Hackers: The 56K Upgrade

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Original Movie/Show Title:
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Original Release Date:
1995
Original Running Time:
105 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
97 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Cult classic "Hackers" from '95, but with some augmented VFX, improved sounds, and 15 sourced songs to complement the music you already know and love from the soundtrack. Less Boswell, and more Massive Attack, Underworld, Leftfield, Hooverphonic, Tricky.
Intention:
It's a fun movie, but the unsubtle music from Boswell and some cringey moments ("RISC is good", "Look at that pooper!", "Cancer!?", all of the "code vision" stuff) pull it down to a "C" level for me. The goal was to get it to B or B+.
Special Thanks:
DyslexicFcuker, INIGHTMARES, ArtisDead, and Spence for previewing and providing feedback.
Extra thanks to DyslexicFcuker for sending me a stock "ACCESS GRANTED" clip for one of the VFX replacements, creating a custom futon88 logo for me, and for encouraging me to create English subtitles for this release.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Custom "futon88" logo courtesy of @DyslexicFcuker
Added dedication.
Changed music during initial raid scene.
Added custom title.
Removed what appears to be a very long hair from the "SEVEN YEARS LATER" plate.
Desaturated Dade's computer screen in three shots to draw less attention to it.
Adjusted VFX during ARPS takeover to look more like a typical terminal.
Dade now cuts off the "America First" guy sooner. No longer says, "yak yak yak, get a job!".
Removed Joey proposing possible handles.
Created custom transition to Cyberdelia.
Changed music during school hack and sprinkler test.
Removed Cereal getting blamed for eating the fries.
Different music when Joey hacks the Gibson.
Different SFX soundscape when Joey hacks the Gibson.
Custom keyboard foley when Joey hacks the Gibson.
Removed all of The Plague's lines when Penn calls him. He no longer calls Penn a technoweenie, and no longer insists on being called "The Plague".
Removed cut back to the server room for the phone call. We hear everything Hal says over the phone.
Colour-corrected Joey's Gibson flyover. It's green in that first shot, while it's more cyan in all other shots.
Shortened VR OS flyover when Joey connects.
Different VFX when Joey connects to The Gibson.
Removed shot of Gibson with electricity flowing up it.
Different VFX when Joey finds and starts downloading the "Garbage File".
Several microcuts to better align music during Joey's hack.
Removed weird sound coming from Belford's PC.
Removed code vision when Joey looks at the garbage file.
Removed VR OS flyover when Plague echos Joey's terminal session.
Removed Joey lunging for his computer when they come to pick him up. The butt shot is as awkward as his mom's reaction.
Removed Margo making fun of of how Eugene dresses.
Removed Eugene blaming Margo for not changing her password (the blame is clear from the look he gives her).
Removed Margo being dumb about what it means for a tanker to flood its tanks.
Belford now says, "...a virus" instead of "...the virus".
Downgraded appearance of DaVinci virus.
Different music during DaVinci briefing and escalator.
Fixed the audio on, "What the hell was that all about?". All of the lines in this scene are clearly looped except that one, which was used from audio on set. There's a lot of background noise that's carried with it.
Removed Margo telling Eugene to "get the file, otherwise you'll lose all your toys."
Removed the Hacker's Manifesto scene. None of our core characters are in this scene, and the manifesto is a little cringe in 2023.
Removed Phreak and Cereal's weird teasing after they mention Kate will be at the party.
Different music when Belford is in the VR simulator.
Different music when the secret service intercepts Dade at home.
Removed "Blow me" / "Thank you"
Removed atmospheric music during Dade / Eugene conversation.
Remove Cereal's nonsense at the party; it's all badly looped audio anyways and doesn't align to his mouth.
Removed the guys talking about the girl in the red dress and Nikon doxxing Lisa. Having a good memory doesn't explain why he knows everything about her...
Removed the "Look at that pooper...spandex is a privilege...etc." line.
Fixed Phreak saying "28.8 bps modem". Now he just says, "28.8 modem", which is also acceptable.
The guys no longer watch Kate making out for as long. Dade gets her attention much sooner.
Different music while Plague is doxxing Dade's mom.
Removed shots of Dade doing rapid fire things on the laptop.
Removed "I hope you don't screw like you type.". I wanted to restore the F-word, but the whole line is badly looped anyways. It was cleaner to just remove the whole thing.
Removed "RISC is good".
When they are messing with Gill, during the classified ad hack we no longer see/hear what Dade types. It's left to our imagination.
Shortened scene with people calling into Gill re: the classified ad.
Different music during dream #2.
Different music when Dade receives the laptop.
Different music when Joey gives Phreak the disk.
Removed Phreak's dream sequence (the movie has already given us a dream fake out).
Removed "Deja vu!".
Added music when Kate gets the disk from the place where Phreak hid the thing that time.
Different music when Dade delivers the disk to Eugene.
Different music when Dade decompiles the worm.
Custom keyboard foley when Dade decompiles the worm.
Removed all code vision shots when Dade decompiles the worm.
Partially corrected visible guide wire for the flare gun.
Different music when Plague launches the virus.
Removed Urban Dance Squad cameo.
Removed Dade getting thrown off stage and crowd-surfing back to where he started.
Removed, "Where were you!?"
Moved "Good Grief" to background diegetic while Dade and Kate are waiting to see R&B.
Fixed weird white splotch on "BARF BAG".
Enhanced VFX when Dade first connects to the Gibson.
Custom keyboard foley for the various laptops.
Different music during the big hacking montage (spinning phone booths, etc.) [this is Hooverphonic's "Autoharp" with the "Dr. Walter Doo-Dahs" removed]
Removed Margo's "Flu shot, cancer, brain cancer" line.
Enhanced VFX while Dade is searching for the garbage file.
Removed, "type cookie, you idiot". [this one was hard, but the removal leads right into "run antivirus", which makes a ton more sense in response to "what should I do?"]
Removed "I'll head them off at the pass"
Removed code vision when Dade finds the garbage file.
Downgraded DaVinci's appearance (in a few places)
Removed "zero bug, unholy files"
Removed "die dickweed"
Removed "send a flu shot"
Removed "rabbit, flu shot"
Removed "Cancer!?"
Removed "Is that all you've got, etc."
Removed Davinci yelling, 'HELP ME!!!'
Removed "arf arf, we gotcha"
Removed "viruses everywhere!"
Enhanced VFX when Dade finds the garbage file.
Removed code vision while Joey copies the file.
Different SFX when Joey copies the file.
Different music when they kill the Gibson.
Different music when Dade is arrested.
Removed Margo's laugh during the champagne moment.
Removed Eugene and Margo dashing towards the bedroom.
Different music during Cereal's broadcast.
Removed shot of Margo groping around the bed looking for Eugene.
Removed Cereal's "kinda feel like god" line.
Removed shot of Satellite in orbit.
Removed Margo yelling, "Eugene!"
Different music when Margo is arrested.
Different music when Belford is arrested.
Removed "Stewardess! I'll never fly this airline again!"
Different music during Crash and Burn's date.
Teaser

