Titanic (Restructured), The
So why do I do this edit? I do it because I want to make a kind of V2 version of the movie for those that feel like watching a more "disaster movie/suspense movie" side to the story, rather than the more romance-driven side of it. Focus more on humanity and passengers during the second half.
Titanic (1997) Blu-Ray (Deleted/Extended Scenes)
While the original film was good, I felt like it was bogged down by too much needless information. Yeah, the original movie edit had the discovery of the Rose drawing and we see that hey, Rose is an old woman so she had to survive. I also liked that this edit removed the OldRose Narration, especially the line about "the slave ship taking me back to America in chains" which I have always found cringe-ey as heck. The deleted scenes added a lot more to the story, and I liked the inclusion of the 2012 TV show. While I reallllyyy didnt like that series from a narration standpoint, it did have some great scenes.
My only critique on an otherwise great edit is the very end. Rose finds the heart of the ocean in her pocket (per usual) and it fades to the (heaven?) scene where Rose and Jack meet up with the rest of the crew and kiss. Then it flashes to Old Rose throwing the diamond into the ocean. I feel like it might have been better to have Rose finding the diamond, show her on the boat, throwing it off, and then dying in her sleep and going to Jack. Other than that part that confused me, it was perfect.
Oh my god, what a film!
And this edit probably only hightened my love for it. This edit cuts the distracting subplot and adds a bunch of cut scenes back in, most of the time seamlessly. There a 2 or 3 a little awkward edits where scenes have been added or trimmed, but nothing you wouldn't come across in original hollywood films.
In some scenes the narration that was in the original was removed. Again, it works seamlessly and the music choice for those scenes was brilliant. Almost all of the additions were perfectly seamless, gave some characters more screentime and opportunity for character developement, showed more of the horrible fate that the people met, etc, etc. This edits feels a lot more brutal than the original film and more human too.
I cried. Three times, at least, despite having seen the film several times. Nothing of its emotional weight is lost, there might even be a bit more. Also, not necessarily knowing whether the leads will survive this ordeal, also makes it more exiting and thrilling. The quality is great, allowing especially the sound effects, which I loved so much in the original, to amaze me all over again. Though the great video quality also reveals some dodgy moments in the VFX of the original film during the flyby shots. But what the heck, it's '97.
It is Andreas', best work so far. When I read about it in this post, I thought to myself, that this could be what Titanic should have been. And by god did this edit deliver.