Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ~Book Cut~

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A reasonably good take on an overly-long film.
The film is a lot stronger removing the Susan / Caspian "romance" that went nowhere, as well as removing the castle attack.
The new opening is MUCH better as well.
However, there is still a lot of extraneous fluff there. Maybe more of the baddies back-adn-forth could have been removed (I know already a lot has gone). And I think the battle could have been a lot shorter as well. LWW and PC both suffer from post Lord of the Rings blues. Too much battle! That's not the point!
Unfortunately I think removing the White Witch scene was a big mistake. It flattens the character arcs of Peter and we lose the resolution of Edmund. I imagine that was sacrificed to get rid of the castle. Maybe the castle should have been reduced instead of just cut? The point of the castle scene is to really highlight their dependence on Aslan. WHen they just blast ahead without consulting him, they fail.

I also think it was a big mistake adding the scene with the unfinished effects in. The scene added nothing to the film, it was obvious why it had been cut, and it totally jarred. This scene alone makes it impossible to replace the original. I knocked off a couple of points for visual editing for this. If you desperately wanted this scene you should have found a way to cut around or replace the unfinished FX.
However, the orchards scene was a nice addition.

Sound was fine, but Stereo - why? Why not keep it 5.1? Docked some points for that. Also the Disney logo right at the beginning starts off very low then suddenly JUMPS.
Oh, I missed the roar at the end.
Other than that solid editing. Video and Audio quality very good.

A good first effort. But I'd like to see a v2!

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The Chronicles of Narnia film trilogy is for the most part a pretty good crop. The spirit of the stories is there, the casting is decent and the effects have aged well considering the first film came out 10 years ago. However, the films aren't without their faults. C.S Lewis isn't a writer with a sense of great detail like his friend J.R.R Tolkien. The battle in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe isn't even described in the book, so the producers have had to improvise a fair bit with the film series.

The film version of Prince Caspian isn't without it's faults. The raid on Miraz's castle was the bit that stuck out the most, as well as the romance subplot between Caspian and Susan. However both of these elements have been excised by this edit, which helps to de-clutter the narrative. It also feels like a much more nimble film. The trimmed opening works a lot better too. The film runs a fast two hours, and there was only one bit aspect of that which jarred: The missing Nikabrik. As the scene with the White Witch is gone, Nikabrik is there when Caspian blows the horn but disappears from the film after this. Besides this minor quibble, I recommend this edit. Thanks SoboFilms.

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