Darkest City Remixed By Jorge

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Darkest City Remixed By Jorge
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Original Movie/Show Title:
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Original Release Date:
1998
Original Running Time:
115 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
87 minutes
Synopsis:
A more mysterious and puzzling movie. Several scenes were re-ordered and were given some fresh music cues.
Intention:
DARK CITY, the amazing film directed by Alex Proyas, has always had a special place in my heart.
And while thinking about my next fan edit, I remembered the audio commentary, were Proyas reveals that the voice over at the beginning of the film was dictated upon by the studio. That’s all it took. Remixed by Jorge’s attempt is not to speed up the action (it’s already fast) but instead, to not give away too soon what the film is about. More mystery. Hope you enjoy.
Additional Notes:
PROJECT TIME:


planning: 2 days

editing: 22 days 

sound editing: 222 days 

trailer: trailers? I just cut a movie here!

DVD layout and features: 2222 days

persons involved: Just Me.
Release Information:
DVD
Editing Details:
- Many cuts and trims to remember.
Cuts and Additions:
Chapter Menu:

01. John Murdoch
02. The Strangers
03. Emma
04. Goldfish in a Tub
05. He Can Tune!
06. All this Moisture
07. The Way to Shell Beach
08. Tuning Begins
09. The Night has a 1000 Eyes
10. You’re Murdoch
11. What’s Happening, Inspector?
12. Explain This!
13. I call them The Strangers
14. Remember!
15. To Shell Beach
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1998
Original Running Time:
115 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
87 minutes
Synopsis:
A more mysterious and puzzling movie. Several scenes were re-ordered and were given some fresh music cues.
Intention:
DARK CITY, the amazing film directed by Alex Proyas, has always had a special place in my heart.
And while thinking about my next fan edit, I remembered the audio commentary, were Proyas reveals that the voice over at the beginning of the film was dictated upon by the studio. That’s all it took. Remixed by Jorge’s attempt is not to speed up the action (it’s already fast) but instead, to not give away too soon what the film is about. More mystery. Hope you enjoy.
Additional Notes:
PROJECT TIME:


planning: 2 days

editing: 22 days 

sound editing: 222 days 

trailer: trailers? I just cut a movie here!

DVD layout and features: 2222 days

persons involved: Just Me.
Release Information:
DVD
Editing Details:
- Many cuts and trims to remember.
Cuts and Additions:
Chapter Menu:

01. John Murdoch
02. The Strangers
03. Emma
04. Goldfish in a Tub
05. He Can Tune!
06. All this Moisture
07. The Way to Shell Beach
08. Tuning Begins
09. The Night has a 1000 Eyes
10. You’re Murdoch
11. What’s Happening, Inspector?
12. Explain This!
13. I call them The Strangers
14. Remember!
15. To Shell Beach
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8.9
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Video is a bit low quality, dialogue is muffled. Still watchable though. Very well edited, both video and audio - seamless throughout.

Pace is a lot higher than in the original early on due to cutting and reordering of scenes - about 23 minutes has been cut in total - although I'm a little unclear on why some things were moved. Additionally, some of the clues have been removed, and the edit increase the mystery surrounding the Strangers by showing less of them early on. It's also important to note that this edit removes the awful narration from the beginning - before the Extended Cut did it one year later.

I personally preferred the slower pace of the DC, which fits better with the noir mood of the film, whilst this one feels more like a thriller at times. The slower build up and suspense in the original made the reveal more cathartic, whilst the impact is somewhat lessened in my opinion by moving through events a little quicker and spending less time on character development. This isn't completely Jorge's fault as the TC had 11 minutes less material than the DC released in 2008. Additionally, I don't feel the rescores matched the mood of the film.

All in all, if you found Dark City boring or too slow, then this edit will redeem it for you, whilst if you enjoyed the slower pace of the noir-esque Director's Cut, I'd stick with that version. Either way, don't watch the Theatrical Cut!
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9.0
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9.0
Video quality was perfectly acceptable to me. Editing was seamless.

