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Shazam: Origin (The Adentures Of Captain Marvel) - Billy Batson

Overview - Editing the possibly whitest bread of all serials, “The Adventures Of Captain Marvel”, must have been a labor of love for Mr. Batson. Indeed, for those familiar with this show, this was doubtless irresistible. For those unfamiliar, this was a very good Republic effort, the sort they excelled at.

Video - 1920 X 1080 AVC. The print of this is sharp, really sharp, superior to my Laserdisc. Transitions between scenes are well done. I wondered about this, since cliffhangers are notorious for “cheats”. The editor has worked through all those, hurrying from worrisome moment to reaction and follow-thru by characters.

Audio - 125 kbps, AAC 2-Channel stereo. No subs (unnecessary). The sound is reflective of 1941 Hollywood. Dialogue crystal clear, if looped it was professional. Music compressed, mayhem easily identifiable.

Narrative - The series remains bookended in Siam, near Burma. Ha ha. This Siam appears to be the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The terrain, the attire of the riders. The youthful audience of the 40’s would never know, and modern viewers must take this section in stride and understand. Afterward, the story plays out as the sinister Scorpion and his henchmen acquire the deadly lenses, one by one.

Enjoyment - I liked this a lot. Despite prevailing habits, serials were never meant to be binged. They are too busy, and much of the fighting grows repetitive. I watched in three 40” chunks. The plot cleverly keeps you guessing about the identity of Mr. Scorpion.

This was entertaining, and I can recommend this to families with children. It is black and white, however, and there are deaths. Not to the level of current television fare.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Revisited (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2) Anjohan

Deathly Hallows is very interesting as an adaption due to it being split into two parts. The first film is way more faithful to the book and slow-paced, while the second film is by design more action-packed, but also has many changes from the book. Some of these improve the film but others worsen the impact of the story. Looking at the runtime for the edit it’s 3.5 hours so there’s a lot that ended up on the cutting room floor, nearly 1 hour, and I was interested to see which of the two halves would have the most stuff cut. Just like Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows is the most fan-edited Potter movie, but I saw things in this that I’ve never seen another Potter Edit even attempt. First off I was very impressed by the addition and integration of the deleted scenes. A few of the ones added have never been used in other fan edits and were inserted without breaking the pacing of the film. There are also some flashes of clips from the previous movies added that were flawlessly inserted.

Pretty much all of the cuts in this edit are seamless, the action scenes have some stuff removed that you would never notice unless you’ve seen the film many times before. Several moments of humor have also been removed which makes the tone more pervasively dark. It also removes a few scenes from the first half that I barely noticed was gone. I was also wondering if a certain subplot would be removed, specifically because one of the other edits also removed a similar subplot, and was pleasantly surprised to see it remain. I think it does actually improve the series to have this be removed from the earlier film in which it occurs but remain in this one because it serves a better narrative, to be here than previously. I’m being very careful not to spoil because I think the edit should be watched as blind as possible.

It was impressive how much was able to be removed from the movie and have it be seamless a lot is cut from part one but almost none of it is noticeable. There were only a few edits I don’t think worked. One of them was the transition from part 1 to part 2. It’s kind of hard to explain why, but I think it’s a mix of replacing Dobby’s death theme with A Window To The Past, and cutting out them burying him. It just removed the emotional impact for me, and I just didn’t feel as cut by the death as I usually am. The other edit that didn’t work is the removal of them first trying to get into Gringotts. They get to Diagon Alley and then we almost immediately transition into the mine cart sequence and suddenly there’s a new character we haven’t been introduced to. I understand that at 3.5 hours the movie is already long enough as it is, but that scene removal doesn’t really work and it would only be 1 or 2 extra minutes.

The only other edit I don’t quite think worked was the movement of the Harry and Dumbledore moment. I was fine with the removal of Narcissa in the forest scene, but putting the King’s Cross moment right after the school sees Harry dead just kills the pacing. The movie is building up to a crescendo and then it just stops mid-track and then when it picks up again it’s too sudden. I think the original placement is better.

Despite my complaints, this is probably the best of the Revisited edits. It’s really ambitious in what it’s trying to do and almost all of it works. That there were only 3 moments in the edit where I felt there were some poor choices shows that the positives vastly outweigh the negatives. The only other negative I have to say is that the visual quality of the edit wasn’t always the best. Specifically, in some of the really dark scenes, I noticed a lot of grain and noise in the image, although it could just be the video software I’m running on my computer. I’ll definitely download the 4k version once that’s done. I think this is probably the best edit of Deathly Hallows and while I had some issues I can’t recommend this enough.

