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After an extensive number of viewings of the original trilogy, “Return of the Jedi” definitely feels, by far, to be the weakest film of the three (and no, I don’t think it is because of the ewoks). I don’t think the film is bad by any means; it has some of the best moments in the entire saga: Vader’s redemption (without the added “Noooo!”), the finale space battle, anything Luke, Vader, or the Emperor do, and the introduction of many iconic characters, such as Admiral Ackbar, Nien Numb, Mon Mothma, Jabba the Hutt (before 1997), Wicket, and Bib Fortuna. However, the film suffers from pacing issues, character issues (especially with Han Solo), and many horrible special edition additions. In a way, “Return of the Jedi” tries to do what “A New Hope” did successfully but fails at it. The best example is the Tatooine sequences in both films. “A New Hope” manages to take what would be a very boring sequence and make it interesting, while “Return of the Jedi” gets very repetitive and boring. The movie does get better in the second act, but compared to the Death Star rescue in “A New Hope” and the separate journeys of the heroes in “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” feels lackluster. Despite this, I will give credit to “Return of the Jedi” for its third act, which is by far the best part of the movie. With all that in mind, these are proposed edits for “Return of the Jedi,” while still keeping the story manageable to be edited and not rewritten.

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  1. Removed LucasFilm logo, replaced it with Disney+ show intro (minus the StarWars title).
  2. New crawl.

Luke Skywalker has returned to the planet
of Dagobah in order to finish his Jedi Knight
training so he can rescue his friend Han Solo
from the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt and so
he can defeat the evil GALACTIC EMPIRE.

Little does Luke know that spies
loyal to the Old Republic have reported
that a brand new SUPERWEAPON is currently
under construction by the EMPEROR, one
that is even more powerful than the
first dreaded Death Star.

When completed, this ultimate
superweapon will spell certain doom
for the REBEL ALLIANCE, who have been
struggling in their efforts to restore
freedom and justice to the galaxy…

