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RETURN OF THE JEDI: REMASTERED (FANEDIT BY DARTHRUSH)


VERSION 2.0 OF THIS EDIT HAS BEEN FINISHED AND UPLOADED. PM ME FOR A LINK OR CHECK FANEDIT.INFO 😃


MAIN PURPOSE OF EDIT:

When it comes to the Star Wars movies, I consider episodes 4 and 5 to be nearly untouchable masterpieces. The prequels were lacking for myself but there is a massive selection of wonderful fan-edits to choose from. Return of the Jedi on the other hand has always stuck out like a sore thumb for me. It was good but disappointing compared to the cinematic heights reached by the previous two in the original trilogy. Han Solo acted completely different and lost all of his swagger. Strangely enough, he was jealous of Luke. The Ewoks presented an illogical solution to the threat of the Empire and they sucked up a lot of the tension in the third act. And there were just a handful of moments that take the viewer out of the experience. Overall, I felt that Return of the Jedi has not been done justice in the fanediting field. I felt it necessary to provide a streamlined experience which mitigates the Ewoks, improves the character of Han Solo and trims the more distracting elements of the film. I hope you all enjoy this fanedit!

RELEASE INFORMATION:

-720p with 5.1 Surround Sound

CUT LIST:

[THIS WILL ALL BE USING THE THEATRICAL VERSION OF STAR WARS. NO SPECIAL EDITION ELEMENTS ARE RETAINED EXCEPT FOR THE SE MUSIC/CITY CELEBRATIONS AND VADER’s EYEBROWLESS FACE]

-Use retro fox fanfare
-removed 3PO’s captain obvious moment where he says “Oh look, it’s Captain Solo, and he’s still frozen in carbonite.”
-remove droid screams in droid torture scene. (Lovingly borrowed audio from Ziggy’s edit here)
-cut out disintegration of the past protocol droid.
-Both Jedi Rocks and Lapti Nek are very bad, so neither of those survives my edit, but I did retain the nice little musical piece that the harmonica-playing turtle was doing. This also means that Jabba’s servant doesn’t fall down the pit. This makes it more of a surprise when Luke falls into the Rancor pit himself.
-Rescored Chewie’s getting taking away with “Bounty for a Wookie”. (This idea is borrowed from the Dan Edit)
-removed Boba Fett’s nod at Boush.
-We no longer see Lando pull his mask down.
-cut out the frog burping outside of Jabba’s palace
-added force choke sfx when Luke approaches the two Gamorrean guards. (Lovingly borrowed audio from Ziggy’s Edit here)
-Trim Luke and Han’s dialogue scene on the skiff so it ends on Han saying “you’re going to die here, you know”
-added music to the scene between Luke and Obi-Wan on Dagobah for improved emotional effect.
-cut Han and Lando’s conversation before rebel briefing starts.
-took out Han’s line of “good luck, your gonna need it.”
-took out 3PO’s line of “exciting is hardly the word I would choose.”
-took out the entire scene of Lando and Han talking in the hangar
-removed the beat of Han worrying about the falcon
-cut out Han’s “Keep your distance Chewy. But don’t make it look like your trying to keep your distance. I don’t know, fly casual” during shuttle sequence.
-cut out the useless exposition scene in the throne room where the Emperor tells Vader to go on the executor. It slows down the plot and is not needed.
-remove Leia and Wicket scene
-took out Han saying “I hope she’s all right”. It’s far too on the nose.
-cut out Han grabbing Ewok’s spear and his “proper” line. This helps make the Ewok’s seem more scary. Han easily manhandling the spear of an ewok greatly reduces any tension that might even be present.
-cut out cutesy shots of Ewoks when 3PO is being floated in the air on his chair
-cut out R2 electrocuting the Ewok.
-Threepios storytelling cuts off at “I was just getting to that”. We cut to Luke outside from there. That god awful laughably delivered line from threepio saying “we are now part of the tribe” and the following celebrations is just so damn SILLY! Watch that part again and you will giggle whether it be on the inside or the outside.
-cut out Han talking to Leia after Luke leaves. This cuts out Han acting jealous of Luke.
-I cut out ATON of the ewoks in the battle. They arrive as an early distraction, then when you see them the rest of the time, they are usually getting there asses handed to them by the Empire.
-Take out Chewie’s tarzan yell
-remove the cringeworthy “I love you—I know you” callback.
-have Vader’s head fade away when he dies. This now is consistent with Obi Wan and Yoda dissapearing when they died.
-Han and Leia’s conversation after the death star explodes, is as follows:
Han- "I’m sure Luke wasn’t on that thing when it blew."
Leia- "He wasn’t…I can feel it."
Han gives a very confused look
Leia- “He’s my brother”
The scene flows REALLY well now, and is a huge improvement over the original. In my edit, there is absolutely no trace of jealousy in Han.
-Thanks to Q2, the ending scene has the SE music (“Victory Celebration”) and it has Sebastian Shaw as Anakin. Also, the “wesa free” line has been removed. I think the SE music is more grand and emotional, I despise the “wesa free” line in the Naboo shot, and I hate hayden’s ghost, so this ending works PERFECTLY for me!
-And I’d also like to add that I have released a version with Yub Nub as the ending music instead of Victory Celebration.

AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN! IT MEANS A LOT 😃

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no “wesa free

Can you clarify if this means that you just deleted the gungan audio, or wiped out that Naboo shot entirely (akin to 97SE)?

I like your approach of removing less of Han’s material, though I’m not sure what I think of the Lando edits yet.

Is the part with Han pestering 3PO (and hurry up will ya?) cut?

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darthrush said:
6.cut out all of Lando and Hans conservation. In this edit, they kind of go their separate ways in the alliance and their relationship is somewhat broken. Their hangar conservation is cut out too to support this view in the edit.

So I’m assuming you’re going to cut out the line during the Battle of Endor where Lando says “Come on, Han, old buddy, don’t let me down.”

I believe in Rian Johnson

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I’m for cutting the pestering. But I like the “I know” throwback.

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Hmm good thinking. I forgot about that “old buddy” line And just thought of his line “we’ve gotta give him more time”. That would be fine cause it shows he’s still in his debt but that line you mentioned might have to go. Do you like the idea of cutting their conservation before the briefing and in the hangar. Yads implemented it also.

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I prefer keeping the Lando conversations. It’s a shame they weren’t written better, but I hadn’t really considered them specific low points before. I know a lot of people absolutely hate that matte painting, though. Especially since the HD releases.

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darthrush said:

Ugh I’m trying to remove just the gungan audio but to no avail

Try using the 97SE audio (lossless is on the spleen) and doing a wipe to remove naboo and keep the timing similar to 97SE.

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I think I just solved it. I cut out Naboo entirely and worked with it so audio transition is seamless. Getting video transition down. To get shaw back in I use 2011 audio but cut to Depseiclaized once ghosts appear. I cut a bit of Leia walking up to Luke, just a bit of them walking back because the original scene is longer than the blu ray. I saturate the Depseiclaized video color to match up a bit better with the blu Ray color. Only for end.

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Since I removed Han walking out to talk to Leia which includes “You told Luke, is that who you could tell” to complete the element of removing any jealousy from Han his conservation with Leia after Death Star destruction is as follows… Leia says she knows Luke didn’t die, Han has confused look, she tells him Luke is her brother and they kiss YAH! Doesn’t feel abrupt, edited well to good effect.

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https://vimeo.com/148903712 Here are some ideas…

  • Trimmed/tweaked intro a bit
  • Luke’s lightsaber-build scene reinstated/restored
  • New scene of Luke’s arrival at Jabba’s palace (via speeder bike)
  • Boba Fett survives and escapes Tattooine in Slave 1
  • Less Ewoks overall
  • Vader becomes one with the force
  • Bunker attack scene added/restored
  • Vader chokes Jerjerrod scene added (new dialogue)
  • New ending (new music/new cuts and transitions)
  • Shaw ghost reinstated
    and much more. worth a watch.

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Two suggestions:

  1. You should find a way to cut Leia remembering her mother Padmé, who died in childbirth.

  2. You should switch the ghost of Hayden Christensen back to the ghost of Sebastian Shaw.

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Scott109 said:

Two suggestions:

  1. You should find a way to cut Leia remembering her mother Padmé, who died in childbirth.

Wait to see Hal’s or Q2’s edits of Ep III, you might change your mind about it…

edit: I like most of the ideas for a recut of Ep VI. I like this Episode, it’s very entertaining and fun, with some great sequences, but it can be improved to a higher level with much of its silliness cut down. Han Solo is pretty damaged in the theatrical cut (Ford’s performance is awful), the cutlist seems to do it right. I’ll definitely watch your v1 when available.

I don’t really mind the SE material, I even think the opening to be more enjoyable that way, so I hope you’ll keep much of it, Sarlacc included.

