Aquaman: Special Edition

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2018
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143
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Brief Synopsis:
A tighter, more focused story of the reluctant heir to the kingdom of Atlantis, now with much of the unnecessary exposition as possible removed, Depeche Mode and Pitbull songs removed, "Ocean Master" references removed, and as many plot holes as possible removed.
Intention:
Goals:
• To keep Arthur dumb and funny, and make the rest of the movie a little more more serious, closer to the rest of the DCEU.
• Remove as much unnecessary exposition as possible
• Remove Depeche Mode and Pitbull songs
• Remove "Ocean Master" references
• Remove as many plot holes as possible* (can't get them all)
Additional Notes:
*2022 Update** Now in 5.1 Audio with full subtitles
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
*2022 Update**

Now in 5.1 Audio with full subtitles
Editing Details:
The goal was to take out as much "cheese" factor and make the movie feel more militaristic.
Cuts and Additions:
• Removed intro narration
• Movie intro starts with Lighthouse setting shot and removed Thomas tying the shutters OPEN.*
• Removed Atlanna and TV scene (to remove Atlanna expelling water)*
• Tightened scene with arrival of soldiers, removed some of the story Atlanna was telling to Arthur, removed the discussion with soldiers and Atlanna (for better mystery setup)
• Removed discussion about tears on pier between Thomas and Atlanna (lame)
• Removed Aquarium scene with young Arthur (not relevant anymore)
• Tightened Black Manta's arrival on the submarine to remove some of his dumb lines. He mostly only talks to his dad. (trying to create more villainous vibe)
• Removed Black Manta's lines to sub captain about jobs
• Removed Manta knife discussion (not important)
• Removed "its a man" lines from pirate watching the video of Arthur's arrival (silly)
• Removed Black Manta line "Its not a man"
• Removed Black Manta and Arthur discussing about meeting eventually, shortening fight (silly)
• Removed lines "you knew to live so you can kill that sob" (silly)
• Removed King Orm's history lesson about the meeting place (overt exposition)
• Removed mention of the "Ocean Master" title (silly)
• Brought explosion sooner (pacing)
• Removed Vulko's "to arms!" line (silly)
• Moved payout of gold to Black Manta to right after the attack (to connect his importance sooner)
• Removed Black Manta lines "he killed my father" and "keep the money, I want Aquaman" (silly)
• Tightened Mara and Arthur's discussion to remove JL references, and the lines "I’ve been looking for you", "because you’re a lady", "you are the firstborn... your people executed", and discussion of Volko and the Trident (overt exposition)
• Removed Mara introducing herself after saving Thomas (better that they just already know each other already somehow... JL?)
• Shortened Dr. Shin's rant to remove question of the existence of Atlanteans* (removed world not believing in Atlaneans in spite of knowing about Aquaman)
• Removed Vulko and teen Arthur swimming lesson (silly)
• Removed "They still think Atlantis is a fairy tale"*
• Removed "Ocean Master" reference by Mara (silly)
• Removed refence to the Trident being "forged"*
• Removed line "it gave us the ability to breathe underwater" (the evolved thing covers it)
• Removed Vulko's line "it’s an ancient recording dating back..."
• Removed Orms' line "I can’t believe you’re finally here. I've heard so many stories about you
• Removed shots of being killed from Orm's visual presentation (hypocritical)*
• Removed teen Arthur's lines "you mean the executed her? because of me?" (bad acting)
• Removed Mara's line about hating the surface people too
• Removed Orm throwing up water in the air pocket*
• Removed the second, higher pitched "bad guys behind us, aaaahhhh!"
• Removed Orm flying beside Arthur and Mara on their escape
• Removed Mara inside whale dismissing how he talked to it*
• Removed Pitbull song and the ocean exit shots, cuts directly to shadow of plane overhead
• Tightened Arthur and Mara discussion in plane to let her respond quicker
• Removed Orm's Captain (Murk) lines when tracking Mara
• Removed King Nereus describing his daughter Mara as the Princess of Xebel, instead just being a concerned dad
• Removed Black Manta's lines with Orm when getting equipment, and the shots and lines of how the gun works.
• Changed Depeche Mode song to the Black Manta theme from the soundtrack
• Lowered romantic comedy sound effects as much as possible from Arthur and Mera's discussion in the desert
• Removed mention of "forging" weapons again
• Removed water fountain scene in order to better set up the Pinocchio reference
• Removed Arthur knowing who all the statues were
• Moved up explosion slightly to reduce the loving gaze between Mera and Arthur
• Removed Black Manta monologue on his arrival
• Removed Black Manta announcing his name to Arthur
• Removed Arthur telling Black Manta "I thought I told you not to make this a habit"
• Removed Mera breaking facemask of solder and shot of Murk healing his arm
• Removed Murk and the toilet
• Removed Black Manta stabbing Arthur with the Manta knife
• Removed a couple shots of Arthur on the boat to better set up the no-shirt to shirt shot
• Removed flashback shot of young Arthur talking to fish
• Removed Karathen saying Arthur is the only one who can hear it
• Shortened Karathen's arrival at battle to show less destruction to both sides (focus on Atlantean reaction)
• Removed Mera’s final speech (silly)
• Trimmed Arthur’s ending narration and final Aquaman shots, ends on sunrise on dock with Atlanna and Thomas, rounding out the love story.
• Added new Aquaman logo screen before cinematic credits.
• Changed music after Black Manta mid-credit scene to be more fast paced.
Opening Sequence