  1. Complete color correction.
  2. Replaced the Death Star with Starkiller Base.
  3. Added atmospheres to all the planets and moons.
  4. Added a sun to Endor.
  5. Replaced the the opening Star Destroyer with the Executor.
  6. Added a force field effect around the hangar entrances.
  7. Enhanced lighting in the Starkiller Base hangar bay.
  8. Added Endor outside of the hangar bay.
  9. Corrected Moff Jerjerrod and Admiral Piett’s rank insignia plaques.
  10. Gave Moff Jerjerrod four code cylinders and Admiral Piett three.
  11. Sped up Vader’s exit from the hangar bay, as well as Jerjerrod’s turn afterward.
  12. Readded part of the deleted scene, “Vader’s Arrival and Reaching Out to Luke”.
  13. Inserted the Dagobah scenes directly after Vader’s arrival. Had it so Vader reaches out to Luke while he flies to Dagobah, preceding Luke conversing with R2 and his arrival.
  14. Recolored Dagobah to more closely resemble “The Empire Strikes Back.”
  15. Added the deleted line, “Obi-Wan would have told you long ago had I let him.”
  16. Enhanced Ben’s force ghost to more closesly resemble Qui-Gon’s force ghost in “Obi-Wan Kenobi”.
  17. Removed everything after Ben tells Luke that his sister remains safely anonymous.
  18. Added an establishing shot of Tatooine before we see the droids.
  19. Recolored the desert scenes to resemble how they appeared in “Star Wars: Battlefront.”
  20. Added the banthas in the desert shot for Tatooine’s establishing shots.
  21. Added a new exterior to Jabba’s palace when the droids arrive.
  22. Added Jabba’s theme as R2 bumps into the Gamorrean guards.
  23. Enhanced Luke’s hologram.
  24. Added Boba Fett flirting during Luke’s hologram.
  25. Removed C-3PO’s line about Han still being frozen in carbonite.
  26. Rescored the Lapti-Nek version of the band scene, but kept Oola in the rancor pit.
  27. Toned down the amount of gasps when Boush brings out the thermal detonator.
  28. Removed when Lando stupidly pulls down his mask.
  29. Removed Chewie being escorted to his cell.
  30. Removed the frog creature outside Jabba’s palace.
  31. Removed Han’s hands being unfrozen and Han starting to fall down.
  32. Made it Boba Fett who holds C-3PO’s mouth shut when Han and Leia are discovered.
  33. As a result, removed Boba Fett briefly appearing with the other bounty hunters.
  34. Removed Han and Chewie reuniting…as it takes place in their joint cell.
  35. Added the Emperor’s arrival in between Leia and Han’s capture and Luke’s arrival.
  36. Added a new music track (“The Old Death Star” from “The Rise of Skywalker”.)
  37. Added Mas Amedda accompanying the Emperor to Starkiller Base.
  38. Made it so Vader says “Starkiller Base” instead of “the Death Star.”
  39. Enhanced the wide shot when the Emperor starts to laugh.
  40. Added the force choke effect when Luke chokes the Gamorrean guards.
  41. Removed the special-edition added CGI dug (Sebulba’s species.)
  42. Removed the rancor breeder and have Jabba react to Luke killing the rancor, then call for Han and Chewie.
  43. Added sun flares around the sail barge.
  44. Removed Han and Leia’s conversation on the skiff.
  45. Restored the original 1983 sarlaac.
  46. Made it so Han calls Jabba a “slimly son of a bitch” instead of “piece of worm-ridden filth.”
  47. Removed Han’s “Right?” line and Chewie’s reaction to it.
  48. Replaced Han’s reaction shot with Boba Fett running up onto the deck.
  49. Removed Luke’s line, “Easy, Chewie.”
  50. Altered Boba Fett’s “demise”. As he prepares to shoot, Han silently hits his jetpack, flinging Fett to the sail barge, which he crashes onto. To replace the shot of him falling into the sarlaac, reinstated the replaced reaction shot of Han.
  51. Removed Lando’s “Eeyah!” scream.
  52. Restored Han’s 1983 line when he saves Lando.
  53. Removed Luke’s second time saying, “Point it at the deck!”
  54. Removed Luke’s calling out, “Come one.” as his lips do not move.
  55. After the sail barge explodes, added a shot of Boba Fett lying on the sand and passing out from “The Book of Boba Fett.”
  56. Added “Luke’s theme” from “A New Hope” as he converses with Han and Leia.
  57. Added Sullust to the exterior shots of the rebel fleet.
  58. Replaced the holograms of Endor and the Death Star with Starkiller Base and Endor, respectively.
  59. Made Shuttle Tydirium the same model shuttle as Krennic’s shuttle in the prologue of Rogue One.
  60. Enhanced the obvious matte painting of the Falcon.
  61. Removed Han walking toward the matte painting of the Falcon.
  62. Removed exterior shot of the Death Star and Endor when the Emperor sends Vader to the Executor.
  63. Added Mas Amedda to all scenes taking place in the throne room.
  64. Shortened Vader’s line so it is, “No. That will be unnecessary,” instead.
  65. Removed Vader walking away from the bridge window inside of the Executor.
  66. Altered how Han and Chewie are discovered by the scout trooper. Made it seem like Chewie growling altered the scout troopers, not Han stepping on a branch.
  67. Removed Han calling out to Luke and Leia as they speed away on the bikes.
  68. Enhanced the lighting during some segments of the speeder chase.
  69. Removedtthe scene in which Leia meets Wicket.
  70. Removed The two times a background ewok says, “Jabba, Jabba, Jabba.”
  71. Removed R2 electrocuting the Ewoks after he is set free by them.
  72. Removed Han’s jealously. He asks what is going on, and Leia, after a beat, says “Hold me.”
  73. Made General Veers be the Imperial officer who brings Luke to Vader.
  74. Also added Boba Fett when General Veers and the stormtroopers brings Luke to Vader.
  75. Vader’s line, “Good work, Commander” is replaced by “Good work, General. Bounty hunter.”
  76. Changed Vader’s line from “Obi-Wan once thought as you” to “Your mother once thought as you do.”
  77. Added a bluish hue to the engine of the Falcon.
  78. Enhanced how the entering and exiting of hyperspace appears.
  79. Changed the Emperor’s line, “Guards, leave us.” to be just “Leave us.”
  80. Mas Amedda quietly responds to the Emperor with a “Yes, master.”
  81. Removed the Emperor informing Luke about the legion of his best troopers.
  82. Added the “Rebel Raid on the Bunker” deleted scene with “The Battle of Endor” as its score.
  83. Enhanced lighting behind Colonel Dryer when he confronts Han.
  84. Made it Boba Fett and a group of stormtroopers who enter the bunker and corner Han and his strike team.
  85. Redubbed the Mon Calamari who says, “Admiral, we have enemy ships in Sector 47.”
  86. Added R2 beside C-3PO when the latter calls out to the Imperial officers.
  87. Since Red Three is a female, made her voice reflect it.
  88. Added General Madine to the space battle. He is killed when Starkiller Base shoots for the first time.
  89. Made Starkiller Base’s blaster shots be red, not green.
  90. Made it Boba Fett who shoots R2 and Leia during the ground assault.
  91. Added the “Jerjerrod’s Conflict” subplot according to where they should be.
  92. General Veers and Boba Fett are now among those who are sent to the back door.
  93. Added a missing clapping sound when the Emperor claps when Luke attacks Vader.
  94. Added hints of the “Force Theme” when Luke fully rejects the dark side.
  95. As the shield generator explodes, added Slave I flying away in the background.
  96. Redubbed Lieutenant Endicott so his voice matches how he sounded earlier in the film.
  97. Removed Vader’s “Nooo!”
  98. Restored Anakin’s 1983 look (yes, the one with eyebrows.)
  99. Made the Starkiller Base hangar entrance’s force effect fail as the superweapon collapses.
  100. Removed Han saying that he “won’t get involved” in Luke and Leia’s relationship.
  101. Altered the victory celebration: Removed the other planets celebrating and one of the special edition shots. However, the rest of the celebration, bar the edition of Hayden Christensen and removal of Sebastian Shaw, is from the Disney+ version.
  102. Changed “CARRIE FISHER as Princess Leia” to “CARRIE FISHER as Leia Organa”
  103. Added “KENNY BAKER as R2-D2” in front of “FRANK OZ performing Yoda”
  104. Removed Kenny Baker as R2D2 during the “Supporting Cast” roll-up.
  105. Altered the “Supporting Cast” credit roll-up:

