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!
With as many reviews as there are for this, there is not much left to be said, so I will keep this short.
I really enjoyed this edit, it was pretty great. This is by far my favorite Tarantino movie, and one of my favorite movies overall. The is a great new way to watch. When I first heard of this project from The Red Apple Crew, this is the one that I was most looking forward to.
All of the music additions were great, very nice work! And (I just thought of this now) it would be cool to see an edit of the entire movie using this music and other similar music.
Where to start with this review. I will say up front that I did not like the original movie that this version is based on. I don't think subjects as sensitive as some in this film should be trifled with in such a flippant manner and made humorous.
I read all of these reviews and am curious as to whether these people understand this. Nonetheless, ot was recommended that I watch this version.
I can admit that it's an amazing achievement and certainly the best of these edits. It's also the most bold in the choices that ArtisDead madein what to keep and what to remove.
I didn't care for Hitler in my face screaming at me first thing but it became funny as I realized what he was ranting about. I think timing on zooming into the opening was perfectly timed. I didn't care much for the audio being muted during Raine's grandiose diatribe. It should have been louder and clearer.
However, I did like most of the music placement. Fame started off perfectly and introduced Landa in a precisely menacing manner.
The two best music placements weren't even by David Bowie in a movie edited have a great amount of his songs placed in it and dedicated to him. Very nice dedication in the beginning, by the way. Loved that.
Psycho Killer by The Talking Heads was a genius choice fit for the Bear Jew introduction. So perfectly placed Tarantino would blush. *chef's kiss*
The disturbing part of this movie is the part in which the Nazi treatment of Jews is treated so flippant. I like that ArtisDead downplayed that as much as possible by cutting out the beginning and saving the cutting for the end.
The part of this version that really saves it, sort of is the climactic moment. The Massacre in the theatre. Choosing to place the Pink Floyd song, "Pigs" here was the masterstroke. Absolutely amazing. From the moment you see Goebbels face and then Shoshannas face on the screen as if she's looking at him, it takes flight from there. The cigarette flick timed perfect to the start of the vocals. "Big man, pig man ha ha charade you are" then you see Hitlers face. To hear Nazis referred to as pigs while they are being massacred...there's a sublime beauty to that. Unforgettable.
"Changes" at the end? During that scene? Absolutely hilarious! Perfect after the explosive climax that preceded it.
I didn't want to like this version of a movie that I very much dislike but I have to give ArtisDead credit, it was an experience not easy forgotten.
If you don't mind the subject matter, this is highly recommended!
Wow! This was a really fantastic edit. Being a fan of the original film, I have to say I think I actually prefer this version instead. ArtisDead has pulled off an amazing job retaining the core narrative without losing anything important. However, I do miss the opening scene with Landa, such a chilling and memorable moment. Yet, you were able to retain some of this as a black and white flashback sequence, nicely done. I think what works here is the build up, you don't give away the game too early compared to the original film.
Taking out a big chunk of the Shosanna/Zoller subplot really moves the story along at a much better pace than the original film. I'll admit that I do miss some of Shosanna scenes in their full context but I don't miss Zoller's scenes at all. What really steals the show here is the added soundtrack. Every song presented here has been carefully chosen and suitably synchronised to their respective scenes. While the selection consists mostly of David Bowie songs, I liked the use of Talking Heads during Donny's introduction scene *chef's kiss* and Pink Floyd during the finale.
If I had a couple of criticisms, though not major ones. I would say that the introduction scene with the Bastards and 'Heroes' playing in the background was a bit too loud in parts, especially towards the end of the scene when Aldo was still talking. The other bit would be cutting out how Donny and Omar got the MP-40s before charging in and killing Hitler and co. Other than that everything else was perfect.
I highly recommend this edit, you won't be disappointed. Just good fun!