Terminator [raymix], The

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Original Movie Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
107
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
94
Time Cut:
16
Time Added:
3
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
I've always wanted versions of the first two Terminator films that don't spoil the plot upfront, but instead let the story play out in more of a noir mystery style. This is the first of those two edits.
Intention:
My goal was to create a version of the film that doesn't explain the plot upfront, but instead allows the story unfold naturally as the film progresses & saves it's surprises.
I've also made many additional alterations & added some deleted scenes shape my own ideal version.
Additional Notes:
No explanatory text/narration- We're dropped in blind & the story tells itself. No dates mentioned- This keeps the future a threat in our present time. No Terminator POV- It's spoilery for my intentions & looks too primitive. No visions of the future- It's also spoilery for my intentions & I like keeping the audience in the present. I've restored some deleted scenes that flesh-out characters & another that builds a stronger bridge to the sequel. I've also made many additional cuts & alterations to shape my own ideal version of the story.
Other Sources:
Video-
-The Terminator (MGM bluray, 2018)
Additional Audio-
-The Terminator score (Milan Records remaster, 2016)
-Beat Street Breakdown by Grandmaster Melle Mel (from the album Beat Street, 1984)
-sound effects (youtube.com)
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I tried to stay true to Mark Goldblatt's original editing. I didn't want anything to seem changed at all.
Cuts and Additions:
Opening-
-added the Fanedit.org logo.
-added my fanedit production logo.
-added "A James Cameron Film" credit.
-cut the opening scene showing the future war.
-cut the text explaining the situation & character goals.
-cut the opening credits.
-cut the title.
Arrival-
-cropped a shot of the trash truck to remove the on-screen date.
-cut the 2nd of the truck driver's looped "What the hell?".
-new music begins as the Terminator stands. (Dreams of Future War)
-extended the shot of the Terminator looking over the city.
-fade to black as the Terminator looks over the city.
Title Card-
-added a new title logo.
-new sound effects during title. (steel sliding, metallic clang)
Drunk Punks-
-new music ties back into the original score as the Terminator approaches the punks.
-cut the Terminator repeating "Nice night for a walk."
-cut the Terminator repeating "Nothing clean. Right."
Reese on the Run-
-cut the cop's cartoonist "Whaa??" when Reese asks what year it is.
-slight zoom-in on Sarah's name as Reese searches the phone book.
Sarah Goes to Work-
-tighter framing on the shot of Sarah's time card.
-added the deleted scene of Sarah prepping for her shift.
-adjusted contrast & color to better match the bluray footage.
-re-framed to match the aspect ratio.
- adjusted the volume & EQ to better match the bluray audio.
Down at the Pawn Shop-
-cut the Terminator asking for a "plasma rifle."
-cut the Terminator saying "Wrong" before shooting the shop owner.
Reese Gets a Car-
-cut Reese falling asleep in the car.
-cut Reese's dream about the future.
-a different section of Beat Street Breakdown plays when Reese starts the car.
Apartment Murders-
-clearer music cue after Ginger gets shot.
-edited the answering message to have the same timing as it did earlier when Ofc. Vukovich called.
-added an additional shot of the answering machine to make up the extra time.
-improved the music cue when the Terminator finds Sarah's ID.
Technoir Attack & Chase-
-cut the Terminators POV as it chases Sarah & Reese down the alley.
-cut the Terminators POV as it continues it's pursuit.
Parking Garage Revelations-
-cut Reese saying "...Not for another 40 years."
-tighter edit when Sarah asks "Can you stop it?"
-cut Reese saying "...With these weapons? I don't know."
-cut Sarah asking "Why does it want me?" after asking "Why me?"
-cut Reese saying "Here... There...". He's used that cadence twice already.
At the Police Station-
-cut Reese mentioning the years he served in the future war.
-cut Dr. Silberman confirming the future date.
-added the deleted scene of Lt. Traxler & Ofc. Vukovich talking about Reese.
-adjusted the contrast & color to better match the bluray footage.
-re-framed to match the aspect ratio.
-adjusted the volume & EQ to better match the bluray audio.
Self Surgery-
-new color timing on all shots of the fake head to help it look more alive.
-shortened the shot of the fake head preparing to put the scalpel into the eye.
-shortened the shot of the fake head using the towel.
-cut a shot of the fake head before the sunglasses go on.
-shortened the shot of the fake head after the sunglasses go on.
Police Station Massacre-
-cut Sarah asking "So Reese is crazy?" & Dr. Silberman's reply, "He's a loon."
-cut the Terminators POV.
-added the deleted scene of Lt. Traxler giving Reese his gun before he dies.
-adjusted the contrast & color to better match the bluray footage.
-re-framed to match the aspect ratio.
-adjusted the volume & EQ to better match the bluray audio.
Drain Tunnel Hideaway-
-cut Reese describing time travel as "...Like being born, maybe."
-cut Sarah saying "I didn't ask for this 'honor' & I don't want it."
-cut Reese telling Sarah "It's a good field dressing" & her "My first" response.
-extended the shot of Sarah falling asleep.
-fade out on the shot of Sarah falling asleep.
-cut Sarah dreaming about the future.
-cut the wake up scene.
The Terminator in His Smelly Room-
-cut this entire scene.
At the Tiki Hotel-
-corrected the lip-sync when the Terminator imitates Sarah's mothers voice.
-cut Sarah asking Reese what girls are like in the future & the ensuing conversation.
-shorter sex scene montage.
-cut the Terminators POV.
Chases & Crashes-
-removed the first of Sarah's looped screams during the truck crash.
-added a new truck crash sound.
-cut the Terminator telling the trucker to "Get out."
-cut the Terminators POV.
-cut 4 shots of the fake head.
-re-edited the truck explosion so that the cab only blows up once.
Inside the Factory-
-shortened a shot of the Terminator chasing Sarah & Reese down the hall.
-Reese doesn't fall & give up once inside the factory.
-shuffled shots so the Terminator breaks the door while Reese is activating machinery.
-cut a puppety-looking shot of the Terminator coming up the stairs.
-adjusted the color when the Terminator smacks Reese to better match the surrounding shots.
-cut the shot of the stop-motion Terminator walking up behind Reese.
-cut a puppety-looking shot of the Terminator crawling.
-Sarah says "You're terminated" as the press is crushing, instead of before hitting the button.
End Credits-
-slight speed-up of the credits so that the text ends with the music instead of after.
Post-Credits-
-added the deleted scene of the microchip being found & the revelation that it's at Cyberdyne.
-adjusted the color & contrast to better match the bluray footage.
-adjusted the volume & EQ to better match the bluray audio.
-recut so that Sarah isn't taken away in the middle of the scene.
-added & edited music to score the scene. (Main Title)
-added my production logo to the end.

