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December 21, 2012    
 
9.4 (12)
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Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Don't run! We are your friends!
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1996
Original Running Time:
106
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
77
Time Cut:
29
Available in HD?

Brief Synopsis:
I removed the extraneous sub-plots. Aside from Jack Nicholson, Lukas Haas and Sylvia Sidney the cast has been removed in any area that does move the primary plot of Mars Attacking forward.
Intention:
I basically made this edit to prove to myself that I could actually finish a project. I've been mired in a difficult edit for a couple years now, and I wanted something fun to crank out. In a discussion about Tim Burton films with another editor I started to wonder if I could make Mars Attacks a little more re-watchable for myself, and not take 3 years to do it.

I set a goal of conception to release in one week. Naturally it took me 2.2x longer than that to get it done, but I'm very happy with the results.
Other Sources:
Transformers (1984-1987)
Man... Or Astroman? - Project Infinity
Special Thanks:
Blueyoda, Throwgncpr, Neglify, L8wrtr, Q2, TV's Frink, TMBTM, ssj, Boon23, Redyoda, MCP, Tim Burton and the rest of the Mars Attacks crew, Mrs. reave and reave jr.
Release Information
  • NTSC DVD-5
  • Blu-Ray (BD-25)
  • AVI/MKV
  • MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
DVD and Blu-ray feature trailers from Neglify and Blueyoda as well as the teaser trailer for Mars Attacks! From Space!
Editing Details:
Blueyoda, Throwgncpr. Gods.
Cuts and Additions:
I removed the extraneous sub-plots. Aside from Jack Nicholson, Lukas Haas and Sylvia Sidney the cast has been removed in any area that does move the primary plot of Mars Attacking forward.
Cover art by reave (DOWNLOAD HERE) image

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Overall rating 
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.7  (12)
Visual Editing 
 
9.4  (12)
Audio Editing 
 
9.2  (12)
Narrative 
 
9.2  (12)
Enjoyment 
 
9.4  (12)
Well
I saw this Fanedit along time ago, and I didn't made a review
So, I'll make it now

Mars Attacks! is one of my fav childhood movies, I still enjoy it as an adult
Now, what I can say is that, this Fanedit is very clever
Giving more leadership to a character who was almost a wasted character until the end is not something that I see very often. I have to admit that all that subplots in the Theatrical release are not the big thing. This Fanedit fixes all the troubles that had the original film

Audio Video Quality: 10/10. I saw it in HD, and I don't regret it
Visual Editing: 6/10. Most of the dumped actors' characters are in the main titles, you should make a new main title, or just omit them, and let them for the end
Audio Editing: 9/10
Narrative: 10/10. As I said, I loved how clever is the narrative in this edit giving more leadership to secondary characters who barely has 10 scenes.
Enjoyment: 10/10
Overall rating 
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
6.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0
Reviewed by juanipmo July 12, 2014
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Well
I saw this Fanedit along time ago, and I didn't made a review
So, I'll make it now

Mars Attacks! is one of my fav childhood movies, I still enjoy it as an adult
Now, what I can say is that, this Fanedit is very clever
Giving more leadership to a character who was almost a wasted character until the end is not something that I see very often. I have to admit that all that subplots in the Theatrical release are not the big thing. This Fanedit fixes all the troubles that had the original film

Audio Video Quality: 10/10. I saw it in HD, and I don't regret it
Visual Editing: 6/10. Most of the dumped actors' characters are in the main titles, you should make a new main title, or just omit them, and let them for the end
Audio Editing: 9/10
Narrative: 10/10. As I said, I loved how clever is the narrative in this edit giving more leadership to secondary characters who barely has 10 scenes.
Enjoyment: 10/10

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Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
MOV/AVI/etc (HD)
Faneditor's Reply

Thank you for your review. I'm not really one to complain about ratings, but does the title sequence (which would be way too much work for me to even consider remaking, and features all the big name stars that do make at least cameos in my edit) really push you to give a 6/10 for visual editing?

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I remember seeing Mars Attacks in the the theatre. Twice. The first time I saw it, I loved it. I thought it was brilliant. I liked it so much that I went back a week later to see it again. The second time I found myself wondering what I had been thinking. It stunk. I was really disappointed.

Over the years, I've revisted Mars Attacks in the hopes that something will click and I'd rediscover my initial experience of the film. It's never happened, until I watched Mars Attacks! From Space!

It's just a terrific edit of the film, highly enjoyable. Cutting all the fat, turning bloated sequences with extraneous celebs into perfect little cameos. This is Mars Attacks the way it should have been. And that ending nearly made me choke on my drink. A perfect sting.

Well done, this will be my definitive version of Mars Attacks from now on.
Overall rating 
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0
Reviewed by Pagz October 06, 2013
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I remember seeing Mars Attacks in the the theatre. Twice. The first time I saw it, I loved it. I thought it was brilliant. I liked it so much that I went back a week later to see it again. The second time I found myself wondering what I had been thinking. It stunk. I was really disappointed.

