Resident Evil Film Series: The Unfair Cut

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Resident Evil Film Series: The Unfair Cut
Faneditor Name:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2004
Original Running Time:
491 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
264 minutes
Time Cut:
227 minutes
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Synopsis:
This edit is a companion to the original Resident Evil (2002) film, essentially turning it into a 6 hour trilogy (the series was originally 10 hours long), this does not use the first film in the edit, just the following five films.
Intention:
My primary focus for this edit was to take a rather crazy series and turn it into something over-the-top but cohesive. Later in the series it has a tendency to feel like a bit of a retcon of itself, and with careful editing I was able to keep most of the journey while making it seem like a natural progression.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
EP1
+ Moved the Final Chapter backstory introduction to the start of the edit
- cut the Apocalypse intro pre-logo
- trimmed part of Alice exiting the hospital
- recut professor conversion
- trimmed licker reveal
- cut comic relief guy with zombie hookers
- trimmed unnecessary fade
- trimmed zombies from graveyard scene
- trimmed comic relief guy being sassy to Nemesis
- cut little girl backstory flashback
- recut Alice Nemesis fight and flashback realization
- trimmed helicopter exploding twice
- trimmed shot of nuke and zombies (they would have been obliterated if the cruise missile actually arrived this early)
- recut the helicopter nuke shots to remove the implication that Alice was hurt, implying the little girl was the one that died in the crash
- cut long sequence with new Alice clone waking up and subsequent lab and breakout scenes
- cut Extinction title card and pre-card intro scenes
- trim the pandemic story a bit
- recut the Umbrella meeting a bit
- cut the abandoned hotel scouting and comic relief guy being bitten, and the associated romance plot
- trimmed searching for cigarettes
- cut more Umbrella clone stuff
- cut murder crow attack on convoy, and all later references to them
+ reassembled some cut scenes to create a transition for Alice rejoining the convoy
- cut funerals and Alice being introduced to Claire, assume they've met before based on her being asked why she left
- cut a ton of convoy scenes and lab scenes, only keeping a couple key minutes of both before leaving for Vegas
- cut reference to crows and comic relief guy being bitten
- recut zombie gunfight a bit
- cut implication that Alice has some sort of telekinetic powers, satellite glitching is just a glitch
- cut Dr. Isaacs bite aftermath, we assume he got the cure in time, as we saw in Apocalypse with the STARS guy
- trim Alice flashback
- trim Red Queen and clone story from exploring the facility
- cut Afterlife intro and title card
- trimmed fight to remove bad looking flip, and Alice telekinetic abilities, and clone story
- trimmed many shots with clones, two very brief ones can still be seen but the shots are so quick that they may be perceived as reflections of Alice, and the shots are worth keeping
- cut Wesker blowing up the facility, and the subsequent helicopter fight and crash

