Fan Edits

Articles Aug 28, 2019

I think I’ve come to the realization that fan edits need to exist and that they can and should replace the original in some cases. I think with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, since it was so reviled by the majority of the population, that even though I wanted to see it, I didn’t want to waste the time to watch it when I could have been doing something else instead. Watching a two+ hour movie seems like a longer time commitment than even sitting down all day and playing through a major game. I just don’t want to sit and watch something that most are going to tell me sucks. Watching a review online let me know why the movie was so bad and made me realize that I got more out of that review than by just watching it on my own. Sure I didn’t get to see the super cool dino parts that now I’ll never experience for a first time properly… but is it really that big of a deal?

With the internet, you have large connections of weirdos who are much more obsessed with “fixing” things about a particular franchise, than I would ever be. They do all the work and I can benefit from it. That seems like a good enough chance. Often times these cuts seem to be pretty minor, but at the same time can cut down the runtime of a film significantly. So much time and energy has been spent by these people to reverse the flaws in these movies that I can’t help but want to watch them to see what the final outcome was. I feel like if it was a film I have seen before, that I would be able to catch all the changes. But since cinema has changed so much, and so many movies now are filled with more producer changes and too many cooks in the kitchen design, that I have no desire to see most of these films in the first place.

Having fans do all the work for me and me reaping all the benefits seems like the best possile way for me to experiance these film in the best possible light. Weather that is taking a scene out, adding a dvd deleted scene in, or even the random tedious task of color correcting a flawed blu-ray release… Maybe I should have given these a chance. Back in the earlier days of the internet. Fan edits were bad, no one had the proper equipment to really make these any better than the original. With hard fast cuts and audio that abburptly ended. But as tech progressed and as more people had time and got better at editing, I think these are viable ways to watch “bad” movies. Just like watching MST3K can make a bad movie totally watchable by making fun of it along the way, fan edits can turn something bad into something decent, good even… as long as it's done right.

“As long as it’s done right”... That is the phrase that scares me the most when it comes to these fan edits. I have no issue with people doing them, but I don’t really have the time, or care to have the time to find out which ones are good and which ones are bad. I don’t want to waste my time trying to find out if a certain group made a good fan edit of Phantom Menace vs the other fan edit of Phantom Menace… I just don’t care to watch movies multiple times for tiny little differences that I’ll never notice. Maybe that says something about me, and how I have grown up or even changed in the last several years. I just don’t care all that much anymore.

So what do I do? Do I sit and watch the movie in the best quality possible the way the movie was put out in theaters? Or do I rely on spending more time downloading a fan edit that seems like they know what they are talking about and risk the possibility of watching a hacked together movie in worse quality just so I skip a hand full of minutes of extra half second too long cuts? I think I’ll have a selected few movies in a Plex library of “Fan Edits” and watch them this next year while on the road. Since I struggle to find stuff to watch normally I think this would be a good use of my time.

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