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Synopsis:
Live action and animation come together in this retelling of Multiverse of Madness.
The Book of Dreams is all about control. Two powerful individuals, each wanting control in some form. Both mourning a loss in some form. Their dreams have power over them and in the centre of it all is a girl who can punch holes in reality and make dreams come true. Who will come out on top? As long as they all hold on to their dreams, can there be a winner?
Intention:
Multiverse of Madness seemed lacking, with not many different multiverses and not enough madness. The movie seemed to focus a bit too much on fanservice and didn't have a clear focus. At the same time, Wanda had become such a twisted and vicious caricature of part of her character that was only barely hinted at in past movies or tv shows. I had a notion that this movie could be improved by inserting elements from the What-if episode that features Doctor Strange following a similar path as Wanda does in this movie. Mnkykungfu decided to come on board and work together to develop this concept. The what-if sections would become dreams in which Stephen Strange is viewing an alternate version of himself, giving him valuable perspective and enabling him to understand Wanda. These dreams also help him to gain perspective on who he is and who he could be. The rest of the movie would be trimmed and formed around those core concepts. Wanda would be toned down and made more relatable. Fanservice would be reduced to allow the story to be more tightly focused on Stephen and Wanda and what they want.
Additional Notes:
working together is challenging. The process on this movie reflected the themes within the movie to some degree. One of us had to be the one holding the knife. This edit would not exist without Mnkykungfu, but the final product unfortunately could not make both of us 100% happy. I want to give my thanks to Mnky for sticking with this project, His presence has been absolutely essential. There are some things that could have been done, but lack of footage made it nearly impossible. It is easy to get carried away with an idea and convince other people that something is possible, only to discover that you've dug yourself into a pit.
Other Sources:
What if season 1 episode 4
Wandavision season 1 episode 9
Columbia Pictures logo
20th Century Fox logo
Universal logo
WHIH Newsfront Viral video
Warzone music from Wandavision season 1 episode 8
https://freesound.org/people/plingativator/sounds/114281/
https://freesound.org/people/SpliceSound/sounds/369891/
https://freesound.org/people/unfa/sounds/258339/
https://freesound.org/people/tim.kahn/sounds/94114/
https://freesound.org/people/Dpath/sounds/704696/
https://freesound.org/people/sandyrb/sounds/84347/
https://freesound.org/people/ycbcr/sounds/556991/
https://freesound.org/people/TMPZ_1/sounds/442471/
Special Thanks:
Co-producer -
Mnkykungfu

