This list won't be very long, but as much as the DC improves over the TC, there still are some things that i feel weren't needed, or were better executed in the TC. At first i wanted to post this in the DC impressions thread, but i thought that perhaps it would be interesting to gather opinions on this topic in an separate thread.
If Curi or DoomsdayClock think there's no need for a separate thread on this, feel free to merge it with one of the others.
OK, these are the changes in the DC that i'm not too fond of:
- Is anyone else disappointed that with the DC the film lost the transition from Nixon in the war room saying "...humanity is in the hands of a higher authority than mine. Let's just hope he's on our side.", to Veidt, staring out of his window, looking at the WTC (and the Zeppelin aproaching it)?
Now the next thing we see after Nixon's line are the scientists trying to locate the Doc, no longer implying that Adrian is that higher authority. I appreciate Laurie's added subplot, the explanation of how the government knows where Jon is, and that Snyder apparently wanted Veidt's assassination attempt to happen at the halftime mark of the film (X), but i still thought it was such a great touch when the TC cut from Nixon's line to Adrian and i think it's a shame that Zack didn't try to preserve it in the DC.
- There's also that Rorschach vs. the cops scene in Blake's apartment. By now several users here have agreed that it seems unnecessary (though just as much if not more people liked the scene). I know, i know, the bit with the shooting is not to be taken too literally, and it's probably meant to introduce the element of Rorschach being some kind of Bogeyman for the police, it was also meant to introduce to establish that Rorschach is wanted by the police, but i think this is one instance in which Zack's self confessed love for Rorschach has gotten the better of him. I think he should have either left it as a deleted scene (thus preserving the transition from Rorschach looking at the Minutemen picture, to the same picture in Hollis' apartment. In fact, i had hopped the transition in the DC would be even more fluid than in the TC, and now we lost it completely), or just show the cops coming out of the elevator and then having us find out what happened on TV in Hollis apartment.
I've read Devin Faraci's rundown of the changes in the DC and while i wouldn't go as far as calling it the worst new scene (that goes to the Knot Tops at the newsstand, i was a bit baffled that he didn't have any comments about that one), i think the DC would have been better served without this scene. Other than that i strongly disagree with Devin about most of the added Rorschach bits being extraneous. Save for that apartment scene i think every line of added Rorschach footage has helped flesh out his character, giving us a deeper look into the abyss, so to speak.
- A change from the TC to the DC that i'm still on the fence about is the different placement of Jon's "I am not sure if I know what that means." during his flashback. In the DC he blows up the gangsters in Moloch's den and says the line a few seconds later, at the end of the lingering shot of blood and guts on the ceiling, while in the DC he says it just as he's about to blow them up. As i said, i'm still on the fence about this, on one hand i thought it was pretty effective the way it was in the TC, because his act of violence has some time to sink in before he says the line, on the other hand the timing of the line in the DC isn't that bad either, because looking from the perspective of an unsuspecting viewer you might think "What does he mean by that?", after which you'd go "Holy crap!".
- Another thing that i'm on the fence about is the way Kovacs is occasionally a bit too much front and center, which some of you have brought up before. This is something that was already noticeable in the TC, though it's more pronounced with the additional Kovacs footage in the DC. I guess it was never going to be as big a shock that the homeless man is Rorschach, as it was in the comic (at least for me), but i would have preferred if he would be more in the background, not pushed onto the viewer, as he is in some scenes. For example, showing him at the funeral is fine, but the way the camera is lingering on him for 1/2 a minute in the DC is a bit much. Now the scene when he walks past the restaurant during Dan and Laurie's date, this i would have liked to see more of. Kind of like in the comic, when Big Bernie says "I bet there is all kinda stuff we never notice" and you can see Kovacs in the corner of the background, going through his "mailbox".
While this isn't something that significantly spoils my enjoyment of the film, it just would have been great if it was done a bit more subtly (obviously not with all scenes, or it would be too hard to make the connection), so you could suddenly discover him in the corner of a frame after you've already seen the film a few times.
Any thoughts on the topic of things you liked better in the TC?