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Split Unbreakable Glass by Wraith

When I returned to fanedit forums about four years ago after being gone for several, I noticed that several of the editors that I considered to be the masters (geniuses some) of their craft had disappeared. They had moved on to another forum (no names), got banned from a forum (sometimes you have to follow rules, m.), or disappeared entirely. Sure, fanediting geniuses like Q2 and TM2YC stuck around, fortunately. And a lot of new masters arose. Much to my dismay, one of the disappeared ones was Wraith.

About three years later…Guess who returns? Wraith. With a great big bag of fanedits to share. I guess it’s obvious what he was doing for those six years. I always thought of him as a frustrated genius who didn’t always execute his ideas in a manner that would please all of his critics. Amazing ideas. I just don’t think everyone gets him.

I’ve watched so many fanedits lately, its difficult to keep up with my promises to review them. So I held off on requesting this edit. Even though I respect Wraiths edits…I didn’t really care for the movies it is derived from. I liked Unbreakable, but bought the others out of curiosity, watched them and put them in the chest. Then the edit was recommended to me by a prolific editor whose opinion I respect. And then another. And another. And another. So I checked it out.

Quite honestly, I wasn’t really prepared for this edit. I couldn’t make his description make sense. Then I watched it…the first time. My initial reaction was…WTF? So I watched it again. Same reaction. Then I pulled out the originals and watched them. I scratched my head. I wasn’t quite sure I grasped what Wraith had accomplished with this narrative structure. Then I watched the edit again. That time I was blown away. Split Unbreakable Glass is a very deep, multilayered masterpiece in narrative restructuring.

I felt a compulsion to understand what I had watched. Wraith and I began a long discourse in which I learned what was in his mind as he compiled this amazing edit. Wraith was very transparent with me. I learned so much about the creative process that goes into such a masterpiece. There were so many “how the hell did he do that?” moments that were answered. I am still amazed at things most viewers won’t even notice.

The order of scenes from the films themselves are all over the place if they are laid out the way that they appear in the edit. However, that was to fit the narrative structure of the edit. If they are played chronologically, you find many gaps. However, in the context they were placed in, the viewer fills in the gaps.

Wraith sustains the viewers attention by presenting self contained packages of information, which are very digestible, at the same time leaving an element of “I want more”…That keeps people engaged.

The edit is presented in three acts which are very thematically disciplined. Scenes are shifted into other chapters or acts to maintain that discipline in order to ensure viewer investment.

Most of Split is gone because it contained far too much of a horror element. Had it not been watered down, it would distract from the intended pacing and unbalance a very carefully planned build up. Keeping that low in emotional tone overall had the unexpected effect (on me at least) to both significantly lift the conclusion from Glass and conclude with the best ending.

Musical motifs were only cross fertilized where they served the character or emotional moments…Long takes where preseved where they were best needed rather than trimming for trimming sake.

Glass is used to frame the early scenes. Dr Staple is not a new character. There is a reason why the film opens with her. She is in the first and last shots deliberately. This edit is about The Coalition of Evil…we just don’t realize it. Having her open completely changes the first scene and Glass still frames Elijah, which is vital.

I hope enough people watch this for the revelations that can still be fleshed out, even though we think we know these movies well. Each time I watch it I learn something new.

Even though the edit seems long, its really not. There is just enough room to breathe and for the viewer to absorb and go on the journey…and the journey is what this edit is about.

I love fanedits and the creative process. I am so grateful for the many hours that Wraith spent with me to let me into his mind regarding this edit. I will treasure that memory for a long time.

This will be Wraith’s opus. Hell, it will be one for fanediting in general. It shows just how creative you can get.

The sad thing is…history has proven that far too many creative geniuses burn a fire so bright that it burns them out. Then they disappear. It’s up to us as fans to keep them encouraged with positive feedback so that they stay with us a bit longer and share their wonderful gift.

A masterpiece that must be seen by all who appreciate a good movie/fanedit/art.

Two very enthusiastic thumbs held as high as I can hold them!

Yeah, Wraith, it was a thesis!

Forever in search of that one movie experience…

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For Your Eyes Only: A Fan Edit by Echo3

This is a much leaner version of For Your Eyes Only. All of the fat is cut. The darker more serious tone it always aspired to is helped by the removal of awkwardly placed comedic moments.

The biggest issue I always had with this Bond movie was the Conti score which feelt cheesy and dated. It really made the film seem cheap and inconsiquential. This version with the Barry music added turns it into a true classic. I loved most of the music choices and they were all a big improvement on the original.

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oojason said:

Vultural said:

By and large, fanediting is a thankless endeavor. Many beg to view, few say thank you.

