Stephen King's IT: The Cinematic Cut

Stephen King's IT: The Cinematic Cut

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Stephen King's IT: The Cinematic Cut
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Everything You Ever Were Afraid Of
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1990
Original Running Time:
180
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
160
Time Cut:
20
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
Seven children find each other as an ancient evil awakens to feed off their fear. They discover that only together can they hope to defeat it.
Intention:
So I set out to update the existing miniseries and turn it into a single feature without a segmented narrative. Minimize the downtime, and trim back wherever possible. I believe I have succeeded at tightening up the content, masking the special effects that did not hold up very well, and presenting the best possible version of the original content.
Other Sources:
IT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Benjamin Wallfisch)
Special Thanks:
My family, Machiffet, Sinbad, and TheCuddlyNinja for the feedback that helped polish this edit.
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Editing Details:
Used Final Cut Pro X and Pixelmator. Watched the whole miniseries 3 or 4 times, taking notes about what things could be safely cut (that didn't set up or pay off anything later), then went scene-by-scene trimming bad (or badly delivered) dialog, irrelevant or overly heavy-handed moments, and special effects that don't stand up very well.
Cuts and Additions:
- New opening credits.
- Many new musical cues and sound effects throughout.
- Colour-graded the entire film.
- Cropped to 16:9 (and lovingly pan-and-scanned throughout)
- Removed Mike Hanlon's voiceover wherever it occurs.
- New establishing plates for all cities outside Derry.
- Bill & Audra's establishing scene is shortened.
- "Georgie & Pennywise" tightened up.
- Ben's awkward dialog with his date is removed.
- Ben's first encounter with IT tightened.
- Bev & Tom meeting the Japenese businessmen removed.
- Bev's "Call" removed.
- Tom's endless search for champaign is VERY tightened.
- Moved Eddie's 'revelation' from Mr. Keene to immediately after his adult character is established. This makes the payoff later more satisfying.
- Theater (I Was A Teenage Werewolf) scene tightened.
- Removed awkward "men or mice" line.
- Eddie's shower scene re-cut to heighten tension, add franticness, and hide poor visual effects.
- Removed Eddie's chaufer from the train scene. I mean… ugh.
- Adult Richie's establishing shot scaled WAY back because it adds nothing.
- Removed Richie's entire conversation with his agent. It was awful.
- Werewolf scene re-paced.
- Removed intervention of shop owner from the Hanlon/Bowers scene. Doesn't make sense that he would step in when it is later established that adults don't get involved.
- Rock fight scene got new foley, and dialog cuts.
- The daylight-is-fading-and-we-need-to-get-this-in-one-shot super-pan of the now complete Loser's Club changed to standard cuts.
- Bill's "Help Me" speech now 40% more inspirational!
- Adult Stan's "sex maniac" dialog and lingering shots of Perfect Strangers are cut.
- Stan's Mummy encouter added during the phone call with Mike.
- Vic Criss' encounter with the Deadlights tightened
- Deadlights have a custom lighting effect
- Henr*y whitehair is cut
- Eddie's "Battery Acid" is re-timed to make his intervention for Stan seem more "last-minute"
- The "Drain Incident" has been quick-cut to mask the poor effects somewhat without losing the sense of place or understanding what is happening.
- "Stan Found" has been recut for gradual discovery and to remove the total lack of blood in the opening shot.
- "Audra/Greco" moved to right after "Stan Found", but Greco is removed completely, it doesn't set up or pay off anything, so it's cut.
- The various "[Character] Arrives in Derry" scenes have been reordered.
- The "Bill & Mike Ride Silver" montage was cut because, honestly, it feels like filler.
- "Ben Helps Fellow Fat Kid" is cut because it was too convenient, and the new fat kid cannot act. At all.
- "Bev Returns Home": removed close-up of "MARSH" doorbell plate, because it was too obvious. Now it's more subtle, more of a detail that will reward repeat viewings.
- "Bev Returns Home": removed the "You're not real!" exchange by the closed door, makes it feel more like an escape and less like IT just allowed Bev to leave.
- Re-ordered the Library scene between Richie and Pennywise
- Trimmed down the "Dinner Montage" at the Chinese restaurant.
- Removed the image of Pennywise superimposed on the moon during "Wake Up, Henry". It is still implied that he sees Pennywise in the moon, but not shown directly.
- Trimmed the "Fortune Cookie" sequence to tighten it up a bit and mask some of the lesser effects.
- Cut A LOT of Harry Anderson's CLEARLY improvised comedy during the "Calling Stan" sequence.
- Re-cut Bill's re-telling of Stan's "Mummy Encounter" so we ONLY see flashbacks of things that Bill witnessed firsthand.
- Trimmed the part where Mike slams the prop fridge and it pops back open momentarily. That has bugged me since the 90s.
- Trimmed the Clown Dog from "Henry Escapes" and leaves the *how* nebulous, but implies that he used the switchblade given to him by It-as-Belch.
- Removed some of the hokey dialog from "Ben and Bev Kiss", but because of the single tracking shot (there are a LOT of those in this miniseries) I couldn't really do much with the "Why is it so mean?" mini-monologue.
- Bill's "I don't want to be scared anymore" speech is now 30% more inspirational!
- Re-cut the "Pennywise in the vines" monologue to hide the superimposed pennywise. We still see the Losers Club looking at a singular location, but what they actually see is not shown to the viewer.
- HEAVILY re-cut the final fight with IT in it's spider form. Removed almost all wide shots of the spider. Removed MOST of the close-ups. Basically tried to show as little of it as possible. While I think the practical spider looks pretty good, I think it's better to be less explicit, and allow each viewer to fill in the blanks on their own. Let the creature be more personal that way.
- The film now ends when the Losers Club emerge from the cave.
- Custom end credits (expanded from original, using IMDB to credit many more folks who went unrecognized in the original miniseries).
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5 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.6  (5)
Visual Editing 
 
