Most everything worth saying has already been said in the other reviews. But seriously Bob, great job on editing one of the worst Star Trek films to date. The only other one i hate more is Insurrection. I was a little worried about how the edit would play out based on the cut list. But I have to say you pulled it off almost perfectly. As pointed out in other review's there are some narrative issues with the edit. But the edit added so much positive to the movie that the few negatives it has are not important. This is my go to for this movie now.
I had never watched Nemesis until yesterday. Man that movie was lame.
Thankfully Bob’s edit fixes the vast majority of problems with the pacing. It’s leaner, faster and much more thrilling.
And this is by far, technically speaking, the best Bionic Bob edit yet. All the cuts and transitions were perfectly executed (from what I could tell). Sure, the deleted ending is lower quality, but the content of the scene itself is what mattered to me. The final line of the film really made me smile.
I've had it sitting on a disc waiting for me to watch it for some time now, and I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The original film had left such a bad taste in my mouth that it put me off Star Trek for quite a long time.
This edit redeems the original film, and then some.
A lot has been cut, many things have been rearranged. Nearly every cut and nearly every line feels natural and original. The removal of the B4 subplot was well needed and well executed. The inclusion of the new ending was amusing and served the film well.
The picture quality of the newly added deleted ending was significantly below that of the rest of the film. This is a real shame, because otherwise there would be little left to indicate that this wasn't the way the film was originally released.
As several others have pointed out, the flashback was slightly awkward, but it didn't feel unnatural. I've always found flashbacks in films to be slightly mentally jarring, and this one specifically was done as well as any.
The film is much more melancholy than the original, which might turn some viewers off, but I found it to be a fitting fair-well for the crew of the enterprise.
Great edit, well done! So much has been removed and the compact result feels like a really good two-parter like "The Best of Both Worlds" or something. Some quick comments:
- There's one transitional scene where the enterprise goes to warp with no sound effects, that was a bit odd
- Maybe I'm not remembering, but I feel like Troi had very few lines up to the point she was suddenly saving the day by sensing the Reman. It felt a little out of nowhere for her to be able to do this. I assume there's an explanation for it in the unedited film, but I suspect it's related to the mind rape scene and therefore I can live without it.
- Data having the transporter prototype on him didn't bother me and I could have done without the flashback, but I admit I tend to be pretty oblivious to plot holes. The flashback was tastefully done and mostly works. And others are right in saying there'd be some pretty big plot holes without it.
- I did not like the ending at all, even barring the obvious quality difference. I would have just ended the movie on the zoom out ship shot right after riker says he "can't remember the tune." The added deleted scenes after that I felt took away from the gravity of losing Data. Closing on the remembering Data scene is poignant and I think it would work really well. Not the traditional happy ending we'd hope for, especially for the last TNG-era movie, but it would have real depth.
I haven't mentioned much technical stuff and I don't plan to--the technical work on this edit is excellent. There were very few moments when I knew I was watching an edit at all. I remember many scenes from the original film and yet have no clue where they belonged. The edit is virtually seemless.
So yeah, a vast improvement over the original! A very watchable, even enjoyable movie now! Personally, I plan to just trim the ending and call it a day. Great work!