Red Sun: Leone-ised
So with this FanEdit I hope to promote some interest in the original motion picture by doing a Leone style interpretation.
I have changed very little of the narrative of the original and large sections were left unaltered. What I have tried to do is give the movie a Leone-esk feel by presenting it in widescreen, so many shots have been re-framed to give a hint of the Leone style. I have also lengthened scenes slightly to increase the dramatic tension and tightened up some action.
Some sequences have had the original audio entirely removed and replaced with new sound effects and in some case new score. This was done to provide a more serious tone to some of the montage sequences.
One new scene has been especially created for this FanEdit using some three shots from Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West. Also I have created a new opening and end credits sequence. The ending is also slightly altered to present Link and Kuroda in a more heroic light.
I hope you will enjoy this FanEdit and that it might lead you to seek out the original.
- NTSC DVD-5
Most action sounds have been altered or replaced such as Gunshots, Punches, Slaps, Samurai Sword Sounds and Stabs (I have also used sounds from some of Sergio Leone’s favorite Westerns such as Shane, Warlock, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Johnny Guitar)
New ambient sound effects have been added
The opening credits have a new edited score by Masaru Satoh (Goyokin 1969) with added amplified action sounds
1. New: Opening Credits hopefully in the style of a Sergio Leone Western with Music by Masaru Satoh
2. New: Opening scene with Link (Charles Bronson) arriving at the train station with shots from Once Upon A Time In The West
3. Cut: The Sheriff from 2 scenes the train station and the confrontation scene between Link and Gauche (Alain Delon)
4. Cut: Some shots of the bandit attack on US cavalry unit to tighten the action
5. Cut: One shot of Gauche flinching when he takes the sword as a Samurai bodyguard steps forward
6. New: Extension of the scene where Kuroda (ToshirÃ� Mifune) asks Gauche for his name
7. New: Removed the Maurice Jarre score from the first montage as Kuroda and Link begin their quest and replaced it with amplified natural sound and new score
8. New: Extension of the scene where Link insults Kuroda in English
9. Cut: Some shots of the drunken bandits and tighten up the action, especially Kuroda’s second kill
10. New: Removed the Maurice Jarre score from the montage after Link shoots at Kuroda’s horse and replaced it with amplified natural sound and new score
11. New: Re-worked the dubbing of Cristina’s (Ursula Andress) yelps and yells when she is locked in her room as these were dubbed later and are out of sync
12. New: Extension of the confrontation between Link and Kuroda when Link steals Kuroda’s clothes in the freezing mountains (more SFX added)
13. Cut: The line by Link that clearly indicates he has feelings for Cristina before they save her from the Comanche
14. Cut: The ‘thank you’ line given by Kuroda during the Comanche skirmish
15. Cut: Link calling out Kuroda’s name before he is shot down by Gauche
16. New: End Credits
March 27, 2009 @ 12:40 pm
That said, Mollo’s edit is certainly more entertaining than the original. Unfortunately, the original is faulted (IMO) beyond any attempt to make it very good at all. It’s sad, really, because the premise of the film is quite cool and Mollo’s thought behind the edit (making it more like a Leone film) is an excellent one. And in the hands of someone more capable, like Leone, it could have been a really kick ass movie. Imagine Clint Eastwood and Mifune with Leone directing! And if any old Western could benefit from a remake ala ’3:10 to Yuma’, it is this one.
Mollo has improved it a bit with new sfx and some new score. His stated intention was to give it “a bit” of the Leone feel, and he has done so. But it’s really not enough to save the picture.
Mollo is a very good (and award winning, lest we forget!) editor. But even with competent fan editing certain films might never rise above a certain level. For me, this is the case here.
November 15, 2008 @ 11:43 pm
I bought the original DVD some time ago,but sadly it just ended as a faded memory in my ever growing pile of unwatched DVD`s.I remember the movie from a rental VHS-tape in my kid years,and I was left with an impression of having seen a western with really silly music score borderline making the movie feel like a comedic western.After hearing about this new fan edit with a more befitting western music score I felt the urge to see the movie again.
I must say that Im quite impressed with what Mollo did with this movie,the new music actually made it a more serious movie.And the new action sounds packs a serious punch.Whenever I feel like seeing this movie again I will forever watch this fan edit,my original DVD will never be used.Kudos!