True Romance: A Hyperviolent Cut

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Original Release Date:
1993
Original Running Time:
121
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Fanedit Running Time:
123
Time Cut:
10
Time Added:
12
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Brief Synopsis:
New elements of the Tarantino screenplay are incorporated along with a retro, gritty color re-grade and new Tarantin-esque soundtrack and musical scoring. No music/score is borrowed from his other films. Additional blood/gore VFX is the cherry on top of this Hyperviolent Cut. Other edits which used Tarantino's original screenplay seemed to include most/all deleted scene footage which adds new Tony Scott material, including lowbrow penis jokes that does not jive at all with the QT screenplay. Other edits also rearranged scenes at a high level, to give a basic similar arrangement, rather than at a more detailed scene by scene level. IMO this edit is the truest edit (so far) to the spirit of Tartantino's screenplay.
Intention:
The goal is for True Romance to feel like it was made (not just written) by Quentin Tarantino. A new ending stays true to the spirit of Tarantino's ending.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Changes:

1. Opening logos replaced with Shaw logo.
2. Added new, brief opening titles and the quote found at the beginning of the screenplay.
3. Full color regrade with a vintage, gritty look to fit the new tone.
4. Removed the Detroit winter opening and all opening credits
5. Used Tarantino’s nicely crafted non-chronological order.
6. The Hans Zimmer (“Jamaican Disneyland”) score is changed/replaced throughout.
7. Replaced the 1980’s Aerosmith and Billy Idol songs.
8. A new and improved score and new songs throughout give a real Tarantino vibe (no music pulled from his other movies), see more details below.
9. Re-foleyed some of the punches and gunshots which sounded outdated.
10. Deleted / extended footage is all upscaled, re-graded, upmixed, cleaned (somewhat), and re-foleyed as needed.
11. Deleted and extended scenes are incorporated in line with the screenplay, meaning drawn out bits— those that mess up Tarantino’s cool, snappy scene progression— are left on the cutting room floor.
12. Added extended footage of Drexl discussing oral sex, shooting the fellow drug dealer, and dog.
13. Samuel L Jackson graces us with one additional MF’er right before he gets blasted.
14. Did not use extended scene of Drexl kind of dancing around– not in screenplay and looked like an outtake, borderline gag-reel.
15. Added establishing shots of Hollywood / Los Angeles (screenplay title card doesn’t work well for such a brief scene change).
16. Ended casting call conversation slightly earlier, they way it’s done in the screenplay.
17. Trimmed dialogue from Clarence’s father for better transition from the Casting Call scene.
18. Mob guys punching Clarence’s father re-foleyed.
19. Coccotti (the mob boss) acts more like he does in the screenplay, with quicker action, less fake chumminess and jokes.
20. Shooting Clarence’s father re-foleyed.
21. No subtitles for the Italian mobster repeating what was just spoken in English.
22. The flashback to Clarence and Alabama first meeting is started off using altered dialogue to better match the screenplay (Dick asks Clarence about how he met Alabama not why is he here).
23. Removed footage with credits when Alabama arrives outside the movie theater.
24. Did not use extended theater footage. Alabama’s cheering (though in the screenplay) seemed out of place like she was making fun of the movie (she genuinely liked it in the screenplay). The Jack Black extended footage was not part of the screenplay and felt like cheap sketch comedy.
25. Added deleted tub scene.
26. Added extended billboard conversation footage.
27. Zimmer music removal as Clarence drove to and arrived at Drexel’s house required complete audio rebuild from scratch.
28. Added new dialogue so Drexl says he's going to make Alabama perform a sex act on him.
29. New VFX adding extra blood, gore during Drexl’s ultimate demise.
30. The first time we actually see the cocaine is now handled like the screenplay, complete with new establishing shot of the Safari Inn.
31. Added extended hotel room scene discussing a buyer for the coke.
32. Scott had a good transition from the hotel room to the roller coaster. Used it. Tarantino had us going to the zoo which was changed by Scott.
33. Less banter from Floyd to Virgil to be more like the screenplay. Kept Scott’s end of the scene with Floyd making snide remarks to himself at the end but toned it down.
34. Rearranged scenes of phone call with Donowitz and more mob guys visiting Floyd to follow the screenplay.
35. Incorporated the Prayer to St. Francis which is a very Tarantino-ey element of the screenplay.
36. Recut Alabama preparing for her attack on Virgil so it’s now calculated, not by luck.
37. Tightened up parts of Alabama’s attack on Virgil.
38. New VFX so Alabama now blows off Virgil’s head with the shotgun (this is not in the screenplay but I think Tarantino would approve of how this hyperviolence contrasts with the prayer).
39. The conversations of the cops and then the mobsters (deleted scene) is intercut back and forth similar to the screenplay (had to adjust cut points so as not to make it look like a 5 min long elevator ride).
40. Removed the extreme peach colored grading when Clarence and Alabama are on the couch outdoors.
41. Much less banter from the cops discussing the wire strapped to Elliot’s balls. More like the screenplay.
42. Removed the juvenile penis and masturbation jokes which are not in the screenplay.
43. Final shootout is recut to tighten up the action and fix ridiculous looking shots such as actors doing seizure like dance moves while being shot.
44. Final shootout re-scored, required major audio rebuild.
45. New VFX adding more blood to the final shootout.
46. New VFX after Clarence is shot, his eye is now gone— he’s left with a smoking crater of an eye socket and is clearly dead.
47. The Ending… Clarence dies but Scott’s butchered alternate ending is heavily changed, removing Alabama’s weird deadpan narration about Clarence.
48. Also removed the alternate ending flashbacks, added the song Tarantino has playing on the radio, Alabama isn’t so overtly shown hitchhiking , and it’s very clear now that she has the comic book Clarence gave her.
49. Removed alternate ending Zimmer music, requiring complete audio rebuild from scratch.
50. Reduced the heavy peach tint of the alternate ending.
51. New end credits music.

