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.
First of all, I wish I had gotten this LONG ago! I loved it! This was a great movie to do over in this style. The feel of it was perfect, from the darkness, to the hard cuts, to the odd choices for commercial breaks, etc… (nice ads, too. I remembered a couple of them) Everything clicked.
I’m going to be highly recommending this for sure! I’ll give it a well deserved 9/10. :)
P.S. If you can, try to catch “Off Beat Cinema” (http://www.offbeatcinema.com/), which I catch Saturday nights on the Buffalo ABC affiliate. It is hosted by beatniks in black and white and features mostly old black and white oddities, many being 50′s sci-fi schlock. It’s very much in the vein of this edit, just without chopping up the movies like they used to. Fun stuff!
Been meaning to watch this for probably close to a year. Watched it just now. I LOVED it!! The new opening is a great way to get the story going. The new ending was also a great way to get to the conclusion faster. The commercials are what did it for me. It was definitely cool seeing commercials for stores based in NYC since that’s where I’m from.
My only dislike was presenting this in black and white. I was really looking forward to see the grainy-ness and color deterioration. Now, I understand that since the original is in black and white, maybe that’s what you were going for. Then again, I was born in 1984, so I obviously can’t connect with what you’re aiming for from a nostalgic viewpoint. However, what attracted me to this fan edit is my obsession for nostalgia. I loved Grindhouse. I can still remember the commercials and tv station logos for movies I watched as a kid that my mom taped off of tv. Also because this is one of my favorite movies of course.