Walking Dead if any series needs fanedits as the show is a wreck with its moments nowadays. Now season 1 was solid but season 2 was quite bad. This fanedit makes the two seasons into a 3 hours' action packed movie that lacks a proper ending.
First I must mention the same as many others did before, there are a lot of continuation issues with characters disappearing without any explanations. Also some of the dialogue doesn't make any sense, especially towards the ending with the Shane stunt. That being said the edit is still a lot of fun as it takes a lot of jarring moments and annoying dialogue away. I watched it in 2 separate parts and I have to say that I wasn't bored at any moment, so the phasing was good.
Some mentioned that there was little character building in the fanedit. While it's true I think all the character building was always so bad in Walking Dead that I didn't mind.
Technically it was quite decently edited.. A few camera cuts felt a bit out of the place but nothing that major. The video quality is okay considering that the source material is heavily grained, something that I don't like at all.
In a nutshell: a bit confusing albeit fun ride from beginning to the end.
I wish someone would make the whole series into a grand fanedit with several parts. All the seasons after the 4th are a big mess but I think a good fanedit could make me want to re-watch the whole show.
Of the 3 Walking Dead edits currently available, this one is my favourite, although it is not without issues. The editor takes us on a wild ride through the first two seasons. The edit moves at breakneck speed and is a lot of fun. Just don't ask any questions about why certain characters said what they said or did what they did.
The title is a little strange. I get the reference to the classic movie, but this edit takes place over several weeks and doesn't really make sense. There are tons of little narrative issues throughout, an unfortunate effect of keeping the pace quick and chopping so much character development. That's another downfall - by keeping just the action and necessary plot points and chopping the character development, the audience ends up not getting invested in the fates of any of the characters. By the end of it, I didn't care whether anyone lived or died - everyone, even Rick, was expendable at that point. The ending isn't really an ending. We've survived the swarm at the farm and there's a far-away shot of.... some big institutional-type building. Having watched the show, we all know that this is the prison, but in the context of a stand-alone movie, it means nothing.
Having said all of that, this is certainly a fun ride and recommended for fans of the show. Just don't think about it too much.
The first season of Walking Dead was absolutely great but the second season suffered from slow pacing and soap opera-ish like dialogue and situations. This edit attempts to fix those issues and condense everything down into a single three hour epic version.
Overall this edit was a success, the editing was very nicely handled, there were some issues though. Since there was a large amount of material cut, things that were missing were much more noticeable when compared to other fan edits. Characters would just randomly disappear with no explanation, like all the characters who died in the CDC.
In addition, some people's behavior and motivations felt lacking. Shane's transformation felt much more gradual in the show because they had more time to flesh out his character but in this it seems like he goes from being Rick's best friend to wanting to kill him very quickly. The Sophia tragedy also felt more impactful in the show, again because they had more time to develop the anticipation.
My biggest complaint is near the end of the edit, Shane hit's his head against a tree and says that someone took his gun, someone that the whole group was looking for. It has been a while since I have watched season 2 and I actually forgot what was going on. During that part of the edit I became confused and had to pause the video and google a synopsis to understand what was going on. Because of this I had to deduct several points from the narrative.
There were also a few other instances with people limping or having bruises randomly which felt a little jarring because obviously something was missing but I understand that in an edit like this there will be several continuity issues.
Having said all that, I still enjoyed this edit quite a bit. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen the show before but it works very well as a season recap. Something that one may watch during a season break to refresh the events before a new season starts instead of watching the entire season over again. I didn't like season 2 that much at all and I would much rather watch this edit than ever go back and watch each episode of season 2 over again.
This is a great type of show to edit. There's a great premise, a lot of good plot and action - but even more garbage. I still watch Walking Dead when new seasons come out, but I'm always disappointed. This edit did a great job of providing the good stuff at a reasonable pace and cut out most of the bad. True Blood is another show that could benefit from this type of edit, where parts of it are really good, but its just impossible to suffer through all the bad to get to it.
There were a few things plotwise that didn't make sense because of scenes that were cut. Glenn getting called walker-bait didn't really make sense in this version where he doesn't get lowered into the well. There were a few other things like that I noticed while watching, but forget now. They did not significantly lower my enjoyment.
At 3 hours, this edit is very long, but there aren't really any slow spots so it doesn't feel overlong.