Sometimes an episode of a TV-series is so engaging that when one realizes the credits are due, a verbal "no, no, no, not yet!" is uttered. RollWave's edit responds to this and prolongs that episode. Not by just stacking a couple of episodes and be done with it, but by finding a compelling story arc that manages to uphold the extended run time. And what better arc to use?
Phenomenal work by RollWave, from start to finish. Despite the massive trims, this edit still achieves the tremendous task of fitting it all together. Seamlessly so, I might add. Not a single thing is out of place, jarring, questionable or otherwise disruptive. It even accomplishes to conceal the noticeable transition from an Aaron Sorkin-piece to whomever succeeded him. Audio and Video editing are, to my eyes and ears, flawless. It just fits. Fantastic!
The only thing bothering me, and it's not even a fault of RollWave's, is the quite sudden culmination (with the FBI). It feels rushed in the original episode, but not a lot can be done about it.
It's been a loooooong time since I've watched The West Wing. I went into this edit without reading the cutlist or the editor's intention. Ironically even the title of the edit didn't clue me in or jog my memory concerning the story arc.
Enter The 25th Amendment. In all honesty the first hour of the edit was a bit boring for me, however the opening minutes were excellent at drawing me in. But I understand that a lot needed to be set-up, characters introduced, plot elements set in motion. So the fact that I found the first hour of the edit a bit dry was no fault of RollWave, the source material lends itself to lots of dialogue and not much action (not that I was expecting an action movie!). Maybe my attention span is waning in my old age.
Now after the one hour mark, I was hooked. The storyline picked up and I was glued to the screen for the next hour and a half. So the set-up was necessary and worth the pay off.
Ok time for some of my obnoxious nitpicking. There was one scene that felt a little out of place and could have been cut out and that was when The President gives his wife a necklace. This is just my opinion and not a big deal.
Video and audio quality were good. The majority of the cuts were invisible. Nice DVD menus and credits.
As a fan of West Wing I was intrigued by this edit. I really wasn't sure what to expect. I was wowed from beginning to end. Even knowing how the storyline progressed before watching this, I was still pulled into the narrative and rather than going from episode to episode, I got a feature length movie that was smooth, cohesive and compelling.
This character driven drama continues to build in a flawless fashion that keeps your attention from beginning to end. At no point do you feel like you are watching a televised series with scenes piled together in order.
Every scene was one logical progression after another. The emotional weight of the series wasn't lost in this feature length movie. It had the heart and passion that the TV series West Wing always possessed. The editing gets a high mark because of how well scenes flow from one to the other.
The storyline, editing, character development, music, and drama were pulled together and presented as a top tiered political dramatic movie. Highly recommended.
Caveat - RollWave was kind enough to point me towards this fanedit when it became suddenly unavailable. RollWave personally contacted me after I expressed interest in viewing this edit.
I am a HUGE West Wing fan. My friends and I ran though the entire series on DVD, usually multiple episodes per night. This particular storyline is one of our favorites, and I was interested in seeing how RollWave slimmed it from 336 minutes to a svelte 144.
The answer is simple - Voodoo. RollWave practiced Voodoo. Because to be honest, and having JUST watched the series, we could not really tell where the edits were. And to us, that was amazing.
If you know West Wing, this is a treat. If you DON'T know West Wing, this is a really great stand-alone film, or an outstanding introduction to the series, or a way to convert a non-fan.
The visuals were flawless, even on a DVD-5. The audio editing, as previously mentioned, had a couple of minor transition issues, but I'm not sure how they could have been avoided, and if you weren't looking for them, you would not notice them (I shouldn't have read Neglify's review beforehand, LOL). The story itself was outstanding. One of our favorite storylines from the series, in an easy to digest morsel.
And "The Jackal" as the end credits was brilliant!
thanks RollWave for this edit.Ive never watched this show before but was always interested after the fact.Just like i didnt find out about breaking bad and how great it was untill the 3rd season.This edit has a little of my favorite kind of shows all wrapped up into one great edit.Shows like 24,Homeland,Veep.I have to say editing wise it was great,smooth.Having not seen the show before and knowing you mixed some seasons together i couldn't tell the difference.I also believe you must have mixed in some music in yourself and it fit really good.The video effects and titles were done great as well,you have some good skills my friend.I hope to see more from you soon in the fanedit world.
PS i had the jackal in my head all night