g1orkatsos had warned me before diving in that this was his first edit and not representative of what he is currently capable of. For a first time editor, this is very good fanedit, but not without fault. Overall, this is a worthwhile edit for fans of the show/zombie genre, but as a straight up movie it didn't do much for me. My biggest issue with the edit is the running time. 3 hours and 20 minutes is way too long. Far too much time was spent straying from what should have been the crux of the edit (reuniting Rick with his family and getting to the CDC). The whole Hunt for Merle was really unnecessary, especially since the audience never finds out what happened to him. There was also a lot of sceen time spent on characters that were not essential to the plot. If 45 minutes to an hour were cut, I think this edit would have been great. The video quality was great, but the blend transitions felt out of place. The audio editing was good, but not unnoticeable.
I had not seen any of Walking Dead before watching g1or's edit. But this was a fantastic introduction to the series. I am no stranger to TV-to-Movie fanedits (I've watched several and made one myself) and I realize what a difficult undertaking it is. To craft a single narrative arc out of something that is episodic in nature requires serious skill in both editing and storytelling. g1or manages to pull it off quite well.
The audio editing was invisible to me. The visual editing was ok but to nitpick just a bit some of the fade outs and ins were a bit abrupt but I understand that they were necessary for the edit. Other than that I don't have many complaints.
This edit left me wanting more. I had lots of questions after I finished. What happened to the guy who was handcuffed on the roof? What did the CDC guy whisper to the sheriff? etc.
I'm not usually a fan of zombie stuff but g1or's edit may have convinced me to start watching Walking Dead.
A well made edit, but one that for my tastes has the same problem I find with the unedited show: with the exception of the season finale, the episodes are for the most part all chatter until at the end something exciting finally happens to get you to watch the next episode, which of course will repeat the same structure. The edit still has that episodic feel all through, despite having removed quite a few scenes that are not missed at all. Still, I find that more could have been trimmed for pacing, particularly in the camp segment and also the Latin gang: when their true nature is revealed, the fact that they pulled the gang card the way they did feels contrived, so cutting their "thugness" back might have worked.
Editing was for the most part well done, except for a couple fast dissolves that I felt could have worked better as straight cuts, such as after Rick's farewell to Morgan and son. The only odd thing audio-wise were a couple moments that had music start playing just to be ended after a few seconds (check the end of the Shane hospital flashback). It's properly crossfaded and doesn't feel abrupt or anything, but it feels like it shouldn't be there. A few seconds of audio replacement and recreated foley would have been preferable.
Thechnically, apart from the glitch that has already been mentioned, I noticed a couple of strange flash frames around the 2h10m30s mark (the corpse burning scene). I say strange because they don't come from removed shots, but from what appear to be removed parts of shots that stay.
As I say, a good edit but one that I think will appeal mainly to those who are already fans of the show, while I don't know if it will make many converts.
This was one of the first Fanedits I downloaded and have been waiting for the right time to sit down and watch it, in its entirety. I am a huge Walking Dead fan and was planning to do a FE of my own. g1orkatsos did me a huge service by doing this edit. I no longer have to do one cause this one is perfect. The only idea I had in doing my FE that was left out of this one is I would like to see it in B&W.
Audio = 10/10
Video = 10/10
Cuts = 10/10
Story = 10/10