Interstellar: Where We're Going

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Original Release Date:
2014
Original Running Time:
169
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Fanedit Running Time:
148
Time Cut:
21
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Brief Synopsis:
From IMDB: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Intention:
This is Interstellar as you know it, with modest improvements to pacing, some adjustments to make dialogue sound more natural, and the removal of what felt to me like artificial conflict; in particular the third act tension surrounding Tom's refusal to leave the farm. I wanted a version of Nolan's Interstellar that felt more natural and a little less pretentious.
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Interstellar OST

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Special Thanks:
theomega for taking a close look/listen at a very important bit of looping/ADR

Wraith for help with the titles, the audio mix, and for countless previews.

ArtisDead for early engagement in my ITW thread, assistance with the poster, consistent and timely guidance, and networking with other editors.

ArtisDead, Wraith, and INIGHTMARES for pushing me to aim for "great" instead of "good".
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
* Added fanedit.org disclaimer
* Adjusted "Interstellar" title to include new subtitle.
* Adjusted initial dialog between Cooper and Murphy. Murphy asks if he was dreaming about the crash sooner. Only one "back to bed".
* Added credit interstitials leading up to the kitchen scene.
* Removed, "That's not a dust storm." line as Cooper leaves the house.
* Removed "old man" / "repopulate the earth" joke.
* Fixed Murphy shifting. She was pushing the gear shift in the wrong direction for second gear.
* Removed most of the gear grinding before the flat tire. If the gears are grinding, it's a problem with the clutch, not what Murphy is doing.
* In the meeting between Cooper, the principle, and Ms Hanly, removed digression about tax dollars and their allocation.
* Shortened faked moon landing discussion slightly.
* Removed "We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars".
* During the first dust storm, removed shot of the rear-view mirror since I reused it later in the movie.
* At NASA, removed Cooper's vacuum cleaner joke (lawn mower joke left intact).
* Reworked conference room scene:
* * Removed "supernatural" line and eye roll.
* * Removed "...nobody stumbles out".
* * Removed Amelia's smirk when Murphy says, "It was gravity".
* * Removed line about leaving in the trunk of a car.
* * Doyle now laughs about Cooper not realizing he's at NASA (instead of laughing at Cooper's worry about his daughter's safety).
* While Brand is trying to convince Cooper to fly the mission:
* * Removed "we need a pilot".
* * Adjusted cadence of "and this is the mission you were trained for" and placed it after, "...never left the simulator".
* * Moved, "...but something sent you here" after "we had no choice": "We had no choice, but something sent you here..."
* During Cooper's briefing on the plan,
* * Removed Amelia's, "...that's no long shot".
* * Removed "There's a plan A and a plan B".
* * Moved Brand's, "Did you notice anything strange..." line ahead to the next scene.
* Removed Cooper's, "We farmers, we sit here every year..." line.
* While Cooper is talking to Murphy about leaving, removed the "...I can't be your ghost, I have to exist" dialog.
* Removed Murphy's exaggerated kick when Donald catches her as she runs out of the house.
* Compressed leaving orbit scene and removed poem.
* While getting ready for hibernation, removed Amelia's, "That's what I love. You know, out there, we face great odds..." line.
* Shortened transit of Saturn (35s -> 15s)
* Removed scene where Romilly explains why the wormhole looks the way it does.
* Removed Amelia's "first handshake" line while they traverse the wormhole.
* While discussing Miller's planet, removed forced conflict between Cooper and Doyle.
* Removed, "That's relativity, folks".
* During air-braking scene,
* * Added silent flashback to Cooper's crash.
* * Removed one of the external shots (altitude and lateral speed didn't match final CG shot)
* * During Doyle's death, fixed small continuity issue where Amelia abruptly turns to the right.
* After Doyle's death, while Amelia and Cooper are talking,
* * Removed explanation from CASE about the signal repeating.
* * Removed Amelia's dialog about gravity moving across dimensions (including time).
* * Removed discussion of the beings and how they might perceive time.
* * Removed, "..but you knew about relativity".
* After returning to the Endurance, removed Amelia's, "reality's different" line.
* Removed Brand's broadcast to Amelia where he's reading the poem, and also removed the poem voice-over from the preceding scene.
* While discussing which planet to visit next, removed some of the socio-utility-of-love lines.
* After the cut back to the farm, removed the dinner table scene, as it primarily serves to set up the later tension around leaving when we hear Cooper * Jr. cough. I kept the preceding scene with Murphy and Tom where they survey the burning corn, as we need to understand the stakes have been raised (corn * is no longer immune to blight), and it's a nice moment with Tom.
* After Murphy learns the truth about plan A,
* * Removed the poem.
* * Removed scene on the Endurance as the Ranger leaves for Mann's and we see the beginning of Murphy's broadcast.
* * Removed frozen cloud.
* * Adjusted curves/contrast/colour for one of the exterior shots while the ranger is landing.
* During the revelation on Mann's planet,
* * Removed "monstrous lie".
* * Removed "You never would have...evolution has yet to..." dialog.
* * After this scene cut to Cooper preparing to go home, rather than the shot of Murphy entering the farmhouse (that comes later).
* During the subsequent scenes, beginning with Mann and Cooper leaving to survey the landing site and ending with Romilly's death:
* * Removed discussion around the power of human connection.
* * Removed discussion around survival instinct, and seeing your kids before death.
* * Instead of cutting to Murphy at the farmhouse, cut to Romilly investigating KIPP.
* * Removed one of Mann's "yes". He now says "yes" three times instead of four.
* * Removed the 50/50 odds joke.
* * Removed the poem.
* * Removed Mann asking if Cooper sees his children.
* * Removed cuts to the farmhouse and Murphy burning the corn, etc.
* * After the explosion, added music, removed cut to farmhouse.
* * Removed cut to the farmhouse while Mann is entering orbit.
* During Docking,
* * Removed "it's not possible"..."no, it's necessary".
* * Removed "Now for our next trick" and Amelia's laugh.
* After Cooper asks how bad the damage is, cut to Murphy and Getty discussing how worthless Brand's equation is.
* Different music while Murphy tells Getty about her ghost (while waiting for the storm to clear).
* Removed, "Manually?"..."That's what I'm here for.".
* Removed, "What about the time slippage?"..."Well, none of us have time to worry about relativity".
* While Cooper outlines the plan to use Gargantua, cut to Murphy arriving at the farm house and entering the bedroom.
* After the slingshot, while Cooper is falling into Gargantua, removed his yell before he passes out.
* Inside the tesseract, there are cuts back to Murphy in the bedroom, as before, except for any scene related to the original version where we are * worried about Tom returning home.
* Different music during the tesseract scene (in some places).
* Removed, "Love TARS, love".
* Removed scene where Murphy hugs Tom after figuring out the watch. Instead, cut from her realization to translating the binary.
* During Murphy's eureka moment, she no longer kisses Getty.
* After the tesseract closes, removed explicit shots of Cooper going through the wormhole. First handshake still happens, but we don't see that it's * Cooper (maybe it is, maybe it isn't).
* Adjusted dialog during the hospital scene.
* * Removed extra "take it slow".
* * Removed "spring chicken" dialog.
* * Adjusted pacing.
* Removed scene in the hallway while Cooper is being taken to his house.
* Removed TARS asking, "Is this really what it was like?". (I prefer the idea that TARS kept his memories from Earth)
* Removed voice-over from Murphy as the movie ends.
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VISUAL EDITING: Many of the cuts (and there were MANY) went unnoticed by me, which is incredible considering how many there were. A small handful of the edits were slightly more obvious to me because I have seen the movie a dozen times, but if I hadn't I seriously doubt I would have noticed.

