2001: A Space Odyssey - The Short Cut

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Original Release Date:
1968
Original Running Time:
139
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
101
Time Cut:
38
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Brief Synopsis:
After uncovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, a spacecraft is sent to Jupiter to find its origins - a spacecraft manned by two men and the supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Evoking the emotions of the original, this tackles shot lengths and pacing and highlights H.A.L.'s motivations for a more approachable version of the film.

New watchers of the film should find this more approachable. Thank you for considering...The Short Cut.
Intention:
As a lover of the film, 2001 is challenging to introduce to new audiences. I wanted a way to show the amazing story without the overhead of 1968 editing technology influencing shot length.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Shortening the film using only existing sounds proved challenging mostly for sound reasons. Much of the film is scored, with score, sound effects, and dialogue all intermixed. So particular care was taken to use sound and music in creative ways in the new shot construction.
Cuts and Additions:
* deeply shortening the prehistory sequence. (The book is concise here.)
* shortening and in some cases removing the multiple montage docking sequences
* cutting back to dramatic tension elements at key moments (monolith in the prehistory sequence, H.A.L. later)
* changing the timewarp / ending order considerably
* trims throughout
* no added CGI, and no added sounds

User reviews

3 reviews
Overall rating
 
8.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.3(3)
Visual Editing
 
9.0(3)
Audio Editing
 
9.0(3)
Narrative
 
8.3(3)
Enjoyment
 
7.7(3)
Overall rating
 
7.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
6.0
The edits where well made and I did not notice a difference in terms of picture and sound quality compared to the original. However, I feel that, in order for this edit to called "The Short Cut", it should've been trimmed down a lot more. For new audiences, this will still painfully slow. I think this edit could be edited down to 70-80 minutes and drastically improve.

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Digital
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Overall rating
 
8.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
I must confess, I failed to pick up on the majority of the cutscenes / sequences.
The sound editing was very good, no jarring jumps etc. I really noticed just how much the sound track, enhanced the film.
The visuals were very good, again flowed seamlessly.
thank you very much.

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Yes
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Digital
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(Updated: August 24, 2022)
Overall rating
 
8.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
From a modern perspective 2001: A Space Odyssey is probably in need of a good trim, the then-revolutionary visual and model effects sequences in particular having the potential to test audience patience (e.g. the moon landing platform descent). I personally am rather fond of the film and so found myself missing certain parts (e.g. the famous match-cut and staggered zoom) even if they are inconsequential, but from a narrative standpoint there is nothing to complain about and many of the cuts made to speed up proceedings are hardly or never noticeable.

The one section that I much prefer in the original is the Stargate sequence, the visuals in my opinion need time to breath (albeit maybe not the full near-ten minutes) and the flashback inserts to it during hotel room scene felt unneeded. I haven't got the original to hand for comparison, but it seems that a couple of times footage has been speeded up and this feels a little out of place.

In all quite an ambitious first edit, well done holyalamo!

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Yes
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Digital
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