Birds of Prey: The Chronological Edit

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Harley, now more of a known entity, is discovering the protections afforded under Joker are slipping away. The rest of the major characters are introduced sooner, and Sionis’s displays of sadism ramps up more progressively until he dons the mask.
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2020
Original Running Time:
108
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Brief Synopsis:
Chronological cut, without the Ace Chemicals plotline. Harley, now more of a known entity, is discovering the protections afforded under Joker are slipping away. We meet Harley as a spoiled drunk, still milking the privileges of being Joker’s girlfriend, so her personal growth seems bigger from basic piece of shit to possible new anti-hero. The rest of the major characters are introduced sooner, and Sionis’s displays of sadism ramps up more progressively until he dons the mask.
Intention:
I really wanted to loved this movie but I had a hard time with the narration and over the top silliness of the beginning. I bought this movie on blu ray before I saw it (since they end up being so cheap and lately I've ended up editing them anyways) but it took me a couple attempts to actually get through the first half.

My first edit plan was to see what this movie would be like without narration. But the voiceovers were in most of the audio channels, and sometimes over actual needed dialogue as well. So that was more work than I wanted to do for this experiment.

So my second attempt seems to have gone much better.
Additional Notes:
**2022* Quality update! What began as a simple 5.1 audio upgrade with subtitles has turned into a lot more. Looking back, while the edit is technically fine, the cuts made were broad and crude in comparison to what I am now capable of. Sections of big fight scenes were cut, dialogue was used as it was spoken, and I still had a continuity error with Montoya's stinking shirt I felt I couldn't avoid. A couple of years practice can give a whole new perspective on what is possible. Without sacrificing my original intent, I was able to add back in small minor things like a bit more of the jailbreak fights, but with tighter trims for the parts that didn't work for me. Generally better transitions that allow little bits of the movie to remain, and I was able to remove the Montoya's continuity error. The most noticeable changes are that I moved the "history of the diamond" from Montoya at the PD to earlier, when Ronan mentions it at the club talking to Mr. Keo. We also get a very trimmed Harley backstory in the intro too. But most importantly, I was able to address a big complaint about the source movie - the use of the Cassandra Cain name. Now, her name has been changed to Kassandra Kane in the subtitle and the Bounty Hunter Phone Messages where her name is seen. Credits changed too. I know this doesn't "solve" the complaint, but it's an attempt!
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Digital
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5.1 Audio with full subtitles
Editing Details:
Chronological cut, without the Ace Chemicals plotline. Harley, now more of a known entity, is discovering the protections afforded under Joker are slipping away. We meet Harley as a spoiled drunk, still milking the privileges of being Joker’s girlfriend, so her personal growth seems bigger from basic piece of shit to possible new anti-hero. The rest of the major characters are introduced sooner, and Sionis’s displays of sadism ramps up more progressively until he dons the mask.

We lose a bit of the exposition in the beginning with the cartoon intro. I am hoping everyone is familiar enough not to need it, and she will explain it later in the grocery store and her apt, so even if you don’t know Harley’s history, you can still learn it when Cassandra does. But this edit feels like the violence is emphasized, so removing the cartoon is also better for vibe overall. I also removed Montoya beating up HUGE guys alone in the funhouse fight scene. I have one continuity error with Montoya’s clean clothes when she first confronts Dinah, but movie pacing seems off when I tried to keep Montoyas scenes strictly chronological. Instead of the week between Dinah saving Harley and Harley’s egg sandwich chase scene, they are made to feel much closer. I also removed the name of Victor Zsasz from movie, now he is just a 'henchman" and tightened up funhouse fight scenes to remove some of the most choreograph-looking fight sequences.
Cuts and Additions:
Cassandra Cain's name has been changed to Kassandra Kane.
Intro animation ends after sperm and egg joke.
Trimmed scenes of Harley alone in apt, buying hyena and playing roller derby
Moved scene of Harley in Bar with driver to later
Removed Ace Chemical destruction scene and added new title sequence
Moved Montoya’s intro scene to later
Moved Sionis warehouse scene to later
Moved Egg Sandwich chase scene to later
Moved Montoya in the Station scenes to later
Moved Harley’s entrance into Station to later

Movie REALLY begins with the introduction of Black Canary.
The "history of the diamond" from Montoya at the PD to earlier, when Ronan mentions it at the club talking to Mr. Keo
Mr Keo face graphics when talking to Sionis removed
Removed Sionis talking to customers after Mr Keo leaves
Removed Harley talking to rando guy and getting shots with him
Removed all mention of "Mr. Zsasz" name
Cut to scene with Harley and Driver
Cut to scene in Alley with rando guy trying to abduct her
Cut to Montoya intro scene, cut shorter to exclude Ace Chemicals explosion
Cut to Dinah arriving home
cutting to Harley escaping in alley, thanking business owner.
Cut to Sionis in warehouse with Mr Keo, Black Mask intro shots removed
Cut to Dinah picking Sionis up
Cut to Montoya confronting Dinah in Hallway (continuity error with Montoya’s clean clothes, but movie pacing seems off if made to strictly chronological)
Cut to Sionis having breakfast, removed mention of Ace Chemicals and Sionis looking for Harley
Cut to Egg Sandwich Chase scene, removed mention of ace chemical destruction, removed roller derby adversary, removed Harley describing the whole situation as lucky
Cut to Cassandra stealing diamond sequence
Cut to Montoya arriving at Station
Cut to Sionis reacting to news of diamond gone
Cut to Harley hostage scene
Removed Harley dance scene Madonna tribute
Montoya and Dinah phone call cuts to Harley entering the jail, which is cut much shorter and removed her shooting all policemen but one
Removed Cassandra recognizing her from roller derby
Removed Harley looking directly at the camera in the van with Cassandra
Removed Sionis line “you wouldn’t betray me, would you?” to Dinah
Removed Sionis calling out “Zsasz!”
Removed mention of “Mr. Zsasz”
Removed Zsasz showing his scars.
Removed Dinah calling Henchman #1 “Zsasz”
Removed Huntress naming “Victor Zsasz”
Removed Montoya fighting the huge guys by herself
Tightened up fighting in funhouse overall to remove most choreographed moments
Shortened time it takes Huntress to tow Harley to first car of henchmen
Tightened Harley and Sionis Car chase shots
Cut short the Birds of Prey fight scene and lines about their name, mainly to detract from the weird costumes.
Changed “Victor Zsasz” name in credits to “Sionis' Henchman/Confidant”
Removed post credits audio.
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I missed this movie in theaters, then blind bought the bluray when it came out. I was hoping to like this movie and was massively let down. It took me three attempts to finally finish it, and by the time I had I felt like I had a migraine. Where the original cut struggled the most was without a doubt the non-linear story telling.