Moff Jerjerrod MICHAEL PENNINGTON
Admiral Piett KENNETH COLLEY
General Veers JULIAN GLOVER
Bib Fortuna MICHAEL CARTER
Bib Fortuna (voice) ERIK BAUSERFIELD
Wedge DENIS LAWSON
Admiral Ackbar TIM ROSE
Admiral Ackbar (voice) ERIK BAUSERFIELD
Mon Mothma CAROLINE BLAKISTON
General Madine DERMONT CROWNLEY
Nien Nunb MICHAEL QUINN
Nien Nunb (voice) KIPSANG ROTICH
Wicket WARWICK DAVIS
Paploo KENNY BAKER
Boba Fett JEREMY BULLOCK
Boba Fett (voice) JASON WINGREEN
Boush (voice) PAM WELSH
Oola FEMI TAYLOR
Max Rebo SIMON WILIAMSON
Sy Snootles ANNIE ARBOGAST
Fat Dancer CLAIRE DAVENPORT
EV-9D9 RICHARD MARQUAND
Droopy McCool DEEP ROY
Salacious Crumb TIME ROSE
Bossk ALAN HARRIS
Dengar MORRIS BUSH
Teebo JACK PURVIS
Logray MIKE EDMONDS
Chief Chirpa JANE BUSBY
Ewok Warrior 1 MALCOM DIXON
Ewok Warrior 2 MIKE COTTRELL
Nicki NICKI READE
Mas Amedda JEROME ST. JOHN BLAKE
Emperor’s advisers ANTHONY LANG, FRANIC BATSONI
Starkiller Base Lieutenant Endicott GLYN BAKER
Executor Controller #1 ADAM BAREHAM
Executor Controller #2 JONATHAN OLIVER
Executor Captain Gherant PIP MILLER
Executor Captain #2 TOM MANNION
Colonel Dryer BEN BURTT
Commander #1 ANTHONY SMEE
ATST Captain #1 RICHARD MARQUAND
ATST Captain #2 ROBERT WATTS
Major Derlin JOHN RATZENBERGER
Captain Rex L. BURNER
Green Leader HILTON MCRAE
Red Three POPPY HANDS
Gold Four MICHAEL DREW
Red Five RONNY CUSH
Jabba Puppeteers TONY PHILBOT, MIKE EDMONDS, DAVID BARCLAY
Puppeteers MICHAEL McCOMRMICK, DEEP ROY, HUGH SPIGHT, SWIM LEE, RICHARD ROBINSON

