The Walking Dead seasons 1 & 2 get a TV to Movie fan edit.
Fan editor Ranger613 delivers a 177 minute cut of the Walking Dead seasons 1 & 2, which concentrates on Rick Grimes’s journey to find his family.
Night of the Walking Dead review
by TS Alan
This fan edit is the story of Rick Grimes and his trials and tribulations in his quest to find his missing wife and son. If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead, then you are familiar with Rick’s journey and how he gathered his initial survivor group. However, if you are not, this fan edit of the first two seasons may be confusing to the uninitiated.
Though the action and story line have been tightened giving the edit a faster pace, it cuts out some critical narrative points which are referenced throughout this TV to movie cut. We have Glenn being called “walker bait,” but it is unclear why. That is because the well walker scene on the farm has been eliminated. Also gone is a critical scene in which Shane takes out a captive and executes him and subsequently needs to cover the execution with lies, by telling the survivor group that he was attacked and had his gun taken away. In this cut all we see is Shane knocking his head against a tree and later saying someone took his gun away, a character in which the group is looking for. Gone, too, is a lot of continuity with supporting characters who just disappear without explanation.
A greater issue is in Ranger613’s attempt to improve the pace of the first two seasons is that he has cut a great deal of the character development, only leaving us with essential plot points and zombie action. Because of this the viewer cannot get invested in the fate of any character, not even Rick.
Ranger613 took on a monumental project and cut a whooping 698 minutes out of the first two seasons, however, he also cut many scenes that should have remained for continuity and character development. If Ranger613’s sole purpose was to just give us a faster paced zombie action flick, then he has succeeded. However, the omission of key scenes and character development will leave Walking Dead fans disappointed, and those who have never seen the first two seasons confused by this edit. I do not recommend this to first time viewers and it is will only be mildly appealing to the die-heart fan.
For a complete list of changes, you can find them on the Fanedit website: Night of the Walking Dead.
Night of the Walking Dead
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs
Original Run Time: 875 mins
Fan Edit Run time: 177 mins
Release Date: July 2014.