rear cover design -
Wakeupkeo

previewers -
Almighty Cutie
DirtyCop1036
lifeincontext
Dekared

helpful feedback -
WhatTheActualMark
addiesin
Nic
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
*It starts with an interview with Stephen and Christine, outlining Stephen's need for control. "I'm the one you want holding the knife"
*The 'marvel' intro titles plays and shifts between various multiverses that we have featured in the movie. The one with the illuminati has x-men so the 20th century logo is used for that. the animated dream sequences are supposedly in the spiderverse so there is an animated sony/columbia clip, the dark broken world can be linked to the Hulk universe so we have the Universal logo too.
*The first dream starts, a shot of stephen approaching the book of vishanti saying "give me what i need, then a shot of America,then Christine, then...
*animated section shows a Stephen who lost Christine and decides to stop at nothing to get her back. This will link into Wanda's actions.
*As he wakes up, we see a brief flash of the symbol of Vishanti and hear some shimmering sound and a watch ticking.
*We hear the watch ticking sound every time we see Stephen's watch from Christine to suggest that this is a link with the other Stephen in the dream and it is a symbol for his regret and his need for control.
*As Stephen attends the wedding the shots are reframed to hide some bad acting of one of the extras.
*Christine's asking Stephen if he is happy is removed.
*Cutaway of Dream America is replaced with the shot that I used, that is not from the original dream sequence.
*removed America saying "that wasn't adream"
*reframed some shots in the diner to accentuate Stephen's feelings about Christine.
*insert shot of the book of vishanti when America mentions it.
*several edits to rooftop scene to remove "that wasn't a dream" and "all dreams are multiverses" stuff.
*The world that Wanda dreams of, the Illuminati world is regraded to take on a golden shimmer.
*Stephen cuts off Wanda when she is reaching for 'understanding' about Westview. The evil magic garden bit is completely removed with an edge wipe to kamar taj.
*As Wong calls Kamar-Taj into action, we cut back to Wanda and see she is using her spectral body to use the Darkhold. or is that her real body? It's the scene from the very end of Wandavision.
*all the shots during Wanda x Stephen conversation above Kamar-Taj are reframed to enhance emotional resonance.
*Wanda's attack on Kamar-Taj is made less horrific. We need her to be a sympathetic character. She isn't evil.
*Wanda does not get drawn into the mirror dimension. It seemed unreasonably overpowered for her to so easily escape from that.
*removed her line "I'm not a monster, I'm a mother" as it was just really bad.
*inserted reaction shots of Stephen as Wanda talks about dreaming of her boys. This resonates with him due to his own mysterious dream.
*recoloured one of the mutiverses as they fly through a whole host of them, it was way too normal looking.
*removed the part where America says she doesn't exist in other universes, because her justification is "I don't dream" a plot element that has been removed.
*Bruce Campbell is removed.
*Inserted Wanda's dreamwalking partway through Mordo's scene rather than after it, to make way for the second dream.
*removed Wanda looking directly at the camera. It was an obvious cut so some erratice editing was introduced that hides the cut and also elevates the distress that other Wanda is feeling.
*As Stephen is sent to sleep by the tea, the second dream begins. The symbol of Vishanti is seen, and an insert of Stephen picking up the book of Vishanti.
*The second dream shows animated Stephen going to the library of Cagliostro to find a way to break an absolute point. He goes to great lengths and starts absorbing the power of other beings to enable him to bring back his lost loved one. This mirror's Wanda's quest very closely and gives Stephen some perspective on that. It also further pushes this idea that Stephen needs to control everything.
*At the end of the dream, this Stephen looks toward the camera and says "hello?" suggesting he is aware of our Stephen watching.
*after waking up in the glass cubes, several edits and reframes are done to accentuate Stephen's feelings for Christine.
*"The Illumi-what-i?" is removed.
*As Stephen is taken before the Illuminati, they are all introduced immediately, including Charles Xavier, with no special fanfare and no fanservice. No musical motifs. No extended shots, no silly comedy.
*removed Captain Carter and Captain Marvel's confrontational remarks.
*As Wanda talks to Wong about how this chamber is meant for her, Shots are adjusted using dutch tilts, slow zooms, Wanda's voice is altered and a red glow is added to Wanda's eyes to suggest she is being influenced by the Darkhold. Music is also switched out to be more tense and creepy.
*Blackbolt's voice is heavily altered to feel more like a deafening explosion of sound,
*Wanda's attack on the Illuminati HQ is heavily rearranged so that America and Christine are about to escape before Wanda even reaches their room. Stephen's fight with Mordo is removed. It is hinted that Xavier releases Stephen and Wanda's fight with the Illuminati is removed.
*reframed some shots in the corridor when Stephen reunites with America and Christine, to accentuate his emotions.
*Removed weird spooky creepy stuff as Wanda is chasing after them under the river.
*When the book of Vishanti opens up and starts to burn, The symbol of Vishanti now flashes onto the screen and a shimmer noise is heard, identical to the noise when a dream happens.
