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Babayka (an alternate cut of John Wick 1 & 2)

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Fanmix + Fanfix
Original runtime (with 2 end credits) 3h 43m
Edited runtime (with end credits) 1h 57m

A complete restructure that interweaves John Wick Chapter 1 & 2 into a new storyline to get your John Wick fix in half the time. Also removes a lot of filler, tightens up the fighting, and depicts John as a more brutal killer— while he still somehow remains relatable. Released in 1080p with 5.1 surround (from a high quality 4K Master).

SPOILERS BELOW !!!!!

Major Changes:
  1. A few scenes regraded mostly if there was an drastic and unpleasant change to the center white point— but still retaining the comic book inspired color schemes
  2. Multiple fight scenes tightened up for better action
  3. Linear storyline
  4. The ending callback is now a muscle car, not a dog. Opening and closing scenes are muscle cars.
  5. No flashbacks of John’s wife
  6. Marcus, Perkins, Vigo’s brother, and the pit bull are all removed (Perkins is the only character I regretted having to cut)… more explanation below at the end
  7. The mute hench-woman no longer has a prominent role
  8. Wife’s narrated letter to John is more subtle
  9. Corrected the Russian word for boogeyman which the screenwriter got wrong. BABA YAGA is an old witch who lures kids into her hut to eat them. BABAYKA is the boogeyman.
  10. Other than Vigo, no one narrates about how strong, intimidating, and/or vengeful John is.
  11. John is more brutal and on the offensive instead of defensive, he doesn’t need Marcus to keep saving him, and he gets his car back at the beginning
  12. Vigo (not his brother) is in the warehouse as John steals back his car— John walks into Vigo’s office and pours him a drink, telling him to step aside and surrender his son
  13. Santino now uses the Marker at Vigo’s request, effectively slowing down John’s rampage against the Russians
  14. John’s house is not blown up / burned down— instead, the assassins arrive after John refuses Santino’s Marker
  15. Removed the friendly cop that lets John get away with murder (John should not seem to operate in god-mode where there never any real danger)
  16. Events in Rome happen before the shootout in the Red Circle
  17. John is not James Bond with a team of Q-like helpers
  18. Cut back the intensity of the rave party in Rome (in the Red Square)
  19. Gianna dies by suicide without John’s goodbye bullet (assassins prefer stealth)
  20. Removed / trimmed some of the less than amazing action sequences with Cassius
  21. The Red Circle is treated as more of a finalé, launching the 3rd Act
  22. John runs into Santino in the Red Circle (the scene where the crowd parts in suspenseful silence before John draws and fires), regraded to match up with the club
  23. The contract on John’s life is not lifted
  24. No hall of mirrors boss battle with Santino
  25. Right after killing on Continental grounds, John kills in a church, a continued theme of damnation
  26. No boss battle with Vigo in the rain— John matter-of-factly shoots Vigo down in cold blood
  27. When John becomes excommunicado he escapes into the night instead of day
  28. New music for end credits

A few words on cutting Marcus, Perkins, and the pit bull with no name:

While Marcus, played by Wilem Defoe, was meant to give extra gravitas to the film, his scenes were not necessary to the overall story progression. And in multiple instances he was reduced to being a Deus ex machina plot device (randomly saving Wick’s life which made John survive by luck, not skill).

Perkins was a great character with a lot of sass but there’s no room for her in this new storyline. If you didn’t like her bitchy face then anyway, now it’s gone.

The pit bull with no name was not truly John’s pet. It was a prop to look cool running around the city alongside John, and the repetitive comic relief scenes with the dog were not amusing. Finally and thankfully they dumped the whole dog sidekick schtick in Parabellum.

A few words on action sequences:

I tried to reduce the time it looks like a stuntman (or the large Asian man) is literally standing there letting John kick their ass without fighting back. I removed some of the wrestler takedowns that went nowhere; the choreographer must’ve gotten bored and couldn’t figure out what else to do. But the important thing is– the killings by pencil are still in this edit!
 
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There will be an eventual update to launder John's dirty t-shirt in one scene, reinstate him setting up the guns before the Red Square assassination, and anything else I get feedback on.
 

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I updated the project to Babayka v1.1

Main reason is to launder John's shirt so he isn't changing clothes from clean to dirty. To accomplish this I recut and did some VFX work when John walks into Santini's art gallery to find out what Santini wants him to do to honor the marker. His shirt is now clean instead of filthy.

Second reason is to reinstate John prepping the catacombs with weapons. I didn't mean to completely delete that setup scene, so now it's there in a trimmed form.

I also made some other minor changes, tweaked the subtitle format so they are always fancy, comic inspired subtitles (instead of reverting between fancified and plain format).

I also removed the short scene of Perkins checking into the Continental in front of John, since her character is not developed later in this edit.
 

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I would like to do something similar with combining the next two.
 

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Never having seen the John Wick movies do you think your edit will work for me or does it require enough knowledge of the source to smooth over jumps?
 

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It was designed not to require prior knowledge.
 
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