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Biohazard: The Umbrella Conspiracy

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So I'm not dead, and even better, I've got a present for y'all!


Biohazard: The Umbrella Conspiracy
Original film name: Resident Evil
New film name: Biohazard: The Umbrella Conspiracy
Studio: Screen Gems/Constantin/Davis Films
Edit crew: Aztek463
Original Runtime: 101 minutes
New Runtime: 94 minutes
Amount of time cut: ~9 minutes cut, 2 added

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Intention:
I was going to leave the original Resident Evil alone until Biohazard took off. I started this over the winter, and finished it, but never got around to doing the DVD until now. The intent of this is the same as the original Biohazard: create a leaner experience with a quicker pace, fewer one-liners, less stupidity, and (hopefully) scarier. Yes, this is a prequel. Woo.

Cutlist:
It's been a while, but let's see...
- Shortened the lab sequence at the beginning so the killing starts right away. Makes the Red Queen more threatening.
- Cut Rain telling Matt to "Blow me." Rearranged a few shots to make the cut less awkward.
- Removed Rain reconnecting the train to the rails and subsequent references to it. The train now starts up immediately.
- Removed Rain grilling Spence and Alice.
- Removed "Accessing schematic of the Hive." Yes, we figured that's what you were doing.
- Removed "We have to take the stairs" after the team discovers the busted lifts.
- Moved Rain's "Poor bastard" and the corpse in the water coming back to life. Let's keep the zombies a secret just a bit longer, eh?
- Made a few trims to the laser hallway.
- Cut Spence arguing with Kaplan after the door to the hallway is opened.
- Removed "Bitch isn't standing now."
- Cut Rain's pause before she opens fire, same with Kaplan.
- Removed Kaplan's "We're never gonna get out of here."
- Removed any instances of the dogs staring at Alice. They see her, they attack.
- Removed the music "flush" or something after Alice kills the last dog.
- Removed the zombie trying to attack Matt through the window.
- Cut Matt's "The illegal kind [of research]" when Alice asks him about Umbrella's experiments.
- A few trims to the conversation about being sealed in the Hive.
- Cut Rain freaking out when the Red Queen is activated.
- Made a few trims to the subsequent exposition dump.
- Removed "After you" before going into the sewer (call it what it is).
- Removed Rain taunting the zombies with her bleeding hand. We now go right from her killing J.D. to the group crawling on the pipes.
- Edited the escape in such a way that it now looks like Kaplan did kill himself - makes his reappearance later more of a surprise.
- Made a few trims to Spence's flashback to get rid of references to stuff I had cut earlier.
- Removed "I'm missing you already."
- Cut Rain's "Your boyfriend's a real asshole."
- The Licker attacks Spence almost as soon as it sees him.
- Removed the second instance of "I'm missing you already" from Alice.
- Removed Rain grabbing the gun and such. The Licker attacks the train before she does so.
- Removed Matt hesitating before he shoots Rain.
- Cut Alice telling Matt he's infected. Really? :p
- Removed the shadowy figure walking by the window in the lab at the end.
- New credits music: "Army of Me" by Bjork and "Zombie" by the Trucks.
- Post credits Easter Egg!

DVD info:
NTSC DVD-5
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
5.1 Dolby Digital Surround

I've got the files uploading to MU presently, so that should all be squared away by tomorrow. :)
 

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Finally! Yippee!!! :)

(Yes, I've just said yippee, so what? You yourself stated it's a prequel :D)

I did wonder what had happened to you and this one. I'm so with you about DVD authoring... :p If I had someone to do that for me, someone who knew the exact settings for the best possible technical quality, I think I would have released 30 edits by now...
 

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Don't worry, this is much better than Uncle George's prequels. ;)
Yeah, DVD authoring is a real pain. I tinkered with motion menus for this, and getting it (the main menu) to render was a bit of a pain. Even now, it's not exactly what I had in mind, but it's pretty damn close. There's always room for improvement, but I'm pretty damn proud of this one, both the edit and the disc.
 

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This one is now available on the main site. Have at it folks!
 

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Will definitely be downloading this one... I've had Aztek's first Biohazzard edit all ready to watch for while...time for a Res Evil marathon me thinks ;)
 

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I haven't seen the original Resident Evil for a while so I'm not sure what exactly got cut, but in any case I enjoyed Aztek's version better than my memory of the theatrical cut overall, and particularly in its first half, in which it becomes a straightforward action movie with touches of horror and almost no one-liners (I detest one-liners during tense situations, they destroy the mood and show a complete disregard for human behavior in real life, but I must be out of my mind because everyone has to love them, otherwise mainstream cinema wouldn't be so overloaded with them). Unfortunately, the second half is still too cliche-ridden and has quite too many of those lines still left. As with Az's previous Biohazard edit of the sequels, I feel like some of the over-the-top stuff left in must for some reason appeal to die-hard fans of the movie series and that's why it remains. I'm no fan and find those moments ludicrous, so overall I felt the edit was an improvement and a solid effort but still too lite.

Stuff I would have liked to see removed or changed or that bothered me in a way or another:

-After gunning down the first zombie, that extended shot of Rain seems to scream "Hey-just-look-how-bad-ass-a-chick-I-am-keep-looking-and-be-amazed-just-a-bit-more-wow-am-I-tough-and-cool". Hey, move on, gal. The whole Rain character is written as desperately trying to ape Vasquez from Aliens, and as a result she's not a character, she's an imitation of a character, if you know what I mean.

-I wish the Licker had been heavily, and I mean heavily, trimmed. It's one of the most ludicrous and laughably fake CGI creations I've had the misfortune to witness, and takes me out of the story every time it pops up. Reduce it to some fast shots and it might start remotely resembling an effect that works.

-You left in "When I get outta here I think I'm gonna get laid"? Epic facepalm. Probably the most embarrassing line in the whole movie. At least you removed the post-credits reprise of it (the fact that the filmmakers put it there speaks volumes about the "artistic" intentions of the movie).

-The Red Queen's "I've been a bad, bad girl" almost beats the above line. A wisecracking security computer. Genius. NOT. Keeping her cold and "objective", a bit like HAL 9000, would have been much more effective and made her creepier.

-Bullet time shot. Ugh. Ugh also to many of the physically improbable acrobatics and the slo-mo (or what's much worse, speed changes within the same shot) during the fights, but I get the feeling that fans like those. To each their own.

Still, a good edit, but one that I wish had gone further. 8/10 overall.
 

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Thanks for the review Dwight!

On your first point, I just re-checked my project files and can confirm that that bit of One suddenly showing up next to Alice is present in the original cut. I agree that it definitely feels like something is missing there, but I had nothing to with it. Honest! :D

Other points duly noted. Good thing I didn't delete my sources and can still play around with this a bit. *wink wink nudge nudge*
Like I say, there's always room for improvement. Glad you (somewhat :p ) enjoyed it!
 

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Oops. Shame on me. I should have known better, you would never make such a bad cut. Post accordingly edited. :icon_redface:
 

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No worries Dwight. It happens! :)
 

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any chance of doing a fanedit of Resident Evil Afterlife to complete a trilogy for the Biohazard saga?
 
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