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 really enjoyed this version of The Walking Dead. When one thinks about 93 minutes being cut out, you’d think a major portion of the story is gone, but that just isn’t so. If you haven’t seen this (I know you need to own the DVDs), I’d say this is the version to watch.
ABOUT THE CUTS: My wife (who has also watched the entire series with me) and I both thought the cuts were perfectly done as far as material being left out. Shortly after what would have been the third episode, I mentioned to her about “Ed” being cut and we both agreed that it was not only not noticeable, but obviously a good cut since the story didn’t miss a beat.
I personally think even more could have been cut, but I couldn’t give you specifics as to where I make them. In a TV series, you’re going to have a lot of drama mixed in with a little action, but the editor managed to keep things moving. Nice job.
TECHNICAL: I’m completely unqualified to make an expert comment, but as a casual observer, I can say the cuts were smooth, the music (except one or two spots) was seamless.
OVERALL: This is the go-to for my second favorite series on TV right now. If it could be cut down to 200 or 220 minutes, I’d probably be even happier :)