Enjoyable. Not an improvement to the original, but a great fanedit idea. It was fun to see the movie as Quentin intended, but I like the chronological unrated version.
Also, I think this could have been executed a bit better (cuts, fades, a video anomaly as Alabama runs to Clarence after the shootout).
I will disagree with Boon on most of his quality comments, tho. Reading his review would lead one to believe that this is riddled with errors, when I was only distracted a few times by editing and not a single time by audio issues. Of course, when using deleted scenes, quality is not expected to be perfect. Also, I can sit through a VHS workprint happily, so perhaps my standards are too low, LOL
This edit succeeds in its goal of preserving Quentin’s screenplay and is a good watch. I would, however, rather have a chronological extended version of “True Romance” – or perhaps a true fanedit ;)
Thank you, blueyoda!
fanedit 8/10 (perhaps slightly less than the original…)
I am a big fan of the original. This was a cool way of seeing it in a new light. The deleted scenes are not of the highest quality but I did not find it to be a big deal. Very enjoyable take on a great movie.
I had seen the avi version of this edit about a year ago and was disappointed in the video quality at the time. It wasn’t until discovering blueyoda’s other edits that I decided to give to his virgin effort a shot.
I downloaded the DVD and was pretty pleased with it this time around. The picture quality still looks off a lot of the time, but considering he made it for himself and his buddy and not intended to be a wide release, I’ll give him a pass on anything technical. I will say I thought the editing of it was well done.
As far as the new structure goes, it doesn’t fully work for me. Without getting into a college thesis on the matter, I’m a big Tarantino fan and own every movie he’s written, directed, acted in, what have you (yes, this means I own Little Nicky). I had read the script for True Romance before I ever saw the movie and was a bit confused by the narrative. Then when I saw the film much to my surprise it was in order this time and made a lot more sense. I love the movie and I think it’s the best of the films he wrote but didn’t direct. But the original structure still doesn’t quite work for me. It really doesn’t need to be told out of order and (for one example) spoils the Drexl storyline before we have a chance to see it. (Coccotti tells Clifford everything that happened in the shootout before the shootout happens on screen.)
All right, let me stop rambling.
Overall, despite how I feel about the structure, I think this is a great piece of Tarantino history and any big-time fan of his should dig it.
I thought this edit was alright. I prefer the cinema cut as I don't see why we need an out-of-order structure, as it works better chronologically. The deleted scenes were obvious due to the audio quality and the alternate ending sucks (even Tarantino said it was for the better that they changed it)! As for if you should watch it, it depends. If you want the good ending, then don't watch it. If you want the bad ending, then watch it.