  1. Added the Epilogue from “The Mandalorian” episode “Chapter 16: The Rescue”.
  2. Made Boba Fett’s armor more closely resemble his armor in the original trilogy.
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Hi May I please have a google drive link to this please thanks

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This edit is still in production, but when it is finished, sure! Do you have any suggestions/changes you would like to mention?

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Any preview clips available? You have a lot of interesting VFX changes that I’d love to see.

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Your list of alterations sounds quite unique!

One question though:
“When the hologram appears, Boba Fett points his blaster at it.”
Why would Fett (or any other character) point their blaster at a hologram? Holograms are not living, breathing entities, and should pose no threat to anyone inside Jabba’s Palace.

Aside from that, I’d also love to see some preview clips, as the VFX changes you’re wanting to do are very interesting!

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Phase3 said:

Your list of alterations sounds quite unique!

One question though:
“When the hologram appears, Boba Fett points his blaster at it.”
Why would Fett (or any other character) point their blaster at a hologram? Holograms are not living, breathing entities, and should pose no threat to anyone inside Jabba’s Palace.

Aside from that, I’d also love to see some preview clips, as the VFX changes you’re wanting to do are very interesting!

That is a good point. I mostly just added that because I removed the Wookiee tradeoff scene and wanted to establish Boba Fett being the movie more. However, looking at it logically, it could probably be removed. It doesn’t add anything, and Boba Fett was already shown.

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Phase3 said:

Your list of alterations sounds quite unique!

One question though:
“When the hologram appears, Boba Fett points his blaster at it.”
Why would Fett (or any other character) point their blaster at a hologram? Holograms are not living, breathing entities, and should pose no threat to anyone inside Jabba’s Palace.

Aside from that, I’d also love to see some preview clips, as the VFX changes you’re wanting to do are very interesting!

That is a good point. I mostly just added that because I removed the Wookiee tradeoff scene and wanted to establish Boba Fett being the movie more. However, looking at it logically, it could probably be removed. It doesn’t add anything, and Boba Fett was already shown.

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It sounds really interesting, for sure.
Do you have any clips/previews? I’m especially intrigued by things like Mas Amedda appearing and the hologram replacement.

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Episode IV - THE HEIR OF SKYWALKER. Episode VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI. DYAD IN THE FORCE (3-into-1 sequels).
PM me for links if interested.

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IlFanEditore said:

It sounds really interesting, for sure.
Do you have any clips/previews? I’m especially intrigued by things like Mas Amedda appearing and the hologram replacement.

As of right now, I don’t have any previews. But when I do, I will definitely share them.

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I would like to ask a question. How could I, other than having it in the background, incorporate Had Abbadon into the story and make it something more noteworthy?

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Maybe replace 3PO’s retelling of the trilogy with him translating for the Ewok chief, who could be telling the story how the Ewok fled from Had Abbadon to Endor.
Obviously it would have to fit with the available footage of the Ewoks and I think you should add some more details to the story, otherwise it might feel too tacked on and fan-edit-y.

Maybe Had Abbadon was the home to ancient Sith and the Jedi helped the Ewok relocate or sth, but I’ll let you figure the details to that story on your own 😉

Your thread will make a fine addition to my collection.

