Naked Gun, The

 
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Naked Gun, The
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Surely you can be serious.
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Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1988
Original Running Time:
85 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
15 minutes
Brief Synopsis:
"I've heard police work is dangerous. It is."
Intention:
To strip all the humor out of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, and preserve the core plot. To turn one of my favorite comedies into a gritty noir thriller short.
Other Sources:
Naked Gun theatrical trailer
Special Thanks:
TMBTM
Release Information
NTSC DVD-5
Editing Details:
Nothing fancy. Just used the Region 1 NTSC DVD, converted the image to black and white, adjusted the contrast, and added film aging effects. Cropped it from 1.85:1 to 16:9. Converted the 5.1 mix to stereo. A few other little tweaks to help sell the concept.
The Naked Gun Short (Password: shirley)

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(Updated: June 28, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
8.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

Didn't care for this a whole lot, but aspects of it kept gnawing away in my mind, so I rewatched it.
Twice.

Subversive job of turning a comic film into a cheap B-flick cop show.
Deft use of jump cuts to minimize Nielsen's humor and shift his character to Joe Friday territory.
Presley also cast as more shadowy, mysterious.
I suspect Matrixgrindhouse could have taken her farther if he wanted.

Audio and video work was ugly, jarring, often amateurish.
Again, I suspect that was the point.

If it wasn't for time restrictions, this might have worked even better as a 30" television episode. Dragnet - 77 Sunset Strip - M Squad, something similar.
A prickly weed of a short, and all the better for it.

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Overall rating 
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.0
Visual Editing 
 
7.0
Audio Editing 
 
7.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

matrixgrindhouse takes a comical gem and modifies it to the best of his ability to make it a pulpish noir 'tec caper. The editing may appear choppy, but given the material that had to be trimmed there is little to fault him for, and at least the grindish mixture of transistions and jumps try to excuse all the hard trims as being a part of the overall experiance. I also admire the originality of the ending and the downbeat somber tone of the final moments. Overall a nifty concept and it works better than you may think.

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(Updated: February 06, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
7.6
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.0
Visual Editing 
 
6.0
Audio Editing 
 
6.0
Narrative 
 
8.0
Enjoyment 
 
8.0

This is a tough one. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't easy to watch. I don't really blame the editor for this. He took up a thankless task, trying to make Naked Gun unfunny. The problem of course is that so much gets cut out that there is an abundance of jarring edits. Grindhousing it kind of disguised this, but it still didn't feel right.

The edit is fun though. There are some laughs to be had from how much certain scenes need to cut down to get rid of jokes. As well I enjoyed the noir treatment. Good work on a tough job.

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(Updated: January 10, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
6.7
Audio/Video Quality 
 
6.0
Visual Editing 
 
6.0
Audio Editing 
 
6.0
Narrative 
 
7.0
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7.0

i found this edit rather amusing in that every time a funny line of dialogue or scene was about to happen we then have a rather sharp cut. i think it's impossible to make a serious version from the naked gun, even the best faneditors would struggle given the film knocks out a gag a minute. so for me by removing the gags it makes for another amusing police squad episode.

there are a lot of quick cuts throughout the edit and i did notice some half second clips in there that should have been removed. the black and white suits the film but i didn't feel as if i was watching an old 40's or 50's movie. the audio scratch effect i guess is needed to remove any humour i'm not sure what else could have been used in it's place.

overall as a fan of both naked gun and police squad i enjoyed this and say it's definitely worth 15mins of your time

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Overall rating 
 
6.4
Audio/Video Quality 
 
7.0
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7.0
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6.0
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7.0
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6.0

- I could have done with out the excessive grain and lines and scratches etc., but it wasn't too distracting, just my opinion
- I realize this edit must have been tricky since the editor had to cut out the comedy and jokes but some of the dialogue felt a little abrupt – like because it had to be cut together, it didn't have natural pauses, it felt a bit too quick, if that makes any sense. The audio editing other than that was fine, nothing jarring other than what was mentioned. Also, I guess it fits the style of what matrixgrindhouse was going for but at the same time giving it the old-feel effects to the video and audio to patch over most of the cuts seemed kind of lazy for lack of a better word. No offense intended to matrixgrindhouse but I think using the grindhouse effects a bit more sparingly would have been better (“a little goes a long way” as they say)
- This was a really ambitious idea but it didn't really work for me, a non-grindhoused version with more straight forward editing might have been more appealing to me (I can't speak for anyone else).

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