanks to Agent 9. The color correction is the first thing you'll notice, there is actually color now! The movie is paced better, avoids questionable Superman behavior (Wrecking that big rig) and Pa Kent's suicide via tornado. This is the fanedit that got me into fanedits. I can't find any faults in this.
Impressive work all around. The color grading and rescoring were very successful to me in lightening the tone of the film and bringing back some old feels. It was overall very well executed. I'll start with visuals and visual editing. The color work was very impressive. I think the interior when he is surrendering is a touch blue but that's a minor niggle. All the exterior shots looks significantly better and the suit looked wonderful. I like the cuts, I don't feel like we lost anything. The flashback use was great and sets up the end well. I thought the placement of the flashback when he is surrounded against the fence could have been elsewhere, though. Where it was it sort of slowed the momentum going on and we went from flashback to pseudodream. If it had been placed before he surrenders I think it would have had a nice thematic echo with him eating his pride for the good of humans. The colors were really good. All of the cuts to the finale made the focus go to the characters with Zod disregarding human life. Definitely much better than thinking about random people probably dying during a climax. The opening credits were awesome, I really think they captured the tone of the edit. For the audio, this was the centerpiece of the edit to me. For a minute, I felt a little disconnect with the very modern look of the film and the music but it quickly hooked me. I really enjoyed it throughout and the music was edited to the screen action superbly. Some musical highlights: The music swells on "beyond your reach!", when Zod is taking off for Phantom Zone, when Zod first comes to Earth and Clark is looking up at the sky, when Lois gives the 'I told you so' look while Perry gives the 'you were right' look when Zod speaks to the world, the way it matched up with the tanks loading before Superman surrenders (great time for flashback IMO), the soaring music as Clark takes Lois's hand, "I don't care what you tell him" from the Colonel, over the sweeping shot as Zod turns to first speak to Superman, Superman rejecting Zod's plan, the timing of the main theme with his takeoff to return to Earth, when Superman attacks Zod from the side, the way the music comes down as she says "you're weak, son of El," great drums when Superman stares down military troops, then the quick hit of the theme when the Colonel says they're not enemies, the somber come down after the neck break. It only really didn't work for me when it sounded too upbeat in the immediate run-up to the neck break and the main theme was maybe used once or twice too often.
This made the movie 100 times more enjoyable. i got goosebumps from the opening credits sequence and every time i heard a john williams score. made every scene more enjoyable and made it feel so much more authentic. the retouch to the color made it seem more like a superhero movie not the gloomy and dark dramatic attempt the original was aiming for. removing 80% of the opening sequence on krypton and some of the flashbacks and unnecessary scenes made it such a better watch.
the only thing that distracted me was, the bass seemed a bit overwhelming.
an amazing edit of this movie. thank you for doing this!!!
Agent 9, thanks for truly improving on a movie. I had to get used to the John Williams score and to the switch to Antarctica, but in the end it all worked and you took me on a great new experience with this movie.
The beginning titles look great old style Superman, but are a bit long to watch. I am getting used to short titles and jumping into action. End titles are nice until the rolling credits come, which are stuttering and bad quality. Your edit deserves better.
At 1:34:34 the music switches to victory, before it happens on the screen. It's just about 3 or 4 seconds early IMO.
Nevertheless I give you the well deserved 10 score for creating the best fanedit I have watched in years.
In this Version the Codex is the Command Key. It is no longer in Kal'El's blood.
Incredible great fascinating super astonishing holy crap work:
Because of the Removal of the music, an entirely new 5.1 Dolby Digital track had to be redesigned. Which will include new Sound FX, new Ambiance etc.. while some Sound FX have also been replaced in order to enhance them, especially Superman's takeoff's.
This was a real treat. The use of Williams' score worked wonders in making this a more thrilling, less dark and brooding adventure. I thought interspersing the childhood moments throughout the narrative worked wonders for the pace of the film and making their importance reverberate all the more clearly. The scenes extracted were only missed on retrospection, and cutting them had a positivie impact, I felt. This looked and sounded fantastic on my television at home, as well. Bravo, Agent 9.