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Attack of the Clones - Altered and Extended Edition (V.1) (Now Complete and Released)

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I’ve decided I’m going to be doing a fanedit of every movie in the trilogy, each with some sort of alteration and extension. Some films will have more alterations and extensions, others will have less. For example, ANH will have the Jabba scene taken out, some scenes from SC.38 edited in (with color correction and grain to make it match), and an extended and larger Battle of Yavin. For The Empire Strikes Back, I plan only to go full Adywan and add in more scenes of snowtroopers and Darth Vader in combat during the battle. Speaking of Adywan, I plan on using his OT edits as a starting base for my own. For the prequels, there will be more drastic cuts and changes, especially in regards to bad dialogue and silly scenes. The sequel trilogy and will have some mild changes, mainly in regards to removing out of place, over the top humor, and making the battle sequences feel less rushed and lackluster (this would again require some filming and VFX work). Overall, I want there to be as much tonal, story, and aesthetic consistency across the movies as possible.

I decided to start with the prequels because I currently have all the necessary footage and skillsets needed to edit these movies (however there may turn out to be a VFX scene or two I may need help with as the process unfolds). I’m working on an ROTJ edit, but there needs to be more content released (first Bucketheads Season 1 episode and Tydirium) before I can fully complete this edit.

So, on to Attack of the Clones itself. Here is the change list:

  • Add in the initial senate deleted scene after landing platform
  • Slightly speed up “and I rescued you” line
  • Cut Jar Jar’s lines when they get out of the elevator
  • Possibly cut Jar Jar reaction shot
  • Cut Jar Jar looking at camera
  • Cut would much rather dream about Padme and the following conversation
  • Cut conversation about the chancellor not being corrupt
  • Eliminate jedi poodoo alien during the chase
  • Add force pull sound effect when Obi Wan catches Anakin’s lightsaber
  • Cut power coupling scene
  • Cut the emperor saying Anakin will be invincible
  • Cut Anakin’s creepy/cringe dialogue throughout or anything that makes him seem bratty
  • Cut Anakin’s “it’s not fair” line
  • Slightly speed up or slow down parts of lines to help negate the flat delivery
  • Maybe add in more Dooku back story from Jocasta Nu’s narration
  • Add in dart analysis deleted scene
  • Cut Dex pulling up his pants
  • Add in the soup being hot blooper to give Anakin and Padme a moment of levity and humor
  • Cut youngling scene
  • Add in Mace and Obi-Wan on the landing platform scene
  • Add in extended landing on Naboo
  • Cut Anakin’s “sorry m’lady”
  • Make the Padme and Anakin love scenes into more of a montage with less dialogue, cut first kiss
  • Add youngling scene music and across the stars to Anakin/Padme scenes
  • Cut Anakin and Padme scene by the fire, instead add some of the family deleted scenes
  • Restructure the Kamino subplot and romance subplot so they don’t jump back and forth as often
  • Cut your presence is soothing and Jedi don’t have nightmares
  • Cut Boba shooting at Obi Wan in Slave 1
  • Replace droid “okeedokee” sound
  • Cut some of Watto’s cringe lines
  • Cut cringe Boba lines during the asteroid chase
  • Speed up Anakin saying to find my mother
  • Cut Cliegg Lars saying your mother is dead and to forget about it
  • Cut Anakin’s breakdown and him telling Padme he killed the sandpeople
  • Cut “so much” after Anakin says I miss you to his mom
  • Cut Anakin initially disagreeing to help Obi-Wan
  • Cut C-3PO and R2-D2 antics during the droid factory and the arena, instead they stay on the ship
  • Tone down the droid factory to be a little less over the top
  • Insert the trial scene before arena execution
  • Make love confession less wordy and cringe
  • Speed up Anakin’s “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”
  • Cut Padme jumping onto Anakin’s creatures back
  • Add in more Battle of Geonosis footage from fan films and cinematics
  • Make trims in the ending duel with Anakin, Obi-Wan Yoda and Dooku.
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I get what you’re trying to do, but I think this is a mistake:

–> Restructure the Kamino subplot and romance subplot so they don’t jump back and forth as often

Lucas juxtaposed these two storylines for a reason. By giving us Anakin and Padme falling in love in the Lake Country at the same time we (through Obi-Wan) learned about Kamino and the clones we saw love and war side by side. It made perfect sense juxtaposing the Lake Country and Kamino. You have the two young lovers falling on the one side, and the Clone army, set up for war, on the other.

We know that Anakin falling in love with Padme is going to eventually lead him to take the Dark Path, and the Clone Army is going to turn on the Jedi somehow. Having the introduction of the clones and the introduction of the love story juxtaposed is brilliant because here you have the two key forces that BRING THE JEDI DOWN: Order 66 and Anakin Skywalker falling in love. It’s so perfect.

If you take that away, you’re taking away that brilliant juxtaposition.

I do like some of your other ideas, though.

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I agree with you about your analysis, and it’s not a drastic restructure. I think I lump together two scenes from each subplot, since I’m getting rid of their horribly creepy first kiss scene, Anakin riding those weird giant tick-looking creatures, and their conversation at night about whether or not to hide their romance. You still jump back and forth, it’s just streamlined because most of the romantic scenes are just atrocious. In replacement of those I added in the scenes with Padme’s family. Their romance will be much slower and more subtle in this edit, with their first kiss being at the arena.

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EditModd said:

I agree with you about your analysis, and it’s not a drastic restructure. I think I lump together two scenes from each subplot, since I’m getting rid of their horribly creepy first kiss scene, Anakin riding those weird giant tick-looking creatures, and their conversation at night about whether or not to hide their romance. You still jump back and forth, it’s just streamlined because most of the romantic scenes are just atrocious. In replacement of those I added in the scenes with Padme’s family. Their romance will be much slower and more subtle in this edit, with their first kiss being at the arena.

OK, I see what you mean. So many people seem to miss the importance of that juxtaposition and as someone who actually loves AOTC it drives me batty, so that’s cool. I see what you’re saying. That’s cool, that sounds cool.

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The first version of the edit is out now! PM me for a link. I’d love any feedback on the edit to see if there are things that needed to be added, deleted, improved upon, etc.