EP2
+ use Final Chapter title card to hop back into the Afterlife story at an appropriate spot
- cut flashback
- trim "we have to get to that ship" - in the 4k release it repeats the line twice, while in the Bluray it says something about rescuing KMart for the second line, not sure why they changed it
- trim digger reveal
- trim digger stuff and giant zombie reveal
- recut giant zombie at gate scene to make him seem a bit less ridiculous
- cut underwater armory exploration
- trim enemy coming back to life
- trimmed a few bad scene fades
- few trims throughout the boat exploration
- various trims throughout the white room fight to remove bad dog cgi and tone down Wesker's super speed to a sane plot level, and get rid of the vampire/eyes plot
- cut Wesker enhancements/death plot, retrim him escaping
- cut intro and title card for Retribution, joining end scene of Afterlife with continuation in Retribution
- cut Alice clone town stuff, daughter, resurrection of character from first movie (daughter is seen walking briefly in one or two later scenes but this is unavoidable)
- cut all the other rehashed environments from previous movies
- trim Wesker helping Ada
+ reinsert a zombie fight scene cut earlier into a more natural spot, but trimmed the mutated zombies
- trim all the Umbrella Prime (aka Red Queen) interruptions
- trim down the escape and remove all daughter stuff
- trim or recrop all the tank shots to remove daughter
- recut sub fight to obscure former character, and make it quick enough that viewers don't wonder why guys aren't helping Alice
- trimmed final shots of daughter
- cut Wesker in oval office
- cut Final Chapter intro and title card
- cut reflecting pool mutation
- recut Red Queen conversation
- cut motorcycle ambush/fight on way to Raccoon City
- cut the Dr. Isaacs/tank/zombie horde storyline
- recut Alice waking up after trap, and rearranging the conversations that follow
- cut the hive cliff dive and swim sequence, and later references to it
- trimmed more Dr. Isaacs and Alice clone stuff
- cut all of the Alice "original" stuff with the aged version of her
- cut Alice and Wesker conversation
- recut Alice/Isaacs platform fight
- trimmed a lot of the laser acrobatics
- trim Isaacs super speed
- recut the grenade sequence
- trim some of the conversations in the finale
- cut all the Isaacs death scenes and the appearance of his clone outside
- cut the scenes of the hive blowing up
- cut all the next day/future scenes after the hive resolution
Faneditor Name:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2004
Original Running Time:
491 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
264 minutes
Time Cut:
227 minutes
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Synopsis:
This edit is a companion to the original Resident Evil (2002) film, essentially turning it into a 6 hour trilogy (the series was originally 10 hours long), this does not use the first film in the edit, just the following five films.
Intention:
My primary focus for this edit was to take a rather crazy series and turn it into something over-the-top but cohesive. Later in the series it has a tendency to feel like a bit of a retcon of itself, and with careful editing I was able to keep most of the journey while making it seem like a natural progression.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
EP1
+ Moved the Final Chapter backstory introduction to the start of the edit
- cut the Apocalypse intro pre-logo
- trimmed part of Alice exiting the hospital
- recut professor conversion
- trimmed licker reveal
- cut comic relief guy with zombie hookers
- trimmed unnecessary fade
- trimmed zombies from graveyard scene
- trimmed comic relief guy being sassy to Nemesis
- cut little girl backstory flashback
- recut Alice Nemesis fight and flashback realization
- trimmed helicopter exploding twice
- trimmed shot of nuke and zombies (they would have been obliterated if the cruise missile actually arrived this early)
- recut the helicopter nuke shots to remove the implication that Alice was hurt, implying the little girl was the one that died in the crash
- cut long sequence with new Alice clone waking up and subsequent lab and breakout scenes
- cut Extinction title card and pre-card intro scenes
- trim the pandemic story a bit
- recut the Umbrella meeting a bit
- cut the abandoned hotel scouting and comic relief guy being bitten, and the associated romance plot
- trimmed searching for cigarettes
- cut more Umbrella clone stuff
- cut murder crow attack on convoy, and all later references to them
+ reassembled some cut scenes to create a transition for Alice rejoining the convoy
- cut funerals and Alice being introduced to Claire, assume they've met before based on her being asked why she left
- cut a ton of convoy scenes and lab scenes, only keeping a couple key minutes of both before leaving for Vegas
- cut reference to crows and comic relief guy being bitten
- recut zombie gunfight a bit
- cut implication that Alice has some sort of telekinetic powers, satellite glitching is just a glitch
- cut Dr. Isaacs bite aftermath, we assume he got the cure in time, as we saw in Apocalypse with the STARS guy
- trim Alice flashback
- trim Red Queen and clone story from exploring the facility
- cut Afterlife intro and title card
- trimmed fight to remove bad looking flip, and Alice telekinetic abilities, and clone story
- trimmed many shots with clones, two very brief ones can still be seen but the shots are so quick that they may be perceived as reflections of Alice, and the shots are worth keeping
- cut Wesker blowing up the facility, and the subsequent helicopter fight and crash

