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[[caption-width-right:350:For those who miss or want to experience the pre-{{George Lucas altered|version}} movies.]]

Most of us can never be completely satisfied with a work. Sure, you love your favorite movie, but you've seen it enough times that you've started to notice some of the inevitable technical errors, and they irk you. Or perhaps there's that one character that [[TheScrappy just gets on your nerves]] and seems to serve no purpose for the plot. Or maybe you watch the deleted scenes and wonder why they were removed.

In any case, this probably sounds familiar. Most people don't do anything about it because they don't know how, and if they did, well, it's an awful lot of work. This, on the other hand, is what happens when obsessions are fueled by motivation and skill. Fanedits are usually labors of love, whether their intention is to file down the rough edges on a beloved classic or to polish a diamond out of a rough.

Fanedits (especially film fanedits) are in a legal grey area when it comes to copyright. Sites dedicated to them warn that you shouldn't pick one up unless you own the original movie, which is a good rule of thumb, though it's highly unlikely that someone who doesn't own the film would even be looking at fanedits of it in the first place. There are sources to download them, but due to copyright paranoia, distribution methods are rarely user-friendly. Because of this, it's quite common for people to trade fanedits like concert bootlegs.

For the VideoGame equivalent, see GameMod.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}} Redux'' Chapters 1-4, created by by [=ApostleBob=], attempt to combine ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'' with footage from ''Anime/Berserk1997'' to create a fan-made "director's cut" that follows the manga more closely while including highlights from both adaptations. ''Berserk Redux'' Chapter 5 aims to similarly "complete" ''Anime/Berserk2016'' by splicing in footage from ''Anime/Berserk1997'', ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'', and ''VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk''.
* The ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' concurrency project is a fan edit that aims to splice Episodes 25 & 26 of the original series with The End of Evangelion in chronological order. Several versions of this edit exist on the web.
* There is [[http://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1usgfrG85NCcUZVeVdtVmJScTQ/view a fan edit]] of the entire ''LightNovel/ReZero'' anime which removes all the time loops, giving an outside perspective of how insane Subaru looks when he resets.
* ''[[Manga/DragonBall Dragon Ball Recut]]'' is a rather popular fanedit that attempts to remove as much filler from the 1986-1989 ''Dragon Ball'' anime as possible, similarly to what ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' was to ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. While some filler is still present (mainly scenes that were impossible to remove due to how deeply integrated they were into the main story, such as the Pilaf gang's appearance in episode 1), the edit overall cuts out a significant portion of the anime's extra material. To put things into perspective, the original anime ran for 153 episodes, while the recut lasts only 82. The author of ''Dragon Ball Recut'' is also currently working on a filler-free edit of ''Dragon Ball Z'' and an edit of ''Dragon Ball Kai'' that tries to remove what filler did remain there. No links will be included for obvious legal reasons, but information about ''Dragon Ball Recut'' can be found in [[http://www.kanzenshuu.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=34866 this]] ''Kanzenshuu'' thread.
* ''[[{{Manga/Naruto}} Naruto Kai]]'' is a fan edit in the same vein as the aforementioned ''Dragon Ball Recut''. This series, however, also adapts ''Shippuden'', and each episode covers the same amount of content that would be found in one volume of the manga[[note]]In order to be directly comparable, ''Dragon Ball Recut'' would have to adapt ''Dragon Ball Z'' as well[[/note]]. As of writing, the series has 70 episodes, and plans to end with 72. For comparison's sake: the first ''Naruto series'' ended with ''220'' episodes, and ''Shipuuden'' ended with 500, for a total of '''[[ArchivePanic 720]]''' episodes, ''ten times'' the number of episodes ''Naruto Kai'' plans to have.

[[folder: Comics ]]
* ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield'' is the comic edited to remove its title character.

