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Berserk Redux: A Fanedit of the Golden Age and the '97 anime

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ApostleBob:
Hey Skullknighters, I’ve been working intermittently on a Berserk fan edit of the Golden Age trilogy intercut with the ’97 anime.  The goal is to make a series of four movies that more accurately represent the spirit of Berserk and yet retain an exciting cinematic pace.  There have been hundreds of minor edits to make scenes and conversation flow better as well as major additions to improve character development and plot. 

This cut is coming from a wholly different philosophy than Griffith’s excellent and meticulous fanedit Berserk: Recut.  While I am trying to make the movies more faithful to the manga, this is by no means a purist cut that attempts to recreate manga as accurately as possible.  These are meant to feel like movies.  I don’t think that the manga, as it is, lends itself to being a “movie.”  This is not to say that I think that the story is told bad in manga form; quite the contrary.  But I do think some storytelling techniques work better in the literary mediums.  Therefore there have been some cuts, and overall voiceover has been significantly diminished.  The Black Swordsman has been shifted to a more linear position in the story. If the movies represent a scene in a way that I find more interesting or cinematic than the anime, I go with that version of it.

Another important note:  The ’97 anime is presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio while the golden age trilogy is 16:9.  I chose to retain these original formats to avoid drastic recropping of the picture and composition of the anime.  I realize this may initially feel abrupt, but I promise that you get used to it.

All comments and feedback are welcome. 


BERSERK REDUX TRAILERURL: https://vimeo.com/118679440

Notable changes to movie 1 include:
-Color correction to match the animation styles of the two formats
-Hundreds of minor cuts to make conversation flow more naturally
-Removal of most voice over and redundant dialogue throughout
-Removal of many background characters commentary (Not all)
-Restoring the "In this world" opening line by Void
-Modification of opening credits
-Restoring Corkus's debate on whether to attack Guts on the road
-Multiple minor edits during Corkus, Casca and Griffith's initial attack on Guts
-Removal of super human jump by Griffith
-Restoring minor reactions after Guts is beaten a second time by Grifith
-Restoring Guts reflecting on his loss in a tent and Casca warding off an ambush by Corkus
-Restoring Guts First battle with the Hawks
-Restoring Guts childhood flashbacks
-Restoring Griffith's philosophical discussion with Guts about destiny after the battle
-Restoring the after battle party
-Restoring the morning discussion with Judeau and the water fight with Griffith
-Restoring the Beherit being introduced after the water fight. Includes Fortune teller flashback
-Removal of the trilogy's "I will have my own kingdom" scene
-Extension of the fight with Zodd to be more intense and faithful (Guts beaten worse, Zodd's arm severed)
-Restoring Minister Foss and nobles confronting Guts in castle corridor after Zodd
-Restoring Guts visiting injured Griffith at chapel and getting punched by Casca
-Removing Griffith showing Guts the Beherit on the stairs and Guts almost falling off railing.
-Restored Guts musing on the roof with his sword
-Restored Foss and Julius's plotting. Shortened significantly so that Julius doesn't come off so thick headed.
-Shortened the Fall Hunt scene so that Charlotte doesn't wail at the end
-Added Guts talking to Griffith about his library
-Added Guts witnessing Julius give Adonis a harsh sword lesson.
-Shortened Julius's death scene so he doesn't stagger like a zombie
-Extended Guts escape from Julius's keep to be more intense.
-Restored Guts escape into the sewers after leaping over the wall.
-Some subtle edits in the 'dreams' speech.

Changes not made:
-Aspect ratio for both media sources remain true their original format (This cannot be fixed without massive picture cropping)
-Opening castle siege remains (Sets up a world at war, is an exciting opening, and does a great job of introducing Guts)
-Guts wears a mask during assassination of Julius (a reasonable change and the trilogy's version of the scene is more cinematic)

CONTINUITY NOTE:
Due to merging two different sources of the same story, there are certain inevitable continuity errors. This edit focuses on character, story, and pacing over the continuity of wardrobe, art style, or minor details. These continuity errors are known and remain by choice.

Total Running time: 97 minutes

Final disclaimer: This fanedit is for educational purposes only. I own all of this source media in a commercially available format and do not endorse piracy in any way.  ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO WARNER BROTHERS, STUDIO 4ºC, VIZ MEDIA, VAP, AND MEDIA BLASTERS. Viewers should own a commercially available version of the film and television show prior to viewing this fanedit.