A shame to see this seemingly become more prevalent too.

Unfortunately even fewer people leave feedback, constructive criticism - suggestions for improvements, or reviews.

They simply move on and make another public request for a link - not attempting to join in with the community - or even in other discussion topics on here.
 

Hopefully we’ll see this either reversed or remedied - soon.
 

I’m seriously considering releasing my further edits only for people who gave some valuable feedback (or review) to my or others editors previous work.

JUSTICE LEAGUE GRINDHOUSED - released

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Hate to say this, but you might exclude too many.
I have exchanged PMs across numerous forums, discussing the demise of reviews and / or constructive criticism.
Boiled down, writing either seems like homework, or ability has gone dormant, or fear of exposure.
When I first got active on forum boards in 2006 there were easily 10-12 movie reviewers per site.
I patterned my style after two or three individuals.
Ten years on, most surviving forums (boards are a dying breed) were down to had one or two reviewers.
For some, a review is “Awesome!! 10/10” or “Mikey Hits It Outta The Park!!” or “Sucks! -10/10”
Colorful, but lacks details.
For myself, I’d like a general idea before I DL, then give a film / edit an evening I won’t get back.
You should not limit your edits to feedback types. It ain’t gonna happen.
One of the editors (Don Kamino ? maybe) was pretty upfront with “If you see my film, I want a review.”
That attitude irritated me, so I never watched his edit. Truth to tell, it was another Star Wars thing and I was sick to death of watching one tweaked version after another. Editors, be bold!
Sorry for the wall of text. I usually try to keep a low profile on OT.

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No apologies needed, Vultural (that’s not a wall of text - you should see many of my overlong meandering posts on here! 😉)

Both you and Vilgefortz are correct - it’d be a shame to exclude people from seeing your quality work, Vilgefortz. Perhaps encouraging new/low-posting members to leave reviews etc rather than excluding them? Yet certainly ask for feedback on any glitches or technical issues. Though if anyone is being entitled - or being an idiot… then exclude or ignore them, for sure (or let the site staff know).

Personally, I’d like for newer members to have made 15 or so posts on here before being able send a PM - in a bid to give them time to look around the place, see how it works and how it doesn’t. Maybe even find the ‘Welcome’, ‘Project Index & Help’ and ‘How Do I Do This?’ sections, and join in with the community here - before requesting links… though unfortunately the site software doesn’t currently allow for it.

 

I don’t say it nearly enough as I should… a massive thank you to the few that do post up reviews in here (and also in the project threads) - they are very much appreciated. They are not only a big asset to the site - but also to the projects themselves. 👍
 

“Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?”

“Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?” - Oddball, of The Awkward Squad

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Thirst (Raw - 2016) - Maniac

This gory, cannibalistic shocker is tightened and pushed to carnivore maximum.

Filesize = 4.5 GB. Video = 1980 X 1080p mp4. Audio = 317 kbps, 2-Channel AAC. Subtitled throughout. Hardsubs.

The gurgling narrative is boiled down to its essence of meat and ravening hunger.
Odd conflicts and personal dramas are gone from this.
Instead, Justine’s first year at vet school doesn’t mess around. She does, though.
Yet her ride is plunging down a descending roller coaster, one permanently in the twisting tunnel.
One of the surprising joys of this cut is how funny this film is.
That is Maniac’s droll gift, highlighting the gruesome humor throughout.
Much of the over the top antics are laugh out loud. (Perhaps that says more about me.)
Editors, check out opening and closing credits.
Warning! If you are new to Maniac’s edits, this is NOT the one to begin with.
And this, like others, may be an acquired taste. Ha, sorry.

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Hitler: Memories Of The Past (Triumph Of The Will) - Maniac

I reviewed this several years ago at another site.
At the time, I voiced serious issues I had with the result. Insufficient subtitles.
Maniac overhauled his edit and delivers a superior second version.

Filesize = 4.32 GB. Video = 1920 X 1080p AVC. Audio = 192 kbps 2-Channel stereo AC-3. Subtitled throughout.

The image for Riefenstahl’s 1934 film is sharp, the quality for “Night And Fog” less so, and “Memory Of The Camps” runs fair to poor. This is source material so do not blame the editor.
One watches the 1934 Nuremberg rally unfold, and then the narrative shifts to the camps.
This is jarring, and well done. The blunt juxtaposition of pomp and pageantry, and atrocity. Words vs. deeds.
The speeches are now subtitled, which vastly improves the contradictions of “the coming Reich” and “what the Reich became.”
Music additions were mixed for me. I thought the opening, aerial sequences worked, and the score for the closing was haunting.
At barely an hour, this ought to be mandatory viewing.