[[folder: Film ]]
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' series are among the most fan-edited movies. There are several good reasons for this: with a fanbase that big and obsessive, you're going to have a few people with the technical knowhow and bags full of ideas, and Star Wars is ripe for changes. The scope of Star Wars fanedits ranges far and wide.
** Few will argue that adywan's [[http://swrevisited.wordpress.com/ Revisited Trilogy]] is the most ambitious fan-powered undertaking you're likely to find. A New Hope: Revisited was finished in 2008 after over 2 years of work, and the effort showed. Every single laser and saber was re-rotoscoped, the entire film was color-corrected from the 2004 [=DVDs=] (which looked like the film stock had been soaked in blue Kool-Aid), the entire soundtrack was remixed, irritating special-edition slapstick trimmed out as neatly as possible, hundreds of technical errors fixed, believable special effects and brand-new footage shot by the editor integrated, and most importantly, Han shot first. The editor even managed to make the saber duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader kinetic and engaging. In 2017, the Empire Strikes Back Revisited came out.
*** The Prequel Trilogy will also be revisited, and Adywan is hoping to make this trilogy "almost unrecognizable" with all of its new voice dubs and special effect edits.
*** "Purist" versions of the OT also exist, which are pretty much exactly like they were originally shown in the theaters (i.e., nothing to make them more consistent with the Prequels), plus remastered picture and sound quality.
** The Despecialized Editions are a massive project by Harmy which, using multiple sources such as the UsefulNotes/LaserDisc, Blu-Ray, 35MM scans, etc. completely reconstructed the original and unaltered theatrical versions in HD for UsefulNotes/BluRay players.
** ''War of the Stars''. Editor The Man Behind the Mask set out to turn A New Hope into a grindhouse movie, and the results are hilarious. The less given away about this one, the better.
** Creator/TopherGrace of all people created a fan edit of the prequel trilogy that cut it down to a single film. He has no intention of making it available for public viewing, but there were some articles written about what he included, and there have been a few copycat attempts by some fans, such as ''Turn to the Dark Side''
** Another famous edit is the Fall of the Jedi Prequel trilogy by Q2, which keeps all Original Trilogy spoilers hidden (especially the Vader/Luke twist) and has Padme survive.
** The "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_Edit Phantom Edit]]" is another high-profile fan-edit of the prequels. Edits of Episode I and Episode II are available, each including commentary tracks explaining the editor's choices.
** More recently, some dedicated fans have been acquiring, scanning and restoring actual film prints of the original trilogy. Considering the age and condition of many of these prints, and the quality of the samples that have been released, these fans are working such absolute magic that an official HD release of the unaltered trilogy may soon be redundant.
** ''Film/RogueOne'' is the first film in the franchise without a OpeningCrawl. [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/rogue-one-opening-crawl-makes-feel-more-like-star-wars-958585 Cue the fans...]]
* There exists at least one edit of Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier that recuts the film down to a 40-minute TV episode length, and others that simply excise the more infamously crappy moments.
* The Man Behind the Mask also gave us ''Film/{{Jaws}}: The Sharksploitation Edit''. It was his first grindhouse edit and came before War of the Stars, and turned one of the greatest thrillers of all time into a B movie.
* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies attract a lot of editors, especially those who were given ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' and are looking to make lemonade.
* The ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movies also tend to be given a lot of attention, given the controversial nature of Creator/RichardDonner and Richard Lester's different takes on ''Film/SupermanII'', resulting in many hybrid cuts. A user named Selutron has attempted an edit of ''Superman II'' into what he thinks would've been the version released had Donnor stayed on to direct the rest of II. Selutron felt the existing "Richard Donnor cut" had too many issues (using worse takes, copy-and-paste music, odd-looking effects), and sought to fix them with this version.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' has the Recobbled Cut, which combines deleted scenes, line art, concept art, and audio in an attempt to create the film Creator/RichardWilliams originally envisioned before it was [[ExecutiveMeddling meddled with to death.]]
* One brave soul on YouTube edited the original ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' movie into [[http://theforbidden-zone.com/media/tzone.shtml a 24 minute episode of]] ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'', which makes sense, since Creator/RodSerling was one of the writers of the original film. Using original "Zone" background music, re-tinting the episode in greyscale, and adding opening and closing narration from two original "zone" episodes. It has been well received by many die-hard "Zone" fans, including Marc Scott Zicree, author of ''The Twilight Zone Companion'', who has basically called it the 157th episode of the series.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' edits: There have been attempts to make the trilogy into one four hour movie but only three have been successful. The reactions to them were... mixed to say the least, not helped that they're plagued with editing problems and awkward transitions and one version was discovered to be a bootleg version. [[Main/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement That's all we'll say on the matter]].
* A fanedit of ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' can be downloaded [[https://mega.co.nz/#!mZ5lSRJb!tNImzUc0n-6Uk9mMr6hGMrnZ1MOQ4lwjCH3MZsBgVF0 here]]. It adds some deleted unfinished animation, including Nuka's infamous last line before dying ("I finally got your attention, didn't I?") and Zira committing suicide rather than losing her grip on the ledge, and '''completely''' removes Timon and Pumbaa from the final battle.
* A 20th anniversary fanedit of the infamous ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie was made in 2013. Details of what was altered can be seen [[http://www.smbmovie.com/SMBArchive/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1575 here]].
* Creator/StevenSoderbergh put together [[http://extension765.com/sdr/16-heavens-gate-the-butchers-cut an "immoral and illegal" edit]] of ''Film/HeavensGate'' that trimmed it to under two hours. He tightens up the narrative, ditches the epilogue and [[spoiler:puts the Harvard scenes at the end as a flashback]].
* A film student made ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut:'' ''[[http://vimeo.com/150483774 Outside Edition]]'', which shows the events of ''Inside Out'' from outside Riley's mind.
* There are edits of ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' by Film/DCExtendedUniverse fans that were taken aback by the questionable modifications brought to the film by Creator/JossWhedon, Music/DannyElfman and whatever Warner Bros' ExecutiveMeddling did during its infamously [[TroubledProduction troubled post-production]], concurrently with the fan calls to Warner Bros to release a Creator/ZackSnyder director's cut of the film. Typical edits include the removal of dodgy comedy bits, removal of some scenes that included the infamous CGI-recreated face of Creator/HenryCavill, removal of the Russian family, inclusion of the few {{deleted scene}}s available as well as some {{missing trailer scene}}s, and heavy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs9OCyHiId8 rescoring]] with soundtracks from ''Film/ManOfSteel'', ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' and ''Film/{{Wonder Woman|2017}}'' (with also some additions from other soundtracks by Music/JunkieXL at times). Some edits end up as short as one hour and a half, to remove as much Whedon reshoots as possible.

