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#1347389
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FanEdit Reviews - Post Your Reviews Here
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Kenobi - A Star Wars Story (by JXEditor)
7/10

A radical contextualization of the Star Wars prequels which focuses solely on Obi-Wan Kenobi’s arcs throughout the prequel films, weaving together a more compelling and tighter story than (imo) George Lucas had, this film isn’t afraid to do things like rename Maul to Darth Grevous in order to make the now composited villains of Maul and Grevous into a slightly more developed villain. It really succeeds in its goals, but perhaps the mode of that success is also what brings it down a few notches. And of course the lower resolution of the file or source quality loses points too.

While I did enjoy this very much and think it’s actually watchable compared to revisiting all three prequels as Disney/Lucas intends. It’s also superior to the anti cheese cuts.

While I allowed it to rewrite my headcannon for the prequels and I’d gladly watch this cut again (as it’s now my preferred prequel edit), I would have found it a stronger piece with three simple adjustments:

-while clever, I would have done w/out the added footage in the very beginning which depicts Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan exiled on Tatooine, contemplating his past; it’s too rough around the edges and too visually inconsistent with the overly CGI gloss of the rest of the movie that it should’ve been conveyed within the opening crawl text.

-would have kept Mace Windu’s confrontation w/ Sidious (as is, Palps simply appears transformed before the senate and no one questions the transformation, leaving somewhat of a continuity error), plus the omitted scene builds our villains: Anakin and Palpantine- which are necessary to understanding and enjoying Kenobi’s arc as a whole

-Would have kept Anakin’s brief slaughtering of the Separatists on Mustafar, again, because this better-develops the villain, Anankin, and also concludes/ties up the dangling Separatist plot thread

great job otherwise, very enjoyable re-contextualization

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#1347127
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The Hobbit - The 3-in-1 Epic Cut
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Because of my affinity for the most vile creatures of Middle Earth, I’ve created a fan edit of a fan edit, with an hours worth of Orc and Goblin centric scenes reinserted. Using Fiona van Dahl’s The Hobbit The Two-Hour Fan Edit as my base material, I’ve trimmed the first 40 minutes down to 10 minutes. My edit now begins with Fiona’s spellbinding Misty Mountains sequence and takes off on the journey into the mountains from there (Rivendale only appears briefly in the background, implying the party has just left it). We get to know the characters as they talk and interact with one another and demonstrate their tensions on the long road ahead. While I really appreciate the early handkerchief scene, the discovery of Bilbo’s blade, Sting, and some of the early Rivendale footage, I made the radical decision to cut these out to better capture a consistent tone and color palate. I’ve omitted the the entire scene with the 3 pony-abducting trolls to also better iron out the beginning of my version’s journey (and because the tone and creature design/cgi work aren’t well handled imo). I’ve reinserted all of the Goblin King events (even the cartoonish gags because I feel that they are actually amusing and flush with the journey’s need for action and levity at this point). The journey’s purpose is mainly implied by Fiona’s brilliant montage and allusions to the dwarves homelessness in organic conversation until the first meeting with Thranduil allows for specific exposition on the journey’s nature and purpose (occurring at approx. 58min. into my edit). I’ve also greatly abbreviated the infamous barrel scene so that after Bilbo pulls the lever and the barrels take their first plunge into the water, the film next transitions to them stepping foot onto dry land (sparing the audience of all that happens in between). After the barrel scene I use Fiona’ cut until we reach the Battle of Five Armies chapters. I have reinstated most of the extended Battle of Five armies war scenes back into the mix including Legolas, Tauriel, and Kili but without any allusions to their love triangle. There are some allusions to Tauriel and Kili having a past relationship and the reason for Tauriel’s and Legolas’s involvement in the battle against the same orc which which Kili fails to slay. The fight itself is lightly edited to feel more about survival than sentimentality, and in my version both Kili and Tauriel die heroically fighting said orc. Legolas’ antics are toned down so that his action scenes are more standard war duels and tactics (no rides or melee drive-by’s on winged creatures and more toned down dodging and jumping on the collapsing stone bridge). Legolas confronting Thranduil about leaving the company of elves has been reinstated as it connects to LotR and really works as somber breather from the action at this point in my cut. The film ends with Bilbo and Gandalf parting ways in the green grassy meadows, with the film fading to black shortly after we see Gandalf walking off on his own, delivering some final words.

