Full disclosure: I am part of the Red Apple Crew, and was able to preview this edit. When I read that this film was to be cut down to a 60-minute episode, I thought "How on earth can it be done?!"; the story is so full already, that making trims and cuts would be difficult. ArtisDead has crafted a fantastic edit out of an already fantastic film!
The cuts, trims and re-arranging of scenes all work very well; there isn't much of the story that you're missing that would adversely affect the viewing experience.
The musical choices are fantastic, with heartfelt tributes to different musicians., plus the tone of the scenes with the new music hasn't been altered or watered-down. If anything, the tone has been made stronger through the use of new music. Editing music, and the removal of existing music from a film, can be extremely difficult, yet he has done a superb job here!
I genuinely loved this edit; some of the cuts are a tiny bit abrupt, however they didn't detract from my enjoyment, hence no reduction in the score I gave.
Great stuff overall!
Inglorious Basterds in its original form is a movie I can appreciate for individual scenes but less as a whole. So I'm strangely the perfect audience for this edit. I was honestly amazed at how short the runtime is considering I'm hard pressed to remember what specific scenes or even plotlines were cut. Very inspired and experimental - maybe not the best version for Tarantino purists but plenty to appreciate for those looking for a truly lean cut!
First of all, I loved the feeling that I was watching an anthology. The intro, which I’m assuming is in each of the 10 films was really well edited and felt like I was watching the opening of a Tarantino TV show.
The pacing of this was fantastic. I will admit I’ve only seen Inglorious Basterds twice - so I really never even noticed when cuts were happening. I actually like watching fanedits of movies I haven’t seen a bunch of times because sometimes I think it makes us too hard on the editor when we are expecting certain things to happen and then they don’t or are changed.
The music editing was probably my favorite part. The songs chosen were all classics and perfectly fit each scene. I found myself going to YouTube to watch the original scenes to compare the soundtracks because I wasn’t sure if the songs were originally in the movie. They were edited in so seemlessly. Even how they abruptly cut out in certain instances felt like Tarantino himself edited the scenes.
The story - I think the narrative flows very well even in this shortened format. I did remember the opening of the original film being Shosanna as a child hiding in the cabin and I was curious if by not starting the edit with that scene would make her motivations less clear. Then we get to the restaurant scene and ArtIsDead brilliantly does a quick flashback to the opening. The rest of the scene is so well acted that we get the entire backstory without even seeing it.
I liked that even though a lot was cut, the scenes that still needed the time to breathe and get their due time never felt rushed. The restaurant and buildup to the Mexican standoff were still as tense as I remembered them, even though I know a lot was cut.
Fantastic job and this is highly recommended! Now to find the time to watch the other episodes! Bravo!!
Inglorious Basterds is an unwieldy beast to trim down to around an hour, but ArtisDead managed to find a way to do it without sacrificing narrative clarity nor – most importantly – the distinct flow and energy characteristic of Quentin Tarantino's movies.
Some of the musical additions, anachronistic though they may be, are absolutely inspired and are a perfect example of how to effectively use music. ArtisDead hasn't simply thrown in songs based solely on personal taste, but clearly thought about how they can elevate what is happening in a scene.
Where to begin? Let's start with that incredible opening theme/montage for this series. Terrific doesn't come close to describe it!
I had a blast!
Incredibly fun project and great result! Dialogue is still clear even with the songs added, which I wasn't expecting to be fair.
Psycho Killer was great and fit better than i thought it would even though a review already mentioned it. It truly enhanced the scene in an unexpected way!
Loved the bowie song Gasoline when she is standing next to the window! Absolutely perfect match and serves the narrative perfectly! Again, it enhanced the scene.
Pink Floyd at the end was perfect.
The other songs to me didn't make that much of an impact, simply because it was a bit too much for me personally. During 'talky' scenes I prefer to have no background music, or not too busy music. But they still felt like a good match for the scenes so props to the editor!
Landa's introduction was epic. It was refreshing and fun! The black and white was *chef's kiss*
The narrative obviously suffers a little bit since you cut away more than 50% to serve the series formula, but I wont fault you for that. In fact that you were able to keep most of the story intact is remarkable! You can still easily follow the story, but it inevitably loses some of the original's punch.
I don;t know the original by heart, but I can say that I will probably hear Gasoline in my head next time I watch the original, which is telling.
Great work Artisdead, and thank you! If this episode is any indication this whole series will be great fun for any Tarantino or fanedit fan in general!