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This is a review thread for “finished” fanedits. For ongoing projects, please post comments and suggestions in those specific topics.
Anyone can post their reviews in this thread.
List the title of the fanedit, the original title, and the faneditor.
Please try to share what you liked or disliked about the edit. Details.
If you particularly enjoyed something, share your experience. Other members, especially newcomers, often seek recommendations.
If, unfortunately, you did not enjoy an edit, try to be gracious.
Keep in mind, someone worked on their project for a long time. Perhaps months, perhaps longer. They also made the effort to share.
Live outside our age, be respectful.

This is a REVIEW thread, not a REQUEST thread.
You want an edit, contact the faneditor (PM), learn about UseNet, prowl I2P.

Finally, fanedits cannot be bought or sold. Do not post reviews of any edits or individuals associated with commercializing their fanedits. Protect OT, protect the fanedit community.

Good luck out there.


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300: Earth And Water (300 & 300 Rise) - Aztek463
Alien-Ate (Alien: Resurrection) - TMBTM
Alien: Ripley Does Dallas (Alien 1979) - heathen3017
Austin Powers: Shaggedelic Extended Edition - ADigitalMan
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: Shaggedelic Extended Edition - ADigitalMan
Blue Skies on Mars: A Total Recall Fanedit (Total Recall) - Jorge
Bond, The Dead Are Alive (Spectre short) - Problem Eliminator
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 - steFANedit
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Planet of the Slave Girls - Slavery & Sorcery - Lapis Molari
Casino Royale: The Big Picture - Problem Eliminator
Conan: Man Of War (Conan The Barbarian) - TMBTM
Crouching Dragon: The Tiger Lily Cut (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) - ssj
Darkest City (Dark City) - Jorge
Darkman Lives! (Darkman) - MusicEd921
Derelict (Alien / Prometheus) - Job Willins
Descent: Extended Cut (The Descent) - Mikedrew87
Doctor Who: ‘Fortress of the Daleks’ and ‘Invasion of the Daleks’ - TM2YC
Dune: The Alternative Edition Redux (Dune) - spicediver
Dune: The Alternative Edition Redux (Dune) - spicediver
Elysium: PanzerKut (Elysium) - PanzerKut
Episode V: The Overclock Edition (The Empire Strikes Back) - Overclock
Eternal Sunshine (Of The Spotless Mind) - Ken Poirier
Father Time (About Time) - NJVC
Fear and Loathing In Fantasy Mission Force (Fantasy Mission Force) - matrixgrindhouse
Firefly Clan Both Parts, The (House 1000 Corpsees, Devil’s Rejects ) - Maniac
First Order, Last Jedi: A Star Wars Story (Star Wars sequels) - TriggeredPuppy
First Order, Last Jedi - A Star Wars Story (Star Wars sequels) - TriggeredPuppy
Flash Gordon: Ming Strikes Back! (Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe) - Billy Batson
Flash Gordon: Savior of the Earth Edition (Flash Gordon) - havok1977
Frighteners Recut (The Frighteners) - Neglify
Game of Thrones: An Honorable Cut - Gotedits11
Ghostbusters 2: Time is But a Window - Bobson Dugnutt
Ghost in the Shell 2017: Lean & Mean Edition (Ghost in the Shell 2017) - FairFriend
The Gill Man (The Creature) - Scribbling Man
The Gill-man Silent Jaws Edition (The Creature) - Scribbling Man
Grindhouse Vol. 2 (Death Proof/Machete) - Leeroy
Hard Target: Ultimate Cut - Commodore Schmidlapp
Haunted World Of Katie Featherston, The (Paranormal Activity) - Frantic Canadian
Head Cheese (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation) - steFANedit
Hitchhikers - Wayne Workman
Humans Are Limitless (2001: A Space Odyssey) - BlueYoda
Hunt (The Hunt) - Maniac
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull Recut - 15MAF
