Dangermouse successfully and flawlessly removes sandman from the movie, sadly everything else that you hated from the theatrical version is still there; the dancing, the goofy lines, etc. A good alternate version of the movie but in the end it still leaves more than desired
Review by The Aluminum Falcon — September 18, 2011 @ 9:17 pm
This is truly an underrated and utterly spectacular fan edit. While still not the best of the Spider-Man franchise, this is now on the level of the first one. Even as I first exited the theater, I realized how utterly extraneous Sandman’s character was and how it truly felt like he was stuffed in there for good measure.
Sandman simply didn’t belong in this movie, and the editor realizes it. Without him, this is the far more introverted and personal film that Spider-Man 3 should have been. Peter finally has to face dealing with his own life (not just Spider-Man’s); this deals with the consequences of his actions and the emotions he feels. In a way, the symbiote just represents his darker personas that he needs to conquer in order to live full life. With no focus on the Sandman, the audience can realize that.
This edit has a number of pluses too. The character relationships do seem stronger. We get to focus on Peter’s love/hate relationships with Mary and Harry. Also, the toned down action of this edit really emphasizes the character driven nature of this movie. Even Topher Grace and “Emo Peter” don’t seem as annoying here, they’re typical “comic book” aspects coming to the silver screen. That rubbish plot about Uncle Ben is also gone; I never understood why Raimi, as a fan of the comics, would violate them like that. As a side note, thank you for keeping Bruce Campbell; the man’s just flat out awesome.
This edit is flawless technically in terms of removing Sandman. There are no awkward references to him at all. Audio is crisp and video is immaculate. If ever I want to see Spider-Man 3, without a doubt, I will go to this edit.
Review by zeppelinrox — November 15, 2009 @ 4:35 pm
I haven’t seen Spidey 3 since watching at the theatre and I just watched this edit last night. I did like it more than the original in that it didn’t drag on too long, though it did drag on a bit. After the opening fight with Peter and Harry, there is no action and all melodrama until the 55 minute mark.
The only improvement I can suggest is to just cut the whole amnesia thing so as to pick up the pace a bit. MJ would still have to betray Peter though, because that’s why Peter’s turned to the dark side in this version. But I wouldn’t show the part with MJ’s dinner and dance with Harry. Because that makes us not feel bad for MJ anymore. Best to just show her calling Harry and then MJ breaking up with Peter and Harry telling Peter that the other guy is indeed Harry himself. I really like the pie remark ;) so that has to stay. So with those modifications, it could get cut down to about an hour runtime with a much quicker pace without losing anything too important.
The editing, video and audio quality – all impeccible, as I watched the DVD version. Those are all 10/10
The story… 7/10, only because of the long lapse in action – I didn’t mind the disco/nightclub Peter scenes too much this time around, maybe because I knew to expect it and was able to just appreciate the impact of Peter becoming a prick.
Spiderman 3 no sandman edition is a great example of what a fanedit is all about. the editor has successfully removed a character giving a total new feel the film and in doing so removed the terrible storyline that sandman was the actual killer to Peter Parker’s uncle. however the film has some faults though I wouldn’t blame the faneditor.
The problem I found was that Venom just wasn’t a strong enough character (compared to previous villains) to warrant Peter to ask for Harry’s help but we can only work with what we have. they were many other scenes included which brought disaprovel from fans the first time the most annoying of them being Peter emo faze but with a running length at just over 90mins any more cuts would result in a film barley touching the 80min mark
So my final summary would be that Spiderman 3 no sandman edition is definitely worth seeing and I’m sure will influence some faneditors to rework the film, though for me it’s not a edit that I would re-watch
So first of all: That’s one very impressive firstling,
Like many people i can’t stand Spider-Man 3 and i was really curious about this no sandman edit.
There are a lot of good editing choices but sadly also a lot of misses – the removal of the sandman plot more or less caused the beginning Spider-Man 3 to become real soap opera drama. Since the sandman was used as a plotdevice to get peter angry/blacksuited and this is now missing the effect of the black suit is really reduced, the turn to the “dark side” happens really abruptly.
Sadly also a lot of bad things from the original remained in this edit: spidey narrating the beginning, mj singing, amnesia harry, unmasked peter in spidey costume on spiderman day, saturday night peter, american flag spiderman – now i understand that removing those elements too would basically turn the no sandman edit in a 10 minute clip
on the other hand, the final battle was really damn impressive. In the original version the sandman parts lacked tension because he was more less invincible and there was no way to know if spiderman had the slightest bit of a chance against this thing
maybe an edit could work where spiderman kills sandman blacksuited and he doesn’t reappear, only venom at the end
but there are no plotholes, technical glitches or anything and it was a pretty good watch (apart from the soap elements)