As said in this Podcast episode: https://youtu.be/djrZ2RE1gM4
The editing is solid. A+.
This for me fixes Terminator 3. Does it make it perfect? Of course not but it makes it closer in tone to the first two and makes the overall story much better. Cuts down on most of the cheese and makes the Terminators act more like well Terminators. Also helps make John less of a clueless dumb ass.
Should also be noted the copy I got had a borked 5.1 track where the center channel was in the back.... I had to re-encode with Handbrake as a flat Stereo track. Not even Pro-Logic would fix this issue.
If you didn't like T3, you might like this. If you already liked T3 you'll probably love this. I say check it out.
I've never seen Terminator 3. I've not avoided it, but the opportunity never came up and since it wasn't meant to be very good I didn't really seek it out. I'd heard a lot of good things about this edit though, so I decided to go out and buy a copy of the film just to check out The Coming Storm. So, Uncanny Antman's cut is my first experience of the film.
Visual editing - Almost perfect. There was only one cut that I noticed and that was when a conversation between John and the girl suddenly ends (having read the cut list afterwards, I'm assuming this is where they kiss or talk about kissing or something like that). It wasn't actually a bad cut. I wouldn't go as far as to describe it as jarring, but it just seemed fairly obvious that the scene was meant to play out longer. I watched this with four other people who had all seen the film before (although quite some time ago) and none of them found the cuts noticeable. One person spotted the convo cut at the same time as me.
Audio editing – fine. Nothing noticeable.
Narrative – here's where things fall apart. Obviously, I haven't seen the original movie (which I will be doing just to compare), but from reading the cut list and a couple of other reviews it sounds like there were scenes cut that would be responsible for hindering the narrative. One of the main issues is that characters just keep popping up out of nowhere without being properly introduced. The girl (I'm terrible with names), her father and her fiance could all have done with an earlier introduction. Maybe the scene that does this was cringy, I don't know, but regardless, if removing a scene is going to hinder the narrative then it's better to leave it in IMO. The whole Skynet thing seemed a bit out of the blue as well. The terminator clearly uploads something to the machines, but we don't know what. Things just seem to start going wrong and it's not exactly clear why. I'm assuming this probably has to do with the virus plotline which the editor chose to cut out a large chunk of.
Enjoyment – Never seen the original, but this certainly felt like it could have been a lot worse. Reading the cut list certainly made me cringe at what I potentially could have been exposed to. My chief concerns were with the narrative, but outside of that it was quite a fun ride. The film itself is pointless, but it has a good ending and it kind of fixes the plot holes created in T2 (if Skynet is stopped then John Connor never sends Kyle Reese back and therefore John is not born.).
So, why did I watch this before watching the original? Well, I had no interest in watching the original. But this edit was supposedly meant to make it good. So I thought, if I'm going to watch it, I may as well watch a version that I'm more likely to enjoy. I was also just generally curious to experience a fan edit of something I had no familiarity with; to see if I could tell that it had been tampered with and if I could spot cuts without having knowledge of what would have been removed. Turns out the narrative suffers quite a bit, and I'm not entirely sure this could have been given the go ahead as an official release - then again... fanedit.org exists for a reason :P . Despite apparent flaws though, I did enjoy it and it's sparked my interest in the theatrical release.
I imagine The Coming Storm is probably much better than the original movie, but after reading the cut list I'm also fairly certain stuff that shouldn't have been cut was taken out. I plan on watching the original for comparison, and then I will probably come back and update my review. Would I recommend this edit? That remains to be seen.
I haven't seen the original version since the last Terminator came out, so I don't remember it all that much. I intentionally didn't read the cutlist as well.
What I saw was incredible. It's a completely different film altogether that stands up next to the first two. All the terrible dialogue, jokes have been seamlessly removed and minor continuity errors removed. I didn't notice a single edit anywhere.
Removing most of the Terminators' lines have made them more terrifying than before, they don't say a single word to each other the whole film, inline with the previous 2 films. Also taking out the short conversation with John asking about "Hasta la vista baby" makes him seem like he's just used to time-travelling robots at this point, a nice change.
Overall, a vast improvement over the original. This forever replaces the Rise of the Machines DVD sitting on my shelf.
Again Uncanny Antman knocks it out the park with this fanedit, almost all of the cheesy corny lines have been edited out from this movie,the T1000 acting like a woman GONE,the T800 and T1000 are now acting more like how the terminators acted in the previous movies. this version takes a movie that was packed with boob jokes,gay jokes and time travelling errors and turns it into highly enjoyable cat and mouse chase movie.
As far as edits go, this is a nearly flawless one and fixes the movie wholly. That's not to say it's on par with T1 or T2, but it's a solid entry into the series now. If I had to rate the movie itself after the edit, it's a solid 7/10, which is a pretty big leap from the 5/10 I originally gave it. Unfortunately with weak films it's not exactly possible to fix everything wrong with them as some elements are necessary tot he story and if they're originally films in a hokey way, that hokeyness will remain. Also a lot of the CGI in this film was kind of poorly done (no fault of the edit), so there are just some natural weak points here.
Ultimately, if you had any hopes of T3 being redeemed, this is it. It's an excellent edit and makes the film actually good. It's a shame there's no HD option though.