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Aquaman: Special Edition is a good edit that makes the movie progress faster by removing some elements of the original movie and changing the order of events slightly. The transitions from the re ordering of events is seamless and makes viewing quality comparable to the original. You still get the same level of detail to the story narration; even with some of the original dialogue removed. If this version was shown to someone who had not seen the original one; I believe it would be well received by them.

I like the fact that Black Manta was tightened up some as a character. When I seen the theatrical release I was hooked on the Manta theme and still am today. The fight scene on the sub was shortened but this did not take away from the impact of the characters introduction. By changing this scene it delivered a more serious tone that Black Manta was skilled and formidable villain. With this portrayal I think it emphasizes on the original Black Manta theme from the film. It gives a more ominous feeling for the character itself and what he could do in the future.


Overall, this edit was enjoyable to watch and I would like to thank the editor Wakeupkeo for taking their time give us this version to watch!

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Introduction:
Diving deep into the vast and enchanting underwater world of Atlantis, "Aquaman Special Edition" is a remarkable fan edit that amplifies the already captivating narrative of the original film. Seamlessly blending action, adventure, and mythological elements, this exceptional reimagining enhances the storytelling and character arcs, resulting in an awe-inspiring cinematic experience. With meticulous editing and an astute understanding of the source material, this fan edit surges to new depths, providing viewers with an immersive and thrilling journey beneath the waves.

Editing and Visual Presentation:
The editing in "Aquaman Special Edition" is a testament to the skills and vision of Wakeupkeo. The pacing has been refined, ensuring a seamless flow that keeps viewers engaged from start to finish. Transitions between scenes are expertly executed, lending a natural progression to the narrative. The removal of additional footage and selective restructuring adds depth to character development and clarifies certain plot points, offering a more cohesive storyline. The visual presentation is stunning, with color grading that accentuates the vibrant aquatic world. The underwater sequences are particularly impressive, as they appear more polished and immersive than ever before.

Narrative Enhancements and Character Development:
One of the standout features of this fan edit is its ability to enhance the overall narrative. By tightening certain sequences and removing superfluous elements, the story becomes more focused and streamlined. The film's pacing is significantly improved, allowing for a more immersive experience. The exploration of Aquaman's origin and his journey to becoming a hero is given greater depth and emotional resonance, creating a more satisfying character arc. The romantic subplot is handled with finesse, allowing for a deeper connection between the lead characters. The additions made in this special edition elevate the stakes and intensify the grandeur of the narrative, making it an even more compelling adventure.

Audio and Sound Design:
The audio and sound design in "Aquaman Special Edition" are praiseworthy. The musical score, sound effects, and dialogue are meticulously balanced, enhancing the overall viewing experience. The film's soundtrack immerses viewers in its world, with powerful compositions resonating during pivotal moments. The underwater soundscapes are masterfully crafted, capturing the ethereal and otherworldly atmosphere of Atlantis. From the rush of water to the clash of battles, every sound is rendered with precision, heightening the emotional impact of key scenes.

