Phantom Strikes!, The
The madman Drax has embarked on ruthless quest for the three fabled supernatural Skulls of Tuganda! Only one man can stop Drax from succeeding and plunging the world into eternal darkness -- The Phantom!
From the Bengalla Jungle, to the streets of New York, to the mysterious Devil's Vortex -- nothing will stop The Ghost Who Walks from protecting the world and saving the girl he loves!
Thanks to Rogue for the super amazing poster and lobby card!
And thank you to TM2YC for the DVD cover art work!
About This Edit.
--New opening credits
--cut telegraphed elbow hit to kid
--reworked the bridge scene (see posted clip)
--cut all Patrick McGoohan scenes
--cut Diana listing all the crimes Quill committed
--reworked the plane to horse stunt
--cut bad edit of Quill after truck crashes
--cut Diana appears to be fainting
--cut the toothpaste line
--cut Drax inspecting the wall after pulling out spear
--cut some of Drax's dialogue during museum/Skull power scene
--couple small trims in Dax's office during his exchange with Kit
--reworked the elevator/guns/decent sequence
--trimmed flight to Sengh Island
--trimmed Draz dialogue during arrival in cave
--couple of dialogue trims during Drax's meeting with the Sengh Brotherhood
--reworked the cannon shooting the gangster
--couple of Drax dialogue trims during final fight with the Phantom
--created brief origin flashback
--cut end credits
You continue to impress with your Pulp edits, BionicBob! This was a splendid matinée with good editing throughout. As with your LXG-edit, I almost wished for a 1.33:1 crop to further sell the pulpiness. But it is of course hard to re-frame an entire movie! Anyway, I found it impossible to tell where the edits were made. Great work!
Some mixed feelings about the tone of the b/w. Might've been my setup, but it felt a touch unsaturated and slightly, slightly, just a bit, blue-tinted. Again, might've been my setup. Otherwise this edit is great! A good narrative that makes you wanna pop another bowl of popcorn. Replaces the original, no doubt.
Much like the Shadow, I love the Phantom movie. It's a fun adventure and quite charming. The visuals are great and I love the music. Billy Zane is a natural in the role and is very likeable without being snarky or obnoxious (which he also was a natural at in Titanic). This movie alone makes me wish his career had been more successful.
BionicBob takes the fun original and makes minor cuts to improve pacing, improve flow, and converts it to black and white and suddenly it's a classic adventure out of the 50's. BionicBob warned that the black and white did not look that great but I felt it looked fine. It's a nice improvement over the original.
My few minor and personal complaints are that the original color version looked spectacular, especially towards the end on the exotic islands and during the end credits. The black and white lessens this but it's still a nice view. The other complaint I have is that my favorite song from the original that plays at the end of the movie and over the end credits (showing the islands) is cut down by about half. I wish BionicBob would have removed the voiceover during this part but retained the song and visuals. I can see how this might affect the pacing though because the ending shot of the Phantom is a rather perfect way to end the edit.
Still, don't let these minor complaints keep you from checking out this wonderful edit.
i cant believe how much black and white can make a movie so much better.
the black and white suits this movie, and the little amount that was cut works well.
this is the way the movie should be, even the bits that are cheesy work in this edit
i loved the old look at the start, i really have nothing to say bad about this edit. i have already seen it twice and this will be the version i always go to.
I saw this in the theaters with my buddies when I was eleven. We had a fun time at the movies but I have since forgotten pretty much everything about it. A Bionic Bob fanedit is the perfect way to revisit this.
The black & white effect was excellent, it really helped bring it back to the pulp era and made the cheese taste better. I quite enjoyed the movie this time around. And after reading the cutlist and watching the About this Edit video I was astounded by how different the movie feels without cutting a ton.
Editing was well done, only issue I had was the opening titles were too crisp compared to the damaged footage.
Recommended for lovers of pulp heroes.
A/V quality - 9
Editing - 9 visual, 10 audio
Narrative - 9
Enjoyment - 8 (original 7)
Recommended drink: Purple Mask
Top job and a quality companion to The Shadow Strikes!
Cannot stress how enjoyable this was.
The audio mix was clear and nicely detailed.
Video edits were well planned, tightening the pace and reducing Treat Williams acting deficiencies.i
Did have a quibble with the visuals at the beginning. The jungle scenes were all too soft, lacking the contrast one would expect from traditional Black n White film stock. Cannot be faulted, however, as Bionic Bob made the most of resources.
The 1996 adaption of The Phantom was always a PG movie. Sex and violence very toned down.
Billy Zane was comfortable as The Ghost Who Walks, though he was awfully polite. In addition, how on earth he preferred whitebread Kristy Swanson over smoldering Catherine Zeta Jones defied comprehension.
The film is fun, breezy and light, not as dark as many actual serials from the 30s.
Good popcorn flick - safe for family viewing - and definitely recommended over the original.