In The Mouth Of Event Horizon (In The Mouth Of Madness & Event Horizon) - RollWave
I, Zathius (Babylon 5) - TM2YC
Justice League Reborn (Justice League) - JLfanedit
Kaiju FanEdit: Gigan - Ghidorah - Armageddon - Markus Bruckner
Kenobi: A Star Wars Story (Star Wars prequels) - JXEditor
Kong: God Of Skull Island (Kong 2005) - Maniac
Lament Box, The (Hellraiser and Hellbound) - Maniac
Last Son Of Krypton (Smallville/Man Of Steel) - SouperboyX
LV 426 (Prometheus) - TMBTM
Machete Order, A (Star Wars prequels) - TriggeredPuppy
Man Of Tomorrow (Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice) - Job Willins
Matrix Hacked: Revolutions - Doctor M
Matrix Revolutions Decoded (Matrix sequels) - Jerick
Men in Black: Intergalactic Duology - Bobson Dugnutt
Mercedes Killer, The (Mr. Mercedes) - Maniac
Miami Vice: 01 Vendetta (Miami Vice) - Ranger613
Midnight Slaughter Train (The Midnight Meat Train) - ranger613
Mulholland Drive: The Pilot - Q2
Natural Born Killers: Tarantino Cut - the cuddlyninja
Nightbreed: Cabal Cut (Nightbreed) - hollowshape
Pet Sematary (2019): The Extended Cut - DEJ-Flounder
Predator Chronicles Volume 1 - Uncanny Antman
Raiders (Raiders Of The Lost Ark) - Steven Soderbergh
Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Serial - Roger Rmjet
Raiding The Lost Ark - Jamie Benning
Rise of Skywalker: The Final Sith - MacsDamage
Rocky Horror Picture Show: Super 8 Digest - Dr. Sapirstein
Rosemary’s Baby: Hell A Cometh Swift - MusicEd921
Run Marty Run (Back To The Future) - BlueYoda
Savage Sword of Conan: Mask of Archeron (Conan The Barbarian) - Agent9
The Shadow Strikes! (The Shadow 1994) - BionicBob
Star Wars 30’s Serial Edition Part 1 (Star Wars prequels) - TMBTM
Star Wars 30’s Serial Edition Part 2 (Star Wars trilogy) - TMBTM
Star Wars: Blackened Mantle (Star Wars prequels) - Darth Lunar
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith-Expanded Edition - Bobson Dognutt
Star Wars: Fall Of The Jedi (Neon Noir) (Star Wars Prequels) - ONLYYODAFORGIVES
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi-The Spence Final Cut - Spence
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker: The Anti-Cringe Cut - DonKamillo
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Youngling Edition - DigModiFicaTion
Star Wars: The Epic Picture - T-Bone
Star Wars: Ultramachete (Phantom Menace & Attack Of The Clones - Razil
This Is Tokyo (Gojira - 1954 and Godzilla - 1956) - G&G-Fan
Under The Terminator’s Skin (The Terminator) - DominicCobb
Vanishing Point: The Molecule Of Speed - 15MaF
Violent Mistress (Revenge) - Maniac
War Of The Worlds: Extinctive Cut (War Of The Worlds - 2005) - CBB
World is Yours, The (Scarface) - Maniac
X-Files: Exordium (taken from S01 episodes) - ThrowgnCpr

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Hunt (The Hunt) by Maniac

Shy, mild mannered Maniac delivers a hard nosed version of President Trump’s favorite film of 2020.
Two noticeable sequences have been cut. The pressurized opening, which adds little to the narrative, and an extended flashback. The latter trim makes “Manorgate” a reality, which is darker and funnier.
As with the original film, the fight finale goes on too long for me, but I know I’m in a minority there.
Some specs for you tech-heads.
4 GB mkv. Video is 1920 X 1080p. Audio is 5.1 DTS! Kick ass and thank you!
I liked the original film, I like Maniac’s edit.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show: Super 8 Digest by Dr. Sapirstein

Brilliant concept by the dependable doctor, crafting a showreel of big moments.
Plus, he has generously given viewers the choice between an HD restoration and a scruffy 8mm print.
Since both are only 17’, greedy souls can watch the whole shebang in one sitting.

