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#1381537
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D U N E - D E L U X E E D I T I O N
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Watched it! Smoothest Dune edit I’ve seen so far. I have a couple notes though:

There’s a handful of instances where the music buries some of the dialogue. I found this problem to be exclusive to the Extended Edition scenes.

1:00:46-48 looks choppy for some reason (as if the frame rate halved for those 2 seconds), and then the shots inserted from the window at 1:00:53-55 and 1:01:07-14 look very much like static stock images with a lack of dimension & motion blur. A shot of those respective landscapes but taken from a video source like you did from 1:01:39-46 would benefit greatly.

One slight thing I always thought could be easily improved from the original was the lack of VFX for gunfire from 1:19:52-57. Easiest way to take care of this problem is to add a white strobe frame for each gunshot with opacity varying between 30-60%, then up the contrast and lower brightness for the frame after each gunshot by about 20%.

There are also a couple shots from the original that I still think could be removed outright:

  • The obviously rubber worm at 1:05:09-11. The worm’s presence is much more effective just burrowing around below sand until the reveal at 1:06:20.
  • The soldier landing on a barely-disguised stunt mattress after being thrown off a bridge at 1:20:35.
  • Paul hanging on the worm in a hilariously bad matte extreme long shot from 2:01:08-11.

There’s probably some more shots that could be axed since they look less like they came out of high-budget 80’s sci-fi flick and more like it was done by that one perpetually-stoned slacker fired from ILM for pretending to animate Hipgnosis album art instead of, you know, working; but there’s only so much that could be done before the movie gets hacked to pieces (again).

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#1364405
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Info: Has anyone heard more about Star Ep9: Rise of Skywalker’s The J.J. Abrams Cut??
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Never was a fan of JJ outside of Force Awakens (and maybe Super 8) to be honest, and the former was thanks to having his OT redux look presentable at first glance with Kasdan’s writing chops. Oh right, to “help” JJ, let’s add the writer responsible for some of the worst written DC movies but kick out Trevorrow for a box office flop he didn’t even do the screenplay for while he already had a fleshed-out end point for Star Wars… the FUCK kinda decision making is that?

I still stand by MI:3 being the worst Mission Impossible movie.

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#1364128
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Info: Has anyone heard more about Star Ep9: Rise of Skywalker’s The J.J. Abrams Cut??
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I really don’t see the point in not releasing deleted scenes much like Solo or Rogue One unless there were such drastic changes that LucasFilm wanted to sweep that footage under the rug.

There is no reason why fully filmed scenes (like the Eye of Webbish Bog, the one or two additional Rose scenes, the full Luke / Leia training sequence, Lando’s daughter backstory, etc.) wasn’t made available in the same way Last Jedi’s or every Lucas-fronted Star Wars movie has. Even TFA had them for as sparse as they were.

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#1337106
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Help - looking for... 'Dune: Alternative Edition Redux', by Spicediver
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HD version does not exist (it was cut from a deluxe DVD set) and some of the deleted scenes look like ass considering they’re SD scans of dirty workprints.

I am doing an HD Dune cut that’s slightly shorter than SpiceDiver’s version (about 2:45:00-ish) but still quite a bit longer than the theatrical. Figuring out a way to upscale the more degraded-looking deleted scenes too.

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#1336840
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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RogueLeader said:

The shitty thing is that no matter what we can change or alter with this film, there’s no way we can really give Rose more of a presence, without any deleted scenes. Rose goes from a prominent character with her own theme in the last film, to a background extra in the last film.

'Tis why someone’s gotta hack into LucasFilm’s data banks.

Who wants to volunteer?

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#1335823
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Help: looking for... Any 'DUNE' 3-hour cuts out there?
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Recently watched the Alternate Redux. Way too much fluff added to the first half of the movie that just murders the pacing (also unnecessary re-use of music cues when there should be silence).

The 2nd half is on point though. I may make a definitive edit using some of the Redux as a blueprint whenever the 4K disc comes out (which I believe is later this year / in time for Villeneuve’s version).

