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Sopranos Season One

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Sopranos: Season One (parts 1 and 2)
Edited by Horace the Butcher

Intention: Up until now my only editing experience has been the Star Wars prequels (and ROTJ) where the goal was to salvage a (mostly) bad movie by removing childish and/or stupid content. Editing the Sopranos has been a totally different experience. My intention with this edit is to focus on the main story arc. My only complaint with the series is that it was bloated with unnecessary subplots that had no bearing on the main story. If you watched the series as it aired from week to week you may remember that some episodes were really exciting and full of tension while others seemed like filler material. I wanted to remove the filler while retaining the tension between Tony and his family, his business associates, and Dr. Melfi. Nothing of consequence has been cut (in my opinion) and I think it makes for a stronger story.

Details: I watched the entire season and took notes on each episode regarding what I wanted to keep and what I thought should be cut. Although this is cut into two long movies it still has an episodic feel. You can tell where many episodes end due to the dramatic music and a fade to black, so I’ll make the cutlist by episode.

EP1 – This episode introduces the main characters and sets up the story so not much was cut, but there were a couple things that I felt could go
- There is a scene during Tony’s first visit to Dr. Melfi where he explains (in a voiceover) how he feels like he is coming into the business at the end, after the good times are over. I moved that voiceover to the very beginning when Tony is alone in Dr. Melfi’s waiting room. It provides a good example of how Tony feels about his life
- I removed the references to Meadow going (or not going) to Aspen with Hunter. I also removed the scene where Carmella and Meadow discuss their traditional trip to New York. I wanted to cut down on Meadow and Anthony Jr. as much as possible without removing necessary information.
EP2 – Like the first episode this episode contains a lot of necessary information, so it couldn’t be cut drastically
- Cut the “inspired and inspiring” bit from the Melfi visit and from Tony’s argument with Livia. I thought it was dumb
- Cut references to the year 2000 and “the millennium” from the Christopher and Brendan conversation
- Cut the teachers stolen car subplot
EP3 – This episode was the first to allow for some heavier cutting. This would continue until episode 11 when the seasons events started to draw to a conclusion.
- Cut the first two visits to Dr. Melfi. I thought the Tony/Dr. Melfi relationship was a little over the top. He is constantly storming out of sessions or telling her that he loves her. It lessens the effect of him really getting angry towards the end of the season.
- Cut the conversation between Meadow and Hunter about Berkley
- Cut Tony and Carmellas visit to Artie’s house. There are already enough examples of the class differences between them and enough instances of Artie’s wife warning him about getting financially involved with Tony
- Cut bedroom scene where Tony and Carmella discuss her fundraising dinner and the following scene where Meadow and Hunter are on the phone discussing buying crystal meth. I would have liked to cut this subplot from the movie entirely, but references to it are made during important scenes and removing them created severe audio issues.
- Cut the scene where Tony visits Jackie in the hospital and hires a stripper to pose as a nurse.
- Cut the part of the fundraising dinner where Artie and Tony throw food at each other
- Cut any reference to the “scam” painting in Melfi’s waiting room
- Cut discussion of Hasidic Jews from Melfi visit
- Trimmed Meadows choir recital

EP4
- Cut Tony’s dream about Dr. Melfi
- Cut Anthony Jr. fight at school subplot
- Cut Meadow and Anthony Jr. discussion of Tony being in the Mafia
- Cut stripper saying “I’ll never forget where I was” when Jackie dies
- Cut Anthony Jr. and Meadow from Jackie’s funeral
EP5
- Cut entire episode (Tony taking Meadow on tour of colleges and running into a former mobster who is now in witness protection) except for Carmella and Father Phil at house while Tony and kids are away.
EP6
- Cut more of Tony’s dreams
- Cut Prozac side effect issue
- Cut Tony and Melfi’s business suit discussion. All instances of Tony being attracted to Melfi have been cut. It is enough that Dr. Melfi being a woman adds to the tension between Tony and Carmella.
- Melfi car trouble subplot cut

