I know this movie gets a bad rap in terms of narrative, but I've always liked it. The cinematography is gorgeous and Tom Cruise, well he's Tom Cruise at the top of his game here. Beezo's edit tightens up the pace and eliminates some light dialogue that otherwise doesn't directly effect the plot. I've probably watched this edit 3 or 4 times and it's usually the one I go when I watch this movie. There are little lines from the theatrical version that I miss (the stuff where Jack talks to Bob), but there's not really a moment where you feel something is lost when watching the edit. Beezo's edit makes for an enjoyable experience that is on equal footing with the source material, though I wouldn't necessarily say it's a replacement of the source.
Audio/Video Quality: 10/10
It looks and sounds the part that it should for the resolution and file size.
Visual Editing: 10/10
Again, I don't notice anything out of place and don't see any obvious editing choices. Another round of great work!
Audio Editing 10/10
I don't notice anything out of place and don't hear obvious editing choices. Great work!
I do miss a few inconsequential elements (dialogue and Tech 52), but nothing that makes me turn off the edit and go back to the theatrical when watching. The changes in no way create narrative conflicts so I'll only take one nitpicking point off for the Tech 52 ;)
Two subjective points taken off because I do like some of the omitted elements. A solid 8 for great editing and a slightly faster way to watch Oblivion. This edit is a showcase example of clean cuts and great execution of edits. Great work Beezo! Sorry it took so long for me to write a review.
Overview - After some long forgotten war, earthlings have relocated to Saturn. OK premise, excellent production values, but the script is thin, weakening the movie overall.
Video - 1920 X 1080p AVC. Fabulous looking print. Excellent editing throughout. Most of his work goes right under my radar, which is best. Most of the time, I had no idea I was looking at an edit. I kept going, “What’d he change? I don’t see nuthin’!” All the trims and tightening were unobtrusive, which is for the best in a fix, as opposed to a makeover or reinvention. First class.
Audio - 448 kbps AC3. 5.1 surround. No subs. Beezo has provided an excellent audio commentary track, which I actually enjoyed as much as the movie. Primarily because it informed me of all the work he had done with this edit. For aspiring editors, this is invaluable.
Narrative - Stripped of all voiceover, this demands more viewer concentration. The mystery element is pronounced here.
Enjoyment - I’m not a big fan of this film, though I enjoyed it more than Cruise’s subsequent “Edge Of Tomorrow.”
So I have two gold standards for judging fan-edits:
1. Does this edit improve the film, replacing it on your shelf (or at least provide an equally-good alternative take)?
2. Is this a good movie, worth having "on the shelf"; in other words: re-watchable?
While I think the answer for this edit to #1 is "yes", it makes many improvements to the film, the answer to #2 is "no", it's still not a very good movie.
I wrote my thoughts on the film in detail here: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/oblivion-2013/ but essentially the movie is just a minefield of plotholes. While this version does streamline the story and draw attention away from some of the problems, it doesn't actually FIX the story. There is still more cutting that could be done. Though honestly this might work best simply as a short, lots of music, little dialogue. (The director is mostly known for music videos.) Scrap the story, which doesn't add up anyway, and focus on mood and visuals. That would probably be the way I'd enjoy this most, though credit to Beezo for trying.
I have not seen the original version of this film. Since I had little interest in seeing the movie in cinemas, I thought it would be interesting to see Oblivion as a fanedit before seeing the theatrical cut. The AV quality seems flawless, and only one or two cuts are noticeable (placement of characters from shot to shot in one or two scenes). The narrative was mostly easy to follow, I found the first half of the film to be intriguing, exciting, and enjoyable. After a certain point, the film seems to draw inspiration from (or flat out copy) other sci-fi concepts from previous films (i.e. 2001, Moon, Independence Day).
That being said, those issues are with the film itself, and not the edit. I enjoyed the ambiguity of some scenes (and the overall tone of the film), and I really appreciated the lack of any sort of 'beat-you-over-the-head" VO that explains everything flat to the audience (apparently there was one in the original, based on the reviews here). A bit too much may have been cut concerning some dialogue: I did find myself having to skip back a few times to catch an important line that I missed.
The pacing of the film was great, the run time was a bit too long, and each scene flowed together really well. I think if I watch the edit again, I'll get more out of it, so I'll keep it for future use. Nice work!