Note: The original V1 is available at another fanedit place. Don’t get that one. Go to Maniac’s own site.

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Blue Steel 44 (Blue Steel 1990) - Maniac

Rookie cop Megan interrupts a convenience store holdup, and accidentally awakens a germinating serial killer.

Filesize = 7 GB. Video = 1920 X 1080 AVC. Audio = 1536 kbps 5.1 DTS. No subs.

Straight off, this is not Megan’s story, so much as it is that of an increasingly violent exchange broker (an intense Ron Silver).
This edit is stripped to that narrative, it is extremely tight and works throughout.
Note should be made to the audio specs. The DTS is a beast.
Maniac has tweaked the gunfire which explodes from your speakers.
If you are watching this with the volume turned up, your neighbors will know.
This is an editor who continues to learn and up his game.

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Home Invasion (Don’t Breath 1 and 2) - Maniac

Excellent combination of two thrillers, with perfect segue from the first one to the second.

Filesize = 11 GB. Video = 1920 X 1080 AVC. Audio = 1536 kbps 5.1 DTS. No subs.

Continuing a trend within the community, the filesize is a whopping 11 GB.
(For me, I simply can’t burn a copy which I regret.)
The first film, better, fresher, is a hardboiled caper gone to hell.
As always with this editor, DB1 is trimmed to bare essentials. Not that viewers care about the “intruders” except to see how they will be dispatched.
The second effort launches with new ward, Phoenix, who has target stamped on her head.
Baddies are more lethal and Mr. Lang absorbs enough abuse to kill an elephant.
Early on, a news alert drops the hint about a missing medico. That should have been removed.
The sound mix in both films will satisfy you and annoy your roomies. The tiniest sounds are picked up, and when it roars, brace for complaints.
That said, the dialogue in the DB2 was always murky, and is no better here. Most of the villains mumble and seem incomprehensible. This is the sound designer, loading layers of audio yet forgetting to maximize dialogue. Being a source issue, don’t blame the faneditor.
The ending felt like quitting time. The original wasn’t much better.
Maniac wisely cut Phoenix, though the bit with the dog might have been a better outro.

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The Stranger (Eyes Of A Stranger) - Maniac

Excellent, concise version of a middling slasher / stalker flick.
A serial killer prowls Miami streets, primarily at night.
The police are … what police? Only a perky TV newscaster seems interested.
Especially after she hones in on a suspect.

Filesize = 7.3 GB. Video = 1920 X 1080p AVC. Audio = 1536 kbps 5.1 DTS. No subs.

The image in this is pretty good, especially during night sequences.
Slashers were never demo time for crisp imaging.
The cuts boil the narrative down to bones and pulp, omitting several superfluous characters.
To be honest, most of the characters could have been jettisoned, all served as props to push plot.
The DTS is very strong, in fact, it is better than this film deserves.
At barely an hour, this dark thriller might conclude while you have a few cans left of your sixpack.

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In the Mouth of Event Horizon (In the Mouth of Madness; Event Horizon) - RollWave (2014)

Technical details: 2.9 GB, video bitrate 4000 kb/s, 1280x720 AVC, audio bitrate 448 kb/s, 5.1 channel AC-3, no subs.

I enjoyed the original, In the Mouth of Madness, which this edit is largely based upon, however I found Event Horizon to be a fairly weak film with but with great visuals and horror moments. Therefore, I was very intrigued by the idea behind this fanedit, which essentially replaces the dreams and “in-book scenes” from ItMoM with scenes from Event Horizon. The end result is remarkable. The chosen scenes flow suprisingly well within the narrative of ItMoM; the placement of these scenes was very well chosen. I won’t spoil anything here. The editing on display here is highly skillful, much more so than you get from most fanedits, as it is not simply a case of ItMoM playing for a while, then switching to Event Horizon, and then back - but rather, scenes and imagery from Event Horizon is actually edited into ItMoM so that the final product feels like a single unified work.

One very minor point, at 1hr 27, the cinema scene of Trent waking up is the original and not the Event Horizon replacement. But that only lasts for a moment.

Overall, I have been looking forward to watching this edit for a number of years, and can safely say the hype paid off. Thank you to That One Guy for sharing this, and thank you to RollWave for making such an impressive piece of work. It’s a shame he’s not around anymore as both this and The Boy Who Never Lived are very technically impressive, and I’d be fascinated to see what else he could make.

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Black Lagoon: S01 Recut - Common-Eye

Filesize = 124 MB (yes). Video = 854 X 480p HEVC. Audio = 129 kbps AAC, 2-Channel stereo.

