Superman Returns: Always Around [Fanedit]

Superman Always Around

Cranked this one out over the course of the week. Superman Returns was one of the earliest edits I ever attempted in my cruder amateur days, and now with more experience and a burst of inspiration, I’ve come up with what I hope is a worthwhile edit that helps make the movie more of a highlight reel for the man of steel and what he stands for than some dreary deconstruction

Changes include

-Pre-titles sequence using the scene where Lex raids the fortress
-Scenes rearranged, which includes inserting the last scene of the movie into a much earlier point, meaning Clark is aware right from the outset that Jason is his son. Instead of learning who he is on the boat, we learn it from Clark as he watches Jason in bed at Lois’ home (yes, I retained Stalkerman for narrative purposes), and Lois and Kal’s first meeting is after he visits Jason’s bedroom.-Superman’s return to public service occurs with taking out the bank robber

-Lois’ bitchier moments trimmed and lessened so she comes off as more emotionally conflicted…she’s not mad at Superman, just dissapointed, and often wrestles with publishing a new piece about why the world needs him, it was important to place the scene where she can’t type up that piece before she meets Clark outside her home to demonstrate how conflicted she is on her opinion.

-Lois and Richard laughing at Clark cut

-Lex reading the paper skips over the Superman headline for reasons that’ll become clear as you read this cut list

-Clark and Lois’ rooftop meeting trimmed so the tension is lessened, at least until the moment they almost kiss. Lois is accepting of Clarks’ presence and they go for a flyby.

-Clark’s conversation with Martha moved along to just before he heads over to the Fortress to find the crystals missing

-Film proceeds as normal until Clark is hospitalised. Lois visiting him cut because…

-After Clark awakens, we cut to the new ending…the shuttle rescue

-Flyby over the earth trimmed significantly to properly synchronise with the music after Clark takes off from the stadium. Lois fainting cut.

 

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Doctor Who: School Reunion [Fanedit]

School Reunion

 

This weekend provided a spot of closure for several things. Not only did Ash Ketchum win a Pokemon league, Licence to Kill finally had a fanedit approved on FE.org after several attempts from  editors (congratulations to Problem Eliminator for succesfully implementing his vision), and Whoflix, arguably the most tireless Doctor Who video editor of this current, prior, and maybe future generation, released the last of his New and Classic Who edits…and how appropriate a choice.

School Reunion is the perfect marriage of Classic and New Who, paving the way for the future mega-hit that was the Sarah Jane Adventures, and giving us emotional closure between The Doctor and the best of his companions (besides Ace) intrepid journalist Sarah Jane Smith.

Count me among the hopeless romantics who don’t feel the show loses a step if The Doctor gets involved romantically with a companion….provided it’s done right…which, frankly, it seldom ever is. It only works in retrospect, and many a time, it works with companions that the writers aren’t forcing into a relationship with the time lord. Donna, Jo, Sarah Jane, they’re remembered fondly in this way because they earned their closeness with The Doctor, because they either complimented him or took him to task, meaning well and looking out for him in the process. These companions were there for him as friends and equals first, and that’s what drew us to them, and it’s also what drew The Doctor to them in the end also.

So when Ten said goodbye to Sarah, I refused to accept he was putting him behind her, and the ongoing saga at the time vindicated that belief as they would meet several more time, with each instance we gained a little more insight into Sarah’s thoughts and feelings towards the man as she built a life without him. In my headcanon, long past the unfortunate end of SJA, a very much alive Sarah is visited upon one more time by The Doctor, revisiting the face of his tenth or seventh incarnation, and they elope, ultimately concieving the young lady we see recruiting Kate Winslet and the lady off Ever Decreasing Circus against Nazi Eldritch and supercomputer Behemoth in Dark Season

Oh, wait, you’ve never heard of that? Google it, it can also be found on Youtube. If you still haven’t seen it, you haven’t been born yet.

I decided after viewing Whoflix’s edit of School Reunion, I would do one myself, one that is more or less the same story, but with a different opening and ending attached. Trimming it down to 35 minutes, we start the pre-titles with Sarah meeting The Doctor in the staff room, and the titles kick in after the scene where we first see the children hard at work on their computers putting together the Krillitane code.

