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Return of the Jedi (My saga edit - Released)

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Full trailer: https://vimeo.com/386570076

This is my personal version of Episode VI, and a part of my “saga” edit (Shadow of the past, Keepers of the peace, Revenge of the Sith, The Heir of Skywalker, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), with the purpose of making the saga watchable in episodic order.
The main aspect here is that I don’t have to hide the plot twists anymore.

SOURCES:
2011 Blu Ray edition.
Telecine’s edit (for lightsabers and lasers).
Despecialized edition.
ROTJ Deleted scenes (YouTube).
Episodes I, III, IV, IX, and Rogue One’s soundtracks.

About the rest of the movie, I will make the same changes I tried on previous edits, so Color Corrections, new music tracks, etc.

OPENING SCENE.

  1. ADDED. New crawl. In the third paragraph I mentioned Palpatine travelling to Endor.
  2. ADDED. Atmosphere to Endor.
  3. RECOLORED. Star Detroyer (desaturated).
  4. ADDED. Blue engine to Lambda shuttle.
  5. ADDED. Blue force field to hangar.
  6. TRIMMED. Dialogue between imperials to remove mention of Vader’s shuttle.
  7. ADDED. Small glow to hangar lights.
  8. RECOLORED. Entire scene of Palpatine’s arrival.
  9. CUT. Vader’s arrival scene.

JABBA’S PALACE.

  1. ADDED. New sky to Tatooine.
  2. ADDED. Jabba’s palace exterior.
  3. RECOLORED. Outside, just slightly more red to match the new sky.
  4. ADDED. Prequels’ music track.
  5. RECOLORED. Jabba’s palace interior.
  6. ENHANCED. Luke’s hologram.
  7. TRIMMED. Ending of scene. We see Leia’s disguise here. She stares at 3PO.
  8. CUT. Tentacle being grabbing 3PO.
  9. CUT. 3PO waving like the “dead” droid behind him, before being taken away.
  10. CUT. Leia and Chewie arrival scene. Useless and repetitive, IMHO.
  11. RECOLORED. Han being de-carbonized, just slightly.
  12. REMOVED. Boba Fett from every shot. Sometimes masked out, other times with zooming.

LUKE’s ARRIVAL.

  1. ADDED. Prequels’ music track.
  2. ADDED. Force choke sound effect.
  3. RECOLORED. Increased blues a little bit, and enhanced lighting.
  4. ENHANCED. Rancor’s eyes, just a little bit.
  5. CUT. Rancor’s breeder crying.
  6. CUT. Boba Fett.

SARLACC’s BATTLE.

  1. RECOLORED. Dune Sea, to match The Mandalorian’s Tatooine episode.
  2. ADDED. Slight camera movement inside Jabba’s sail barge.
  3. RECOLORED. Sky, increased blue colors.
  4. ENHANCED. Luke’s lightsaber and blaster bolts (credits to telecine).
  5. ADDED. Suns’ glow in a couple of shots.
  6. TRIMMED. Battle sequence because of Boba Fett’s removal.
  7. ADDED. Original Sarlacc.
  8. CUT. Extraction of 3PO and R2.
  9. ADDED. Atmosphere to Tatooine.
  10. ADDED. Episode IV track during the small chat between Luke and the Falcon.
  11. ADDED. Falcon engine’s blue glow and X Wing’s purple engine.

LUKE TO DAGOBAH.
(No Palpatine scene here, because that’s at the beginning of the movie)

  1. ADDED. Episode IV short track.
  2. ADDED. Episode IX music track during Yoda’s death.
  3. RECOLORED. Dabogah exterior.
  4. RECOLORED. Luke’s face, slightly.
  5. RECOLORED. Obi Wan’s Force Ghost.
  6. ADDED. Episode III’s music track.
  7. CUT. Luke saying “Vader BETRAYED AND murdered my father”, because in my Episode IV edit Obi Wan does not say that Vader was a Jedi (edited to hide connection between Prequels Anakin and Vader).

HOME ONE.