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Peter Pan said:

Maybe replace 3PO’s retelling of the trilogy with him translating for the Ewok chief, who could be telling the story how the Ewok fled from Had Abbadon to Endor.
Obviously it would have to fit with the available footage of the Ewoks and I think you should add some more details to the story, otherwise it might feel too tacked on and fan-edit-y.

Maybe Had Abbadon was the home to ancient Sith and the Jedi helped the Ewok relocate or sth, but I’ll let you figure the details to that story on your own 😉

That’s honestly a very good idea, the whole Ewoks lived on Had Abbadon were kicked out by the Empire! Obviously, it is a bit difficult, but the good thing about having C-3PO say the dialogue is that lips moving isn’t an issue. And it would more sense as to why Leia reacts like she’s listening to a story she’s never heard/lived in.

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Are there any suggestions/criticisms to my proposed edits?

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I feel like there should be two edits: One with Sebastian Shaw and one with Hayden Christensen. I am a Hayden Christensen guy, so I just feel like we should have both options.

“No one is born ugly, we just live in a judgmental society.”- Kim Namjoon

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Grand Master_ Luke Flywalker said:

I feel like there should be two edits: One with Sebastian Shaw and one with Hayden Christensen. I am a Hayden Christensen guy, so I just feel like we should have both options.

The only problem with having Hayden Christensen is that I don’t want my edit to rely on the prequel trilogy. Yes, Mas Amedda, a prequels character, is in this edit, but you don’t need the prequels to explain who he is. If you only watched this with ANH and TESB, you’d assume Mas Amedda is just another advisor who happens to look different from the others. With prequels Anakin, it wouldn’t make as much sense. Plus, I really disliked the addition of Hayden to ROTJ, since during Revenge of the Sith, he was not a true Jedi; he only became a true Jedi when he died. For any prequel references, I want them to be minor and so that they can be understood by people who have not watched the prequels. Like Saw Gerrera in Rogue One, you don’t need to know everything he did in the Clone Wars to understand who Saw is.

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Major update to the change list! The biggest update is that the second Death Star is replaced by Starkiller Base. Any suggestions/feedback/critiques are welcomed.

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I’m not sold on two Death Stars to start with. The second being bigger and badder is enough of a threat. Starkiller would raise lots of questions like why the rebels never went after it or the empire never used it in the years prior to Force Awakens or why anyone is surprised by it.

I’d also highly recommend trying to implement even just one or two of your proposed changes as a proof of concept video. The brainstorming is fun, but you’ll get better feedback if you have something you can point to that shows people you can actually make it.

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I do want to start off by saying that nothing I say is a personal attack. I really like that you are trying to make something unique and different. I like that creativity and willingness to take the risk. I am really looking forward to this edit.

Also, some questions: what quality will this work be in? Any information about visual enhancements?

I am personally a proponent of the Hayden force ghost because I would have no idea that Shaw is Anakin Skywalker if I saw the original movie and never bothered to look him up. I could not recognize him in the movie with all the makeup on him after the mask was removed. That ghost would look like some random guy.

Your other edits have me very intrigued. The obvious one is the Vader “no.” Most people find it completely unnecessary.

On to the actual changes - I really like dumping the Death Star for pretty much anything else. I found it awkward that the Empire would build another Death Star after the failure of the first one (this was just sloppy writing for the movie). This is a welcome addition.

I like adding the deleted scenes you mentioned. I may have missed it, but would also consider adding the deleted scene where Luke constructs his lightsaber.

I think it is good to reduce all aspects involving Jabba shenanigans. I was not a fan of it in the movie. I thought it took too long and was very cringeworthy. Same can be said for the Ewoks. Less is more.

Changing some characters in the movie is interesting, but I would need to see the movie to determine how I feel. I also think it is a bit risky expanding the role of Boba Fett. He is a bounty hunter and expanding his role to be a key person fighting for the empire could be misplaced. If you use him like this, then perhaps some background as to why he is effectively now a soldier for the empire versus a hired gun. I do like that you are attempting to expand his role. Your version of Boba surviving also makes a lot more sense than the Disney version of it.

