Valerian: No Love Lost Edition

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Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
136
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
113
Time Cut:
23
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Brief Synopsis:
Valerian - No Love Lost Edition removes all the forced romance plot and leaves a tight sci fi/fantasy adventure featuring two intergalactic dimension traversing agents on a mission to recover a precious item.
Intention:
As a fan of The Fifth Element I was very excited when I heard Luc Besson was doing an adaption of Valérian and Laureline. When I final saw his film I, like many critics, loved its visual panache but loathed the forced romance plot line. The problem was two fold. Firstly there simply wasn't any on screen chemistry between Dane Dahaan and Cara Delevingne. Although both were more than serviceable in their roles in the movie there simply was no spark between them. Secondly the film labours the point when it comes to the love story. It is referenced so frequently that it only serves to amplify its awkwardness. The sad thing is that beyond that one albeit large and distracting flaw the rest of the film is a triumph. Thus the reason for this edit.
Other Sources:
Valerian and the city of a thousand planets Blu-ray
Special Thanks:
Huge thanks to Scar for their continued support and input on this project and to Artisdead for previewing the final cut.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I created this edit using:

Lightworks
AVIDemux
MakeMKV
Cuts and Additions:
Cutlist:

Removed dream sequence to maintain an air of mystery
Removed beach sequence between Valerian and Laureline due to its very cringe worthy nature
Removed marriage proposal
Removed reference to marriage proposal (Bus exit)
Removed "Haven't we meet"
Removed reference to marriage proposal (repairing the box)
Removed reference to dream sequence (checking the pearl)
Removed reference to marriage proposal (checking the pearl)
Removed awkward argument with the General
Removed reference to a potential honeymoon
Removed second reference to a potential honeymoon
Altered the jellyfish scene to remove flashes about dream/possession
Removed reference to marriage proposal (purple cave) Intentionally left very awkward kiss
Removed Bubble giving Valerian relationship advice in the kitchen
Removed talk of marriage after dinning room fight
Removed Bubbles death scene, left ambiguous she is presumed lost.
Removed reference to the dream on the trash bridge
Repurposed prisoners footage to conflate Princess and Prisoner characters
Removed entire argument about love and the generals plans while with the pearls
Removed reference to honeymoon on the beach
Removed the kiss at the end leaving it with Valerian looking longingly at Laureline
Rescored and shortened credited
Trailer

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Another stellar Malthus offering, this time with very challenging subject matter. A meandering story, incredible visuals and poorly matched actors take the stage. Malthus removes the awkward romance, focusing our attention on the main plot, which works nicely. Movie is now coherent, if not always enjoyable and Valerian is tolerable as a character in this version, which is a herculean effort. Well done fix!

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I liked this version and think the changes improve upon the original. The edits were unnoticeable and the plot flowed better overall. I highly enjoyed and recommend this version.

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The changes made to Valerian are seemless. I could not tell where the cuts were made and had to go back and watch the original to make a comparison. This beats the original cut easily. The weird romance and constant mentionings of marriage are gone which is great. That part of the film seemed so forced and awkward. My one issue was I felt a lttle confused when we learn he was possessed by the spirit of a dead alien in this cut.

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Overall Malthus' edit is far superior to the original, but I don't think there is any way of saving this film for me. Even without the horrible love plot the writing in this movie is still pretty bad, and the acting of the each lead just takes me out of it. But while I absolutely hated the original, I did enjoy this much more. Malthus did an incredible job here.

The world and visuals are still amazing. Video and audio quality is great (though the credits were weirdly loud. I had to turn it way down). Much less cringe and better pacing throughout. Editing is tight and I didn't notice any cuts for the most part, except for Bubbles' removed death scene, which I saw a tentacle coming out for one shot. I wasn't sure if that was on purpose.

This edit is a tremendous upgrade from the original, but I'm not sure any amount of editing can turn this movie into a great one for me. If you liked the original I think you'll love this edit.
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Very happy to have found this edit, I didn't notice any of the cuts and found it more enjoyable to watch due to the faster pacing.
keep up the good work Malthus!

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