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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 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. Fan edits 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.


Fan edits (especially film fan edits) 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 fan edits 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 fan edits like concert bootlegs.

For the Video Game equivalent, see Game Mod.



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     Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk Redux Chapters 1-4, created by by ApostleBob, attempt to combine Berserk: The Golden Age Arc with footage from Berserk (1997) 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" Berserk (2016) by splicing in footage from Berserk (1997), Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, and Berserk and the Band of the Hawk.
  • The Neon Genesis Evangelion 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 a fan edit of the entire Re:Zero anime which removes all the time loops, giving an outside perspective of how insane Subaru looks when he resets.
  • Dragon Ball Recut is a rather popular fan edit that attempts to remove as much filler from the 1986-1989 Dragon Ball anime as possible, similarly to what Dragon Ball Kai was to Dragon Ball Z. 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 this Kanzenshuu thread.
    • Another fan edited the Universal Survival Arc of Dragon Ball Super and condensed it into the 48 minutes it took in canon by showing multiple fights at the same time. The timer even freezes when Hit does his time skips.
  • 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 manganote . 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 720 episodes, ten times the number of episodes Naruto Kai plans to have.
  • DEEN's Fate/stay night - Fate Route Fan Edit is a fan edit of Studio DEEN's Fate route adaptation that removes shoehorned elements from the Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven's Feel routes which also removes their major respective spoiler reveals inside of that adaptation. The first two episodes of the Fate/stay night's anime are replaced with the Prologue and first episode from the Ufotable's adaptation of Unlimited Blade Works except removing the Unlimited Blade Works logo and the first episode of the anime ends earlier to be faithful to the Fate route's events. The only remains of the first two episodes of the DEEN's Fate route anime adaptation are 3 scenes that are used for some of the later episodes.


