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#1490626
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Dune - 50 Minute Edit (Dune, 2021) - blankblank (2022)

This edit of Dune (2021) significantly cuts down the original and replaces the score with various tracks - largely electronic music. Nearly all the original audio is gone, including all dialogue, with a few sound effects remaining, such as that of the helicopters. The footage is drastically cut down to remove all shots of characters speaking, streamline the film, and match footage to audio cues and transitions.

Editing is well done, with the few sound effects used integrated well and the transitions between songs being mostly well executed. In a few cases I probably would’ve favoured more abrupt fades and fewer cross fades. Visual editing, which includes cuts to match music and the occasional fade, is also well done, and the footage which remained is appropriately chosen. The editing of the visions/dreams was very nice.

The narrative itself is certainly less clear than the original, and leaves it to the viewer to piece it together. As I barely remember the original film this was a little challenging at times but not so much so as to become lost. If you’ve not seen the original, then you definitely will be lost. While some dialogue could have been included to clarify the narrative, I appreciate the editor’s intent of making this an entirely visual story with audio only serving to immerse the viewer rather than provide any explanations. It’s up to you to create the story in your mind - as you would when watching a music video, which this edit resembles.

I’m a big fan of electronic music so I did enjoy this edit. I thought that the tracks chosen matched the footage well and often set the tone of what we were seeing, which helped tell the story better.

One thing I’d suggest as an improvement is to include more of the original audio effects. For example, while the song choices for the Harakan attack were good, the impact of the scene felt lacking due to there being no audio to match what we are seeing - no explosions, no impact of swords, no battle cries etc. Adding those in, whether from the original mix or from online sound effects, would improve immersion.

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#1489105
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The Curse (The Witch) - Maniac (2022)

Spoilers for both The Witch (2015) and the fanedit, The Curse (2022).

This is an edit of The Witch, Robert Eggers’ first feature. I requested this edit from Maniac a while back as I felt that the film had a lot of potential, being a very effective psychological horror, but I disliked two main things - the Old English dialogue, which became excessive and irritating after a while, and the ending, which moved the film more objectively away from psychological horror towards supernatural horror. This edit fixes both of these objections.

Firstly, a large chunk of the film is cut entirely - about 39 minutes in all, leaving the edit at a rapid pace of just 53 minutes. I had no problem with this as fanedits that are just rehashes of the original with little changed don’t interest me - this is an entirely different take.

Along with the cut footage goes a large chunk of the cumbersome dialogue, and as a result I felt the edit’s dialogue was more than tolerable.

There is a significant amount of rescoring and sound effects added which further darken the mood and bring a frantic, panicked feel to the edit - very skillful work. Additionally, the characters of Thomasin and Caleb are placed at the forefront, and each are given new flashbacks. These are taken from scenes that played out linearly in the original but are repurposed in an incredibly effective manner. Even though Maniac says he’s not a fan of psychological horror, he has ironically enough made this film even more of a psychological horror by increasing the ambiguity of events and implying that even more of the film takes place in the characters’ minds than the original does.

Finally, there are two death scenes that are both handled better by Maniac than in the original. Firstly, the aforementioned flashbacks edited for Caleb, giving him a much more unnerving death than in the original, which instead features a long monologue. The second is the death of the baby, which in the original takes place early on, but now forms the basis of Maniac’s much more ambigious ending. In both cases, the A/V editing is simply outstanding.

I’d say this is another masterpiece in fanediting from Maniac, and he should seriously consider putting out a couple more psychological edits in between the guts and gore. Similarly to Eggers, Maniac understands very well what makes the audience feel fear and discomfort.

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#1482031
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My bad regarding the post-wedding comment, I guess that’s Cimino’s fault. I agree that you don’t technically need the scene of Michael/Stan earlier confrontation, it adds context that there is some tension between the characters but like you said, the cause of Michael’s outrage is the gun being pointed, so that’s a fair point.

I believe I have the 1080p version. I suspect that the audio level issue that I had is from the original, as it occurred even during scenes where I did not see any cuts. Could just be something on my end.

