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#427255
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Dracula (1931)- The Transfusion Edit
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TheBoost said:

 

 

I'll see if I can find that silent Sherlock Holmes, thanks for the tip.

You're very welcome. I'm quite looking forward to finally checking out what you've managed to come up with, once the project is completed.

Here's a list of shots from the 1930 Spanish Version that I absolutely believe should be included in this:

1) The fluid camera movements introducing the Count on the staircase
2) Shots of actual rats alongside the original armadillos (why not have both?)
3) Renfield swatting his cane at the swooping bat
4) Dracula walking through the spiderweb without disturbing it
5) The castle doors hauntingly opening by themselves
6) Dracula rising from his coffin in a puff of smoke
7) Dracula preying upon the crew of the ship
 
Also, in the experimental David Lynch produced "pseudo-sequel" to 'Dracula' entitled 'Nadja', that starred Peter Fonda as a mondern day descendent of VanHelsing, the director utilized close-up shots of Lugosi's arched eybrows and hypnotic eyes to indicate the presence & influence of the legendery vampire--- upon & within the unfolding narrative. Interestingly, this footage was culled from 'White Zombie', but these close-ups just scream out "Dracula!!!", even though they were probably chosen mainly because of how much it would've cost the filmmakers to actually use footage from the original 1930 film...If I were to ever tackle a 'Dracula (1930)' fan-edit, I would definitely utilize a few of those crazy eye close-ups from 'White Zombie'...but that's just me.
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#411082
Topic
Dracula (1931)- The Transfusion Edit
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There's a shot from the 1922 silent film 'Sherlock Holmes', starring John Barrymore (and recently released on DVD by Kino), that would be absolutely perfect for this project. The scene in question shows a spider web with a Lugosi-like face at the center of the web. Even the suit collar around the neck looks similar to the collar worn by Lugosi's Dracula.

I tried to locate the scene in question on YouTube, to no avail. But seriously, take a look at the 1922 silent 'Sherlock Holmes' and look for that scene with the face at the center of a spider web...it looks like it was tailer-made of for this proposed fan-edit. So much so that I immediately thought of this thread when I happen to stumble upon the film on TCM a while back (I just didn't get around to posting about it untill now).

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#402134
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'Phantasm: Ultimate Extended Edition'
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Firstly, many thanks to ThiefCobbler4ever for his excellent and exceedingly fair review of the Phantasm Phan-Edit. I'm glad to see that someone here enjoyed my little labour of love.

On an altogether different note...

For those of you with an interest in this 'Phantasm Extended Phan-Edit', you may also be intrieged by another nightmarish horror film related fan-project that myself and my fellow fan-editor have recently completed work on.

A new version of 'Friday the 13th Part V'; inwhich Jason is the actual killer in the film instead of the imposter Roy (the paramedic).

My co-editor and I actually took quite a few ques from our 'Phantasm Phan-Edit' for this new project, we made the film feel much more like one long nightmare; with an over-riding simmilar sence of dream-logic...by adding more hallucinations and nightmare sequences for the Tommy charactor, as well as Jason himself (who has a few drowning flashbacks).

Google "Friday The 13th Part V The Killer Is Jason Fan-Edit" or go to where be docked the Black Pearl, ahhr ahhr (hint, hint).

I've also started a new O-T thread on this very subject, which can be located here:

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Friday-the-13th-Part-V-The-Killer-Is-Jason-Edition/topic/11089/


A mere days before we began this edit, we had nearly completed principal editing work on our unique "extended edition/true fan edit" of Don Coscarelli's 1979 exploitation masterpiece 'Phantasm'...Well, somehow or other, the dream-logic and nightmarish qualities so intrinsic to that particular cult classic have seemed to somehow bleed into and have virtually overtaken the mood and flow of this current edit. It's difficult to put into words what is happening with this project, to be perfectly honest. It certainly is unique, I'll give it that.

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Here's a brief list of some of the changes we've made, but this list will in no way come even close to conveying the strange mood and eerie flavor of this edit, nor is it even close to a comprehensive list of all the countless trims & additions we've made to the film overall:

- The theatrical trailers for the first five films play out in quick succession as "coming attractions" before the film proper actually begins. These will be encoded to play out as part of the main feature, not as "extras", but we plan to map out the menu so that you can skip this section via "scene selection" for those who prefer to do so --- however this is not recommended, as you can't exactly skip the opening trailers at a grindhouse film festival showing at the Alamo Draft House, for example (unless you skipp off to the concessions or duck into the latrine).

- The gravediggers have been cut from the picture.

- The character of Roy the paramedic has been virtually cut from the picture save a brief appearance as an un-named, unimportant background character.

- Tommy has more hallucinations and nightmares.

- Jason himself is now the actual killer in the film.

