What is it about: Mel Gibson's BRAVEHEART edited to a faster paced, historical more accurate hero tale. Less romance, true to the brave heart.
original film name: Braveheart
new film name : Braveheart - The Elerslie Edition
film studio name : 20th Century Fox, Icon
edit crew name : CBB
Date Original Film Was Released : 1995
Date Edit Was Released : May, 2008
Original Runtime : 177 min
New Runtime : 121 min
Amount of time Cut/Added : about 56 minutes cut
"I shall tell you of William Wallace...". This is the story of Scotland's greatest warrior. The fanedit is an alternate, condensed, faster paced and more historically accurate version of the original movie. Most importantly Princess Isabelle was removed, for Willam Wallace's and her paths actually never crossed. Several other scenes were changed either for pacing, for plot or for policial correctness, especially with the anti-homosexual attitude. This fanedit is supposed to be a tight and thrilling medieval tale about a commoner, who united Scotland in its fight against surpression. With a lot of the rather romantic scenes removed, the focus has almost completely moved towards the relationship of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
- The torture ending was moved to the beginning:
This was done to completely change the mood of the movie. The audience will know how and that William Wallace dies from the very beginning. It takes the sore feeling off the original ending and replaces it with the hopeful atmosphere of Wallace's impact on Scotland.
- Robert the Bruce was removed from the torture ending: All major characters are shown in the original, when William Wallace dies, but since this scene is now the beginning of the movie, which also means that the characters are introduced, less was more. Too many people would have been confusing.
- Removed William wallace's youth: Although these scenes are really good and give the audience a nice picture of how it was to live in Scotland in the 13th century as a commoner, they slowed the movie down. Historically the youth of William Wallace is a myth anyway. Some scenes are referred to later on, like William's first cotnact with Murron, but that could be corrected. Also the youth scenes give a first impression of the cruelty and incredibility of Edward the Longshanks, but he has plenty of room to prove that later on, so it wasn't really needed.
- Removed the wedding scene of Prince Edward and Princess Isabelle: Princess Isabelle's character was completely removed from the movie. Historians have proved that she was 3 years old, when William Wallace died. The wedding scene also reveiled the homosexuality of Prince Edward, which was also removed for not being a historical fact as well as being used to make fun on gay people.
- Edward Longshanks' "Ius Primae Noctis" plans were removed. It was too early in the fanedit to show Longshanks and his son. The audience will get a full explanation of what Ius Primae Noctis is later on. The scene was good though, especially for the Shakespearean "Scotland. My land." speech of Longshanks. Still it is not really needed.
- Robert the Bruce discusses the Ius Primae Nocte with the Scottish nobles: removed. It was also too early to introduce Robert the Bruce and his father. The scene also actually made him appear very weak, rather than in doubt. So, to make him a bit stronger, it was good to not show this.
- The flower: Murron as a child gave William a flower she picked up as condolences to his father's death. William kept this flower until he was grown up to present it back to Murron then. Since the childhood scenes were removed, this reference, although really nice, had to go.
- Isabelle caring for Prince Edward, after he was slapped: no Isabelle, no care.
- Robert the Bruce and his father discussing William Wallace: this scene was split for better impact.
- Phillip discussing war strategies with Longshanks and being thrown out of the window: gone. Phillip is not of any importance in the fanedit to avoid the homosexual references. His being thrown out of the window did set up a lot of gay people for the strange fun this cruel scene represented. The plot was changed to Longshank slapping Prince Edward, when he in fact was turning around to Phillip for the "we will stop him comment" that was also uttered by Phillip, but now seems to come from Prince Edward.
- William dreams of his wife. Although a reference to their metaphysical bound, this scene was actually really empty and rather cold. There was no space in the fanedit, where it would have fitted.
- Isabelle meeting William Wallace: nope.
- Isabelle bringing the news to Longshanks: not in the fanedit. With Isabelle gone, this scene had to be changed a lot to make Longshank's plan initially the attack on Wallace's army.
- Isabelle's maid delivers Longshank's plans to Wallace: no. Stephen tells William about what is to come and actually this works rather well. Collecting and positioning a huge army is unlikely to be a thing to happen unnoticed.
- the assassin attack on William Wallace: removed, because Isabelle coudl nto be part of it. The scene was rather good, but it was not possible to include it.
- Isabelle getting intimate with William: nope. No love for the William after his wife died. It always felt liek cheating, when he became so close with the Princess anyway.
- Isabelle poisoning William: of course not.
- Isabelle telling Longshanks of her pregnancy and her plans to kill Prince Edward: gone. Although this scene was rather good, because Longshanks finally had to take a real hit, it had to go for Isabelle being not in the fanedit.
121 minutes NTSC 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with AC3-5.1 audio
LANGUAGES : ENGLISH (5.1), GERMAN (2.0)
SUBTITLES : ENGLISH
MENUS : animated with sound
SCENE SELECTION : yes
TRAILER, TEASER : no
CBB OVERVIEW : yes, for all 24 fanedits
COVER&Disc ART : yes, on DVD-Rom part
Your intention for this fanedit:
Mel Gibson created an epic masterpiece, which still ranks among the best movies ever made. It received 5 Oscars and was a huge success, yet the length and also the mood kept a lot of people from watching it again and again, which is a pity for a movie of this tremendous strength and quality. I moved the torture ending to the beginning to completely change the mood of the movie and turn the focus rather on victory than on defeat. The new beginning reveals the cruelty of the surpressing English kingdom and William Wallace's desperate wish for Scotland's freedom. In the original movie things start sinister, turn to good, turn to even better and then take the road down and even more down to defeat. The fanedit starts sinister and does not get that depressing in the end. Moving, yes. Disappointed by the defeat and the betrayal, yes. But still open for a good ending.
The removal of Princess Isabelle worked really well and made William Wallace an actually more believable character, because his romance with the Princess always felt like cheating.
William's childhood was really well filmed, but had to be removed for pacing reasons.
Your way to achieve your intention:
This was a very difficult fanedit. More difficult than I expected, because of some technical problems. The removal of a lot of scenes and snippets required quite often completely rescoring, but in the end it all worked rather well. The most difficult parts were the ones, where a character (isablee and Phillip) had to be removed from the images. The video quality of the original DVD was rather bad, so zooming into the picture was a true task, because the result was pixelated and way to blurry. For 2 scenes I had to extract all the images, resize and resharpen them with an image tool and connect them back to movie files. This process alone used more than 50GB of hard drive space. Still the result is not perfect. These scenes can be spotted on a TV, will definitely be spotted on a computer screen and on a LCD or Plasma TV. But it's the best I could do, the scenes work and will pass an eye that is not searching for flaws. Don't let your entertainment be spoiled by that.
Hardware and software information:
Windows XP computer
with an X2 6000 dual core cpu
and 4 GB of RAM on an ASUS board
Womble MPEG DVD Wizard
Ulead Media Studio Pro 8.0
Vegas Video 7.0
Cinema Craft Encoder
Adobe Audition 1.5
Pro Show Producer
Jasc Paint Shop Pro
DVD Lab Pro 1.52
Cyberlink Power DVD
Time needed for the edition:
1 week of planning, 1 week of editing (video and audio) and another week for DVD authoring.
most of all me, myself and I
AvP, Winnie, Ghostcut, Nono, Ummagumma, ThrowgnCpr
and for your kind comments while this was IN THE WORKS:
Stomachworm, Joebshmoe, Tranz0r, Jamiemark, N0march,
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