Being a big fan of the TGTBTU full length movie and watched this with an open mind, as the cuts listed appeared to make it unwatchable, how wrong was I!
I really enjoyed the edit, it’s paced just right, you would never know that there’s any edits, even when you know there should be others in the scenes. It’s an 100% Eli & Clint movie, and I really like/admire these two actors. The sound track is good, however i thought the fade out on a couple of the tracks was too quick at fading out, and maybe should have been faded out much slower. Having said that the soundtrack is very well constucted, and a lot of work has been done to create it, and sounds great. Maybe a fan edit soundtrack release?
Really enjoyed it and I will watch it again, it’s a cracking take on the classic film, going to watch ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ edit later and review shortly.
Review by chancer127 — February 27, 2011 @ 10:24 am
Having only seen Once Upon A Time In The West once many years ago i have very little recall of the original story.
First let me say that Henry Fonda plays one mean SOB and is truely menacing in this, due to the edit length he’s on screen quite a lot,he’s an actor that I never really thought about, he’s at the top of his game in this, well worth the veiwing to see him.
The two main actors Bronson and Fonda share most of the screen time in this edit, I enjoyed it very much, it played out like a TV western show (-the black fades outs i was expecting an advert to come on-)and purely because of it’s running time it felt like an episode of an old western tv show, to me anyway.(But far better content!)
I got a little confused in the last 10 minutes but once the edit played out and I worked out what had happened it’s genuis and very clever the way the edit has been constructed, but i did have to ‘think’ about it to work it out.
I watched this edit based solely on the fact it was made by the two powerhouses of the site.
Quite honestly, I don’t feel the need to break down the technical aspects of the movie, as they are perfect. Absolutely no issues in either the video or audio areas to note.
I thoroughly enjoyed the short feature demonstrating the audio work that was done to the edit. Very informative. I could tell a great deal of thought and work went into the audio creation and it pays off for the viewer.
I enjoy the original versions of both movies, but because of the lengths of the originals, I really have to be in the mood to watch them – but once I start them, I get completely into them.
Completely centering the edit of Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood works very well and makes for a tightly paced western for “Two Glorious Bastards”.
The re-focusing of “Harmonica” was exceptional – I thoroughly enjoyed this edit. (especially as I was very skeptical of it’s 1hr 11min run time). Bravo!
However, if you are very dedicated to the original “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, then this may not be for you; especially as the soundtrack goes. This is an aggressive edit and the editor’s knife falls swiftly in many areas to make this movie 86 mins long.
COMPLETELY MY OPINION: I am a fan of Johnny Cash and really thought I was going to like the use of him in place of the Morricone soundtrack. In the long run, for some reason, I didn’t. It is NOT because I am so dedicated to the original soundtrack. For some reason I haven’t teased out yet; it just didn’t work for me. I am sure I will be the minority on this point. It did not effect my enjoyment of the edit overall, but the Cash songs didn’t do it for me. Even as much as I have always liked his version of “Hurt” and never liked his version of “I Won’t Back Down” (don’t like the Tom Petty version either).