*In the corrupted universe that Stephen and Christine end up in, the entire video frame rocks very slowly like a ship. it's very very slow to ensure no viewers get motion sickness. It is meant to symbolise how this universe is like a shipwreck and this evil Stephen is the storm that caused it. When he dies, the rocking stops. It is very subtle, so nobody should experience motion sickness from it.
*The corrupted universe is regraded to differentiate it from the snowy environment of Wundagore.
*Evil Stephen no longer asks our Stephen if he is happy.
*Evil Stephen no longer claims outright to have killed other Stephens in dreams. He just sort of implies he did something.
*We no longer see that third eye open after evil Stephen has died.
*As stephen says he needs Christine's help, one shot is reframed to accentuate the emotion.
*As Stephen is beset by souls of the damned after posessing his own corpse, he is drawn into darkness, the third dream starts here.
*The third dream shows this corrupted Stephen absorbing the last being and travelling to the spot of the car crash where Christine died. He reincarnates Christine and she is scared by what she sees.
*we cut back to live action Christine defending our Stephen's body and fending off the souls of the damned, saving our Stephen.
*We cut back to the dream where corrupted Stephen has saved Christine and she is scared. The world starts to fall apart due to Stephen's actions. As the world collapses, we see our Stephen's eyes watching the events. Corrupted Stephen is aware of this and pleads with him to help.
*As the dream world implodes and fades to black, we hear a few lines recounting how Dangerous other dr strange's are and his tendency to always 'hold the knife', then Xavier's line from earlier "We shall see what kind of Doctor Strange you are", We see the live action zombie Strange's eye as it opens. (in realisation)
*We cut straight to Wong on the mountain getting rocks thrown at him as zombie Stephen swoops in to the rescue.
*The fight here is trimmed down, removing some awkward bits with Wanda acting all campy. Wong does not tell Stephen to take America's power.
*Stephen trusts America and relinquishes control of the situation to her. America does the same for Wanda. Wanda does the same for her alternate self.
*The movie ends on Stephen fixing and putting away the watch. He does not manifest a third eye.
*In the end credits scene, the shots are rearranged and reframed to hide that third eye.
*The Bruce Campbell end credits scene is removed.
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Original Release Date:
2022
Original Running Time:
126 minutes
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114 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Live action and animation come together in this retelling of Multiverse of Madness.
The Book of Dreams is all about control. Two powerful individuals, each wanting control in some form. Both mourning a loss in some form. Their dreams have power over them and in the centre of it all is a girl who can punch holes in reality and make dreams come true. Who will come out on top? As long as they all hold on to their dreams, can there be a winner?
Intention:
Multiverse of Madness seemed lacking, with not many different multiverses and not enough madness. The movie seemed to focus a bit too much on fanservice and didn't have a clear focus. At the same time, Wanda had become such a twisted and vicious caricature of part of her character that was only barely hinted at in past movies or tv shows. I had a notion that this movie could be improved by inserting elements from the What-if episode that features Doctor Strange following a similar path as Wanda does in this movie. Mnkykungfu decided to come on board and work together to develop this concept. The what-if sections would become dreams in which Stephen Strange is viewing an alternate version of himself, giving him valuable perspective and enabling him to understand Wanda. These dreams also help him to gain perspective on who he is and who he could be. The rest of the movie would be trimmed and formed around those core concepts. Wanda would be toned down and made more relatable. Fanservice would be reduced to allow the story to be more tightly focused on Stephen and Wanda and what they want.
Additional Notes:
working together is challenging. The process on this movie reflected the themes within the movie to some degree. One of us had to be the one holding the knife. This edit would not exist without Mnkykungfu, but the final product unfortunately could not make both of us 100% happy. I want to give my thanks to Mnky for sticking with this project, His presence has been absolutely essential. There are some things that could have been done, but lack of footage made it nearly impossible. It is easy to get carried away with an idea and convince other people that something is possible, only to discover that you've dug yourself into a pit.
Other Sources:
What if season 1 episode 4
Wandavision season 1 episode 9
Columbia Pictures logo
20th Century Fox logo
Universal logo
WHIH Newsfront Viral video
Warzone music from Wandavision season 1 episode 8
https://freesound.org/people/plingativator/sounds/114281/
https://freesound.org/people/SpliceSound/sounds/369891/
https://freesound.org/people/unfa/sounds/258339/
https://freesound.org/people/tim.kahn/sounds/94114/
https://freesound.org/people/Dpath/sounds/704696/
https://freesound.org/people/sandyrb/sounds/84347/
https://freesound.org/people/ycbcr/sounds/556991/
https://freesound.org/people/TMPZ_1/sounds/442471/
Special Thanks:
Co-producer -
Mnkykungfu

