Master: Re-Processed, The
- NTSC DVD-5
- Alternate shot added of Freddie getting onto the Alethia
- Deleted shot of Freddie with Doris added briefly as sort of a dreamy flashback
- Replaced Peggy's breakfast conversation with the alternate version, which leads into a deleted flashback.
- Removed the scene where Freddie and Peggy sit in on a "back beyond" session
- Removed Dodd singing 'A Rovin'" and his following scene with Peggy
- Added a deleted therapy type session with Freddie and Helen, which leads into flashback using footage that I cut from earlier in the film
- Cut Clark telling Dodd about Freddie asking how much Dodd's unpublished works would be worth
- Cut Peggy reading erotica during Freddie's processing
- Moved Freddie talking with army officer about his crying spell to during his processing
- Cut from Peggy announcing Book 2 to the Split Saber being published
- Cut from Freddie giving out fliers on the street to the conference
- Added deleted scene of Freddie being named Lieutenant of the Cause
- Removed Helen questioning Dodd about changes in the Book
- Trimmed a second or two from the motorcycle scene
- Cut Freddie lashing out at Doris's mom
- Cut Freddie waking up from his dream in the movie theater, and him later referring to it as a dream when talking to Dodd (for all intents and purposes, it's not a dream anymore)
- Cut from Freddie entering the school in England and talking to the receptionists to him talking with Dodd
- Cut everything after Freddie talks to Dodd
- Added a shot of Freddie leaving a note "Gone to China," and then a shot of him on the sea ends the edit
I'm a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix so I was very excited (perhaps too excited) to see this film when it was released. The film really let me down and I easily consider it to be Paul Thomas Anderson's worst. I found it boring and unfocused.
DominicCobb's edit is not an attempt to improve the film, but rather present an alternative take on the material. Edits that take this stance as a starting point at generally make for a very interesting and enjoyable experience and I can say that DominicCobb has been very successful in this regard. And, although he may disagree with me on this, I feel the edit is superior to the original and makes for a better film. The end result still not up to par with Anderson's earlier work, but this is no fault of the editor.
A/V quality and editing is great. The deleted scenes are woven in very well and the slight dip in quality is barely noticeable.
The narrative is still largely unfocused, but it is certainly better than the original.
Overall, DominicCobb has done a great job with the this and I'm sure any fans of the original will absolutely love this edit. For me it was a slight improvement on a film that I consider to be big disappointment. I can't say I really enjoyed it, but this was certainly no fault of the editor. DominicCobb has the right mindset to make some really interesting edits and I'm looking forward to what he'll do next.
I am a huge fan of "The Master" and have seen it more times than I even know. As much as I love it, there are things about it that bug me and I was very intrigued by Dom's idea for this edit.
I've watched this edit 3 times, since I gave feedback at earlier stages, and this is worthy of placement alongside the original. It's not a complete overhaul (as I don't think it needed that) but more a simple re-structure, to get to the story faster and not meander as much.
I loved the added deleted footage and use of flashbacks to give a bit-by-bit insight into Freddie. Obviously the deleted scenes are noticeably lower quality but it melded fine, in my opinion.
If you hated "The Master" I don't know if this will fix it for you, but it's worth a shot.
I very much look forward to seeing what else Dominic Cobb brings to the table.