"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" wasn’t perfect and had more than a few deviations from the source material, but for me it was an entertaining movie, now even more so thanks to BionicBob's masterful edits.
The deleted scenes help flesh out the story and characters out more, and though the deleted scenes have a murkier picture quality and the 2000s CGI was janky at times, the b&w helped to obscure those issues. The use of a sepia tone for Africa, a gray tone for Europe, and a blue tone for Mongolia was genius, and the damaged print effect sold the "age" of the movie, as if it was made decades ago.
If you like fun, pulpy adventures, then I highly recommend LXG Strikes!
the actual editing to the movie is good. some of the worst stuff cut out, souple of nice bits here. deleted scenes giving a bit of flesh to the story is nice. its still the same movie. it's just not the best starting point. However, the visual work that's been done is the star of the edit. it adds a load of life and charm, making everything seem a little cheerier and old-timier that does more for keeping me invested than a lot of what's actually going on. it also helps hide some of the worst offending shots in the movie, and allows for some less obvious deleted scene insertions.
Good work. Showed it to my brother who has a soft spot for this movie. he had a lot of fun too.
As with the original, Tom Sawyer sticks out like a sore American thumb amidst all the iconic British pulp characters, but he's much more tolerable in this version, which moves along with the zippy pace of a good Republic serial rather than a dull, leaden 2000s Hollywood action film. Though there is precious little of Alan Moore's groundbreaking deconstructions in this adaptation, James Robinson (writer of the definitive 90s superhero Starman) gets some of his deft characterization and period detail through this troubled production, which is a close Silver Medal when it comes to comic writers.
BionicBob's tasteful choices salvage this movie from an utter wreck to a film you could imagine existing within the meta-world of the League, as fictional characters from the British Empire queue into the cinema to watch a now-Scottish Alan Quatermain and a vampiric Mina Murray battle the forces of evil -- fidelity to the source material be damned.
I like the original: nicely done, but a bit bland. There was no real sense of the grime and grit of the Victorian era. Rather, there were empty, immaculately streets, neat docklands, and not a proletarian in sight, all making one think of a giant stage set where the extras were sent home early. Some of the production design was incredible, like the Nautilus, and Hyde (although his CGI has not aged well), the action set pieces were great, and adding in Tom Sawyer and Dorian Grey worked well. But it was all a bit ... empty. It lost the depth of the comic, despite some nods to the comics' richly detailed world like the paintings of previous Leagues on the walls of M's office. This edit's framing the film with an introduction that includes tips of the hat to Maple White Land, Opar and other forgotten fantasy worlds worked nicely; tweaking, cutting, and adding in deleted materials helped the story; and making the film look more like a battered serial from the 1930s, locating it in a lost world of pulps and penny dreadfuls worked surprisingly well in providing a grittier look and a sense of heroic fun and derring-do. A really great job. Thank you editor!
Why is this so engaging, and fascinating to look at even though there is literally no color to it??! There is a bizarre novelty to this people, give it a go, it might surprise you. Great job as always Bionic! Thank you for making my childhood come to life.