Overall, I felt that the violent battles and creature moments, which are honestly the best parts of the series for me, were too truncated in other fan edits and, with care and even some judicial trimming, I was able to reinsert those scenes to make my version personally more enjoyable while still keeping the core narrative itself as lean, coherent, and simplified as possible.

This edit is finished and I am quite proud of it. I’ll share it and am open to users reviewing it if there’s interest. I do think that my cut has plenty to offer which other edits do not, but certainly comes from an outsider’s perspective on narrative structural preferences.

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#1346580
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An <strong>Info &amp; Help Thread</strong> for the '<strong><em>Fan Edits and Projects for Other Properties</em></strong>' section... (Searches, FAQs, 'Where can I find x?', 'Is there an Edit of film x?', Myspleen, and more...)
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looking for slightly abridged versions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy with some of the extended footage baked in such as the Sharkey scenes. Anything of quality that doesnt feel too rushed out there?

i usually watch the theatricals for the first 2 and the extended for RotK

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#1346542
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HBO's <em>Game of Thrones</em> - Fan Edit Ideas
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Enjoyed seasons 1-6 greatly and honestly I still like the overall narrative and all but 3 character arcs for the penultimate and final seasons (Little Finger, Tyrion, and Varys were wasted potential). It all could’ve been better (or just not done at all in the case of the "Behind the Wall episode), but I wouldn’t really be into an edit that changes anything radically.

What I’d want is something that’s lke what I saw but much shorter in length for a casual revisit every couple of yrs down the line. I’m not a fan of the books. I’ve read the first 2 but I don’t like the writing style and instead prefer the show. Ive seen some shorter edit ideas and they talk about cutting the gratuitous sex and brutal violence but I like all that stuff. I just want a leaner revisit.

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#1346383
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FanEdit Reviews - Post Your Reviews Here
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Ghost in the Shell 2017: Lean & Mean Edition (by FairFriend)

8/10

This fanedit of GitS actually elevates the film to an enjoyably moody action movie with an air of intrigue. The narrative itself is probably a 3/5 now as it takes all the cringey and lowest common denominator-catering out of the equation. The Major is less vulnerable (as she should be) and is no longer trying to find herself or go looking for her past (although a few benign mentions which relate to the antihero, Kuze, cannot be avoided). What’s gone is the films worst ideas and explorations and we are fortunately left with a coherent medley of elements borrowed from the anime films and TV series. Yet, it actually manages to be the sum of its parts this time around.

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#1345975
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FanEdit Reviews - Post Your Reviews Here
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Nightbreed: Cabal Cut
5/10

I say this as someone who’s now seen all existing cuts (Theatrical, DC, and Cabal) with virtually zero nostalgia for Nightbreed (and I’ve only recently seen each of these):

Really appreciate this effort and and prefer this cut to the DC. However with all its efforts to fix a messy film comes more flaws of its OWN. Added/extended scenes/audio samples are just too rough and in need of HD restoration. also while the narrative is more well rounded, the runtime is a bit daunting for this sort of horror/fantasy subject matter.

A film like this actually works best under 2hrs long (ie Theatrical Cut). A shame there isn’t an edit in process which considers the balance and moderation of both runtime and story.

Nightbreed isn’t Apocalypse Now, extending it and making its narrative more robust kinda prolongs what is mediocre about it and ruins the weird trip it can be in a tighter package rather than enhances it (Redux inversely enhances the experience of Apocalypse Now). I wish for a future edit based on Cabal Cut which enhances narrative minimally while focusing on the additional sfx/creature moments (as well as Decker moments). While character motivations make much more sense in the Cabal Cut they simply aren’t interesting enough themselves to care about. Until then sticking to the theatrical for rewatches. Perhaps the conclusion I’m drawing here is that despite Cabal Cut being a noble effort, Nightbreed feels more appropriately enjoyed as a truncated horror-fantasy sfx mess. The theatrical release is at least coherent enough to skate by as an average creature feature.