User reviews

3 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.7(3)
Visual Editing
 
9.3(3)
Audio Editing
 
9.7(3)
Narrative
 
9.7(3)
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9.7(3)
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
Keeping the story in the present worked very well. It really changed the tone and was a very enjoyable watch. The deleted scenes were hit-and-miss though. Very well done, thank you!

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Overall rating
 
9.9
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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I loved how you edited this to where none of the future was shown and none of the Terminator HUD was show and also none of the dates revealed the future and that kept the question of who are these guys…. I also liked the deleted scenes you chose to put in and I love how some of the music and sounds was enhanced….. there is one small thing I would advise editing in a Version 2 is when you make it to where when you have the Terminator HUD not shown and it was suppose to just show the Terminator in action and not the HUD to find a way to remove the sound of the HUD cuz it a small mistake but it also makes you wonder why that sound is there and no explanation but otherwise I liked the change of story telling

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10.0
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9.0
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9.0
I hadn't seen the Terminator in a while prior to this edit, and for that reason, I won't be doing a thorough analysis on how this one differs from the original. But I like the original and consider it a classic as well as a staple of the sci-fi genre.

With that said, most of the changes to this edit didn't really improve the film for me, but at the same time, they didn't worsen it either. This is pretty much the movie I liked, just told differently. Between the two (or at least, what I remember), I'd say this one is just as good as the original.

The technical side of this edit is also very good. Most of the cuts and changes were invisible, and nothing stood out too obviously except for one thing: a few of the deleted scenes looked slightly distorted, like they came from a letterboxed or 4:3 SD source. However, I'm more forgiving of this because I know how much of a pain in the neck it can be finding decent quality deleted scenes.

I also think the color grading looks too clean, but that might be a consequence of the source, and not the editor. I also had some hardships with the LPCM soundtrack and had to compress the audio down to AAC via my trusty Handbrake in order to watch the edit, so there's a chance that I saw this in lower quality than everyone else. Take my thoughts on the color grading however you wish.

Still, if you like The Terminator, I think you'll enjoy this version of it as well. Give it a watch if you're feeling up for it.

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