White Water Summer: Revisited

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Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1987
Original Running Time:
90 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
85 minutes
Time Cut:
5 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
White Water Summer was a solid piece of 80's escapist fun. However, it was painfully undercut by the insertion of cuts scenes and narration by Sean Astin that frame the events of the film as a flashback. The sole intention of this edit was to remove these cuts scenes and narration and to allow the film to play out in a linear fashion without the interruption of these intrusive moments.
Intention:
As someone who grew up on this film, the intention was to restore it to what it was likely originally intended to be.
Additional Notes:
The DVD was used as the source for this edit, then upscaled to 1080p.
Other Sources:
Commercial DVD.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
All of Sean Astin's inserted scenes and narration were removed. The rest of the film plays as it always did.
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1987
Original Running Time:
90 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
85 minutes
Time Cut:
5 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
White Water Summer was a solid piece of 80's escapist fun. However, it was painfully undercut by the insertion of cuts scenes and narration by Sean Astin that frame the events of the film as a flashback. The sole intention of this edit was to remove these cuts scenes and narration and to allow the film to play out in a linear fashion without the interruption of these intrusive moments.
Intention:
As someone who grew up on this film, the intention was to restore it to what it was likely originally intended to be.
Additional Notes:
The DVD was used as the source for this edit, then upscaled to 1080p.
Other Sources:
Commercial DVD.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
All of Sean Astin's inserted scenes and narration were removed. The rest of the film plays as it always did.

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This movie holds a special place in my heart. I saw this movie very young at my grandparents house, albeit a few years after it was released. Tonally, this movie is very interesting. It has some of the classic themes touched on in movies like Stand By Me, Lucas, and some of the other youth focused classics of the 80s. However, it never really reaches the same heights as it's predecessors. But I still love it anyways, corny bits and all. It's not the best movie, but I do love Kevin Bacon and Sean Astin, so for that I do recommend a watch for those who are curious.

As for this edit, I absolutely loved it. It looks like this was given some upscaling and visually it's never looked better. At least compared to the digital version I own. The clarity has been given a bump and colors look more robust. As for the editing, the cuts are seamless and they really do improve the overall film. From what I can tell, it looks like all the narrative scenes (that were thankfully cut) were shot after the film was finished as Sean Astin looks a bit older than he was in the film. It's almost like the executives didn't know how to market this film, and after watching Ferris Bueller, they thought let's try and retroactively make Sean Astin's character into Ferris. With that being said, it doesn't work at all. It really distracts from the flow of the movie and contradicts Astin's character, even after his arc. His character really does not have that personality type. He's more akin to WarGames than Ferris. And I don't think I realized how much of a detriment the narration/cut scenes were until I watched this edit. I also want to mention that I really loved seeing the beginning with Kevin Bacon walking through the New York streets with the newly added opening track. It really gives the film a new feeling right from the beginning. And the freeze frame at the end really caps this edit off nicely, giving it a time appropriate closing that made me smile.

If you are a fan of this movie, or you are thinking about giving it a watch, this is the version you want to see. A big thanks to the editors for putting this together!

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
Owner's reply July 05, 2024

Thank you for your comments to this edit. I truly appreciate it. You are quite correct in that it was ran through Topaz to upscale the edit (the DVD was used as I did not have access to a good HD source).

I agree, I believe the narration scenes were film later. I had assumed it was due to a need to pad the runtime or to cash in on Astin's growing teen appeal, but I had to considered the Ferris influence. You just might be on to something there.

I'm glad to noticed the adjusted beginning. I also think it sets a better stage for the film and its attitude. I wish there had been more to work with to end the movie, but the classic 80's freeze frame seemed like the best way to go, all thing considered. I'm glad it was enjoyed.

Again, thank you for your review!

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