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1995
Original Running Time:
105 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
97 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Cult classic "Hackers" from '95, but with some augmented VFX, improved sounds, and 15 sourced songs to complement the music you already know and love from the soundtrack. Less Boswell, and more Massive Attack, Underworld, Leftfield, Hooverphonic, Tricky.
Intention:
It's a fun movie, but the unsubtle music from Boswell and some cringey moments ("RISC is good", "Look at that pooper!", "Cancer!?", all of the "code vision" stuff) pull it down to a "C" level for me. The goal was to get it to B or B+.
Special Thanks:
DyslexicFcuker, INIGHTMARES, ArtisDead, and Spence for previewing and providing feedback.
Extra thanks to DyslexicFcuker for sending me a stock "ACCESS GRANTED" clip for one of the VFX replacements, creating a custom futon88 logo for me, and for encouraging me to create English subtitles for this release.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Custom "futon88" logo courtesy of @DyslexicFcuker
Added dedication.
Changed music during initial raid scene.
Added custom title.
Removed what appears to be a very long hair from the "SEVEN YEARS LATER" plate.
Desaturated Dade's computer screen in three shots to draw less attention to it.
Adjusted VFX during ARPS takeover to look more like a typical terminal.
Dade now cuts off the "America First" guy sooner. No longer says, "yak yak yak, get a job!".
Removed Joey proposing possible handles.
Created custom transition to Cyberdelia.
Changed music during school hack and sprinkler test.
Removed Cereal getting blamed for eating the fries.
Different music when Joey hacks the Gibson.
Different SFX soundscape when Joey hacks the Gibson.
Custom keyboard foley when Joey hacks the Gibson.
Removed all of The Plague's lines when Penn calls him. He no longer calls Penn a technoweenie, and no longer insists on being called "The Plague".
Removed cut back to the server room for the phone call. We hear everything Hal says over the phone.
Colour-corrected Joey's Gibson flyover. It's green in that first shot, while it's more cyan in all other shots.
Shortened VR OS flyover when Joey connects.
Different VFX when Joey connects to The Gibson.
Removed shot of Gibson with electricity flowing up it.
Different VFX when Joey finds and starts downloading the "Garbage File".
Several microcuts to better align music during Joey's hack.
Removed weird sound coming from Belford's PC.
Removed code vision when Joey looks at the garbage file.
Removed VR OS flyover when Plague echos Joey's terminal session.
Removed Joey lunging for his computer when they come to pick him up. The butt shot is as awkward as his mom's reaction.
Removed Margo making fun of of how Eugene dresses.
Removed Eugene blaming Margo for not changing her password (the blame is clear from the look he gives her).
Removed Margo being dumb about what it means for a tanker to flood its tanks.
Belford now says, "...a virus" instead of "...the virus".
Downgraded appearance of DaVinci virus.
Different music during DaVinci briefing and escalator.
Fixed the audio on, "What the hell was that all about?". All of the lines in this scene are clearly looped except that one, which was used from audio on set. There's a lot of background noise that's carried with it.
Removed Margo telling Eugene to "get the file, otherwise you'll lose all your toys."
Removed the Hacker's Manifesto scene. None of our core characters are in this scene, and the manifesto is a little cringe in 2023.
Removed Phreak and Cereal's weird teasing after they mention Kate will be at the party.
Different music when Belford is in the VR simulator.
Different music when the secret service intercepts Dade at home.
Removed "Blow me" / "Thank you"
Removed atmospheric music during Dade / Eugene conversation.
