Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2: Pruned Edition

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2: Pruned Edition

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2: Pruned Edition
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
A Trimmer Space Epic.
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
136
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
119
Time Cut:
16
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Brief Synopsis:
GotG2: Pruned Edition is about 16 minutes shorter than the official film. It's a respectful effort to streamline an enjoyable if slightly overlong story about unkillable space adventurers. My opinion is below the surface, like a second onion layer, there's a snappier, smarter telling of the same story in the same order with the same humor. It just needs the tiniest bit of pruning.

So! Here you will find the same wonderful movie but with slightly trimmer action and banter, mildly reduced beats in dialogue, and so forth, hopefully never at the cost of real feels or jokes -- it aims to enhance what's there, nudging things forward where they otherwise tend to linger (before they spoil the feels and jokes they set up so well). Don't get me wrong, I love a dick and poop joke as much as the next goofball, and I preserve many (most) silly moments. This isn't a humorectomy, although that would be an interesting project. The edit considers the overall rhythm and makes frequent, small, hopefully not glaring reductions, scene by scene, of a few lines to sometimes just a few frames. I feel like the flow is improved in aggregate, and would like to share.
Intention:
I saw this movie three (3!) times in theaters, something I don't do. It was a blast in spite of its almost pathological tendency to squander each good moment. From the first minutes of the first viewing I knew I was in love with GotG2, but was kept at arm's length by those odd beats. And they seemed so easy to fix. Just STOP before a joke runs too long. Maybe let one gag in ten play out, to toy with the rhythm, but otherwise know when to quit. Not every punchline needs a big flashing applause/laugh sign. It's not an ABC sitcom.

Also I've had a growing interest in the fanedit community and saw an ideal time and title to engage. Thank you very much.
Additional Notes:
Disney-Marvel movies in Japan are available exclusively via the "Movie-NEX" brand, which bundles Bluray + DVD + digital downloads. For this first-time fanedit, I converted and compressed my workfiles from mixed Movie-NEX media compatible with my editor, which were further compressed during rendering. Final output is 2.39:1 cinemascope (1920x800 pixels) and mixed-down Dolby 5.1 to headphones stereo totaling about 12Gb full size or 2.6Gb with pass through Handbrake. I understand it still sounds quite nice on surround speakers, My apologies for the low quality. I completed this fanedit in September and then tried to reconvert for higher visual quality, to no result. This fanedit is technically HD but is best enjoyed, I think, with the expectation of slightly softer quality. *Updated Dec 04, 2017: New cover art contributed by @theryaney and full English subs transcribed by @lapis_molari, thank you very much!
Other Sources:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (Original Score) / Composed by Tyler Bates
Special Thanks:
TM2YC, stferguson78, gazza, SpectacularSMan and TVs Frink for your invaluable guidance, community support and feedback which shaped this middling concept into a proud achievement. Thank you. :)

*Updated Dec 04, 2017: Thank you theryaney and lapis_molari for new cover art and full English subtitles, respectively. Amazing work!
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
Subtitles by @lapis_molari
DVD cover by @theryaney
Editing Details:
Approx. 150-200 edits. Broad strokes below (details to be added)

- No prologue.
- Various quips / reactions removed.
- Gamora steps on more of Quill's lines.
- Drax, Mantis, Taserface come off a bit less obtuse.
- Fewer cartoon physics moments.
- Microedits in action to punch up and / or move along.
- Slightly less Baby Groot.
(For mods: user @theryaney created new cover art which I would like to promote to the main artwork for the fanedit. Thank you very much!)
Pruned Edition Promo

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9.6
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7.0
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10.0
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10.0

This is one of those rare edits that turn a movie I strongly disliked into one I'll rewatch and enjoy again for years to come. The theatrical cut of this movie suffered terribly from lame and obnoxious jokes that never knew when to end, and which had a way of ruining good moments. This edit flows smoothly without it ever being slightly apparent that something is missing. I watched this with a friend who is a big fan of the original, and even he didn't notice anything missing. So I'd say all around it holds up very well.

That said, we did miss the full opening Marvel title and regret it being sped up. The video quality is, as the editor puts it, best enjoyed with the expectation of a softer HD experience, due to a lengthy conversion process. And there is one instance where I noticed a cut between scenes could be heard at the 40 minute mark. These nitpicks are nothing though when faced with such a vastly superior version of the film.

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Yes
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9.2
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9.0
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8.0
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This was a very necessary edit. It's harder to enjoy the movie with to many last minute jokes. Would suggest Ragnarok be Pruned next.

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10.0
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My experience with the theatrical cut of GotG:V2 was excruciating. There were so many "wrong" moments, unbearably awkward, or just out of character. I remember especially disliking Drax because his character was so horribly treated.
rb's fanedit saved this film for me. It trimmed nearly all of the cringe-worthy scenes, and did it seamlessly. Well done. It is the definitive copy for me, at least until rb releases a "Chopped Edition"... :)
In short: Highly recommended.

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9.9
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I haven't seen GOTG Vol. 2 since the cinema, so since its been almost a year between viewings, I had forgotten most of the jokes. This edit seemlessly removes most of those jokes without me noticing. I only remembered a few that were cut (Mantis being ugly, Nebula buying a new hat, Taserface, etc.) but I don't remember the majority. Somehow, RB has cut over 16 minutes of film, without feeling like anything is missing, which is something many fanedits
rarely do. One of my only complaints is that the audio sounded compressed, but the editor has talked about this. I only watched this on my TV without any fancy surround system, so I don't mind it being in 2.0 instead of 5.1.

Overall, a very well done first time edit that instantly replaces the theatrical version for me and I look forward to RB's future endevours.

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(Updated: November 25, 2017)
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9.5
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0

I’m pretty new to this review thing, so yeah. I have to say, at first I thought the jokes I loved were going to be mostly cut. But after I watched this brilliant edit, I realised that was not true. rb has successfully streamlined the movie, cut the most obnoxious overused jokes, but leaves some of the best in. Unfortunately, I let one star off the enjoyment tab as a few of my favourite jokes/things were cut, but it wasn’t much gone, and rb substitutes that with many improvements to the GotG2.

And seriously, rb has done a really amazing job. Much of my problems with his movie are the overused jokes which gave me an “uh…” feeling. The emotional and beautiful moments now feel amazing and no longer get crushed with jokes. Overall, this pruned edition is stellar and definitely replaces my copy. Great job, rb!

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