Jarhead: The Messenjah Cut

Jarhead: The Messenjah Cut
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Brief Synopsis:
This transforms JARHEAD into a more traditional movie form. The climax is particularly more climatic in this version.
Jarhead is an exceptional movie. I personally consider it the best war movie of all time for an assortment of reasons. One of the reasons why I call it exceptional is because it does not follow the usual movie storyline pattern. Usually movies start with act 1, in which we are introduced to the characters, their motives and so forth. The second act is all about character development and the characters going on about their journey/s. The third act contains a climax and a conclusion. In Jarhead however, the second act doesn’t contain a journey, it’s more of a stand-still. The third act on the other hand still has character development, more so than the second act, and the climax is somewhat fulfilling. I wanted to modify this film into the traditional movie form.
Additional Notes:
This is definitely the most grueling experience I’ve had as far as fanediting goes. It took me a month or so to finish the actual editing part. For one thing, for a few weeks I could only work a few hours a day, but also I had never edited six separate audio tracks at the same time, which made the experience even harder. And the plans I had changed constantly. One of my original ideas for example, included removing every single narrated line by Swofford, but with time this edit molded itself into it’s current form. Eventually I ended up editing the video with Womble and the necessary audio parts with Audition.
Release Information:
  • DVD
  • Digital
Special Features
- English and finnish subtitles
- Deleted scenes
- Commentary track
Cuts and Additions:
– Cut the story from the beginning.
– Added The Messenjah Cut to the title.
– Cut the troops watching Apocalypse Now.
– Cut the soldiers talking in the truck.
– Cut the TV crew visiting the troops.
– Cut EVERYTHING about Swofford being punished for Ferguson’s fuck-up and him almost shooting Ferguson.
– Cut that whiny soldier complaining about the pills.
– Cut the stuff about Troy being discharged.
– Cut away a lot of the footage of the troops at the hole with the burnt bodies.
– Cut Swofford talking to Jamie Foxx and seeing a horse.
– Added a new song to the end credits.
Cover art by Messanjah14 (DOWNLOAD HERE)

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(Updated: September 12, 2012)
May 24, 2009

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(Updated: September 12, 2012)
November 4, 2008

I have watched this fanedit.
Besides the good editing quality it had a few volume issues, when the audio was suddenly loud and then again silent (about 3 times in the movie). I was not a huge fan of the original, even though it is Sam Mendes and Jake Gyllenhall. I loved the subtitles option.
The fanedit also left me kind of unimpressed. Yes, they were at war and didn’t get a chance to even shoot. So what? Unfortunately I cannot say this was really much improved.
3 of 5 from me.
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