Scott Pilgrim vs the Editor
These changes meant that, for example, characters would not be allowed to smoke on-screen (leading to a much shorter, reshot first date, in which there is unfortunately less chemistry between the leads), and certain words had to be bleeped out or scenes cut entirely to remove them. Many others were simply cut for time.
While the altered ending that also resulted from these reshoots is more faithful to the comic book and more true to the characters, many of the other changes appear to be driven less by the filmmakers’ creative vision and more by the various externalities of the movie industry.
- Garbage Truck music video (included on Blu Ray)
- TV static effect from YouTube
- Original Famicom Disk System boot screen animation
- Live action snow effects by Rampant Design Tools
- Additional music:
Wavves, “Post Acid” and “Beach Demon”
Frank Black, “I Heard Ramona Sing”
Blood Red Shoes, “It’s Getting Boring By the Sea”
- “Serial killer” stinger created especially for this edit:
Completely original green-screen scene starring Jaime Babb (aka tumblr user quasi-normalcy) as, in her own words, “the world’s gayest newscaster”
B-roll footage from various CBC news reports and YouTube
Newsroom “virtual set” animation by Architect9
TV modeled and rendered by the editor
- Custom animated logos created by the editor
- Custom 8-bit OT.com vanity plate.
- Custom halftone cel-shaded variant FE.org vanity plate.
- Custom Roccondil Rínon vanity plate (fanfare from The Adventures of Robin Hood).
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation runs before the feature, edited to remove opening and closing bumpers, restore original Wavves music cues and cut Kim saying “retarded”.
- Added TV static to transition from the animated prologue to —
- New “Feature Presentation” animated slide (actually the Famicom Disk System boot screen with the Nintendo logo removed and the words edited in in its place).
- 8-bit Universal logo plays at the start of the movie proper.
- Added flashback scene of Knives meeting Scott on the bus.*
- Added “Originaltrilogy.com and Fanedit.org present”/“a fan edit by Roccondil Rínon” in-scene titles to existing opening title sequence.
- Added texta scribble over “The World” and typewritten “The Editor” to the main title, with SFX to match.
- Added my own name to editor credits in opening titles (this was a bitch to match frame by frame, and I still couldn’t get it perfect, but it shouldn’t be too jarring).
- Added brief scene of Knives leaving, star-struck, after band rehearsal.
- Deleted Kim calling Scott “retard” (managed to do this mid-shot without it being noticeable).
- Added extra business for Sandra, Monique and extras at Julie’s party, as well as Julie saying Gideon “sounds like a f***ing horse”. Rescored with “I Heard Ramona Sing” to match the rest of the scene.*°
- Extended package delivery scene, with slightly adjusted timing in a couple of spots.*
- Alternative, extended first date, including snowstorm VFX towards the end.
- Added short “morning after” scene.
- Added song for Crash and the Boys.*
- Added brief moment of Trasha saying “Good luck”.°
- Extended song “Garbage Truck”.°
- Added gag of Matthew Patel having to repeat his introduction.
- Added short “second date” bedroom gag.
- Deleted Scott’s comment about Knives being “allowed to date outside your race”: she now interrupts him at the word “date”.
- Extended introduction of blue-haired Ramona to Sex Bob-Omb.*
- Extended arrival at the castle.°
- Added “slut” argument between Wallace and Ramona at the castle.°
- Extended coffee date with “Envy’s jealous” gag (this also required some cropping to remove a duplicate title card and mask a transition).*°
- Extended/alternative Knives freak-out/hair-dyeing scene (including re-created title card).*°
- Extended/retimed bar scene at Lee’s Palace (rescored with “It’s Getting Boring By the Sea” to match existing footage) and first appearance of Nega-Scott.
- Extra business backstage at Lee’s Palace.°
- Added “crummy way to end things” exchange between Envy and Ramona.*°
- Extended Pizza Pizza scene.
- Added second appearance of Nega-Scott at the after-party.*
- Added a few bits of business during the Roxy fight.*°
- Custom introduction card for Gideon at the Katayanagi gig: GIDEON GORDON GRAVES. 27 YEARS OLD. RATING: ASSHOLE. The last word blinks for emphasis, and part of the card is still visible (out of focus) in the following shot, as he kisses Ramona’s hand.
- Alternative appearance of Knives after the Katayanagi gig.*°
- Brief cut in break-up scene, so Gideon arrives almost immediately after Ramona mentions him.
- Extended post-break-up moping scene.
- Alternative scene after Scott walks in on Wallace and Chris.*°
- Added line for Stephen at the Chaos Theatre: “Well, then you’re doomed!”*°
- Added gag for Knives about “advanced American slut technology”.*°
- Used some alternative takes in the afterlife scene (including completing VFX).*
- Alternative “speedrun” montage.
- A couple more dick jokes when Scott walks in on Wallace and Chris again.°
- Added Gideon’s line “Are you guys mad at me?” after he kicks Ramona down.*°
- Removed spoken countdown over the last shot of the film. It’s cool, but I couldn’t get it to work with the full version of “Ramona”, and I think it’s a little more elegant like this. It’s also kind of a holdover from the original ending, and having it silent makes it a little less so.