EP2
+ use Final Chapter title card to hop back into the Afterlife story at an appropriate spot
- cut flashback
- trim "we have to get to that ship" - in the 4k release it repeats the line twice, while in the Bluray it says something about rescuing KMart for the second line, not sure why they changed it
- trim digger reveal
- trim digger stuff and giant zombie reveal
- recut giant zombie at gate scene to make him seem a bit less ridiculous
- cut underwater armory exploration
- trim enemy coming back to life
- trimmed a few bad scene fades
- few trims throughout the boat exploration
- various trims throughout the white room fight to remove bad dog cgi and tone down Wesker's super speed to a sane plot level, and get rid of the vampire/eyes plot
- cut Wesker enhancements/death plot, retrim him escaping
- cut intro and title card for Retribution, joining end scene of Afterlife with continuation in Retribution
- cut Alice clone town stuff, daughter, resurrection of character from first movie (daughter is seen walking briefly in one or two later scenes but this is unavoidable)
- cut all the other rehashed environments from previous movies
- trim Wesker helping Ada
+ reinsert a zombie fight scene cut earlier into a more natural spot, but trimmed the mutated zombies
- trim all the Umbrella Prime (aka Red Queen) interruptions
- trim down the escape and remove all daughter stuff
- trim or recrop all the tank shots to remove daughter
- recut sub fight to obscure former character, and make it quick enough that viewers don't wonder why guys aren't helping Alice
- trimmed final shots of daughter
- cut Wesker in oval office
- cut Final Chapter intro and title card
- cut reflecting pool mutation
- recut Red Queen conversation
- cut motorcycle ambush/fight on way to Raccoon City
- cut the Dr. Isaacs/tank/zombie horde storyline
- recut Alice waking up after trap, and rearranging the conversations that follow
- cut the hive cliff dive and swim sequence, and later references to it
- trimmed more Dr. Isaacs and Alice clone stuff
- cut all of the Alice "original" stuff with the aged version of her
- cut Alice and Wesker conversation
- recut Alice/Isaacs platform fight
- trimmed a lot of the laser acrobatics
- trim Isaacs super speed
- recut the grenade sequence
- trim some of the conversations in the finale
- cut all the Isaacs death scenes and the appearance of his clone outside
- cut the scenes of the hive blowing up
- cut all the next day/future scenes after the hive resolution
Faneditor Name:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2004
Original Running Time:
491 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
264 minutes
Time Cut:
227 minutes
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Synopsis:
This edit is a companion to the original Resident Evil (2002) film, essentially turning it into a 6 hour trilogy (the series was originally 10 hours long), this does not use the first film in the edit, just the following five films.
Intention:
My primary focus for this edit was to take a rather crazy series and turn it into something over-the-top but cohesive. Later in the series it has a tendency to feel like a bit of a retcon of itself, and with careful editing I was able to keep most of the journey while making it seem like a natural progression.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
EP1
+ Moved the Final Chapter backstory introduction to the start of the edit
- cut the Apocalypse intro pre-logo
- trimmed part of Alice exiting the hospital
- recut professor conversion
- trimmed licker reveal
- cut comic relief guy with zombie hookers
- trimmed unnecessary fade
- trimmed zombies from graveyard scene
- trimmed comic relief guy being sassy to Nemesis
- cut little girl backstory flashback
- recut Alice Nemesis fight and flashback realization
- trimmed helicopter exploding twice
- trimmed shot of nuke and zombies (they would have been obliterated if the cruise missile actually arrived this early)
- recut the helicopter nuke shots to remove the implication that Alice was hurt, implying the little girl was the one that died in the crash
- cut long sequence with new Alice clone waking up and subsequent lab and breakout scenes
- cut Extinction title card and pre-card intro scenes
- trim the pandemic story a bit
- recut the Umbrella meeting a bit
- cut the abandoned hotel scouting and comic relief guy being bitten, and the associated romance plot
- trimmed searching for cigarettes
- cut more Umbrella clone stuff
- cut murder crow attack on convoy, and all later references to them
+ reassembled some cut scenes to create a transition for Alice rejoining the convoy
- cut funerals and Alice being introduced to Claire, assume they've met before based on her being asked why she left
- cut a ton of convoy scenes and lab scenes, only keeping a couple key minutes of both before leaving for Vegas
- cut reference to crows and comic relief guy being bitten
- recut zombie gunfight a bit
- cut implication that Alice has some sort of telekinetic powers, satellite glitching is just a glitch
- cut Dr. Isaacs bite aftermath, we assume he got the cure in time, as we saw in Apocalypse with the STARS guy
- trim Alice flashback
- trim Red Queen and clone story from exploring the facility
- cut Afterlife intro and title card
- trimmed fight to remove bad looking flip, and Alice telekinetic abilities, and clone story
- trimmed many shots with clones, two very brief ones can still be seen but the shots are so quick that they may be perceived as reflections of Alice, and the shots are worth keeping
- cut Wesker blowing up the facility, and the subsequent helicopter fight and crash