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“I have to say that I felt George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters.” - James Cameron about Episode VII.

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MalàStrana said:

I don’t really mind the SE material, I even think the opening to be more enjoyable that way, so I hope you’ll keep much of it, Sarlacc included.

What points do you have in mind of the intro aside from the Sarlacc?

Personally, I find any version with the CG Sarlacc unwatchable (though I’ll check out an edit with it for the purpose of giving feedback). It looks like a Playstation 1 or Dreamcast cutscene. I’m not even opposed to the idea of the change itself (for a SE), since it really was intended originally and simplified due to costs. It just looks weird and plasticky. It was one of my least favorite parts in 1997, when the idea of the SE as a sort of optional director’s cut was still kind of fun.

But most people seem to be okay with it for a semi-specialized edition, so I can’t blame anyone for using it. 😃

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towne32 said:

MalàStrana said:

I don’t really mind the SE material, I even think the opening to be more enjoyable that way, so I hope you’ll keep much of it, Sarlacc included.

What points do you have in mind of the intro aside from the Sarlacc?

I would say everything (the added shots of the barge going to the pit, the new door, the enhanced effets here and there, etc.), minus Jedi Rockz. For this scene both versions suck IMO, the theatrical is at least less time consuming. There might be a way to use the SE material into the original version but really I’m not sure it’s worth the effort.

As for the rest of the movies, I don’t like at all Vader’s “Nooooooooooooooo”, and I’m more puzzled about his Force Ghost. When you watch I-VI, I get it with Hayden. If you do it IV-VI, Shaw needs to be there. But the only things I really hate are the way too long ewok sequences (I always press the “next chapter” button when comes the awful tribe scene, with 3PO levitating and so on) and the curious ending with them dancing. I don’t really want to remove them entirely, but trimming the worse parts would be great. With Han’s silliness removed as well, Ep VI could be almost a very good movie, not just a “fine but partially missed” conclusion.

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“I have to say that I felt George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters.” - James Cameron about Episode VII.

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MalàStrana said:

towne32 said:

MalàStrana said:

I don’t really mind the SE material, I even think the opening to be more enjoyable that way, so I hope you’ll keep much of it, Sarlacc included.

What points do you have in mind of the intro aside from the Sarlacc?

I would say everything (the added shots of the barge going to the pit, the new door, the enhanced effets here and there, etc.), minus Jedi Rockz. For this scene both versions suck IMO, the theatrical is at least less time consuming. There might be a way to use the SE material into the original version but really I’m not sure it’s worth the effort.

Fair enough. Though I think the door is really bad. Very unnatural digital zoom that’s not consistent with the trilogy, and the door isn’t consistent with later shots (especially from inside). But I think the 2004 door is sufficient for a semi-specialized, rather than using Harmy’s 1983 door.

Other than that, the Bantha herd is the only really objectionable part for me.

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towne32 said:
Fair enough. Though I think the door is really bad. Very unnatural digital zoom that’s not consistent with the trilogy, and the door isn’t consistent with later shots (especially from inside). But I think the 2004 door is sufficient for a semi-specialized, rather than using Harmy’s 1983 door.

Other than that, the Bantha herd is the only really objectionable part for me.

Well, you’re right on the quality of these effets. Wouldn’t mind if Disney was to upgrade them for the 4K release.

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I decided to not use sarlacc or Bantha pherd shots due to the fact that they stick out like a sore thumb effects wise. The door as noted before is an obvious digital zoom and not compatible with other shots. Jedi rocks up my ass. Hayden’s ghost and Vaders Nooo are undeniable travesties. The only SE changes I do like is removal of Vaders eyebrows (continuity while not sacrificing quality of film overall) and the new city celebrations/end music. Yub nub was too anticlimactic and the city shots are believable (holonet) and effective at portraying a maximized effect that the Rebels victory had. That is my take on the SE changes for Jedi.

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Mike Luv, I skimmed your edit and watched as many of your cuts aspossible and thought that your ideas are great but sadly the source material just isn’t there. The speeder bike arrival stands out, as does the boba fett escape (fantastic fan trailer though). Deleted Scenes from prequels when up scaled correctly can be used without too much notice but sadly the same is not for the OT. I do like the ideas of many of the deleted scenes but they stand out too badly in quality, color, and grain, which is why I withdrawed from using deleted scenes. By the way, I hope to have V1 uploaded by Friday.