Heavy cut of Season 1 of this action anime. Somewhat too close to the bone for me.
The first section, the kidnapping, is truncated almost to incoherence.
The essentials are there, but little else. In fact, this edit bounds along until the U-boat section.
Mission is explained, tactics, actions, twists.
The last section is pretty good, as well, though more of a shooter game.
What is missing from this, aside from Roberta, is the dialogue.
The conversations, observations, philosophies, are one of the quiet strengths of this series.
I suspect the editor found these too much “My Dinner With Andre.”
Too bad, for these lulls are what elevated this series above most screaming fighting anime.
(Closing credits display hardsubbed lyrics. Those should be masked or cropped,)

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Jaws 2: Extended Integral - RidgeShark

How many times have I viewed Jaws 2? Five? A dozen? I live with two shark obsessed females, which means I get to see good shark flicks and a school of bad ones. And to me, Jaws 2 is a bad one.

Filesize = 13.4 GB. Video = 1920 X 1080 HEVC. Audio = kbps AAC 2-Channel stereo. Subs, well sorta.

This is too much of a good thing. Every single lost or cut scene is reinserted. For finatics, this is great.
Some bits are 4 X 3, and I sorta wished the editor had mildly cropped top and bottom, as well as increased contrast and sharpness. The contrast and sharpness for other lost bits, too. Such might defeat the editor’s vision.

This remains and unsatisfying film for me (mind you, the two I watched this edit with were ecstatic).
Regular film, extended edition, the kids ought to have died. All of ’em.

Finally, 13 GB struck me as big for h265.

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Blade Runner - The Nexus-7 Cut - Krausfadr

Replicants loose in downtown Los Angeles, near future (anyone who thinks we will be offworld by 2049 is myopic). Anyway, replicants roaming free, who ya gonna call?

Video - 3400 X 1600p AVC. Holy moly, I know where the filesize is here! How much did I pay for my disc at Az? $30.00. This is better looking! Period.

Audio - 640 kbps, 5.1 AC3. 2 tracks, one without narration, both 5.1. I saw this theatrically 3-4 times, and was always comfortable with Decker’s Noirish commentary. Here, Krausfadr has pruned much of it.

Narrative - This is fix and not a mix, so nothing is changed. The ending is somewhat unresolved, and the unicorn abides. Unless you are deeply into Blade Runner, the unicorn is an enigma.

Enjoyment - The video on this is breathtaking. I don’t even have a 4K screen, but even on my plasm it is remarkable. I was truly concerned that Krausfadr might have overly brightened the image, resulting in seeing too much. All sorts of props and sets that Scott hid with shadows and smoke.
I appreciate the Krausfadr kept part of the narration on a separate track. I viewed this several times when it originally screened, and that was the version I was accustomed to. The editor kept narration that explains points, removed narration that restates the obvious. Excellent choices, by the way.

This ain’t at FE! What the hell?

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Film World War - Gaith

Overview - An interesting sweep of World War II, as viewed through the lens of film, no documentaries or newsreels. About ten minutes of historical background (mankind’s deep rooted bloodlust), which could have been excised. Following WWII, an afterword which fitted well.

Audio = 128 kbps AAC, 2-Channel stereo. No subs. There is intermittent voiceover.

Narrative - Gaith provides year by year signposts (1940-1941-1942). Viewers who did not snooze during History 101 will tag along fine. Nevertheless, this is, by design, jumpy. In addition, there are few recurring characters to hold onto. There is a chronological timetable, but no narrative.

Enjoyment - To be honest, I watched this, dumbfounded at first, thereafter curious. What the hell was Gaith going to do next, I wondered.

This is a mix of histories, timelines, figures, anecdotes, and sheer fiction.
The first warning came when The Mummy’s Imhotop was referenced.
Followed by the Rocketeer, Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes, you get the idea.
Historically accurate? Well, no.
On the other hand, as one gets older, we realize “history” is ofttimes a blend of fact and myth.
This is what Gaith delivered.
Who is to say the Thermians interpretation of Earth history is any better or worse than Gaith’s WWII?
In many ways, this seems like the stepchild to Brother, Can You Spare A Dime (1975).

For whatever reason, this is not on FE (as of today’s date).
Curious to view? PM Gaith direct, or check his thread at FE.

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Journey To The Planet Of Gods (Prometheus) - Agent 9

“Prometheus” retro gem will remind some of Rogue-theX abandoned (?) “Star Wars” deconstruct.
Here, the good ship and crew, deciphering the roadmap left by creators, arrive at the home world.
The reception committee is not the Welcome Wagon.

Filesize = 250 MB. Video = 640 X 262p AVC. Audio = 112 kbps AAC 2-Channel Stereo.

