Justice League Grindhoused

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Original Release Date:
2021
Original Running Time:
242
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Fanedit Running Time:
133
Time Cut:
103
Time Added:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
Shortened to 133 minutes, focused on action and main plotline, with most of the character backstories removed or significantly shortened, this version relates heavily to 70s aesthetics but is not limited to it. The movie got used, damaged look and most of the music was replaced with some 70s (but not only) funk, rock, and cues taken from another movie soundtracks and some TV series themes.
Intention:
To have fast-paced action cut with different looks and music, relating to Grindhouse aesthetics,
Other Sources:
- Justice League theatrical Blu-ray
- Enter The Dragon Blu-ray
- Gremlins 2 Blu-ray
- Planet Terror DVD
- some sfx from Mortal Kombat 2 game
- soundtracks from "Escape from Planet of The Apes" (Jerry Goldsmith), "Batman" (Danny Elfman) "Kelly's heroes", "Magnum Force" (Lalo Schriffrin), "El Cid" (Miklos Rozsa), "Navajo Joe", "Big Gundown" (Ennio Morricone) and TV shows themes from "Wonder Woman ( 1975-1079), "Batman" (1966-1968), "The Flash" (1990-1991).
- songs by: The Brothers, The Soul Machine, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Queen, Eric Clapton, Rare Earth, Rolling Stones, Blue Swede, Bonnie Tyler, Upstroke.
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Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
The approach taken is not really "pure Grindhouse" - there is damaged look and most of the soundtrack is from 60/70s, but if something else felt right for the scene I didn't resist, so there are songs from 80s and from later years too. The audio is built around central channel from 5.1 audio track with added music and sometimes rebuilded SFX.

This edit is based on my previous "Remixed" edit, so there are some similar changes to the structure of the story, the opening scenes are the same, but it's 60 minutes shorter. Mono and stereo audio tracks included, but in the stereo track only added music is really in stereo.
Cuts and Additions:
Too many to list all of them (almost half of the movie is missing here).

- Cyborg's backstory heavily shortened
- Flash backstory removed
- Aquaman backstory mostly removed, only some little hints remain
- most of the subplots which were not important to the integrity of the story removed or shortened
- movie ends just after Steppenwolf's defeat, no epilogue at all.
- story restructured in almost the same way as in "Remixed" edit - Bruce starts to search for heroes after Diana's history lesson.
- some sequences replaced with theatrical version (scene with Gordon on the roof, final part of tunnel fight, Wonder Woman's sword catching scene, Wonder Woman throwing the bomb in the air, Flash Vs Superman, diggin' up Superman's corpse)
- some theatrical bits added here and there ("Save one person", "Playing well with others", "Aquaman being honest")
- some BvS flashbacks added to opening scene
- new opening credits sequence
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After watching both official versions of this movie and being disappointed (for different reasons) by both, I was hoping that some enterprising editor would be able to work their magic, but JLG goes beyond my expectations. By using classic rock, old superhero theme songs and (purposely) janky editing to skip over unneccessary exposition "reels," this edit serves to underline the lunatic logic of a cadre of superhumans using a Jack Kirby gizmo to resurrect their fallen idol, followed by a climactic fight inside a nuclear reactor. Essentially this edit boils down the sickly-sweet children's cough medicine of the Snyder Cut into some delicious, tooth-rotting meth candy. An absolute blast, and it pairs very nicely with JobWillins' excellent (though still unavoidably dour) Man of Tomorrow edit.

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9.9
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I really enjoyed this edit, it was good fun. I enjoyed the music and the grindhouse effects quite a bit. If I had one small complaint it would be that the music is loud in parts, but I understand the reasons for it. Nice work.

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9.9
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I went into this edit hoping that it would redeem this movie for me. I wasn't impressed by the original at all. I felt like it was a promotional tool used to imprint into our minds, each of the DCU characters for whom they had (or would eventually) release multiple movies for individually.

It's a good concept in theory. Similar to the cartoon I watched as a kid. I would get to see all of my favorite good guys beat the smack out of all of my favorite bad guys.

That much was true, but it was assembled into a mess that was not cohesive. It seemed more like a DCU consecution.

I watched every fanedit of the original release that i could get my hands on. At least ten.. Every editor did something that improved the movie for me but they could only do so much with the available material.

I'm sure they were as excited as I was to find out about the Snyder version. When it was released I was very excited. Maybe, that would redeem this mess. It was better but not enough to redeem the movie for me. It was soooooo long.

I knew there would be edits. So I watched for them. I followed the thread for this edit and noticed the feedback given by a couple of editors that I respected. I must admit that I didn't have a clear idea of what "Grindhoused" meant. If it wasn't for the positive feedback from Blue Yoda and Dwight Fry, I might not have asked to see this edit.

That would have been my loss. Gieferg completely redeemed this movie for me. This edit may not be for a purist. It was certainly for me. I loved everything about it. I loved the music choices, I loved that there was so many of my favorite songs incorporated. I got to a point where I was guessing if certain songs like "Children of The Sun" would pop up. It felt like a live action Heavy Metal to me. I feel like the cuts and the direction that the narrative choices took made sense.

Most importantly, Gieferg made this movie entertaining, which it really wasn't originally. At least in my opinion. This is my go to version of this movie. I may never look at the DCU or super hero movies the same way again.

Very very enthusiastically recommended. Good job! I can't wait for your next idea. Congratulations on your much deserved win!

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9.1
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8.0
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Very solid edit, while this movie is still a mess I think you definitely trimmed the mess down into a much more palatable and fun watch, though you know the movie is too long when a 2 hour edit is the short palatable version :p

Overall though I really liked this edit, the extra sidestories felt so pointless in Zack Snyders cut, this feels like a much more rounded experience, at least what can be done with the source material. Loved the grindhouse aspects to the film, my friends got so upset at the "lost reel" and I was laughing so hard.

My only complaint really is that there are too many good songs in this movie, I would cut out a good chunk of the music or at least turn the volume down a bit and go into instrumental parts for some of them. It felt like 1 song would end and another would pick right back up. Good song choices but too many. Subtitles would also be appreciated.

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Owner's reply September 05, 2021

"turn the volume down a bit"

No can do. Volume plays a role in masking what was left from original soundtrack.

"and go into instrumental parts for some of them"

And that's exactly what I did.

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For those who know me it's no secret that despite (or because of) being a lifelong DC fan, I'm very far from a Snyder one, his DC output or otherwise. I dislike his videogame-like style, his over-reliance on CGI, and his self-important grim/emo approach to the superhero genre. Fortunately, along came this edit and injected much needed fun into the source material, and on the way pointed out the high level of cheese in the original film (come on, that store/car crash introductory scene for Flash is laugh out loud corny, it belongs in a spoof of romcoms!)

The choice of songs is spot-on and often hilarious (I even anticipated a few, thinking "will it dare or won't it" - it did!), the editing itself is excellent, and the technical quality is as high as a recreation of old battered film reels allows - something that is *very* hard to do convincingly, in fact. The only shortcoming is that the original score sometimes creeps under the added songs, but I do realize the difficulty of completely cleaning a dialogue channel to get rid of it (it requires the use of massive quantities of filters, and sometimes not even that does the trick) and given the high enjoyability of the final result, it won't be me holding that back against it.

This was a real breath of fresh air, and there's no further need for me to watch Justice League in any other form. THIS is the one version for me from now on. I was around when the classics of grindhouse fanediting first showed up (Jaws the Sharksploitation Edit, War of the Stars I and II, Robots vs. Kung Fu), and I admit that I had missed the style. This one is a more than worthy addition to that pantheon. Not to be missed.
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