rear cover design -
Wakeupkeo

previewers -
Almighty Cutie
DirtyCop1036
lifeincontext
Dekared

helpful feedback -
WhatTheActualMark
addiesin
Nic
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
*It starts with an interview with Stephen and Christine, outlining Stephen's need for control. "I'm the one you want holding the knife"
*The 'marvel' intro titles plays and shifts between various multiverses that we have featured in the movie. The one with the illuminati has x-men so the 20th century logo is used for that. the animated dream sequences are supposedly in the spiderverse so there is an animated sony/columbia clip, the dark broken world can be linked to the Hulk universe so we have the Universal logo too.
*The first dream starts, a shot of stephen approaching the book of vishanti saying "give me what i need, then a shot of America,then Christine, then...
*animated section shows a Stephen who lost Christine and decides to stop at nothing to get her back. This will link into Wanda's actions.
*As he wakes up, we see a brief flash of the symbol of Vishanti and hear some shimmering sound and a watch ticking.
*We hear the watch ticking sound every time we see Stephen's watch from Christine to suggest that this is a link with the other Stephen in the dream and it is a symbol for his regret and his need for control.
*As Stephen attends the wedding the shots are reframed to hide some bad acting of one of the extras.
*Christine's asking Stephen if he is happy is removed.
*Cutaway of Dream America is replaced with the shot that I used, that is not from the original dream sequence.
*removed America saying "that wasn't adream"
*reframed some shots in the diner to accentuate Stephen's feelings about Christine.
*insert shot of the book of vishanti when America mentions it.
*several edits to rooftop scene to remove "that wasn't a dream" and "all dreams are multiverses" stuff.
*The world that Wanda dreams of, the Illuminati world is regraded to take on a golden shimmer.
*Stephen cuts off Wanda when she is reaching for 'understanding' about Westview. The evil magic garden bit is completely removed with an edge wipe to kamar taj.
*As Wong calls Kamar-Taj into action, we cut back to Wanda and see she is using her spectral body to use the Darkhold. or is that her real body? It's the scene from the very end of Wandavision.
*all the shots during Wanda x Stephen conversation above Kamar-Taj are reframed to enhance emotional resonance.
*Wanda's attack on Kamar-Taj is made less horrific. We need her to be a sympathetic character. She isn't evil.
*Wanda does not get drawn into the mirror dimension. It seemed unreasonably overpowered for her to so easily escape from that.
*removed her line "I'm not a monster, I'm a mother" as it was just really bad.
*inserted reaction shots of Stephen as Wanda talks about dreaming of her boys. This resonates with him due to his own mysterious dream.
*recoloured one of the mutiverses as they fly through a whole host of them, it was way too normal looking.
*removed the part where America says she doesn't exist in other universes, because her justification is "I don't dream" a plot element that has been removed.
*Bruce Campbell is removed.
*Inserted Wanda's dreamwalking partway through Mordo's scene rather than after it, to make way for the second dream.
*removed Wanda looking directly at the camera. It was an obvious cut so some erratice editing was introduced that hides the cut and also elevates the distress that other Wanda is feeling.
*As Stephen is sent to sleep by the tea, the second dream begins. The symbol of Vishanti is seen, and an insert of Stephen picking up the book of Vishanti.
*The second dream shows animated Stephen going to the library of Cagliostro to find a way to break an absolute point. He goes to great lengths and starts absorbing the power of other beings to enable him to bring back his lost loved one. This mirror's Wanda's quest very closely and gives Stephen some perspective on that. It also further pushes this idea that Stephen needs to control everything.
*At the end of the dream, this Stephen looks toward the camera and says "hello?" suggesting he is aware of our Stephen watching.
*after waking up in the glass cubes, several edits and reframes are done to accentuate Stephen's feelings for Christine.
*"The Illumi-what-i?" is removed.
*As Stephen is taken before the Illuminati, they are all introduced immediately, including Charles Xavier, with no special fanfare and no fanservice. No musical motifs. No extended shots, no silly comedy.
*removed Captain Carter and Captain Marvel's confrontational remarks.
*As Wanda talks to Wong about how this chamber is meant for her, Shots are adjusted using dutch tilts, slow zooms, Wanda's voice is altered and a red glow is added to Wanda's eyes to suggest she is being influenced by the Darkhold. Music is also switched out to be more tense and creepy.
*Blackbolt's voice is heavily altered to feel more like a deafening explosion of sound,
*Wanda's attack on the Illuminati HQ is heavily rearranged so that America and Christine are about to escape before Wanda even reaches their room. Stephen's fight with Mordo is removed. It is hinted that Xavier releases Stephen and Wanda's fight with the Illuminati is removed.
*reframed some shots in the corridor when Stephen reunites with America and Christine, to accentuate his emotions.
*Removed weird spooky creepy stuff as Wanda is chasing after them under the river.
*When the book of Vishanti opens up and starts to burn, The symbol of Vishanti now flashes onto the screen and a shimmer noise is heard, identical to the noise when a dream happens.
*In the corrupted universe that Stephen and Christine end up in, the entire video frame rocks very slowly like a ship. it's very very slow to ensure no viewers get motion sickness. It is meant to symbolise how this universe is like a shipwreck and this evil Stephen is the storm that caused it. When he dies, the rocking stops. It is very subtle, so nobody should experience motion sickness from it.
*The corrupted universe is regraded to differentiate it from the snowy environment of Wundagore.
*Evil Stephen no longer asks our Stephen if he is happy.
*Evil Stephen no longer claims outright to have killed other Stephens in dreams. He just sort of implies he did something.
*We no longer see that third eye open after evil Stephen has died.
*As stephen says he needs Christine's help, one shot is reframed to accentuate the emotion.
*As Stephen is beset by souls of the damned after posessing his own corpse, he is drawn into darkness, the third dream starts here.
*The third dream shows this corrupted Stephen absorbing the last being and travelling to the spot of the car crash where Christine died. He reincarnates Christine and she is scared by what she sees.
*we cut back to live action Christine defending our Stephen's body and fending off the souls of the damned, saving our Stephen.
*We cut back to the dream where corrupted Stephen has saved Christine and she is scared. The world starts to fall apart due to Stephen's actions. As the world collapses, we see our Stephen's eyes watching the events. Corrupted Stephen is aware of this and pleads with him to help.
*As the dream world implodes and fades to black, we hear a few lines recounting how Dangerous other dr strange's are and his tendency to always 'hold the knife', then Xavier's line from earlier "We shall see what kind of Doctor Strange you are", We see the live action zombie Strange's eye as it opens. (in realisation)
*We cut straight to Wong on the mountain getting rocks thrown at him as zombie Stephen swoops in to the rescue.
*The fight here is trimmed down, removing some awkward bits with Wanda acting all campy. Wong does not tell Stephen to take America's power.
*Stephen trusts America and relinquishes control of the situation to her. America does the same for Wanda. Wanda does the same for her alternate self.
*The movie ends on Stephen fixing and putting away the watch. He does not manifest a third eye.
*In the end credits scene, the shots are rearranged and reframed to hide that third eye.
*The Bruce Campbell end credits scene is removed.
Trailer

