Miami Vice 1: Vendetta

 
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Tagline:
Flashy cars, neon glitz, pastel suits... Welcome to the 80's...
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
194
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
144
Time Cut:
50
Brief Synopsis:
Miami Beach, 1984. Colombian drug kingpin Calderone is ruthlessly seizing territory, eliminating all competitors in a series of violent murders. Miami Vice Detective Sonny Crockett is assigned to take down the drug lord but is faced with double-crosses, assassination and incompetence at every turn. Enter Ricardo Tubbs, a stranger from New York who has a personal vendetta against Calderone. Crockett and Tubbs are forced into an unlikely alliance that will take them from the sandy shores of Miami to the clear waters of the Bahamas in a hunt for Calderone, full of danger, death and pastel suits.
Intention:
Miami Vice is without a doubt the best TV show from the 80's. Full of fast cars, flashy lights, pastel suits, great music and bad dialogue, it embodied everything that was right (and wrong) during that decadent era. I wanted to create a film version of one of the best story arcs from the best season of Vice-- a movie that captured the spirit of the show and everything that made it great. Recolored, regraded, and with reamped audio, this edit is for fans and newcomers alike, faithful to the tone and story of the show, all told in the span of little over 2 hours.
Additional Notes:
The edit is sourced from the DVD version of Miami Vice, as there is no Blu-Ray release as of October 2014. As such the image is in 4:3 ratio and SD. Unlike the other Miami Vice edits (Score and Redemption), Vendetta has a larger file size because of the additional grading and audio enhancement that was needed. The episodes used to make this edit were "Pilot/Brother's Keeper", "The Hit List", and "Calderone's Return".
Special Thanks:
maxgremlin for his great feedback, Studioeighty for the original poster design
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Editing Details:
DVDs of Miami Vice Season 1, Adobe Premiere Pro
Cuts and Additions:
Cuts from "Pilot":
-shortened Tubbs' introduction in NY. He is not revealed to be a cop yet.
-cut Crockett going to see his ex-partner's girlfriend
-cut Crockett's lines about being a football player
-removed Crockett's romantic scenes with Gloria
-cut coffee shop scene between Tubbs/Crockett and Martin Ferrerro
-cut Tubbs going through Crockett's record collection
-removed all commercial breaks
-various small cuts and trims for pacing

Cuts from Hitlist/Calderone's Return p1:
-added '6 months later' title card
-cut credits/ courthouse scene
-cut Tubbs finding the Argentinian's passport
-cut most of Crockett's pillow talk with wife
-shortened and reordered hospital scene to take place after the beach safehouse scene
-cut the bar fight and cheesy Zwitek/Zito moments in the bar
-removed all commercial breaks
-various small cuts and trims for pacing

Cuts from Calderone's Return p2:
-cut exchange between Tubbs and the temporary C.O.
-cut credits and shortened their arrival in the Bahamas
-cut all scenes with the corrupt police chief on the island
-shortened all scenes with the hotel manager
-reordered dialogue after car chase
-cut Crockett/Tubbs preparing for the Junkanoo festival
-added Tubbs shooting Calderone with shotgun
-altered closing montage during end credits to include Crockett
-removed all commercial breaks
-various small cuts and trims for pacing
Cover art by ranger613 (DOWNLOAD HERE) image

[Trailer]

User reviews

3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.4
Audio/Video Quality 
 
6.7  (3)
Visual Editing 
 
9.3  (3)
Audio Editing 
 
9.3  (3)
Narrative 
 
8.7  (3)
Enjoyment 
 
8.3  (3)
Overall rating 
 
7.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
7.0

Quickie -
I never watched this show. Not really sure why, maybe headed off to college and thought I was too cool for it. But I know it was popular, and suppose I can see why. Thanks for putting together a condensed format by which I can finally check it out. As usual, I'm not the best source for reviewing audio visual quality because I don't have a high-end system, but as usual the editing of both seemed clean. The narrative made sense and I enjoyed it, partly just to be transported back to the height of my teenage years. The jacket over T-shirt thing will always be classic.

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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
8.2
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6.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
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8.0
Enjoyment 
 
8.0

I've watched a handful of episodes of Miami Vice, but was never a big fan. This fanedit is a pretty damn good introduction for newcomers, and I'm sure MV fans would get a kick out of it.

A/V Quality - I understand that the show isn't available on Blu-Ray, only through "sub-par" DVD, the quality is quite bad. There's a lot of pixelation and compression artifacts, especially in the pilot episode. And I really don't understand why it's a 9 GB MP4. The editor says it's that big because of the "additional grading and audio enhancement that was needed" but I have no clue what he means. Honestly this would have been better as a nice 4 GB DVD5.

Editing - Superb work!

Narrative - Nicely executed overall. It can't help but feel like two long episodes stitched together, but the story flows nicely.

Enjoyment - I dug watching this (despite the quality issues) and will most likely check out Ranger's next installments.

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Overall rating 
 
9.2
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6.0
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9.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
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9.0
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10.0

I'm a child of the 80's so I LOVE Miami Vice. And there is a part of me that considers the show sacrosanct. The show captivated me in my youth. So when ranger613 made a fanedit of the pilot episode and the two part "Return of Cauldron" episodes, I was more than a little curious.

I've always found the idea of turning tv episodes into movies kind of tricky. The tv episodes have a different dramatic structure generally speaking than a 3 act film.

But ranger613 paired down the episodes masterfully. Somethings he cut out surprised me initially, but upon reflection the overall narrative was tightened and streamlined. If I had seen this fanedit without having seen the original episodes, I wouldn't have noticed the cuts at all. The addition of new video montages with the era appropriate music is also a welcome addition. Ranger613 even fixed (finally) a continuity error in the original material that has always bothered me.
The image might seem sub par but I believe that is just a reflection of 30 year old source material that still hasn't gotten the Blu-Ray treatment yet. (Who knows why.)

Whether you're a Vice fan or not, Vendetta is definetly worth a look.

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