Seamless Integration of Deleted Scenes and Extended Footage:
The removal of footage seamlessly blends into the existing narrative, further enriching the story without feeling forced or out of place. Removing these scenes provide valuable insights into character motivations and relationships, contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of the film's universe. Wakeupkeo's careful selection and removal of these scenes demonstrate a deep understanding of the source material, allowing for a more immersive and rewarding experience for both new viewers and fans of the original film.

Conclusion:
"Aquaman Special Edition" is an exceptional fan edit that breathes new life into an already captivating superhero adventure. With its meticulous editing, enhanced visual presentation, refined storytelling, and immersive sound design, this special edition offers a truly extraordinary experience beneath the waves of Atlantis. Whether you are a die-hard fan of the original film or someone new to Aquaman's world, this fan edit is an absolute must-watch. Prepare to be enthralled by the majesty, action, and wonder of the oceans like never before.

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Hello everyone!

I finally got around to watch this edit! I wanted to do it when I would do a DCEU marathon and now with the upcoming movie of Flash coming out in two weeks, it was the perfect time to do it. Also, I want to say that this is like the 4th or 5th edit I'm watching from Wakeupkeo and I got say, he's the man! Even for movies that unfortunately could not be salvaged for me, like Wonder Woman 2 or Birds of Prey, I fully appreciated his work and the effort in saving those films. Only Suicide Squad had a little bit rushed/choppy first act, but still it was my go to in this DCEU marathon!

Before moving on with the edit, I want to say that I really really liked the original film, with all its faults. And guess what Wakeupkeo did...yeap, addressed almost all of those! (you can't change the extravaganza of happy colors flying around). I did not miss these 19 minutes not even for a second! Actually, I did not even notice from where they were missing, which is a testament to the editing skills of Wakeupkeo! I wouldn't notice where a cut is even if my life depended on it.

I have only three nitpickings with the edit. 1st I could really do without the fighting videogame style blue screens with the pros and cons of each fighter when Orm and Arthur are about to fight in the arena. And maybe cut out the giant octopus playing drums, which is right afterwards? I mean, even for a movie lighthearted as this, although the Trench sequence was pure horror, this was too much. The second is Arthur and Mera's first kiss in the final battle. I believe it would work better if the scene ended with the "use your element" line from Mera. I don't mind having a good first kiss, actually I love those, but the timing here plus the ridiculous background of CGI colors behind them, was too much and ruined the scene. Lastly, but I'm not sure if this could be done, maybe a little more trimming with the CGI fest at the end?

I can't stress enough how strongly I recommend this edit! Obviously, this is my go to for future DCEU marathons and I urge you all to check it out, unless you completely hated the original movie!

Thank you Wakeupkeo and thanks to everyone who read this review!

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Even though I loved the original movie, my minor problem was that it felt a little like a marvel film, by tryikg to keep things in the tone of the DCEU it helps that problem greatly, thank you for this edit WakeUpKeo!

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Absolutely brilliant! Well done WUK!

A lot of the more irritating bits are gone now, and I like the rescoring of the Black Manta prep-scene, etc.

Think this will be my go-to version of Aquaman from now on. I've always wanted to cut my own one as my first fanedit ever, but this one accomplished almost everything I'd have done.

(For info - no comment on the fanedit itself at all - the possible bits I'd change from this, which are more personal than anything else: Remove the "pee on it" line. Remove the plinky plonky music bit in the desert designed to show how 'fun' the banter is. Remove the single half-line about the world needing Arthur to be "more than a king // a hero" (I think it would work as "Atlantis has always had a king - now it needs something more [cut to] a king fights for his nation - you fight for everyone"). Remove the profoundly un-physics-y bit of Arthur dragging those inflatable liferafts at high speed after the submarine rescue.)

Either way, in short - fantastic edit, far better than the theatrical, and fulfils the brief of "to keep Arthur dumb and funny" but remove plot-holes, etc.

Oh, and the small changes to the intro and ending are brilliant. The dock ending is perfect.

Thank you so much for this. I strongly recommend to all.

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