Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Real Effing Deal

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April 24, 2010 @ 5:17 am

This is a solid edit. I have seen the most recent version, and I’d like to say that most of the complaints have been addressed. Robot heaven is still in there, but given how much of the cheese has already been removed I’m willing to accept a little being left in (especially considering that the scene’s absence causes a bigger narrative rift than leaving it in does). If you are like me, and you enjoyed the first movie but were massively let down by the sequel, then this cut will make you happy. If you hated the original too, then I can’t promise any miracles, but as far as presenting a more dignified version of ROTF goes this cut gets the job done quite solidly.

I watched the Blu-Ray version of this cut on one of my school’s 60″ HD screens, and I must say it’s a feast for the eyes. This edit was very well technically executed and I did not notice any “seams” in the editing. The cuts were subtle, and I didn’t really notice any of the cuts until I thought back and remembered “oh yeah, there was some kind of toilet / sex joke in that scene before, wasn’t there?” This edit all around comes together very nicely, and it looks gorgeous on Blu-Ray to boot. With all that in mind, this is an edit that will make me not miss the official cut. I’ve now got a cut of TF2 that looks good enough to watch with the Blu-Ray of TF1, and for me is as fun to watch (I suppose your mileage may vary though, since depending on how much you liked the first film you may like it more or less, so I’m not sure).

All around, I reccomend giving this cut a chance. It’s technically quite well done, and it’s also a much more enjoyable version of the film. 9/10
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December 29, 2009 @ 1:14 am

After seeing the first Transformers, I did like it a fair amount. There were things in it that bugged me, but the faneditors did a nice job of trimming the fat. (a hybrid of the Reave and Uncanny Antman versions would be ideal for me) Before I saw the sequel, I’d read a lot of negativity towards it and I thought ‘how much worse could it be? It’s pretty much the same thing, right?’ Well, the negativity was very well deserved. It’s like it took everything I disliked about the first one and turned the volume up to 11. It has everything I hate about modern filmmaking in spades! (irritating audio design, over-the-top action nonsense, stupid characters like Sam’s mother, gratuitous language, etc…) Even after all the cuts Kevinicus made, there’s still a long shopping list of stuff about it I don’t like. I don’t blame him, of course, and we all have different tastes in movies, but I kinda think I’ll watch Reave’s version of this film when he’s done, then that’s it. I can’t stands no more!

What I’ve just said is not a reflection on Kevinicus’ skills as an editor. He did remove a lot of stuff that was even worse than what’s left (haha) and made it a more enjoyable experience. And technically, it’s great! Video and audio quality are top notch and everything flows smoothly. :)

This edit really shows me how tough it must be to edit a movie like this, and for that, I will give it a 7/10. The movie itself with the cuts gets a 5.5 or 6. If I was rating the unedited movie, oh boy, I dunno what I would give it. 4? 4.5? :p
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