- The full version of “Ramona” plays over the first part of the closing credits.
- Added “Prologue” credits for Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation.
- Added credits for the two songs restored to the cartoon.
- Added newly shot and edited “serial killer” mid-credits stinger gag.
- Added fanedit credits, including for stinger, followed by the remainder of the original credits, with the original chiptune version of “Threshold”.
* New footage colour-graded to match existing footage.
° New footage upscaled to HD using Super Scaler.
This truly entertained me. Others have pointed out a loss of quality with deleted scenes, but honestly I didn't notice any at all.
I actually found everything to be top notch!
Honestly, I don't really remember the original version. So I had to brush up my memories first before I could watch this version.
No wonder this fan edit was the runner up for this year "Fan Edit Of The Year". RoccondilRinon did such a good job with the visual and audio editing. You barely see any difference with the original version. The new color-graded footage blends in perfectly with existing footage.
Also, I really enjoyed the subtle SFX addition and the 8bit look and feel. I am not going to detail all the new additions here so I suggest you check the full list of changes and additions on the release sheet.
Other than that, the Scott Pilgrim and Kim Pine relationship cartoon intro is top notch and I really like how it is placed at the beginning of the movie.
To cut things short, this edit is more faithful to the comic book and more true to the characters.
It's so good it replaces the original for me. Sorry, Edgar :)
I loved this fanedit and you will, too.
Firstly, it doesn't hurt that I love the original film. That said, it's no guarantee that I'll love a fanedit. Despite the best of intentions, some faneditors' visions of what would make a great viewing experience just don't match mine. Their changes actually lessen the film. Not so, here. There are no frivolous additions, nothing added that doesn't increase amusement or add depth. More importantly, it's all done with love and attention to the style of the original film, from the very start with awesome custom intro bumpers all the way through to a fun bonus credits gag.
I have seen some nitpicking in a couple of other reviews and I have to totally disagree. With respect, these people need to watch the original film again. They may have thought that the additional lines or scenes are edited in less-than-perfectly but they...are...WRONG. The film is originally full of effects and fast cuts and abrupt transitions and scenes of varying quality. The additions are fit in perfectly here, and if you're still bothered by an edit, a quick pass through Handbrake fixes everything. Try it guys, you'll love it. And for those unsure about adding the animated bits, they flesh out the characters in the film, like the backstory with Kim, introducing Gideon, etc. If you're someone with a terminally short attention span (so much so that even a video game style film can't hold it) then play on your phone and watch this in spurts until you develop that muscle. This isn't a Merchant-Ivory piece: it flies by despite the extended length.
The only quibble I have is in some mild censorship on the part of the editor. A few lines were cut out from characters that mentioned "race" or being "retarded". Someone might find these offensive, but in my opinion it's not up to a faneditor to change characters by cutting out anything they say that the faneditor doesn't like. (Unless reshaping characters is the whole purpose of the edit!) You leave the lines in and let audiences decide if they're offended and what that makes them feel about those characters. Not every character has to be perfectly likable.
All in all, a phenomenal edit that extends and replaces the original film. I recommend this to everyone on the site without reservation. Thanks very much for the hard work, RoccondilRinon!
Everything was perfect in this fanedit. The visual and audio editing is flawless. The added scenes work great. The cartoon at the beginning is not essential, but why not. It's fun. Replaces the original for me.
Scott Pilgrim Vs the Editor is a wonderful edit. I hadn't seen the movie in quite a while before watching this edit, so I didn't specifically notice many of the edits, which is probably a good thing. That said, most of the deleted scenes are of noticeably lower quality than the rest of the movie, which was a bummer, but in terms of visual/audio timing they were edited in so seamlessly that it wasn't a big deal. The only added scene which I would have personally left out was the 'advanced american slut technology' line. I love the line a lot but it has far and away the roughest transition, it's clear from a mile away that it was pasted in the middle of an existing scene. None of these problems really matter though, as there is obviously limited footage to work with and there's only so much that can be done.
Going through the movie I was enjoying myself a lot, but I wasn't sure if enough was added to truly justify watching this edit as opposed to the convenience of watching it on netflix. After taking a closer look at the changelist after viewing, I was pretty surprised at how much stuff I thought was in the original, but was actually added in here. I'll have to rewatch the original soon to properly to get a fuller comparison, but for now i'll say that there's just enough here that I would choose it over the original. All the right scenes have been fleshed out to enhance the emotional core of the movie greatly.
I wasn't a fan of the animation at the start, only because it has absolutely no bearing on the plot, and it isn't really all that good on its own (wouldn't have made me think it should have played before the movie anyway). It's far from a dealbreaker though.
Overall, this is a fantastic edit. Normally I don't bother with extended edition edits, because the effort of downloading and managing a bunch of edits on my computer is a lot of work compared to just putting in a bluray, and normally it's just for a few minutes of extra (debatably beneficial) footage. But this movie is a special case where a lot of the best stuff got left on the cutting room floor, and the reintegration of them results in an edit that's surprisingly better than the sum of it's additions. Excellent job, RoccondilRinon.