Shazam! Marvelous Edition

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Original Release Date:
2018
Original Running Time:
131
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
137
Time Cut:
13
Time Added:
18
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Brief Synopsis:
The Marvelous Edition extends the film with five new scenes, while also replacing four scenes with alternate version, including the opening and ending of the film, and even a new post credits scene...

Eighteen minutes has been added to the runtime, however thirteen minutes has been cut, meaning this version is five minutes longer than the theatrical.
Intention:
The blu-ray includes a lot of alternate scenes that were reshot for the final film, or just reshot and never used, so I really wanted to see a different take on the film to see how it would fair in somewhat of a pre-release version.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
- Unused Workprint Scenes
- David F Sandberg's Commentary on Deleted Scenes
Cuts and Additions:
- Added DC film intro, borrowed from Justice League but replaced score with the Superman/Flash race track
- Added prologue with Wizard Shazam
- Added new opening titles for Warner Bros/New Line
- Replaced young Sivana intro with alternate version at Christmas lunch instead of a car
- Added Billy on the subway giving his stolen sandwich to a lady, and practising what he is going to say to his mother
- Cut shot of Billy talking to himself outside Rachel Batson's house, instead it transitions from the subway to the flashback
- Added Billy trying to sneak out, disabling the alarms
- Added Darla showing Billy her locker, with an alternate version of him telling her he's not her brother
- Cut theatrical version of Billy telling Darla they aren't siblings, and Freddy consoling her
- Replaced Sivana confronting his father in the company boardroom, instead now at a Christmas party at his childhood home
- Added Darla seeing Freddy being given a wedgie after Billy doesn't show up for lunch
- Added the Shazam Family sitting on the thrones in the Wizard's realm
- Replaced Superman lunch with the kids getting a big Chistmas tree for the family, followed by them hearing crime is happening, and transforming and flying off
- New post credits scene...?

User reviews

4 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.3
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.5(4)
Visual Editing
 
9.5(4)
Audio Editing
 
9.8(4)
Narrative
 
9.5(4)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(4)
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Overall rating
 
8.3
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
7.0
I have to qualify this recommendation based on what you expect. Firstly, I did NOT like this movie. (My review is here: https://letterboxd.com/film/shazam/) If you're expecting that these alternate scenes will improve the character development or add more depth, I wouldn't recommend this. In many of the scenes, I can see why they were cut or reshot. I think the theatrical versions are less cheesy (though often still cheesy) and work better in terms of the flow of the film. So this version is not going to improve the film for most people.
However, if you already like the film a lot and just want an alternate way to view it, this will do the trick. The edits are mostly quite smooth and well done, except for a couple of visual transitions where the screen was black for noticeably long (about 5 seconds) between added scenes. It's also debatable if the opening scene repeats the one that occurs just after, where really a choice should be made about which version of the opening to include, instead of both.
I really didn't enjoy this film much, but that's not the editor's fault. So I can't give a "1" as my enjoyment score here. But in terms of improving my enjoyment of the theatrical, I think that cut actually works better for me, hence the "7" here. The way the three ending scenes were added with the credits was also a bit odd...I think I might have juggled those around or something, too. So this edit is a decent way to rewatch, but not a shelf-replacer for me.

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Yes
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Overall rating
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Great edit! I thoroughly enjoyed this edit. I enjoyed the original, but was never a fan of how old the dad looked at the beginning (the car crash scene) then like 45 years later he looked exactly the same. This gets rid of that. All of the changes in this improve upon an already good movie. Great job!
The only ding I gave this was for some special effects in the beginning that don't look complete, otherwise the editing work was perfect.

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Overall rating
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
This edit improves on an already wonderful film. Great job!
I loved the theatrical cut, but I prefer this edit. There were a few scenes that bothered me in the TC, and I was very happy to see them gone - mostly the triggering car accident in the beginning and the fan-servicing Superman at Lunch Time.
The deleted and alternate scenes improve the film significantly, imho. They add subtext, enhance the emotional connection with the characters and are simply fun.
The technical aspects of the film are flawless. The scenes are integrated beautifully and the narrative flows smoothly. Well done! :)

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(Updated: January 30, 2021)
Overall rating
 
8.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
"Marvelous" job!

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