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#1481979
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One Shot (The Deer Hunter) - Maniac (2021)

Video quality is very good. Audio isn’t too great, and sometimes the levels change, but I suspect that the original is at fault. Cuts are largely unnoticeable. A few rescores, are were well chosen.

The Deer Hunter is one of my favourite films and, in my view, a masterpiece that moves just a little too slowly at the beginning. I was interested in this edit as it promised to reduce the first act, which features a very long wedding sequence. This goes further than that and takes out quite large chunks from the film. I estimate that about 30 minutes is cut from the first act and a little over 30 minutes from the second and third. Since I’m a big fan of the original, I’m not sure what to make of that. While the edit does progress at a far higher pace, a lot of great stuff has been cut. Outside of the first act, I was mostly fine with the pace of the original. The edit does however (largely) work narratively.

The first act is reduced to just under 30 minutes, which is very impressive, and it allows us to get to the superb second act a lot more quickly, with all the moments preserved from the first act being the most relevant ones to the story and main characters. I do still miss the absence of some scenes, but the edit works without them. Two critiques of the new first act:

24:48 the characters are talking about what Stan said earlier, but it’s not clear what about. I suspect something during the wedding that was cut.

Michael and Stan’s conflict is not set up in this version, as the scene from the first act in which they quarrel over clothing is cut, meaning that their confrontation in the third act makes less sense.

All in all, it’s a technically and narratively sound edit, and it has its merits in making the film an easier and shorter watch. However, I didn’t think that the second and third acts should’ve been cut so much, and so I do still prefer the original - with the exception of the first act, which is mostly improved in this cut.

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#1481676
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Silence (A Quiet Place; A Quiet Place Part II) - Maniac (2021)

A two in one edition of A Quiet Place I & II. Both great horror films in my view, so I was certainly intrigued to see what Maniac did here.

As usual, video quality and A/V editing is superb, didn’t notice even one transition, which is impressive. Flash frame at 53:24. There’s one flashback sequence towards the beginning which stands out as it looks professionally edited - the sound design in particular is commendable. Subs are present (Hard coded English), which is appreciated, especially since there’s a lot of sign language in these films.

Both of these films are pretty trim to begin with, yet the edits flow quite well with a few scenes and subplots cut - I didn’t feel the loss of most of the cut material. While moving the AQP2 flashback works well, I personally prefer the original AQP opening due to the suspense and mysterious nature of the creatures early on. But this scene had to be placed here as I don’t think it would’ve worked well later on, and in terms of the new overarching story it works better for Emmett to be introduced at the beginning.

Very smart creation of new flashbacks around the 35 minute mark. I also thought that cutting out the creatures attacking small animals was a good choice. Always felt this was a flaw of the original AQP, as if they were that sensitive to noise they’d be constantly attacking any animals that make the slightest sound, including insects.

Watching the originals for the first time was very tense due to the unpredictable nature of the films. While naturally some of that is lost on a rewatch, this edit keeps the films fresh through new flashbacks, a quicker, leaner story with fewer subplots, and very well chosen rescores. I greatly enjoyed revisiting these films, more so than I would have had I simply watched the originals. Another fine piece of work from Maniac.

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#1470096
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American Businessman (American Psycho) - verifypassword__ (2022)

This edit by u/verifypassword__ takes the psycho out of American Psycho. This is very well edited throughout - seamless. If I didnt know the original so well I’d think that the scenes originally played out that way, and mostly without voiceovers too. Audio work is very skillful.

Nice editing when Patrick removes his mask, rescore there is well done. Also good job removing the screaming during the skipping.
Cracked up at “I have all the characteristics of a human being.”, and Patrick sprinting from his date with Jean to dinner with the investigator.
Tracks for the rescore were well chosen, including the ending track.

This is truly a hilarious butchering of American Psycho - great job OP. The editing particularly is impressive, did not notice any issues whilst watching on desktop.

Original post: https://www.reddit.com/r/fanedits/comments/sdaky3/american_businessman_edit_of_american_psycho/

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#1464762
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The Dark Chronology: Chapter 1 (Dark: Seasons 1-3) - Dizzy_108 (2020)

This is an interesting take on Dark which seeks to reorder the series chronologically. A very bold goal considering how interwoven time travel is in the series’ plotlines. I watched part of the first chapter and enjoyed it. Of course, you have to have watched the original show to make sense of things. The A/V quality is good and it’s well edited to the point I watched.