- Many deaths and dramatic confrontations have been tightened for greater emotional impact and enhanced for more modern cinematic sensibilities

- Most of the campy dialogue has been trimmed to better facilitate a more serious tone and overall darker feel to the picture

- Virtually all camera shots in inwhich the killer's right eye is visible have been deleted, to better maintain continuity with Jason's previously sustained cranial damage as depicted in the fourth film

- many more twists, turns and surprises lie in store for those adventurous enough to dare give this new and somewhat overly ambitious fan-project a spin.

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#400032
Topic
A Legend Reborn - 76' WIP Project?
Time

The only thing that would make the fullscreen extended version worth all the effort is if somehow you recreated the NBC Movie of the Week opening fanfare and logo, as well as the pre-credits preview scenes complete w/ narration for BOTH parts, as the film itself was originally split up into two different movies by the network, like a two-part mini-series, that aired on two separate evenings (the first part on saturday and the second part on sunday).

I remember all this because I was very upset that the first part that aired on a saturday ended just after Kong made his first appearance and started smashing through the jungle, before he even battled the giant snake if my memory serves me correctly. Then on sunday night my mom wouldn't let me watch Part 2 because she considered it a "school night" (she wanted to make sure I was well-rested enough for school monday morning). I was so pissed off that the memory is burned into my brain to this vvery day. This must have been sometime in 1984 because I distinctly recall seeing teasers for 'V: The Final Battle' during the broadcast of Kong, and that looked totally awesome to my young eight year-old sensiblities!!!

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#392606
Topic
'Friday the 13th Part V - The Killer Is Jason Edition'
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calisto said:

Looking forward to seeing this edit.

Thanks for the interest!

We hope to have it ready very, very soon. The bulk of the edit itself has been done for quite some time now, presently it's just a matter of sorting out the audio-synch issues, we've already got somebody working on that for us, and are patiantly waiting to hear back from him...

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#391558
Topic
'Phantasm: Ultimate Extended Edition'
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http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f309/thomasjarvis/PhantasmCustomDVD1.jpg

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The 'Phantasm Ultimate Extended Edition' Phan-Edit is now finished and online for those interested in checking it out.

Also known as "The Phantabulous Phantom Phandom Edit".

This edit was concieved and created by myself and my editing partner, Terminally12.

Look for it on the site that combines the word "Cinema" with the word "armageddon".

Hoping to get some feedback on this one. Our first completed edit.

Here's a brief summary of what the "phans" can expect from this unique "Phan-Edit":

original film names: Phantasm, Phatasm: Oblivion, Phantasm II
new film name : "Phantasm: The Phantabulous Phantom Phandom Edit"
aka "Phantasm - Ultimate Extended Edition"

film studio name : MGM
edit crew name : Substream Studios

Date Original Film Was Released : 1979

Original Runtime : 1 hour, 28 minutes
New Runtime : 1 hour, 56 minutes

Amount of time Cut/Added: estimated actual seconds deleted = negligible, 28 minutes added

breakdown of scenes added/changed/deleted:

added: Mike jumps on back of moving ice cream truck, first glimpse of Reggie
added: Mike in driver's seat of Hemi Cuda / Tall Man arrives in town by way of hearse
added: hearse enters cemetery / Tall Man walks corridoors / brief franchise montage
moved: anonymous girl holding boquet to later in film
moved: scene where girl's scream is heard at Morningside to later in film
added: Mike bears witness to his brother about the strange goings-on up Morningside
added: The brothers drink Mexican beer and particpate in a food fight
Re-inserted: girl with boquet walking up to Morningside
added: Jody's girlfriend harrasses him about last night's ice cream shinannagins
Re-inserted: anonymous girl's scream within Morningside
added: Reggie gives Mike a lift
added: Jody sees Tall Man in Mirror
added: Mike investigates noise from within coffin / encounters Reggie
added: Mike and Jody encounter The Tall Man / Angus Scrimm has a "Scanners" moment
added: Jody hangs Tall Man from tree, rescues Mike
added: Jody tucks Mike into Bed
added: Mike dreams in bed / Mike cuts Tall Man down from tree
extended: Mike flashes back on visiting Jody's grave site
added: Reggie hears crashing sound upstairs / Reggie shoots dwarves and rescues Mike / house blows up
added: longer version of franchise montage

intention for this fanedit:
to alter the mood and flavor of the film while extending it to maximum possible length

Hardware and software information (what was used to create the fanedit):
DVDshrink, TMPGEnc4, Womble, DVDrebuilder, cloneDVD.

Additional Comment: This version of the film plays out more like one long nightmare

Time needed for the edition: 7 days

persons involved: ThomasJarvis, Terminally12

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#391537
Topic
'Friday the 13th Part V - The Killer Is Jason Edition'
Time

Well, folks...my editing partner (Terminally12) and I recently completed principal editing work on this massive undertaking sometime early last week.

Then...we hit a snagg. Though the edit itself was essentially finished, we had incorperated scores of dissolves, blends, and fade-out effects utilising our newly mastered (just barely mastered) womble software to enhance and more seamlessly integrate our cuts. Unfortunately, we hadn't anticipated the degree to which this would effect the audio synching up properly to the video...

