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The Spirits Within Heroes Departed

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What is it about? FFTSW has some interesting concepts, but the flat attempts at humor and cliched romance made the movie drag. All the mumbo-jumbo about spirits and phantoms didn't help either. This edit trims some of the subplots so the main story progresses at a quicker pace. Less dream sequences, cheesy one-liners, and convoluted dialogue makes it a more straight-forward, action-oriented sci-fi movie.

Tagline: To uncover an ancient truth, they'll unleash a force unlike the universe has ever known.

Original film name: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
New film name: The Spirits Within Heroes Departed
Film studio name: Sony / Columbia
Edit crew name: geKKo
Date original film was released: July 11, 2001
Date edit was released: December 20, 2007
Original runtime: 1h 39m (without credits)
New runtime: 1h 20m
Amount of time Cut/Added: 19 minutes cut

Cuts removed/added/extended:
- Moved first dream sequence to later.
- Removed monologue by Aki after first dream.
- Trimmed Aki's search in Old New York City.
- Removed second dream sequence.
- Removed Aki and Cid talking in hallway about spirits.
- Removed Aki and Gray stuck elevator.
- Combined first and third dream sequence.
- Removed Aki getting shot by soldier.
- Removed fourth dream sequence (how many dream sequences do we need?)
- Trimmed fifth dream sequence.
- Removed Gen. Hein and Maj. Elliot talk in hallway.
- Removed Gen. Hein talking about wife and daughter.
- Removed random people getting killed by phantoms.
- Removed some of Neil's one liners.
- Sped up Gray's jump in slow motion.
- Removed Aki and Gray consoling each other.
- Removed Gen. Hein about to commit suicide.
- Removed Gen. Hein reconfiguring Zeus system.
- Replaced ending song.
- Several other minor edits for better pacing.

Fanedit details:
Video: 854 x 480, H.264, 1060kbps
Audio: 48kHz, AAC, 128kbps, Stereo

Your intention for this fanedit:
Remove some of the cheesy humor and redundant exposition about the spirits.

Hardware and software information:
Final Cut Pro 6

Additional Comment:
FFTSW has some interesting concepts, but the flat attempts at humor and cliched romance made the movie drag. All the mumbo-jumbo about spirits and phantoms didn't help either. This edit trims some of the subplots so the main story progresses at a quicker pace. Less dream sequences, cheesy one-liners, and convoluted dialogue makes it a more straight-forward, action-oriented sci-fi movie.
Time needed for the edition:
3 days

persons involved:
geKKo
 
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