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I know that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is somewhat divisive among fans, but I rather enjoyed the official cut of the film. That being said, I was intrigued by the idea of incorporating the evil Doctor Strange episode from What If into the movie, as that was one of the best parts of that animated show. First, the way they were incorporated was very well done, and the placement works well. My only complaint would be that the animated sections are quieter than the live action parts, so I have to adjust the volume. I also like the inclusion of the Wandavision end credit scene, and the small trims to tighten the pacing.

That being said, while it makes sense reading the changelog, I was a little confused how the movie started out in the live action dream sequence for mere seconds before cutting to the animated dream sequence. It seemed too quick. Additionally, I understand why certain sequences were cut, most of which were good decisions, but the action sequence of Wanda versus the Illuminati was sorely missed. I get that the editor is trying to make the Wanda more sympathetic, but it removes some of Sam Raimi's more visceral action sequences. It's not a deal breaker, and for some it's likely preferred. Aside from those minor nitpicks, the edit is very well done, and while I won't say it outright replaces the theatrical release, it is a worthy alternate viewing for those who wish to see the movie combined with the animated What If episode.

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This is one of those edits that resonated very strongly with me - particularly in regard with the restructured narrative. First, I want to just get through some visual and audio critiques to follow with what I loved about this edit.

The only visual issue notable to me was the quick cut after Wanda reveals her knowledge of America to Strange. We are hit with a signficant piece of information and I think it is critical that we have a couple of seconds to digest this information before moving on to the next scene. Other then that, visual quality was great. That includes portions that were regraded and recolored. In fact, it is a great achievement that I found it difficult to spot other issues with all the restructuring done in this edit, including inserting the animated dream sequences.

