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As far as I'm concerned up until Vanilla Sky Cameron Crowe could do no wrong. Say Anything... isn't my favourite of the bunch - IMO Almost Famous is a flat-out masterpiece - but it's still a funny, warm, infectious movie.
I enjoyed this extended edition a lot. Perhaps not all the scenes are strictly necessary (the unpleasant smoking woman who talks to Lloyd outside during the meal, for instance) but the accumulative effect of the extra scenes is definitely positive - it deepens our understanding of the characters and the world. Most of the scenes that were originally cut are serious character beats, which when added back subtly change the largely comic first half into a more serious, though never heavy coming-of-age movie. I also found the John Mahoney character slightly more sympathetic, which is no bad thing.
As others have mentioned, the deleted scenes have slightly lower video and audio quality, but it's not a big deal. My only wish would be that the AVI (the version I watched, via Mediafire) used the x264 codec rather than xvid - but then I suppose the deleted scenes would have stood out even more if the video quality was improved.
Thanks for doing this edit Neglify. It's really good stuff.
Say Anything is one of my all-time favorites from the 80's. I really enjoyed this edit, but not for any of the usual reasons. I was very interested in seeing the additional scenes and I can very well see why they were excised by the original editors. The theatrical version was well balanced and the cuts were well thought out. This edit really makes me appreciate the film editors craft. I really wish Neglify would have used the alternate scenes that he didn't have the nerve to use, just to see a greater contrast with the theatrical version.
The editing itself seemed well done, given the source material. Obviously, the deleted scenes were noticeable for their lack of audio and video quality, but Neglify did extremely well in making it as seamless as possible.
I do not intend this review as any sort of slam on the fan editor. On the contrary, I appreciate what he did. It gives me a greater understanding of this 80's classic and the art of film editing.
Thanks for the review dude! I appreciate that you took the time to watch and review, the numbers don't matter, so thank you. I suppose I could have made more of a workprint cut, using all the alt. footage like you mentioned.