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Idea: Escape From L.A. - fan edit...

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I recently rewatched Escape From L.A. and it is not nearly as good as I remember it. In fact, its quite horrible in a few places. But much of that has to do with the film being rushed. There was only 9 weeks between the time they completed the film and when it was put in theaters. That is a very short post-production time. So I was thinking, if not myself, then someone with very good 3d skills might be able to add some new elements to the film to make it tighter. I would mostly cut out a lot of the dialogue that seemed too cartoonish for a Snake Plissken movie. I might change the color a bit also and definitely the music (save for one or two songs). Heres a tracklist I came up with (rough) that I think would fit with the film.
1. Escape From New York Main Theme
2. Rusty Cage – Soundgarden
3. Sweat —Tool
4. Professional Widow --Tori Amos
5. Sleep Now In The Fire----Rage Against The Machine
6. Brain of J— Pearl Jam
7. Cult of Personality --Living Colour
8. Three Days—Janes Addiction
9. Calm Like a Bomb----Rage Against The Machine
10. The Outsider --A Perfect Circle
11. New Skin—Incubus
12. The Cowboy Song— Faith No More
13. Fell On Black Days— Soundgarden
14. H–TOOL

I would mix the soundtrack so that the music doesn’t drown out the action. Of course, theres a few things that I can’t change, like the basketball court scene. But, that scene is pretty funny so what the hell. Bottom line, I want to change the film so its more in line with Escape from New York (as far as plot is concerned, it already is). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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This sounds interesting indeed and I support your song choices. It's been quite a while since I've seen either of the films so A rewatch would be in order before I could comment really, But overall this is something I would be very interested in seeing.

Are you fairly confident in tackilng this yourself? - Or just putting ideas out there at this point?

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I think I could do the editing, but I won't know till I get my dvd back from a friend to see how easy/hard it will be to mix the sound/other elements. I don't have the ability to change the special effects. I'm just thinking about quick-cutting a lot of the bad effects shots. At this point, the idea is there, and I'm probably going to do it. But I would be interested in other fan edits of it.

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the only problem i see with that is that some of those songs (i.e. Rage Against The Machine) weren't released at the time of the film. but if you can make 'em work, power to ya. but I would leave the White Zombie track ;)

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What about a version with the soundtrack music from New York tracked in? It would be fascinating to see, since pretty much every scene in LA has a corresponding scene in New York. Also, has anyone made a preservation from the Universal Hi-Def showing? I missed it, and the dvd is horrible.