Berandal

 
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Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
The Raid 2, shortened and de-sequelised into a standalone film.
Original Movie Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2014
Original Running Time:
150
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
107
Time Cut:
46
Time Added:
3
Brief Synopsis:
This is The Raid 2 as a standalone film. No bridging material to link this film to The Raid. No undercover police storyline. Just the story of a young man in prison who uses his fighting skills to join a family-run crime syndicate and rise through the ranks of the organisation. All the action sequences from the film are kept, with a pace much closer to the first Raid film.
Intention:
I thought The Raid 2 was an excellent film, but as a sequel to The Raid it felt over-long and sometimes a bit cumbersome. I wanted to create a version of the second film that had the same manic pace and relentless energy of the first film, and set about seeing what I could cut from it.
Additional Notes:
I also used Gareth Evans' first film with Iko Uwais, Merantau, as source for an additional feature ("Farmboy") on the DVD release.
Other Sources:
NIN - Ghosts I-IV
Special Thanks:
TM2YC for encouragement, motivation and more excellent suggestions than I can list here, but especially the idea of completely removing the "undercover police" storyline. Without his input this fanedit would not be half as good as it is now.
Captain Khajiit for extensive technical help at the encoding stage, particularly with regard to issues with authoring DVDs in DVD Architect Studio using 24FPS media.
Release Information
  • NTSC DVD-9
  • PAL DVD-9
  • MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
- HammerGirl (Fanfilm short)
- Farmboy (A short film showing Yuda's first run-in with organised crime in Jakarta)
Editing Details:
The editing was done using a Lagarith AVI and 6 WAV files in Sony Movie Studio 12. The main challenge was working with subtitles, which I achieved by creating an SRT file containing the subtitles for the film and burning this into the active video area of the Lagarith file using VirtualDub. I had to recreate my source a couple of times after realising that I needed to remove specific lines of dialogue at certain points.
Cuts and Additions:
- Added a new intro - the deleted "Politician's Son" scene in which Yuda is trying to get work.
- Cut Andi's assassination by Bejo.
- Cut all scenes from the opening 30 minutes linking back to The Raid or Bunawar's undercover group.
- Cut Yuda shadowboxing in his prison cell.
- Cut the meeting with the undercover cop to establish Yuda's identity.
- Cut Yuda finding and removing the bug in his clothes.
- Recut Bungan's meeting with Goto so that Uco and Yuda arrive as it is finishing.
- Recut Yuda's meeting with Bungan to work with the undercover police storyline removed.
- Cut Yuda calling Bunawar and his family.
- Cut the Karaoke bar scene.
- Cut Bungan meeting with Prakoso.
- Cut Prakoso killing the young man.
- Cut Bungan talking to Yuda while they dispose of bodies at the lake.
- Recut Uco's meeting with Bejo to remove Yuda spying on them.
- Cut Prakoso's meeting with his wife.
- Cut the argument between Yuda and Uco after Prakoso's murder.
- Trimmed the opening of the scene where corrupt police attack Yuda.
- Trimmed and recut Yuda's phone conversation with Eka after being attacked by police.
- Recut Yuda's conversation with Eka after the car chase to remove any discussion of being undercover police.
- Removed Yuda's conversation with Bunawar prior to the warehouse raid.
- Cut Uco's bathroom scene and discovery of the bug in his wallet.
- Recut Uco's realisation of Bejo's plan and subsequent gunfight.
- Removed Bunawar from epilogue.
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Trailer (Password: fanedit.org)

User reviews

3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.3
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.3  (3)
Visual Editing 
 
9.3  (3)
Audio Editing 
 
9.7  (3)
Narrative 
 
8.7  (3)
Enjoyment 
 
9.7  (3)
(Updated: April 19, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

This is a perfect tonal, thematic and paced sequel to The Raid. The only thing it doesn't follow up on is the first movie's story, which is one goal of the fanedit and the original is there if you want it. But there isn't a single frame or line in here that makes it feel like part of that story has been removed. That's impressive when 46 minutes has been removed.

Audio/Video Quality: 8
The quality is okay but I couldn't help feeling it should have looked a little sharper for the filesize.

Visual Editing/Audio Editing: 9/9
It's all totally invisible and seemless apart from the transition between the club intro and the toilet-block beat down. I know exactly the sort of Tarantino freeze frame move that was intended. But something in the audio or the visuals felt off. It was either too fast, or too slow. But really this is a tiny little blip that doesn't spoil the enjoyment of the whole.

Narrative: 9
It's a total pleasure to get a narrative this solid and focused from a heavy edit like this. There is a time in the middle when you become aware that Yuda hasn't been in the film enough for a bit, but that's the one flaw. Maybe the new intro perhaps brings too much focus onto Yuda rather than Uco, when this is just as much his story. I thought the reduced screen time for Prakoso would hurt the film but not a bit. The wise talk with Uco is just enough to establish what kind of guy he is.

Enjoyment: 10
Action doesn't get much better than this and in this edit you never really get time for the buzz to wear off, between the chases and the fights. It's all one intense experience.

In conclusion. If you've seen The Raid (and loved it obviously) then I reccomend the following...

1. Buy The Raid 2
2. Watch this fanedit
3. Watch The Raid 2

...you'll still love the enhanced drama and story when you get to "3" but watching "2" first, you won't feel impatient waiting for the next blistering action scene. You'll get that same adrenaline hit as the first movie. I like the original cut of The Raid 2 but you know, if I had to choose only one version, I'd keep this fanedit.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
MP4/AVI/etc. (HD)
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Overall rating 
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

congratulations that one guy on this awesome fanedit.
i really enjoyed this edit more that the original cut.
this fanedit proves that this movie works better as a non sequel based movie.
with all the undercover story gone, this movie can flow a hell of a lot better, it really feels like a fast paced action bloodbath.
the one thing i had against the theatrical cut of this is it felt kinda bloated this fanedit fixes this problem.
this fanedit is highly recommended for fans of the raid movies.

if i had to find something that the movie could do is have more Prakoso. but that is only being nit picky and does not change how good this fanedit really is.

well done that one guy i love every minute of this edit.

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Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
DVD
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(Updated: April 13, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
8.8
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
8.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

That One Guy did a brilliant job with Berandal. The creative decision to have a more elaborate gang war story in the sequel to The Raid was good, but it always felt like an excuse to include one huge action setpiece after another, and it's shocking how little That One Guy's major edits actually impact the overall proceedings. The main character, Yuka, can now just be seen as a violent, loyal, dangerous badass, and the edit makes you realize how the whole 'undercover cop' angle is just faked character development. I would have liked Prakoso's scenes being kept to make his death hit harder, but other than that, all the edits outside the opening fade in/fade out transitions are unnoticeable, and racket up the pace to near breakneck speeds in a fantastic way. Highly recommended for old-school action fans, and one of the most surprising edits for me in how smoothly a film can still work with 40+ minutes excised from it.

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Yes
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MP4/AVI/etc. (SD)
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