Video - 720 X 480p MPEG. 4 X 3 ratio. Wonderful choices here and superb editing. The HD is wonderful, though for me the 8mm is too scratchy and fuzzy. Too much damage, though I realize many find charm there.

Audio - 448 kbps AC3. 2 Channel. The major numbers are here and the sound - again, the HD - just pops. Crank and sing along! Dialogue is clear, especially diction clinic Charles Gray.

Narrative - It’s amazing how well this works. The essence holds together into a hot short. My brother and I had a Super 8 projector and used to buy 200’ movie reels. Fifteen minute soundless assemblages of whatever movie, usually sold by Blackhawk. While faithful to those old reels, this is actually superior to any of those I owned as far as storytelling and sound!

Enjoyment - For five or six years, I watched “Rocky Horror” to death. Even when I tapered off, from weekly to monthly to every other month, it would seem excessive to outsiders. Then I flat quit cold, and did not view it for five years - ten years - more.
Sapirstein’s short is a perfect encapsulation of the show. Faithful (though I do miss Eddie). and ideal if you want to return and relive “some” of the jollies but not 100 minutes of them.

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Alien-Ate (Alien: Resurrection) by TMBTM

One of the earliest fanedits I ever viewed.
Like many, I disliked the original.
The edit is tighter, less haphazard than the Jeunet film.
Audio is solid and well focused. Nice incorporation of video materials from AVP.
Was enjoying this up until the final act, until the Ripley business, which I found, and still find, ridiculous.
As far as the Alien franchise goes, neither Resurrection nor Alien-Ate are films I return to.
Hey, and a shout out! Thank you TMBTM for your “Making Of” extra.
That is helpful and generous to those contemplating their own edits.

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Good idea for a thread, I’ll leave some of my recent recommendations

Ghostbusters 2: Time is But a Window by Bobson Dugnutt

Bobson’s skills are put to good use on another memorable movie…Ghostbusters 2 is just as much fun as the original in my opinion, and the enhancements made to the feature here provide more mayhem and fun to a feature already packed with both punch and punchline. The skill in which the Louis and Slimer scenes are realised compared to the original workprint is a masterclass.

The integrated scenes can’t unfortunately be entirely cleared of visible workprint scratches, and they provide a tiny little distraction, and from them you can easily tell when you’re watching something added in, but what makes all the difference is the consistency of the audio quality bridging it all together, they’re crisp and clear.

If you’re a fan of Ghostbusters 2 and wish to see even more of it, I would recommend tracking this down.

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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Planet of the Slave Girls - Slavery & Sorcery by Lapis Molari

This edit provides yet another bang for your Buck (oh me and my puns), a lot of very professional adjustments are made to this version, you would think it was a minimalist edit given how seamless it all meshes. The final battle changes in particular were a delight as the use of shots from other episodes are used to enhance, add, replace and improve on the established shots in a very creative way. There are also continuity patches that show a considerate attention to detail and respect for the audience’s intelligence. This is definitely one of the best Buck Rogers edits you’ll find out there.

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Head Cheese (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation) by steFANedit

Ha ha ha. Though still listed, this gem remains “banned” at the all-inclusive joint.

Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger give career defining performances in Kim Henkel’s directorial highpoint, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. The film is an odd mix of slasher gore, unfunny comedy, and incredibly broad over-acting. steFAN degraded the film into a VHS. To heighten the effect of “found video” he added a couple POV porn shots, as well as the end snip of Motel Hell.

Video - Looks like crap, by design, so great work steFAN. This is ugly looking and the 4 X 3 aspect ratio does not help this one bit. No, sir.

As for the POV porn, it did not add to the edit. It enhanced the concept of a found VHS tape, but the oral opener was a tactical error. Had steFAN slipped the footage on at the end, after static, cable preachers and info-mercials, it might have worked. Straight from the get-go? No. Some folks have no problems watching heads decapitated, women set on fire, or news reporters shot to death. Those very same souls often get bent outta shape over what they perceive as immoral.

