House Of Abrasax, The

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Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2015
Original Running Time:
128 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
110 minutes
Time Cut:
18 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
With reduced bloat, some light resequencing and a complete colour regrade to lighten everything up I present to you a leaner, more focused and utterly unique space opera from the minds of the Wachowski's.
Intention:
Jupiter Ascending feels, at times, like Terry Gilliam's Brazil crossed with Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and looks like the bastard child of Dune, Guardians of the Galaxy and the Chronicles of Narnia. Its a fun, silly, romantic space opera and deserves more respect for what it does well but the criticisms levied at it are certainly not without grounds. My intention was to deliver an edit that allows this film's qualities to shine.
Other Sources:
Jupiter Ascending Blu Ray
Special Thanks:
I'd like to say a huge thank you to GelflingHand for making me with the title animations and to Scar for previewing this and providing me with some wonderful feedback as well as inspiring me to give the whole film a regrade. Thank you to all of you who followed this project's development and for your input on the thread.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
All edits were done with Lightworks, I also used Makemkv, handbrake and gimp
Cuts and Additions:
Removed - 15 minutes of Jupiter's Family antics including:
Jupiter's dad meeting her mum
Jupiter's dad's death
Jupiter's birth
Jupiter's job
Jupiter's cousin forcing her to sell her eggs at a fertility clinic and demanding 60% of the money (?!)
Jupiter's cousin wasting all that money
Jupiter's cousin being told off by all the family for forcing Jupiter to sell her eggs
Jupiter's being reunited with her family and returning to work
Removed - 2 minutes of a vague, exposition heavy, introduction to the three Abrasax siblings

Moved - I have also repurposed the title sequence shots of Jupiter and combined them with Eddie Redmayne's ship returning to Jupiter to form the new opening scene. originally this sequence was at the 13 minute mark preceded by 9 minutes of family shenanigans. This required some tweaks to the studio cards.

Moved - The kidnapping of Jupiter's family had been moved to immediately after the promotion of Greeghan.

Colour regrade - The film is very dark and the colours surprisingly muted. I've gone through and regraded it to give a brighter, vibrant palette more in keeping with the pulpy story content. It also serves to reveal even more of the fabulous set, character and mechanical designs.
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2015
Original Running Time:
128 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
110 minutes
Time Cut:
18 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
With reduced bloat, some light resequencing and a complete colour regrade to lighten everything up I present to you a leaner, more focused and utterly unique space opera from the minds of the Wachowski's.
Intention:
Jupiter Ascending feels, at times, like Terry Gilliam's Brazil crossed with Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and looks like the bastard child of Dune, Guardians of the Galaxy and the Chronicles of Narnia. Its a fun, silly, romantic space opera and deserves more respect for what it does well but the criticisms levied at it are certainly not without grounds. My intention was to deliver an edit that allows this film's qualities to shine.
Other Sources:
Jupiter Ascending Blu Ray
Special Thanks:
I'd like to say a huge thank you to GelflingHand for making me with the title animations and to Scar for previewing this and providing me with some wonderful feedback as well as inspiring me to give the whole film a regrade. Thank you to all of you who followed this project's development and for your input on the thread.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
All edits were done with Lightworks, I also used Makemkv, handbrake and gimp
Cuts and Additions:
Removed - 15 minutes of Jupiter's Family antics including:
Jupiter's dad meeting her mum
Jupiter's dad's death
Jupiter's birth
Jupiter's job
Jupiter's cousin forcing her to sell her eggs at a fertility clinic and demanding 60% of the money (?!)
Jupiter's cousin wasting all that money
Jupiter's cousin being told off by all the family for forcing Jupiter to sell her eggs
Jupiter's being reunited with her family and returning to work
Removed - 2 minutes of a vague, exposition heavy, introduction to the three Abrasax siblings

Moved - I have also repurposed the title sequence shots of Jupiter and combined them with Eddie Redmayne's ship returning to Jupiter to form the new opening scene. originally this sequence was at the 13 minute mark preceded by 9 minutes of family shenanigans. This required some tweaks to the studio cards.

Moved - The kidnapping of Jupiter's family had been moved to immediately after the promotion of Greeghan.

Colour regrade - The film is very dark and the colours surprisingly muted. I've gone through and regraded it to give a brighter, vibrant palette more in keeping with the pulpy story content. It also serves to reveal even more of the fabulous set, character and mechanical designs.
Launch Trailer

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Overall rating
 
8.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
Cutting the family part works fine, nothing important is lost.

