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BATMAN: YEAR ONE
what kind of fanedit: TF
tagline: Batman. Who he is and how he came to be.
original film name: Batman Begins
new film name : Batman: Year One
film studio name : Warner Bros/DC Comics
edit crew name : PaulisDead2221
Date Original Film Was Released : 15 June 2005
Date Edit Was Released : February 2008
Original Runtime : 140 min
New Runtime : 61 min
Amount of time Cut : 79 min
The first to be released in HD,this is an edit of Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins into a loose adaptation of the comic Batman: Year One, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. The film now takes place entirely in Gotham City, over the course of one year, in which Bruce Wayne gains his early experience as the caped crusader.
The point was to put more focus on the parts directly adapted from the Frank Miller graphic novel while putting the mystery and mystique back into Batman's origins. Many people praise Christopher Nolan's attempt at creating an entirely realistic and logical approach to the Batman legend. Sometimes, I felt the filmmakers spent so much time on the exposition of the premise, that the entire thing became entirely too real. David Mazzucchelli wrote
"Once a depiction veers toward realism, each new detail releases a torrent of questions that exposes the absurdity at the heart of the genre. The more 'realistic' super heroes become, the less believable they are."With this in mind, I set out to cover the story in the fog of the obscure absurdity to the premise of which it generates from, creating a realistic, but still believable super hero film. The viewer is asked to accept much more about the premise than is given, and close their mind to the questions that inevitably come up once a premise has become too real. As such, a variety of sequences are cut.
The scenes in which Bruce spends years in China learning ninjitsu (Chinese ninjutsu apparently), the time he spends putting together his costume and arsenal, Bruce's time spent with Lucious Fox, are all deleted. The resulting atmosphere is very similar to that of Burton's Batman, in which instead of getting an hour of needless explanation of an idea we've accepted since 1939, we get right to Batman's first few shaky months in the fight on crime, his building relationship with James Gordon, and the growing tension between him and the police department.
Bruce Wayne as a character has been reduced to a fa?ade. It is edited so the only time you ever see him open his mouth, he's in super douche-bag mode, playing up his rich and spoiled brat routine. In the comic, the readers only ever see Bruce when he is playing the boy billionare to throw off Gordon, while other times see him in complete silence in contemplation and reverie--the film now reflects this portrayal.
Ducard is cut. His part in the second half of the film was out of place once his part in the first half was eliminated. The attack on Gotham is no longer planned and executed by the League of Shadows, but by Scarecrow and his associates. His character has gained screen-time in the now hour-long film.
In addition, the cheesy parts are cut. Some annoying moments with Katie Holmes have been trimmed, the very clich? incompetent cop reactions during the Tumbler chase scene have been removed, and many other changes have been made to provide a loose, but faithful interpretation of Frank Miller's work.
DISC 1 (The HD Version):
Video: Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile (2 pass VBR (Average/Peak bitrate)) [1920 x 1080 / 23.976 fps / 7335 Kb/s / Peak 15000 Kb/s / Peak BufferWindow 5000 ms]
Audio: Windows Media Audio 9.2 Lossless (1 pass VBR (Constant quality)) [VBR Quality 100, 48 kHz, 5.1 channel 24 bit VBR]
DISC 2 (The DVD Version):
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1 aspect ratio)
Audio: 5.1 Surround (track 1)
Audio: 5.1 Surround (track 2)
I've just watched the preliminary cut on my friend's 40 inch set, the picture quality is amazing and the film fits on a single layer DVD-R. I will do one more encode in order to clean up some extra frames, fix some editing spots, etc. But it should be online within the week. It was great editing a film that is at its core so stylistically brilliant, and provides great source material for a true fan edit by a true fan. If enough people are interested I may post something about how I was able to manage editing in HD, so other edits like this can follow. It really pays off to go the extra mile and source and edit in HD, and it's something I hope comes into full stream in the fanediting community.
Maybe downloadable from Fanedit.info