EP7 (beginning of part 2)
- Cut entire episode except Anthony Jr. getting caught drinking at school and the following dinner scene where he is told that part of his punishment is to visit his grandmother
- Moved the Anthony Jr./Livia discussion about Tony seeing a psychiatrist to fit into later events
EP8
- Cut Christopher dream
- Cut first scene where Christopher is working on script
- Cut Dr. Melfi’s family “ginzo gravy” dinner discussion
- Cut news footage about Federal indictments. They are delivering news we already know
- Cut Tony and Carmella’s tricky plan to get Livia out of her apartment at Green Grove Retirement Community. She is there being visited by Anthony Jr.
- Cut a little bit from Tony and Christopher’s car conversation
- Cut Dr. Melfi and ex-husband discussion
- Cut Soprano dinner discussion about the accomplishments of Italians
- Cut Tony’s visit to Dr. Melfi where they fight over payment for a missed session
- Cut Melfi, son, ex-husband visit to psychiatrist
EP9
- Cut soccer coach subplot and anything related to it.
- Only scenes from this episode that were kept were the ones pertaining to Uncle Jr.’s activities while in Boca Raton and Tony teasing him about it which added to the tension between them
EP10
- Cut entire episode (Massive Genius) except Columbian assassination and big score in beginning. Cut right from that to brothel in next episode, as if they are celebrating their big score
EP11
- Cut some of the Tony and Vin discussion in the brothel
- Cut “what’s a bordello?” breakfast conversation
- Cut Tony discussion with Debbie after Vin kills himself
EP12
- Cut hot Italian woman housesitting for the Cusamanos and all subsequent references to her
- Cut Meadow and Anthony Jr. conversation outside hospital room
- Cut Dr. Melfi session in her car
- Cut Melfi phone conversation with Tony

EP13
- Cut reference to ducks flying off with Tony’s penis
- Cut Anthony Jr. saying joint at dinner
- Cut “music manager” reference from Artie and wife conversation
- Cut second conversation between Artie and Father Phil


Editing was done in Sony Vegas 9, the small amount of audio editing that was necessary was done with Adobe Audition 1.5, encoding was done with TMPGEnc 4.

Original Runtime: This season has a total of 673 minutes of content spread over 13 episodes which makes the average episode about 52 min. If we estimate that without the intro song and the end credits each episode is about 45 minutes that gives us 585 minutes (or 9 hours 45 min) of content.
New Runtime: The first season has been cut into two long movies. The first movie is 193 min (3 hours 13 min) and the second movie is 174 min (2 hours 54 min) which gives us a total of 367 min (6 hours 7 min). So approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes of actual content (not including intro and credits) have been removed from this season. Available in DVD or AVI format (upon approval)

DVD(s): DL NTSC 8.3GB, 5.1 audio, motion main menu / static chapter menus
AVI(s): 3.5GB, 2.0 audio
 

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As far as I know it's still waiting for approval. My Megaupload filemanager indicates that it has been downlaoded several times so maybe a review will be forthcoming
 

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I've begun watching it. still on the first disc, unsure how far along percentage-wise. I will write a review when I get through it all, though.
 

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I just wanted to let you know that this is on my queue of fanedits to watch. I have a long list of firstlings I want to try to watch and get reviews up for (currently Brumous' firstling). But I have the first disc downloaded and will be downloading the second. Once I watch them I will write up a review.
 

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I am trying to download the second disc (i attempted to download the avi first but the dlc was not found). I think tried the NTSC and when i loaded the dlc, jdownloader said it was 100% offline and it also said it was rapidshare although in fanedit.info it says its MU. Anyway Im anxious to watch the second disc and get a review up for you. So if you could sort out the upload links etc it would be greatly appreciated!
 

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REVIEW
(MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!)
(None of these comments are meant as a personal attack on the editor. These simply my opinions on the edit and are meant as feedback and constructive criticism.)

The Sopranos is one of my favorite TV series of all time. Even when it got a little out there with the episodes that were 90% dreams. It was always entertaining. Don't get me started on the ending of the final episode though. But the writing and acting on this show are incredible. You could take out all the mafia stuff and be left with a great family drama. And there is so much comedy as well. When I rewatched the first season a while back, I realized how much of a black comedy it is in many parts. I am always interested in fanedits of TV series.
Anyway, on to Horace's fanedit:

For this edit I did not follow my usual practice of avoiding reading the cutlist before viewing the edit.

Video Quality: The video quality was excellent. I watched Part 1 in the DVD format. Part 2 I watched in avi. There were no real jarring cuts. Maybe one or two of the fadeouts to black, the black screen could have maybe been a second or two longer. But i feel that everyone's opinion differs on the length of a fadeout and it really depends on the two scenes it is between. So that is small potatoes and it never "took me out" of the viewing experience. The DVD menu design was simple enough with a nice motion menu, very nice menu!

