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Independence Day (No Family Edition)

thecuddlyninja

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I love the 90s humor in this movie! It doesn't "hold up" but I still think it's fun. My goal with this edit was something different. I wanted to cut out Will Smith's family entirely, as well as Randy Quaid and his family. Removing Randy removes most of the bad humor, imo. I also cut the president's wife out, and a lot of the Jeff Goldblum and his ex stuff. I reduced Emile Hirsch's scenes a bit, so the focus is on the alien invasion and the actions Earth is taking to defend it. This took 45 minutes off of the runtime.

Will Smith is introduced when he walks outside and sees the ship while sipping coffee. Then he reports for action. There is no following his wife through the destruction or stealing a chopper to go get her. The president is the hero of this one, since Randy Quaid's character is mostly gone, his last-gasp missile attempt will be successful in taking down the ship.

The title isn't a great movie title, but it's descriptive at least. :)

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Original run time: 145 minutes
New run time: 100 minutes
Time Cut: 45 minutes
Goal: Remove as much romantic and other subplots as possible to make a leaner, more action-packed movie (Will Smith has no fiancée and son, the president has no wife and they sure as hell don’t randomly meet in a destroyed LA), Remove Randy Quaid character entirely

CUTLIST:
Cut president talking to wife on phone
Cut president and advisor talking about campaign before SOD calls
Cut David’s (Jeff Goldblum) line about Styrofoam cups
Cut Imperial Valley scene with Russell (Randy Quaid) and his kids
Cut White House Communications Director talking before going in and seeing the president
Cut “there’s no shame in hiding” and “I’ve got to call my mother”
Cut Russell diner scene
Cut Russell’s family out of the sequence where the disc ships move into place
Cut Steven (Will Smith)/Vivica Fox talking about the aliens
Cut Steven/Vivica Fox goodbye scene
Cut scene of president talking to wife on the phone
Cut 1st scene of David and his dad in the car
Cut scene of Russell’s kids watching him on tv
Cut Russell Case scene
Cut Steven talking about his girlfriend to fellow soldier
Cut Vivica Fox strip club scene
Cut “yeah…all cable men can, pops” since I cut the scene where he gives him crap for being a cable repair man
Cut dialogue about David punching president last time he saw him – not that relevant, safe to assume president is standoffish because he’s in a crisis and that’s the ex-husband of his trusted advisor
Cut president’s wife getting evacuated
Cut Vivica Fox scene in her car
Cut David’s boss trying to call his therapist in the Hamptons
Trimmed some of Vivica Fox’s stripper friend on the roof so she’s not a focus
Cut Steven’s wife, dog and son running from the fire
Cut scene with Russell and his family in the camper driving
Cut scene with President in the plane
Cut Vivica Fox and son in the aftermath
Cut Vivica Fox finding a car
Cut David’s dad talking to his ex-wife on plane
Trimmed scientist dialogue about not getting out much
Cut scientist “freakshow” line and trimmed his “humor” a bit
Cut White House staff squabbling over Area 51 existence
Cut Steven asking about El Toro
Cut Vivica and co by the fire
Cut “let’s nuke the bastards” line – stronger if president just says “nuke ‘em” and the scene ends
Cut scene of David and ex drinking on plane
Cut Steven stealing chopper and reuniting with wife
Cut president talking to his dying wife in hospital
Cut David drunk and his dad talking to him about faith
Cut Steven’s family out of Area 51
Cut “I gave it a cold” line since I cut David drunkenly figuring out the virus plan from his dad talking about a cold
Cut SOD referencing President’s dead wife
Cut Russell at Area 51 talking about his desire for revenge
Cut David’s ex not wanting him to go up
Cut Steven’s wedding
Cut Russell’s family during the president’s speech (left Randy in the first shot of group and shot at end because there are a bunch of random pilots)
Cut Russell saying goodbye to family
Cut Steven saying goodbye to family
Cut most of David and his dad saying goodbye
Left some shots of Russell piloting, since they focused on the president and another random pilot, too. I cut his over the top line about revenge, though. It doesn’t feel like “who the hell is that guy” just that they’re following the president and a couple of pilots they showed during his speech
Cut David’s dad leading prayer with disgraced ex-SOD
Cut all shots of Vivica Fox after ship is blown up
Cut celebration so that movie ends with David and Steven walking up and being picked up (no family celebrations)
 

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Sever All Ties Edition ? :)

Keeping tabs on this one.
 