  • The Star Wars movies (specially the Original Trilogy) are among the most fan-edited. 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 fan edits ranges far and wide.
    • Few will argue that adywan's Revisited Trilogy is the most ambitious fan-powered undertaking you're likely to find. A New Hope: Revisited was finished in 2008 after over two 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 LaserDisc, Blu-Ray, 35MM scans, etc. completely reconstructed the original and unaltered theatrical versions in HD for Blu-ray 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.
    • Topher Grace 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 "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 35mm film prints of the original trilogy that were distributed to theaters back in the 70's and 80's. 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. The most notable of these efforts, Project 4K, eventually managed to produce and release high-quality restorations of the entire Original Trilogy based on these theatrical prints, both in versions with film grain intact for purist videophiles and in versions with grain digitally removed for those used to that method of restoration.
    • Rogue One is the first film in the franchise without an Opening Crawl. Cue the fans...
    • Ivan Ortega led a project to edit The Last Jedi to remove its divisive elements and add in some deleted scenes; it features, among other things, a proper training montage for Rey, new soundalike voiceovers for Admiral Ackbar (who doesn't get abruptly killed off but instead pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to cripple the First Order's fleet) and Luke Skywalker (who gives Rey his old lightsaber instead of throwing it away, is actually shown mourning Han's death, is portrayed as having genuinely tried to save Ben Solo from becoming Kylo Ren, and doesn't get killed off at the end after having projected himself through the Force), and some flashback scenes to flesh out characters. Apparently, a full ending duel between Luke and Kylo is planned, but not finished as of this writing.
    • There's at least one "watchable" edit of the infamous Holiday Special.
  • There exists at least one edit of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 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 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 Terminator movies attract a lot of editors, especially those who were given Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and are looking to make lemonade.
  • The Superman movies also tend to be given a lot of attention, given the controversial nature of Richard Donner and Richard Lester's different takes on Superman II, 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 Donner stayed on to direct the rest of II. Selutron felt the existing "Richard Donner cut" had too many issues (using worse takes, copy-and-paste music, odd-looking effects), and sought to fix them with this version.
  • The Thief and the Cobbler has the Recobbled Cut, which combines deleted scenes, line art, concept art, and audio in an attempt to create the film Richard Williams originally envisioned before it was meddled with to death.
  • One brave soul on YouTube edited the original Planet of the Apes (1968) movie into a 24 minute episode of The Twilight Zone (1959), which makes sense, since Rod Serling 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.
  • The Hobbit's mixed reception led to a number of these, generally with the goals of hacking down three films and nine hours of screentime into something less ponderous, and removing elements seen as unfaithful to the book or padding. The subplots of Gandalf investigating the Necromancer and Kili and Tauriel's love triangle are usually first on the chopping block, and Bilbo's character arc tends to receive priority in scenes that stay. The two most well-regarded, both clocking in at around four hours, seem to be the Bilbo Edit, which tries to hew as close to the book as possible (even featuring a "chapter"-style division), and the Maple Films edit, which aims more for cohesion and pacing to create something professional. The creator of the latter even had enough footage left over to create an hour-long film about Gandalf, the White Council, and Thorin's family, called Durin's Folk and the Hill of Sorcery.
  • A fanedit of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride can be downloaded 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 Super Mario Bros. movie was made in 2013. Details of what was altered can be seen here.
  • Steven Soderbergh put together an "immoral and illegal" edit of Heaven's Gate that trimmed it to under two hours. He tightens up the narrative, ditches the epilogue and puts the Harvard scenes at the end as a flashback.
  • A film student made Inside Out: Outside Edition, which shows the events of Inside Out from outside Riley's mind.
  • Avengers: Endgame edits usually combine it with Avengers: Infinity War to form one epic length adventure. A recent edit dubbed Endgame 3000 takes an altogether different approach, drastically altering the outcome of the final battle with Thanos so he is defeated by Steve Rogers wielding Thor's hammer, allowing Tony Stark to live
  • Justice League: A number of DC Extended Universe fans loathed the questionable modifications brought to it by Joss Whedon and Danny Elfman during the infamously troubled post-production after Zack Snyder's departure. Said modifications broke the thematic continuity and tone that were established by Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and, as a result, a number of fan edits came about, concurrently with the fan calls to Warner Bros to release a director's cut of the film (the latter eventually happened). Typical edits include the removal of quips and dodgy comedy bits (such as Flash faceplanting on Wonder Woman), removal of some scenes that featured the infamous CGI-recreated face of Henry Cavill (including the opening's phone footage where he talks to a bunch of kids), removal of continuity errors, removal of the Russian family, inclusion of the few deleted scenes available as well as some missing trailer scenes, and heavy rescoring with soundtracks from Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman (with also some additions from other soundtracks by Junkie XL at times). Some edits end up as short as one hour and a half, to remove as much Whedon reshoots as possible. Some fans managed to woven Darkseid (as he was supposed to appear in the Snyder version) in it using his Injustice 2 cinematics version, others darken Superman's suit, as the famous black suit was hyped up before the film's release and ultimately not shown.
  • An edit of the 2017 Netflix adaptation of "Death Note" is currently in production by a YouTuber called Declan Corey. This edit will remove most of the ham, make the film more faithful and even gives L his iconic voice changer in one scene!
  • LastSurvivor edited the James Bond film Die Another Day into Icarus to remove the more ridiculous elements of the film, such as the CGI tsunami, the Aston Martin's invisibility function and the Madonna theme.
  • A fan edit of Memento rearanges the scenes in chronological order.
  • An interesting variation is described in Nerdwriter1's essay on the 2016 film Passengers, as seen here. Writer Evan Puschak describes his view that the film is fundamentally both the wrong genre and from the wrong point of view, and how the film makers basically dropped the ball by not focusing on the more disturbing overtones of the film. Instead of being a sci-fi romance from Chris Pratt's viewpoint, it should be a sci-fi thriller from Jennifer Lawrence's perspective. He then proceeds to demonstrate how this can be accomplished with amazing ease by just changing the order of scenes and cutting the ending.
  • Gamera: the Brave - Retro Edition, helped to improve the original movie by adding in new credits that celebrated the Heisei trilogy the film is a spiritual sequel to and most important, changed some sound design to give the heroic turtle kaiju back his iconic roar instead of the generic monster noises he had in the original film
  • Godzilla 1985: HD Restoration by Red Menace, helped get the highest quality edition of the US recut that had been extremely ellusive for decades and synchronize it back up with the Japanese scenes.

