"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.
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.
As usual, a BionicBob fanedit that delivers enjoyment out of a very flawed movie.
While this adaptation differs greatly from the source material, this edit with the now patented Strikes! treatment makes a mediocre action film into a streamlined serial type experience. I wonder what Alan Moore would have to say if he ever watched this version, not that he ever will mind you.
A/V is excellent with a great 5.1 audio track and the Black and White / a bit of coloring gives the edit that serial feel that other offerings such as The Shadow Strikes or the Phantom Strikes had to great effect.
My only issue is still the aforementioned huge differences from the source material, but it cant be helped. I sadly have to deduct some points from Narrative and Enjoyment.