With regard to the audio, I noted right away the first dream sequence appeared clearly lower in volume right after the opening interview. To go on, I noted that nearly all the action sequences in the movie appeared to have a noticeable increase in volume that made it rather noticeable. Generally, I expect the action to be louder, but not to the point of it being noticeably louder then the rest of the movie.

The best work done in this edit was easily the narrative. It really made this a stronger movie versus the much more disjointed way it came across in the theatrical edition. Right off the bat, I loved the insertion of the contentious interview. It sets up the rest of the movie perfectly. We are shown Strange's desire for control and inability to let go of his power along with potential selfish motives for his seemingly righteous acts. These themes also strongly connected to Wanda's character as well.

If the editors intended this movie to demonstrate the growth of Stephen and Wanda learning to grow as people by the concept of letting things go and the need to know when to give up, then mission accomplished. This theme is something that is universal and everyone should be able to relate to. What really helped this message was the significant toning down of Wanda's evil actions. By removing a large portion of her cartoonish evil, she actually became more relatable and sympathetic versus the Wanda we got in the theatrical edition. Not perfect, but still a huge improvement.

The animated "dreams" also helped in promoting the stated goals ot the editors without disrupting the narrative and pacing. It also seemed to help Strange understand and relate to Wanda much better as well exactly as the editors intended.

Other things I really liked included the toning down of fan service elements with characters from other Marvel franchises that added nothing to the movie along with removing the extra eye on Strange. That eye really annoyed me. That might be my favorite cut to this movie!

I want to thank tremault for sharing the edit with me. Both editors really did a great job with this. It a solid movie for people of all ages and a theme that everyone can relate to.

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I must be one of the few out there that mostly liked Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s a far from perfect film, I won’t argue about that, but for me it’s still the best of the bunch in the post-Endgame era (yes, I must also be one of the few that didn’t buy the plot hole ridden, cheap nostalgia-fest that No Way Home was!) and, I daresay, even better than some of the films of the pre-Endgame era. You see, I cannot help but appreciate Raimi’s personal style, these little touches of horror he applies among other things – even when it’s tainted by studio interference. But since there was a lot of room for improvement and Tremault has proven herself more than once when it comes to the MCU, I thought why not!

So, technically Tremault’s work is exceptional as always. From the new multiversal opening credits to the transitions to the animated parts, everything is top-notch. All except one, since the transition from the orchard meeting to Kamar Taj would have been too abrupt even if I didn’t know well enough that scene. More on that later. Moronic MCU humour like “Hidigy hidithere” is toned down, which will always get a thumbs up by me, and the same goes for Wanda’s omni-powers, who was OP as hell in the original film.

The highlight of this edit, however, is definitely the addition of What If’s Dark Doctor Strange story. Now, normally I’m not a fan of mixing live-action with animation, asking of the audience to pay no mind to the distinction of the two styles. It actually gets on my nerves every time I see some editor mixing Revenge of the Sith with Siege of Mandalore, yet Tremault’s editing here is phenomenal. The animated parts are well-inserted like dream sequences, setting them apart from the main story, and I must say it works like a charm – even more if you take into consideration that it’s supposed to take place in Sony’s animated Spiderverse! We finally get to see fully fleshed out how big of a threat could Doctor Strange potentially be and why the Illuminati feared him.

Unfortunately, this edit takes away a little too much of the things I liked about the original and leaves untouched a little too many of the things I didn’t. The Spider-Man joke in the diner, for example, or even Strange vomiting just as he’s claiming he’s used to supernatural trips would have been the first to get cut if it was up to me. The new Illuminati introduction montage felt somewhat uneventful and, as faulty as it originally was, I really liked how Wanda teared them down one by one. And coming back to the orchard scene, I don’t think that trimming that much of deranged Wanda really works for me. That could have been functional, I believe, if MoM was considered as Part 2 of the same story. Therefore, you could work some fan-editing magic unto WandaVision –which would obviously be Part 1- and have Wanda go from a sympathetic character to full villain mode. Food for thought, Tremault!