Remove Cereal's nonsense at the party; it's all badly looped audio anyways and doesn't align to his mouth.
Removed the guys talking about the girl in the red dress and Nikon doxxing Lisa. Having a good memory doesn't explain why he knows everything about her...
Removed the "Look at that pooper...spandex is a privilege...etc." line.
Fixed Phreak saying "28.8 bps modem". Now he just says, "28.8 modem", which is also acceptable.
The guys no longer watch Kate making out for as long. Dade gets her attention much sooner.
Different music while Plague is doxxing Dade's mom.
Removed shots of Dade doing rapid fire things on the laptop.
Removed "I hope you don't screw like you type.". I wanted to restore the F-word, but the whole line is badly looped anyways. It was cleaner to just remove the whole thing.
Removed "RISC is good".
When they are messing with Gill, during the classified ad hack we no longer see/hear what Dade types. It's left to our imagination.
Shortened scene with people calling into Gill re: the classified ad.
Different music during dream #2.
Different music when Dade receives the laptop.
Different music when Joey gives Phreak the disk.
Removed Phreak's dream sequence (the movie has already given us a dream fake out).
Removed "Deja vu!".
Added music when Kate gets the disk from the place where Phreak hid the thing that time.
Different music when Dade delivers the disk to Eugene.
Different music when Dade decompiles the worm.
Custom keyboard foley when Dade decompiles the worm.
Removed all code vision shots when Dade decompiles the worm.
Partially corrected visible guide wire for the flare gun.
Different music when Plague launches the virus.
Removed Urban Dance Squad cameo.
Removed Dade getting thrown off stage and crowd-surfing back to where he started.
Removed, "Where were you!?"
Moved "Good Grief" to background diegetic while Dade and Kate are waiting to see R&B.
Fixed weird white splotch on "BARF BAG".
Enhanced VFX when Dade first connects to the Gibson.
Custom keyboard foley for the various laptops.
Different music during the big hacking montage (spinning phone booths, etc.) [this is Hooverphonic's "Autoharp" with the "Dr. Walter Doo-Dahs" removed]
Removed Margo's "Flu shot, cancer, brain cancer" line.
Enhanced VFX while Dade is searching for the garbage file.
Removed, "type cookie, you idiot". [this one was hard, but the removal leads right into "run antivirus", which makes a ton more sense in response to "what should I do?"]
Removed "I'll head them off at the pass"
Removed code vision when Dade finds the garbage file.
Downgraded DaVinci's appearance (in a few places)
Removed "zero bug, unholy files"
Removed "die dickweed"
Removed "send a flu shot"
Removed "rabbit, flu shot"
Removed "Cancer!?"
Removed "Is that all you've got, etc."
Removed Davinci yelling, 'HELP ME!!!'
Removed "arf arf, we gotcha"
Removed "viruses everywhere!"
Enhanced VFX when Dade finds the garbage file.
Removed code vision while Joey copies the file.
Different SFX when Joey copies the file.
Different music when they kill the Gibson.
Different music when Dade is arrested.
Removed Margo's laugh during the champagne moment.
Removed Eugene and Margo dashing towards the bedroom.
Different music during Cereal's broadcast.
Removed shot of Margo groping around the bed looking for Eugene.
Removed Cereal's "kinda feel like god" line.
Removed shot of Satellite in orbit.
Removed Margo yelling, "Eugene!"
Different music when Margo is arrested.
Different music when Belford is arrested.
Removed "Stewardess! I'll never fly this airline again!"
Different music during Crash and Burn's date.
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That was fun, for sure.
The fanedit turned a film that was pretty hit-and-miss for me into a much better one. It’s still not a perfect film, but the changes worked really well.

