Valerian: No Love Lost Edition

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Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
136 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
113 minutes
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Synopsis:
Valerian - No Love Lost Edition removes all the forced romance plot and leaves a tight sci fi/fantasy adventure featuring two intergalactic dimension traversing agents on a mission to recover a precious item.
Intention:
As a fan of The Fifth Element I was very excited when I heard Luc Besson was doing an adaption of Valérian and Laureline. When I final saw his film I, like many critics, loved its visual panache but loathed the forced romance plot line. The problem was two fold. Firstly there simply wasn't any on screen chemistry between Dane Dahaan and Cara Delevingne. Although both were more than serviceable in their roles in the movie there simply was no spark between them. Secondly the film labours the point when it comes to the love story. It is referenced so frequently that it only serves to amplify its awkwardness. The sad thing is that beyond that one albeit large and distracting flaw the rest of the film is a triumph. Thus the reason for this edit.
Other Sources:
Valerian and the city of a thousand planets Blu-ray
Special Thanks:
Huge thanks to Scar for their continued support and input on this project and to Artisdead for previewing the final cut.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I created this edit using:

Lightworks
AVIDemux
MakeMKV
Cuts and Additions:
Cutlist:

Removed dream sequence to maintain an air of mystery
Removed beach sequence between Valerian and Laureline due to its very cringe worthy nature
Removed marriage proposal
Removed reference to marriage proposal (Bus exit)
Removed "Haven't we meet"
Removed reference to marriage proposal (repairing the box)
Removed reference to dream sequence (checking the pearl)
Removed reference to marriage proposal (checking the pearl)
Removed awkward argument with the General
Removed reference to a potential honeymoon
Removed second reference to a potential honeymoon
Altered the jellyfish scene to remove flashes about dream/possession
Removed reference to marriage proposal (purple cave) Intentionally left very awkward kiss
Removed Bubble giving Valerian relationship advice in the kitchen
Removed talk of marriage after dinning room fight
Removed Bubbles death scene, left ambiguous she is presumed lost.
Removed reference to the dream on the trash bridge
Repurposed prisoners footage to conflate Princess and Prisoner characters
Removed entire argument about love and the generals plans while with the pearls
Removed reference to honeymoon on the beach
Removed the kiss at the end leaving it with Valerian looking longingly at Laureline
Rescored and shortened credited
Trailer

Faneditor Name:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
136 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
113 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Valerian - No Love Lost Edition removes all the forced romance plot and leaves a tight sci fi/fantasy adventure featuring two intergalactic dimension traversing agents on a mission to recover a precious item.
Intention:
As a fan of The Fifth Element I was very excited when I heard Luc Besson was doing an adaption of Valérian and Laureline. When I final saw his film I, like many critics, loved its visual panache but loathed the forced romance plot line. The problem was two fold. Firstly there simply wasn't any on screen chemistry between Dane Dahaan and Cara Delevingne. Although both were more than serviceable in their roles in the movie there simply was no spark between them. Secondly the film labours the point when it comes to the love story. It is referenced so frequently that it only serves to amplify its awkwardness. The sad thing is that beyond that one albeit large and distracting flaw the rest of the film is a triumph. Thus the reason for this edit.
Other Sources:
Valerian and the city of a thousand planets Blu-ray
Special Thanks:
Huge thanks to Scar for their continued support and input on this project and to Artisdead for previewing the final cut.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I created this edit using:

Lightworks
AVIDemux
MakeMKV
Cuts and Additions:
Cutlist:

Removed dream sequence to maintain an air of mystery
Removed beach sequence between Valerian and Laureline due to its very cringe worthy nature
Removed marriage proposal
Removed reference to marriage proposal (Bus exit)
Removed "Haven't we meet"
Removed reference to marriage proposal (repairing the box)
Removed reference to dream sequence (checking the pearl)
Removed reference to marriage proposal (checking the pearl)
Removed awkward argument with the General
Removed reference to a potential honeymoon
Removed second reference to a potential honeymoon
Altered the jellyfish scene to remove flashes about dream/possession
Removed reference to marriage proposal (purple cave) Intentionally left very awkward kiss
Removed Bubble giving Valerian relationship advice in the kitchen
Removed talk of marriage after dinning room fight
Removed Bubbles death scene, left ambiguous she is presumed lost.
Removed reference to the dream on the trash bridge
Repurposed prisoners footage to conflate Princess and Prisoner characters
Removed entire argument about love and the generals plans while with the pearls
Removed reference to honeymoon on the beach
Removed the kiss at the end leaving it with Valerian looking longingly at Laureline
Rescored and shortened credited
Trailer