Audio - Pretty good, although Heather the unkillable (AKA - Too Dumb To Die) is really hard to understand. Otherwise, Matthew’s hollers and Renée screams had me lower the volume, and the man-in-black (Mr Devil, maybe?) had me dial up the decibels. No subs.

Narrative - First off, adding that Motel Hell finale proved riveting. Forced me to dig though my guy films to rewatch another classic. Anyhoo, this edit neither hurts nor improves what is already a head buried in armpit story. The flow drags for stretches, then screeches incessantly. Grinds on your nerves after awhile until you start wishing - kill 'em all. You have all these twisted souls, forced to kill, who don’t enjoy killing? Blah blah blah. Strikes me that Mr Devil can’t get good help. loser with a small-cap L.

Enjoyment - Not really. The VHS effect is overdone. No matter how hard everyone tries, the yarn is a bore. The idea of creating a VHS is novel, but could have been executed better. I like steFAN’s edits, but ofttimes he labors on these without seeking ongoing feedback. Well placed advice might have turned this into a FanEdit Of The Month instead of Banned.

Listen, this is a ballsy edit, and I applaud steFAN for seasoning this with hardcore. The fact that they were not incorporated into the story proper hurt approval chances, I suspect. Still, plenty of hombres ought to hanker after this. You folks, go ride it down. You might even see relatives during the naughty bits. Such are the stuff of dreams.

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Hard Target: Ultimate Cut by Commodore Schmidlapp

Nice fan tweak from Commodore Schmidlapp of a guilty pleasure of mine.
He used sources from domestic US release, as well as the harder international cut, and the VHS “Sneak Peek” workprint.
Made a couple of music changes as well.
The result seemed much closer to Woo’s final stage of Hong Kong output.

Plot involves an out of work veteran / seaman / drifter hiring on to help young girl find her lost daddy in New Orleans. Then it steams into Most Dangerous Game territory.
Several scenes seemed little more than echoes from Hard Boiled.
One of Van Damme’s better roles, with Lance Henriksen and Arnold Vosloo outstanding as baddies.
Wilford Brimley as cajun uncle is a poster boy of imbecile acting.

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Hard-Target-Ultimate-Cut/id/15253

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Men in Black: Intergalactic Duology by Bobson Dugnutt

A favourite of mine, Men In Black is just one of those movies that only ever worked properly with just the one entry, all the other sequels, while enjoyable, often fall short of the mark, the edit for the first of these movies enhances and adds to what is already a very good and workable movie, Bobson adds in alternate scenes and expands others to give you an insight into the film’s original vision. The scenes added are of a more raw visual quality but do not distract and are very well integrated.

This is definitely one of a thousand memories that I still want.

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Flash Gordon: Ming Strikes Back! (Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe) by Billy Batson

Yes, kids, and you thought Emperor Ming was no more! Ha! The would be ruler of the universe attacks Earth again! This time with mysterious purple dust that kills people dead. Luckily for the sake of humankind, Flash and Doctor Zarkov still know a thing about fighting evil.

The 12 chapter cliffhanger runs three and a half hours, Billy has cut this to a little over two hours.

Video - 640 X 480p AVC. My player did a nice job improving this, but it cannot compensate for what is, at best, a mediocre print. Editing is solid. All intros and recaps, gone. Several transitions seem abrupt, perhaps those just before the “NEXT WEEK!” banner launches. Much as I dislike fade to black, that might have solved that.

Audio - 128 kbps AAC 2 Channel stereo. Specs may indicate stereo, but this is mono.

I have not watched the original serial lately, and had forgotten just how much action this boasts. Being a Universal production, this is not on a par with the Republic cliffhangers, but the production values were first rate back then.
Anyway, this edit really moves, though it gets jumpy at times, as Flash and Zarkov dash from one crisis to another across Mongo.

In 1966, Universal Television recut the serial into the hour and a half “Purple Death From Outer Space.”
Avoid that, Billy’s edit is far superior! That said, serials were never meant to be binged. Recaps and previews can exhaust even the most patient. Billy’s version, I watched over two nights which is what I would suggest.

