Hunger Games: Mockingjay "The Hanging Tree", TheFeatured
Improved character performances (Katniss' emotional breakdowns largely cut, Gale relationship moments cut)
Improved narrative including powerful and exciting new beginning and more emotional thought provoking ending
Altered score allowing for new scenes and transitions that would otherwise not be possible including new Hanging Tree track
171 minute runtime (goal was 160 minutes, catching fire runtime was 146 minutes)
Mockingjay Part 1 original runtime 123 minutes has been reduced to 61 minutes.
The beginning of the movie has been completely changed, I have merged the track "Remind Her Who The Enemy Is" from the Original Score with the track "The Hanging Tree" to produce the score for the beginning of the film.
The film begins with a quote from "The Treaty of the Treason" just like the original Hunger Games movie did. The quote used for the original movie was invented for the film. The text was marked as being sourced from The Treaty of the Treason whose text never appeared in the books. The text that I have written to begin this film is:
"From the Treaty of the Treason:"
"And the peace will be a contract.
Each district will supply the Capitol
in return for order and security.
Refusal to work will be an act of
treason punishable by death."
This is a condensed version of President Snow's speech from Mockingjay Part 1 that has been cut in this edit.
The movie then begins with the attack on the Hydroelectric Dam in District 5 followed by the titles "2 Months Earlier" "District 13"
The movie then begins as normal
The titles for Mockingjay Part 1 have been removed
After Katniss collapses after witnessing the corpses in District 12 the next scene is Katniss awakening from a horror dream
Plutarch's insinuation to President Coin that Katniss is The Mockingjay only when in costume is cut
All scenes concerning Prim's cat have been cut
Coin's speech to District 13 announcing her arrangement with Katniss has been cut
The first interview with Peeta has been inserted after Katniss is shown Cinna's Mockingjay designs
The filming of the first "propo" using the green screen fx has been reduced to a minimum (i.e. there's only one 'take')
The talk about District 8 being a relatively safe place to send Katniss to film "propos" has been cut so that there is a sense of danger in the proceeding scenes
Snow's reference to his cut speech has been removed
Katniss hunting with Gale in the woods and Peeta's second interview have been cut completely
Katniss' second trip to District 12, her relationship elements with Gale, and her singing cut completely
The rebel attack in the woods leads directly to Peeta's third interview where he speaks about the rebel attacks on the grainery and dam.
Peeta is not shown images of Katniss singing during this interview, he betrays the Capitol seemingly of his own accord
The bombing of 13 has many scenes cut including Katniss with the cat and Katniss with Finnick
The power failure during the bombing scene leads directly to Katniss hiding in the tunnel, the discovery of Snow's roses and the proceeding "propo" shoot is cut completely
Haymitch tells Katniss that a rescue operation is already underway to free the victors and this leads immediately to Katniss waiting with Finnick anxious for the return of the rescue mission volunteers
The Zero Dark Panem sequence is cut completely
Coin's speech that ends Mockingjay Part 1 is cut completely
Mockingjay Part 2 Cutlist
Mockingjay Part 2 original runtime 137 minutes has been reduced to 110 minutes.
The opening scene where Katniss' swolen neck is examined is cut, her injury is much less severe in this edit to allow for a believably faster recovery
Mockingjay Part 2 titles are cut and replaced with a unused shot (reversed) of Peeta struggling against his bonds taken from Part 1
The scene where Coin tells Katniss that she cannot send her to the Capitol has been reworked to indicate that Coin wants to keep Katniss under her thumb where she can be controlled. Some audio adjustments were made to blend this scene with Katniss' second meeting with Coin
The entire sequence where Katniss and Gale travel to district 2, Katniss gets shot, Katniss recovers from her wound in the hospital have been eliminated
The dinner scene at Snow's mansion has been tweaked and now follows Peeta's attack on Katniss. The scene now appears to show Snow speaking of Katniss' death by Peeta's hands instead of by the rebels in district 2
The scene where Katniss speaks with Peeta in the hospital has been cut
Plutarch's mention of Katniss' gunshot wound has been cut
Cressida's annoying "directing" of Katniss' actions have been cut
The scene where Snow is made aware of Katniss' being caught on video alive following the tar trap has been cut along with the first indication that Snow is dying from the poisons in his body. This reveal works much better as a surprise to the viewer at the end of the movie, humanizing him at a time where he has already lost all of his power.
Katniss' self loathing after the death of Finnick has been reduced to a minimum
The scene where Gale and Peeta discuss who Katniss loves is cut. There is no indication in this edit or in the trilogy of movies as a whole that Katniss would have ever ended up with Gale, it was a terribly developed plot device throughout, and has been rightly eliminated.