Massive amounts of plot, character development, and dialogue are jettisoned.
In their place are sequences from 1977’s “The War In Space” (惑星大戦争).
Audio and video are degraded, in keeping with a lost film, recently found.
(Indeed, the quality resembles film stock found in Dawson City in 1978.)
This is a highly entertaining mess, and those who are weary of the seriousness of the original, and who have a taste for flipbook movies should chuckle away.
Maybe pour a stiff one first.

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Vultural said:

Blade Runner - The Nexus-7 Cut - Krausfadr

Narrative - This is fix and not a mix, so nothing is changed. The ending is somewhat unresolved, and the unicorn abides. Unless you are deeply into Blade Runner, the unicorn is an enigma.

This ain’t at FE! What the hell?

It’s awesome when I see something of mine reviewed. Thanks for watching.

The main narrative change of N-7 is completely removing Zhora’s dossier so a first time viewer would be unsure if Deckard retired a human, that is, until Bryant comes along and calls her a skin job.

As far as FE goes, I’d love to have some of my edits approved over there, but FE does not seem to have the resources to incorporate new faneditors into their “approved” ranks, at least not within what most people would consider a reasonable amount of time. An edit of mine was in the FE queue for four months pending review, then unfortunately after that wait I got very sick and had to remove it from consideration. It would be nice if they made the process a bit easier (and thus faster) for new editors.

EDIT: I have learned FE will still look at an approved editor’s new release if any errors/glitches/glaring problems are pointed out by the viewers. They should be brought to attention in the user reviews section. People may be apprehensive to give critical reviews but this is important.

heil palpatine!

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Apocalypto: The Legend of Jaguar Paw - Sinbad (2018)

A/V: Great quality and a fairly small file size, audio was good. A/V cuts were seamless, expertly done. Subs were little quick sometimes but mostly fine, and there weren’t too many of them.

I liked the approach of cutting dialogue, in fact I would’ve gone even further.
I felt that some of the character development scenes from early on are missed, although i understand they had to go to keep dialogue minimal.
Did not really feel most of the cuts, honestly surprised that 24 minutes have been removed.
Overall, the higher pace and reduced dialogue builds on Mel Gibson’s frantic, nightmarish experience. Very enjoyable watch, especially if you want a quicker version of the film, and a very strong fanedit from Sinbad. Apocalypto is an incredible film in its own right, and although the plot is the same, I recommend having watched the original before going into this one.

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Batman-The-Killing-Joke-restructured - JeromeTheEditor (2018)

I liked the approach of having a look at the flashbacks scenes which can tell the perspective of what this is about. Therefore, the batgirl subplot had to be diverted in this restructured story which was great in its point of view.

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Halloween: Restructured (Halloween (2018)) by Bobson Dugnutt (WARNING: Spoilers ahead!)

Halloween (2018)/H40/Whatever really you want to call it was always very intriguing to me. When first announced, I was skeptical it would even happen considering the stop-start nature of this franchise. When it was clear it was going to be made, I was skeptical it would be any good which made me pleasantly surprised when I entered the theater with no expectations only to walk out when the credits rolled absolutely loving it to the point where it quickly became my top Halloween sequel and I’ve only continued to love it ever since rewatching the film several times on Blu-Ray. That being said, there was always this curiosity about what the film almost ended up as. If one knows their history, they’d know that this movie was originally meant to have a VERY different structure from what we saw. Not only was there the usual cavalcade of deleted scenes and such that one could watch on the Blu-Ray but also there were very different shots present in the trailers and at one point a completely different ending that was shot for it so I was always curious about what a version with those elements incorporated would look like, especially once I got into watching fanedits. Thankfully I was able to do that at long last thanks to this lovely little edit by Bobson Dugnutt which gives us a neat look into how this modern slasher could’ve turned out and the end result is… well let’s get to the review.