I love love love love Dark City. I had been hesitant to watch this edit for awhile because of that (also because KBM barely tells us anything about the changes he made). This improved version is great! I still prefer the Director’s Cut but this version is much stronger than the theatrical.

A/V Quality - 10
Editing - 10
Narrative - 9
Enjoyment - 9 (Director’s Cut 10)

Recommended drink: Pinot Noir

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Dark City was one of the touchstones of the early DVD era.
The film was embraced by the geeks, and derided by them. Likewise, the pacing and the acting.
For all that, Dark City was a showroom demo disc, along with Blade, Matrix, Blade Runner, and dominated the charts in Video Business Retailer when it came out.
This was always an excellent example of SciFi Noir. Jorge's version is slightly darker, done with trims.
Jorge's version was outstanding on a technical level.
Video edits were clean and helped propel the pace. I did not find the narrative any more mysterious, however.
Audio modifications were noticeable. Sometimes the new scoring worked, other times not.
A bit too much accordion for my liking, though chalk that down to personal taste.
Otherwise, highly recommended.

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dwightfry78 oct 17 2010

This was at the same time a great edit and a disappointment. A great edit because it delivered a way more enjoyable version of the movie than the original (granted, it’s been a while since I saw that, but I remember it being a great idea buried behind excessive bloat and cliches, plus giving me a literal headache because of the nonstop overloud score, both of which problems were considerably toned down in Jorge’s version) and because the editing is totally invisible regarding video, audio, and narrative rhythm, no one would say this was not a theatrical release! But a disappointment because Jorge has us used to brilliantly conceived dark endings, so it was a letdown to find out this kept the original’s Hollywood conclusion. Now, I see this edit is rather old so maybe Jorge had yet to reach his most creative self, but this screamed for a Brazil type of ending, [SPOILER]cutting right from the injection to the sunny coda, skipping the whole literal deus-ex-machina, the boom-bang climax, the Raven-like duel between John and Unmasked Vader, and all that. [/SPOILER] Maybe Jorge would consider a 2.0 version? This is too good an edit to be marred by a goofy blockbuster-type finale.

Video quality was pretty good yet far from perfect, showing some blocking and interlaced bits here and there. Audio was fine, I don’t have a proper home cinema but there doesn’t seem to be any flaws. No DVD extras.

Overall this gets an 8/10. Fine, but falling short of the standards Jorge would later achieve.
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So, how do you get to Shell Beach and when was the last time you saw daylight?

I think I may only be able to answer one of those questions. But now is not the time for spoilers...Let's get on with the review!



It's one of those films you have to be in the mood to watch. I had already seen the Director's Cut earlier this year, but admittedly I just wasn't in the mood and I had to stop and start a few times. Before then I had watched the original version and that was over a decade ago, which I enjoyed. But I suppose time and Dark City can both play tricks with your mind.

With Darkest City, I arrived half-hoping half-expecting that it would be a perfect blend of both the original and the directors cut. I can't tell you if that was really the case, but I did find the edit a lot easier to watch on this occasion. As others have said, scenes have been moved around and it must help with the flow of the film. Without spoiling the plot for anyone, the twists and shocks in the film stand out a little more in this, so I think the editing did improve on the film. I also noticed Richard O'Brien's presence a lot more here too. He does a brilliant job.

Another previous reviewer said the music was distracting. I disagree and I couldn't find any fault with the audio at all. The visuals look superb, which is pretty decent for an edit that'll be 15 years old in April!

Overall I don't think this influential cult sci-fic mystery will ever be a top favourite of mine, but it's a solid film and I would watch it again in another few years. I recommend it to others to give it a viewing, even if it's just to watch Richard O'Brien.

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This is a great edit. The quality was very good for a DVD. Technically, this was very well done. This movie has an insane amount of cuts in it, and the reordering helped strengthen the narrative. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The new musical cues were interesting. I liked some more than others but I appreciated what you were going for.

I would say that we find out kind of what's going on early on, but I like the narrative flow of your edit more than the theatrical cut. I watched this with my wife who was also a big fan of the movie but hadn't seen it in 15 years. She couldn't figure out what had been cut because everything worked with no logic gaps. That's strong praise right there.

Overall, very well done.

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