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My first edit of 2024! THE LEGEND OF THE GHOST RIDER is a trimmed down version of the 2007 Ghost Rider in the style of a Marvel Special Presentation like Werewolf-by-Night.

I've trimmed much of the over the top Nic Cage silliness and have tightened the overall pacing by focusing on the actual Ghost Rider and demon elements of the story; completely removing a subplot involving detectives and cutting the love story/ romantic elements down to a bare minimum. In this edit, after a brief backstory to open the film, Johnny Blaze is contacted by Mephistopheles to hunt down a few demons who've escaped from Hell, and he makes pretty quick work of them.

I worked off of the extended cut Blu-Ray, which runs 123 minutes (compared to the theatrical cut at 105 mins) including credits.

My edit, The Legend of The Ghost Rider, runs just 72 minutes total! The end credits start after 63 minutes, but I've included a mid-credits scene repurposed from earlier in the movie (with an added easter egg for another Marvel property).

It took a long time and a lot of revisiting to get a cut I'm happy with. The next phase of editing will be a full recolor and adding an old, grainy and worn filmic look to the picture. I want to capture the feel of an old western!

As far as music goes, I've replaced Superstar by the Carpenters with another of their songs, Rainy Days and Mondays. I stuck with the Carpenters because, for pacing purposes, I kept the line where Johnny Blaze says "you're stepping on Karen" - referring to Karen Carpenter. Also Rainy Days and Mondays is a great song and I even used it again in the end credits! Otherwise I've not done much with the music. I've thought about adding some more Johnny Cash, but it's almost too on the nose.

I'll share more details as I continue working on it!
 
Here is a look at the first 5 minutes! If you're familiar with the original cut, you'll notice how drastically different this is.

I'd still like to do some color grading to give it a more western feel. I've added a slight film grain and bumped up the brightness a bit in one of the flashbacks.

One of the changes I'm quite fond of is
replacing Superstar by The Carpenter's with Rainy Days and Mondays, also by the Carpenters. I kept the line "You're stepping on Karen." So I had to use another Karen Carpenter track. Rainy Days and Mondays has the perfect level of melodrama without being as flat out ridiculous as Superstar, and the harmonica adds to the neo-western flair.

 
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Here is a look at the first 5 minutes! If you're familiar with the original cut, you'll notice how drastically different this is.

I'd still like to do some color grading to give it a more western feel. I've added a slight film grain and bumped up the brightness a bit in one of the flashbacks.

There is an alternate dialogue for the beginning. It goes like this: "But how could he have known that there was someone worse than the devil coming to collect?"
If you want to add it to your fanedit, you can certainly try.
 
There is an alternate dialogue for the beginning. It goes like this: "But how could he have known that there was someone worse than the devil coming to collect?"
I actually did see that while I was editing and I played with using it. I've opted to keep the shorter version "The thing about legends is sometimes they're true" because it ties into the title a little bit better, and ultimately the villain isn't all that worse than the devil.

That said, I may swap it out down the line!
 
Here is a look at the first 5 minutes! If you're familiar with the original cut, you'll notice how drastically different this is.

I'd still like to do some color grading to give it a more western feel. I've added a slight film grain and bumped up the brightness a bit in one of the flashbacks.

Perfect! Absolutely P E R F E C T !
 
Awesome. The explosion of fire after the intro would be the perfect place for a title card.
 
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