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Valerian is a disappointing, bloated, but ambitious Luc Besson sci-fi film that I seemed to like more than most people. The two leads lacked in chemistry, but were fun in their individual roles. There's tons of crazy visuals and concepts, but the dead weight held it back.

This edit fixes all the problems I had with the film. This version of Valerian is a very enjoyable light adventures, feeling a lot like Besson's other famous sci-fi films, The Fifth Element. It's inventive, fast paced, and messy in the best ways. The subtly flirtatious relationship between the two leads works much better here.

This is a great edit, and definitely the best way to enjoy Valerian. I didn't notice any technical issues or obvious cuts. I highly recommend it!
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A very fun edit, visually stunning and innovative. I enjoyed the more subtle romance between Valerian and Laureline in this edit rather than the heavy-handed and forced romance of the original, which allowed for a much better flow of the story.

However, while the removal of the marriage conversations improved one aspect of the story, the removal the Princess subplot, while preserving an air of mystery, was also confusing when the flashback to the prisoner's death scene was used to explain the possession of Valerian. For the sake of clarity, I would have retained it. Also, I felt the removal of Bubble's death scene was unnecessary. The raising of the tentacle in this version made it seem like she was alive and Valerian and Laureline just left her there in the rubble rather than confirming if she was alive or not. The ending in this version felt abrupt, though I understand why the kiss and the accompanying exchange of bad dialogue was removed.

Overall, I highly recommend. Well done!

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The original film at the cinema was a mixed experience for me - visually spectacular (I saw the 3D version) with many parts I really enjoyed, however also many parts that I thought were just plain *bad* and left me wondering what Luc Besson was thinking - but it was good enough for me to buy it on 3D Blu-Ray when it eventually released.

This edit by Malthus neatly excises all the parts that spoiled the original; the forced and flatly acted marriage proposal subplot is gone (this slapped the brakes on the film’s pace whenever it reared its head) and several other scenes have been neatly trimmed or altered very cleverly.

I’ve docked 1 point each for audio/visual - there was a brief silence towards the end of the film, and one cut at the end of the throne-room fight that I felt was a touch too sudden. Narrative loses 2 points for a bit of confusion regarding the Pearl Princess soul wave (the interrogated prisoner death is repurposed but seems to me to be about 3 decades too late to make sense) and the ending felt very abrupt - though I really like the new ending music!

I’d definitely recommend this cut to first-time viewers or fans of the original. Full marks for enjoyment!

(I watched this edit on a virtual reality full cinema screen via Skybox on Quest 3, stereo audio only.)

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Owner's reply March 17, 2024

I'm very much looking forward to viewing your interpretation of this and glad you enjoyed my take on the film soo much. I fully agree with all that was said re: the princess plot, good spot! and will at some point come back with version 5 that will hopefully address that. Personally the ending the a throne scenes work for me but that's the beauty of fanedits. Thanks for the review!

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The original is one of my wife's favorite films but I found it lacking compared to my love for the fifth element. This edit fixed a lot for me! Though i do believe more could be done and Rihanna could be completely cut. I like that the love angle is cut bc their interactions always felt more bother/sister and when you cut it their chemistry works so much better. There was some confusion about how the alien ended up in him bc of the new narrative but its negligible compared to the abrupt wardrobe change you just have to roll with lol

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Another stellar Malthus offering, this time with very challenging subject matter. A meandering story, incredible visuals and poorly matched actors take the stage. Malthus removes the awkward romance, focusing our attention on the main plot, which works nicely. Movie is now coherent, if not always enjoyable and Valerian is tolerable as a character in this version, which is a herculean effort. Well done fix!

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I liked this version and think the changes improve upon the original. The edits were unnoticeable and the plot flowed better overall. I highly enjoyed and recommend this version.

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