DIALOGUE: Almost all of works but there were a few lines that were removed that I personally really enjoyed from the original ("and now for our next trick" really breaks the intense tension, and I always liked Amelia's laugh). Just personal preference though.

MUSIC CHANGES: I did really enjoy the folk music spread throughout, giving the movie a more classic-sci-fi-1970's feel. The new soundtrack is refreshingly upbeat and I can certainly see the benefits that it provides to a movie that is very heavy and dark throughout, BUT I personally prefer the original soundtrack as it feels more like the weight of the universe crushing down, which fits narratively.

NARRATIVE: The most striking narrative improvement was to the watch scene at the end, with the removal of the fire subplot. I always felt like it distracted from the already horrifying reality of being trapped in a tesseract, and why wouldn't she be allowed to visit her old bedroom?

LOVE?: Even though it never bothered me personally, I know a lot of people always hated the idea that love or human emotions can cross the dimensions, so I think the edit works to remove this sentimentality. My only issue is the edit should have also removed Brandt touching the ghost hand of Cooper in the wormhole since that is never explained. The whole point of that is that he and Brandt are connected emotionally, but not in this edit so much. That handshake could have been cut entirely in my opinion.
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Overall given the sheer magnitude of this edit, the enormous number of changes, the vast improvement to the ending sequence, this is great, great work. If this had the original soundtrack only it would be a 10/10 for me.

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Where We’re Going is better than the original in my opinion. The most important change is the treatment given to older Tom and his refusal to leave the farm. Removing these scenes greatly ameliorates the experience. I wonder if it was originally there only to give Murph a reason to go back to the farm?
The music added is also interesting. It’s folk, it’s grounded, it reminds us of the fields and the earth. I wish it didn’t replace the sound of rain and thunder in Cooper’s ‘‘iPod’’ though. That one moment in the original movie made me feel insignificant and alone. I was riveted to my seat and impressed by the imagery of Saturn overlaid with the background noise of Earth’s weather. Where we’re going uses music instead and misses to make me feel something other than nostalgia.
Other audio cuts have gotten me out of the movie for a second and both are similar but not really bad. We can hear Professor Brand and Murph talking, in two different scenes, when their lips aren’t moving. In the case of Brand I know it’s a creative choice, in Murph’s case I guess it was just a hard cut to make. And that’s it, only these minor nit picks for the entire movie.
I really like the credits at the beginning, simple but efficient. I like the various cuts made to dialogue, they all feel relevant to me. And I think they achieve the goal of getting better pacing throughout the movie.
I will rewatch Interstellar and when I do, I’ll be watching Futon’s edit for sure!

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This edit is flawless, it is very well done. So well done that I could not tell where the changes were made. Great work!

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I love the original film, but I do love this version even more

So many "small" edits to make this a focused story, now it never leaves the main themes.
I've never noticed the many small annoyances (that are kinda frequent on Christopher Nolan's films, despite his genious) that make the film a little less enjoyable. All of them are gone here, and what an experience it is now!

Never going back to the original, this is it for me!
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This edit is absolutely superb in every way, loved it from beginning to end.

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