Stand Trilogy - The Spence Edit, The

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Original Release Date:
2020
Original Running Time:
509
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407
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102
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Brief Synopsis:
I am a huge King fan and I particularly love The Stand. I was very excited for the new miniseries adaptation coming to Paramount Plus last year. It was a great cast and creative team, and was going to be 9 episodes long, which meant they could tell a lot more of the story than in the previous miniseries.

However... it was kind of a dud. They made the absolutely puzzling decision of telling the story out of order, which makes a lot of the events feel pointless and aimless because you're getting a pay off before you get the full set up. It's the equivalent of telling someone the punchline of a joke, then over explaining how you got to the punchline.

They also didn't really tell much more of the story. Huge swaths of the plot were rushed through or completely cut out. It really was a bit of a mess.

But! There's a lot of good stuff in there. So, I'm removing the confusing narrative structure and cutting tons of footage out to create a Trilogy of films that tell the story of The Stand.
Intention:
To create a trilogy of films that cover as much of the story of The Stand as is possible, given the available footage. The story will be told chronologically as it was in the book.
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Editing Details:
Part 1: 2 hrs 12 min. Part 2: 2 hrs 24 min. Part 3: 2 hrs 9 min.

Part 1 - Takes the story form the very beginning (the virus outbreak) and runs through to when most of our main heroes first link up together.

Part 2 - Having established most of the characters, the second episode deals more with Flagg and his followers, and the strife within the survivor community. It has a rather explosive finish.

Part 3 - Takes us all the way through to the end of the tale.

One of the big buzzy things about this adaptation was a new ending by King himself. However, this isn't really an ending, it's more of a coda to the story. It's nice, but feels very disconnected, and I was trying to make this an adaptation of the book. So that's been omitted. The movie wraps up pretty quickly after the return to Boulde

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Fantastic fix of a sloppily-cut-together series. I have no idea why they didn't just tell the story in the order that you told it. It wasn't as much fun as I would have liked, but you took something originally unwatchable and really fixed it up!

The 9's for Visual and Enjoyment come from the pretty constant "cut to black"s that bounce between scenes, especially the big one in the middle of the finale, as @krausfadr mentioned. I'm sure this was a lot of work already but just a little more love on the transitions (and brightening up the EXTREMELY dark night scenes) would have made this a 10 for me.

Excellent work! I enjoyed it very much.

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When I heard Paramount was coming out with a remake of Stephen King's "The Stand", once again scripted by the master himself, I was elated! I waited anxiously for the trailers to be released and when I saw them I definitely wasn't disappointed! The trailers blew me away with the visuals, the special effects, and the casting. I was super excited to see what could possibly be a better version of the the 1994 classic mini-series. I loved the original mini-series but didn't care for some of the miscast actors the cheesy effects.

Unfortunately, what Paramount released was a non-linear mess that left the viewer confused and wondering what the hell Paramount was thinking in releasing it the way they did. It made it extremely difficult to either become interested or maintain interest due to the constant jumping back and forth in time.

Fortunately the masterful Spence has taken it upon himself the monumental task of re-ordering, re-editing, and re-assembling of this new mini-series to give the fans what they should have been provided in the very beginning - a chronological re-imagining of the book that is entertaining, engaging, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The technical aspects of this fan edit are top notch. The editing is masterful and Spence has taken the best of what was given and turned it into a polished diamond. This fan edit is better than the 1994 mini-series version by leaps and bounds. It's got some cheese here and there like the 1994 version but it is better overall.

My only complaint, which has nothing to do with Spence and everything to do with the writers and producers of the original release, is they cut out too much from the book, leaving huge chunks of material on the cutting room floor. Hopefully someday another remake will do justice to the unabridged book by filming everything put to page.

In closing, I highly recommend this Spence fan edit. He's knocked the ball out of the park again. Add this to your collection!

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When I saw the trailer for the 2020 version of THE STAND, I was blown away with the visuals and casting
It was an amazing trailer.

The actual television series? Not so much.

The producers made the absolutely horrible and perplexing choice to tell the story in non-linear format, making it impossible for the viewer to become invested in the plot or characters. It was a train wreck of a show.

But within that wreckage, there was some decent story beats.

And Spence has masterfully reassembled those broken and scattered dramatic moments into a proper, engaging, LINEAR narrative that both my bride and I found to be entertaining.

Is this Fan Edit better than the 2020 television version? YES! Miles and miles better!

Though it is still an uneven affair which in some ways becomes even more noticeable when the story is told in chronological order. But I think Spence has made the best possible version given the limits of what he had to work with. But if I am to be fully honest, I still think the 1994 version, even with all it budget limits and Network restrictions, is a more fun affair. Well, as fun as an apocalypse can be. LOL!

Technically, no issues to report. Spence is a seasoned pro when it comes to audio and video. I watched the smaller video file versions, and the compression was excellent as always.

Narratively, there is a significant Time Jump between Parts One and Two ( this is due to lack of original material), so the first 10 minutes or so, are a bit disorienting as you try to figure out who everyone is and how they got there. But it is mostly explained through character exposition, and you are up to speed by the end of the first 30 minutes. There is also an odd fade to black/commercial break featuring Flagg in Part Three that stood out to me.

Still, a vast improvement over the original.
Spence's The Stand Trilogy, highly recommended! Thumbs way UP!!!
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A great edit all around. Slight visual banding at very limited times, but no artifacts in dark scenes. The only transition I didn't like was a fade to black tv commercial transition left right in the middle of the big finale as Flagg sauntered on into the fun "party" happening at the hotel. Made me feel like we were taking a commercial break. But not a major issue. This is the only way to watch The Stand 2020 unless you like the pain of pointless non-linear storytelling. This took me back to reading the book and I felt all the feels at the end. M - O - O - N spells a fantastic edit from Spence.

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Very good chronological order edit of the TV show! Its as a three movie set ideal. Cuts , transitions and narrative 10/10 ! But still I don't like the show :P , the original 1994 had me (its not your fault of course !!).

Thank you for the edit !

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