Robots VS Kung Fu: The Matrix Grindhouse Edition

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Robots VS Kung Fu: The Matrix Grindhouse Edition
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Tagline:
When a ruthless rampage of robots meets the master of Kung Fu slaughter!
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Original Release Date:
1999
Original Running Time:
136
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Fanedit Running Time:
96
Brief Synopsis:
Thomas Anderson was living the high life. Drugs, women, cash - all for the taking. But when The Man gives him a raw deal, he's on the run for his life. The militant Morpheus transports him to the future world of 1999, and trains him in the savage killing techniques of Kung Fu. Assuming the slasher alias Neo, he then embarks on a deadly game... of death. Trapped in a world of violence, addiction, and perversion, he is pursued by electronic monstrosities, twisted organ thieves, and the telepathic Federal Agent Smith. Now he must make a choice: kill them all... or die trying!
Intention:
I sought out to completely alter the movie as we know it. The presentation is now that of a mid-1980s exploitation film. The famous green tint has been removed and replaced with thick grain and print damage. The plot, character motivations, personalities, and sequence of events have been changed to tell the story in a new manner. Wherever possible, characters are made to be worse people. Everything depicted is - wherever possible - changed to be cheaper (via extensive use of behind-the-scenes footage), sleazier, darker, or simply different from the original version. The soundtrack has been almost completely replaced in favor of new music, with the emphasis on 70's synth to better suit the style and supposed time period. Continuity errors have been created where none had existed. New subplots have been added. Dialogue has been altered. I have changed everything that I possibly can change, while keeping within the context of the purpose of this project.
Other Sources:
The Matrix
The Matrix Revisited
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Animatrix
Johnny Mnemonic
Dark City
Highlander 2
Grindhouse
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
Game of Death
Game of Death 2
Rush Hour
The Dynamite Brothers Trailer
Hitman (2007)
The Hit Man (1972) Trailer
Resident Evil (2002)
The Astro Zombies Trailer
Highlander Trailer
Captain America: The First Avenger
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
Drunken Fist Boxing
Special Thanks:
Leeroy, TM2YC, Rogue-theX, Neglify
Release Information:
  • DVD
  • Digital
Special Features
Fan Editor's Audio Commentary
Isolated Soundtrack
The original 30 minute long workprint from 2010
Over ten minutes of Deleted, Alternate, and Extended scenes, including an Alternate Ending
Soundtrack Listing
Two trailers for this edit
Two trailers for fan edits from other editors
Editing Details:
Whenever possible, I tried to make the movie "worse", or just plain different. With a stockpile of behind the scenes footage, and obscure Matrix-related media (such as dialogue audio files from the defenct MMORPG), I had plenty of material to work with.
Cuts and Additions:
Too many to list.
Cover art by TM2YC (DOWNLOAD HERE) image

Trailer



Full edit, part one of three. Password: fanedit

Full edit, part two of three. Password: fanedit

Full edit, part three of three. Password: fanedit

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Not completely what I was expecting -- beyond being a grindhouse version of Matrix, this is basically an alternate narrative mashing up Johnny Nemonic and Matrix into something new and much more experimental, including a good chunk of the film that is completely dialogue-free. The drive-in style trailers for 90s/00s movies at the beginning were my favourite part, I'd have happily watched a dozen more of those. Still, I wanted to watch this as an alternative to viewing The Matrix for the dozenth time before Part 4 drops and enough of the original narrative is fresh in my mind, so mission accomplished.

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This edit was hilarious and brilliant. The whole grindhouse style for this edit worked really well especially when blending those behind the scene footage giving the movie that cheap feel. The humour was top notch and ridiculous. The editing was perfectly awful with bad audio jumps, camera angles, continuities and colour grades adding to the fun, A great addition I loved was the fake trailers especially the one for hitman- it really sets the vibe for the edit well. I also laughed so hard at the ending and overall matrixgrindhouse is a genius and has created a perfect parody Matrix movie.

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This one was a little tough to review. I'm not a connoisseur of grindhouse films, and fanedits is what's introducing me to the genre.

It's gloriously, gleefully terrible. So, where is that deliberate, and where accidental (and not happy accident). I re-watched with the faneditor's commentary to put that into context.

With that context, the edit is great. The grain & scratch filters are obvious from the start, the liberal use of other movies (mostly Johnny Mnemonic--a guilty pleasure of mine) and unfinished footage jumps out and mostly works. There's a few cuts of behind the scenes that felt a bit over done. The bad audio jumps are just part of the fun, even though a good chunk of Morpheus' lines *really* stand out. The bad color grading, bad camera angles, screwed up continuity is giggle-inducing.

It was fun seeing how a different edit can change the thrust of the story and characters. It took the commentary viewing to really get where matrixgrindhouse was going with it though.

The fake trailers were great. Those really helped you get into the mindset. You could almost smell the burnt/stale popcorn and feel the stick floor by the time the movie started.

In the final assessment, I greatly enjoyed this edit. There were numerous laugh out loud moments. Now I want to see some of those previewed movies.

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Robots vs Kung Fu is really good.

It isn't perfect. It has some akward edits due to the story, and is really akward in some places. I don't mind. All of these come from the boldness of the idea, and the glee of seeing something so different with something we know. It has great style and genuinely builds an identity seperate from the matrix.

I come back to RvKF a lot. The reason for that has to be the soundtrack. Matrixgrindhouse found music which fits the movie better than its own. I'm so glad for the isolated score audio track The scene where neo fights Morpheus in the dojo I could watch on repeat.

Feels weird to say, but I can't wait for the sequel!

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I fell in love with this edit from the moment I saw the trailer. The humour is 100% on-point and the tone treads the perfect line between ridiculous and sublime. The editing is absolutely first-rate, including the hilarious continuity errors and use of behind-the-scenes footage where wires and other stage apparatus can be clearly seen. In an age where you can sit down and watch a Hollywood 'comedy' and not laugh once in 90 minutes of torture, this edit will make you laugh out loud at regular intervals. Perhaps most impressive is the way in which the editor ambitiously and successfully tells a very different story to the original, one in which everyone is basically an ***hole, Neo a false prophet who plays both sides and Smith a tapdancing sexual deviant. The soundtrack is inspired, it brings everything together with such a glorious 80's vibe. I (conceitedly) consider myself to be quite knowledgeable about music in general, so I was amazed, but not at all sorry to be introduced to 'Space' for the very first time. It's like this music was created specifically for this grindhouse edit, so perfectly does it fit the tone and style. I'm currently up to my third watch in the space of barely more than a week, and I know that total will number in the tens before the end of the year. I literally love everything about this edit and I cannot recommend that people watch it enough!

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