by Uncanny Antman
What is it about? The End of Daysαseen through the eyes of an ex-cop who has lost everythingαwife, daughter, and faith.
Original film name: End of Days.
New film name: Jericho Cane.
Film studio name: Universal.
Edit crew name: Uncanny Antman.
Date Original Film Was Released: 1999
Date Edit Was Released: July 2008
Original Runtime: 2h2m
New Runtime: 1h30m
Your intention for this fan edit: Apart from just simply wanting to tighten up the pacing, I felt that the story worked more effectively when revealed via Jericho?s experiences. Rather than have the entire back-story spelled out to us in the first ten minutes, we learn what is going on as Jericho learns it. I also wanted to heighten the focus on Jericho?s spiritual journey, such as it is. Also, by removing the early Cult scenes, the film deceptively starts off as a more typical Arnold Schwarzenegger action film, only to transform into a supernatural thriller as we progress.
Your way to achieve your intention: Primarily, the removal of any early scenes featuring Christine, including her birth. We do not meet her until Jericho does. The subsequent exposition fills in all the details that we need.
* Numerous snips and alterations, some of the more noticeable changes beingα
* Removed the early scenes involving the Cult.
* Removed The Albino.
* Moved the scene of ?The Manö being possessed to later in the film so that when Jericho is protecting him at the beginning, he is still just a regular guy. Why would Satan need to hire Schwarzenegger as a bodyguard? At one point, Father Kovack mentions that the ?manö (the person that Satan was to inhabit) was destined, just as Christine wasαso the theory stands that Thomas Aquinas was trying to kill the vessel before he was taken over. Otherwise, what?s with thinking he could just stop Satan with a bullet?
* Trimmed the possession sequence, specifically removing the transparent ?Creatureö skating around town.
* Removed the insultingly stupid fake scare of the cat in the refrigerator.
* Removed all scenes involving Christine up until Jericho and Chicago locate her.
* Removed most of the moments of supposed levity involving The Man. (The bus hitting the kid, ?Don?t fuck up the coat.ö et cetera.)
* Removed The Man pissing oil, or whatever that crap is. We?ve already seen him blow up a restaurant at will, so why the need for this ridiculousness? Also removed shots of Chicago either in or next to van before explosionαwhen he shows up at Jericho?s apartment later, it should be believable that he survived. Which it is not in the theatrical cut.
* Removed Mabel beating the shit out of Jericho. I mean what the hell? αis she supposed to be a demon or something? If she is, it?s oddly out of context with the rest of the film. And if she isn?t, what?s the deal with her claws and Arnie-bashing abilities?
* Removed The Man showing off the healing of his wounds to Jericho. If he can do that, why does his body become so damaged later on?
* Removed some fire stunt shots with a less-than-convincing mask, and the shot where Jericho and Christine outrun an explosion.
* Removed the phony countdown drama during the climax. How exactly is Satan supposed to impregnate Christine in the three seconds before the so-called Millennium is over? By making it so that there is still plenty of time to ?do the deedö, it makes Jericho?s sacrifice actually mean something, as it?s truly his only way to stop the End of Days.
* Also trimmed, cropped, flipped, and altered a bunch of continuity errors. I never noticed before how many this film has. I have, however, left in a lot of the ?Action Arnold clich?sö The film literally progresses due to a parade of clich?s, coincidences, and just plain luck. (Not to mention, several intentional plotholes.) To remove them would (in my opinion) destroy any semblence of an actual storyline.
Fan edit details (please add here details about DVD contents as well as video and audio information): Anamorphic, and 5.1 audio. The DVD also features the teaser trailer, and a video tribute to the late, great Stan Winston. There?s probably an easter egg there too, but who can say for sure, hmmm?
Hardware and software information (what did you use to create your fan edit): Premiere, Photoshop, DVDLabPro.