9.8  (5)
Audio Editing 
 
9.4  (5)
Narrative 
 
9.4  (5)
Enjoyment 
 
9.2  (5)
Overall rating 
 
8.3
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
7.0
Enjoyment 
 
8.0

In spite of its flaws, I actually still really enjoy the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It, despite being outdone by Andy Muschietti's far superior film adaptation of the childhood-centric part of King's novel. This attempt at editing a film out of a television miniseries sounded interesting to me, naturally, and after having seen it, I was in no way disappointed. The attempts at giving this a much modern feel, with Benjamin Wallficsh's soundtrack for the 2017 version playing in several scenes, work incredibly well and the editing is fantastic throughout. The visual quality displayed here is nothing short of astonishingly good. Great stuff.

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Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
9.4
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
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10.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

Yes, man. This is what a fanedit should be. This was engrossing from beginning to end, and edited beautifully. I don't know how much you moved around to create the flashbacks (if anything), but it worked perfectly. The video looks better than some "HD" fanedits which is crazy since it was made for 90s TV.

Honestly, the movie played like the best episode ever of Are You Afraid of the Dark. And it was fucking great.

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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0

This is the first TV to Movie fanedit I've ever watched and it certainly did it's job. Ten minutes in and I really started to forget that I was watching a TV movie. I'm sure the letterboxing and color grading took a lengthy amount of time but they're really what make this edit shine!

It's been years since I watched the original. I purchased it on iTunes a few months ago but never got around to watching it. Now I'm pretty glad I didn't as this will be my definitive version of the movie. While I'm sure there are more, there were only two scenes that I remembered being in the original that were cut. Neither were missed and this goes to show that the visual and audio editing were both seamless. I really dug the score replacements and felt they helped to give the movie a more modern feel. Speeding up shots of Pennywise attacking definitely made him an even more terrifying character and I loved the editor's work there.

I only had two gripes with this edit and both were minor. It seems that the color would flicker in certain scenes but that may have even been in the original source. There were a few times where it seemed that the frame rate may have been a bit off because the video seemed to have a slight stutter. Again, these gripes were minor to me and didn't really impact my enjoyment of the edit.

Overall, wonderful job with this! I watched it with a friend and we both very much loved it. I would highly recommend it to anyone on here that digs horror and I very much look forward to your other works!

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Overall rating 
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
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9.0
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10.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

I watched this with my dad and loved it this is probably my favourite edit on the site and id watch it any day.

No complaints visual editing wise. There are a few audio bits that could be improved there more nitpicks plus its only a first edit and to be my favourite is a big achievement. i enjoyed this so much and i didnt feel i missed anything from what was cut this edit has made me grow as an editor to and i cant wait for your next edit congrats conrad

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9.4
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
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9.0

An excellent first edit that does a terrific job of modernising a good but rather dated TV Stephen King adaptation. It's not really possible to fix some of the wooden acting and sub-par special effects but pretty much everything else gets a fresh makeover, score, aspect ratio, titles and sound fx are all brought right up to date. The rescore utilizing the score from the 2017 version is particularly impressive and really gives this old tv movie a more modern feel. The editor also did a great job of tweaking Pennywise's kills to give him a modern agile sense of menace.

Narratively I didn't feel any sense of anything being missed from the half hour or so that was cut from the tv version, I'm not sure how much footage has been moved around to forge this narrative as it's quite a while since I've watched the TV version but if there was a considerable amount it certainly didn't disrupt or disjoint the narrative flow of this new modernised take on things. As I've already said an excellent edit that bodes very well for the editors forthcoming 'Stand' adaptation too.

Oh and whoever thought to call it 'The Cinematic Cut' is a genius! lol


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