Valerian and Laureline: Welcome to Alpha

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Valerian and Laureline: Welcome to Alpha
Faneditor Name:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
137 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
122 minutes
Time Cut:
15 minutes
Time Added:
0 minutes
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Synopsis:
Agents of the Earth Council, Valerian and Laureline, are tasked to recover the last know Mül Converter - a creature from a destroyed planet - and become embroiled in a threat against Alpha, the vast space metropolis that is home to millions of individuals from a thousand different planets.

The marriage proposal sub-plot has been excised from this cut while leaving a burgeoning romance between the two main characters, and other edits have been made to speed up the pace of the story.
Intention:
The marriage/honeymoon suggestions littered throughout the film slammed the brakes on the movie every time they reared their head. A large section of the opening planet Mül scenes were also duplicated towards the end of the film which left me feeling “I’ve already seen this” when I watched it in the cinema. There are plenty of really fun moments and some spectacular visuals (especially when viewed in 3D) but they are liberally sprinkled with scenes just really don’t work for me. This edit is an attempt to make a version of the film I can enjoy rewatching.
Additional Notes:
A 3D side-by-side version of the edit is available for 3DTVs and VR headsets. The 2D version of this cut was submitted for approval purposes.
Special Thanks:
Malthus - for providing the initial inspiration with their “No Love Lost” cut of the film.
TriggeredPuppy - for their help and suggestions during the review process.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I originally attempted to duplicate the “No Love Lost” edit by Malthus using their change notes, but for a 3D S-B-S rip of my 3D Blu-ray. I was unable to obtain the Malthus version as they were away from the forums for a couple of years however their changelist provided a good guide. After an initial version I decided to maintain some small romance between the two leads as befits their original comic book characters. Also after completely excising the Pearl Princess character in early cuts I was left unsatisfied with several scenes, so she was reinstated and had parts of her post-title sequence moved to later in the film.
Cuts and Additions:
* Added fanedit text notice at start of film
* Alien planet sequence and beach scenes excised - we go from the Space Oddity montage > title > astroship jumping in
* Removed marriage proposal when disembarking the bus
* Removed “haven’t we met?” when first seeing the Pearls
* Removed “hey, I’m not running a tea-room here”
* Big Market shopping couple man no longer says “Civilised…sure”
* Trimmed Laureline dialogue when fixing dimensional hand box, no mention of proposal
* Removed mention of dream sequence when examining pearl on astroship
* Removed talk of marriage / honeymoon before leaving exospace (1)
* Removed “demographics” section of Alpha transit
* Trimmed a few “Valerian” calls from Laureline after he crashes - now she acts more quickly and decisively
* Trimmed Laureline finding Valerian scene - now ends with peck on cheek, no marriage talk
* Trimmed start of scene when Laureline gets "caught" by Boulan Bathors
* When Valerian recruits Bubbles the scene ends with “…the best I ever saw” and Rihanna smiling
* Trimmed some relationship advice during alien kitchen walk
* Removed Bubbles death scene, she now raises and lowers her hand but Valerian doesn't see it
* Excised dialogue from bridge
* Removed Valerian’s “told you so” when it is revealed he hosts the Pearl Princess’ soul
* Inserted crashed ship Mül scene from intro dream sequence into Emperor’s story time
* Trimmed argument between Valerian and Laureline about giving up the Converter, no love explanations
* Removed Filitt saying a soldier will always choose death
* Cut end of hanging Filitt’s shouting so it sounds like he’s about to swear: “Get me down from here, you…”
* Removed end scene marriage proposal - it's now a more ambiguous possible engagement ring
* Removed "play list" statement from Valerian

(1) Note: there is a small continuity error with seatbelts but it is present in the original film as well.
Faneditor Name:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
137 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
122 minutes
Time Cut:
15 minutes
Time Added:
0 minutes
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Synopsis:
Agents of the Earth Council, Valerian and Laureline, are tasked to recover the last know Mül Converter - a creature from a destroyed planet - and become embroiled in a threat against Alpha, the vast space metropolis that is home to millions of individuals from a thousand different planets.

