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FanMix April 01, 2023 1173
(Updated: May 09, 2023)
Overall rating
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
Never seen the theatrical cut but have watched the 1953's Wages of Fear once before, so some parts were not the surprise they would be to a viewer going in fresh. That takes nothing away from the tension, nor is there any distraction from as a result of the audio or video re-editing.

Am not sure whether I prefer it over Clouzot's adaptation, vague memories of which made me wish that this film ran longer. I can't remember where the extra 37 minutes in Wages of Fear are placed (before or after starting the drive) but I think the earlier film had a more "epic" feel with this one feeling almost a bit brief in comparison. That may be just because of the different approaches to pace and editing, would have to rewatch the older one again to say for definite.

None of that is the fault of FrameSniffer though, this edit is certainly my favourite of the few Friedkin films I have seen so far, and it will be interesting to see how the 1977 original holds up.

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