I’m of the opinion that the stupidity about “bees genetically designed to recognize royalty” should have been cut. A few minutes later the bees sacrifice themselves to save Jupiter, that is enough context to get that -- okay, bees really love her. No exposition is required. And that should also help with the length of Stinger’s exposition, because most of it (apart from the bees) is required for the story.
The dialogue “I love dogs, I’ve always loved dogs” should’ve been cut, it’s so weird and cringe in the context it happens. The “acting” qualities of Mila Kunis don’t help, but that scene is just wrong.
Actually, I think the film might actually improve if all the (very forced and terribly acted) romance scenes were cut, or at least reduced. Even the last kiss scene in Act 3 could be cut, and the film would still end with the two of them flying over Chicago.

Also, the dialogue line “my mother never cleaned a toilet in her life” makes no sense with the family section cut at the beginning; this line should also be cut.
The scene with Stinger explaining to Caine that he has to save Jupiter makes no sense, he has saved her 3-4 times before in the film, he should need no additional convincing.

Sidenote 1: as a suggestion for the future (not a criticism for this edit), if anyone is able to redub the voice of Eddie Redmayne, his villain (Balem) might actually be adequate; in this way, it’s unbearable and painful to hear him speak.
Sidenote 2: it’s actually funny that the best part of the film, the Act 2 “bureaucrats” section clearly inspired by Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, may actually be so good because both Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum don’t have any lines.

The color regrade works, the visuals are already the best part of the original and they are reinforced here.

The title card at 3m04 has a lot of aliasing at the edges, lots of pixels are visible.
At 1h02m15 and 1h23m26, there are noticeable audio volume drop lasting a few seconds.
There is visible posterization with some of the darker backgrounds.

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(Updated: April 13, 2022)
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I don't think this movie is fixable, such a shame. It's been ages since I watched the original so I don't remember what really happened but I thought the edit started out great. I agree with previous reviewers where the family part could have been cut off but not sure if this would make narrative sense on why Jupiter visits Balem.

Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention but I thought there were a few cuts that made little narrative sense. The one that comes to mind is when Caine suddenly shows up on the ship with Jupiter's family. Other than that, great job on the edit. It made the movie a little better but still not enjoyable overall.

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9.8
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So, I have to say that I thoroughly hated the original cut of this movie. It was, in almost every way, terrible. This, on the other hand, was quite good. Honestly, I think her family could have been completely taken out of it, as we never met them and they had minimal impact on the film. she mentions them way more than they actually appear, and considering her actions are ultimately not predicated on their survival, I think they could be completely taken out. Over all, another amazing edit, and I am glad that I got a chance to experience it.

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(Updated: October 18, 2021)
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9.5
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
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9.0
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My first Malthus edit. Cant really say how nice it was. The OG release of this film made a completely negative impact at the time and this edit basically turned that into something fun to be revisited!

Just two points:
- Since english is not my native language i had to volume up when actors are talking cause the audio gets so low compared to the action sequences.

- Narrative speaking i think besides only 18 min being cut from the og edit you get a much more dynamic cut, but its a double edge sword cause you feel everything happens much faster, its like there's no time to breathe between acts

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(Updated: May 25, 2021)
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Malthus once again delivers a fantastic edit that takes the the slow boring paced theatrical version to something that feels more engaging and exciting to watch. The opening of the House of the Abraxas is vastly better and feels more like how the Matrix opened- establishing the unique world, the target their after, and some key characters we'll meet later on before we meet our main character. Another thing I liked was getting rid of the redundant family stuff in the beginning and though the first time we see them in this edit is them being kidnapped I thought it worked well as her reaction to their plight makes it clear how much they mean to her.

Another thing to mention that was done well was the tweak to the colour grading it felt more vibrant and colourful and really enhanced those sweet visuals in the movie. Though its not critical to the story perhaps the montage of Jupiter cleaning could houses could've been kept before the clinic scene to sort of give some sort of an explanation to why she's there and show the audience her life better. Regardless House of the Abraxas overall is much more engaging from the start, edited seamlessly and an improvement over the theatrical version,

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9.2
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10.0
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10.0
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8.0
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I'm one of the three people who loved Jupiter Ascending, so I don't think it *needed* a fan edit, but The House of Abrasax is an excellent alternate version and I wouldn't be surprised if most viewers prefer it over the original. The opening is certainly more exciting.

I was anticipating that the total removal of Jupiter's background would adversely affect the climax of the film, but didn't find that to be the case at all. This is a different Jupiter - she *doesn't* hate her life, and she really isn't Balem's mother. She doesn't experience much in the way of character development and growth, she's just an ordinary woman who gets caught up in a wild adventure.

The lack of explanation for what she's doing at the clinic at the start comes across as a little odd, as does the failure to establish her relationship with her family before they're kidnapped, but none of that is critical to the story. Her reaction to their plight makes it clear how much they mean to her.

As far as I could tell, the editing was technically flawless, but there was sometimes noticeable posterization in the background of shots.
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