Miami Vice: The Spence Edit

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Original Release Date:
2006
Original Running Time:
139
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Fanedit Running Time:
115
Time Cut:
24
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Brief Synopsis:
24 minutes cut from the film, the pacing is upped and the story is clearer. Less time is spent on subplots, but the important elements remain. Some music homages to the TV series have been added.
Intention:
This edit mainly focuses on upping the pacing of this movie, which I like very much. This is an action movie with very little action, so the slow pacing and spending too much time on the romance subplots really hurt the film. However, I don't think the solution is to remove those subplots entirely, as they're uniquely romantic and interesting. The best, most important parts remain, but everything movies at a far faster pace making for a brisk, tense film.
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Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Added FE warning.
- Added a credit for myself, and trying out a new logo card.
- Music in the boat race is replaced with a version of Crockett's theme. Some shots cut for time/pacing.
- Cut Sonny and Rico going to Alonzo's apartment and being told to turn around, they just go straight to the FBI meeting. A new establishing shot of Miami has been added.
- Removed Sonny repeating a line three times to Fujima.
- Cut Sonny staring out the window at Nicholas' condo.
- Cut the end of the scene with Nicholas, it now ends with "Why is this happening to me?" "Because you live a life of crime"
- Cut the scene of Yero checking out their credentials. It can be assumed he does that given they just discussed their fake identities with Trudy, and its stated multiple times throughout the film that he checked them out.
- Removed the shower/love scene between Trudy and Rico.
- Cut the end of the fake identities scene with Trudy.
- Cut some of Sonny and Rico's plane trip to meet Yero, and a bit of them walking through town to get to the meeting faster.
- cut some of the tough guy dialogue in the first Yero meeting.
- Cut the scene of Sonny and Rico clearing their hotel room.
- Cut some of the lead up to meeting Montoya.
- Cut the scene where they meet Trudy after she receives the flowers. it's more ominous if they don't get a chance to meet up. Removed dialogue referencing they are planning on meeting.
- The dancing scene in Cuba is trimmed down and moves straight into the love scene between Sonny and Isabella.
- The scene on the Cuba balcony is cut, and we go straight from Sonny waking up to the scene in the cafe.
- The shower/negotiation scene is cut, we go straight from the cafe to Sonny on his way back to Miami.
- The beginning of the scene in Montoya's house is cut, going straight to him reading the newspaper while Isabel approaches.
- Some of Sonny and Isabella's dialogue about her getting out of the business is cut for pacing.
- Sonny longingly looking at Isabel from the cargo boat is cut... generally a lot of Sonny looking longingly at things is cut.
- Some of the business with Trudy and the supremacists is cut for pacing. Also cut some of the team moving through the trailer park. Generally I cut to get the gang to her rescue quicker.
- Cut some of the business after the explosion. We now cut straight from Trudy on the ground to Trudy at the hospital.
- Some dialogue while the team waits at the hospital is cut for pacing.
- An instrumental version of In The Air Tonight plays over the team prepping to go to the final meeting with Yero.
- The aftermath of the shootout and Sonny taking Isabella to the safehouse is an amalgam of the director's cut, the theatrical cut, and my own instincts to make the scene flow better. Isabella now no longer tries to crash the car on the way there.
- A full version of In The Air Tonight plays over the end credits.
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5 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.3
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(5)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(5)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(5)
Narrative
 
9.8(5)
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8.6(5)
Overall rating
 
9.3
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0
Miami Vice is one of those films that has, by turns, been equally underrated and overrated. Overlooked by critics and audiences on release; called one of the greatest action films of all time by a select cult ever since its release. As ever, the best bits of Michael Mann movies are transcendently badass, but they're often dragged down by over-indulgent dialogue and romantic subplots that lead to severe pacing problems that prove alienating even as they're supposed to draw audiences into these troubled characters.