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Original run time: 145 minutes
New run time: 100 minutes
Time Cut: 45 minutes
Goal: Remove as much romantic and other subplots as possible to make a leaner, more action-packed movie (Will Smith has no fiancée and son, the president has no wife and they sure as hell don’t randomly meet in a destroyed LA), Remove Randy Quaid character entirely

CUTLIST:
Cut president talking to wife on phone
Cut president and advisor talking about campaign before SOD calls
Cut David’s (Jeff Goldblum) line about Styrofoam cups
Cut Imperial Valley scene with Russell (Randy Quaid) and his kids
Cut White House Communications Director talking before going in and seeing the president
Cut “there’s no shame in hiding” and “I’ve got to call my mother”
Cut Russell diner scene
Cut Russell’s family out of the sequence where the disc ships move into place
Cut Steven (Will Smith)/Vivica Fox talking about the aliens
Cut Steven/Vivica Fox goodbye scene
Cut scene of president talking to wife on the phone
Cut 1[SUP]st[/SUP] scene of David and his dad in the car
Cut scene of Russell’s kids watching him on tv
Cut Russell Case scene
Cut Steven talking about his girlfriend to fellow soldier
Cut Vivica Fox strip club scene
Cut “yeah…all cable men can, pops” since I cut the scene where he gives him crap for being a cable repair man
Cut dialogue about David punching president last time he saw him – not that relevant, safe to assume president is standoffish because he’s in a crisis and that’s the ex-husband of his trusted advisor
Cut president’s wife getting evacuated
Cut Vivica Fox scene in her car
Cut David’s boss trying to call his therapist in the Hamptons
Trimmed some of Vivica Fox’s stripper friend on the roof so she’s not a focus
Cut Steven’s wife, dog and son running from the fire
Cut scene with Russell and his family in the camper driving
Cut scene with President in the plane
Cut Vivica Fox and son in the aftermath
Cut Vivica Fox finding a car
Cut David’s dad talking to his ex-wife on plane
Trimmed scientist dialogue about not getting out much
Cut scientist “freakshow” line and trimmed his “humor” a bit
Cut White House staff squabbling over Area 51 existence
Cut Steven asking about El Toro
Cut Vivica and co by the fire
Cut “let’s nuke the bastards” line – stronger if president just says “nuke ‘em” and the scene ends
Cut scene of David and ex drinking on plane
Cut Steven stealing chopper and reuniting with wife
Cut president talking to his dying wife in hospital
Cut David drunk and his dad talking to him about faith
Cut Steven’s family out of Area 51
Cut “I gave it a cold” line since I cut David drunkenly figuring out the virus plan from his dad talking about a cold
Cut SOD referencing President’s dead wife
Cut Russell at Area 51 talking about his desire for revenge
Cut David’s ex not wanting him to go up
Cut Steven’s wedding
Cut Russell’s family during the president’s speech (left Randy in the first shot of group and shot at end because there are a bunch of random pilots)
Cut Russell saying goodbye to family
Cut Steven saying goodbye to family
Cut most of David and his dad saying goodbye
Left some shots of Russell piloting, since they focused on the president and another random pilot, too. I cut his over the top line about revenge, though. It doesn’t feel like “who the hell is that guy” just that they’re following the president and a couple of pilots they showed during his speech
Cut David’s dad leading prayer with disgraced ex-SOD
Cut all shots of Vivica Fox after ship is blown up
Cut celebration so that movie ends with David and Steven walking up and being picked up (no family celebrations)
 

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^ Done and...

thecuddlyninja said:
I'll also be reducing Emile Hirsch's scenes a bit

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...and Emile Hirsch isn't even in this movie!
 

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TM2YC said:
Emile Hirsch isn't even in this movie!

Okay, Judd Hirsch.

Or maybe Emile's role was cut out of the theatrical version since he was 11 and they were clearly only interested in casting kids who can't act. :)
 

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btw, your cutlist is repeated... or is this just a subtle way to reveal that you're re-editing it in 3D! :-D
 

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dangermouse said:
btw, your cutlist is repeated... or is this just a subtle way to reveal that you're re-editing it in 3D! :-D

4D, because it will take some TIME to do that!
 

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Any cuts to Vivica Fox are crossing a red line.




Seriously.


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^ Yeah!

thecuddlyninja said:
Cut Vivica Fox strip club scene

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Get the f**k outta here! :p
 

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NewSpock said:
Any cuts to Vivica Fox are crossing a red line.

Just please don't tell her about this thread!

TM2YC said:
Get the f**k outta here! :p

That's what I said to her and her son for this edit! She's still hanging out with the first lady in the rubble of downtown L.A.
 

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Yeah, about that^... I have another suggestion for your cut list:

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:lol: Cut all you want, still going to watch this :cool:
 

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Sounds like an interesting edit, I'll have to check it out once it's ready.

As for the Vivica Fox love, ya'll should just rewatch her cameo in Born on the Fourth of July on a loop.
 

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This edit is complete but I would like some preview feedback on the edits before finalizing. PM me if you are interested in checking it out.
 

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This is now available on the other site and pending release on IFDB.
 

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Less Randy Quaid is never a bad a thing. and Screw Will's family because it means no slow mo dog jump scene again!

It's hard to believe Bill Pullman;s daughter in this is Mae Whitman, my how she's grown.
 
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