Tranzor’s The Thing – Late Night TV Edit
- Zoomed in on the widescreen picture to make a new pan/scan image
- added lots of film grain and other such noise to give it that old shitty print look.
- added “old scratchy record” effects to the sound to give it that feeling of a rotting 16mm film
- Added Channel 7 ABC’s Saturday night movie intro (early 80′s)
- added in four 1-3 min commercial sets from 1981
- added in WOR-TV chan 9 “fright night” cut aways before and after each commercial break
- borrowed RKO logo and minor music from the 1933 King kong for help wih my titles
- Edited the movie for gore/cursing, or anything else that would not fly on tv back then edited and changed the ending to strongly resemble a 1950′s sci-fi film send-off
This was a great edit. At times it really felt like a genuine "edited for TV" movie. Other times the concept felt a little forced. I personally would have put a lot more commercial breaks in there.
being from the UK i don't fully understand the era in which Tranzor is aiming for but i do like fanedits that have a concept behind them. the concept that this is a late night TV film works perfectly and the adverts are a good addition adding humor into edit. even though huge chunks of the film have been cut the tension which is one of the best elements of the film remains intact.
on the negative side i felt the hairs and starches were a little over done and become a little repetitive. i would have preferred it just to be B/W with grain added. the ending i found to be a little abrupt but reading Tranzors intent i guess it fits within the overall concept. overall this edit is rightly regarded as been one of the best fanedits around.
May 15, 2011 @ 9:01 am
While I’ll be 33 years old later this year, I can still recall the time period that Tranzor has attempted to recapture with this edit. Channel 50 Detroit (well before Fox assimilated it) first exposed me to “The Thing” back in the mid-eighties when I was still a wee lad, and they also aired classic horror/sci-fi movies from the fifties late at night (although I can’t remember which days they did so…but I’d assume Saturday nights). I was also a huge fan of Elvira and “Dr. Shock’s X-Ray Chiller Theater” as I grew into adolescence. When I saw this, it immediately made me nostalgic for those forgotten times.
With “The Thing” still being my all-time favorite movie after all these years, I knew I had to check this out, despite my initial qualms about having to endure RapidShare in order to download it…but the wait was worth it.
Much like the Thing itself, Tranzor has morphed this classic flick into an entirely new monster; a fusion of different eras in both the horror and sci-fi genres. While the FX of “The Thing” would have been impossible in the fifties and sixties (a span of time that Tranzor’s “vintage” presentation of this movie strives to represent), I was never cognizant of such details as I watched it. It almost felt like a new movie; a classic from the fifties or sixties that was aired on a local television program in the early eighties and recorded on a VCR.
I only have two minor gripes, but they’re more like suggestions and they have nothing to do with Tranzor’s work on this edit. For one, I would like to see Megaupload mirrors for the DVD files. If it wasn’t for my established love of this movie beforehand, I may not have spent an entire day downloading it from RapidShare, which makes you wait 30 minutes in between files if you’re not a premium (paying) user. The other is the DVD artwork. I like it as it is, but I think new DVD artwork based on the banner art for this particular edit (found at http://www.fanedit.org/forums/content.php?82-Tranzor-Banner) would really rock the house.
In closing, I have to say that this edit is a fun new way to watch “The Thing.” This will certainly be in my DVD player again around Halloween. Excellent job, Tranzor.
December 21, 2010 @ 1:07 pm
Tranzor's The Thing
Review by Captain Khajiit
I have often felt nostalgic for television from a bygone era, so I fully understood the faneditor's intention. The concept for the edit was great, and the implementation did it justice. Anyone who watches this edit will be left in no doubt that the faneditor knew what he wanted to achieve and exactly how to achieve it. The attention to detail in this edit was most impressive: from the pan-and-scan image to the noisy black-and-white print, everything was in place. The result was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
All the changes to the video worked well, and the quality is what it should have been given the faneditor's intention. The only point that I might raise is that the lines that were added to the print seemed to be somewhat overused, though it might well be that this was a limitation of the filter and beyond the faneditor's control.
9 out of 10
The scratchy record track effect was well implemented. Again, I sometimes felt that it was a little overused, but I have no real complaints.
9 out of 10
Everything was fine. There is appropriate cover art and a particularly pleasing â€œliveâ€ menu that set the mood for the edit perfectly. I smiled when I saw it because it was so delightfully fitting.
9 out of 10
Editing and Entertainment
The editing was seamless except where it wasn't meant to be! I have rarely seen a fanedit that has successfully transformed a film to this extent. In accordance with the title, I watched this late at night and was fully entertained. I cannot think of anything else that the faneditor could have done. The old commercials were the icing on the cake!
10 out of 10
Overall rating: It's a rare 10 out of 10 from me.
Watch Tranzor's The Thing late at night and you're in for a treat.