Se7en: The Sinful CutFeatured
- Director's Commentary on Deleted Scenes
- Colour Comparison on Deleted Scenes
- Unused Alternate Scenes and Ending (with commentary by David Fincher)
The two unused scenes, "Tracey Wakes from a Light Sleep" and the alternate ending were unused for the same reasons that Adabisi had left them out. I was originally gonna include them for completionist sake, but I cut them in and realised they didn't need to be there. The Tracey scene was deleted because its a slow exterior shot of the apartment that slows the pace and the theatrical cut has a better scene transition of her waking up, looking for Sumerset and Mills, and then cut to them and what they're doing. This just adds a long pull out shot that puts a wedge between that transition. The alternate ending wasn't too alternate enough to use as it basically just had some different coverage and shots used in editing as the helicopter shots hadn't been filmed yet. There was a small bit of Sumerset checking the delivery driver's licence and registration that I was gonna cut in, but the drop down to SD wasn't worth it for this small bit of dialogue.
- Extended car ride in from the gluttony murder
- Removed Sumerset's cab ride (as it was now used in the opening) and replaced it with a homeless man asking for change before Somerset enters the library
- Extended scene of Tracey and Somerset talking before dinner, as he explains what the tile represents
- Extended sequence prior to the raid on Victor's place (Sloth) at the police station and the car ride in
- Extended scene at the Pride murder with some extra gore
I was really excited for this edit because the almost identical one I made over a decade ago would be great with an HD upgrade. I was glad to see Bobson Dugnutt took the reigns and I'd love to recommend this as a replacement for my original edit, but there are some serious technical issues with this edit that prevent me from doing so.
First, the edit looks great is HD and is a big improvement over the SD edit. Overall, this edit looks much better. But an issue arises when the deleted scenes are inserted. There's an obvious, but acceptable, ,drop in quality as the deleted scenes are in SD. But, as another reviewer mentioned, there are some serious technical issues with the frame rates. There obvious ghosting and jagged lines in all the inserted scenes that also extends into the original scenes. This really should have been addressed before it was released.
The second issue is with the audio. The editor has released this with a 5.1 surround mix, but it's really just an extended stereo mix. In a proper 5.1 mix, dialogue should be isolated to the centre channel while other sounds should occupy the front and rear channels. But on this mix, dialogue can be heard through all 5 channels, including rears. The impact of the proper 5.1 mix is completely lost with this edit. Again, this is something that should have been addressed before it was released.
As it stands now, I can't recommend this edit. If the editor was to go back and correct the technical issues, I'd be happy to recommend this as a replacement to my dusty old SE7EN Extended Edition.
A great upgrade from the SE7EN Extended Edition released years ago.
A pitch-perfect crime thriller made even more perfect by the addition of very well-integrated deleted scenes that complement the narrative beautifully. Excellent work.
Solid integration of deleted scenes. The crossfades were a nice touch. Although, I don't see much benefit to the deleted scenes, and feel that they just mess up the pacing a bit and, unfortunately, takes you out of the movie a bit due to the lower quality. I know this is the highest quality source available, but still think it's fair to mention.
Another thing I noticed was framerate issues: I don't know if this is an issue with the source, or export, but some scenes are of a noticeable lower framerate. Listed timecodes below:
However, this is still a cool edit to check out, and certainly not a bad idea/decision to make it. I'll personally be sticking to the original on a rewatch, but I'd recommend this edit to anyone who was a fan of the original!