However, despite all my personal takes on the changes made, The Book of Dreams is a solid MCU edit which, objectively, gives to the audience more than it takes and a must-see if you’re still interested in post-Endgame MCU.

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That's a little gem right there, the new color grading is eye candy. I dig the seamless inclusion of the What If episode, it gives more meat to Darkhold Strange. The opening logo was a touch, and while I found the deleted WHiH interview inconsequential at first, it makes a whole lot more sense more and more as the movie advances.

I had a blast with this edit, it was deep, emotional, and quirky in true Raimi fashion. Well done!

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Thank you, that's a really good review! really appreciated!

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First of all, I want to say that this is my first review done on fanedit.org and that I don't speak English as my mother language.
To be more faithful, I watched the original film and this film at the same time to better understand the changes made.
I really enjoyed this edit and its gonna be my go to when i want to watch dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.. If i liked dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness before, with this edit it became one of my favorite mcu movies.
I will start first with the things i didnt enjoy in this edit.
Some parts of the edit have the sound really loud comparared to the rest of the movie, this is really a problem in the beggining of the movie because the audio in the deleted scene is comparabily higher to the movie logos.
The golden shimmer in the illuminati world in some scenes is really distracting and headache inducing.
The red eyes of Wanda in the close up shot was also kinda distracting.
For me the Wanda forest scene and the illuminati fight are some of the best scenes in the original movie so im really sad they were deleted in this edit.
The WandaVision scene its in really low quality compared to the rest of the movie
There are 4 edits that in my opinion are kinda jarring
Cristine asking Stephen if he is happy (She appears suddenly with her hand in Stephen Chest)
The post credit scene ( i think it should end in the close up shot of Thea saying unless are you afraid).
America Chavez puching the glasse ( Whoah) and suddenly the illuminati are talking to Wanda.
The iluminati introduction...
This last one was probaly the thing i dislike the most about the edit, everything before and including Reed Richards introduction is well edited, but professor Xavier introduction and him talking with Richards voice was really off puting. I think maybe having everthing the same until Reed Richards, include the scene where he says "hey Stephen", start talking about the incursion and the other Dr Strange ("Stephen your arrival scene") and at last the original professor Xavier arrival (i understand the objective was to cut "fanservice", but i think cuting the x men music and the close up shot of the characters would do the same objective without the need to introduce professor Xavier immediately after the others).
Now with the good things.
The deleted scene was flawesly introduced and i love the change of the video ratios.
I enjoyed a lot the addition of the diferente logos, really gave the vibe of various multiverses,
Most of the edits were very well made and i wouldnt even noticed them if i wasnt watching the movies side by side, i also liked most of the things removed, it made the movie more tight and with less mcu comedy.
The green universe was very well made and became really pretty.
It made Wanda less vilanous with the removel of scenes and the darkhold manipulation of her. It made her death in the movie much sadder and also made the movie more in line with her caracterization in WandaVision.
It made the book of Vishanti less of a macguffin with is influence perceived during all of the movie ( i really like the Vishanti in the comics so i really hated that the book was just there for the story to proceed)
The change of some shots made the scenes more emocional especially the scenes with Stephen and Christine)
The change to more dramatic music in some Wanda scenes was excellent.
And the best of all...
The addition of the animated scenes. They were prefectly added and made the movie much more impactfull. The worst thing about this movie was really the fact of the lack of multiverse madness, and i think the addition of the animated scenes (and with less effect the color grading to the universes) really helped scrath that itch. It also made the appearence of corrupt Strange ( he kinda just pops in the original movie) much better. His motivations are made clearer and it made him be more in line as the movie true bad guy ( For me the real villain of the story is the "personality" of Dr Strange itself making The 616 dr Strange achieve the status as a true hero compared to the others).
As i said before i really loved this edit and im just sad this movie hasnt gotten more deleted scenes because i would love to see what the movie would became if you had even more material to work with!

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Owner's reply February 10, 2024

Thank you so much, that was incredibly comprehensive and very helpful! It seems that what we were trying to achieve really came across; that Stephen's personality is what he really needed to overcome. I'm so glad you enjoyed and I appreciate the notes. The audio levels is something I need to check on for sure.

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