X-Men: The Dark Stand

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Tagline:
To fend off the fury of one, many must take a stand
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2006/2019
Original Running Time:
101/113
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
121
Time Cut:
60/60
Time Added:
10
Brief Synopsis:
I merged Dark Phoenix with X-Men: The Last Stand and a little bit of X-Men: Apocalypse.
Intention:
An idea I brain-stormed in between sorting out other edits, it occurred to me just how easy it is to merge the two storylines together by simply removing the involvement of the aliens as well as everything after Jean leaves Magneto's island. I feel merging both films helps in some small part 'redeem' them for their otherwise large flaws in storytelling and adds extra weight and dimension to Jean's struggles rather than the random heel turn from the original third movie.

If you're looking for a movie that serves as the third in the trilogy that began with X-Men Days of Future Past and continued with Apocalypse, you'll find some difficulty here, due to the conflicting continuity with Angel's inclusion and backstory here, I would rather you see this as the third in the trilogy begun in X-Men First Class and continued in Days of Future Past instead.
Other Sources:
X-Men Apocalypse blu ray
X-Men Dark Phoenix blu ray
X-Men Last Stand blu ray
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Changes from the original movies are

1. Film opens with Warren Worthington as a child and his father discovering his son is a mutant, setting up his involvement in the cure storyline later
2. 'Last Stand' Titles, followed by young Jean from the 1970s (Dark Phoenix), we follow her through the car accident and meeting Charles
3. Flash Forward to Jean and the team meeting Wolverine/Weapon X during his rampage in 1983, Jean calms his mind (X-Men: Apocalypse)
4. Cut to space shuttle rescue/Jean is empowered by the Phoenix (Dark Phoenix), movie plays out as normal until Jean departs Eric's island and Xavier is cut off from the white house, we cut out the aliens
5. Not too distant future/Danger room sequence opens the second half of the film
6. References to Jean dying are cut (Last Stand)
7. References to Logan and Beast not knowing each other cut (Last Stand)
8. Scenes and references to Raven in The Last Stand cut as she's dead
9. References to Xavier being killed cut as he doesn't die in this one
10. A good chunk of the cure storyline cut to quicken the pace
11. Logan's pep talk to the remaining X-Men cut as he mentions losing Scott and Jean
12. Logan saying "I Love You" to Jean before he stabs her cut, he is simply grateful to what she did for him during the Weapon X rampage
13. Jean in med bay scene moved to just after Jean is stabbed, she does not die, she is wounded, and Xavier is seen putting the mental blocks in place
14. Scott and Jean's reunion moved to the very end. Film cuts to credits while they kiss. Scott's grizzly murder cut. Happily ever after for the whole franchise.

User reviews

2 reviews
Overall rating
 
7.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0(2)
Visual Editing
 
8.5(2)
Audio Editing
 
8.5(2)
Narrative
 
7.0(2)
Enjoyment
 
7.0(2)
(Updated: July 31, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
7.0
Narrative
 
5.0
Enjoyment
 
5.0
A/V Quality
For the most part the A/V quality looked and sounded fine for a 3.25gb 720p file. I did watch it on my phone, so I'll update this review once I get a moment to see it on my computer. The last stand footage did seem to have a noticeable difference in the image quality. Wondering if this is mixed HD and SD sources.

Visual Editing
The visual editing is done well, but I do think it could benefit from some visual distance when doing time jumps. Adding more time during the fade to blacks and jump to blacks might help with the time and tone shifts. The visual editing during the Last Stand part of the movie created some visual confusion as to motivations and emotions of characters that didn't seem to be reflected in the narrative or dialogue. The ending shot felt a bit abrupt, but I understand why you cut it where you did.

Audio Editing
Some cuts felt abrupt, but they followed the visual editing style you chose to take. I did hear some audio cuts later in the movie. As with the visual editing during the time jumps, a few adjustments could help with the transitions.

Narrative Editing
I'll admit, I was a bit lost on this one. The opening scenes feel really disconnected and leave me a bit confused with all the time jumps and new characters. When LS comes back it feels like that movie had the other movies sandwiched between it. I understand what you were going for, but the story didn't flow for me personally.

Enjoyment
I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of the Fox X-Men films, especially the movies sourced in this film. That being said, I felt confused with the narrative here so it was hard to really get into this edit. I did like the idea of the reunion at the end of the edit. My enjoyment score remains at the same for the source material.

It's a lofty goal to mix films that struggle to stand on their own two legs and create something out of it. Unfortunately for me, the ideas just didn't find footing in the source material and relied a bit too much on knowing what the next step of the narrative was supposed to be. A valiant effort.
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Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
The editor gave themselves a tough job... Take the 2 most disliked X-Men movies and make them one. Everything worked about as well as you could with these movies. It was interesting enough and a better ending than Dark Phoenix on it's own.

The reason I took off a point on Narrative and enjoyment are not due to the edit, but the source material. If you are even a little curious, it's worth a look.

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Yes
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Digital
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