The marriage proposal sub-plot has been excised from this cut while leaving a burgeoning romance between the two main characters, and other edits have been made to speed up the pace of the story.
Intention:
The marriage/honeymoon suggestions littered throughout the film slammed the brakes on the movie every time they reared their head. A large section of the opening planet Mül scenes were also duplicated towards the end of the film which left me feeling “I’ve already seen this” when I watched it in the cinema. There are plenty of really fun moments and some spectacular visuals (especially when viewed in 3D) but they are liberally sprinkled with scenes just really don’t work for me. This edit is an attempt to make a version of the film I can enjoy rewatching.
Additional Notes:
A 3D side-by-side version of the edit is available for 3DTVs and VR headsets. The 2D version of this cut was submitted for approval purposes.
Special Thanks:
Malthus - for providing the initial inspiration with their “No Love Lost” cut of the film.
TriggeredPuppy - for their help and suggestions during the review process.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I originally attempted to duplicate the “No Love Lost” edit by Malthus using their change notes, but for a 3D S-B-S rip of my 3D Blu-ray. I was unable to obtain the Malthus version as they were away from the forums for a couple of years however their changelist provided a good guide. After an initial version I decided to maintain some small romance between the two leads as befits their original comic book characters. Also after completely excising the Pearl Princess character in early cuts I was left unsatisfied with several scenes, so she was reinstated and had parts of her post-title sequence moved to later in the film.
Cuts and Additions:
* Added fanedit text notice at start of film
* Alien planet sequence and beach scenes excised - we go from the Space Oddity montage > title > astroship jumping in
* Removed marriage proposal when disembarking the bus
* Removed “haven’t we met?” when first seeing the Pearls
* Removed “hey, I’m not running a tea-room here”
* Big Market shopping couple man no longer says “Civilised…sure”
* Trimmed Laureline dialogue when fixing dimensional hand box, no mention of proposal
* Removed mention of dream sequence when examining pearl on astroship
* Removed talk of marriage / honeymoon before leaving exospace (1)
* Removed “demographics” section of Alpha transit
* Trimmed a few “Valerian” calls from Laureline after he crashes - now she acts more quickly and decisively
* Trimmed Laureline finding Valerian scene - now ends with peck on cheek, no marriage talk
* Trimmed start of scene when Laureline gets "caught" by Boulan Bathors
* When Valerian recruits Bubbles the scene ends with “…the best I ever saw” and Rihanna smiling
* Trimmed some relationship advice during alien kitchen walk
* Removed Bubbles death scene, she now raises and lowers her hand but Valerian doesn't see it
* Excised dialogue from bridge
* Removed Valerian’s “told you so” when it is revealed he hosts the Pearl Princess’ soul
* Inserted crashed ship Mül scene from intro dream sequence into Emperor’s story time
* Trimmed argument between Valerian and Laureline about giving up the Converter, no love explanations
* Removed Filitt saying a soldier will always choose death
* Cut end of hanging Filitt’s shouting so it sounds like he’s about to swear: “Get me down from here, you…”
* Removed end scene marriage proposal - it's now a more ambiguous possible engagement ring
* Removed "play list" statement from Valerian

(1) Note: there is a small continuity error with seatbelts but it is present in the original film as well.
Faneditor Name:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
137 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
122 minutes
Time Cut:
15 minutes
Time Added:
0 minutes
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Synopsis:
Agents of the Earth Council, Valerian and Laureline, are tasked to recover the last know Mül Converter - a creature from a destroyed planet - and become embroiled in a threat against Alpha, the vast space metropolis that is home to millions of individuals from a thousand different planets.

