Oppenheimer: American Prometheus

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Oppenheimer: American Prometheus
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Original Release Date:
2023
Original Running Time:
180
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Fanedit Running Time:
85
Time Cut:
95
Time Added:
0
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Brief Synopsis:
The overly long, over-edited Best Picture award-winning film by Christopher Nolan has been cut down to an hour-and-a-half-long story focused on The Manhattan Project. The oppressive omnipresent score by Ludwig Göransson was removed, with only three tracks put back in. The rest of the music is from other artists. For scenes with no music, new sound effects have been added. Intercutting of shots and scenes has been greatly reduced.
Intention:
"Oppenheimer” was a disappointing movie to watch for me. It is a film filled with great performances but was ruined by a 3-hour runtime, pointless black-and-white footage, and events taking place after 1945 that nobody cares about. Nolan’s constant cross-cutting between timelines made for an aggravating experience. The constant inescapable music meant that I could not even fully enjoy the acting in a given scene. The Trinity test occurs at the 2-hour mark when it seems like the climax of the movie. My intention was to fix all of these problems.
Additional Notes:
As the sex and nudity have been removed this cut could be rated PG-13. However, there are several "f-bombs" that could potentially make it R-rated.
Other Sources:
The majority of the score was removed and replaced with music by Nico Lujan, Tommy Lucas, and Ethereal World Cinematic Music.
New sound effects were added throughout from my personal library.
My voice was added for one shot.
Special Thanks:
Thanks to the fan editing community and the fanedit.org mods. Thanks to the late Joseph Sargent who directed the 1989 film “Day One” as it was an inspiration for this edit.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Nolan’s film intercuts between five different eras in his life:
1. The student Oppenheimer and his academic life to making the atomic bomb.
2. The meeting with Strauss where they discuss the hydrogen bomb.
3. The security clearance hearing of Oppenheimer.
4. Strauss’ Senate hearing.
5. Oppenheimer in old age receiving a presidential award.
The only part I kept was #1 from 1926-1945.
Cuts and Additions:
The movie ends with the Trinity test and then a short epilogue. The bomb test was re-edited to be more exciting and dramatic.
Flash cuts, cross-cuts, and non-linear jump cuts have been mostly removed. I did keep a couple of Nolan’s montage scenes because they were too difficult to repair. As everything post-1945 was cut, that includes the performances of Robert Downey Jr., Alden Ehrenreich, Casey Affleck, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and more.

The biggest change other than cutting the runtime down was removing the score. This was the most difficult part of the process but it had to go. It won an Oscar but it’s not a very fun album to listen to and in fact, parts of it are grating to the ears. I did retain three tracks but put them in different places. The majority of the new music comes from other sources. The new music gives the movie more of a serious tone.
Removing the score meant also removing many sound effects which had to be put back in. This is a custom 5.1 surround mix. A new subwoofer or bass channel had to also be created. This release will also have a Dolby stereo faux surround soundtrack that can be selected if desired.

Cringy or lame shots and scenes were removed. Some had too many flash cuts and could not be saved. Others had weird nudity or sex and added nothing to the story. Florence Pugh scenes have been reduced. Oppenheimer's attempt to murder his professor with cyanide has been removed.

The entire movie has been color-corrected. I took out the unattractive blue hue that all of “color” footage had which made it look almost black and white. The movie is now more traditionally colored and edited. There are no format or film stock changes in this cut as there are in the original. The entire movie is in the letterboxed 2.20:1 format. On-screen titles have been added where needed to add context. I hope that this version will be much less confusing for viewers.

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I was itching to see an Oppenheimer edit. When I saw KmartKid made one, I had to jump on it after watching the masterful editing work done on the Alexander movie that made it go from a "turd sandwich" to an excellent movie. Suffice to say, this edit absolutely met my expectations.

I lack editing expertise, but the visual and audio editing were clearly flawless here. In particular, when revamping the musical score of a movie, there is a considerable margin for error. I could not detect any issues. Some of the newly inserted score enhanced the narrative. More importantly, the removal of music from portions of the movie meant I can actually hear what the actors are saying. You would think that is critical when watching a movie. Great job here.

Another nice aspect of the edit was the color correction throughout the movie. That work along with the removal of the various flash cuts helped make this movie more friendly for my eyes.

The strongest improvement came in the narrative. This edit stuck with the "meat" of the story - primarily the events leading up to and the testing of the atomic bomb. Thankfully, the editor provides the titles of the time and place we are in along with the movie's timeline in chronological order until that point. The theatrical version bounced around Oppenheimer's life a bit much in a convoluted manner.

Another thing I was grateful for was the removal of the sex/nudity. This edit still made it clear that Oppenheimer was a womanizer without resorting to pornography. I can comfortably share this edit with younger viewers if I like. This may be a minor issue to some, but removal of the poison Apple was another bonus. I 100% agreed with the editor's logic on the removal. It was historically dubious and also creates unecessary tension. Do we really need to establish fake drama when we have a movie about nuclear weapons that can lead to the extermination of all humanity?

I do believe there was about another half hour of solid content, but ending with the nuclear test undoubtedly gives us the strongest possible ending. This was a necessary sacrifice for a stronger overall movie.

I want to thank the editor for sharing this edit with me. This is now a solid and educational movie safe for people of most age groups that I strongly recommend this to.

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I really liked KmartKid’s Oppenheimer edit.
I actually though many of the same things the editor did, after watching the original. And all of these have been fixed here.

The new score is great. Audio mixing sounds expertly done. Video cuts are very well executed as well.

Great prologue, much more concise but still tells the audience all the required information.
The flash cuts are gone, they weren’t needed at all.

I actually somewhat enjoyed the original cross cuts, but KmartKid did a great job and achieved the stated objective of removing such cuts from the film.

The removal of the extra time periods doesn’t reduce the quality at all, and makes the story much more streamlined. Also, because the narration doesn’t have a “moral lesson” but is presented with a lot of shades of gray, trimming the extra time periods helps, as all of these subplots had different themes and arcs completely detached from the main story.
So, good riddance to the talk with Strauss and especially (thank you, KmartKid) the security clearance hearings and Strauss’ Senate hearing. These last two, at least to me, amounted to the same goofiness and redundancy as the Galactic Senate scenes in Revenge of the Sith.

The Trinity test is now the climax of the story, as it should be.
And nice removal of the cringe-inducing “And now I am become Death… the destroyer of worlds.” Great quote, terrible timing.

A great ending, exactly at the place the original film should have ended.

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