Loved the custom VFX. And, in particular, loved the new score.

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This is a fatastic edit that lets the best elements of the original film shine through. The cosmetic enhancements to the VFX are subtle, the new music is expertly mixed in to the extent that I had to check which songs were added for the fanedit, and the trims and excisions were all made with such finesse that, without knowing something was removed, you wouldn't know it watching the edit.

All in all, a great example of fanediting being able to bring out the best of a promising but flawed film.
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I have never seen the original version of this movie beyond a few clips/memes. I really enjoyed the edit and the movie itself. It's of course flawed and dated, but there was a lot of fun to be had.

As far as the editing goes. I didn't know what was different, but I didn't notice any clear signs of editing. All of the cuts and music seemed to fit right. Quality of the video was quite good for a 90's movie that probably doesn't have the best source to begin with.

Overall. It seems the goal was accomplished, as I was able to enjoy the film and didn't notice the editing. Good job!
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Excellent seamless edit
subtle changes didnt jar and cut the most cringey lines
still fun and goofy
didnt really notice the music changes as much as id expect but that just goes to show they were on point.
sweet

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I have watched the original Hackers two times, once when I was a kid and once when grown up for nostalgia reasons. The movie always had a base to earn a spot in my annual or just rewatch collection. What didn't sit well with me in the original was the movie pacing and visualisation of "actual hacking" segments which were borderline epileptic and diverted your attention from the main plot in a kind of hypnotic way that I had a feeling of watching another movie. Futon88 made a faster-paced movie by just rearranging some scenes and made hacking visualisation so simple and effective that your attention isn't diverted from the movie at all, but kept in it,
This edit finally made this movie timeless for me, I highly recommend it and thank you for the effort futon88.

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Man what a fun watch! The change list is enormous and somehow the movie keeps all of its goofy, cheesy, 90's-ness! I literally thought myself "god was that really what being cool was like 30 years ago?" haha

The best thing for me was the music. I counted 10 different changes but then looking at the list it was 18! The music was so well done, fit so well, was so smoothly added, it really impressed me.

I finished the movie with this big goofy smile on my face remembering when silly movies like these were the coolest thing on HBO on a Friday night. Thank you for making me nostalgic for the old days.

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As soon as the Massive Attack song kicks in the first scene in slo mo, man, you feel you're in good hands and oh boy did it deliver! Alright, the original movie had plotholes and goofy-af holes, and this masterfully crafted edit gets rid of most of them holes and paves a new road to enjoyment :) The only downside at times is, the vocal track gets muffled every now and then by the newly added music tracks, not always, but for us nerds slightly noticeable. NOT a deal breaker whatsoever.
The movie is clearly clearly better and you'd be remiss if you didn't want to watch it.
Mess with the best, die like the rest!! ;)
Amazing time spent with this edit, fully recommendable!

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Just watched Futon's edit of Hackers and it was awesome! The little tweaks and changes they made throughout were seamless (and very fitting in pretty much every case), and the custom VFX and foley added were very impressive! The music changes were perfect as well!

As a fan of the original version I highly enjoyed this edit of the movie and I think Futon did an amazing job with it! Really glad I got to watch it!
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