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Hello From Texas!
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Hey everyone!  New to the site...kind of.  But NOT new to FanEdits!

I guess you could say that the first "FanEdit" I ever saw was possibly the best "bootleg" of Halloween 6: The Producer's Cut that one could find in 2006. I don't know who put it together; the back of the cover references a no longer functional website, onegoodscare.net, but no individual responsible. I was so excited to have it I made a LightScribe DVD for it (remember LightScribe??), and printed out the DVD cover and slid it into a case, and put it all together to fit in with my DVD collection. The edit was bewildering to me.  They used the theatrical DVD for all of the common footage and seamlessly blended in the footage from the best source of the Producer's Cut they could find. It was amazing! I felt like I was in on a secret that only a few people knew about. I felt like I was a part of something underground that was built by people like me, people who had a love and passion for movies...only they had technical savvy and could make these projects. Still, I felt like I was in.

It wasn't until a year or two later, I believe, that I came across what is probably the gold standard of FanEdits, though at the time I still didn't really know that there was such a large community. It was Star Wars, Episode IV - A New Hope: Revisited by Adywan. Halloween 6: The Producer's Cut was one thing; that was a bootleg of a cut of a film that just hadn't been professionally released, something that would circulate around conventions that I could never attend. ANH:R was something else entirely. Color correction, audio fixes, rotoscoping laser beams that had sound but no visual, removing lame Special Edition changes (and further subsequent studio edits) that didn't add any real value or even made things worse. The list of edits was so long my jaw hit the floor when I read them all. This wasn't just a new cut of Star Wars...this has become the DEFINITIVE cut of Star Wars, Episode IV. It was also my gateway drug to the FanEdit world.

FanEdit. Fan Restoration. FanFix. Preservation. FanMix. So many styles of editing a movie to tweak it one way or another, and I enjoy many different styles. I like aDigitalMan's extended version of The Terminator, and others like it, like Captain Khajiit's The Last Of The Mohicans: Hybrid Cut and Adabisi's extended cut of Se7en. I'm also enamored by the choices made by editors like JMB with Batman Begins: Dark Cut; using footage from another movie to change the way events unfolded in one small scene to make more sense of the story was brilliant! And I love how Dr. Sapirstein was able to use footage from the trailer that didn't end up in the final cut of the movie to make Evil Dead that little bit creepier.

I've always been a movie fanboy, and I love that there are talented people out there who can make these cuts and restorations so that OTHER fans can enjoy those movies in other, and sometimes better, ways. Arrow, Criterion and Scream Factory don't always get their hands on some of the movies that need to be restored or reassembled from other cuts of the movie that got lost to time. The super active members of this community (like admin spoRv) are the people who might be able to make it happen first, or even at all! And sometimes a fresh perspective on a movie makes it better for me to enjoy when I didn't fully enjoy it the first time, like Avid4D's Man Of Steel: Recut (which I can't find anymore!). I might not be able to contribute much, but I want to be a part of this community in some way. It would mean to me what these movies mean to all of us.
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Welcome!
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Such passionate presentation must be written only by a real fan... welcome aboard!
Sadly my projects are lost due to an HDD crash... Sad
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Nuts offically punched.
Welcome good sir.
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Greetings!
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Here's some photos of that fabled Halloween 6: Producer's Cut DVD I mentioned. I could only find one image file of the same slipcase cover art I used, and it was at a low resolution.  I resized it some but it obviously doesn't hold up well having been small in the first place.

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Welcome! But...

(2017-01-07, 03:43 AM)punchyouinthenuts Wrote: It wasn't until a year or two later, I believe, that I came across what is probably the gold standard of FanEdits, though at the time I still didn't really know that there was such a large community. It was Star Wars, Episode IV - A New Hope: Revisited by Adywan.

That's not the gold standard, this is the gold standard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK5eoV93oyg
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(2017-01-08, 09:11 AM)Valeyard Wrote: Welcome! But...

(2017-01-07, 03:43 AM)punchyouinthenuts Wrote: It wasn't until a year or two later, I believe, that I came across what is probably the gold standard of FanEdits, though at the time I still didn't really know that there was such a large community. It was Star Wars, Episode IV - A New Hope: Revisited by Adywan.

That's not the gold standard, this is the gold standard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK5eoV93oyg

The changes lists against each other has me disagreeing. That and the fact that Adywan builds detailed, scale models for just seconds worth of footage. He made a new Han Solo in carbonite cast just to fix the inconsistency in the shirt for his ESB:R project.  He gets fans who have professional costumes to shoot them for scenes he fixes.  The guy is a powerhouse when it comes to his FanEdits.  And with everything going on in his life I'm surprised he has the willpower to keep working on these at all.  I mean zero disrespect to all of the other hard working FanEditors.  But there's always someone on top, and in my opinion Adywan is that guy.
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I mean come on, read these changes.  Some are so insanely specific and detailed.  And it's not just shuffling footage around, doing color correction, and adding a few small effects.  Just look at some of these. Most people probably never even noticed this stuff.

– When 3PO is looking for R2 a trooper falls to the floor behind him as if he has been shot but there is no laser fire. Added some lasers & a flash as the trooper is hit.
– Added a battle droid to the scrap inside the Sandcrawler. Also brightened up the inside scenes fixed
– New macrobinocular graphics that add in 3PO. All other macrobinocular graphics changed too.
– Added the missing ornament on Ben’s table in the shot of Leia’s hologram.
– Added the missing cloak on the wall behind Luke as he ignites the sabre.

ANH:R Changes List
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(2017-01-09, 03:43 AM)punchyouinthenuts Wrote: The changes lists against each other has me disagreeing.

I've seen ANH:R. Spicediver managed to make an unwatchable incoherent film watchable, coherent, and enjoyable! At least view the edit, not just the change list.
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