Tarantino Tales: Episode 7 - Inglourious Basterds

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As fan editing seems to mostly be a solitary endeavor it is nice to see a collaboration like this. This is the first and only episode I have viewed so far. I appreciate less-is-more editing, that is removing unnecessary shots/characters etc, and still telling a coherent story. This edit accomplishes this, and as a good TV episode should do, it makes me want to watch other episodes. I will say that I was not a big fan of this movie when it came out. Tarantino kind of lost me after "Kill Bill Part 1." He became too campy/over-the-top. This film and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" seem like Tarantino's personal wish fulfillment/revenge porn. They are his way of showing how he would prefer history to have happened, rather than how it did happen. It’s not a terrible 1-star movie, but it's just not for me. I don’t find a lot of comedy in WWII personally which was a problem I had with "Jojo Rabbit" as well. "Jojo Rabbit" wasn’t a horrible movie, just not really my taste.

I still watch every Tarantino movie but I wait for the video now. With that out of the way, I did enjoy myself quite a lot watching this 1-hour version of "Inglourious Basterds." There is a lot of music in it, primarily from David Bowie, yet whenever I thought it was too much or needed to fade out it did. Sometimes you have to have silence in the background to let the film and the audience breathe. I liked how in one scene the rock music is meant to be playing on a turntable for the characters. I would normally not recommend music with lyrics playing during dialogue scenes. I believe this happened a couple of times. I would have had the music fade out completely in those instances.

The audio levels sounded good on my system and the visuals were crisp with no obvious cutting errors. I liked the hard-coded bold yellow subtitles for the non-English parts as it was easy to read. Christoph Waltz’s famous line about the milk has been cut but ArtisDead used a cool little montage to show the important parts of that scene in a matter of seconds. Because of the psychedelic rock music in the soundtrack if you have an edible beforehand or a cocktail I think you will have a good time.

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Let me preface this review by stating Basterds is a perfect movie IMO so cutting anything is doing the overall picture an injustice... BUT with that said I enjoyed this within the scope and narrative of what the entire group was attempting to achieve with this project. I felt it connected the dots perfectly to tell YOUR story - some of it felt slightly rushed but taking in down to 60 minutes is quite the undertaking with this one and was required for adequate pacing.

Music as noted by some others - I'm in agreeance that Psycho Killer (my favorite addition) and Pigs were the two standouts even though you were paying homage to Bowie throughout the edit. I felt some of the music was too overpowering and hurt one specific overall scene for me where others have mentioned two - example of this was the music playing over half the dialogue of the Fassbender/Myers scene making it difficult to hear the conversation before it almost awkwardly cut out - would soften that music cue or remove it all together from that scene.

This was another "episode" that felt like a TV episode with the opening credits - I also enjoyed the Act 1-4 Title cards - The editing was fantastic and I have no constructive criticism as it was cut and flowed telling the story you set out to tell seamlessly removing what you felt was not required....

Bowie/Cobain RIP cards were a nice addition

Great job and another fantastic episode ArtisDead... Another entry that I highly recommend.

I know why it was removed but I selfishly did miss the "That's a BINGO" line lol

Onto Episode 8!!!

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I've been watching the Tarantino Tales in order, but I skipped ahead a bit to watch this one. One of the main things this edit does is update the soundtrack, which was excellent. I liked that it focused more on Raine and the group a bit more. It then kind of starts rushing things with Shosanna. I can understand this because the stories are intertwined and you need to explain that a bit. You're have to explain Landa's backstory quickly, Raine's group and motivations, who and why a girl and a man are burning down their theater, and then pack it into an hour. My suggestion is to possibly lose Hicox's briefing scene with Mike Meyers, yet keep the bar in some form to explain the death of some of the Basterds like Stiglitz. Speaking of the briefing and bar scenes, those were two instances I felt the audio/soundtrack to be a bit heavy handed. It overshadows words that are being spoken and doesn't mesh well in those moments. When the music is extended into the scene you almost want to be able to turn the volume down on it because a conversation is starting. The edits made flowed really well and never felt it jumped out of place. Overall I really had fun with this. It is an excellent job and effort by ArtisDead and I'd like to say thanks for making it. This is a super enjoyable way to watch this film.

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I want to live in this alternate reality where Bowie is playing on every speaker! As a lover of both Bowie's music and this particular film in Tarantino's canon, I was pretty excited to dive into this edit, and it did not disappoint! Cutting this down while keeping essentially the entire story must have been extremely challenging, but Art has done it. And the new soundtrack is just the cherry on top. It really is a masterful job of visual editing. I checked the cutlist, and there were a ton of tiny, invisible edits to make this work. They were all successful. Chapter splits happened at perfect moments. Every major character was given just enough time to make them compelling. The film zips along without feeling rushed, and nothing was missed.
The new soundrack was mostly successful, though I did find "Heroes" to be an odd placement at the beginning. Yes, these are our "heroes," and the song builds well, but the vibe of the song clashes pretty badly with the content of Aldo's speech. And once in a while, the very end of this scene being one example, the music is a bit too loud in the mix, over-riding the dialog. Other than that, I generally enjoyed the new songs, and there were some fun "I see what you did there" moments with the lyrics. I would especially like to shout out the two non-Bowie tracks. They work so well that they justify their inclusion on this otherwise straight-bowie songlist. Really cool scenes.

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Music 12/10,
There was a clear and concise story, managed to edit out over half of the movie without making it feel rushed or disjointed,
A very enjoyable cut of the film.

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