Audio Quality: I found no jarring audio, no audio dropouts. Every faneditor talks about the need for cross-fades and I definitely agree. But I feel that they don't always need to be super long and have the audio from the previous scene bleed into the the next scene for too long. So again, no glitches or pops, and if cross-fades were used they were very shorts ones, which is fine, cause all you really need to achieve is smooth audio (and this was achieved with this edit).

The Edit:
The edit flows very well. It is hard to remove the episodic feel of any TV series when turning it into a movie. But really for me, I felt that the episodic feeling was barely there. Which was a good thing IMO. I was sad that "College" was not in here (save for the Carmella and Father Intantolla scenes), as it is one of my favorite episodes (along with "Pine Barrens" and "Whitecaps") but I agree with Horace's choice as it is a stand alone episode and doesn't fit with what his intentions were with the edit. And initially I wasn't sure if the inclusion of Carmela and the priest was necessary. But it definitely serves a purpose. It shows Carmella's feelings about Tony and his work. It also fills in potential plot holes in other key scenes that were in the edit. The decision to end part 1 with the ending of "Pax Soprano" was perfect IMO. And i love the instrumental from Xzibit's "Papparazzi" in that end scene. The ending of the fanedit (part 2), is essentially the same as the end of Season 1 so I have no complaints there.

Constructive Critique: So I have two small gripes. Not really a big deal in the scheme of the edit. But there is one fade to black scene (and the scene as it relates to the series is the end of an episode), for a split second and very faintly, you can see a bit of the end credits. This is really nitpicking, I know, and its not a big deal. The only other thing which is not a critique so much as just an editing decision I didn't agree with is the inclusion of the end scene from the episode "Nobody Knows Anything" where Tony is standing by the water and i believe the bridge where Casian commited suicide and the song "Manifold de Amour" is playing (i love this song). Its just a very brief scene and didn't think it was necessary to include. Alternately you could say it was good to include as maybe Tony is reflecting on the cop's death.

Anyway. Overall this is a great fanedit. A good way to watch the meat and potatoes of Season 1.

I rate this fanedit 9/10! Great work Horace!

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CONGRATULATIONS HORACE!!!

You certainly win a prize for perseverance! This edit will be switched to approved on .info on Tuesday. Please provide DVD Cover art (front cover minimum) so that we have something to post on the front page!
 

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Thank you Gatos for taking the time to watch and review my edit. I will try to get cover art done soon. I will also get started on season two just as quick as i can although that may be a while. As im sure many of you know sometimes editing gets pushed aside in favor of more pressing matters.
 

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Horace said:
Thank you Gatos for taking the time to watch and review my edit. I will try to get cover art done soon. I will also get started on season two just as quick as i can although that may be a while. As im sure many of you know sometimes editing gets pushed aside in favor of more pressing matters.

Whoa, i didn't realize you were thinking of giving other seasons of The Sopranos this treatment. I'll definitely be watching.
 

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yeah i figure ill do the whole series. I really think i have a good way to do the ending
 

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Download links are updated to the most recent supplied by Horace. Names of the DLC's remain the same, however the links that they point to are current.

This will be posted on the front page once cover art has been supplied, but the page will be modified so as to allow ratings to go along with reviews.
 

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hey i know that there are some really talented graphic artists here. If anyone is interested in throwing together some cover art for this that would be awesome.
 

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Dude just finished part 1 and i have to say that i loved it! Your edit kicked ass! It was really interesting and intense all the way through. Also very nice editing. Didn't notice any bad transitions or sound problems. Well it is almost 1am here so i dont know if thats the problem :p. i am still downloading part 2, but hell if it is going to be similar to part 1, this is one hell of an edit! I am going to try and make some cover art. for you. i will probably post a proper review when i finish part 2.
 

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leeroy0115 said:
by the sounds of it you don't own the dvd
just ordered them online actually. Got really interested by this... well technically i dont own then... but whats the proof that other people who watch fanedits do?
 

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g1orkatsos said:
Dude just finished part 1 and i have to say that i loved it! Your edit kicked ass! It was really interesting and intense all the way through. Also very nice editing. Didn't notice any bad transitions or sound problems. Well it is almost 1am here so i dont know if thats the problem :p. i am still downloading part 2, but hell if it is going to be similar to part 1, this is one hell of an edit! I am going to try and make some cover art. for you. i will probably post a proper review when i finish part 2.

hey thanks man. i appreciate you taking the time to watch my edit and comment on it.
 

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I made some nice (IMO) cover art. do i post it here, or in the Cover art submission thinky on the top?
 
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