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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Original Release Date:
2020
Original Running Time:
108
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Fanedit Running Time:
91
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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.
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MP4/M4V/MOV
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:
Intro animation ends after sperm and egg joke.
Removed 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 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.
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 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
Cut to Egg Sandwich Chase scene, removed mention of ace chemical destruction, removed roller derby adversary, shortened Hyena mauling flashback to remove pulling up pants, removed Harley jumping on ladder and describing the whole situation as lucky, instead 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 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”
Added “Black Mask” graphic to when Sionis actually dons the Black Mask.
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.

User reviews

3 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(3)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(3)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(3)
Narrative
 
9.3(3)
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9.7(3)
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9.1
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10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
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10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
Birds of Prey: The Chronological Edit

Firstly, this is a vastly superior edit than the theatrical. Everything flows just so much better and I really enjoyed seeing the narrative play out in chronological order... A literal god-send. I like the cuts you made too, nothing that was cut was missed and it made for just an overall more consistent (tonally) and enjoyable movie.

Theatrical rating: 5/10
Fanedit Rating: 8/10

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Wow this edit is 100% so much more enjoyable than the theatrical cut, which for me is only 6 or 7 out of 10. The film is just okay - not bad, not great. However, this edit makes so much improvement for the overall narrative, pacing, and enjoyment. This is my go-to version from now on.

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This is a great edit of a not-so-great film. I enjoyed this immensely, and the editor did some fantastic work in the overall presentation to strip away most of the hindrances that many have complained about since its release.

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