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Batman: The Dark Knight
what kind of fanedit:TF
original film name: Batman Forever
new film name : Batman: The Dark Knight
film studio name : Warner Bros
edit crew name : PaulisDead2221
Date Original Film Was Released : 16 June 1995
Date Edit Was Released : 28 August 2007
Original Runtime : 122 min
New Runtime : 81 min
Amount of time Cut/Added : 41 min
Time needed for the edition: Five days
persons involved: PaulisDead2221
This was an edit I'd been meaning to give a try for a long time now. Inspiration came from the elusive Batman Forever (Dark Knight Edition) which has proven quite difficult to attain by the forums. I spent two or three sleepless nights working on the film. The goal of this edit was to strip away the over-the-top approach Schumacher took to his two installments in the franchise. The story has been tightened to burn off the omens throughout the film foreshadowing the fast approach of the asinine Batman and Robin.
Stylistically, the color has been greatly desaturated, the shadows have been emphasized, and high tones diminished. The entire film has been darkened just a little bit, and the aspect ratio has been cropped to appear wider.
The beginning of the film is reassembled to open up at Wayne Enterprises, where Bruce Wayne meets Edward Nigma. In the midst of the conversation, Bruce notices the Bat signal outside, dismisses himself, and visits Two-Face at the bank heist. After the Statue of Liberty sequence, the film continues with the Murder of Stickly, and the film progresses as normal, with over 40 minutes of cuts along the way. There is no longer a love triangle between Bruce Wayne, Chase Meridian, and Batman. Edward Nigma's character, though not as calm and calculating as he is portrayed in every other manifestation throughout the franchise (except the Adam West version of course), has been trimmed to kill the more "Jim Carey" moments. The city of Gotham has been toned down greatly, with the black light sequences cut, and generally just being greatly pushed out of sight whenever possible.
The musical score has been completely revamped. Though not the intention to completely abrogate Goldenthal's score, Mostly cut out is the revamped Batman Forever Bat Theme, replacing it with Elfman's theme. Goldenthal's score has been left alone in the development sections, as it mostly isn't bothersome or cheesy. Action sequences have been sourced mostly from Danny Elfman's themes from the original Batman, and Shirley Walker's score from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. A Khachaturian Ballet Suite is utilized as a theme throughout the film. A Prince song also enjoys a short cameo, a nod to the original film.
Generally I'm proud of the end result. I've taken quite a shine to the Dark Knight recently, and this was a real interesting project to work with. The disc is assembled and uploaded to demonoid. I would have liked to put some extras on the disc--including an animated menu, but I kept running into errors with encoding the trailer and proposed menu, so though bare bones, this is a pretty neat disc. Includes two audio mixes, surround and stereo, with a pretty high bit-rate due to the greatly shortened length of the video.
Maybe downloadable from info