TND was a film that I thought was near perfect which it didn't need a fan edit even though there were some flaw.s There was too much Roger Moore-ish gags that didn't fit well for this film are now thankfully removed. Now unless you recognize the movie score, the sound replacement shouldn't be noticable for an average viewer which is excellent. The film's tone without the gags mitigates as previously like Goldeneye with a few puns here and there. Lapis Molari did an overall great work with this fan edit.
Improving a great film is not easy, but definitely possible, as is evident in this edit.
I loved Pierce Brosnan as Bond, and remember TND as one of the best Bond films. However, upon rewatching it a few months ago I noticed how several jokes didn't age well. Thankfully, Lapis molari's edit trimmed those out, as well as other bits that did not really bother me, but their removal actually improves the film (e.g., wooden acting).
The technical aspects are near perfect. I noticed one slightly jarring trim at 51:22 due to the removal of one of Dr. Kaufman's lines, but other than that the trims, shifts and replacements are seamless. Great job!
Highly recommended edit.
I loved Lapis' previous edit for The World is Not Enough, the Bond movie that suceeded this entry, so when I learned he was tackling this film I was thrilled. With Last Survivors own edit of Die Another Day from years ago, we are finally on the way to a Pierce Brosneissance (yup that sounded too forced, remind me not to say that again!)
First things first KD Lang's end song Survivor being moved to the start, I think I just feel a little weird because I'm used to Crow's song. But at the same time, Survivor works because it uses a lot of the segments of music that are using during the rest of the movie, At the same time TND is really suited to the end credits.
The film itself moves along at a brisk pace, it feels pretty much like exposition, action, exposition, action, little spinklings of humour in between, Lapis wanted to cut down on the carictures and though it still feels at times that the the villains are chewing the scenery, it's no longer as gratuitous as it was previously.
I thought I noticed a split second of a scene where the shot looked a little out of place, and I wish I had timestamped because I've tried to find it quickly flicking through and not been able to locate it since. That said, compare to some bond edits this is less severe cut of an enjoyable movie, the trims do help improve the film though so I reccomend it for those looking for a faster paced bond movie.
For my personal taste this is not the version I would prefer. I like Terry Hatcher (She is MY favourite Lois Lane) and I liked her character and story line with Bond in this so the changes to that did not apeal to me. Also Dr Kaufman was my favourite scene and character so I did not like to see his oddness toned down. No fault in the editing just a personal preference.
The editing to the action sequences was excelent and I was not able to tell whre the cuts were. The final battle aboard the stealth boat was much improve as I felt the original dragged on too long.
Editing was mostly very good except for one or two moments of editing such as when Bond first talks to Paris seemed awkward. I could tell something was cut. And for Audio in the same scene a line of dialogue did not match her lip movement.
This is a strong edit if you are lookin for a faster paced version.