Shang-Chi: Legacy of the Rings

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Original Release Date:
2021
Original Running Time:
132
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
111
Time Cut:
23
Time Added:
2
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Brief Synopsis:
A more streamlined and family focused story about Shang-Chi and his power mad father.
Intention:
In the original film, I found myself confounded by super Katy, flashbacks, trapped mother delusions, etc. I intended to refocus the story, front loading most of the flashbacks and reducing the presence of Katy and Trevor. I wanted to make Shaun's father more sane, although still clearly influenced by a thirst for power. The whole idea of 'he was evil but love made him good' seemed insulting, so instead, his quest for power is suggested as a way to combat his insecurities.

Most distracting parts are removed; the car joyride at the beginning, the air hostess, Wong vs Abomination, flashbacks, the postcard controversy, car chase in parking lot, much of Trevor, Katy being amazing, CGI monster sequence.

Wenwu was almost a joke of a villain in my opinion, going from pure evil, to family man, to delusional crazy man. Instead, he doesn't make any reference to their mother's voice, but he does hear strange whispers. He is clearly influenced to focus on the gate, but he is power driven in order to protect him and his own. That's who he has always been.

To give Xialing more presence, deleted scenes were also inserted.
Other Sources:
Additional Sound effects from https://quicksounds.com
spooky whispers by steven169 @ freesound.org
Special Thanks:
mnkykungfu
lifeincontext
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
edited in Davinci Resolve.
Cuts and Additions:
Inserted quote to set the mood.
Removed Wenwu meeting Shaun's mother in the intro sequence, as it confuses his character too soon.
Added Shaun's mother's death and him being shown how powerful and ruthless his father can be.
Removed valet scene,
Moved dinner and karaoke earlier and pared them down greatly.
Showed Shaun getting ready for work AFTER night out and then cut to him arriving at Katy's home.
Zoomed into postcard so it's easier to read.
Colour graded to make Deathdealer more prominent and recognisable.
Removed shots of Xialing training, Shaun was not aware of it.
Extended the flashback with clips from other flashback later in movie.
Removed air hostess.
Removed Wong and Abomination from fighting arena.
Removed Xialing's flashback.
Removed all references to who sent postcard.
Pared down the scaffolding scene, especially removing Katy's bad singing thing.
Removed the strange bit of tension where he has the ninja guy pinned to the floor
Removed Katy stating how 'scary' Wenwu was. There's no basis for this line from her.
Removed Wenwu's criticism's of the name' the Mandarin'.
Inserted Wenwu's first meeting with their mother immediately prior to his tale about family life. it seems to fit better there.
Removed all references to "I hear your mother's voice".
reframed Wenwu and introduced whispering voices when he mentions 'the gate'.
cut to 'water scene' earlier and carried the dialogue over to increase pacing.
reversed shot of Wenwu in the bedroom and colour graded, so I could reuse it later.
Removed the underground carpark 'chase'. it felt like needless additional action sequence and broke the pacing and structure of the movie IMO.
Trimmed Trevor's story about the monkeys. it dragged on.
removed more shots of Trevor in car.
Cut the bit with the 'horse' stopping the car and staring at Trevor.
Slightly reduced the hostility of the village upon their arrival.
Cut down Trevor announcing himself in village. Need to take attention away from him.
Removed Katy being taken to the archery area and told to start learning.
Inserted deleted scene 'Apology'.
Inserted Wenwu sitting on his bed at night time in contemplation.
Inserted some shots of the big lion things lazing on the grass, it looks like morning in that shot and it's a good establisher to suggest passage of time.
Removed Trevor teaching them football.
Introduced whispers to Wenwu scene, night before attack.
Removed Shauns flashback of his mother's death and him training as an assassin. It is all at the beginning now.
Removed Shaun saying "I'm going to kill him".
Removed Katy being told she can't fight.
Trimmed down the fight scenes a lot.
Inserted dialogue "You should've been there" at the culmination of Shaun's first fight with dad.
Added 'whispers' as Wenwu looks at gate just before he jumps.
Inserted small snippet of Shaun in the water just as a visual reminder of what the viewer should be caring about.
Removed Katy being 'allowed' to fight.
Inserted another snippet of Shaun underwater with the flashback of his mother reminding him about the dragon.
Rejigged the dragon emerging from the water so the villagers are watching the water a bit longer preparing to fight the soul eaters, to slightly increase tension.
Cut immediately from the dragon emerging, to the dragon advancing on the village taking out the soul eaters. It's meant to be badass.
During Shaun's fight with Wenwu before the gate, removed the cut back to the village, removing cowardly Trevor and just showing a wide shot of gate.
Removed villagers reactions to Dweller-in-Darkeness, this is an intimate moment between Wenwu and the thing that drew him here.
Removed Shaun's flashbacks to the moments with his dad, they all were kinda negatively loaded. Replaced them with the shots of the happy family before their mother died.
Removed Shaun colapsing the mouth of the gate. If it were that easy, they would have buried it long ago.
Cut majority of Dweller-in-Darkeness CGI fest, it is now a victory tour for Shaun after he won against his father.
Trimmed end dinner scene to remove Katy's brag about shooting the soul eater.
Inserted additional credits and edited title.
Edited 2nd end credits scene to include deleted scene "They're Waiting".
Cover art by tremault (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Dinner Test

