Rambo - A Warrior's Journey
The purpose of the edit is to tell the journey of US soldier John Rambo after he returns from the Vietnam war, starting of course with his run in with Sheriff Teasle in the “quiet” town of Hope, through a 26 year journey which ends with the civil war in Burma.
In no way do I intend this edit as any kind of "replacement" for the films as they stand. The hope would be simply that it's a fun alternative way to experience the Rambo story. So, put on your bandana, crack open a 6 pack or two and settle in for an action packed TV extravaganza.
Too Long a Soldier - music video
Dolby AC3 Stereo.
Software used: Adobe Premier Pro CS6, DVD Architect Pro 5.0, HC Encoder, Audacity, PgC Dmux, VirtualDub, Adobe Photoshop CS6
Overall this fanedit is another Last Survivor gem. A classic example of a fanedit remix, turning an action movie franchise into a mini-TV show. The first Movie-to-TV edit I’ve seen!
This is a hefty package, more than 10 hours of total content what with each Episode having a commentary. Brilliant man, brilliant. I listened to the first 2 and enjoyed them for the most part. They got a bit tedious but not unpleasantly. I may or may not ever listen to the rest, if I do I’ll edit my review.
The TV concept was hit and miss at times. I highly enjoyed the TV spots (slight bit more on those later) and the LS Network bumpers. But overall it felt a bit forced. That’s not the greatest way to explain it really. I mean with this type of fanedit you ARE forcing a round peg into a square hole, but I guess some of the edges were a little rough and the peg splintered a little.
The structure of the episodes were the biggest breakdowns in that regard. Was each disc supposed to be like a mini-season? Or like was this a “Summer Event” type of show? I know in the UK it’s common to do short 6 or so episode seasons. I think it could have worked better if each movie was broken up into three 25 minutes episodes. Or do a 40 minute pilot and the rest are 25 minutes. Who knows though if the episodic arcs would have been better that way.
Editing wise… holy hell LS puts a lot of attention to detail. Title sequences had me glued to the screen each time. Majority of the audio editing was seamless. Some edits bugged me but nothing major.
The added Chuck Norris as Delmar Berry scenes felt very unresolved. LS talked about this in the commentaries I listened to and I dig that it was mainly a fan service for himself and other Chuck fans. But it came across to me as a plot thread that was forgotten about. I may just be a moron with ADD and it could be brilliant to you.
I guess overall I’d say that the editor scored big on the finer details but the broad strokes were a little sloppy. If you’re a fan of Rambo and/or Last Survivor odds are you will enjoy this.
P.S. - TV Spots were fantastic, very fresh and full of energy. Oh how I wish we had made more. Highlights were Plan 2001 and Taxi Driver.
A/V quality – 10
Editing – 9 visual, 8 audio
Narrative – 7
Enjoyment – 8
Recommended drink: Sylvestor Stallone
A pure 80's romp of action goodness... in TV format.
This edit definitely captures the essence of the 80's television genre.
I really loved watching all of these in this format, it worked quite well and felt like an old 80's TV show, that I would of watched back when I was growing up..... in the 80's... lol.
Episode 1 & 2, where by far my favorites of this edit though, I loved the addition of Chuck and the MIA scenes. It really added to the episodes. I had wished some of this, (and not necessarily MIA again), in some form would of come back up in later episodes but unfortunately it did not.
You can hear a few places in the audio where the music was inserted but quite frankly its not distracting at all and probably only because I know these movies so well.
Definitely recommended if your a Rambo fan, and/or a fan of the 80's TV action shows.
Also loved the LS logo – and the use of the old 80's HBO theme. Hahaha.. nice touch.
I'd just like to say from the start that although I bought the Rambo boxset sometime ago I've yet to watch them and my memory of the Rambo movies is sketchy at best.
What Lone Survivor has achieved with this episodic series of Rambo is nothing short of genious. Condensing these films to bite size all out 80s action tv episodes seems the best way to rewatch these orginal classics. I watched these with a few friends some of which have been spoilt with modern CG action films and loose interest too quickly when watching original classics like Rambo that started it all but everyone found these very watchable with the right amount of action and cheesy one liners.
The editing is seemless and the attention to detail for each scene used to drive the plot forward seemed floid without leaving you thinking theres been any cuts and the LS Network intro and TV spots really gave it that "recorded on VHS" nostagic goodnes.
The only small thing that was noticed is the heavy use of the flashbacks in the early episodes with Chuck Noris. I think these might of benefited with a little bit more of a hazy blur style dream like filter to those scenes but still done the job well making you believe Noris was Rambos war buddy.
I cant rate each episode individually as each ones as good as the last but if I had to choose the high points for me was the Rambo 2 episodes. The stereo sound in every one is great although I could'nt help but listen in Pro Logic II mode which had really good back speaker action. I'd recommend watching these with contrast and brightness bumped up a bit to give it that washed out 80's TV vibe. Also well worth a listen to is the commentary tracks from Lone Survivor explaining what went into editing each one. He has also made two video diaries which is commented on in the commentary tracks but were not added to the discs extras also I think the episodes were titled which would of made a nice touch in the menu instead of episode 1, episode 2 ect.
Heres the links for Lone Survivors Rambo Video Diaries:
Video Diary #1: http://vimeo.com/59697809#at=0
Video Diary #2: http://vimeo.com/66009910
Complete nostalgic 80s cheesy joy from start to finish that leaves you wanting more, Great job Lone Survivour, Looking forward to seeing what other films you can Rad up 80's style and add to the LS Network.
I loved this edit so much that after I finished watching all 5+ hours of it, I went back and listened to another 5+ hours of Last Survivor talking about it. Simply put, this is one of the most professional, original and downright fun fanedits ever created. Everything from the title cards to the audio commentary has been carefully crafted by a true master. Highly recommend.
Audio/Video Quality: With the amount of cropping, colour correction and panning and scanning done to the original picture, I'm surprised this looks as good as it does. Well done.
Visual Editing: As above, Last Survivor has done a ton of work to make this look and feel like a TV series. It works incredibly well and the editor's hand is invisible. The only thing that jumped out at me was the aspect ratio of the Payback commercial seemed to be off.
Audio Editing: Listening to the commentary track, I was shocked by how much actual editing was done to create each episode. It's professional and seamless.
Narrative: Incredible. The story hooks you right in and doesn't let go. It's one of those "Oh, I'll just watch one more episode then I really should be off to bed" scenarios where before you know it, it's the middle of the night and you've just finished episode 8 and you're disappointed that there's no episode 9 to watch.
Enjoyment: It's effing awesome.
A unique and totally enjoyable idea. You have captured the 80's vibe perfectly! Another flawless victory.