Wakeupkeo has masterfully edited Birds of Prey into a chronological story that focuses the plot, and in turn gives all of the character's more clear, much more satisfying arcs. While Harley is still the central character, the rest of the Birds of Prey are also able to shine as they are introduced far more effectively. The ramping up of Black Mask's sadism works well to heighten the story, and the decision to make Zsasz just a henchmen makes for a more interesting, less frustrating supporting character. This fan edit is excellently paced, running just 84 mins before the credits roll. This is easily the definitive version for any DCEU fan!

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This is my second review of Wakeupkeo's work, first being The Suicide Squad: Special Edition, which was a big upgrade from the original. Firstly, my brief thoughts on the original Birds of Prey and the blah blah...I didn't even bother with watching it in cinema and oh boy I was so glad for that decision. When I watched it at home I simply couldn't wait for it to be over with (I don't like not watching a film to the end, even bad ones). So let's say my enjoyment factor was a 2. Which means, I didn't had my hopes up for any fanedit, because they can't change the core of the movie, no matter how talented the editor is. But I was still curious how much of an impovement could be achieved, because I'm a big DC fan and I really want to love or simply enjoy as many movies of it as possible.

Technical-wise, it was excellent! Not that I was expecting anything less, having seen the Suicide Squad. I couldn't find a single scene were I noticed or "felt" that something was tampered with. That goes for the audio too and since I'm not a native english speaker and the edit doesn't have subtitles, I had the volume pretty high up so I would have noticed if something was off.

Now, for the important part, the narrative. It was definitely an impovement! It was more streamlined, the over the top silliness in certain scenes was trimmed down, more coherent and overall having the runtime barely touching the 1h30m mark was great! Unfortunately, although I enjoyed it more, it did not save it for me, but I wasn't expecting it to anyway.

This edit is recommended either for any DC fan, like me, who just wants to give it another shot or to anyone who found the movie "ok" and above. If you did, this version will be your go-to for any future DCEU marathons!

Thank you Wakeupkeo and thanks to anyone who read my review!

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I hated this movie so much when it came out, mostly because of the unchronogical order and the message (all men are trash, okay we get it). But with this fan edit, despite the remaining of the message, the movie is now more linear and clearly more understandable, now I can finally enjoy a nice Gotham City story with good action sequences.

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Much like the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey tried to introduce too many characters and set up a franchise while telling a non-chronological, barely sensical plot, which resulted in a nigh-unwatchable movie. And once again, wakeupkeo has managed to work his magic, making this movie comprehensible, fun and possessed of actual character arcs. (Though as a Cassandra Cain fan from way back, I'm still a bit cranky about her killer assassin-turned-Batgirl being transformed for the screen into a lowly pickpocket.)

Though the refining process here doesn't amount to quite the same intense pleasant surprise of a movie as the same editor's re-edit of Suicide Squad, it's still enjoyable to watch Robbie's Harley Quinn evolve into a more likeable version of her psychotic clown sidekick, setting the stage for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. The actual titular Birds of Prey get the short shrift here, as this movie seems to set them up for an actual film of their own that we'll likely never see (although I remain hopeful for them to play a role in the upcoming Batgirl film).

The fight choreography, particularly in the jailbreak sequence, is given more room to breathe in this edit and is one of the centerpieces of the film, thanks to John Wick director Chad Stahelski's pinch-hitting. In all, and not at all surprisingly, wakeupkeo has taken a movie that was edited-to-death and reverse engineered it back to life, as a worthy middle chapter to the Harley Quinn Trilogy.

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I also enjoyed this version of the movie, the editor did a superb job of cutting together the scenes in chronological order, while further editing them and cutting other things out. I do not think that this movie can get any better with editing than this.

On the movie itself, I personally was never a fan of Jared Leto "play-acting" the joker, this role is a huge responsibility and takes a certain actor and acting imho and he does not do it for me. I also found Margot Robbie somehow a bit closer to the comic-version in the first Suicide Squad movie than in this one. Although she has really good and funny scenes here as well, in this movie she comes across way more as a "drunk stripper" to cite Will Smith from Suicide Squad :)

The only thing regarding the edit that was apparent to me was the introduction texts to the characters. Of course this is hard to compensate when changing the scenes and when they are hardcoded on the screen. But this took me out a few times, since this reminded me that certain scenes in the original cut came earlier. But I guess there is not a lot to do here.

Great work again, thanks for the effort and enjoyment! Always great to watch a Wakeupkeo cut :)

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