  1. RECOLORED. Full scene. Whiter walls, more red Mon Calamari’s faces. etc.
  2. ENHANCED. Holograms.
  3. ADDED. Episode IX’s music track during Luke’s entrance.
  4. RECOLORED. Hangar scene.
  5. CUT. Shot of Lando walking towards matte painting.
  6. CUT. Han saying that he feels like he’s not going to see the Falcon again. We realize that he’s worried.
  7. ADDED. Episode III’s music track during the jump to hyperspace (one of my favourite tracks, the one from the scene where Obi Wan leaves the Venator to go to Utapau).

DEATH STAR THRONE ROOM.

  1. RECOLORED. Removed blue tonality.
  2. ENHANCED. Lighting on the elevator.
  3. ADDED. Short display of the Sith Wayfinder.
  4. ADDED. Episode I’s version of Palpatine’s theme.
  5. ADDED. Sun and atmosphere to Endor.

SHUTTLE TYDIRIUM.

  1. ADDED. Sun and atmosphere to Endor.
  2. ADDED. Blue engine to shuttle.
  3. RECOLORED. Shuttle’s interior.
  4. RECOLORED. Executor’s bridge.

SPEEDER CHASE.

  1. ADDED. Rogue One’s music track during the Rebels’ landing.
  2. RECOLORED. Endor’s ground. Enhanced greens.
  3. CUT. Luke saying that Han should be quiet and Han replying “Hey! It’s me!”.
  4. CUT. Shot of Leia flying high with the speeder. The way I see it is that speeders just float.
  5. ADDED. Episode III and Episode IX music tracks during speeder chase.
  6. CUT. Leia meeting Wicket. Just like Luke and Han we should be worried about her fate.

SECOND DEATH STAR THRONE ROOM.

  1. RECOLORED. Removed blue tonality.
  2. ENHANCED. Lighting on the elevator.
  3. CUT. Short exchange between Palpatine and Vader about Vader’s feelings. In this edit you should not have doubts about Vader being evil.

EWOKS.

  1. RECOLORED. Enhanced greens and slightly recolored faces.
  2. TRIMMED. 3PO telling the story of previous movies.
  3. CUT. Shot of Leia reacting to the story with wonder.
  4. CUT. Han asking multiple questions to 3PO.
  5. CUT. Leia saying that she always knew she was Luke’s sister. She just says “I know” (meaning “right now”).
  6. CUT. Han being jealous of Luke or apologizing to Leia.

VADER AND LUKE MEETING.

  1. RECOLORED. Desaturated blues.
  2. ADDED. Episode III music tracks during sequence.
  3. CUT. Vader talking about Obi Wan and saying that he MUST obey his master, and also saying that it’s too late for him. These lines show some degree of remorse, but at this point Vader is still fully on the Dark Side. He will turn only because Luke does not kill him and because Palpatine tortures him.
  4. ADDED. White glow to lights.
  5. RECOLORED. Stormtroopers, whiter colors.

REBELS JUMP TO HYPERSPACE.

  1. RECOLORED. Falcon engine blue. X Wings engine purple.
  2. RECOLORED. Home One’s bridge.
  3. ADDED. Rogue One’s music track.

ASSAULT AT THE BUNKER.

  1. RECOLORED. More greens.
  2. SHORTENED. Ewok on speeder scene.
  3. RECOLORED. Inside.

LUKE AND PALPATINE.

  1. ADDED. Sun and atmosphere to Endor.
  2. ADDED. Short Episode IX’s music track.
  3. ADDED. More yellow Palpatine eyes, more in line with Episode IX.
  4. RECOLORED. Interior, desaturated blues, enhanced whites on elevator.

REBELS ARRIVING TO ENDOR.

  1. ADDED. Rogue One’s music track.
  2. ADDED. Sun and atmosphere to Endor.
  3. RECOLORED. Home One’s bridge.
  4. RECOLORED. Falcon and X Wings’ engines.
  5. RECOLORED. Space and Death Star, desaturated blues.
  6. ADDED. Short deleted scene of Rebels inside the Falcon and firing at the turret. Also recolored to reduce bad video quality, and added music track and sound effects (explosions and turret firing).
  7. TRIMMED. Rogue One’s music track fades with the original one when the sequence ends.

