Batman Forever: Red Book Edition - The 15th Anniversary Enhanced Edition

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1995
Original Running Time:
120 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
120 minutes
Time Cut:
11 minutes
Time Added:
10 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Enjoy Scaperat's original vision, with updated visual fidelity, sound design, and transitions. I have been working on enhancing and revising this classic edit by Scaperat.
Intention:
I wanted to make the DVD experience feel more so like a Bluray experience, yet also feel grungy and even more noir like. You'll notice a heavy film grain and desaturation levels that reach near black & white in some scenes.

I've seen many members here request a modernization of Scaperat's original edit from 2007, echoing my own desires. The idea popped into my head: I own Topaz Lab's Video Enhance AI. I need to upscale and enhance the Red Book Edition! And so began the work.
Other Sources:
-"Where Is My Mind" by The Pixies​
-Further credits are named during the end credits
Special Thanks:
A huge special thanks to Wraith, Bionicbob, Dwight Fry, That One Guy, ThatStinkyGuy, Lantern51, Canon Editor, and everyone else who had input. The end credits of the film have an in depth special thanks for each member who helped make this edit possible.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
This enhanced edition was about getting a modernized Bluray experience from the original DVD fanedit of Batman Forever Red Book Edition.
Cuts and Additions:
- Upscaled everything to 1080p
- Added a heavy film grain
- Created custom INIGHTMARES logo during opening
- Customized the Fanedit.org Warning text during opening
- Customized the Netflix style Fanedit.org logo during opening
- Recreated the WB logo turning red during opening
^bluray source​
^added VFX​
- Added new SFX over new opening titlecards
- Fixed entire edit's aspect ratio problems
^entire original edit has black bars on left and right and they change sizes throughout the running time​
^00:47:31 - 3x - deleted scene in dojo​
^01:15:55 - 2x - deleted scene bat cave​
^01:33:09 to 01:37:21 - 5x - deleted scene bat cave​
- Extended Falling Boss shot
^timestamp: 00:23:48​
^for more emotional effect​
- Change/Fix how Dojo Kick deleted scene flows
^timestamp: 00:48:07​
^adjusted audio levels​
^colorgraded flashback shot red​
^added smoke VFX over flashback shot​
^moved the flashback shot just before Bruce's leg makes contact​
^fixed shot using Topaz Video Enhance AI​
^removed shot of Robin's first reaction​
^used space for the flashback shot​
^added breathe SFX​
^added wood splinter SFX​
^added tree fall SFX​
^added Punch/Thud SFX​
^added gunshot SFX​
^stretched over several seconds​
^added white flash VFX​
^added SFX from Flashback 1 (43 min.) to this scene​
- Added SFX to TV turning off
^timestamp: 01:16:45​
- Added new effects over Book/Bat Confrontation scene
^timestamp: 01:35:53​
^add low rumbling SFX​
^add deep cave SFX​
^add bats in cave SFX​
^add heavy flapping wings SFX​
- Bring Flashback shots to an equilibrium
^Flashback 1 starts at 43min40sec​
^Flashback 2 starts at at 1hr35min30sec​
^Equalize color grade as much as possible between the two​
^add gunshot SFX to Flashback 2​
^re-use SFX in Flashback 2 from Flashback 1​
- Fix all slowed shots using Topaz Video Enhance AI
^shots upscaled to 120fps and reformed back to 29.97fps​
^00:07:47 - Vault moving
^00:12:25 - Gotham skyline flyover​
^00:18:02 - Batman stare​
^00:18:50 - Batman then Gordan
^00:23:48 - Falling Boss
^00:44:19 - Funeral flashback scene
^00:44:26 to 00:44:42 - Bruce walking
^00:44:47 - Bruce approaching book
^00:45:02 - Bruce stare
^00:48:18 - Bruce kicking
- Adjusted audio levels at end of edit
- Recreated the Red Book end credits
^colorgraded red​
^bluray source​
- Changed the music selection during the end credits
^"Where Is My Mind" by The Pixies​

New Cuts:
- Removed "Holy Batman!" line from Robin
^timestamp 01:43:28​
Trailer

Red book cd Label
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Red-book-disc-modified-1
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1995
Original Running Time:
120 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
120 minutes
Time Cut:
11 minutes
Time Added:
10 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Enjoy Scaperat's original vision, with updated visual fidelity, sound design, and transitions. I have been working on enhancing and revising this classic edit by Scaperat.
Intention:
I wanted to make the DVD experience feel more so like a Bluray experience, yet also feel grungy and even more noir like. You'll notice a heavy film grain and desaturation levels that reach near black & white in some scenes.

