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.
Technical Quality: Video quality is nearly perfect. The only flaw I saw was during the fade to the flashbacks of Shane and Lori there was some pixilation errors. I hope this was due to this being an .avi release and it will look perfect on a DL DVD. Audio was great. 9/10
(As a note to the editor, at 3 hrs 19 mins this absolutely must be on a dual-layer disc.)
Editing quality: Overall the editing was excellent. It’s difficult to tell exactly where a lot of the cuts came in. The cutting between the end of episode 1 and the beginning of episode 2 was perfect. The transition from episode 4 to episode 5 was spectacular. The flashback scenes worked great (except for the video quality I noted above). The only edit I had a problem with was at the 2:52:31 mark. The music cuts out abruptly at the fade in to the next scene. Other than that, it was great! 9/10
Entertainment: I really enjoyed watching this. With Season 2 of The Walking Dead having just started I wanted to rewatch Season One and this was the greatest way to achieve that! Gone are most of the slow subplots and a lot of dialog that can drag it down. Now we can focus on Rick’s journey.
Specifically the choice to cut the scenes of the camp until Rick gets there was great. The moment with Rick reuniting with his wife and son was such an emotionally packed moment and you made it even better with the quick flashback cuts.
You streamlined everything so well without losing anything from the story or the characters. The plot remains intact and the audience still feels compassion for these characters.
In regards to the runtime, I for one felt fine with it. It’s a good watch for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Could it have been shorter? Sure. Did it need to be shorter? Not really.
Some may say that you could have cut more, but I understand how hard it would have been. For example, the main plot of episode 4 will most likely have no bearing on the rest of the series, but if you had tried to cut all of it, it would have looked choppy for sure.
Overall entertainment: 8/10
Presentation: N/A as this is just an .avi release.