V For Vendetta: The FanEdit
This FanEdit is an attempt to create a Film Version which is more in keeping with the Graphic Novel.
Life after a Nuclear War on the scale depicted by the Graphic Novel is virtually impossible but I have re-introduced this idea. I have also erased any mention of America as it was destroyed in the conflict. I have also changed the political landscape of the film which depicted authoritarian conservatism to the original concept of Nation Socialism. Evey is no longer a yuppie television PA. I have cut all scenes with Deitich (Stephen Fry) and Rockwood (the expository V in disguise) as they were not in the Graphic Novel.
I hope I have made V more mysterious with cuts to his more simplistic Hollywood-ish dialogue and his overt “I am mad” acting. I have also changed V’s motivation for imprisoning Evey, which in the film is hate, to the appreciation and realization of real freedom. This has now become a profound and bonding experience between Evey and V as it was in the original Graphic Novel. Evey now does not leave V. I have also changed the timeline of the film to reflect more closely that of the Graphic Novel. Finally I have changed the ending to leave a sense of ambiguity about England’s future by the removal of the seriously contrived machine-like people in V Costumes.
What I hope I have done with this FanEdit is invoke the spirit, depth and excitement of the original Graphic Novel but I will let you be the judge of that.
This FanEdit was inspired by Alan Moore.
- New: Scenes of London after the War
- New: Scenes of Birth of National Socialism in Britain
- Cut: Guy Fawkes prologue/Flashback
- Cut: Evey’s Narration
- New: Opening Title
- New: Part One Title Card
- Cut: Evey and V dressing
- Cut: V’s â€˜mad’ acting after killing the finger men
- Cut: Evey’s inane responses and some unnecessary lines by V
- Cut: Evey from the Television Tower
- Shadow Gallery: Cut references to TV tower and mazing Dominic
- Split: Prothero Shower Scene with Finch Scenes
- Shadow Gallery Kitchen: Cut Evey asking V about blowing Up Parliament. (V is not so direct or simple)
- New Montage: (To give V some mystery and show Prothero in Uniform for the first time)
- Shadow Gallery Library: Cut some of Evey’s Dialogue about her family and images of a more liberal political climate (leaflets)
- Cut: Evey betraying V to Bishop (as it does not make any logical sense)
- Cut: Cready’s remarks about TV Tower
- New: Part Two Title Card
- Cut: V Sword fighting by himself.
- Cut: Evey and V watching TV together.
- New: Position of Television Broadcast/Attack/Evey Removed
- Removed: All Stephen Fry scenes
- Cut: Some of Valerie’s seriously affected and sibilant dialogue (if only I could have got another actress to re-dub this)
- Cut: Valerie’s mention of America
- Shadow Gallery: Cut some lines so now V is less apologetic about imprisoning Evey
- Shadow Gallery: Cut V’s “Hate! yes thats it!” line (as it completely misses the point!) and the mention of Stephen Fry
- Shadow Gallery Roof: Rearranged and added shots
- New: Part Three Title Card
- Cut: Evey Leaving
- Cut: V Crying
- New Scene: Evey and V dance (as in the Graphic Novel)
- Cut: Scenes of V as old-man informer (expository dialogue and a completely unnecessary movie invention)
- Television Reporting: Cut American Civil War item
- Added and Rearranged Shots of Finch explaining the plot (to be more like an Acid Trip)
- Cut: Metal body armour (Ideas are bullet proof!)
- Cut: Troops & V costumed populous
- Cut: Evey’s final narration
- Added: New Partial Credits & New Music
Numerous cuts and additions were made that are not listed.
There were some rough transitions and awkward fades but nothing too bad. The new intro works well but I wasn’t crazy about the other montages. It’s been a bit since I’ve watched this movie so I can’t remember all that was cut. There were times when I felt like I had missed something and the pacing felt off, especially in Part One. But once we got into Part Two it was smooth sailing.
Overall it was an interesting watch, very artistic and different.
A/V Quality - 7
Editing - 9
Narrative - 8
Enjoyment - 8 (original 8)
Recommended drink: November Rain (Bacardi, Jack & fruit punch)
August 2, 2012 @ 9:59 am
Personaly i’ve always liked this film. I had always just pushed aside the problems i had with it, because the overall story was so strong and really resonated with me. After viewing your edit i was impressed with the improvements you’ve made. Great new into. I did miss one or too things like Steven Fry’s talk show host and the public in their V masks at the end but i understand why you got rid of them. Overall 4 out of 5.
