Frighteners Recut, The
- NTSC DVD-5
This is my second edit in HD and for right now I’m just making a 720 MP4 and a DVD5. I doubt in the future I’ll make a BD since you can easily hook up a laptop to a TV. Hell you could probably plug your phone into your TV and it’ll still look shiny.
Cut the “What’s this Shadow of Death thing…” exchange in the newspaper office.
Cut the walking chicken during the attack on Ray and Lucy. (DC Scene)
Cut Stuart throwing up.
Cut some of the ghost humor when we first meet them. Cut Cyrus’ “A-Double-A-C” rant (theatrical scene) and the ensuing DC scene of Stuart wanting to stand up to Frank.
Cut Judge’s bit about his ectoplasm drying up.
Cut the scene where Frank gets a letter from the bank and needs to get $15,000 nao and blah blah blah. (DC scene)
Cut Frank and Judge driving. (DC scene)
Cut Ray failing to open the door. (DC scene)
Cut the mummy bit in the museum fight. Cut the revolving door gag shortly after.
Cut Ray talking to Lucy in the car. (DC scene)
The second hour of the flick is pretty much the same.
Cut the epilogue scene. Sure it’s short and harmless and it’s usually good to end a movie with people happy and in love but meh whatever. I usually turn the film off right before this scene.
Overview - Frighteners is one of those Horror films I watch every couple of years. Peter Jackson’s career was ascending rapidly at this stage, having nailed a hit with Heavenly Creatures and bracing for the challenge of Lord Of The Rings.
As a genre film, Frighteners remains the uneasy mix. Part Mystery, part Thriller, all Horror, it is undermined by bad comedy. Silliness, stupidity. Several cringe sequences make the Stooges look like Woody Allen. Any improvement on that score is well applauded.
Video - As expected, excellent work here. I never missed a single trim, though deep in the film I realized I had not winced yet. The moments I had hated were gone. The colours were fine, maybe subdued, but that is Jackson’s palette.
Audio - Highly dynamic 5.1 mix. Dialogue was clean and focused. There were no subtitles, but I never needed them. Just checked after the fact.
Narrative - Because this was a light edit, there was no alteration whatsoever.
Enjoyment - Oh, yeah. Won’t be watching my original any more. Neglify’s version is now my preferred Frighteners. The original never lagged for me. I saw it at the theater and it was fun. The ghost effects were excellent. In my mind, better than what was later rendered with the Dunharrow Shadow Host from Return Of The Kind.
No, my main problem was always the humour. Silly rather than clever, dull witted rather than razor sharp. Most of Jackson’s jokes are sophomoric at best. (Feebles, however, remains a brilliant exception.) Neglify excised all the stupidity. The trims might be light, but they are effective. Stellar job, total improvement.