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#1335290
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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Here’s the original cue sheet from John William’s scoring from a longer cut of the movie circa 11/10/19 if anyone wants to take up what’s “missing” (or even the order of the scenes, which ended up being totally restructured for the first half of the movie):

https://www.jwfan.com/forums/index.php?/topic/31290-jwfan-exclusive-the-rise-of-skywalker-partial-cue-list-revealed/&do=findComment&comment=1686208

M=Reel (which equals to about 20 minutes each)

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#1331812
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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NeverarGreat said:

The problem with Mustafar is that it’s not really a scene. It’s just ‘Kylo goes to a place and finds a thing he was already looking for’. For it to earn a place, something has to happen that changes a character or plot element, otherwise it could just open with Kylo arriving at Exegol.

Maybe the crawl tells how Kylo is trying to make good on his promise to end the Jedi and the Sith, and this has brought him to Mustafar to wipe out Sith cultists. When he finishes killing them, the ‘Find me’ can lead him to the wayfinder.

This would at least help give the scene some element of interest as Kylo may not have realized the wayfinder was here.

I mean someone could try to recreate this cut scene and not delete Mustafar at all (assuming the official footage of this scene is never released):

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/1/13/Eye_Webbish.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20200217161234&path-prefix=nl

Also maybe have force ghost Luke taunting Kylo with voices or something?

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#1331162
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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I want to know if anyone “in the know” has access to any of this footage:

https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2493274/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalkers-deleted-scene-has-a-terrifying-spider-creature-so-prepare-for-more-calls-for-the-jj-cut-abrams

https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2487483/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalkers-domhnall-gleeson-reveals-deleted-scene-for-hux

Plus anything Finn, Rose, Jannah, or Lando related that could flesh out those stories more.

This stuff has to exist in a hard drive somewhere. If someone were to, you know… “borrow” it…

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#1325830
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Dragon Ball Z: Legacy Edition Re-Cut (Released)
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Aight, now that all the Saiyan Saga is done and the first of Namek is loading onto Google Drive and I can finally go on a forward trajectory with this thing, I’mma place some more minor details about this project here. Speak some truth:

  • As stated in the OP, the first 23 episodes of this cut uses Level Set footage, but it’s been very slightly de-grained. The reason for this is halfway through Episode 24, the Level Set footage runs out. From there I switch to a combination of Kai and Funimation’s 30th Anniversary Set, which I think I did a pretty good job with matching the color timing with (and also adding a 3% Gaussian blur to the 30th so that annoying edge enhancement is gone). The Kai and 30th Anniversary Set combo will continue up until Buu. From that point to the end, the project will switch to 16:9 with color corrected Final Chapters footage (which while I’m not a fan of cropping anything originally shot in 4:3, Kai: TFC actually makes up for what’s lost on the top & bottom with extending the sides by an equal amount) and the 2013 Blu-ray (which suck ass but I’ll try similar techniques with it like I’m doing with the 30th footage).

In terms of the specifics of what filler this project is cutting out / leaving in:

SAIYAN [Done]

Keep:

  • Goku goes to Hell (albeit cut down slightly in my edit)
  • Princess Snake
  • Arlia
  • Gohan & the robot
  • Yamcha’s stadium intro
  • Gohan running away & joining orphans (cut down to 1 episode instead of 2)
  • Pendulum Room

Erase:

  • Gohan & the friendly dinosaur
  • 99% of Launch scenes
  • Tien at waterfall home
  • Dueling Piccolos (this one hurt me, but there was no space)
  • Holographic moon projection
  • Goku’s eventually-retconned ancestry
  • Yajirobe dicking around Saiyan landing pods
  • Fight padding

NAMEK / GINYU [W.I.P.]

Keep:

  • Goku vs. needles
  • Goku escaping hospital to train
  • Goku and Gohan moment alone before the latter leaves to Namek
  • Friends or Foes?
  • Goku vs. hurtle towards star
  • Vegeta in the tank
  • Frieza attacking Guru’s hideout

Erase:

  • Fake Namek
  • Fight padding

FRIEZA
Keep:

  • Destruction of Vegeta backstory

Erase:

  • Everything else (including Bulma & Frog Ginyu)

GARLIC JR.
[Keep, but cut from 10 episodes down to 7 to improve pacing]

TRUNKS / ANDROIDS

Keep:

  • Mr. Shu
  • Goku learns to drive

Erase:

  • Fight padding (if you didn’t get it by now, most of the show’s filler is the fight padding)

CELL
Keep:

  • Select Time Chamber moments

Erase:

  • Everything else

Add:

  • “Oh Shit!”

