- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
- New theme song - "Bachelorette" by Bjork.
- Trimmed Bond's meeting with M, removing references to ending the Double-O program. We dealt with that in Skyfall, remember?
- Trimmed the scene with Moneypenny in Bond's flat.
- Cut Bond telling Lucia he does "life insurance" at Sciarra's funeral.
- Cut Lucia telling Bond not to go to the Spectre meeting.
- Cut Bond flipping the "atmosphere" button during the car chase.
- Cut the old man slowing Bond down during the car chase.
- Cut the crows in Mr White's house.
- Cut Mr White telling Bond to "make it quick" and Bond telling him to go upstairs.
- Cut C calling the Double-O program "prehistoric."
- Cut Hinx visting White's house. How he found Bond and Madeleine is nothing that can't be figured out later.
- Cut Bond asking Madeleine about her work history.
- Cut Bond telling Madeleine he "didn't have to" kill her father.
- Cut Bond telling Madeleine her life is in danger.
- Cut Madeleine asking her captors if any of them can speak.
- Cut Madeleine telling Bond and Q that L'American is a place. We see that pretty soon after.
- Cut Madelein telling Bond it's ironic he sent him to her.
- Cut Madeleine saying she sees two Bonds.
- Trimmed M and C talking after Nine Eyes is approved to remove references to ending the Double-O program.
- Cut Bond observing that he doesn't need to teach Madeleine anything about weapons.
- Cut Madeleine's line about what to do next pre-happy-to-be-alive-sex.
- Cut Bond saying they may have a long wait.
- Cut Bond discussing the Rolls Royce.
- Cut Madeleine telling Bond she's scared.
- Cut Oberhauser telling Bond and Madeleine they can touch the meteorite. ,shudders,
- Cut Oberhauser mentioning the death of the Double-O program.
- Cut Bond and Oberhauser's exchange about death and prespective.
- Cut M's speech about the fates of glass and spies.
- Cut Oberhauser saying he's the "author of all [Bond's] pain."
- Cut Madeleine telling Bond she loves him during the torture scene.
- Cut M telling Bond it's "good to have [him] back." Uhhh...he never quit.
- Cut Bond confirming the Madeleine is saying goodbye right before the big finale.
- Cut C telling M and Q they're out of a job.
- Cut M saying that he knows what C stands for. Let's let the original assumption stand (since it's not far off).
- Trimmed hesitation at letting M onto the bridge.
- Cut Oberhauser telling Bond to finish him.
- Cut the first part of Bond's line about having something better to do.
- Added custom title at end.
This was my second viewing of Spectre and I wasn't a fan of the original cut. I did notice some of the silly stuff had been cut but there are no wholesale changes that change my opinion of this being one of the poorest Bond films. The plot can be written in a few sentences and the talent in this movie deserved so much better than this poorly written threadbare plot. I've no complaints on the editing, only with the movie itself. Excellent quality also.
Very well done edit. This is a great example of how removing a few minutes can really improve a film. I thought Spectre was okay. I think Craig has really come into his own and I enjoyed a lot of the performances around him. Monica Belluci crushes it as usual. Bond plots are often needlessly winding but Spectre was overly so. I didn't like the familial connections at all (looking forward to Declassified!) and there were more than a few lines that had me cringing (e.g. life insurance, meteorite, author of all your pain).
Thankfully, Aztek cleans up pretty much all the worst bits and it makes quite a difference. There are still elements that don't work for me but taking away some of the worst lines and moments (looking at you, old man) makes the rest not bother me that much.
A/V Quality - 10/10 - Looked great, no complaints at all
Visual Editing - 9/10 - Very well done, pretty much seamless throughout. Only exception is when Bond talks to Moneypenny it cuts from their conversation to Bond watching her through the window as she leaves. He jumps position since a bit of dialogue was cut. I think it would probably be better just to cut from the word "instinct" to the next scene and skip that bit.
Audio Editing - 10/10 - Sounded great, didn't notice any cuts. Plus the theme song is a million times better than the original IMO. I talked about this in the thread but must reiterate that it is a great choice.
Narrative - 9/10 - The removal of the 00 program ending was a smart one. It makes an overly convoluted plot less so. Also clever removal of a couple lines that tell us things that we see soon anyway (L'American).
Enjoyment - 8/10 - Great job, I can't go higher because of issues with the film itself but you have taken it from a 6.5 to an 8 for me. I look forward to seeing your more radical cut!
NOTE: I am a bit later in this review than I wanted, Aztec, but here it is.
SPECTRE was a movie I really wanted to like on release and just couldn't quite do it. It had beautiful visuals, the occasionally powerful moment, a gorgeous and interesting Bond girl, some impressive fight scenes, and one horrifying death trap. All the ingredients were there, and yet a multitude of little things held it back, and made it less than what it should've been. SPECTRE [Redacted] proved that, fortunately, those moments stuck out just enough to be effectively shaved off.
A/V Quality: 10/10
Both sound and video are top notch and everything meshed perfectly. This will always get a 10 out of me.
Visual Editing: 9/10
Nearly perfect, and impossible to detect any notable change if you're a first time viewer. There was one moment when Bond was standing over Blofeld and looked like he was about to speak before it cut to Madeleine looking in his direction, but even that could easily be construed as a facial tick or even a consideration, and it was still a better alternative to the theatrical scene.
Audio Editing: 10/10
This is a big one. What really made the edit stand out was the alternate title sequence track, in that it turned a bad start into a great one. Sam Smith's Writing's on the Wall was an awful mess of a song that felt nothing at all like it had any place introducing a Bond film, or any film for that matter. Worse still, it was a horrible fit for what could be the franchise's most dark and unsettling opening sequence in recent memory.
Aztec's alternative, Bjork's Bachelorette, blended surreal with surreal; the track's symphonic power, catchy rhythm, and the trademark vocals were a great match for the skulls, tentacles, and inky phantoms that writhed through the screen. Where Writing's on the Wall contradicted the sequence and insulted the eardrums, Bachelorette only intensified its macabre tone, transforming it into an electrifying beginning that climaxed into a cold, jarring slam into the main narrative. Correcting bad production decisions like this with such efficacy is what fanedits are all about. This absolutely gets a 10.
The story itself was vastly improved by the simple act of redacting all mention of MI6 shutting down, which made little sense considering Nine Eyes was merging everything anyway. No bad line was left untrimmed, and the failed gags (like the old driver during the car chase) were thankfully removed. I find it amazing that the difference between a movie marred by unnecessary filler and a taut, focused thriller can be a mere 8 minutes.
Of course some narrative flaws remained, particularly near the end (the convenient net at the ground floor and the nigh-suspension breaking fight between a Walther PPK and a fleeing helicopter come to mind), but this time they were far and few between and did little to ruin the film.
Ultimately, SPECTRE [Redacted] still isn't quite as good as Skyfall (which, in all fairness, set the bar pretty high). That said it can finally stand next to the better films of the Craig era now that the redundancies and that awful, awful song are out of the picture. This is the send-off Daniel Craig deserved, and even through the few unavoidable flaws that remained, I enjoyed every minute of it.