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!
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.
"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.
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!
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!
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.