Emerald City: An Oz Fanedit

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Emerald City: An Oz Fanedit
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Original Release Date:
1997
Original Running Time:
451 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
93 minutes
Synopsis:
This fanedit turns the 1st season of Oz into a movie focusing on Tobias Beecher.
Intention:
My intention with this fanedit was to focus on the character arc of Tobias Beecher over the course of the first season of Oz. I have always felt that his story was the most interesting of the storylines in the first season. Beecher is the average joe being thrown to the wolves, and his transformation is, in my opinion, quite compelling. While I focused on Beecher, I also included some of Augustus Hill’s narration as this is a staple of the show and felt that it was important to keep it in the edit.
Special Thanks:
Rogue-theX for feedback and help and for the front cover menu design.
Captain Khajiit and geminigod for their help with dealing with the interlacing issues and using avisynth and HCencoder.
L8wrtr for his feedback and suggestions on the photo montage.
Jswert12345 for helping me find some static tv footage for my production logo.
The fanedit.org community!
Release Information:
DVD
Editing Details:
I cut out most of the extraneous story lines that didn’t directly involve Beecher. There were a few things I had to keep in that don’t directly relate to Beecher but were necessary for continuity and to fill in potential plot holes.
Cuts and Additions:

I added some new credits in the same font style as the original credits. This was so I could include the majority of the cast that appeared in the edit (simply using one of the credit sequences from the end of one of the individual episodes wouldn’t suffice). I added a photo montage that is not part of the original series. I also added a custom “Gatos Production” logo in the style of the HBO static tv logo.
Trailer


This Fanedit Was Nominated for "Best TV-to-Movie Edit" in the 4th Annual Fanedit Awards

Emerald City Disc Label copy
Emerald City Cover Art
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1997
Original Running Time:
451 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
93 minutes
Synopsis:
This fanedit turns the 1st season of Oz into a movie focusing on Tobias Beecher.
Intention:
My intention with this fanedit was to focus on the character arc of Tobias Beecher over the course of the first season of Oz. I have always felt that his story was the most interesting of the storylines in the first season. Beecher is the average joe being thrown to the wolves, and his transformation is, in my opinion, quite compelling. While I focused on Beecher, I also included some of Augustus Hill’s narration as this is a staple of the show and felt that it was important to keep it in the edit.
Special Thanks:
Rogue-theX for feedback and help and for the front cover menu design.
Captain Khajiit and geminigod for their help with dealing with the interlacing issues and using avisynth and HCencoder.
L8wrtr for his feedback and suggestions on the photo montage.
Jswert12345 for helping me find some static tv footage for my production logo.
The fanedit.org community!
Release Information:
DVD
Editing Details:
I cut out most of the extraneous story lines that didn’t directly involve Beecher. There were a few things I had to keep in that don’t directly relate to Beecher but were necessary for continuity and to fill in potential plot holes.
Cuts and Additions:

I added some new credits in the same font style as the original credits. This was so I could include the majority of the cast that appeared in the edit (simply using one of the credit sequences from the end of one of the individual episodes wouldn’t suffice). I added a photo montage that is not part of the original series. I also added a custom “Gatos Production” logo in the style of the HBO static tv logo.
Cover art by Rogue-theX (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Trailer


This Fanedit Was Nominated for "Best TV-to-Movie Edit" in the 4th Annual Fanedit Awards

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3 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.6
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9.5(2)
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10.0(2)
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10.0(2)
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9.0(2)
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10.0(3)
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9.8
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9.0
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What, the original show was not all about Tobias Beecher? One would never guess based on this edit. Brutal, gut-wrenching, and to the point, Gatos brilliantly tells the story of a man being destroyed by a dehumanizing environment, without distracting side plots. This edit grabbed me and didn't let me go until it was over, even if I felt like I needed a shower afterwards. The only flaw is that some unnecessary flashbacks have been left in. They work as recaps for different episodes in the original, but here we're just seeing again stuff we've seen minutes before, and thus they become distracting and completely superfluous. Otherwise, it was all perfect from both a narrative and technical point of view.

Another Gatos triumph. Now, where's my Season 2 edit?
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adabisi aug 5 2012

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9.5
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aug 1 2012

This is an excellent edit. Great editing quality, great storytelling. The highest praise I can give is that it felt like a natural movie and not bits and pieces of a bigger story.

FANEDIT RATING
Audio/Video Quality – 9
Visual Editing – 10
Audio Editing – 10
Degree of Editing – 8

(NOTE: “Degree of Editing” is a 100% arbitrary rating that I keep in mind when reviewing edits. This is not meant to insinuate that a faneditor is lazy or not. Some fanedits require a lot more work than others and I take this into account.)

MOVIE RATING
Narrative – 9
Enjoyment – 10

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10.0
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10.0(2)
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9.5(4)
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In an ideal world, I would have enough time to run a smuggling empire from my prison cell, watch every TV show that interests me, and still get seven hours of sleep every night, but the crushing truth is that I don't have an evil henchman/vice president to assist in these endeavors. Oz is one of those shows that sounds damned good, but watching all of it is daunting as fuck. That's why Gatos's TV-to-movie edit feels as liberating as an early release from hard time. It condenses the story of Tobias Beecher into a tight arc, and evaluating the edit on its own terms, without comparing it to the first season from which it was assembled, I find the narrative coherent and gripping, hellish and darkly comic. The supporting characters—Schillinger, Augustus Hill, Ryan, Sister Reimondo—serve in this edit to flesh out Beecher's story as he grows survival balls.

Nowhere in this edit does Gatos stray from Beecher's tale. Solid construction, as if it were a stand-alone piece released by HBO itself. As a bonus, you also get the unique HBOish intro with the Gatos moniker, a stamp of quality and an indicator of the shady-good entertainment to come. Now excuse me as I return to scraping away the concrete behind my bed.

Enjoyjoy: 10 out of 10 ankle grabs.

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Great job! Thanks Gatos!

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higgins jul 22 2011

As an Oz fan, I really enjoyed this edit. Gives the full arc of the Beacher storyline in the first season. Spotted just one awkward shot… Beacher having flashbacks in the hole. I’m sure it was a necessary recap in the show, being a series with multiple viewpoints, several storylines and all, but it felt unnecessary and repetitive in the movie as all the events were still fresh in the viewer’s mind. The end credits looked a bit raw, too, but the movie itself was 9/10 for me.

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Review by Brumous — July 13, 2011 @ 6:01 PM

Grim, brutal, and unrelenting like the original, this is a story of one man’s descent into prison hell. The hardest job with a TV series fanedit is taking the “raw material”, which is a serial format, and giving it the shape and structure of a movie. Gatos has accomplished this admirably and Emerald City has a well crafted introduction, character development arc, and climax. Sometimes this means that plot threads and characters are introduced and then ignored, but on balance it is a good editing decision to tolerate some of that in order to make the scene selection and sequencing feel right.

Beecher’s story is more disturbing and repellant when consolidated this way, so the narration that gives variety and perspective to the story is welcome, and the timing and amount of narration is good. The cuts throughout the edit flow exceedingly well, and the edit creates a real sense of forward development, even though the episodic feel is not entirely removed. A thought provoking and fairly horrifying experience. 9/10.

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