Right off the bat I have to commend Bobson on the quality of work here. Most of the cuts, transitions and so on made in this edit feel incredibly natural. Aside from like one jarring cut from one scene to the next I found early on in the film to a tiny noticeable shift in the audio quality I found at the halfway mark during a scene with Officer Hawkins, everything was seamless and even those tiny moments didn’t take away from my enjoyment. I also appreciate how this isn’t forced to being the maximum length by just incorporating every deleted scene along with content from the movie. Every decision here feels like it was made in service of the cut’s mission statement and for the sake of enjoyment which I applaud. Also with this restructuring, I will say I do like how a lot of these scenes flow into each other and how it does slow down the pacing a bit to levels that in some ways do remind me of Carpenter’s original and even as the write-up in the Fanedit.org forums suggest, it does kind of enhance the viewing as some characters are given a few more details that make you care about them which is impressive considering that the 2018 film I already felt did such a good job with its final cut already. One of my personal favorites is the inclusion of the extended scene of Laurie at the gun range which is inter-cut with the podcasters driving up to her home since it not only adds details such as where Laurie is at emotionally in the movie and demonstrates more succinctly some of the issues that have led to her being estranged from the Strode family but it also gives some scenes in the finale a bit more impact. I also really love the scene of the podcasters hanging out in their hotel room. With its placement being after the scene where Michael escapes, it provides not only some good tension as well as a good false scare but also it humanizes these two just that little bit more so that when their death comes, the impact is just that smidge stronger. I also have to commend how this feels like a fully realized film which is important to me since sometimes the issue you run into with restructures of any variety is that you can occasionally tell when a scene is meant to come earlier or later and thus the effect it has depending on the spot isn’t necessarily that you enjoy it so much as you feel like you just bumped some buttons on your remote and ended up skipping back and forth during the movie. With this one though? I’m glad to say that this doesn’t feel like that… often. With that? I feel like it’s unfortunately time to delve into the negatives though I want to stress before saying this that I have nothing but immense respect for Bobson Dugnutt and the work of other fan-editors. Reworking basically completed movies the way these guys do I can’t imagine how difficult it is, even when it’s something seemingly as simple as rearranging scenes so know I say this from a place of love and respect and that I’m only trying to be honest.

Now earlier, I praised how there were some careful choices made in the choices of which deleted scenes were utilized and for the most part, the most fitting scenes were used and when they hit? They hit hard. That being said there are those moments where a scene comes on and while one can certainly applaud them for their quality and what they add? You wind up understanding why certain scenes do end up on the cutting room floor. Though in an odd way, this could also be considered a positive since it does teach people somewhat about the nature of filmmaking and why certain decisions wind up being made. For instance there’s the brief moment with Allyson and her friends hanging out at the high school outside where we see the friends just chatting. On its own it’s a pretty good scene that does add details such as us getting a slightly more overt glimpse at Oscar’s “nice guy” tendencies, we get more of Vicky and Dave being a cute couple as well as Allyson and Cameron and overall it’s just a nice little scene. Put back into the movie though? Well that’s where problems come up.

First it introduces a minor continuity gaffe since in this scene Dave mentions that maybe he and Vicky could get matching tattoos to commemorate the night and later when Dave shows Vicky the tattoo, it’s like he’s presenting a surprise. Granted limitations like this are gonna be present when dealing with deleted scenes and I certainly would take this over a jarring out-of-place cut, especially considering the purpose is to be faithful to the shooting script but it’s still something I noticed and it did make me raise an eyebrow. As for the other issues? Well with this scene I feel it’s just kind of filler. We don’t need to know necessarily that Vicky isn’t gonna be able to attend the dance due to babysitting duties nor do we really need her speaking about her plans, with how the original movie does it where when we see her next she’s doing her job telling Allyson on the phone how she wishes she could be there but also explains her plans for the night, it works well enough and just results in two scenes undercutting each other with one being superior because it’s exposition delivered just a tad more naturally and in a way that keeps the plot moving. Same unfortunately goes with Allyson discovering the dead dog on her jog. On the one hand, this is a creepy scene that both pays tribute to the fact Michael ate a dog in the original movie, it shows him doing more stalking and it just has such a nice creepy atmosphere to it. On the other hand, it feels kind of superfluous especially when paired with the scene at the cemetery which in the original cut basically does what this scene does but a bit better. Plus with there being no scene where we see Allyson bring up this disturbing and odd sight (Which I’d imagine she’d speak about since… who could honestly keep silent upon seeing something like this?), it kind of just happens and is left with not much of a point to it ultimately in the end. That being said those are deleted scenes that are still really good in their own right and put back into the movie while they still have problems, they have merits. The one scene I can’t say the same for is the one that explains what happened to Cameron following him tossing the phone in that bowl.