From there, it’s the same story right up until Sarah visits the TARDIS, The Doctor asks if she likes to come…and in what makes the edit even more different is Sarah doesn’t say no, and if she was going to, she doesn’t get the chance as Mickey interupts to ask if he can come with them. We cut around Mickey’s line of dialogue to avoid him saying “..And not with you”, and the episode ends with Ten agreeing to take Mickey the idiots on board..possibly with Sarah Jane too…it’s left ambiguous

Oh, and because we don’t end on the goodbye or the emotional embrace, that means there’s no pointless rebuilding of K9 to undermine his sacrifice towards the end…and people say Moffat had a liplock on that sort of thing. Pfft.

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Batman & Superman: Justice [Fanedit]

Batman and Superman Justice

 

 

DC’s Rebirth was a near perfect example of what happens when a comic company, in this case DC, actually benefits from reconstruction rather than deconstruction. A lesson Marvel Comics have even learned lately, hence the spirited resurgence in their own comics.

Naturally, Rebrith didn’t last, the reconstruction didn’t last, and thus we’re left with more  dispiriting titles where pain, isolation, detatchment and lonliless appears to eat away at the heart of every hero. If all titles are the same, what little point is there investing in variety?

In this, the second of my two Batman v Superman edits (the other, Superman: Dawn of Justice, can be found here), I intend to honour Rebirth by going back into the movie and taking out any attempt at a fight between god and man. Here, Bruce is wary of Clark, but is willing to give him a chance, he is not easily fooled by Lex’s manipulations, not even when you think he’s about to. Thanks to a handy online voice distorter, I worked out a way for Bruce to become aware of Lex’s plan without having to drag Clark and Bruce into a fight.

Clark also doesn’t decree that Bruce might have to die. He’s Superman, he’s not going to consider the worst case scenario, he’s going to use his common sense and appeal to Bruce’s humanitarian side despite how he might personally feel about him.

No Doomsday, no fight, no arrest for Lex (because everyone who could connect to him is dead, all we have is justice dealt with by the world’s finest acting in tandem. Hopeful, and heroic.

As for what the other sequel hook is, well, I hate to be of those edits that leaves out the Knightmare sequence like every other edit does, so it’s used here as motivation for him to go all “Tower of Babel”

Running Time: 1 hr 44 mins

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Doctor Who-Dark Water [Fanedit]

Dark WaterNot exactly the edit you’re expecting.

This isn’t a Dark Water/Death In Heaven combo, frankly I find Death In Heave rather droll as a concluding half, it’s not exactly a resoundingly upbeat climax either.#

With Clara and Doc giving in to their lies, Missy killing Osgood, and the Brig being given the ol’ ‘Telos Special’, if Kate had died maybe it would a wee bit more memorably bleak but overall it’s a dud and we at Zaredit would much rather fix it’s first part…that, or the very least muck about with it as much as possible without care or consideration for the second half.

To this end, I went nuts, reducing the episode to a mere 35 minutes in length. I took out Clara’s baffling attempts at treachery to force The Doctor to do her bidding, now she phones him, gets emotional, and Doc wilfully springs into action. We’re off to the races, and to 3W, very much immediately. Next cut was Doctor Chang’s attempts at grovelling for his life, now Missy kills him as soon as she admits identifying herself as a service droid was a lie.

And lastly, let’s toss out the very notion Missy is The Master and maintain her mystery. I always liked Moffat’s depiction of her as Guardian of the Nether-sphere, say what some will about Chibnall’s era of Doctor Who, but he stuck to crafting new threats to plauge The Doctor…were they well realized? In this editor’s opinion, no, not all of them, but I appreciate the effort. If only Moffat had been brave enough to do the same with Missy, making her a unique and fresh foe for The Doctor, someone he had platonic or romantic connections with in the past, but could be virtually any kind of shape-shifting character besides just a time lady

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Doctor Who-Rosa [Fanedit]

RosaThe promised rebuilds of series 11 episodes continues with “ROSA”, now 30% less preachy than the original.

