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Star Wars in 5 Seconds. The Empire Strikes Back. Return of the Jedi. Dozens more from this YouTube user, including Batman; The Lord of the Rings I, II, and III; Amadeus; The Passion; The Princess Bride; Titanic; The Big Lebowski; and my personal favorite, The Lion King.
"In 5 seconds" not to be taken literally. Some audio may be NSFW.
posted by Partial Law (49 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite

 
Star Wars was really right on. Ones like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Fiddler on the Roof are more of a joke than a synopsis.
posted by DU at 12:11 PM on March 8, 2007


Must... go.... to work... damn you...
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:12 PM on March 8, 2007


The Lion King one really does sum up all Disney movies.
posted by yeloson at 12:18 PM on March 8, 2007


Some audio may be NSFW.

Is it the word vagina? Does it make you feel uncomfortable?
VAGINA.
posted by sour cream at 12:28 PM on March 8, 2007


Speaking of funny Star Wars stuff. Holy crap this is funny.
posted by Mr_Zero at 12:28 PM on March 8, 2007


Oh man, these are killing me. And yeloson is right, The Lion King is perfect.
posted by cortex at 12:29 PM on March 8, 2007


Hahaha. Thank you, Partial Law!
posted by BeerFilter at 12:31 PM on March 8, 2007


OT: That Vader/Emperor phone call thing is what convinced me to netflix the first season of Robot Chicken. Sadly not all of it was that funny, but it was pretty good.
posted by DU at 12:32 PM on March 8, 2007


I had a good hard laugh at the LoTR Shorts.
posted by nola at 12:32 PM on March 8, 2007


The one for The Exorcist made me laugh.
posted by inconsequentialist at 12:38 PM on March 8, 2007


These are brilliant. The Princess Bride one is *great*.
posted by ssmith at 12:42 PM on March 8, 2007


Fargo and The Godfather are not to be missed.
posted by mathowie at 12:42 PM on March 8, 2007


The Three Amigos is clever.
posted by EarBucket at 12:50 PM on March 8, 2007


Is this one of them snakes on a plane memes where everyone just pretends that this crap is amazing? I mean, it's one things that the YouTube crowd are killing themselves over these clips, but mefites?

You want comedy? Take a look at Lisa Lampenelli's stuff.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:50 PM on March 8, 2007


Oh, and Willy Wonka.
posted by EarBucket at 12:53 PM on March 8, 2007


If you've seen Momento, then see it in five seconds.
posted by sequential at 12:55 PM on March 8, 2007


Fight Club made me chortlte... even having to scroll slowly through and prove it...
posted by Rubber Soul at 1:05 PM on March 8, 2007


This makes me happy.
posted by jeffamaphone at 1:12 PM on March 8, 2007


That was surprisingly amusing.
posted by david1016 at 1:18 PM on March 8, 2007


Did this guy quit his job just to work on these all day long?
posted by JT at 1:22 PM on March 8, 2007


Haha, love the Star Wars ones.
Ahahaha and the LOTR is hilarious too.
Genius.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:22 PM on March 8, 2007


This is cool. As a side note, I frequently watch DVD movies where the pacing is a little slow at 3x or 4x speed with the subtitles on (cant hear audio though). My friends say this says a lot about me.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:37 PM on March 8, 2007


Very, very funny. Made my day!
posted by dbiedny at 1:41 PM on March 8, 2007


Yep -- nice big 5 stars for Fight Club.
posted by John Shaft at 1:42 PM on March 8, 2007


The Titanic one nearly made me spit on my monitor. It was the best.
posted by GuyZero at 1:48 PM on March 8, 2007


Truthfully, I feel that Star Wars in 30 Seconds was able to more fully capture the essence of the trilogy.
posted by deanc at 1:58 PM on March 8, 2007


Just in response to the implication that this is just some silly youtube fad, personally I find this kind of synoptic re-editing of familiar video to be somehow transcendent, for lack of a better word. Without trying to construct too much of a thesis here, I'm really amazed by whatever things like this, or also I'd say that Wickerman video do. While in that case it's a [here I struggle for a word we apparently don't have, anyone have any labels?] re-edit of a work I haven't and have no intention of seeing (Nicholas Cage's hideous remake of The Wickerman), by and large these sort of things are acting on memory and reconstructing the familiar. It's not really that significant beyond the immediate amusement value, but I do think it is worth considering in that it almost revises history in influencing posterity's, and our, opinion and recall.