EP2
+ use Final Chapter title card to hop back into the Afterlife story at an appropriate spot
- cut flashback
- trim "we have to get to that ship" - in the 4k release it repeats the line twice, while in the Bluray it says something about rescuing KMart for the second line, not sure why they changed it
- trim digger reveal
- trim digger stuff and giant zombie reveal
- recut giant zombie at gate scene to make him seem a bit less ridiculous
- cut underwater armory exploration
- trim enemy coming back to life
- trimmed a few bad scene fades
- few trims throughout the boat exploration
- various trims throughout the white room fight to remove bad dog cgi and tone down Wesker's super speed to a sane plot level, and get rid of the vampire/eyes plot
- cut Wesker enhancements/death plot, retrim him escaping
- cut intro and title card for Retribution, joining end scene of Afterlife with continuation in Retribution
- cut Alice clone town stuff, daughter, resurrection of character from first movie (daughter is seen walking briefly in one or two later scenes but this is unavoidable)
- cut all the other rehashed environments from previous movies
- trim Wesker helping Ada
+ reinsert a zombie fight scene cut earlier into a more natural spot, but trimmed the mutated zombies
- trim all the Umbrella Prime (aka Red Queen) interruptions
- trim down the escape and remove all daughter stuff
- trim or recrop all the tank shots to remove daughter
- recut sub fight to obscure former character, and make it quick enough that viewers don't wonder why guys aren't helping Alice
- trimmed final shots of daughter
- cut Wesker in oval office
- cut Final Chapter intro and title card
- cut reflecting pool mutation
- recut Red Queen conversation
- cut motorcycle ambush/fight on way to Raccoon City
- cut the Dr. Isaacs/tank/zombie horde storyline
- recut Alice waking up after trap, and rearranging the conversations that follow
- cut the hive cliff dive and swim sequence, and later references to it
- trimmed more Dr. Isaacs and Alice clone stuff
- cut all of the Alice "original" stuff with the aged version of her
- cut Alice and Wesker conversation
- recut Alice/Isaacs platform fight
- trimmed a lot of the laser acrobatics
- trim Isaacs super speed
- recut the grenade sequence
- trim some of the conversations in the finale
- cut all the Isaacs death scenes and the appearance of his clone outside
- cut the scenes of the hive blowing up
- cut all the next day/future scenes after the hive resolution

User reviews

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Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(2)
Audio Editing
 
8.0(2)
Visual Editing
 
9.0(2)
Narrative
 
10.0(2)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(2)
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10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
a fun watch, if you liked the movies you will enjoy these edits.

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Overall rating
 
8.5
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10.0
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6.0
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8.0
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10.0
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8.0
This is a 5-to-1 edit, or more accurately, a 5-to-2, since the final edit is divided into Episode 1 and Episode 2. The original 5 are all the Resident Evil films, except the 1st one. This is a smart choice, as the 5 films include a lot of flashbacks and retells of the same events, and almost all of these were cut effectively, creating a single chronological story.

In terms of narrative, the end-result is spot-on. Most of the way-too-crazy moments, the whimsical “retcon” sections and simply the poor writing bits are gone. The story became cohesive, and it actually felt like a complete trilogy (if this edit is watched after the original 2002 film, as intended), instead of the disjointed film series the originals became.

My gripes with this are fully because of editing, particularly related to the audio. More than a few audio cuts were very noticeable, way too abrupt and jarring. Most of these were in Part 2 / Episode 2, like at 1h10m47, 1h12m16, from 1h14m47 to 1h16m55 (for this entire fight, the audio was all over the place), 1h33m46 and 1h47m01, just to give the more obvious examples. The many sudden audio changes (all where new cuts were introduced) definitely affected my viewing experience.

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Owner's reply April 15, 2024

I'm glad you gave examples because otherwise I would have been completely mystified by the complaint of "way too abrupt and jarring", but I do agree that several of the ones you mentioned could be more seamless with a 3 second fade instead of 1 second - I'll have to revisit them in my next revision and make sure there aren't any sound effects or other talking in the way that necessitated the shorter transition.

The fight you mentioned is especially problematic given that the soundtrack itself has numerous shifts in music and cadence so even if all the transitions are absolutely seamless it's still going to jump around a bit musically in a short timespan unless you completely strip out the music and redub it.

Story-wise it's necessary to cut the fight down harshly since in the original version it goes on quite a long time, and having removed Michelle Rodriguez's clone there's no reason for the guys to not be involved in the fight unless it's over fairly quickly. I think over the numerous iterations I've recut the fight three times so far trying to get the narrative flow as seamless as possible.

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