Phase IV: The Evolution Cut

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This is a great edit that I heartily recommend to anyone who wants some contemplative, old skool sci-fi. It didn't really click with me personally as a film, though. (Full thoughts here: https://boxd.it/2zbiAp)

Honestly, the close-up photography sequences often go on too long and just have little-to-no context without the narration. I think they needed trimming to avoid being sleep-inducing and indulgent. And then as a film there are just still a fair few goofy moments and bits of really muddled accents and dodgy acting...easy to see why this was used for MST3K.

Overall, this edit turns the famous flop into a genuinely respectable movie. The new musical choices mostly worked well for me (again, a bit droning and sleep-inducing at a few points) and the visual quality was fantastic. Looks really great for how old this film was. This ultimately just wasn't really my kind of movie and I had a hard time taking it as seriously as it seems to want (I might have burst out laughing at a few of the human/ant physical battles). But an amazing editing feat that is sure to find its audience.

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This is absolutely incredible.

I am a huge fan of Saul Bass. Phase IV and his short film the Quest are among my favorite movies of all time. I was really excited to see someone had taken on this film. But I can't imagine how Lastsurvivor did this. The audio and video edits were seamless. The changes were all respectfully and only enhanced the original movie. I like the new ending a lot. Congratulations to the editor on an amazing accomplishment.

I highly recommend this.

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