The idealistic ending where poor CGI and makeup effects are used to age up Katniss and make her look more like her mother has been eliminated completely. I accept that this change will be hard to accept by purist followers of the book. But I emplore you to see this movie for what it is, a gritty ugly war movie. A thought provoking tender moment of 2 characters learning to live with the atrocities they've experienced is much more satisfying than a "everything worked out great in the end" finale.
The ending has been rescored to accomodate this change
The Hanging Tree
A Jerick Fan Edit
has been added to the end credits
I'm not going to go into a huge exposition as to what's great and what's not. The editing is top notch, this guy really knows how to keep the energy and narrative flowing through vigorous editing. The video/audio quality is A+, literally like watching the official Blu Ray. This guy is gifted in the art of editing.
Now, my biggest grievance is with the choosing of material he's cut from the film. 80% of what he's edited out is filler and is mostly unnecessary and it makes for a much tighter and cohesive viewing experience. But there are some KEY scenes that were removed from the film and it just didn't work for me at all. It's like he did an excellent job editing out over half the filler in part one, and let the majority of part two play out. He took out some very tense, important scenes and it left the movie lacking. The COMPLETE removal of all scenes involving the taking of Disctict 2 was baffling. Not to mention the removal of the entire rescue mission in part 1. After what appears firstly to be a tightly cut action/sci-fi finale, it just turned out to be disappointing.
Ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it seems like it’s been the trend to break up a trilogies into fours. Jerick has done the service of editing Mockingjay into one film. I’ve read the Hunger Games, but I don’t remember specifics, so I can’t say how this flows with the book. I can say that this film, for me, really strengthens the films. The flow from part 1 to part 2 was unnoticeable to me. Jerick has really done a great job of strengthening the narrative and making this the film that it should be.
This edit is a well-crafted project meticulously put together by Jerick. Audio and video flows into one another as though it was the Blu-ray version (i.e. the quality of the edit and source is outstanding). The word flawless has been used before, and rightly so. Just a joy to be able to watch a fan edit without being pulled out of it because of a jarring cut. Nothing seemed out-of-place to me and the narrative works to create a (or THE) final entry in the trilogy.
I'd recommend this edit to anyone who seeks a trimmed and tightened version of the bloated two-parter that is HG: Mockingjay. I'd even recommend to watch this instead unless, of course, you are a huge fan of either books or movie franchise and need every single piece of material.
I found it difficult to give the Enjoyment-rating a fair number. One the one side, I truly enjoy a great fan edit, but on the other I dislike the entire Hunger Games-franchise. The enjoyment of the edit is in the 9-10 range, while the enjoyment of the movie itself is very low. A compromise has been made but solely due to my dislike of the movie, not the superb fan edit.
All in all, a brilliant edit by Jerick!
The franchise was Always a little love/hate with me. I watched the first film after reading the books and didn't like some of the changes, but I understood why they happened as they did for pacing. When the second film came out I'm not sure if my memory was less hazy because I thought it was a much better adaptation but I decided not to bother with the announced films....until one day you find yourself on an 8 hour flight and what are you gonna do but resort to watching in flight entertainment. That time was Early March of last year.. I watched Mockingjay part 1 and really liked it quite a fair bit... but when part 2 came out it was like seeing THG for the first time all over again. The Hunger games ended and it was with a whimper.
Thankfully Jerick saw what I could not concieve, how to take the weakest entries and strengthen them into one better narrative. It's not perfect you might noticed one or two cuts even if you aren't looking but it's a lot better than what is officially out there.
Admittedly I did watch a downgraded version of the vimeo file since I need to fit on a memory stick (I don't like using my external drives on the WDHD player) but I thought it looked fine on my 40" I probably lost something in the sound but I don't have the best audio set up anyway.
If you were dissatisfied with Mockingjay as I was then I'd like to think The Hanging Tree will be the resolution you were hoping for.
This one gave me the hope that something good could come out of the Hunger Games - and for the first 60 minutes this was true. This was a superb cut of Mockingjay 1. The hanging tree theme in the beginning was a bit odd and off for my taste, as this playful style was never repeated througout the movie.
Then Mockingjay 2 started and boredom started as well for me. No one needed more Hunger Games and I would have loved this one to be sliced and diced just as the first one, but it wasn't. The parts that were cut were all chosen carefully and did indeed tighten the 2nd part and make it a better movie (still far from good). The ending was great and finally insterted the pain, sorrow, silence and emotion that was so needed.
The editing was flawless, sound- and videowise. Great image quality and so easy to get through vimeo (I hope that is not dangerous for you to upload such contents there).
So, to sum it up, I was hoping to watch a version of Mockingjay that I could keep as a good movie, but this has not happened. Again part 2 ruined it for me and the great ending could not save the edit from being a one-time amusement. Thank you, Jerick for a wonderful part 1 edit. This was masterful.