I've seen many members here request a modernization of Scaperat's original edit from 2007, echoing my own desires. The idea popped into my head: I own Topaz Lab's Video Enhance AI. I need to upscale and enhance the Red Book Edition! And so began the work.
Other Sources:
-"Where Is My Mind" by The Pixies​
-Further credits are named during the end credits
Special Thanks:
A huge special thanks to Wraith, Bionicbob, Dwight Fry, That One Guy, ThatStinkyGuy, Lantern51, Canon Editor, and everyone else who had input. The end credits of the film have an in depth special thanks for each member who helped make this edit possible.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
This enhanced edition was about getting a modernized Bluray experience from the original DVD fanedit of Batman Forever Red Book Edition.
Cuts and Additions:
- Upscaled everything to 1080p
- Added a heavy film grain
- Created custom INIGHTMARES logo during opening
- Customized the Fanedit.org Warning text during opening
- Customized the Netflix style Fanedit.org logo during opening
- Recreated the WB logo turning red during opening
^bluray source​
^added VFX​
- Added new SFX over new opening titlecards
- Fixed entire edit's aspect ratio problems
^entire original edit has black bars on left and right and they change sizes throughout the running time​
^00:47:31 - 3x - deleted scene in dojo​
^01:15:55 - 2x - deleted scene bat cave​
^01:33:09 to 01:37:21 - 5x - deleted scene bat cave​
- Extended Falling Boss shot
^timestamp: 00:23:48​
^for more emotional effect​
- Change/Fix how Dojo Kick deleted scene flows
^timestamp: 00:48:07​
^adjusted audio levels​
^colorgraded flashback shot red​
^added smoke VFX over flashback shot​
^moved the flashback shot just before Bruce's leg makes contact​
^fixed shot using Topaz Video Enhance AI​
^removed shot of Robin's first reaction​
^used space for the flashback shot​
^added breathe SFX​
^added wood splinter SFX​
^added tree fall SFX​
^added Punch/Thud SFX​
^added gunshot SFX​
^stretched over several seconds​
^added white flash VFX​
^added SFX from Flashback 1 (43 min.) to this scene​
- Added SFX to TV turning off
^timestamp: 01:16:45​
- Added new effects over Book/Bat Confrontation scene
^timestamp: 01:35:53​
^add low rumbling SFX​
^add deep cave SFX​
^add bats in cave SFX​
^add heavy flapping wings SFX​
- Bring Flashback shots to an equilibrium
^Flashback 1 starts at 43min40sec​
^Flashback 2 starts at at 1hr35min30sec​
^Equalize color grade as much as possible between the two​
^add gunshot SFX to Flashback 2​
^re-use SFX in Flashback 2 from Flashback 1​
- Fix all slowed shots using Topaz Video Enhance AI
^shots upscaled to 120fps and reformed back to 29.97fps​
^00:07:47 - Vault moving
^00:12:25 - Gotham skyline flyover​
^00:18:02 - Batman stare​
^00:18:50 - Batman then Gordan
^00:23:48 - Falling Boss
^00:44:19 - Funeral flashback scene
^00:44:26 to 00:44:42 - Bruce walking
^00:44:47 - Bruce approaching book
^00:45:02 - Bruce stare
^00:48:18 - Bruce kicking
- Adjusted audio levels at end of edit
- Recreated the Red Book end credits
^colorgraded red​
^bluray source​
- Changed the music selection during the end credits
^"Where Is My Mind" by The Pixies​

New Cuts:
- Removed "Holy Batman!" line from Robin
^timestamp 01:43:28​
Trailer

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Quite liking Tim Burton’s Batman (particular Dwight Fry’s “Descent into Mystery”) and loving Batman Returns, I have been reluctant to venture into the world of Joel Schumacher and his rather less well-regarded entries. This recent re-redo has prompted my interest, and will shortly be followed by MusicEd912’s “Deep Freeze” recut of Batman & Robin.