Really the source of my fascination with this practice, beyond it's total hilarity to me, is my tangential but relevant recent obsession with "previously on"s. Like, at the beginning of any show with a plot, the recap, quick flashes of scenes you may or may not remember in total detail, they re-establish the entire show in the audience's mind, but it's always a partial reconstruction, yet you know everything they show must be relevant, and in fact usually gives away through this what sort of things are likely to transpire this episode. It's like they are their own mini show within the show which is everything which has occurred and will yet occur, they are a little parasite microclone of the show which in time could evolve into an independant organism and supplant the host, like who has half an hour to watch a tv show anyways these days? I love this sort of thing because I detect in it almost a hip hop mentality, cut and paste gone wild. In the future there will be no television, only youtube cut and past mashup edits reconstituting the long familiar pantheon of pop culture mythologies into staccato snippets revealing enough of the original to be, you know, original.
posted by kaspen at 2:50 PM on March 8, 2007 [3 favorites]


Does anyone else have anything worthy in this vein I might be unfortunate enough not to have encountered? And also, any names or labels? Thanks in advance, sorry for the blather, but this stuff is truely the finest in amusement.
posted by kaspen at 2:54 PM on March 8, 2007


Eh, actually most of these seem to be quick jokes you'll get if you know the movie rather than anything transcendent, although a few notable exceptions such as the Willy Wonka one actually tell the message of the movie in five seconds.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 3:30 PM on March 8, 2007


Wonderful. Just wonderful.
I wish there was a new one of these every day.
I'd buy a DvD of this.
posted by squidfartz at 3:41 PM on March 8, 2007


Oh yeah, Fight Club wins. The others were good, but that one was perfect.
posted by quin at 3:47 PM on March 8, 2007


Fight Club is tops.
posted by rhizome23 at 3:54 PM on March 8, 2007


Gentlemen prefer Batman.
posted by Kwine at 4:25 PM on March 8, 2007


I have got to second mathowie on fargo!
Oh yah!
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:35 PM on March 8, 2007


;)
posted by taosbat at 7:03 PM on March 8, 2007


While it would be easy to just do the same joke over an over, I like that he mixes it up a lot.
posted by ColdChef at 7:16 PM on March 8, 2007


izle izle izle izle izle rice krispies.
posted by popechunk at 7:16 PM on March 8, 2007


These are all great, but Fargo is my personal favorite.

Thanks for the post.
posted by ztdavis at 8:30 PM on March 8, 2007


I like it that the intro is longer than the 5 seconds of clip.
posted by porpoise at 9:15 PM on March 8, 2007


Holy Crap! How come I never realized the theme music for Wing Commander is identical to that in The Princess Bride!?

Also - how did we get used to 320x480 (or whatever) video in YouTube when realmedia (RM) sucked crap like a crack-addicted Laotian whore imported from E. Europe when close to withrdrawl? Is it frame rate or the content?
posted by porpoise at 9:32 PM on March 8, 2007


I tried to read kaspen's post but it would take, like, waaay longer than 5 seconds.
posted by Dizzy at 9:35 PM on March 8, 2007


Yep. Fight Club wins.

And apparently, I no longer need to see The Departed.
posted by dreamsign at 2:21 AM on March 9, 2007


Foci for Analysis writes "Is this one of them snakes on a plane memes where everyone just pretends that this crap is amazing?"

No, it's one of those "lots of us find this amusing, and you don't, so instead of concluding that we just have different tastes, you for some reason conclude that we're all pretending or collectively deluded" things.
posted by Bugbread at 5:36 AM on March 9, 2007 [3 favorites]


Holy Crap! How come I never realized the theme music for Wing Commander is identical to that in The Princess Bride!?

They also stole the title design (or at least the font) of Princess Bride and used it in the (stupid) Princess Diaries movies...

posted by inigo2 at 6:53 AM on March 9, 2007


I third (fourth?) mathowie and add Rain Man to Fargo and Godfather
posted by MtDewd at 7:32 AM on March 9, 2007


This made my day. Absolutely genius.
posted by slimepuppy at 8:23 AM on March 9, 2007


The Lord of the Rings ones are my favorite.
posted by chimaera at 2:11 PM on March 9, 2007


Wonderful post. I'm fond of the haiku version of Lost in Translation.

Apparently the guy who made these 5 second renditions, Guywiththeglasses, did quit his job in a car factory and that was his video of him doing it.
posted by nickyskye at 5:23 PM on March 9, 2007


Oh man, I love Amadeus so much. And death. And people with odd and somewhat annoying laughs.

Comedy Gold.

These are even better than the trailer remixes!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 7:51 PM on March 9, 2007


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