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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This is the ideal, R-Rated DC Comics movie, & that’s including some actual R-Rated DC comics movies. This edit embraces Snyder’s “mature” sensibilities while still preserving the fun factor thanks to some choice music tracks, filtered through an incredible grindhouse sheen over the footage.

I can’t say this is my preferred JL edit if ever I want to marathon the DCEU, but if I’m ever in the mood for DC-flavored ultraviolence, this will be my top pick.

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Enormously enjoyable, mainly due to the additional music track. The film itself still has its inherent issues. But this edit made it far more watchable. Thank you

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There's a lot to say about this edit. First and foremost, it was better than watching the original movie. There are also several moments of pure genius/fun. Did I enjoy it? Not really. It's still Justice League and it's still bloated and struggles to find a balanced tone, and it's still full of boring scenes I wanted to skip through. It's important to establish firmly that I think the DC movies are pretty horrendous overall, so I was biased going into this, but I wanted to have fun and enjoy it so I did my best.

Regarding the edits (keep in mind this is all subjective and I'm sure a lot of people would disagree with me):
The music edits sound like they're separate from the film, and often are too low in the mix. Some of the music is excellently placed (MORE Sabbath = Good Time, I also loved a lot of the canned background music during the more dialogue heavy scenes) and some of it is genuinely terrible (if I never hear the riff from Kashmir again in my life it'll be too soon. I could also do without the Johnny Cash- it's just so overdone. And the song playing in the last battle when Auquaman jumps into the air was just terrible terrible terrible). Some of the sound effects were pretty fun though. There's also a number of instances where original music bleeds in, but it's not the end of the world.

As for the video editing... it looks more to me like a bad CAM rip then an old film reel. I don't think the "Grindhouse" look is very successful on the whole, BUT there are a number of moments where it looks excellent (usually when there is heavy CG backdrops and/or bright exteriors). I also think a TON more could have been trimmed.

When this edit works it works well, but because it's still 2+hrs long the "Grindhouse" aspect starts to wear thin. Had it been a super cut of just awesome action scenes and tighter melodrama it would have been a lot of fun, but as is it struggles to find balance. That said, if you're a fan of Justice League you'll probably have a lot of fun with this edit.

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This was so fun to watch! The amazing soundtrack and aesthetic overall are super fun.
Makes for a fantastic alternative to rewatching that rough Theatrical cut, or dealing with the length of the Snyder Cut.
Definitely recommend this wild ride of a movie!

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Let me catch my breath... I just got done watching this and it was incredible. I have watched Whedon's and Zack's versions in the past. I was not thrilled with Josh's to say the least. Zack's is an excellent version and the 4 hours did not feel like 4 hours. He filled in all the gaps that Josh neglected. So I was very skeptical to whether this 2 hour and 13 minute movie could in any way rival what was my favorite version. Short answer, this is an awesome version. I do not use that word lightly. I love movies but I can be maybe overly critical if they don't hit all the bases with me. This movie is an inside the park grand slam home run. Ok, enough with the compliments.

Why is it so friggin good you may ask?

Firstly, the soundtrack is perfect. Gieferg outdid the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie's soundtrack. The callbacks, the oldies, the on-the-nose songs, they were all just great. This soundtrack just keeps you on your heels and adds so much to the movie. The soundtrack is for a slightly older crowd but so was Guardian's and that movie is beloved by all age groups.

Secondly, his editing was great. Gieferg took out almost 1/2 the original runtime and somehow what he left was a very compelling, non-stop, exciting, and satisfying movie. I thought Zack's was great because he took the time to flesh out all the characters which gave the story and ending more meaning. You care more about character's you understand. This version, even with the shortened runtime, still left me satisfied in so many ways. The pacing is great. I never wanted to take my eyes off the screen. I was so afraid I was going to miss something. While writing this I can't help but wonder if I never watched either of the official versions would I feel the same way. Subconsciously, even though certain content is not in this edit, I still know it exists, and I can't help but wonder if I went into this "blind" would I still feel like I understood everything. Truth be told, I think this may be a moot point. I believe most people who come here looking for fanedits, and specifically take the time to acquire this edit, most likely have watched either or both of the official releases, and have those stories in mind while watching this.

Technically speaking the production is seamless. Nothing is jarring or out of place. The sound seems crisp and the video quality is professional grade.

Do I have any criticisms? In the beginning the faux "aged film" effect was a little distracting but somewhere along the way, I would say before the 1/2 way point, I stopped noticing it. I became so immersed in the film and it just was what it was. I don't even know if I would call it a criticism, maybe I just needed to acclimate to the theme. I mean it is a "grindhouse" edit, it kind of comes with the territory.

No spoilers, but "Missing Reels" (when you watch it, you'll know what I mean) is genius. Bravo for that!

If you like Zack's version, or even if you like Josh's, or even if you just like super hero movies, you have to watch this.

I never thought I would be typing this tonight...but THIS is now my preferred version of Justice League.

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