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Original Release Date:
1946
Original Running Time:
114 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
123 minutes
Time Added:
9 minutes
Subtitles Available:
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Synopsis:
A simple update of Doctor M’s Reconstructed Gangrel Hybrid Cut, now sourced from the 2016/17 blu-ray, taking this classic to its maximum possible runtime in the best possible quality.
Intention:
Howard Hawks’ noir is acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent examples of the genre, while Humphrey Bogart may not have been the first actor to portray Philip Marlowe he is probably the best known. The film was completed in early 1945 but the release was postponed until the end of WW2 so that more “topical” films could be released before they became outdated, in the meantime reshoots were made on the recommendation of Lauren Bacall’s agent in an effort to maximise her and Bogart’s screen chemistry enjoyed by audiences in “To Have and Have Not”.

Approximately twenty minutes were modified, some scenes entirely removed and others replaced, to produce the version released theatrically in mid-1946: the pre-release cut had been distributed to the US forces posted abroad in 1945 and was also preserved, getting its first proper release in 1997. This edit, following the path of its forbearers, takes the nine minutes left on the cutting room floor and re-inserts them at the required locations.
Additional Notes:
The 1946 theatrical cut (restored in high definition) was used as the base, providing 92% of the total footage. The 1945 pre-release version was provided on the same disc as a bonus feature in standard definition and not so good shape, requiring de-interlacing, resizing, removal of repeated frames (to convert from 29.97 to 23.976 FPS), mild grading and some sharpening, Hopefully the difference is not so great as to be distracting, with any luck one will be too absorbed in the mystery to notice!
Special Thanks:
Many thanks to MusicEd912 for not only previewing the edit but starting the thread that prompted me to do it in the first place. Thanks as well to both tremault and That One Guy for technical advice.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
• Exported 1480x1080 H265 with mono audio, total runtime of 123 minutes with 2.25 Gb file size.
• Timestamps mark use of 1945 cut footage, exclusive sections of which are sometimes bookended by material also included in the 1946 cut to facilitate seamless transitions.
Cuts and Additions:
• Added fanedit disclaimer and personal plate
• 0:24:06-0:26:15 – Marlowe searches Geiger’s house
• 0:26:54-0:27:29 – Marlowe drives Carmen Sternwood home
o Made an alteration from the Doctor M version (from what I can gather according to its cutlist), now fading from Marlowe in the car with Carmen to Norris opening the door from the inside (rather than to Marlowe waiting outside) to prevent a possible continuity error of the rain stopping and Marlowe losing his coat over the course of a few seconds
• 0:30:55-0:32:27 – Marlowe enters his apartment and puts Geiger's notebook on his desk
• 1:02:31-1:09:44 – Marlowe is taken to explain himself to the District Attorney, and the plot up to this point to the audience
• 1:42:47-1:43:12 – Marlowe removes his car registration papers and retrieves a gun from under his dashboard
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1946
Original Running Time:
114 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
123 minutes
Time Added:
9 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
A simple update of Doctor M’s Reconstructed Gangrel Hybrid Cut, now sourced from the 2016/17 blu-ray, taking this classic to its maximum possible runtime in the best possible quality.
Intention:
Howard Hawks’ noir is acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent examples of the genre, while Humphrey Bogart may not have been the first actor to portray Philip Marlowe he is probably the best known. The film was completed in early 1945 but the release was postponed until the end of WW2 so that more “topical” films could be released before they became outdated, in the meantime reshoots were made on the recommendation of Lauren Bacall’s agent in an effort to maximise her and Bogart’s screen chemistry enjoyed by audiences in “To Have and Have Not”.

Approximately twenty minutes were modified, some scenes entirely removed and others replaced, to produce the version released theatrically in mid-1946: the pre-release cut had been distributed to the US forces posted abroad in 1945 and was also preserved, getting its first proper release in 1997. This edit, following the path of its forbearers, takes the nine minutes left on the cutting room floor and re-inserts them at the required locations.
Additional Notes:
The 1946 theatrical cut (restored in high definition) was used as the base, providing 92% of the total footage. The 1945 pre-release version was provided on the same disc as a bonus feature in standard definition and not so good shape, requiring de-interlacing, resizing, removal of repeated frames (to convert from 29.97 to 23.976 FPS), mild grading and some sharpening, Hopefully the difference is not so great as to be distracting, with any luck one will be too absorbed in the mystery to notice!
Special Thanks:
Many thanks to MusicEd912 for not only previewing the edit but starting the thread that prompted me to do it in the first place. Thanks as well to both tremault and That One Guy for technical advice.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
• Exported 1480x1080 H265 with mono audio, total runtime of 123 minutes with 2.25 Gb file size.
• Timestamps mark use of 1945 cut footage, exclusive sections of which are sometimes bookended by material also included in the 1946 cut to facilitate seamless transitions.
Cuts and Additions:
• Added fanedit disclaimer and personal plate
• 0:24:06-0:26:15 – Marlowe searches Geiger’s house
• 0:26:54-0:27:29 – Marlowe drives Carmen Sternwood home
o Made an alteration from the Doctor M version (from what I can gather according to its cutlist), now fading from Marlowe in the car with Carmen to Norris opening the door from the inside (rather than to Marlowe waiting outside) to prevent a possible continuity error of the rain stopping and Marlowe losing his coat over the course of a few seconds
• 0:30:55-0:32:27 – Marlowe enters his apartment and puts Geiger's notebook on his desk
• 1:02:31-1:09:44 – Marlowe is taken to explain himself to the District Attorney, and the plot up to this point to the audience
• 1:42:47-1:43:12 – Marlowe removes his car registration papers and retrieves a gun from under his dashboard

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A big Thank You to ParanoidAndroid for this great hybrid of the two versions of such a classic! It's not just 'more of a good thing' but a legit improvement in terms of seeing our detective do a lot of detecting and putting pieces together, but still not losing the great witty dialogue of some of the new '45 version scenes.