The marriage proposal sub-plot has been excised from this cut while leaving a burgeoning romance between the two main characters, and other edits have been made to speed up the pace of the story.
Intention:
The marriage/honeymoon suggestions littered throughout the film slammed the brakes on the movie every time they reared their head. A large section of the opening planet Mül scenes were also duplicated towards the end of the film which left me feeling “I’ve already seen this” when I watched it in the cinema. There are plenty of really fun moments and some spectacular visuals (especially when viewed in 3D) but they are liberally sprinkled with scenes just really don’t work for me. This edit is an attempt to make a version of the film I can enjoy rewatching.
Additional Notes:
A 3D side-by-side version of the edit is available for 3DTVs and VR headsets. The 2D version of this cut was submitted for approval purposes.
Special Thanks:
Malthus - for providing the initial inspiration with their “No Love Lost” cut of the film.
TriggeredPuppy - for their help and suggestions during the review process.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I originally attempted to duplicate the “No Love Lost” edit by Malthus using their change notes, but for a 3D S-B-S rip of my 3D Blu-ray. I was unable to obtain the Malthus version as they were away from the forums for a couple of years however their changelist provided a good guide. After an initial version I decided to maintain some small romance between the two leads as befits their original comic book characters. Also after completely excising the Pearl Princess character in early cuts I was left unsatisfied with several scenes, so she was reinstated and had parts of her post-title sequence moved to later in the film.
Cuts and Additions:
* Added fanedit text notice at start of film
* Alien planet sequence and beach scenes excised - we go from the Space Oddity montage > title > astroship jumping in
* Removed marriage proposal when disembarking the bus
* Removed “haven’t we met?” when first seeing the Pearls
* Removed “hey, I’m not running a tea-room here”
* Big Market shopping couple man no longer says “Civilised…sure”
* Trimmed Laureline dialogue when fixing dimensional hand box, no mention of proposal
* Removed mention of dream sequence when examining pearl on astroship
* Removed talk of marriage / honeymoon before leaving exospace (1)
* Removed “demographics” section of Alpha transit
* Trimmed a few “Valerian” calls from Laureline after he crashes - now she acts more quickly and decisively
* Trimmed Laureline finding Valerian scene - now ends with peck on cheek, no marriage talk
* Trimmed start of scene when Laureline gets "caught" by Boulan Bathors
* When Valerian recruits Bubbles the scene ends with “…the best I ever saw” and Rihanna smiling
* Trimmed some relationship advice during alien kitchen walk
* Removed Bubbles death scene, she now raises and lowers her hand but Valerian doesn't see it
* Excised dialogue from bridge
* Removed Valerian’s “told you so” when it is revealed he hosts the Pearl Princess’ soul
* Inserted crashed ship Mül scene from intro dream sequence into Emperor’s story time
* Trimmed argument between Valerian and Laureline about giving up the Converter, no love explanations
* Removed Filitt saying a soldier will always choose death
* Cut end of hanging Filitt’s shouting so it sounds like he’s about to swear: “Get me down from here, you…”
* Removed end scene marriage proposal - it's now a more ambiguous possible engagement ring
* Removed "play list" statement from Valerian

(1) Note: there is a small continuity error with seatbelts but it is present in the original film as well.

User reviews

2 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(2)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(2)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(2)
Narrative
 
9.5(2)
Enjoyment
 
10.0(2)
Overall rating
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
very good cuts, made the film much more enjoyable.

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(Updated: April 16, 2024)
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9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
In terms of the “marriage proposal” subplot, it’s a middle ground between the original and the total absence of romance. I think it was fine, the characters have a weird and inconsistent connection throughout the film, so after removing the many “on-the-nose” goofy moments, what remains is balanced.

Removing Bubbles’ death scene was a good ting, that was way too cheap in the original.
The dream sequence has been inserted into the end-reveal flashback, so we see no duplication of the same events. The subplot of Valerian trying to make sense of the dream is, as a result, gone, but the film doesn’t get worse because of it. Now he’s just trying to find the truth, there was no need to make him go chasing after his vision.

About the scene between Valerian and Laureline when talking about giving up the Converter, damn, does it get better like this. Many times, less is more. In this case, less dialogue. Maybe because of both actors’ performances, less dialogue makes the scene a lot better.

I’m of the opinion that the “Pearl Princess” subplot should have definitely been removed, it brings nothing to the story. But the editor has stated that, after trying to do that, there were issued with some scenes, so maybe it’s a hard thing to cut.

Note: I’ve watched both the 2D and 3D version of the film.

Edit: the editor fixed the noticeable cuts, I’ve updated my review accordingly.

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Owner's reply April 22, 2024

Many thanks for taking the time to review the edit - the problem cut you noticed in the 3D version was an error on my part; there was a gap of a single frame between the two scenes which I’d somehow missed when matching the 2D edit. I’ve now updated the film accordingly.

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