As for the ending, I do like all the planets celebrating because it really hits that a galactic empire was defeated rather than have a small group celebrate on one planet. We all have different views on this.

You could also consider removing the Leia line to Luke where she always “knew” she was his sister. It was over the top in my opinion. There was another fan edit that apparently incorporated lines from Battlefront between Luke and Boba.

I am editing to clarify whether you rearranged Luke on Dagobah before going to rescue Han?

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Replaced the second Death Star with Starkiller Base from “The Force Awakens.”

Well it’s certainly worthy of the Radical Redux thread if you wanna post it there, because this is hella radical.

Also can you post clips of Mas Amedda? Cuz I’ve been wanting to get him and Sly Moore in those scenes forever.

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honestabe said:

I do want to start off by saying that nothing I say is a personal attack. I really like that you are trying to make something unique and different. I like that creativity and willingness to take the risk. I am really looking forward to this edit.

Also, some questions: what quality will this work be in? Any information about visual enhancements?

I am personally a proponent of the Hayden force ghost because I would have no idea that Shaw is Anakin Skywalker if I saw the original movie and never bothered to look him up. I could not recognize him in the movie with all the makeup on him after the mask was removed. That ghost would look like some random guy.

Your other edits have me very intrigued. The obvious one is the Vader “no.” Most people find it completely unnecessary.

On to the actual changes - I really like dumping the Death Star for pretty much anything else. I found it awkward that the Empire would build another Death Star after the failure of the first one (this was just sloppy writing for the movie). This is a welcome addition.

I like adding the deleted scenes you mentioned. I may have missed it, but would also consider adding the deleted scene where Luke constructs his lightsaber.

I think it is good to reduce all aspects involving Jabba shenanigans. I was not a fan of it in the movie. I thought it took too long and was very cringeworthy. Same can be said for the Ewoks. Less is more.

Changing some characters in the movie is interesting, but I would need to see the movie to determine how I feel. I also think it is a bit risky expanding the role of Boba Fett. He is a bounty hunter and expanding his role to be a key person fighting for the empire could be misplaced. If you use him like this, then perhaps some background as to why he is effectively now a soldier for the empire versus a hired gun. I do like that you are attempting to expand his role. Your version of Boba surviving also makes a lot more sense than the Disney version of it.

As for the ending, I do like all the planets celebrating because it really hits that a galactic empire was defeated rather than have a small group celebrate on one planet. We all have different views on this.

You could also consider removing the Leia line to Luke where she always “knew” she was his sister. It was over the top in my opinion. There was another fan edit that apparently incorporated lines from Battlefront between Luke and Boba.

I am editing to clarify whether you rearranged Luke on Dagobah before going to rescue Han?

  1. About the force ghost of Anakin: while I understand that Sebastian Shaw might not be instantly recognizable as Anakin, this edit is meant to be watched after Episode IV and V only (yes, I know Mas Amedda is in the film, but you don’t need to watch the prequels to notice Mas Amedda and kind of understand who he is). Furthermore, Hayden’s Anakin looks kind of confused, as Hayden himself admitted that he did not know where the footage would be used when he filmed it.

  2. Vader’s “Nooo!” is completely removed. It’s very unnecessary, though I do think the “Return of the Jedi” version is much better than the one in “Revenge of the Sith.”

  3. While I do like the scene in which Luke constructs his lightsaber, I feel it ruins the experience of the film since it isn’t a surprise when R2 flings Luke’s lightsaber from the sail barge to the skiff. It also wouldn’t make sense since Tatooine takes place after Dagobah, where Luke probably would have built his lightsaber.

  4. To be honest, the Ewoks never bothered me. I honestly prefer them to the idea of having Wookies on Endor. However, some of their shenanigans could be cut, like the one where they throw rocks at the stormtroopers, which causes them to fall down. I did remove the Leia meeting Wicket scene, but that was more because it ruined the pacing of the film.

  5. Regarding Fett’s expanded role, I was thinking of having Vader address him as “bounty hunter” when he and now General Veers bring Luke to Vader, but I’m still debating that. To think about it, that one line does give some slight context as to why Fett is with the Empire and shows that he is still a bounty hunter (until he kills Bib Fortuna in the post-credits scene.)