I'm not sure what the setup was that other reviewers were watching this on, but just on my laptop it was extremely obvious when the footage switched to a scene from the '45 version. I won't say it was "jarring", but I could easily tell every time it happened without seeing the cutlist (I checked after watching and was right). And even in the normal footage, it's not really "restored", it LOOKS like it's from '46. Some scenes are only partially in focus, or have degraded edges, and while the audio from the '46 scenes is pretty clear, there's a near-constant hiss in all of the '45 scenes. I'm not sure how bad the footage was before being edited, so even getting it to this level might have been a great achievement, but I will say that I never stopped noticing it while viewing. Thankfully, the film is so good that the A/V never pulled me out of it! (Thoughts on the movie as a whole here: https://boxd.it/5r8umP )

As far as the scenes being inserted though, you can't fault any of the editing here. This version flows like the story was meant to: still a complicated series of murders and double-crosses, but you follow Marlowe as he gradually figures out what questions to ask and then who to ask them to.... and eventually figures out all the answers. The narrative changes here make this a great detective story on top of being a great piece of Noir, and it's really a must-watch. Maybe you'll want to watch this first, maybe the theatrical release, I can see arguments for either way. But for me, this is a shelf-replacer. Thanks, PA!

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This is one of those edits that belongs more in the category of "important contribution to film history" along with LastSurvivor's "Phase IV: The Evolution Cut" and many of TM2YC's preservations. No longer will viewers have to choose between the two different but excellent versions of TBS, this one has everything you need all in one place. More atmosphere, more saucy banter, more plot details -- no need to ever watch this classic in any other version. Thanks to the original editors and to ParanoidAndroid for dusting it off and sprucing it up a bit for us.
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A fascinating watch.

I have watched the original THE BIG SLEEP many times over the years and it never loses it's magic.

But this is the first time I have ever watched the deleted material and while it does not change the plot or I would argue even improve the story, it does add more clarity. The newly inserted District Attorney scene in particular goes a long way untangling the complex mystery for the audience.

All the re-inserted scenes are fairly well inserted. The audio work is excellent; only the minor difference in video quality hints that a scene may not be from the original version. But this did not detract from my enjoyment.

A must watch for Noir Fans.
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(Updated: August 31, 2023)
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Who can resist EXTRA BETTY & BOGGIE....

I must say, this has polish and luster and is the go to version of this clsasic for me. It may not be refernce level HD due to the source material, but I don't mark down (nor should anyone frankly) when the limitation is the source.

Those extra Betty scenes and dialogue, and the clarity brought to this by having itall in one place is a joy to behold.

Sure, there are a few narrative quirks, but given that we get the 45 and 46 material in one place...MEH to quirks, it adds to the noir feel all over.

The 45 scenes are a touch softer, but on smaller setups will be missed by most. The pacing is exquisite, the tongue in cheek moments glorious and bot, they don't make 'em like this anymore...and more the shame..

Thanks "Marvin" for your diligence and hard work.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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The Big Sleep is one of those stone classics that has its merits in both versions; they’re both so good it is, indeed, a rare occasion when, as Roger Ebert mentioned, “studio interference was exactly the right thing” (we’re specifically talking about that horse conversation).

I’ve always enjoyed comparing both versions, but Paranoid’s cut brings it all together. One may question the pacing, but that’s not due to the editing - this film ain’t no Maltese Falcon by nature. It’s a witty slow burn, and every scene is essential in trying to sort out the myriad plot.

Thanks, Paranoid, for presenting one of the all time classics in a way that preserves it all so preciously. Flawless.

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This our 4th time watching this essential Noir. I'd have to say we felt this edited version was the most satisfying experience of them all.

It was overly distracting to make sense of the plot before, however it now all threads comes together.

This edit is the way to see the film. Have an entertaining time with Bogart and Bacall in this complete version.

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I watched the 1945 cut and not the 1946 cut recently with the idea of making an extended edition. Then along comes ParanoidAndroid and saves me the trouble. I would not change a single thing he has done with this edit. A great job was done on this. The 1945 footage is not quite as sharp but it is more than good enough not to be distracting and the plot is much easier to follow with the reinstated scenes which never should have been cut in my opinion.

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I love the original novel and I've always been a fan of Bogart, but I'm probably going to be one of the extremely few to review this who has only seen the pre-release 1945 cut and NOT the far more well-known 1946 theatrical cut (due to, for reasons I have never quite determined, the Humphrey Bogart Essential Collection DVD set that I purchased only including the 1945 cut and not the 1946 cut). Fantastic! I understand the more famous 1946 cut is infamously confusing for audiences, an issue the 1945 cut doesn't have, and looking over the cut list to see which scenes you were taking from the one cut to insert in the other actually left my jaw dropped - how could anyone have understood what was going on without the DA scene or the scene with the sister breaking into Marlowe's apartment? Those are key to the whole story!

For me, it's the new (to me) reshoot scenes giving more screentime to Bacall that really makes this shine including that incredible scene in the restaurant. Just a great film and this edit is highly recommended! You really did a great job integrating the two cuts together, and this will absolutely be the cut I show people in the future.

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Owner's reply February 19, 2023

Delighted that you enjoyed it so, while both original versions are great in their own right I think it no bad thing to see all the available footage in one place, none of it in my mind outstays its welcome.

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