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The Shadow Strikes! (The Shadow 1994) by BionicBob

The 1994 pulp flick receives an overhaul, courtesy Fanedit.
Silliness and bad jokes are excised, and the look is rendered black and white.
Instead of a lame imitation, the film is now dark homage to 30s action films.

The movie remains marred by poor script and bad direction, but Alec Baldwin is great, flashing more charisma than Zane (The Phantom), Campbell (The Rocketeer), and Beatty (Dick Tracy), as studios tried to cash in on nostalgia during the mid 90s.
Baldwin and Penelope Miller also sparked undeniable chemistry, perhaps not romantic, but they definitely worked as a couple.

Unfortunately, the original movie was undermined by poor writing and sloppy direction. The Shadow seemed aimed at eight year olds, circa 1950s. The narrative was gauzed in fuzzy, misplaced nostalgia. No one bought in, not adults, not teens, not children.
Bionic Bob has done a remarkable job, raising the enjoyment level. The black and white sheen is perfect, not only with the foggy Manhattan set design, but with attire. Gowns and tuxedos resemble Nick & Nora Charles’ wardrobe. Plus, the retro gizmos look pretty cool.

The sound mix is a dynamic, often aggressive, two channel LPCM. Too loud during action sequences, too quiet with dialogue. I ended up using headphones. I hate suggesting this, especially as a music geek, but I think normalized audio might have worked here.

The black and white seems inconsistent. Pristine sharp in some scenes, soft focus in others, and scratchy and dirty in others. I didn’t mind, but every time a scratch appeared I noticed.

Aside from those quibbles, BB’s The Shadow Strikes! is a classy improvement, easily recommended.

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Blue Skies on Mars: A Total Recall Fanedit (Total Recall) by Jorge

Count me as a fan of the original. Saw it theatrically a couple times, defended it in arguments.
Bought the VHS, later the Laserdisc, finally the DVD in a round tin resembling Mars.
Total Recall is, to me, the last great Arnold vehicle. I have liked little of his work since.

To be honest, someone unfamiliar with Total Recall will get lost with Jorge’s edit.
A lot was cut, and the linear narrative is a choppy mess.
Plot points bounce back and forth, and I never got a feel for Kuato’s group, the Agency motivations, or why Hauser-Quaid bothered going to Rekall or Mars for that matter.

Black n white sequences (all on Mars?) were well rendered.
The color palate (on Earth?) was harsh - perhaps by design. Very 70’s looking.

I appreciated all the thought and work that went into Blue Skies On Mars.
Total Recall remains my go-to, however, though this has its points.

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Flash Gordon: Savior of the Earth Edition (Flash Gordon) by havok1977

Flash Gordon was one of a fistful of films that emerged after the Star Wars phenomena. Many were rushed Hollywood SciFi scripts (Black Hole, Meteor, Saturn 3, Battle Beyond The Stars). Flash took a different course, spoof over story. Camp more than special effects. The result was a mixed bag.
Havok1977 removed much of the stupidity, making this a sleeker, less dumb version.
This edit is more intelligent than the original. The overall story remains childrens fare, but this child has a brain.
He also heavily tweaked the original color design. More on that.

I did notice omissions, such as the football sequence, and the cut was abrupt. The red color shift was noticeable for the whole film. Struck me as a mistake, especially for Earth parts. Also, in the original film, the Mongo world was a glittering, technicolor extravaganza. Here, monochrome ruled.

Acting splits between non-Americans who seriously seem to be having fun with the story, and Yanks who are clumsy and amateurish.
In my book, Jason Williams, playing Gordon back in 1974, was less wooden than Sam Jones.
Von Sydow is an unforgettable Ming.
Havok’s version was a fun romp, delivering on the promise of what the original ought to have been.
By all means, fans should hunt this down.

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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull Recut by 15MAF

The original was a film I really wanted to like. Set during 1950’s added several political elements, and explained Indy’s age. Mutt is no Brando, however, and John Hurt shamelessly overacts. The film has an interesting balance of action and humor, and, for lack of a better word, cheesiness.