KuraiDragoon:
This seems really cool but why is the widescreen movie footage miniaturized?

ApostleBob:

--- Quote from: KuraiDragoon on November 17, 2013, 02:56:36 PM ---This seems really cool but why is the widescreen movie footage miniaturized?

--- End quote ---

It's a formatting issue I ran into when combining the two media types  between the Golden Age and Anime.  The issue is due to Vimeo's native aspect ratio and the 4:3 aspect ratio of the anime.  The widescreen of the golden age film couldn't be larger without cropping off the top and bottom of the anime.  There's also an annoying blue line on the right hand border.  I'm experimenting with settings on the movies timeline to see if I can solve this and boost the quality a bit more.  A bit frustrating to be sure. 

Edit: This has now been Fixed

In the meantime, if you guys have any constructive feedback, please let me know. 

Chapter 2 is on it's way!

ApostleBob:
And here's chapter 2:


BERSERK REDUX: THE HUNDRED YEAR WARURL: https://vimeo.com/79562848

Notable changes include:
-Color correction to match the animation styles of the two formats
-Hundreds of minor cuts to make conversation flow more naturally
-Removal of most voice over and redundant dialogue throughout
-Removal of many background characters commentary (Not all)
-Modification of opening credits
-Restored Griffith's encounter with Minister Foss
-Restored Charlotte giving Griffith the lode stone keepsake
-Restored the introduction of the Queen
-Restored Casca's flashback as well as the story about Gennon
-Restored some of the banter between Guts and Casca as to why she resents him.
-Extended the 100 man fight
-Restored Samson to the fight
-Made Guts super human leap look realistic
-UPDATE: Reordered the mercenaries regrouping during the 100 man fight
-Extended Casca fleeing from mercenaries
-Extended Guts's fight on his own against the 100 men
-Changed Casca's rescue so that Griffith is not present.
-UPDATED: Altered the Hawks finding Guts so that Griffith is not present
-Restored Guts being carried back to camp
-Restored Guts being treated by the doctor
-Restored Casca at the fire
-Restored Judeau telling her about Griffith and giving her elf dust
-Restored the Bonfire of Dreams scene in full
-Restored Griffith returning to the camp
-Abridged parts of the Midland war council
-Restored Generals Raban and Owen discussing Griffith
-Restored Guts playing Dice and learning that Gennon is at the head of Doldrey.
-Restored Zodd watching the battle of Doldrey
-Restored Zodd throwing his sword to Guts after he's knocked off his horse. 
-Restored Boscogn's head flying through the air.
-Changed the dialogue between Griffith and Gennon now that their history is already clear.
-Removed the bizarre shots of Gennons slave boys dead after the battle.
-Restored Guts visiting a wounded Casca on the parapet with Zodd's sword and carrying her to see Griffith.
-Restored Zodd observing the victory and commenting on the coming eclipse. 

Changes NOT made:
-Gennon still has Griffith look alike with him in the bath
-Boscogn still orders eye patch to kill Griffith if he gets a chance
-Eye patch is killed by Gennon before he can do the deed.
-Guts sword is not broken when he falls off his horse for continuity reasons.

CONTINUITY NOTE:
Due to merging two different sources of the same story, there are certain inevitable continuity errors. This edit focuses on character, story, and pacing over the continuity of wardrobe, art style, or minor details. These continuity errors are known and remain by choice.

Total Running time: 91 minutes

Final disclaimer: This fanedit is for educational purposes only. I own all of this source media in a commercially available format and do not endorse piracy in any way.  ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO WARNER BROTHERS, STUDIO 4ºC, VIZ MEDIA, VAP, AND MEDIA BLASTERS. Viewers should own a commercially available version of the film and television show prior to viewing this fanedit.


ApostleBob:
UPDATE: I have fixed the issue of the widescreen appearing small in the video player. I have also added some footage of Duke Julius training his son with Guts watching and made minor adjustments to the scene in which Griffith explains the Beherit to Guts.  Follow the same link for the update.

Disclaimer: The above process had an unexpected oversight in which the disclaimer text at the beginning was blown up and is outside the frame.  This is a mistake that will be corrected in future versions. This is the only instance in which anything is outside the frame.  The rest of the movie is improved in resolution as well.

UPDATE: This is Fixed as well as a small gap that occured before Corkus ambushed Guts.

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