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darthrush said:

I decided to not use sarlacc or Bantha pherd shots due to the fact that they stick out like a sore thumb effects wise. The door as noted before is an obvious digital zoom and not compatible with other shots. Jedi rocks up my ass. Hayden’s ghost and Vaders Nooo are undeniable travesties. The only SE changes I do like is removal of Vaders eyebrows (continuity while not sacrificing quality of film overall) and the new city celebrations/end music. Yub nub was too anticlimactic and the city shots are believable (holonet) and effective at portraying a maximized effect that the Rebels victory had. That is my take on the SE changes for Jedi.

I think there are plenty of shots that are improvements if one is not being a purist.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM9HqKhDhHT1O6CDfGmH44R1AduXqfpFjOqiMHVX3OnWusb-fZ_RoPKjAcO8Jcgsg/photo/AF1QipNM2f7Y0EyqC4bx1ElhQ_i-Q8OqejMEcI1BMZul?key=blBhRV9DNmsxaVlMdUpFYjYxN3FISk5Ma2xfQ293

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM9HqKhDhHT1O6CDfGmH44R1AduXqfpFjOqiMHVX3OnWusb-fZ_RoPKjAcO8Jcgsg/photo/AF1QipNDWtKrisu6NlneU2hxqzCrauQAIjhn3qorG7zR?key=blBhRV9DNmsxaVlMdUpFYjYxN3FISk5Ma2xfQ293

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM9HqKhDhHT1O6CDfGmH44R1AduXqfpFjOqiMHVX3OnWusb-fZ_RoPKjAcO8Jcgsg/photo/AF1QipNb-Dzh0YQF6WyNDSc69xTfcFLVWQY8KytzdelR?key=blBhRV9DNmsxaVlMdUpFYjYxN3FISk5Ma2xfQ293

(The entire Rancor scene)

Obviously, only after color correcting any of them.

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darthrush said:
The speeder bike arrival stands out, as does the boba fett escape (fantastic fan trailer though).

You really think so ? I don’t see the point in showing Luke sooner on a speeder bike. There is nothing wrong with Luke’s first apparition in the theatrical cut (it’s among the best shots of the movie). The Boba fett escape is quite cool, but it clearly does not belong in this movie, because he’s nowhere to be seen in the rest of the movie. I wouldn’t advise you to add these two scenes in your cut.

About the SE material, towne32 is right: every single special effect shot has been enhanced in 1997-2004-2011, especially the ships and the Death Star, you should consider to use them (well, not the 2004 light-sabers, which are lame). The picture quality (not saying the colors) is very good on the blu ray edition. I might be the only one to think so 😃

@ towne32
Yeah the 1997/2004/2011 Sarlacc does not look as good as it should (still hoping for a 4k upgrade, next year maybe), but the 1983 version is really lame. The SE adds a little tension and it fuels even better the swashbuckling dimension of this very long Jabba opening. All this opening has very low narrative value (Han is saved, there is a little tension about Luke being dressed as a Sith Lord: that all), so the main point of this mess is swashbuckling fun, “Jedi of the Caribbean: Jabba’s Wall Trophy”. So yeah, I like the Sarlacc/octopus thing. I understand why the majority hates it, though.

edit: hum… I still haven’t watched Harmy’s 2.5, but when I see this (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM9HqKhDhHT1O6CDfGmH44R1AduXqfpFjOqiMHVX3OnWusb-fZ_RoPKjAcO8Jcgsg/photo/AF1QipMlrcSX_6-1d515dEzv8r-yk_jJP05dbmDwenkv?key=blBhRV9DNmsxaVlMdUpFYjYxN3FISk5Ma2xfQ293) or this (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM9HqKhDhHT1O6CDfGmH44R1AduXqfpFjOqiMHVX3OnWusb-fZ_RoPKjAcO8Jcgsg/photo/AF1QipMg8_-82h5Y56avPh2KZI9nL2kp70hlRNZNHByQ?key=blBhRV9DNmsxaVlMdUpFYjYxN3FISk5Ma2xfQ293) or this (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM9HqKhDhHT1O6CDfGmH44R1AduXqfpFjOqiMHVX3OnWusb-fZ_RoPKjAcO8Jcgsg/photo/AF1QipNUYOcL3sJZYfRRbTTL4hnBNmxQKHIpJz1C_COT?key=blBhRV9DNmsxaVlMdUpFYjYxN3FISk5Ma2xfQ293) I think his version is better that the blu ray for (at least) a few shots (what happened to the stars on the other releases ?).

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“I have to say that I felt George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters.” - James Cameron about Episode VII.

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