EWOKS AT THE RESCUE.

  1. RECOLORED. More greens and whites.
  2. TRIMMED. Sequence, to show that Ewoks are just a surprise effect. They don’t smash ATSTs, and they don’t attack stormtroopers with stones. They just run. (I only kept the scene of Ewoks using a “lazo” with stormtroopers on speeders… that’s quite believable).

SPACE BATTLE CONTINUES.

  1. ADDED. Sun and atmosphere.
  2. RECOLORED. Engines.
  3. RECOLORED. Home One and Executor’s bridges.
  4. ADDED. Small lens flare to Death Star laser.
  5. ADDED. Episode IX’s Imperial March when it looks like the Rebels are going to lose the battle.

FINAL BATTLE.

  1. ENHANCED. Palpatine’s eyes when Luke and Vader start dueling.
  2. CUT. Chewie Tarzan.
  3. RECOLORED. Endor’s ground and sky, more green and blue.
  4. ADDED. Episode III music track during small portions of Luke/Vader duel.
  5. RECOLORED. Star Destroyers’ engines to blue in some shots.
  6. ADDED. Episode IX music track while Vader finds out about Leia.
  7. RECOLORED. Death Star throne room, desaturated blues.
  8. ENHANCED. Palpatine’s Force Lightning. More vivid blue and white, and also added a few extra lightning bolts.
  9. CUT. Vader’s “Nooooo!”.
  10. RECOLORED. Palpatine going down. Color explodes when we see the wave of Force power.

ANAKIN’s DEATH.

  1. RECOLORED. Hangar, desaturated blues.
  2. ENHANCED. Lighting.
  3. ADDED. Episode III music track during Anakin’s death (another one of my favourites, the one heard during Padmé’s funeral and Vader walking inside the imperial Venator… so powerful).

DEATH STAR EXPLOSION.

  1. RECOLORED. Fighters’ engines and Death Star insides.
  2. ADDED. Lens flare to Executor’s explosion.
  3. RECOLORED. Tower inside Death Star. Surrounding is black and white, tower is blue and the upper section is red.
  4. RECOLORED. Tower after being hit by Wedge. It looks like it is overloading.
  5. ADDED. Wave of energy during explosion (credits to telecine).
  6. ADDED. Ackbar’s mouth moving while he speaks (Note: it looks simply awful, sorry).
  7. ADDED. Sun and atmosphere to Endor, seen when Wedge and Lando exit the Death Star.
  8. ADDED. Lighting effect during Death Star explosion.

FINAL CELEBRATIONS.

  1. CUT. Han asking if Leia loves Luke. He just stares at her wondering what she means.
  2. ADDED. Episode I music track during Anakin’s funeral.
  3. RECOLORED. Tatooine’s celebration. Desaturated yellows.
  4. ENHANCED. Force Ghosts, increased blues.

Italian faneditor.

EDITS LIST:
CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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This is intriguing! There aren’t enough ROTJ edits out there, honestly. Really excited to see how you plan to tackle the later chunks of the movie!

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ImmersionVFX has fixed an error where Luke “Force-kicks” some guy (here). Do you plan on using it? (Yeah, I know blood comes out of his mouth, but it’s possible to digitally remove the blood)

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These stills look amazing - I’m very excited for this!

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FreezingTNT2 said:

ImmersionVFX has fixed an error where Luke “Force-kicks” some guy (here). Do you plan on using it? (Yeah, I know blood comes out of his mouth, but it’s possible to digitally remove the blood)

Definitely yes, thank you!

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I like the new Palace and color corrections 😃

May I suggest that you try to have Luke on Dagobah before the palace stuff ?
Yes that creates some minor problems (fleet reunion) but also makes his character more consistent.