     Live-Action Television 
  • TV doesn't get the fanedit treatment quite as often as movies do, but it's not totally forgotten. Prison Break's first season was trimmed down into a 'movie' trilogy, its open ending tied off to offer closure.
  • There's a version of Knight Rider 2000 where Devon Miles isn't killed. The editor recently went back and created a new version of it which can be viewed here
  • A fanedit exists of the Smallville series finale where there are no flash-forward at the end, Tess isn't killed, and Lex Luthor doesn't lose his memories.
  • Power Rangers 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 versions. 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.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Whoflix (a subproject of Doctor Who superfan blogger Whopix) has edited all of the existing episodes of the Classic Series (including orphan episodes and audio-only edits of missing stories) and series 1-10 of the New Series (heavily disliking the Thirteenth Doctor).
    • 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 of variable quality have emerged on the internet. Perhaps the most notable and most well-done colorization efforts have come from the channels Babelcolour (who actually ended up leading the BBC's official color restoration of The Mind of Evil's first episode) and The Wheel in Space.
    • An edit of the twelfth series episode Can You Hear Me exists that deals with the controversial ending differently, and The Doctor gives Graham words of comfort rather than give in to social awkwardness. However, as this edit was created by a fan who SHIPS Graham and 13 together, the new cut ends with The Doctor admitting she likes Graham and adds that she really likes kissing him. These bits were all done using genuine audio samples from a short film Jodie starred in a few years ago.
  • There's an edit of Daredevil (2015) called The Señor Foggy Show that cuts out everything Foggy isn't privy to.
  • Several fans edited the last final episodes of How I Met Your Mother removing the controversial divorce of Barney and Robin as well as 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.
  • A fan of Sherlock? A fan of the Sherlolly 'ship? Dissatisfied with series three and four? If so, Reichenbach Fall: The B*llocks Edition (aka The Sherlolly Cut) might just be your edit of choice. This edit integrates Anderson's implausible tumblr bait theory from The Empty Hearse and uses it as the actual climax to the episode (Lestrade refusing to buy it as a plausible explanation is retained however), the edit concludes with Sherlock proposing he and Molly solve crimes together now that they're a couple
  • There are least two fanedits of the controversial Sliders two-parter The Exodus in an attempt to remove some of the hokier sci-fi elements and give 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 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.
  • As a reality show subject to Manipulative Editing, there's no surprise that Survivor sees the occasional fan edit. The most well-known is of the Samoa season, which cuts the extraneous Russell Hantz confessionals and replaces them with deleted scenes that were cut from the official edit.
  • Chronological Once Upon A Time, a fan project where all the scenes from Once Upon a Time are put in chronological order. The fan also skipped season 7 and some redundant scenes and added deleted footage.

     Web Animation 
  • Fan edits exist for Volume 4 of RWBY, to separate each of the four main characters' arcs into their own mini-volume.
  • Dark Simpsons takes the approach of taking unrelated scenes from The Simpsons and editing into short videos that create a simple narrative. They lean towards the Black Comedy angle, and usually involve moments of murder, rape, incest, and suicide. The host site also allows fans to submit their own entries as well. They currently have two youtube channels can be found here and here.

     Western Animation 
  • The 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series ends it's tenth and final season with Splinter telling his students they are now equal to him after they vanquish their Red Sky era nemesis Lord Dregg for good. Three episodes earlier, in the conclusion of a five part story, the Turtles and their past selves fought back against Dregg and their long-running enemies Shredder and Krang. Feeling as if the final moments of the finale would have been better served at the end of this one, and dissatisfied with how abrupt the end of this particular episode was, a fan editor put together ''Turtles To The Second Power-Finale Fanedit'' which adds the final scene of the official finale ''Divide and Conquer" to the end of "Turtles To The Second Power" to give more fitting closure to the epic five part event and make the story a worthy finale to the classic TMNT animated series.


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