The look of 15MAF’s edit is breathtaking, especially some of the darker sequences. There are more details in this version than are in my DVD.
The sound is a dynamic 5.1 AC3. Although the score often threatens to overwhelm other elements, the dialogue is clear throughout. There was a point during the temple escape where I cocked my head at the music, the sound mix seemed noticeably altered.

The adventure romp has numerous trims here and there. Some I caught, more were later, often quite later. The jungle chase is every way better. That is me. I have less patience with endless fighting and running, which I generally fast forward through. Those are studio padding in lieu of a proper script. Anyway, 15MAF’s edit is intelligent and coherent.

This is my Indy film, next in line after Raiders. The previous sequels, not so much.

The elephant. This is a big ass file. 14 GB. That size will place beyond the reach of members who have limited bandwidth. For me, much as I like this edit – and I do – I cannot burn to DVD. It’s too large. Hopefully, a smaller encode will one day be available. Just a suggestion.

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Indiana-Jones-and-the-Kingdom-of-the-Crystal-Skull-Non-Paternal-Cut-by-15MaF/id/62361

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Conan: Man Of War (Conan The Barbarian) by TMBTM

Lo! Just as wide-eyed Spinal Tap acolytes rever Valhalla for the mere existence of Manowar, so too the burgeoning ranks of fanedit viewers ought to worship editor “TMBTM” for this sonic overhaul of the Hyborian Age.
This is mostly a “silent” version of Conan, with music by metal group Manowar replacing most of the dialogue and all of the Poldoris score.
The syncing of music to onscreen action is uncanny.
Riffs roar during mayhem, caress melodic during pensive or thoughtful moments.
Dialogue is at an absolute minimum in this.
More to behold, mortals!

Note - Midway through the film, Conan and Valeria surrender to romantic urges.
While watching I detected the opening strains of Puccini and thought, “Nessun Dorma?”
Sure enough, the opening strains of the famed “Turandot” aria swelled.
Even though I knew that TMBTM had replaced all music with MOW, I asked myself, “Michael Bolton?”
Of course not, it was Manowar delivering a number outside the metal comfort zone, but within their power.
Hark!

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Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Serial by Roger Rmjet

Reworking Raiders Of The Lost Ark into a chapter serial. Appropriate since the Indiana Jones trilogy, particularly the first movie, was a crackling, state of the art homage to vintage Republic and Universal cliffhangers.

An older edit, video quality is not up to current FE standards. Editing is choppy with quick fades and abrupt transitions. Opening credits are excellent with rousing action and adventure and a white steed. Recaps faithful and concise. Closing titles ought to have mirrored the intros with something akin to, “Will Indy survive the …” or “What danger awaits …”

Serials have basic rules and guidelines, though, and those were either ignored or not attempted.
Straight off: Where are chapter ending cliffhangers? Most of the endings here are not compelling. There is no sense of danger, let alone death. Also missing are the bane of serials - the cheats. Fans scream at those, but they are expected and enjoyably irritating.

I readily appreciate and applaud what was attempted here. To me, this is a solid, really solid, rough draft.

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Run Marty Run (Back To The Future) by BlueYoda

Supercharged reworking of “Back To The Future” is imaginative, inventive, best of all - fun!
Marty gets three chances to amend events that will impact his future.
The musical score has been wiped, and replaced with that of “Run Lola Run.”
The narrative structure has been wiped, and replaced with that of “Run Lola Run.”
This is a must-see edit for any aspiring faneditor!
Observe, learn, and broaden your ambitions, fledglings.

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Darkman Lives! - MusicEd921

I first saw Darkman as a first run theatrical with an exceedingly rowdy audience.
Shouting at villains, cheering mayhem, really into payback and retribution.
This experience colored my memories, causing me to overlook problems that were more apparent when I bought LD and DVD.
Chief was director Raimi’s misuse of silliness and goofy behavior.
MusicEd921 trimmed the nonsense and more.

