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 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.
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.
So I sat down with a rather bad feeling, being warned about annoying errors by a previous comment on faneditforum.com, but still started to watch to have my own opinion about it. First off: I am a true fan of the original, from start to finish and I did not miss the QT touch in the original. I am also a QT fan.
The fanedit is an ultra-extended cut of True Romance with scenes being put in a new order according to the original script by Quentin Tarantino and also featuring the alternate QT ending instead of the original one. About every available deleted scene is included, some of them were quite nice, but most of them rather redundant, not too distracting or annoying though. The new order of scenes does unfortunately make not too much sense to me, so I do understand why Tony Scott did create his film in chronological order. The jumps were at times confusing and with the location title cards given not always appropriate, as the location changed in at least one scene drastically.
However, I was entertained, loved to see the scenes again after about 2 years, when I watched TR the last time. It's still a great movie. The starting credits were nicely done as was the music. The title cards throughout the movie are kind of well inserted and usually are about locations, where the action is happening now. This had a somewhat pulp-fictioness feel to it, but the movie was not Pulp Fiction, it was still True Romance. To me the jumps took away more than they added.
I have to agree that the image quality for the deleted scenes is at times very obviously worse than the movie footage and there are a few fades that have an artificial feel to it. I also noticed a few black frames during the movie, but it was still watchable for me. Same goes for the switching audio volume and the lack of background noises in some of the deleted scenes.
The alternate ending: well, some favor it over the original one, but I for one like it that Clarence and Alabama lived happily ever after. They deserved it. The "asshole" monologue did not really fit to Alabama IMO, but to each his own. It was an acceptable, yet a bit frustrating way to end this movie.
The end credits are the ones from the original movie, no changes were made there (which is always a bit of a disappointment to me).
Overall this is an ok fanedit. Personally I would call it "True Romance - The Quentin Tarantino Workprint", because of the image variances and the audio issues. It is not an improvement over the original, but a nice addition. If flawlessly executed this might be a bit more.
editing: 3 of 5,
entertainment: 3 of 5
The image quality is varying, which is a bit distracting. The quality of the deleted scenes most of the times worse than the original footage. The original footage was a bit blurry already (unlike my original DVD). There were some black frames and the coloring of some of the deleted scenes also differed from the original scenes. This had a workprint feel to it.
video quality: 2 of 5
The audio of the deleted scenes has at times a different volume than the original scenes, sometimes there is a bit of white noise and some of the scenes have not all the background noises completed. Some more work should have went into this. Most audio cuts are clean.
audio: 2 of 5
The Avi is split into 2 parts for CD burning, which nowadays seems a but unnecessary to me and I would have preferred one file. In the folder there is also an info file and a poster, which is nice. And there is the Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos" #18 comic in a format I could not open. Nice addition, unfortunately a bit of piracy. I suggest to everyone who does not have that comic book to delete it from the folder. For a 1.4GB avi the quality is rather bad: Mp-2 audio (although 224 is not the worst I have seen for that), blurry image. Some 700mb avi movies looked a lot better.
presentation: 3 of 5
resulting in a weak 3 of 5 overall rating from me. With it's workprint charm of containing all the deleted scenes and the huge difference to the original this is a nice addition to the original, but not at all an improvement. A better executed version could come a lot closer.