So, though the edit itself LOOKS fantastic (in my perhaps not-so-humble opinion), the audio was out-of-synch with the video for the duration of the picture.

We are currently undertaking the necessary steps to rectify this problem. One of Terminally12's co-workers has offered to synch-up the audio to the video in 30-minute increments, untill the picture is entirely synched (we hope).

As it stands, it does't appear feasible to meet our projected January 10 deadline as an online release date.

But we certainly are not prepared to give up on this labor of love, not by a longshot. We hope to have the project ready for release within the next couple of weeks, hopefully sooner.

I hesitate to add that this is not merely a fan-edit for fans of the 'Friday the 13th' films. This is also a rather ambitious exercise in film-editing experimentation from two "craftsmen" relatively new to the art. Our goal was to take a film generally regarded as a "piece of garbage", and possibly elevate it to the level of an interesting, if flawed, surrealistic & nightmarishly experimental psychological thriller.

One example --- during a scene inwhich the Tommy character is staring at his own reflection in the blade of his trusty pocket knife, we waited untill the nose of his face within the reflection reached the exact middle of the blade, next we inserted a shot from Part IV depicting a bloody machete falling to the ground in slow-motion, then cut back to Tommy staring at his reflection in the blade. The scene is meant to be symbolic while also hinting at Tommy's fragile mental state, playing out as a passing vision within Tommy's mind as his nightmares are beginning to intrude upon his waking reality.

This particular out-of-left-field moment was somewhat Argento-inspired, particularly the odd little sequence from his 'Phenomena' inwhich a sewing needle falls in slow-motion, landing in a ball of yarn, without any subsequent heavy-handed explanation as what, exactly, this visual is supposed to represent to the average viewer. It is up to each viewer's individual interpretation as to what such seemingly out-of-place imagery is supposed to represent within the greater context of the whole film.

We have many more such moments included within this rather unique fan edit.

We hope at least some of you all will enjoy it, as we certainly enjoyed the admittedly arduous process of putting this thing together.

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#390396
Topic
'Friday the 13th Part V - The Killer Is Jason Edition'
Time

aka

'Friday the 13th Part V - A New Beginning

(The Terminally Traumatized Tommy Edition)'

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The rough draft of this edit is already finished. Currently myself and my editing partner, Terminally12 (who together comprise the fledging staff of our jointly created online fan-editing production company "SubStream Studios") are up to our necks in post-production style editing tweaks and assorted minute sequence refinements.

The original motivating factor for this particular fan edit was to create a suitable companion piece to our rather ambitious and long-in-development 'Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter: Grusomely Grotesque Grindhouse Edition'.

We had initially planned on knocking this sucker out in a couple of nights, just for fun, almost like a bonus feature for the other edit. As so often happens with this type of project, the pixie-esque creative muses from beyond the realms of quantifiable time and space --- had their own unique take on things.

Before we even had any clue as to what, exactly, we had gotten ourselves into,  a little over a week into the initial "heavy editing phase", this whimsically planned little "one-off project" had somehow morphed into a full-blown mini-epic seemingly of it's own volition.

A mere days before we began this edit, we had nearly completed principal editing work on a unique "extended edition/true fan edit" of Don Coscarelli's 1979 exploitation masterpiece 'Phantasm'...Well, somehow or other, the dream-logic and nightmarish qualities so intrinsic to that particular cult classic have seemed to somehow bleed into and have virtually overtaken the mood and flow of this current edit. It's difficult to put into words what is happening with this project, to be perfectly honest. It certainly is unique, I'll give it that.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Here's a brief list of some of the changes we've made, but this list will in no way come even close to conveying the strange mood and eerie flavor of this edit, nor is it even close to a comprehensive list of all the countless trims & additions we've made to the film overall:

- The theatrical trailers for the first five films play out in quick succession as "coming attractions" before the film proper actually begins. These will be encoded to play out as part of the main feature, not as "extras", but we plan to map out the menu so that you can skip this section via "scene selection" for those who prefer to do so --- however this is not recommended, as you can't exactly skip the opening trailers at a grindhouse film festival showing at the Alamo Draft House, for example (unless you skipp off to the concessions or duck into the latrine).

- The gravediggers have been cut from the picture.

- The character of Roy the paramedic has been virtually cut from the picture save a brief appearance as an un-named, unimportant background character.

- Tommy has more hallucinations and nightmares.

- Jason himself is now the actual killer in the film.

- Many deaths and dramatic confrontations have been tightened for greater emotional impact and enhanced for more modern cinematic sensibilities

- Most of the campy dialogue has been trimmed to better facilitate a more serious tone and overall darker feel to the picture

- Virtually all camera shots in inwhich the killer's right eye is visible have been deleted, to better maintain continuity with Jason's previously sustained cranial damage as depicted in the fourth film

- many more twists, turns and surprises lie in store that we shan't give away at this time.

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We have set a tentative online release date of January 10 before we unleash this beast of a fan-edit upon the unsuspecting public...