Video = 1920 X 1080p. The black n white definitely adds to the 30’s look the editor was striving for. Exteriors were sharp, interiors, especially Darkman’s warehouse laboratory, were soft. Night time saturation was fine. There was one editing quibble I had in a preview, which the editor rectified. Editing is smooth throughout.

Audio - 160 kbps, 2 Channel AAC. No subs. There were music alterations and special effects added. Nicely done. Dialogue is clear. No audio problems that I could hear.

Trims were minimal, yet the overall tone differs greatly.
By design, this edit brings to the fore the pulpy elements. Violence is toned down.
This is a PG, popcorn experience. While violent, it should be OK for older children.
A fun film, though not as dark as before. I think I would have preferred a rougher ride.
Still, if you want action, yet want to avoid obscenities and gore, this is a great choice.

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Hitchhikers - Wayne Workman

Drifters and thumb waving travelers catch a ride … with a catch.
They have to share their stories. Who they are, where they are from, how did they get that way.
Half hour one-off was a proposed pitch for reality series that was never picked up.
Too bad. It is more imaginative and less padded than the majority of cable time wasters.

Several people, myself included, from the FanEdit community helped or advised Wayne while he was crafting this.
Neglify edited the raw footage, many previewed, I wrote up a hundred questions Wayne could ask riders on subsequent episodes.
Everyone offered suggestions. From the small maps, subtitles for the mush-mouthed or road noise, to the female VO narrator (I believe she was Wayne’s girlfriend).
I don’t know how much Wayne spent. It was all his dime, but we were dead certain it would get picked up.
Except it didn’t.
Like I wrote, this show was creative and I think there would have been an audience.
Enough time has passed now, I don’t think Wayne will mind me posting it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8OiICw7iag

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Kaiju FanEdit: Gigan - Ghidorah - Armageddon - by Markus Bruckner
(Kinderarzt Dr. Fröhlich -1972 and Godzilla vs. Gigan - 1972)
AKA - ガイガン-キングギドラ-ハルマゲドン

23-25” short weaving a German family drama with Godzilla.
From the get-go, monsters begin annihilating the world (ie: Tokyo).
In Europe, a doctor and his wife decide now is the perfect time for an Alpine vacation!
The narrative criss crosses mayhem with denial.
Tech stuff: Video = 1280 X 720p PAL. Audio = 126 kbps AAC.

The image is poor throughout, likely the source was equally poor.
The audio goes out of sync, yet there are subtitles*, hooray!
Editing could have been tighter, but this was a student film, so I was forgiving.
The ending should have been shorter, not extending into two minutes of black frame.

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/UNIQUE-KAIJU-FAN-EDIT-GIGAN-GHIDORAH-ARMAGEDDON/id/62510

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Justice League Reborn by JLfanedit

Leaps better than the theatrical cut. Audio transistions were very smooth and allowed for seamless bridging of the deleted scenes, there were a few abrupt points that have been mentioned already, but some of that was not due to the editor’s fault. Overall JL isn’t a bad movie, but neither is it a remarkable one. The new footage makes it a unique and pleasant watch however…and sometimes in a world where (IMO) mediocre joke-ridden Marvel movies with no soul to them are hailed as masterpieces, sometimes a genuine passable serious DC film with an optimistic tone can be a resounding breath of fresh air.

https://ifdb.fanedit.org/justice-league-reborn/

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The Matrix Revolutions Decoded (2016)

just…wow. A 2.5 hours 2-in-1 edit of the Matrix sequels to trump them all. The first Matrix is an untouchable balanced thought provoking piece of cyberpunk but its sequels had too much crammed in (some of it really cool, most of it cringe-worthy). This cuts all the forced/unnecessary exposition, love triangles, recasted-Oracles, raves, melodramas, cringey train station conversations, etc and gives us a proper action packed and thought provoking sequel much closer to the spirit of the original as the existing footage allows. Even the action, which gets a trim here and there, is recut (and sometimes resequenced) in ways that intensifies and revitalizes its stakes. Usually not into alterations of film endings designed to retcon an especially bleak ending but the way that it was done here is phenomenal (and the original bleak ending, mainly the death of Trinity, was so poorly acted/executed that it isn’t missed). Even the creatively reimagined way in which Neo ends up blinded is so much better here than in the theatrical cut. The audio/visual source quality seemed great to me and flush with any alterations made, but I don’t have a technicians eye/ear for judging these things in further detail.