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You mean before the whole Tatooine scenes?
I kinda like how his character looks more menacing the FIRST time he appears in the movie (mirroring the entrance in the palace to Vader’s first appearance in ANH, the Force Choke, etc). I just have a doubt about placing the Dagobah scene first because it establishes that Luke is a Jedi (yes, yes, “not yet”, but he is clearly in the light side), while keeping the Tatooine stuff first makes the audience wonder about wether he still is a Jedi or he fell to the dark side…
But I’ll surely try, to look how it works. May I ask what you mean with “more consistent”?

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Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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More consistent = Luke starting on the Light side on Dagobah and then becoming Darker.

You see the darker Luke entering the palace. And the rest of the action… it’s borderline dark side.
The same with using the Ewoks later on, again a bit dark. And the going to Vader (killing the Emperor is still killing), etc.

This linear progression also makes the audience wonder. Will Luke return to the light side by the end of the movie?
For me opening on Dagobah kind of spoils it.
It’s as if Luke goes dark one day, light the next, then dark, … 😉

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That’s interesting. I didn’t think about that. I’ll try to add the Dagobah scene just after Palpatine arrives to DSII.

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(sorry for editing my posts in real time, I was trying to make them clearer)

Yes try it. I’m going to Dagobah just after Vader arrives:
https://streamable.com/5vc2k

Luke’s reaction is perfect here, he seems to respond to Vader’s mental search.

Of course, you can do it your way 😃

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Yes, of course 😉
But if an idea makes it better, I’m more than glad to try it.

Italian faneditor.

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Boba Fett removed.
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Here is the opening.

New crawl.
Enhanced Endor.
Opening with Palpatine in DSII
New Tatooine sky and Jabba’s palace.

https://vimeo.com/377339776
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EDITS LIST:
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Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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In two of your new Tatooine shots (the ones with 3PO and R2), you used the exact same sky image as the background. Can you use a different sky background for your second shot, to make it less obvious that we’re watching a fan edit? (I know that other sky images on Google don’t really match the sky color as the one you used, but it’s possible to alter them in Photoshop to match the other sky background’s color)

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I like your opening video. Just a few suggestions:

  • fix DS2 moving toward the left while the scene pans down.
  • add the shots of the shuttle approaching the DS2. These give scale and spectacle to the movie.

For the desert barge shots, your twin suns don’t match the light direction. Light is coming from the top right there.
And add some subtle shaky camera movement to all those shots. It’s a bit odd that the cameraman is completely static when they are going up and down dunes !

Jedi needs lots of small tweaks 😃

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Thank you for suggestions.
About DSII… I don’t know how to do it, lol. I’ll try.
About the shuttle… at first I kept it. But in the scene with the Emperor we dont see the shuttle actually “landing” in the hangar. It’s already there. You know… if I keep those shots, it cuts directly from the shuttle still in space, approaching the DS, to the shuttle already inside.

I liked the twin suns… I think it added more weight to those flat shots. But yeah… the lights don’t match.

EDIT: I re-added the shuttle approaching. The shot of the officer saying “Inform the commander that…” fixes the problem. And I moved the twin suns in the shots where you can see the upper sky.

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Vader’s death clip.

I’m just editing the Sarlacc sequence, but I wanted to try something here.
I don’t know if the color correction is definitive, but I’ve always wanted to use this track for Anakin’s death, especially because I will not use it in my Episode III edit.

https://vimeo.com/377606084
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CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Spoilers are below for content from The Mandalorian - in regards to the 5th episode…

After watching episode 5 of The Mandalorian, and the whole Tatooine stuff… I kinda liked how the desert looked way less saturated than the OT Tatooine.
In my Episode IV edit I probably oversaturated some shots… now I’d like to try the opposite.


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I find that answer vague and unconvincing. Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?
Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Those desert scenes are almost impossible to color correct…
I like the planet shot, looks like something out of the prequels, but the clouds are still cyan. 😉

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I tried to change it just a little bit. Still don’t know if I really like it.

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CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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The planet looks OK you can keep it.