It never ceases to amaze me the power of film editing. Whether it’s the opening sequence of Up in the Air or the dinner in Sideways, watching masterful editing is a wonderful thing.
This post is about when movies use an existing song and rework it to suit the film. Sometimes the song is rerecorded or radically edited to change the original song. It is astonishing how often these changes are an improvement.
A good example of this is the song U R A Fever, by The Kills. On it’s own the song is slightly better than mediocre. If I had to give it a grade it would be a B- or a C+. Aside from the chorus it really isn’t anything that special.
Here is video of the original:
Then you watch The Losers and see what they did with it.
This is clearly not a complete overhaul of the original. It is, however a wonderful trimming of the original that not only enhances the scene but also gets to the really great parts of the song.