9/10

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Miami Vice: 01 Vendetta (Miami Vice) - Ranger613

Overview - Extend the Miami Vice pilot to include “Calderone’s Return” (E04-E05).

Video - 512 X 384p AVC. The picture quality is a little soft, particularly in the pilot. Colors and sharpness improve during the second half. Editing is fine. A bit choppy during commercial breaks, though not a major issue. This is a huge ass file, 9.4 GB, which doesn’t seem right for the video size.

Audio - 317 kbps AAC. 2 Channel stereo. No subs. Dialogue is clear. The sound struck me as compressed, likely in keeping with TV from the 80s. Good for hearing conversations, less so if you desire gunfire, music, revving engines to roar from you speakers.

Narrative - Pretty good about staying focused on “the Columbian,” the slippery Calderone. Future series dynamics are touched on (Rodriguez, and Sonny’s family). I though some of the driving scenes went on too long, as did the boat trip to and from the Bahamas.

Enjoyment - It has been ages since I watched the pilot. There are clumsy comic elements that would quickly disappear, along with Sonny’s kid and Lt. Rodriguez. I was always a big fan of this show, especially the later seasons. This does have a dated look to it. To be honest, I have shows from the 60’s and 70’s that look a hell of a lot better.
I liked this, but I have doubts post 90’s viewers would appreciate as much.

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Star Wars: Blackened Mantle (Star Wars prequels) - Darth Lunar

Japanese 3-in-1 edit of the Star Wars prequels.
Dialogue is Japanese - no problem. Creative, alternative subs, although they are hardsubs.
Compelling reconstruction of the narrative. Phantom Menace footage limited to several flashback sequences of young Anakin. Jar Jar, pod-racing, and babble all removed.
Apprentice Anakin becomes unbalanced following his combat with Dooku; the Jedi Council try to help him, the Emperor tries to exploit.
The alternative story and resurrection of Darth Maul is inspired.

The edit contains problems, however, that might have been smoothed over or eliminated had the unit that created this reached out and sought feedback from better known fan-editing sites.
The parade of flashbacks often get confusing, and the storyline stumbles at times.
Clones and Revenge ping pong back and forth, and viewers are left to gauge hairstyles to keep up.
There are an excessive amount of fades, noticeable in a series which favors wipes.
Nonetheless, worthwhile for Jedi fans.

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Has-anyone-watched-The-Blackened-Mantle-a-Prequel-Trilogy-Edit-by-Darth-Lunar/id/46103

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Alien: Ripley Does Dallas (Alien 1979) - heathen3017

Not a full redo of the franchise opener, but a gentle extension.
This is a fine mix of theatrical, directorial, and extended versions.
Most noticeable added scenes are of the cocooned Dallas, and Jonesy being examined, then rejected by the xenomorph.
The Dallas sequence always felt unfinished to me (check the sequels for better cocoon work).
For whatever reason, I had never noticed Jonesy bit before.
The exterior CGI additions passed by unnoticed, a good thing.
Filesize = 2.2 GB. Thank you.
The video is a nice 1920 X 816p AVC. This a visually dark film and the image stays solid throughout.
Audio is 2 Channel stereo, 161 kbps AAC. No subs. The dynamic range is extensive. The score and effects are loud, dialogue much quieter (Ash, in particular). I was enjoying this on speakers, others around me, not so much. I eventually donned headphones.
This is an excellent edit and well crafted, and should appeal to all connoisseurs of extended versions.
In other words, Colonel Hutty and his followers, this is one you will enjoy.

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Alien-1979-Ripley-Does-Dallas-Edition-Extended/id/70190

This is heathen3017’s first edit. I look forward to more.