This is probably the least favourite of mine out of the three, though that in no way means it’s bad! I happily watched it straight through and never lost interest and could quite imagine myself doing so again. The feelings I have are entirely unoriginal, with the main point of annoyance being the overacting villains, even compared to the previous entries! Would be interesting to see how more cutting might help, might try some of the other edits available here.

AV generally excellent, barring the low-quality deleted scenes of course but the desaturation and added grain helps with quality consistency. Thanks Scaperat for making the original edit, and INIGHTMARES for enhancing it!

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Masterfully created update of a classic fanedit, one of those select few that have transcended our little niche communities and earned mainstream recognition, even from Joel Schumacher himself (even though it's unclear if he actually got to watch it). INIGHTMARES' version looks absolutely beautiful, the grainy quality and the quasi-black and white greatly enhance the narrative and make it more dreamlike, or should I say nightmarish; and the slight touches he added on his own are great aesthetic improvements. If I'm not giving this a perfect 10 overall is for the same shortcomings I find in Scaperat's original edit which don't fit my ideal vision, namely that he didn't cut much of Jim Carrey and I would have gone merciless on him. But if addressed, it wouldn't be Scaperat's edit anymore... In any case this is still a huge improvement over the theatrical version, and until the legendary Schumacher Cut is released (not holding my breath given what's happening with DC movies these days) this is one of the very best ways to watch Batman Forever, if not THE very best. Well done!
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This is an absolutely fascinating fan edit.

An update of the very popular Scaperat fan edit The Red Book Edition. An edit I remember thoroughly loving when it was initially released 15 years ago... wow, where has the time gone? But with the passage of time, would an updated version hold the same magic?

I can happily say YES.

What Inightmares has done here is truly interesting on a technical level. His approach was not to rebuild this edit from scratch using new HD sources, but instead used the original fan edit file and UPSCALED it to Hight Definition. He then corrected the added deleted scenes to the proper aspect ratio (even rebuilding the audio for many of these scenes) and gave the edit a new colour grading... removing much of blues and oranges, while highlighting the Reds.

The new colour scheme is immediately very engaging, and even gorgeous in many scenes. It has a very definite Sin City style vibe at times. Though on a personal level, I wish it had been a bit more visually consistent and even. An example is the Circus scene which starts out in multi-colours but then switches halfway through to a very desaturated, almost Black & White look. But this is subjective and a creative choice by editor which I can respect and does not overly detract from the enjoyment factor.

Another interesting observation, even though the main objective of this project was to create an HD version of the original fan edit, this new version has a decidedly Standard Definition look. The use of high grain, diluted colours and deleted scenes (as Topaz can only do so much, it is not a miracle worker) evokes the feel of times gone by. And this is not a negative knock. For me, it feels wholly appropriate as an love letter to the original. But if viewers are going into this edit expecting a crisp, clean, sharp, bright MODERN experience, they might be disappointed.

This was clearly a passion project for the editor and it shows in every frame.
A wonderful tribute and update of a fan edit classic.
Well worth the watch!

Thumbs Up!

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I never enjoyed the original Batman Forever despite revisiting it many times always hoping this time I would find something to enjoy.
Now I have a version that is truly a good watch.

I love the noir feel of this edit. The near black & white + red look really works well to give this a lot of style and atmosphere. The added scenes add a lot more depth to the story especially the new opening and ending, Batman/Bruce is now fleshed out and someone I care about. I still find two-face irritating but not to the same degree.

Picture quality, editing, sound are all very good.

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While my narrative gripes of the original "Red Book Edition" remain–

"I've always been a nostalgic fan of the original Batman Forever, but also a fan of darker takes on Batman. I think this edit did an admirable job of trying to darken it up, but just didn't measure up to my enjoyment of the original version. The addition of the deleted Arkham Asylum beginning, the "red book" subplot, and the alternate ending was excellent, but removing the exciting Batmobile sequence for a decidedly boring deleted scene between Bruce and Dick just took me right out of the movie."

