A Tale of Two Trailers

Here is a perfect example of how creative editing of a trailer can change the tone of a movie from mediocre wanna-be Scorsese knock-off, to entertaining, Oscar-worthy docudrama.

Not too long ago, Kevin Spacey was set to star in a movie about disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in a film called "Bagman."

And here is the trailer they initially cut for it. I'm aware it doesnt fit in the window. We're working on fixing that:

As other bloggers have mentioned, The Rolling Stone's "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Gimmie Shelter" are so incredibly overused in trailers and movies that unless you are Martin Scorsese, their use is seen as downright comical.

And what's with that deep voice over? Were they trying to make it look like a grindhouse trailer? Some cheezy 70's era exploitation flick?

Im not sure what caused the producers to change things, but Im grateful they did. They re-cut the trailer and changed the title of the film to "Casino Jack."

And now it feels much more humorus and entertaining. Here's the revised trailer:

So what do you think? Which trailer works better? Which one would you rather see?

1 comment:

J_Jammer said...

I think that the second one is the best...the first one bored me and I couldn't wait for it to be over. Not that I want to see the second one over again, but it's far better display of what the movie is about and less constraining.

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