Warriors, The: Theatrical Cut Reconstruction (HD)

Warriors, The: Theatrical Cut Reconstruction (HD)

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Warriors, The: Theatrical Cut Reconstruction (HD)
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
The bonus disc owners of the "Ultimate Director's Cut" Blu-Ray have been asking for!
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1979
Original Running Time:
94
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
93
Time Cut:
2
Time Added:
1
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit takes the HD transfer on the 'Ultimate Director's Cut' blu-ray and goes in and fixes, alters, or replaces every single changed shot to "Reconstruct" the original 'Theatrical Cut' in almost the same HD quality. So we can once again enjoy the film the way it was meant to be seen 1979, without compromising on visual quality.

Intention:
The 2005 'Ultimate Director's Cut' with the cheap digital looking new intro, comic-book interludes and comic-style wipes ruined 'The Warriors' for many people. You had to make a bad choice between watching it in SD but unaltered, or HD but spoiled. The recent release to streaming services of various cuts that were close to the TC was a welcome stop-gap but they inevitably suffered from noticeable digital-compression and retained the pinky/blue DC colour timing, meaning some Warriors fans (like me) still felt short changed. So this "Reconstruction" attempts to replace the 56-minutes of altered footage with new "hybrid" shots made from combining the DC-BR with missing parts from the TC-DVD (and in a few rare instances, an iTunes TC release).

Additional Notes:
In 2013 I cut together the DC-BR and the TC-DVD but it was only a simple swap out of the obvious comic book elements. So this second version of the project goes much further and fixes every change to editing, to brightness, to colour timing, to framing and reverses all zooming and panning.
Other Sources:
- The Warriors (DC) Blu-Ray
- The Warriors (TC) PAL DVD
- The Warriors (TC) iTunes HD file
- The Warriors (TC) VHS (for optional soundmix only. Kindly provided by SilverWook)
- The Warriors (Soundtrack) CD (for isolated score track only)

Special Thanks:
Thanks to all the people that have given feedback in the project thread. Huge thanks to SilverWook for allowing me to use his recording of the VHS soundmix.
Release Information
Blu-Ray (BD-25)
Special Features
22GB 1080p blu-ray

8 Audio Tracks:
- English 2.0 (Vintage VHS) (Provided by SilverWook)
- English 5.1
- English 2.0
- French 2.0
- German 2.0
- Isolated Score 2.0
- Forever Cinematic Commentary
- Pirate Commentary

- English Subtitles (just to have something to accompany the score and commentaries)
- Chapter Menus
Editing Details:
- Shots that were cropped on the BR were resized and the missing parts of the frame recreated from the DVD.
- For shots that had digital zooms and pans applied for the DC, I reversed the movement to match the DVD reference and again restored the missing parts of the frame.
- The Comicbook style segments and wipes have been replaced with the original transitions from the DVD. I tried to replace as little of the frame as possible.
- Scenes/shots that had been brightened, or darkened have been corrected. The grade throughout has also been made slightly more "warm".
- The beach finale has been regraded to restore the golden tint of the TC, replacing the washed out blue/grey of the DC. All colour-timing inconsistencies in this scene have been faithfully reproduced from the TC. I felt attempting to fix these went against the spirit of the project.
Cuts and Additions:
Two thirds of the movie has been changed, so cuts are too numerous and repetitive to make a worthwhile read.
Blu-Ray Coverart 1 by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Blu-Ray Coverart 2 by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Blu-Ray Coverart 3 by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Anti-Cropping Demo

User reviews

4 reviews

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9.9
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9.5  (4)
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9.8  (4)
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I reformatted this down to a .mkv, so I hope I didn't lose anything and I don't want to think it affects my review at all, but I'm throwing that out there to start. Also, having only had the Directors cut of the film and only seen that cut to date, I can't speak to how perfectly this restoration stacks up to the original theatrical cut, but I think the best review I can give it is that I largely couldn't tell what had been cut back into the movie and what was already there.

Most of the transitions are seemless if not close to it, and the movie has enough of it's own rough jump cuts that any extra fit right in. I notice a couple of moments of slight stuttering and a couple abrupt jumps which is why I didn't give it an outright 10 on visual editing/video quality, but otherwise this feels like an absolutely essential restoration that does nothing but improve upon the most widely available release.

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Great work. This was badly needed by the fans, and it's THE way to watch the movie.

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Highly recommended , sound and picture very very good , almost faultless just a jump cut in the last third slightly missed but i'm being petty , trying to find a fault in a great edit.

Watch it , and relive your teenage years

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Owner's reply

Thanks for the review. Glad you liked it!

Where exactly is the bad jump cut you mentioned. I'd like to check it.

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I highly recommend this version! This is the theatrical version that we should have gotten when it was released on bluray. It's exactly how I remember it now when I first saw it.

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