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(Updated: October 08, 2022)
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Long time since I saw the original, in cinema actually, so I cannot really compare it to the original.
But I can say that the editing is flawless, and I was invested the whole way through. I could empathize more with all the characters this time and perhaps it was because of this editor.
It is a cohesive story line and engaging action and dialog. This is my go to edit and I enjoyed it more this time!

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(Updated: August 11, 2022)
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The quote in the beginning was a brilliant idea!

I do not want to go through all the edits that were done, I can only say that the movie is now shorter, more streamlined and simply better with this edit.

This is the definite version for this movie in my opinion. The main story, characters and relationships have been given more focus in this edit, and everything else is being minimized, as it should be.

I can only recommend this edit and to check out any other edit from tremault. In general, she seems to have a real grasp of what is important in a movie and what is definitely not and gets creative with moving scenes around or changing music to add to the story or even change the story to the better.

Thumbs up and a clear recommendation from this bloke!

Oh and by the way, I find Katy in this edit actually funny! :)

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Owner's reply August 12, 2022

I'm really glad you found some appreciation for Katy! I myself grew rather fond of her after removing certain parts of the movie.

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A very fun watch, much better than the original cut!!

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Before I proceed with my review, I want to say that I really loved this movie, even the ACT 3 that many people disliked a lot. It's not perfect by any means, but its flaws are bearable. My problems with this movie were actually, more or less, what the editor tried to fix. Silly humor, the super annoying Katy character and generally the unnecessary focus to secondary comic relief characters. When it comes to the issues that the movie had with its villain, I didn't mind that much. I mean, fine I'll accept that for some reason the big blade guy says to Shang that "you and your sister will pay", but there is absolutely no explanation about it afterwards, I'll accept the out of the blue cage fight between the two siblings or that Trevor for some mind blowing reason knows the language of the creature etc.

From what I saw from other reviews about this edit, I almost completely agree, so I won't repeat what the others already said. I'll just say that it was an almost excellent editing work and it truly achieved its purpose to a great extent. Besides the pacing at the end, as others mentioned, I actually also found the first time we see Shang and Katy part, pretty rushed. I mean, it didn't convince me at all that these two had such a bond that Katy would follow him to China. I'm guessing there are not any good scenes to add to that part and I certainly prefer it without them, but I just wanted to mention that.

Otherwise, I really enjoyed this edit, it is definitely recommended and I believe that it will be my go-to version of the film, although I want to check one more time the theatrical in order to decide, because I have only seen it once.

Thanks to anyone who read my review and thank you Tremault for your work!

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Tremault has delivered another quality MCU edit. I am a big fan of tremault's Cpt Marvel edit where Brie Larson is almost likeable as Cpt Marvel so I knew we were in good hands with the Shangi Chi edit. All the changes made in the film I agree with and IMO make it a superior product. I particularly enjoyed the trimming andor removal of cringy Trevor moments, Abomination vs. Wong cage fight and the ending is much more focused on Shang Chi and his father relationship and less CGI festy and cringy moments. Would highly recommend as the go to version of Shang Chi and look forward to more tremault MCU edits in the future.

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Owner's reply July 03, 2022

Thank you so much! I'm really hoping for my next one to be something unique.

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