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August 8, 2008 @ 11:32 am
Absolutely in awe is all I can muster up for this edit. 5 out of 5 for the flawless cuts and sheer amount of work that must’ve gone into planning them. It turns a standard Hollywood crowd-bait into a genuine “art” film much closer in tone to the book. I am completely floored by the quality of this edit and the bold choices made by Nick – in terms of scene additions and music changes- and will spread the gospel of this version as the REAL one. Good work mate!
Review by boon23 — May 8, 2008 @ 1:55 pm
V for Vendetta: the fanedit by Nick Mollo
review by boon23
Having just finished my review for ELEVEN I found myself in the mood to watch more from this promising faneditor and continued with his V for Vendetta fanedit. It is quite a long time ago, since I watched the original movie and my remembrance is not th every best, because most of all the movie left me kind of unimpressed. I remembered some details like the 1000s of Vs in the end and the roses, that strange Superhero creature that comes out of the flames and of course the strange mask.
So it was actually kind of a new movie and I could enter it open mindedly and was really impressed with what I got.
As for all my reviews: this is just my personal opinion of this fanedit. I cannot tell anybody else, if he or she will experience it in the same way or the opposite. So my review is not objective and does not reflect the opinion of fanedit.org.
!!!!This review contains heavy spoilers!!!
This fanedit cuts quite a lot of scenes from the original movie, but also features additional footage from other movies as well as some compositions created by the faneditor, which results in a 10 minutes longer runtime. Still the chnages are sometimes radical and most of all for the better.
The introduction gives a clearer picture of what happened to change the UK to a dictatorship and is really well done. With some of the endless narrations gone, the beginning has a way better flow to it and works like a charm combining plot and pacing for a great watching atmosphere. The appearance of V and his strange way of talking is still irritating though, but I got used to it pretty soon. The idea of including chapter cards is a wonderful one.
The relationship of Evey and V is is much improved in this version and all that crap about Evey wanting to escape is so easily solved in the fanedit, whereas it is so unbelievable in the original movie. Even the torture scenes work kind of well. Unfortunately the cutting of the flashbacks of Valerie doe snot work well, feels chopped and again, like in his ELEVEN fanedit, the usage of fadeouts got a bit too much with a bad peak at a slow motion scene of Evey being drowned, that really looks artificial and not like a part from the movie, because this technique was never again used.
The killings work really well and so does the investigation of Finch.
The TV studio part is an example of great editing, because it works wonderfully. Everything that was unnecessary was removed. There is one striking thing, which the faneditor already mentioned. Finch’s assistant seems to successfully stop V and the scene would have needed an outcome. It feels incomplete.
The showdown would have worked better for me with the metal armor being still existent. Ideas are bulletproof, yeah, but people aren’t. I always like to believe what I see and in this case I couldn’t. Removing the revolution with the 1000s of Vs was a courageous move. It worked though. I am not sure it did for the better, but it did and the entire ending composition is real nice and ends the movie satisfying to the watcher, which is a great and rare thing for an extreme fanedit. It felt a bit strange to see V (who was already dead) in this composition, but it was still ok as a remembrance of him.
This fanedit is a huge improvement over the original, especially in the overall atmosphere. The annoying John Hurt is much less annoying and a lot of needless babbling is so well removed, making this a real good movie to watch. The chapter cards add well to the flow and the atmosphere and with only some minor flaws present the entertainment does not get spoiled. I liked it a lot and recommend it to be watched by everyone. The editing was almost perfectly executed.
editing: 4 of 5,
entertainment: 5 of 5
The image is clear and kind of sharp. However, the PCM audio takes away too much from the video bitrate.
Video quality: 4 of 5
Audio editing and audio quality:
The audio editing was flawless and a lot was done to make this possible. The audio comes in 48000Hz PCM stereo. With the original 5.1 this is not a perfect support for surround systems, but still very good.
audio editing: 5 of 5
audio quality: 4 of 5
The DVD comes in the same style as the previous one (ELEVEN), which is great, because it feels comfortable, besides looking really good. All menus are animated with sound playing. There are no extras this time. Cover art is included, there is no disc art.
This results in a 4 of 5 rating from me for DVD authoring and Extras.
Final result: 4 of 5. This is a great fanedit. You should watch it!