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#1345592
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FAN EDIT REQUEST THREAD- Post your dream Fan Edits Here!
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The Griff said:

The Discotek release of the infamous EBOLA SYNDROME features, for the first time ever, the long-thought lost deleted shots containing the more… extreme moments of the film, removed prior to release. Sadly, they exist only in compilation form as an extra feature. They are, however, provided in high quality anamorphic video. To re-insert the scenes into the main feature, there may or may not be some colour matching involved and there is also the added challenge of dealing with subtitles but if anyone out there is game to try it, I’d be happy to provide a copy of the disc. I can’t imagine why Discotek didn’t do this themselves but that’s the way it goes in the DVD business, sometimes, I guess.

Love that film. It’s so wrong and so funny because of it.

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#1345465
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FanEdit Reviews - Post Your Reviews Here
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Elysium: PanzerKut (by PanzerKut)
9/10

Being a huge fan of Blompkamp’s District 9 (and his general aesthetics) I saw Elysium opening night in an otherwise empty theater. The film deservedly received middling reviews, but mainly imo for generic scenes that felt forced into what I otherwise appreciated as a fun and hyperviolent live action version of cyberpunk/dystopian anime from the 80s/90s (think Black Magic M-66, Battle Angel Alita, Cyber City Oedo 808, etc). While I walked out of that theater knowing I’d gladly watch the theatrical cut of Elysium again (mainly because of the cool factor), I couldn’t shake off the feeling that most of it’s dragging flaws were things that could’ve been easily fixed with a leaner re-edit. Elysium: Panzerkut to the rescue. What Panzerkut does is cuts off the exposition, the weak but heavy handed political allegorical references (you can now make those connections yourself), the pale political intrigue, the boring childhood flashbacks, and the more obvious allusions to a possible romance. Also gone are the cringey “heroic savior” aspects of the lead character Max and most of the terribly performed scenes by the miscast Jody Foster.

What we are left with is 80 min. of awesomely gory dystopian muscle meat that allows for a complete and extremely satisfying sci-fi/action story to unfold about a man approaching death’s door whose only option to survive is to become a tool for the gain of all have-nots and the barbaric scene-chewing mercenaries hired to stop him.

Panzerkut will be my go-to for subsequent (and guaranteed) rewatches

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#1343918
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FanEdit Reviews - Post Your Reviews Here
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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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#1343911
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CABAL (Alternate extended cut of Nightbreed)
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b5historyman said:

orchidal said:

I say this as someone who’s now seen all existing cuts (Theatrical, DC, and Cabal) with virtually zero nostalgia for Nightbreed (and I’ve only recently seen each of these):

Really appreciate this cut and prefer it to the DC. However with all its efforts to fix a messy film comes more flaws of its OWN. Added/extended scenes/audio samples are just too rough and in need of HD restoration. also while the narrative is more well rounded, the runtime is a bit daunting for this sort of horror/fantasy subject matter.

A film like this actually works best under 2hrs long (ie Theatrical Cut). A shame there isnt an edit in process which considers the balance of runtime and story.

Nightbreed isn’t Apocalypse Now, extending it and making its narrative more robust kinda ruins the weird trip rather than enhances it (Redux inversely enhances the experience of Apocalypse Now). I wish for a future edit based on Cabal Cut which enhances narrative minimally while focusing on the additional sfx/creature moments (as well as Decker moments). While character motivations make much more sense in the Cabal Cut they simply aren’t interesting enough themselves to care about. Until then sticking to the theatrical for rewatches. Perhaps the conclusion I’m drawing here is that despite Cabal Cut being a noble effort, Nightbreed feels more appropriately enjoyed as a truncated horror-fantasy sfx mess. It’s at least more coherent than your average Zack Snyder film.

So you wouldn’t be interested in the Ultimate Cabal cut of 3 hours and 19 minutes then…

hah!

In all honesty no. I’m sure that the effort is painstaking and worthy of a watch, but I’d sooner watch a cut that’s less than 90min.

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#1334463
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Help: Q2's 'Between Two Worlds' Edits (Twin Peaks)
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oojason said:

Hi Cal, it may be worth trying FE for more information as to Q2’s ‘Between Two Worlds’ edits:-

https://ifdb.fanedit.org/fanedit-search/search-results/?keywords=between+two+worlds&query=

https://ifdb.fanedit.org/twin-peaks-between-two-worlds-part-iii - has a link to a forum discussion for the Edit.

Q2 is also a member on the FE - so contacting him on there may also be of some help.
 