Spence wisely cuts and trims MV, whipping it into a taut, lean form that it should have been from the beginning and adding back just enough classic TV musical cues to scratch the 80s nostalgia itch that the original film purposely avoided. By leaving much of the characters' romantic moments on the cutting room floor, the audience is allowed to be collaborators and fill in the emotions based on the firey passion we do see, not the turgid backstories we're forced to endure. Spence's edit is the cut that deserves the cult adoration, it's a legitimately excellent film now, and I hope it circulates widely enough that Mann fans get to experience MIami Vice in its best possible version.
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(Updated: October 18, 2022)
Overall rating
 
9.5
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
Coming straight off the success of Collateral, I was really excited for Miami Vice. When it came out, however, I was less than impressed. Even though the signature Michael Mann visuals are present, great actors, and featuring a stunning backdrop of Miami and Cuba, Miami Vice never reached the same levels of Collateral or other Mann films in terms of storytelling.

The main problems with Miami Vice are that it is way too long, it lacks focus around the central plot, and really starts off without giving the audience time to develop an emotional relationship with the main characters. Fortunately, with the Spence Edit, some of those issues are resolved. Clocking in at 24 minutes shorter than the theatrical cut, this edit really trims the excess and keeps the story moving along. I would be hard pressed to tell you what was cut and where the changes were made. The narrative flows smoothly and there are no sudden cuts present. The edits, audio, musical cues are all seamlessly integrated.

All in all, I really enjoyed this edit and for me it definitely improved the overall enjoyment of the film. It is very well done and will definitely be the preferred way to watch when revisiting. Thanks!

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Yes
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Overall rating
 
9.5
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
The cuts made to scenes and subplots has greatly improved the pacing and enjoyment. While none of material cut was bad to begin with, it did not warrant the runtime and resulted in a slow moving action movie. Now Miami Vice has the focus it needs.

I loved the music choices as well and this has lent a feel much closer to the TV series than the theatrical version ever had.

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Overall rating
 
9.0
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10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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8.0
Tight. Taunt. Tense.

In other words, better than the original theatrical version.

Spence displays his master editing craftsmanship with cuts and rearrangements that are slick and seamless. The pacing is now slo-burn rather than glacial. The movie builds towards it's climax with deliberate purpose and greater impact. It actually now feels like a proper Michael Mann crime story.

However, it is impossible to watch this fan edit (or the original movie) and not compare it against the television series that it is based upon. As great as the casting of Fox and Farrell is on paper, onscreen they are vastly inferior to their tv counterparts in terms of chemistry and charisma for me. And while I know this is a "modernization", but when someone says MIAMI VICE to me, that translates as MTV COPS to my ear and sadly I find the film soundtrack to be lacking and unmemorable, which is a cardinal sin in my book lol. Cool synthwave/pop/rock is a key element of Miami Vice's DNA. Thankfully, Spence did include a version of Crockett's Theme and two versions of In The Air Tonight. I guess I just wish there might have been a couple more iconic music moments.

So while for me, this is not as good as the television show during it's high point, it is vastly superior to both the Theatrical and Director's Cuts. Spence has expertly transformed a misguided, meandering narrative into a gripping cop thriller.

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(Updated: June 17, 2022)
Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
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10.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
Huge Miami Vice fan here who did not like the movie and have held a grudge going on 17 years (holy cow!). I haven’t watched this movie in a couple of years, so after my viewing of it today, I can say that time has been kind to this movie and Spence helped elevate it even more. I couldn’t tell you what was cut (except for that weird shower sex scene) and I couldn’t hear a single audio blip. Spence has crafted an enjoyable ride with Crockett and Tubbs and it left me smiling when both versions of In the Air Tonight played.

Spence’s edit has helped make the movie feel like a modern take on Miami Vice without getting lost in its style due to somewhat of a lacking substance. My ONLY wish (and this is certainly NOT a strike against Spence) is that the edit used more Vice style music by incorporating some modern synth wave and maybe some of the original music somewhere.

If you’re a Miami Vice fan, you’ll immediately get hooked by Spence’s use of Crockett’s theme during the opening speed boat race!

Thanks Spence for finally bringing me around on liking this movie. Now, time to bust out my Vice DVD’s.
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