I'll start by saying that Under The Skin has been one of my favourite films of 2014. I like my science-fiction weird and my horror creepy and unsettling, and I'm always a fan of films that use music as an integral part of the overall experience, so for me it was a 3/3 hit.
This edit is a successful experiment in using the oppressively strange and almost hostile soundtrack from UTS to provide a very different feel to Terminator 1. Coupled with some seamless visual cuts, the original release of T1 is effectively condensed into a single nightmarish sequence of events.
If I had any criticisms they would lie on the audio editing front - not in how the new music is handled, but because I couldn't help feeling that either more sound effects or fewer would be required (with the latter option almost certainly involving a lot more work to try and find suitable cues in the music and match them to the on-screen events). However, this is a minor bugbear and not a big deal.
Overall, a fresher and more gripping take on the Terminator franchise than anything the official releases have provided since T2, IMO.
Terminator is widely regarded as an action series, but the first film can be argued to fit in the horror genre as well. In many ways, it could be considered a time travel slasher flick, and this short highlights those aspects. The ambient, alien, unnerving soundtrack really drives home the atmosphere. Cutting the story down to an extended chase shouldn't work, but the editor pulled it off with style! It's quite seamless. Most impressive. I believe that he also did some color correction? Or perhaps I'm just not familiar with the more recent remasters of the film. At any rate, it looks quite nice from an aesthetic standpoint. Technically, there's some obvious compression, and the frame rate isn't presented in the standard 3:2 pulldown. Still, a very entertaining, well put together short. Well worth watching.
Amazing how the very oppressive new music from another movie can change the mood of The Terminator and still perfectly fits as something that could have been used in the 80's.
The music does not highlight every actions of the characters but creates a very dark mood that goes very well with the violence. Pretty interesting exercise in style.
Terminator 1 is the first movie I ever watched, still remember the old VHS I used to rewatch a million times as a kid (with the sex scene expertly taped over with Horlicks commercials by my dad). This edit does a great job of summarizing the film into 15 mins by using ingenious cutting techniques and great scene selection. I love the foley/original audio tracks being so clear, not sure if they were recreated or if it was a clear center channel, but it sounds pitch perfect. The new music is good, certainly appropriate for the atmosphere and is a worthy alternative to Fidel's iconic score.
All in all, a great edit to revisit for a fan, an a very interesting alternate look at T1. Nice work!!