Elysium: The Bone Saw Cut
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
- New introductory text sets up the premise that no one from Earth has been to Elysium.
- Cut the first scene (and subsequent deportation) of Earth refugees trying to land on Elysium. Parts of this were re-purposed for the intro.
- Cut the opening flashbacks with Max and Frey and moved them to later in the film.
- Re-edited a sequence that I call "Max De Costa's Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." He gets his arm broken, is nearly fired from his job (twice) and then gets irradiated and nearly dies. Made a few trims around these cuts.
- Cut Kruger being fired.
- Cut Kruger and his posse getting called in to stop the data heist.
- Cut ALL scenes of Delacourt planning and scheming to take over Elysium. She now only appears in two scenes at the end.
The trims on social commentary do make the film a bit less bleak, but there's little remaining to emphatize.
Also, Kruger and Delacourt are introduced completely out of the blue. It just doesn't justify the amount of screen time dedicated an obnoxious and over-the-top villain and turns Jodie Foster into an in-and-out cameo.
Editing is flawless and makes up for a decent effort among others. I just feel like Elysium is a tough one to salvage - a shame since it looks so glorious.
The video quality is impressive for the 720p MKV, but as mentioned below, there's something really wrong with the frames from start to finish - rendering it almost unwatchable at times. Can't speak for the BD.
Watched the fanedit and it is definitely the superior version.
The framerate seemed off, don't know if that is from shaky cam but movement and camera pans didn't feel smooth; walking scene at 38 minutes is one example.
Didn't explain code to reboot Elysium or the betrayal plot, but then again leaving it in would make it worse.
Other than that it brings it closer to what it should have been, Battle Angel Alita.
A parasitic space city, annoying droids, crazy cyborg bounty hunters that want to pull out katanas. Sound familiar? The film works better as a weird wasteland with black comedy moments, "I've always wanted a wife".
Quote from the Manga:
"The public security system is nothing more than a debugging routine to ensure the smooth operation of the factories.
The factories operate entirely for the sake of Tiphares and are not concerned with the daily lives of the residents of the scrapyard."
The problem is Alita fleshes out a lot more backstory and history. It is more a case of programmed auto pilot from previous wars that have become legend, the space citizens are kept just as drugged and pacified. Instead of evil rich people hoarding technology that wouldn't cost them anything to share.
This edit brings it more inline with such a more coherent setting. Other recommended ideas:
1. Take out the cause of overpopulation and disease. It would still be a lot easier to build gated communities on Earth than a space station, and basic technology solves both of these things in the real world. They were added to try to boost the heavy handed political message that doesn't work.
Instead have an unknown past war reduce the population to a handful of mega cities in the few habitable zones, and no one even knows what year it is.
2. State that all unauthorized technology is illegal, especially spacecraft. The original film had it so once all the rich people leave no one can solve any problems on Earth. The criminals in the film acted more like underground resistance than criminals, crimelords don't normally want to reboot the system to help everyone.
3. It would be cool to throw in scenes from Rollerball as part of the bread and circus to keep people entertained. Or even wasteland scenes from the Road Warrior, Fury Road, The Postman etc.. into the opening to set the tone as over the top weird wasteland. Or even go full retro and open with 199X. Kruger acts more like a wasteland barbarian from Mad Max then real military, maybe add back more of his scenes except the missile launcher one.