A Few Good Men (Legal Review Edition)

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1992
Original Running Time:
138 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
119 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
"YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" is iconic. It's an awesome punchline to a very good movie. But not an awesome movie. To fix that, this edit remedies many legal inaccuracies, improves the pacing, and makes the hero more likable and the heroine less inept.
Intention:
An online review by two lawyers made me realize that my enthusiasm to rewatch the movie is largely tempered by the legal moments that break my suspension of disbelief.
I cut as much as possible of the points they criticize (Tom Cruise and Kevin Bacon still walk around the courtroom and don't formally submit items for evidence, but there's no solution to that without access to the master files).
While doing that, I trimmed moments that needlessly made Cruise unlikable, Moore less competent, or were simple filler.
The result is a faster-paced, legally more accurate courtroom drama.
Other Sources:
Freesound.org
Special Thanks:
Moe_Syzlak for sharing the Toy Story tune "You can't handle the truth".
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Used the 4K blu-ray as source (converted to 1080p and BT.709 colorspace using Handbrake).
- Lots of trims and cuts (19 minutes) to a) legal inaccuracies, b) moments where Cruise was needlessly annoying, c) moments where Moore was needlessly imcompetent, d) filler shots that didn't advance the story.
- One scene was shifted in the timeline (a flashback now opens the movie, making it play chronological).
- Sound replacement around one transition (using Freesound.org 's excellent archive).
- Subtitles edited accordingly.
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1992
Original Running Time:
138 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
119 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
"YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" is iconic. It's an awesome punchline to a very good movie. But not an awesome movie. To fix that, this edit remedies many legal inaccuracies, improves the pacing, and makes the hero more likable and the heroine less inept.
Intention:
An online review by two lawyers made me realize that my enthusiasm to rewatch the movie is largely tempered by the legal moments that break my suspension of disbelief.
I cut as much as possible of the points they criticize (Tom Cruise and Kevin Bacon still walk around the courtroom and don't formally submit items for evidence, but there's no solution to that without access to the master files).
While doing that, I trimmed moments that needlessly made Cruise unlikable, Moore less competent, or were simple filler.
The result is a faster-paced, legally more accurate courtroom drama.
Other Sources:
Freesound.org
Special Thanks:
Moe_Syzlak for sharing the Toy Story tune "You can't handle the truth".
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Used the 4K blu-ray as source (converted to 1080p and BT.709 colorspace using Handbrake).
- Lots of trims and cuts (19 minutes) to a) legal inaccuracies, b) moments where Cruise was needlessly annoying, c) moments where Moore was needlessly imcompetent, d) filler shots that didn't advance the story.
- One scene was shifted in the timeline (a flashback now opens the movie, making it play chronological).
- Sound replacement around one transition (using Freesound.org 's excellent archive).
- Subtitles edited accordingly.
Cover art by lapis molari (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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1 review
(Updated: May 13, 2024)
Overall rating
 
8.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
I had no real issue with the theatrical cut; it’s a great slice of Hollywood cheese, and classic execution of the three-act formula, with great dialogue. But the idea of making the film more “legally accurate” was an interesting one. I’m not a lawyer, so I’m going to have to take lapis’ word that his changes achieve the desired outcome. From my perspective though, most of the cuts (amounting to 20 minutes) are free from any negative impact on the narrative. The story still comes across well, and it certainly feels tighter. I think my only qualm is the decision to cut the scene after Dan calls Jo “galactically stupid” and she runs off, instead leading us straight into everyone being buddy buddy again. Dan's apology to her is vital character development, and we know that she is insecure about what he thinks of her from their date scene, so it’s not something she would just “get over”.

Beyond that, occasionally there would be an establishing shot that felt short, but I wouldn’t say this negatively impacted the pacing, so much as it felt a little unnatural as a visual edit. Eliminating the code red scene itself and moving the flashback to the start was a smart move I think. I immediately noticed and liked the new opening. Sets the tone well but still keeps us in the dark on some details.

Visual/audio editing largely seems good, but the cutlist isn’t detailed so I’m not really too sure on the quantity or placement of cuts and I’ve not seen the original for a while to compare. A handful of changes were obvious to me:

- 5:17 - fade works, but audio transition is a bit abrupt. Would work better either to have the music from the next scene lead in earlier, or to not have any music toward the end of the prior scene
- 8:31 - this cut felt a bit off. possibly due to visual continuity
- 16:51 - audio transition a bit rushed
- 23:27 - something feels off here. I think it’s possibly because the marines get up abruptly and without being dismissed/there being a clear end to the meeting.
- 1:39:28 - visual continuity - Dan is mid-walking then standing in the next shot


Visual quality isn't peak, but it's excellent for the file size. Enjoyment is high - the film still holds up and this is a largely satisfying alternative. It'd be interesting to see a review or two from any legal professionals that may exist in the community.

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Overall rating
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(1)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(1)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(1)
Narrative
 
8.0(1)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(1)
(Updated: January 21, 2023)
Overall rating
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
Star appeal all over this one. One can handle the truth.

It was bold to remove the emotional engagement with the victim by way of leaving out the Code Red itself. Its a court case drama and is about the acting. Getting straight into the intrigue is the way to go.

Really I need to watch the original again to comment further as had been decades since the VHS machine died when it chewed the tape from this movie. I watched it too many times. Its got a vibe. So went and bought it on Blu-ray and thought I'd check out a fan-edit before watching it. Its good. Basically this feels like that movie but with greater focus I can say for sure. I did feel that the defendants were missing some character that the Code Red scene and some of the other missing shots added. Some revellations of important relevances. Those dreams of belonging. The dream of strength being a virtue. American stuff!!

Been through the Blu-ray now and can safely say Demi Moore is HOT!!!

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