–the difference is the superior audio/visual quality and editing. "Batman Forever: The Red Book Edition–The 15th Anniversary Edition" may not replace the original "Batman Forever" for me, but it is a very good alternative.

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The song at the end really makes the whole cut for me. It's the perfect psychological exploration of the character's in the film. Also adds to the whole grunge feel of the redbook edition, which I feel like the original movie was trying to capture with u2. Love the grain, love the deleted scenes, I just kinda wish we still kept all the flirting between Chase and Bat-Man lol.. but that is my only complaint. And well, maybe we could have tweaked Riddler a little bit more. But those are such minor complaints, I very much love this edit. I think it's my favorite edit on this website. When for the longest time it was the paulisdead fanedit of this film because of it's danny elfman score, this version makes me appreciate the new scores.. thank you you two

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Batman Forever has always been an underrated Batman movie in my opinion, on par with Batman Returns in regards to the Burton-Schumacher universe. It's not perfect by any means, but the mix of Burton's gothic world with the 60's Batman's wackiness made for an interesting blend, all held together by an incredibly somber and almost foreboding story for Bruce Wayne himself. Though it would have been great to see Michael Keaton wrap up his tenure as Batman with this third film, clearly meant to be a resolution to his multi-film character arc, Val Kilmer does an excellent job filling in his shoes.

To get to the edit itself, what I was most excited for is seeing a bit of a darker take on this film, for as much as I enjoy the silliness, it is clear that Schumacher's original intention was to create something more akin to Burton's work, until studio interference intervened. Right off the bat, I can safely say that this cut of the film does accomplish that; everything from the darker opening to the further exploration of Bruce's repressed memories to the general "Sin City-esque" color palette makes for a more emotionally dark and contemplative product than what we originally had.

At the same time, I did have some issues with the edit that detracted from my experience as a whole. Firstly, the obvious issue is all of the deleted scenes; this is just something that's unavoidable until we (hopefully) get an official Schumacher cut. The quality of the deleted scenes is just completely different from the rest of the film, and it does become distracting, especially when it's hard to actually make out certain character's faces.

Secondly, though I appreciated the change in color style, there were certain points in the film, namely the action scenes, where it was a little hard to tell what was actually happening on screen. The best example in my opinion was actually the opening on Arkham; I really had no idea what was going on (if the inmate was Harvey or the other security guard, or how he was even taken out of the cell). I do know this is a deleted scene, so maybe it was unfinished, but I think the black and white color made it especially hard to figure out.

Finally, my last issue was the decision to remove certain comedic moments over others. Certain scenes, like Chase's over the top flirting, Batman's "drive-thru" line, and Batman's thumbs up have been removed, yet most of the Riddler's gags, Dick's laundry scene, and the "Oh my god, it's boiling acid" line are still present. I guess I was just confused by some of the choices made, because I couldn't tell which tone the film was trying to go for by keeping certain aspects in the film. I think, either all of the comedic scenes should have been removed (except for the Riddler) or none of them (except for the butt-shots and opening).

Overall, despite these issues, I still very much enjoyed this edit. It was a different experience from my other times watching this movie, and though I can't say I liked it more than the original version, it's certainly an entertaining and thought-provoking experiment.

Thanks to Scaperat for coming up with this edit and to INIGHTMARES for providing the HD translation! The editing was pretty seamless.

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For starters as a kid I loved the original. I grew up with it. Looking back I understand the reasoning behind the decision to go for a more video gamey action figure type movie. The Tim Burton movies were created for my dad, and these were created for me… this movie wasn’t even created to put my ass in seat in theaters(although it did) . It was created to sell toys to me on Christmas.

Anyway that aside this version of the movie cuts out everything that as a grown ass man I have grown to hate about the movie and adds the stuff that gives you more of a dark and adult tone.

If you are over the age of 40 and this isn’t your favorite version of Batman Forever then you seriously need to re-evaluate your life.

To put it frank, this edit is amazing and without it I would never watch this movie again. This is the go to version for adults and I will watch this version and only this version every year for Halloween until I die.

God Bless Val Kilmer!! Keep him in your prayers everyone!! Let his sacrifice be a reminder to get the HPV vaccine before practicing what my generation was told was a safe and effective alternative to sex!

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