  6. The reason I got rid of the planets celebrating is because a) the visuals, to me at least, look very dated, b) I really dislike the “Wesa free” moment, and c) I don’t think we need to see the galaxy celebrating the death of the Emperor, since that would not necessarily mean that the Galactic Civil War is over.

  7. Yeah, I could probably remove Leia’s line. Personally, I have never had any major issues, but yeah, I could probably remove that line and be happy with the change.

  8. And yes, the Dagobah scenes take place before the Tatooine stuff. However, during the Dagobah stuff, I removed everything after Luke says “Leia’s my sister!” to keep it more mysterious.

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honestabe said:

You could also consider removing the Leia line to Luke where she always “knew” she was his sister. It was over the top in my opinion. There was another fan edit that apparently incorporated lines from Battlefront between Luke and Boba.

My edit of ROTJ handles it like this:
Opens with Luke on Dagobah, talks with Yoda, Ben’s scene is cut, it really doesn’t do anything but regurgiate a lot of stuff already said, some of it spun.
Key thing is that Luke does not know that Leia is his sister.
Then various trims throughout the rest of the film to reflect this.
NOW, like in TESB, it’s Vader who initially sleuths it out via the Force in their duel that Luke has a sister, in TESB Vader revealed he was the father, now in ROTJ he reveals that Luke has a sister.
Gives Luke losing it in the battle a bit more oomph.
The movie now ends with Leia intuiting via her unfolding relationship with the Force that Luke is alive and her brother.
Much more organic.

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I want to bump this thread to bring another edit to the attention of the editor that reminded me of this one:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-Jedi-Radical-Re-Edit-Released/id/15435

In the radical re-edit, there are 2 versions, with one containing a subplot with Boba Fett. I just saw the subplot involving Boba, and it may be useful to incorporate brief aspects into your edit as Boba is also in Endor going after Luke, Han, and the rebels. However, the footage used was from a fan film, and therefore not exactly the best.

If you do decide to incorporate portions of the fan film, then it likely would need to be cleaned up. I think the portion that fits your edit is about 25 seconds with Vader giving the orders to get Luke and Han.

One way or another, your edit seems like a monumental task, and I commend you for giving it a shot. Whenever it is released, it will definitely be something special.

I also note, while I do not personally consider it a big deal, the words “death star” are used a few times throughout the movie. You did mention having Vader say starkiller base instead. In other references, do you intend to replace the words, trim them out, or leave just leave it alone?

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honestabe said:

I want to bump this thread to bring another edit to the attention of the editor that reminded me of this one:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-Jedi-Radical-Re-Edit-Released/id/15435

In the radical re-edit, there are 2 versions, with one containing a subplot with Boba Fett. I just saw the subplot involving Boba, and it may be useful to incorporate brief aspects into your edit as Boba is also in Endor going after Luke, Han, and the rebels. However, the footage used was from a fan film, and therefore not exactly the best.

If you do decide to incorporate portions of the fan film, then it likely would need to be cleaned up. I think the portion that fits your edit is about 25 seconds with Vader giving the orders to get Luke and Han.

One way or another, your edit seems like a monumental task, and I commend you for giving it a shot. Whenever it is released, it will definitely be something special.

I also note, while I do not personally consider it a big deal, the words “death star” are used a few times throughout the movie. You did mention having Vader say starkiller base instead. In other references, do you intend to replace the words, trim them out, or leave just leave it alone?

  1. I will definitely be looking into this radical edit, as it seems very interesting.
  2. As for the term “death star,” aside from Vader, the only people who call it the Death Star are rebels. Jerjerrod and Palpatine just refer to it as the “battle station” or “station.” I will probably just leave it alone for the rebels, as I reasoned that they wouldn’t know the official name of the station and just called it the Death Star.
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How are you gonna add characters like Boba Fett, General Verrs and Mas Amedda to the movie? Are they gonna be CG? Are you gonna have costumes and make-up? I’m intrigued.

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