Over the years, I've revisted Mars Attacks in the hopes that something will click and I'd rediscover my initial experience of the film. It's never happened, until I watched Mars Attacks! From Space!

It's just a terrific edit of the film, highly enjoyable. Cutting all the fat, turning bloated sequences with extraneous celebs into perfect little cameos. This is Mars Attacks the way it should have been. And that ending nearly made me choke on my drink. A perfect sting.

Well done, this will be my definitive version of Mars Attacks from now on.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
DVD
Was this review helpful to you? 
Mars Attacks! was a movie I remember enjoying, and have been meaning to revisit - my DVD was getting dusty on the shelf, and Reave's fanedit was a good excuse to watch the film again.

As far as narrative and editing choices, Reave hit the mark pretty spot on. I get the idea of cutting side characters back to cameos, and that worked brilliantly. I would have probably excised more of the Art and Barbara Land scenes, though. Their screen time seemed to be in this awkward middle land - a bit too much for a cameo, but not enough to weave properly into the story. The only other minor complaint I had was that it seemed like the film moved too fast from the discovery of the aliens' weakness. One moment Richie and Grandma make the discovery, and the next, the military has integrated the speaker systems into their tanks. Something felt missing. Maybe it was just the loss of side plots that made it move fast. Those are pretty minor complaints though, and I don't want to focus on the negative. This was a REALLY fun watch, and Reave did a great job focusing the story

On the tech side, the cuts were invisible, the video was beautiful, and the sound was great. Again, I have two small complaints - this time about the audio. First, the sound was slightly off sync. It was a matter of milliseconds, so its was not really that distracting, but it was a bit off. I think at least one other person commented on this, so it wasn't just my system. Second, the scene where the spaceship crashes could use a bit of foley work. The music alone didn't carry it quite enough.

Anyway, awesome edit. highly recommended. Thanks Reave!
Overall rating 
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
8.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0
Reviewed by ThrowgnCpr May 27, 2013
Last updated: May 27, 2013
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Mars Attacks! was a movie I remember enjoying, and have been meaning to revisit - my DVD was getting dusty on the shelf, and Reave's fanedit was a good excuse to watch the film again.

As far as narrative and editing choices, Reave hit the mark pretty spot on. I get the idea of cutting side characters back to cameos, and that worked brilliantly. I would have probably excised more of the Art and Barbara Land scenes, though. Their screen time seemed to be in this awkward middle land - a bit too much for a cameo, but not enough to weave properly into the story. The only other minor complaint I had was that it seemed like the film moved too fast from the discovery of the aliens' weakness. One moment Richie and Grandma make the discovery, and the next, the military has integrated the speaker systems into their tanks. Something felt missing. Maybe it was just the loss of side plots that made it move fast. Those are pretty minor complaints though, and I don't want to focus on the negative. This was a REALLY fun watch, and Reave did a great job focusing the story

On the tech side, the cuts were invisible, the video was beautiful, and the sound was great. Again, I have two small complaints - this time about the audio. First, the sound was slightly off sync. It was a matter of milliseconds, so its was not really that distracting, but it was a bit off. I think at least one other person commented on this, so it wasn't just my system. Second, the scene where the spaceship crashes could use a bit of foley work. The music alone didn't carry it quite enough.

Anyway, awesome edit. highly recommended. Thanks Reave!

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
MOV/AVI/etc (HD)
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I enjoy the original for what it is. This is a nicely trimmed version and I appreciate the majority of the cast now reduced to cameo appearances. I might have moved Grandma's line "They blew up Congress!" to before the Army opens fire on the saucer, but otherwise I really had a lot of fun with this one. Thanks, reave.
Overall rating 
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0
Reviewed by Dethryl April 04, 2013
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I enjoy the original for what it is. This is a nicely trimmed version and I appreciate the majority of the cast now reduced to cameo appearances. I might have moved Grandma's line "They blew up Congress!" to before the Army opens fire on the saucer, but otherwise I really had a lot of fun with this one. Thanks, reave.

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Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
MOV/AVI/etc (HD)
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The pacing was on point. Concentrated absurdity at its finest. Loved every campy gonzo minute of it.

The mp4 version carried a bit of audio/visual asynchrony, whether played on QuickTime, MPlayer or my tibi. But that's OK, because I was too busy chortling to mind.

Bonkers stuff, Reave. This is definitely one I'll have to show to fanedit virgins.

Enjoyjoy: 10 pelvic aerothrusts.
Overall rating 
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0
Reviewed by ssj February 14, 2013
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The pacing was on point. Concentrated absurdity at its finest. Loved every campy gonzo minute of it.

The mp4 version carried a bit of audio/visual asynchrony, whether played on QuickTime, MPlayer or my tibi. But that's OK, because I was too busy chortling to mind.

Bonkers stuff, Reave. This is definitely one I'll have to show to fanedit virgins.

Enjoyjoy: 10 pelvic aerothrusts.

Faneditor's Reply

Thanks for the review. Can you tell me exactly where the audio slips? I haven't had this complaint on the mkv version, so I would like to track down the issue on the mp4.

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