GREAT SAIYAMAN / WORLD TOURNAMENT

Keep:

  • All of Other World Tournament
  • Gohan’s first date
  • Saiyaman movie set

Erase:

  • Everything else

BABIDI / BUU

Keep:

  • Vegeta’s original atonement left entirely intact

Erase:

  • Everything else

FUSION / KID BUU
[All filler erased]

Obviously leaves us with more episodes than Kai does, but will still cut DBZ down to 200 episodes or something instead of 291.

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#1315392
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TFA: A Gentle Restructure (Released)
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This is amazing. Can’t believe how such a simple change turns an already good (albeit too Member Berry-ish) movie into a great one.

Quick question though, do you plan on doing a 4K HDR release of any of your edits after this set is released around March?: https://comicbook.com/starwars/2019/12/26/star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-4k-blu-ray-box-set-limited-edition-best-buy-amazon/

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#1311555
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Dragon Ball Z: Legacy Edition Re-Cut (Released)
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OP updated.

The hiatus is over. Finally in the process of encoding the rest of the Saiyan Saga.

Episodes finished so far:

SAIYAN SAGA (Complete)

01 - The Arrival Of Raditz
02 - Reunions
03 - Unlikely Alliance
04 - Gohan’s Rage
05 - No Time Like The Present
06 - Gohan’s Metamorphosis
07 - The Strangest Robot
08 - Terror On Arlia
09 - Goz & Mez
10 - Princess Snake
11 - Plight Of The Children
12 - Pendulum Room Peril
13 - The End Of Snake Way
14 - Counting Down
15 - A Black Day For Planet Earth
16 - The Saibamen Strike
17 - The Power Of Nappa
18 - Time’s Up!
19 - The Return Of Goku
20 - Lesson Number One
21 - Goku Vs. Vegeta
22 - Saiyan Sized Secret
23 - Spirit Bomb Away!
24 - Mercy

Work has also commenced on the editing the Namek Saga-onwards, which should be a lot easier & faster now that I have all the materials and know what the hell I’m doing.

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#1259991
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Dragon Ball Z: Legacy Edition Re-Cut (Released)
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Quick update: The Saiyan Saga is complete (24 episodes total, very much trimmed down the original’s 35 but not as rushed as Kai’s 16). Haven’t updated this in a while thanks to a mix of procrastination and waiting for word on an Blu-ray series release by Toei (just so I can have a consistent video source from Namek and onwards), but here’s a sample comparison video for this project:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFeOkDTDF0Y

First is the original, 2nd is Kai, and 3rd is my edit.

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#1171625
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Dragon Ball Z: Legacy Edition Re-Cut (Released)
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“Oh boy, another one of these?”

I’ll admit my reasoning’s a little different as it’s a bit more dub-centric. Have nostalgic feelings for the original FUNimation dub but think the pacing’s too slow / voice acting’s too stilted / or the script’s awkwardly translated? Like the tightness in pacing and superb voice acting of Kai but miss the Bruce Faulconer score, some of the old voice actors who unfortunately didn’t return, too distracted by the MS Paint-like replacement animation, or even think that some of the cuts in Kai were too abrupt and missed some of the more endearing filler here and there?

This is the Dragon Ball Z: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition Re-cut…my feeble attempt at making a “perfect” version of DBZ.

Video:

  • The Saiyan Saga uses the footage from the tragically discontinued “Level” Blu-Ray Sets from 2011. Namek onwards will use a fusion (lol) of color corrected footage from Kai and the 30th Anniversary black brick set. Although not edited as much as Kai, there’s still enough cut where the pacing reflects that of OG Dragon Ball (which in my opinion is perfect).

Audio:

  • The Saiyan and Namek sagas’ soundtrack consist mainly of a Faulconer re-score, as well as some Nathan Johnson placements. The Ginyu / Frieza Sagas onwards will be entirely Bruce Faulconer (with the occasional “Easter Egg” from the Japanese OST such as insert songs).

  • Voice acting will be an equal combination of both FUNimation’s 2005 revision and Kai dub up until the Android Saga. From there it’ll be primarily Kai, however I will retain some character’s V.O.'s from the original (mainly Bulma, Gohan, and Android 18).

Tech Bits
Video: 1080p h.264 (Hi10) [MKV]
Audio: 2.0 Stereo PCM (English Revision)
File Size: 6 GB
Run Time: 23:50 to 25:20

More info (as well as the project itself) can be found at Nandato.