[[folder: Live-Action Television ]]
* TV doesn't get the fanedit treatment quite as often as movies do, but it's not totally forgotten. ''Series/PrisonBreak'''s first season was trimmed down into a 'movie' trilogy, its open ending tied off to offer closure.
* The fanedit works of "battlestar1999" do the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' series proud
* There's a version of ''Series/KnightRider 2000'' where [[spoiler:Devon Miles ''isn't'' killed]]. The editor recently went back and created a new version of it which can be viewed [[https://zaredit.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/knight-rider-2000-one-cut-can-make-a-difference/ here]]
* A fanedit exists of the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' series finale where there are no flash-forward at the end, Tess isn't killed, and ComicBook/LexLuthor doesn't lose his memories.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has received some fanedit treatment, particulary where the infamous fan hoax "Scorpion Rain" is concerned, with several attempts at making the "episode" resulting in ten minute, twenty-five, and even forty-five minute attempts. Most recently, the much reviled output of the Johnathan Tzachor helmed "Neo Saban" seasons have encouraged various fan remixes and edits. There are also edits that cut down several multi-parters from season two, reducing them to just one episode.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Superfan "Whoflix" has edited all of the existing episodes of the Classic Series (including missing episodes in audio form) and occasionally works on several new series episodes also.
** There have been several efforts by fans to colorize the first six seasons of the Classic Series, which were shot on black and white videotape; while no known efforts to colorize a full serial have ever seen success, various colorized clips [[SturgeonsLaw of variable quality]] have emerged on the internet. Perhaps the most notable and most well-done colorization efforts have come from the channels [[https://www.youtube.com/user/BabelColour Babelcolour]] ([[PromotedFanboy who actually ended up]] leading the BBC's official color restoration of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E2TheMindOfEvil The Mind of Evil]]''[='s=] first episode) and [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXWaWRE_qwOHc0CIo1K38Uw The Wheel in Space]].
* There's an edit of {{Series/Daredevil 2015}} called ''The Señor Foggy Show'' that cuts out everything Foggy isn't privy to.
* Several fans edited the last final episodes of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' removing the controversial [[spoiler: divorce of Barney and Robin]] as well as [[spoiler: the mother's death and Ted's kids urging him to go after Robin]]. The official ending alternate released later on DVD made the latter canon.
* There are least [[https://earthprime.com/video/exodus-excised two]] [[https://zaredit.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/sliders-the-exodus-fanedit/ fanedits]] of the controversial [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Sliders Sliders]] two-parter The Exodus in an attempt to remove some of the hoakier sci-fi elements and give [[spoiler: Arturo's demise]] more dignity or make it look more needless and tragic. One of the edits even repurposes the outcome of the story as [[spoiler: The Sliders helping the doomed Pulsar world's population move to Earth Prime, only they choose to continue sliding afterwards in order to bring Rickman to justice]]