Good luck with it man 😃
 

I’ve joined there just to PM for those (and did so months ago). Never got a reply.

Lemme know how it goes…

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#1325759
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Color Out Of Space - EPIC CUT (VERY NICOLAS CAGEY!!!)
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krausfadr said:

Color Out of Space (Epic Cut) is a fanedit of the Nicolas Cage horror/sci-fi film based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. It’s like the movie Poltergeist meets The Shining.

The main highlights of this edit are (spoilers below):

• Slightly trimmed a few lines of opening narration
• Provided faster scene pacing so the first act isn’t boring and coma inducing (most of the edits are in the first half)
• Lavinia (the daughter) is more mysterious and doesn’t give her name to the stranger or have a contrived, unnecessary fight with her parents
• Tightened up the scenes so we don’t have to constantly linger on someone staring, walking, or literally nothing happening
• Added three time-bending flash-forwards during act 1 so we see brief glimpses of the insanity to come
• #1 Added a quick flash of a mutated alpaca’s eye to the dog staring at the alpacas scene
• #2 Added a quick flash of insane Nathan (Nic Cage) staring at the television as normal Nathan relaxes outside in a rocking chair
• #3 Added a quick flash of Nathan splattered with blood during the calm family dinner scene
• Removed bad and redundant dialogue, dumb things like Nathan chasing after the Mayor asking for a doctor
• Removed bad backstory such as the mayor trying to buy Nathan’s land and Ezra referred to as a squatter

Original length: 1h 50m. Edited length: 1h 41m.
RELEASED IN HD 1080 5.1 AAC

No over the top Nicolas Cage scenes were harmed during the making of this fanedit.

PM me for file link. By requesting the file link you acknowledge and agree that you own the Bluray Disc version or online HD version of Color Out of Space and will not share the link with any third party.

Such a needed fanedit. Looking forward to watching. Thnx for the effort.

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#1314022
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OT Edits to Fit the PT and/or the Larger Saga (A Resource Thread, Hopefully)
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FreezingTNT2 said:

orchidal said:

This editor uses Markdown syntax, which makes it easy to add formatting like italics, bold, and lists:

Preview this post to see the results.

For more details, see this Markdown demo.

Um… why are you posting this?

Slip of the fingers, pls see above.

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#1313247
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Kenobi: A Star Wars Story remains the best (imo) radical 3-in-one prequel take and probably the only way I’d revisit those films in the future. I think it would be great if someone else stepped in to give it a 1080p upgrade (the quality as it stands is curiously poor) and also reinsert Mace vs Sheeve, Anakin vs Padawans, and Anakin vs the Separatists on Mustafar to better flesh out his turn to the dark side.

This fan edit does some great things like reimages Maul as Darth Grevous and opens with the TPM’s Maul (now Darth Grevous) vs Qigon and Obi-Wan, and from there using almost exclusively what footage from AotC and RotS centers on Kenobi’s arc (arguably the strongest content throughout the prequels).

I’d go as far as saying that if given a few upgrades and tweaks this version would have made for a solid/superior one shot theatrical release as it tells a focused epic in under 2hrs.

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#1312802
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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Eh, all these potential character attributes for Rey that everyone is pining for are truly interchangeable if you don’t let strong expectations get in the way. Some people just want a Star Wars movie to show off some cool/mildly violent scifi fantasy tropes (ala Rogue One) with a certain level of thoughtfulness and detail. Deleted scenes on Mustafar and Exegol would have to be reinserted and in order to bring me to view this and any part of the trilogy again.

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#1312791
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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Honestly, the Palpantine and Rey Palpantine reveals were very true to pulpy comics and short stories of the 1940s through 1960s.

It’s not so much these elements that drag the film down. It’s moreso that along with those elements there’s a total lack of cool factor and foreboding. Like why did they skim over the KoR fight with Kylo and Rey vs the Sith guards. Ochi and the opening stuff with Kylo needed more screen time. Most of time is wasted on false flag threats (Chewies “death”) and predigested motivational/friendship speaches/dialogs and flat/clean jokes. Those are what needs to go, really. I want a The Rise of PALPANTINE edit with a slightly less cheerful/quippy tone. Trim a good chunk of the generic rebel vs FO action too as it really caries no weight or novelty.