Seeing Red (Extended Edition)

Seeing Red (Extended Edition)

 
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Seeing Red (Extended Edition)
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Tagline:
Two unlikely friends and an ancient curse that will end in madness... Plus Tornadoes!
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Original Release Date:
2001
Original Running Time:
112
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
167
Time Added:
55
Brief Synopsis:
Lex Luthor and Clark Kent grow up as the best of friends, but then on the night of Lex Luthor's Wedding reception, all hell breaks loose. Due to the influence of The Blur's father, Jor-El, and the power of Red Kryptonite, Clark Kent turns to a life of Crime while Lex Luthor attempts to save his marriage as well as the Smallville ethanol plant from being closed by his father Lionel Luthor.

The Extended Edition includes an additional 55 minutes to the original Theatrical Cut from Smallville episodes Pilot, Tempest and Vortex.

Also included is the experimental cut known as the Super Sharknado Edition (55 minutes). This alternative version can be played from Disc 1 of the two disc DVD set.
Intention:
In my latest release of Seeing Red, I went back and re-trimmed an earlier cut of the movie that was more inclusive of the events in season one of Smallville. This edit is designed to give more fan service to the fans, including keeping the original color scheme from the show. There is more time on screen for Chole, Lex, and Lana. Additionally we learn more about Jor El and Clark’s relationship with Lex.
Additional Notes:
Main Feature Runtime: 167 Minutes
Super Sharknado Runtime: 55 Minutes
Audio: Stereo and Commentary Track
Footage for Seeing Red comes from the WB’s Smallville seasons 1, 2, and 3.

Also see "Seeing Red - Theatrical Cut"
Other Sources:
Additional Sources:

Superman Theme by John Williams
The Joshua Light Show by Liquid Loops
Ed's Amazing Liquid Light Show
Star Field by Derek Mosher
Space Travel HD by PROXYSX

Super Sharknado Edition uses footage from:

Fight Club, The Meaning of Life, Dr. Strangelove, Twister, Sharknado, and The Wall

And includes adtional music from:

Daft Punk, Busta Rhymes, and Jefferson Airplane
Special Thanks:
Dwight Fry, Bionicbob, Zarius, Neglify, and Kal-El for their input
And TV’s Frink for help with my spelling!
Release Information
NTSC DVD-5
Special Features
Extras:

Commentary Track
Super Sharknado Edition (55 minutes)
A message from Christopher Reeve
Legacy of Sin - Teaser and Trailer
Seeing Red – Teaser and Two Trailers
Super Sharknado Edition Trailer
Death Race 2000 NFS and Terminal 12 Trailers
Editing Details:
The goal was to treat this a an extended edition to the theatrical cut much in the same way as the LOTR series did.
Cuts and Additions:
The Extended Edition includes an additional 55 minutes to the original Theatrical Cut from Smallville episodes Pilot, Tempest and Vortex.

Also included is the experimental cut known as the Super Sharknado Edition (55 minutes). This alternative version can be played from Disc 1 of the two disc DVD set.

Super Sharknado Edition uses footage from:

Fight Club, The Meaning of Life, Dr. Strangelove, Twister, Sharknado, and The Wall

And includes adtional music from:

Daft Punk, Busta Rhymes, and Jefferson Airplane
Cover art by Ken Poirer (DOWNLOAD HERE) image

Trailer



Super Sharknado Edition Trailer

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5.9
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7.0  (1)
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5.0  (1)
(Updated: August 06, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
5.9
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7.0
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8.0
Audio Editing 
 
7.0
Narrative 
 
6.0
Enjoyment 
 
5.0

As many of the forum know, I a huge fan of all things Superman. Smallville in particular, even with all its ups and downs in quality over the years, is a passionate favourite of mine. So anytime someone attempts an edit of this beloved show, I always become very excited and curious. It is in my opinion a very difficult series to edit with it's serialized story lines and conflicting continuity. So anyone who bravely attempts to create a new narrative from this 10 season epic, I automatically take my hat off in respect.

I have not seen Ken's Theatrical Version of this edit, so I can not compare the two in terms of which is better or weaker. I can only comment of what I watched in this Extended Cut and make assumptions based upon his change list.

On the technical side, the video is inconsistent. Most of it is equal to the official dvd release, but there are sequences where this is a slight jitter to the video, as though the frame rate might be encoded wrong? There are also scenes with significant combing... especially the tornado rescue with Clark and Lana.. it is very jarring.

The audio editing is average to good. There are many instances where the transition audio on cut scenes should have been blended better (i.e.. the cut from the pilot with the Kents in the field to Jonathan looking for a truck) or where the audio should have been faded out smoother (i.e. the fade to black scenes in particular).

The edit is broken into two parts split over two dvds. It has a nice menu design, with some extras such as trailers and a "Sharknado" version of the edit.

While watching SEEING RED, I found the narrative had many negative issues. First off, the editor does not seem to be clear what type of narrative he is telling. Is it an origin movie or is it just an edit of a specific storyline (i.e. the red kryptonite saga)? It seems to be both and neither. It opens like an origin movie but then jumps 14 years to the middle/end of another unrelated story. Other than as an action piece, why keep the Dr. Walden stuff and Kawachi Caves? Also, why keep the scarecrow guy? Why introduce elements that will not be later addressed?

I do like the idea suggested by this edit that Clark and Lex grew up childhood friends. At least that is what I assume the way the material is presented. But then it does not explain Lex's suspicion of Clark or why he stole Martha's blood. Is Martha sick? There is no explanation for any of this. Which makes this edit now feel like a specific storyline adaptation. But then why start with Clark's arrival? Why not start with the engagement party?

The through line of this narrative should be the Red Kryponite ring and how it affects Clark. But even this key plot point is very unfocussed. Clark puts on the ring and it turns him bad. But in the next scene preparing for his prom, Clark is normal again. How did that happen? Then the story goes off on a completely unrelated tangent with the tornado and reporter.... why is Lana not at the prom. Why is the next time we see her she is crying in her truck? How come the Luthor mansion/Lex's office is destroyed in the storm but the next scene in perfect condition? Why does Clark turn bad again after his confrontation with the Jor-el AI?

Disk one left me as a viewer feeling very frustrated and confused. The storyline on Disk Two is much stronger and more focused because it almost entirely deals with the red kryptonite story. But my enjoyment of the second half was deflated by the story chaos of the first half. The point of an extended edition is in my opinion is to add texture and additional character moments than enhance the already existing story, not to add new subplots that distract and contradict the story. At least that is how I felt.

Which is really too bad, as the red kryptonite/Lex's marriage is a fantastic and strong story arc and would make an excellent fan edit by itself. Unfortunately, this arc loses it momentum and effectiveness among all the other material in this edit.

In regards to the bonus feature of the "Sharknado" version of Seeing Red.... to be honest, I just did not get it. Other than incorporating footage from the tv movie Sharknado (along with other movies like Twister and Dr. Strangelove) it is not all in the style or tone of this schlock buster that one might suspect based on the title. Instead, the viewer is treated to more of a psychedelic art experiment broken into five parts. It really made no sense to me and I found the use of overlaying two audio tracks on top of each other to be conflicting, distracting and frustrating.

I wish I could say more positive things about this edit, as I had high hopes and believe the editor had the right intentions and some very cool ideas. But for me, a great story got lost in this extended version.

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Owner's reply

Thanks for the review, bionicbob! I do hope, as a superman fan, you can take the time to see the Theatrical Cut of seeing red as it addresses almost every issue you brought up in the review!

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