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I have just made quite an astonishing discovery and It backs up my thoughts on this whole “Lost Cut” that everyone would love to see.
Ok let’s look at the opening…
As Mike Verta correctly noticed there is element flashes that are out of synch by about 14 frames… So this is Just a simple error but when it comes to the lost cut get this!
As we carry on to the next shot the Tantive is shooting back at the star destroyer and the Star destroyer is shooting back at the Tantive…
OK the sound mix was made for the “lost cut” so as the Tantive leaves screen we cut to the Tantive in Space then back to the Star destroyer for it’s Last Flurry of Lasers then Back to the Tantive being hit and the explosion.
The soundmix was made for it to be a to and fro cut away as the sound does not match the video unless we make 2 extra cuts and rearrange the footage according to the soundmix.
So although the mystery about the lost cut is what was in it, it is’nt so much that. It has more to do with how it was simply different, but yes it does have missing scenes but these were covered with alternate footage so the lost cut might only be a small bit longer in my opinion. But also yes it does have extra scenes but not all that much more and it is still very much the film you saw but with a few differences in obvious places .
But the discovery of the to and fro cut between the ships is really for me a door to a greater understanding and how the lost cut is there already it’s just in a different order with a few alternatives.
This is a small bit of star wars history being discovered.
Basically It comes down to identifying redundancy within the film and taking a lead from the audio mix, but all I can say is it’s different but not by all that much. It’s all there just in a different order and a few small extra tidbits scattered through out.