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We Were Soldiers (Broken Arrow Edition)

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by geKKo
What is it about? This is a radical re-edit in that there is very little exposition and character setup. Similar to Saving Private Ryan, the majority of the movie takes place in Col. Moore's memories. This was done to make this a more action-oriented war movie.

Tagline: His orders were simple... find the enemy and kill them.

Original film name: We Were Soldiers
New film name: We Were Soldiers (Broken Arrow Edition)
Film studio name: Universal Studios
Edit crew name: geKKo
Date original film was released: March 1, 2002
Date edit was released: November 27, 2007
Original runtime: 2h 11m (without credits)
New runtime: 1h 20m
Amount of time Cut/Added: 51 minutes cut

Cuts removed/added/extended:

* - Removed much of the first act of the movie.
* - Removed Crandall getting into a fight with his superior.
* - Removed wives getting telegrams.
* - Removed Vietnamese soldier with red book.
* - Removed b&w photo montage when Galloway is taking photos.
* - Removed Moore's letter monologue to Barbara.
* - Removed historical factoids at end.

Fanedit details:
Video: 854 x 416, H.264, 2200kbps
Audio: 48kHz, AAC, 128kbps, Stereo

Your intention for this fanedit:
Make a more action-oriented war movie.

Hardware and software information (what did you use to create your fanedit):
Final Cut Pro 6

Additional Comment:
This is a radical re-edit in that there is very little exposition and character setup. Similar to Saving Private Ryan, the majority of the movie takes place in Col. Moore's memories. Instead of starting the movie with a history lesson of the French massacre in Vietnam, it now starts with Col. Moore visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. It then flashes back to his first mission in Vietnam. While on the helicopter ride to the LZ, it flashes back again to when he started training his men. So it's actually a flashback within a flashback. Eventually the story catches up to the first flashback point and the combat begins. To maintain the intensity during combat, this edit never cuts away from the action to see the wives' side of the story back home. In fact virtually nothing about the wives and family are seen in this edit. The backstories for Lt. Jack Geoghegan and Maj. Bruce 'Snake' Crandall are also reduced. This edit keeps the focus on the soldiers in battle and the military strategy executed by both sides during the conflict. This gives the movie an action-oriented feel rather than a war drama.

Time needed for the edition: 4 days

persons involved: geKKo

Additional information links:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277434/

http://fanedit.org/392/

Maybe downloadable from: fanedit.info through Megaupload
 
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