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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.
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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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