Music is such an important aspect of Tarantino’s work. Here are the new songs by scene:

Drexl, Floyd and a few other pillars of the Detroit cocaine industry discuss the historical impact of the white man on cunnilingus:
"The Pimp" by Scarface replaces the goofy-assed song by the Skinny Boys-- a rap group even worse than the Fat Boys that only old white men ever put into movies

New establishing shots of Hollywood / Los Angeles:
"Trouble / Guitar Man" by Elvis Presley

Clarence departs from his dad's trailer:
"Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed replaces Hans Zimmer Score

Clarence and Alabama on the interstate in Los Angeles:
"A Man Without Love" by Engelbert Humperdinck replaces late 80's Aerosmith

Clarence and Alabama Driving with Dick:
"I Love You Mary Jane" by Sonic Youth & Cypress Hill replaces late 80's Aerosmith

Date at the diner:
"You Belong To Me" by Gene Vincent and “Green Dreams” by Christophe replace "In Dreams" by John Waite (a solo artist that people listen to even less than his real band, Bad English)

In the comic shop:
“It Was A Good Day” by Ice Cube

In the comic shop and then the bedroom:
"Try Me" by James Brown replaces "Wounded Bird" by Charles & Eddie (another one of Tony Scott's one-hit wonders from England)

During bathtub deleted scene:
“Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin (from screenplay)

Tattoo Parlor:
“Sealed With a Kiss” replaces Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”, completely changing the vibe

Clarence in his car outside Drexl’s house:
Theme Song to The Street Fighter

Alabama’s final attack on Virgil
“The Prayer of St. Francis” by Frank Dumin

Clarence and Alabama on the gross couch, outside near the airport
“Tampico” by Stan Kenton & June Christy

Clarence and crew driving to the drug deal:
“Little Sister” by Elvis Presley

Clarence and crew arriving at the Embassador hotel for the drug deal:
“How I Could Just Kill A Man” by Cypress Hill

At end of the final shootout
“Spanish Eyes” by Engelbert Humperdinck

Radio after Alabama has made her getaway in the car:
“Little Arrows” by Leapy Lee

End Credits:
“There’s No Other” by The Crystals
Theme Song to The Street Fighter (1974)

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This edit is fantastic and clearly achieves its goal of following Tarantino's original script. I appreciate making it more serious and adding the slight special effects here and there. I haven't seen the original in a long time but when it got to the ending I was shocked. I had no idea there was an alternate ending, and I can't say one way or the other if I like it but it does feel very out of place for the character arcs.

The ending is the only thing about this that stopped me from giving a perfect 10, but that is entirely my personal preference regarding the narrative. Everything else about this cut is perfect! I would say watch this excellent edit and then if you want a palate cleanser you can watch the original ending as well :)

Great job!

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Well, that's hard to rate. True Romance is one of my all-time favorite films... so I was very excited to see the Tarantino Cut. and I'm happy to say that it's a technically flawless cut and I enjoyed the additional VFX .

The music changes were fine for the most part - but Cypress Hill just doesn't fit the mood of the original film with all its rock(-abilly) influences. Also, cutting within one of the most iconic scenes (Christopher Walken & Dennis Hopper dialogue) is almost unforgivable in my eyes.

I would have liked to see the title cards inserted as in the original script - this could have helped smooth out the jumps between scenes. For example, the jump between Clarence and Alabama's first meeting in the theater and their arrival at his father's trailer is a bit abrupt. I wouldn't mind seeing a few scenes of the wedding, etc., before moving on to the next scene.

Even though this could read like a very critical review - it's based on the fact that Tony Scott already made a great movie.
You can see the effort that went into the edit and I really enjoyed watching the movie as close to the original script as possible.

By the way, I have no problem with the choice of the original ending. Eve if Tarantino has made his peace with the Scott ending today.

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Im being pernickety here about this being a shade or two shye of a full on Grindhouse effort. These being heavy and dark shades, of course. Not putting anything on the table myself right now but with all these stars and the already sabotage happy vibe its an easy shot.

Definitely a massive improvement already in this draft, back canvas piece!!

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I'm a big fan of True Romance and this edit is brilliant. There have been a few 'Tarantino Cuts' over the years to varying degrees of success, but this leaves them all in the dust. I daresay this is the definitive cut of the movie. It's one thing to slap in the deleted scenes and reorder them according to the script, but to have that keen eye to know what to leave in and out to improve the narrative is next level. Then you've got an improved soundtrack, amazing additional VFX and properly done 5.1 audio mix.... there's nothing more you could want from this, other than a full length commentary track. Fans of the original should absolutely watch, non-fans should watch just for the masterclass in fanediting. Well done.
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This edit is a blast!
I really like the grainy look of the edit and the added songs makes this a lot more Tarantino.
The alternative ending without the voice-over and new music makes this the perfect ending of the film.
A big thanks for replacing the original Hans Zimmer score.
The out of order scene order also works great here in line with the original screenplay.

I still like the original version that Tony Scott made but I really think that this version is better and more in line of Tarantino's original vision.

Exellent Work here Krausfadr!
10 out of 10!
I really recommend this edit for every Tarantino fan out there!
Owner's reply January 02, 2023

Thank you dawnrazor!

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