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Recreating Attack of the Clones: IMAX Experience

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Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience is a theatrical edit of AOTC cut down to 2 hours. The following scenes are cut

The Jedi Council meets with Palpatine after the first assassination attempt.
Obi-Wan in the Jedi Archives
Anakin complaining about Obi-Wan’s mentorship skills to Padme
Padme and Anakin meet with Queen Jamillia on Naboo.
The meadow picnic scene
Anakin riding on a shaak
Dooku speaking with Obi-Wan while Obi-Wan is being held prisoner on Geonosis
Anakin and Obi-Wan’s initial meeting with Padme
Bail Organa’s lines are all removed.

Anyone willing to recreate this rarity?

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Seems easy peasy, but what does it have to do with IMAX?

EDIT: Also, what’s wrong with the Dooku scene? It’s one of the best in the movie

No offense, kid, but I don’t think you know how to boil water.

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An IMAX film couldn’t be longer than two hours at the time. The film and the reels are gigantic compared to 35mm to begin with. Non Hollywood IMAX documentary fare tends to be much shorter. Apollo 13 also had a shorter IMAX version.

Although many IMAX venues are going digital, those 70mm venues that remain can now easily handle longer films like The Force Awakens or the Batman/Superman movie.

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I am definitely up for recreating this. I just got done doing initial work on my TFA: Special Edition and I could definitely get into this. I am going to start on this while I’m taking a break from TFA SE, I might do a quick pass of color correction on it, not sure yet. But I am definitely willing to recreate this.

Current FanEdits In Progress:

  • The Force Awakens – Special Edition
  • Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience (Recreation)
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Bingowings said:

There were a few line changes too if I remember correctly?

I believe there were. Maybe I’ll be able to find a (near) complete list of changes present in the IMAX cut. I am definitely undertaking this, and I would like to try and get it as close as possible to the original IMAX cut.

Current FanEdits In Progress:

  • The Force Awakens – Special Edition
  • Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience (Recreation)
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Quick update: I have started working on this already. I will not be replicating the pan and scan of the original IMAX Experience because I don’t feel there’s a need for it. Plus this is a recreation, and not a restoration, so it doesn’t have to be exactly perfect.

6/10/16 Edit: I have finished the rough cut. It’s still a little over two hours long and I’m trying to get the 117 min runtime down perfect. And I also made the mistake of editing with 2.0 audio instead of the full 6.1 so I’ll be making a new BD rip with 6.1 audio. I’ve also found a link to a complete list of chances here on the forum and will be refering to that from now on.

Current FanEdits In Progress:

  • The Force Awakens – Special Edition
  • Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience (Recreation)
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No problem!

I just finished doing the second rough cut for it. I think I’ve nailed it down pretty close to the original. I did, however, make minor trims here and I did cut out the original Fox Fanfare in favor of TFA’s Lucasfilm Logo.

I still, unfortunately, have re-rip my BR for 6.1 audio so once that’s done, I’ll be back to editing room again.

I’m also going to need help with creating the slideshow credits because I really don’t know the hell they’re suppose to look like.

Current FanEdits In Progress:

  • The Force Awakens – Special Edition
  • Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience (Recreation)
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Hey, I know I’m late to the party, but I’m very excited to see this version recreated! Always thought it was a wonderfully brutal cut from all the stuff I’ve read.

brandynskywalker, just in case you’re still looking for a more detailed cut list, as you’re tweaking the final cut, here are 3 articles from 2002:

BoxOfficeMojo- http://www.boxofficemojo.com/reviews/?id=121
StarWarz- http://www.starwarz.com/tbone/archive/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=294
TheForce.Net- http://www.theforce.net/latestnews/story/the_definitive_imax_cut_scenes_list_64801.asp

Note that a poster on DVDTalk at the time claimed the last one was not completely accurate. Take that one with a grain of salt.

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The Aluminum Falcon said:

Hey, I know I’m late to the party, but I’m very excited to see this version recreated! Always thought it was a wonderfully brutal cut from all the stuff I’ve read.

brandynskywalker, just in case you’re still looking for a more detailed cut list, as you’re tweaking the final cut, here are 3 articles from 2002:

BoxOfficeMojo- http://www.boxofficemojo.com/reviews/?id=121
StarWarz- http://www.starwarz.com/tbone/archive/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=294
TheForce.Net- http://www.theforce.net/latestnews/story/the_definitive_imax_cut_scenes_list_64801.asp

Note that a poster on DVDTalk at the time claimed the last one was not completely accurate. Take that one with a grain of salt.

Thanks for this! I’ve actually been referencing since I first started the project, but it’s great to have them all in one spot instead of having to keep hunting for them. Thank you again!

6/28 Edit: Mixed down my new BDRIP of AOTC to 5.1 because of the asset I was using for the new LucasFilm logo only had 5.1 audio on it (even though there’s no sound!). The final cut, which is being worked on now, will be in 5.1 Surround. My laptop, tho a beast it is, can only handle editing audio in 5.1 for some reason.

A “digital copy” should be available in mid-July. Should be.

7/1 Edit: Mid-July was an overestimate. I have just finished cut up all of the footage and I’ve started working on transitions already. It could possibly come in the next couple of weeks. After releasing the “digital copy” I will try and figure out a BR ready file.

Also, I opted out of recreating the IMAX slideshow style credits. The normal credits intact, clocking the cut at 2 hrs and 6 mins.

Current FanEdits In Progress:

  • The Force Awakens – Special Edition
  • Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience (Recreation)
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brandynskywalker said:

6/28 Edit: Mixed down my new BDRIP of AOTC to 5.1 because of the asset I was using for the new LucasFilm logo only had 5.1 audio on it (even though there’s no sound!). The final cut, which is being worked on now, will be in 5.1 Surround. My laptop, tho a beast it is, can only handle editing audio in 5.1 for some reason.

A “digital copy” should be available in mid-July. Should be.

7/1 Edit: Mid-July was an overestimate. I have just finished cut up all of the footage and I’ve started working on transitions already. It could possibly come in the next couple of weeks. After releasing the “digital copy” I will try and figure out a BR ready file.

Also, I opted out of recreating the IMAX slideshow style credits. The normal credits intact, clocking the cut at 2 hrs and 6 mins.

Looking forward to this project. Is this going to be in widescreen or fullscreen?

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The final result will be in widescreen.

Current FanEdits In Progress:

  • The Force Awakens – Special Edition
  • Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience (Recreation)
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friedcamera said:

Wasn’t the IMAX version in fullscreen though?

It was, but I’m not a big fan of pan and scan, and I think it would be a little hard to replicate the fullscreen.

Current FanEdits In Progress:

  • The Force Awakens – Special Edition
  • Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience (Recreation)
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I think there’s an HD pan and scan from HBO out there. Fullscreen would be more ‘accurate’ but widescreen would be a better viewing experience. I think it depends on what you’re going for.

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I believe the actual aspect ratio of the IMAX cut was 1.81 so using a 1.33 pan and scan (from HBO) wouldn’t be an exact recreation in terms of accuracy either. I think the instinct to keep the original aspect ratio is dead on in this case.

The other option would be to center crop to 1.81. With the admittedly lackluster compositions of the film, such a crop doesn’t actually do that much harm in practice.

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Thanks for the info, Falcon. In addition to cropping it, I think the ‘slideshow’ credits should be in there as well.