My main critique would be that the titlecards are frequent and break the flow of the show - would’ve been much better as a subtitle in the corner of the screen.

For now, I don’t think I can watch the rest of this as the framerate is wrong, which makes watching the footage difficult. The framerate most likely should be at 23.976 fps, but it’s as 25 fps. Stuttering is constantly noticable as a result. If Dizzy_108 can fix the framerate in the future I’d definitely watch the rest of the episodes.

More info here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/fanedits/comments/hoove2/the_dark_chronology_dark_netflix_fanedit/

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#1464353
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Jigsaw II: Endgame (Saw, 2004-10) - Maniac, Zagadka (2021)

The follow-up to “A History of Desperation”, this one does not dissapoint. Combining multiple different plotpoints from the 3rd and 4th films, as well as another film (which I won’t spoil), this tells a completely unique story from some of the highlights of the series. Incredibly well edited, with flashbacks being inserted continuously with great skill. A/V quality is great, and the pace is insanely high - it plays out like an hour and a half triller film rather than your typical horror. Despite the major narrative changes, “Endgame” remains faithful to the Saw template and themes, even more so than the writers of the later films do. The amount of vision and planning that has gone into making this is incredible, virtually every scene you see in this edit has been re-arranged and modified. I can’t imagine what the timeline looks like.

This is a must watch for fans of the series, and even if you’re not a horror fan it’s just a great edit which avoids the gore and torture porn of its source. The final sequence alone is worth giving this edit a watch. Another Maniac/Zagadka masterpiece.

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#1463699
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The Mist (Other Worlds Cut) RELEASED
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I checked out the first few minutes of this today. I thought that the A Fistful of Dollars inclusion was masterfully done, I really liked it, and agree regarding its symbolic value. However, starting at 03:01 (daytime scene) the colour grade is giving me problems. Maybe it’s just me, it seems that the regrade is too bright, too strong on the eyes. if you were to tone done the regrade for a future release I’d definitely like to see what you’ve done with the film as your ideas sound interesting, in particular with regards to reducing the on-the-nose dialogue and exposition.

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#1461979
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Info: The random and general <strong>Fan Edit Ideas</strong> thread....
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Ronster said:

Nah totally different vibe and personally I think that film is really bad. It’s got a lot wrong with it. It’s perhaps worthy of an edit to try and improve it but it does not come close to the original. It’s one of those films where you wish you never bothered.

i attempted this last year, although I was ok with the original
https://ifdb.fanedit.org/planet-of-the-apes-the-empire-cut/

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#1461911
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The Crow: The O’Barr Edit - Suicidal Wombat Productions (2007 ?)

“It’s not death if you refuse it”

An interesting edit which focuses The Crow on Eric’s assassinations, largely cutting out the subplots inovolving the kid and the cop and greatly simplifying the story, so that the film more closely follows the comics. Suicidal Wombat Productions also adds a bunch of text (I’m assuming from the comics), renders the whole thing in B&W - which adds to the noir feel of the film, and is also faithful to the comics - and breaks the edit into “books”. Only problem here really is Brandon Lee’s cringy line delivery. Still a fun watch if you enjoy the original, and only 45 minutes long. There’s also a rescored flashback sequence which is quite well executed.

Editing is fairly sloppy, in particular when transitioning between the books, but also throughout. It’s not so bad as to ruin the edit, still definitely worth a watch if you want a version more faithful to the comics and with less filler.

If anyone’s interested in this let me know, I’ve got no clue where I got it from but I’d be happy to upload.

Technical details: It’s an old edit so the video quality is fairly low, and the video is letterboxed and pillarboxed. 2.77 GB file size. 7.3 mb/s video bitrate (variable), 480p, 29.97 fps (CFR). 192 kb/s audio bitrate (variable), 2.0 audio.

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#1458814
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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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#1456887
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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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#1452943
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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.