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
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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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7.0

The technical elements of this edit are flawless. Seriously, great work. They help to move the narrative along at a quicker pace, and you really don't notice a single issue with the cuts A/V wise.

However, as a big Guardians of the Galaxy fan, Vol. 2 being my favourite, I did not enjoy this edit as much as the original. I have an echoic memory (audiographic memory - like photographic memory but for sound), and thus I remember things like song lyrics, sound effects, soundtrack queues and, most importantly, film dialogue very well. So, having seen this movie a number of times, I did notice what was cut a lot of the time.

And, while I do feel MCU humour does tend to 'break' the moments a bit, I actually think they generally work perfectly in the Guardians films. So, the cutting of that kind of stuff did throw me off a bit (not a problem if you don't have the same connection to the franchise, or an echoic memory).

Additionally, a more valid criticism then my hyper-awareness, is that I felt cutting out a lot of 'banter' or even just normal dialogue that got removed made for some strange moments. For example, when Quill and Gamora are arguing, I'm pretty sure some of the dialogue got cut, and it made them get aggressive way too fast. Instead of their voices getting progressively hostile, they just kind of go from chit-chat to yelling down each others' throats. There were also some moments where I think the soundtrack was replaced due to cuts made, which also stuck out to me.

Essentially, the editors' technical elements are flawless, but sometimes these technical elements ignore other elements of filmmaking such as pacing and dialogue, which stuck out to me very much.

Take this all with a grain of salt, as other reviews don't really express my criticisms, and maybe a lot of these issues were already present in the original and I just never noticed because I wasn't looking for them. Again, a lot of this stuff won't be a problem if you don't have the same hyper-awareness to this sort of thing as I do. I will be sticking to the original on a rewatch of Guardians 2, so I can't recommend this edit for people like me. However, it does have great merit and there's no reason you shouldn't watch it for yourself.

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I'm a huge Guardians of the Galaxy fan. I thoroughly enjoyed Vol. 2 in theaters, but after watching it at home I felt like Gunn just went a little overboard in parts.

At first I was annoyed by the lack of a detailed cutlist for this edit, but I decided to give it (along with a few other MCU edits) a chance in the lead-up to Endgame. And I feel like this is the highest praise I can ever give a fan edit of a movie I've seen in its theatrical form many times:

I didn't notice 95% of what was missing.

That's right. This edit is a full 16 minutes shorter and other than the pre-credits sequence and a couple of jokes here and there, I didn't even notice, and I fell in love with the film just the same way I did when I saw it in theaters the first time.

As with several edits in recent years, I wish it was available in a larger, higher-bitrate file, but beyond that, this will probably be the only version I watch from now on.

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The second guardians suffers from Marvelitis with the excess of jokes outbalancing the drama. This fanedit fixes those problems and makes the film much more compelling and I couldn't tell where the jokes were cut out. The humor lands better in this, as a result and keeps the movie more interesting in my eyes. More fanedits needs to be made for movies like this where the humor can get in the way of a good story (Dr. Strange). Overall great job!

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It was superb. This is the kind of edit that makes me so happy to be on this site. I remember seeing the theatrical version in theaters, and on the way home kept thinking, "I can't wait to see someone fanedit that movie." I didn't hate the theatrical version, I just was a little bored and found it off-putting. It had so many extra jokes and quips that frankly weren't funny and just slowed the movie down. Was too self-indulgent. But I loved this edit. It perfectly shaved down all the excess crap, and gave me a fun and entertaining movie. Amazing work. I have no complaints, only praise.

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I thought the theatrical version of GOTG2 was... "fine". I really enjoyed the story and most of the character arcs. My only real gripe was with some of the humour coming at the expense of more dramatic moments. This is edit solves most of if not all of those problems. It's been a long time since I watched the theatrical so I can't be entirely sure what was cut but boy oh boy does the main narrative and all those character moments shine much more than I remember!

Video and audio quality is fine, not the best, but that hasn't stopped it replacing my Blu-Ray from now on. Great work!

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