It's not my Preferred edit, of The Matrix, I also feel like it didn't really work that well, but I downloaded it and I watched it all the way through because it's mentioned that it concludes the whole story with Neo flying up past the camera, as in the ending of The Matrix 1. That was enough to get me to watch as I feel that Revolutions originally is depressing as hell. The main people I care about is Neo and Trinity, and I didn't watch a whole trilogy just to see them die, and see an underground civilization which didn't seem all that interesting except that they knew how to dance and fly machines (and that's about it), live. Still, I don't feel this edit worked all that well with the integration of the few scenes that are added from the sequels but it's worth watching because it ends the story on a positive note, similar to The Matrix Hacked editions.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyApril 05, 2014
Thanks for watching and reviewing my edit. Different people always experience things than others. Narrative choices are personal things and therefore reception is also personal as well, for some my narration will work, for others it won't. That's life and I accept it.
But what I can't understand: What caused you to downgrade my edit in the visual editing- and audio editing-departments? A huge injustice, if you ask me.
It has been over 5 years since I last watched a Matrix movie. I have seen the first one maybe 3 times and the sequels only once. So I was quite fresh when watching this edit.
I too was disappointed by the sequels, but liked the first one a lot, so the premise of this edit seemed very intriguing.
Audio and video editing and quality were overall very good. I knocked a point off from the editing as there were a few "too fast" scene changes - The most noticeable being the first cut to Zion command centre.
Story wise - I did like how NewSpock tried to fit the events that happened insinde the matrix in Matrix 1 to the events that happened outside it during the whole trilogy. Unfortunately it fell a little short. There was something missing... I felt that the added content was too limited, in most places creating more gaps then removing them. Some added things and scenes would have needed more explaining and screen time. Some of the scenes felt a little out of place too - you could notice it's added there. Also the ending did not fit with the added content. I would hope NewSpock will make an "extended" version of this with more content from the sequels and fleshing out more the attack to Zion and Neo's final victory and its effects.
Still, as this edit is mostly Matrix 1, it managed to deliver the same kind of enjoyment I remeber Matrix 1 did for me (and made me watch a fanedit of the sequels to completely see what happened).
I understand the other reviewer's disappointment regarding this not being a true "reimagining" of the franchise, and to a point, I agree. However, at least in my opinion, NewSpock managed to weave in a few pieces here and there which put the events of the original film into a larger context.
The edit is perfect from an Audio/Visual standpoint, and the edits are really well done. Like the others, I wanted more from the sequels, but I was also happy with what I got. :)
What we need now is an Extended Edition of this Fan Edit.
First off I should say that I love M1 but I despise M2&M3 almost entirely on many levels so a FanFix of this sort is always alluring, and the following review contains SPOILERS!!!! (You have been warned).
Technically the edit is near faultless, with a full HD presentation and seamless edits. However a word of warning, the listing of this edit might be a little misleading as it suggests it's a complete 'reimagining' seamlessly blending M1, M2 and M3 (I'm sure being misleading wasn't NewSpock's intention).
Actually it's more like a slightly 'extended edition' of M1 as only approximately 12 minutes of M2&M3 are used (Leaving a colossal 4.5hrs on the cutting room floor) and M1 is essentially unaltered. So if you re-adjust your expectations and if you are simply after a new version of the superb 1st film that goes a little bit deeper, then you're gonna love this.
The 12 minutes used show a glimpse of an impending attack on Zion. First we get an opening scene of Morpheus talking about Neo (From M2) which brilliantly reset the film in my mind as the story of Morpheus' faith, rather than the story of Neo's search for purpose. The next thing we see (About a third in I think?) is Morpheus giving his cave speech, which is now about him declaring his faith, when it originally seemed like horribly mis-judged and triumphalist (Since he originally delivered it after he had been proved right).
Then we see little or nothing of Zion until we abruptly cut to what is going on during one of the final fight scenes. The editing wasn't abrupt you understand, it was just a shock to suddenly cut away to new footage after watching a seemingly unaltered cut of M1 for the last hour. After this the battle for Zion and Neo awakening are beautifully intercut as one narrative leading up to the same ending as M1.
The listing also states "the matrix story is completely told in one movie" which it clearly isn't. All we see is one attack on Zion, we still have no idea how the war concludes, what happens to the humans, what happens to the Matrix, what happens to the machines, what happens between Neo and Trinity etc etc etc. This edit still ends with Neo issuing the machines a threat via voicemail about what he may or may not do next. But we do get the stakes raised in the finale as Neo, Trinity and Morpheus are now not just fighting for their lives they're also fighting for Zion.
NewSpock came up with an inspired idea with this edit. But I'm looking forward to an editor taking his concept and really running with it. Rapidly intercutting an hour or two of M1&M2 footage in, to give us a flavour of some of the people that live in Zion, how the story really ended and delivering a much more involved and richer experience.
In short, I'd highly recommend this edit and it will probably be forever replacing the Theatrical Cut of M1 for me. But it still leaves the problem of this story never concluding in a satisfactory way.
A WORD ON MY SCORES
I've scored these on potential...
Narrative 7 (A disapointment after reading the concept. On it's own merits it's a 10/10)
Enjoyment 6 (Again I was deflated. But a 10/10 for the best ever version of M1)