A few ideas I tried out in the original edit have been reinserted into the latest copy, such as James Blake being sent away to Mill Creek. Another idea I had was to try and remove Krasco entirely and make things a pure historical, but I ran into a couple of narrative and continuity issues with that.

So the simplest solution was to just minimise everything, remove as much of the social commentary as possible, while retaining all of the important story beats

CHANGE LIST

-Rosa being denied passage on the bus serves as the pre-title sequence

-Yaz talking to Ryan about the various advances in history that is to come, scene now ends with Ryan reflecting on his nan’s teachings

-The conversation on the afternoon bus trip is omitted

-Ryan Sinclare meeting Rosa’s husband and Martin Luther King. The aftermath is the only thing retained.

-The song played when Rosa is arrested has been removed, and the reprise for the end credits is also gone, replaced by the Doctor Who theme.

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Superman II-The Renegade Cut [Fanedit]

Superman 2 the renegde cut

This is a slight reworking of my “Fourth Option” edit, only I’ve restored Superman wrecking the fortress of solitude, and slightly tweeked the meeting with Lois at the Daily Planet straight afterwards.

However, this won’t be going up on FE.org, because I’ve decided to make use of a truly remarkable peice of work by Youtuber APrideProduction, who’s appreciation for the two biggest game-changers in modern culture of the 70s have resulted in the meteoric marriage that is Superman V: Battle of the Death Star

 

The moment I wrapped seeing this, I knew precisely what the hook would be for my latest edit…Superman saving the Earth from the evil Empire opens the movie rather than a reprise of the first film or a bomb in Paris, and as such it is the destruction of the Death Star that ends up freeing Zod and company from The Phantom Zone!

You’ll have to forgive me for retaining APP’s watermark on the BFTDS footage, but I didn’t want to remove it and treat the new footage as if it were my own thing, it would not be fair to the original owner. This way you know exactly where it comes from.

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The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of The Doctor [Fanedit]

Death of the Doctor

As plans are set in motion…plans will go awry. There is no better representation of that than the real life tragedy of Elizabeth Sladen and the fateful impact it made on the Sarah Jane Adventures and Doctor Who as a whole.

Never again would we have Sarah Jane interact with the other Doctors beyond Matt Smith, we would’nt see the final reckoning with The Trickster, and we wouldn’t see Russel T Davies finally cast some light on the fate of one of The Doctor’s most valiant of companions…for me, perhaps THE companion…Dorothy ‘Ace’ McShane…or ‘Dorothy Something” if we go by Sarah’s description.

The closest we got to finding out just where Ace had gone to was a line of dialogue in “The Death of The Doctor”, the second and final crossover between Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, which also reunited The Doctor with Jo Grant, played by the marvellous Katy Manning, who’s remarkable spark and energy made her a prime candidate to have potentially taken over from Sladen if the show runners had considered replacing her in light of her death.

Ace has had many resolutions in expanded media, from the original plans for her in series 27 (which were realised further in Big Finish audios) to her fatal encounter with the Lobri in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine, to her bitter falling out with The Doctor in the New Adventures range…Ace and The Seventh Doctor have had their share of rifts and reconciliations.

So it was a very pleasant surprise the past week or so to have seen a simple  announcement trailer for the blu-ray release of series 26, the last for Sophie, Sylvester and the original series, which gave what is arguably the final say on where Ace has been, as well as honouring the reference made in Sarah Jane Adventures, thus in some small way keeping Sladen’s spirit alive as well as the desires of the production team behind SJA, who had plans to feature Ace in the series.

 

And so, in our small way, we here at Zaredit have decided to finally give SJA fans a glimpse into what that unrealised potential might have resembled, and have inserted footage from the series 26 trailer here, making sure to avoid the promotional aspects of the footage of course.

As well as that, I’ve stitched together both parts of the serial to make one big 40 minute adventure, carefully avoiding the production and directors credits for both instalments.

I know I tackled this before, long before this creative opportunity arose,  but my rips were  out-of-synch, suffice to say, things are much better now

Have a wicked time with this.

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