On the one hand, this deleted scene flows VERY well with the movie. In fact honestly it’s up there with the additional scenes with Laurie in terms of how much it feels like it just belongs with the original. It adds more to the conversation Allyson has with Oscar, has a nice callback to how apparently Lonnie’s family has always had some issues with cops and of course it provides a definitive cap to the Cameron subplot which I know some people felt was something of a plot-hole in the original. That being said? This is the only deleted scene I actively dislike. There’s parts I like such as Cameron demonstrating some care for Allyson and being genuinely apologetic as well as the humorous moment with Oscar rushing into help Cameron only to be stopped by the cops but everything else is just off. The cops here go beyond just being serious with kids in the middle of a crisis and wind up veering a little too close into cartoonish jerk territory and Cameron’s belligerence is just a bit too much. It feels kinda like what I can only describe as “Rob Zombie-lite” and it winds up hurting the film more than it helps it. Also while the restructure overall is really cool to see especially with how scenes are arranged and how it results in the film being a bit more slowly paced? I must admit I can’t help but feel that the way scenes were arranged in the theatrical helped this movie out. I mean don’t get me wrong, I prefer Halloween films to be slow paced and it wasn’t like this slowed to a crawl but it felt like the theatrical cut just was a little more balanced, like it kept in only what was absolutely needed and trimmed out the fat where it could and overall made for a much more enjoyable movie overall.

That being said though, make no mistake I really liked this cut and honestly I’d highly recommend it. Even with my criticisms, this is still really cool as it gives a glimpse into what this movie could’ve ended up being at one point and if nothing else? It’s still as the description said, it’s the same movie just with more to it and some content shuffled around and considering I love this movie? I mean I’m not gonna suddenly hate it. If I were to give it a number grade? I’d give it a solid 8.5/10. It’s really enjoyable stuff and I look forward to checking out more edits by this creator.

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Here’s my review of the “Rise and Fall of The Dark Phoenix” edit, from reddit’s jimbojka:

Influenced by my fanedit, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Dark Stand”, he has created in all probability the best fan cut so far of this concept, this certainly aims higher than mine did, it’s of a higher quality, with the score being mixed in very professionally. I also really liked the callbacks to the beginning with Wolverine going infra-red when dealing with Magneto’s henchman in the forest, that was an awesome effect and gave the whole thing a badass feel.

I liked how he was still able to use more of DP for LS footage, such as Mcavoy Xavier entering young Jean’s mind while Stewart and Jensen are duelling in the house. It’s a nice way of joining the two worlds in the film, showing us how it’s all very much the same coat the film is wearing.

There were some things that I didn’t even notice were gone from the story, which just shows how ‘necessary’ they really were (no rogue or weird Bobby/Kitty romance)

Lastly, thee ending was perfect, right down to using the Jean footage from The Wolverine, another callback to the start. Continuity and attention-to-detail goes far in telling a great story andhe told it. Tragic, impactful, and beautiful.

Now, and I hate this bit, a couple of critiques:

When Jean and Scott reunite at the lake, I did hear a bit of a hard cut/glitch in the score, might want to give that another polish.

I also think the split screen for the fight sequences, while very innovative, went on far too long. Try to make that more of an ‘event’ effect and use it when absolutely necessary.

Those niggles aside, I am honoured that my frankenstien edit inspired a much superior, sharper, and bolder vision.

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Raising Cain: Re-Cut - Peet Gelderblom (2012)

This is the far superior cut of Raising Cain, so much so that it was released as the official Director’s Cut by Brian De Palma himself. Here’s a good video describing the changes made (with spoilers):
https://vimeo.com/35089698

Glad to see this has basically replaced the original as it is much more in-line with De Palma’s Hitchcockian thrillers, whereas the theatrical linear order is far less interesting and effective.

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The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Edits by Stromboli Bones

It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve seen The Hobbit, I basically haven’t touched it since I completed my edit so long ago. When this project was brought to my attention I was immediately intrigued. I have to say, I enjoyed it significantly more than I had anticipated.

My biggest issue with The Hobbit has always been the length. To me, this is a story that didn’t need more than 3 hours or so to be told, yet we ended up with almost 9 hours of it. It’s bloated, messy, and doesn’t feel as technically proficient as the original trilogy of films.

In this edition, the story is told in a 5-part structure. This made it feel less like a trilogy of movies and more like one of those big epic TV miniseries they used to make back in the day. I feel like this structure allows the story to take it’s time, and makes some of the things I personally would’ve cut out a lot more palatable. Beorn doesn’t feel like a waste of time now, he’s just another stop on the journey.

The “greatest hits” approach really shines here, and I was honored to see some small parts of my edit reflected in this edition. However, It can’t be looked how much Stromboli Bones put into this and let’s their own sensibilities shine. This isn’t just a mash up of 5 other edits, Stromboli really made it their own.

Quality wise, I didn’t spot any issues, though I’ve never been much of a tech head. Everything was in sync, looked good, and the edits are hidden well.

In my personal opinion, this is still too much Hobbit. Obviously I feel that way, as I did my own edit that’s significantly shorter. However, if you want to take your time with the story and really spend some time in Middle Earth with Bilbo, Thorin and Gandalf, this is likely the best way to do it.

The Hobbit - The Spence Edit

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