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Return of the Jedi (My saga edit)

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I just started working on my Episode VI edit, following Episode I (Shadow of the past), Episode II (Keepers of the peace), Episode III (Rise of the Dark Side, unfinished), Episode IV (The son of Skywalker) and the Episode V I still haven’t started working on.
The main point here is that I don’t have to hide the plot twists anymore.

For now I’ve changed the order of some scenes.
IMHO Return of the Jedi is by far the weakest movie in the OT… and personally I enjoy ROTS more than this one.
The first act is way too long and repetitive.
Stay with me: the droids arrive at the palace - Jabba says something - the droids get captured.
Leia and Chewie arrive at the palace - Jabba says something - Chewie gets captured.
Luke arrives at the palace - Jabba says something - Luke falls into the trap.

So I’m trying to have the order of scenes suggested in the Radical Changes thread.

  1. Palpatine arrives in the Death Star.
  2. 3PO and R2 arrive at the palace and get captured.
  3. Leia frees Han.
  4. Luke arrives (+ battle at Sarlacc)
  5. Palpatine talks to Vader.
  6. Luke on Dagobah.

About the rest of the movie, I will make the same changes I tried on previous edits, so Color Corrections, new music tracks, etc.
I’ll try to totally remove Boba Fett, or make him leave the palace before the Sarlacc scene. Anyway, he does not die in the desert.

  1. Modern intro, with Disney era Lucasfilm logo.
  2. New crawl.
  3. Movie starts with Palpatine’s arrival in the DSII. Different cut to make it believable. Also new music track.
  4. New Tatooine sky.
  5. New Jabba’s palace exterior.
  6. Color corrected interior.
  7. Enhanced Luke’s hologram.
  8. Band plays some music here, not later. I never liked the band scene, not even the original. Plus, we see Leia’s bounty hunter now. He/she looks at 3PO before he gets taken away.
  9. No tentacle-thing grabbing 3PO.
  10. No 3PO waving like the droid behind him.
  11. Digitally removed Boba Fett. He does not die in the movie. He is not even on Tatooine. Makes him cooler… the only guy who managed to make the heroes fail. And survived.
  12. Totally removed song and dance. I always hated both versions. Plus, it makes the Rancor trap later more a surprise.
  13. No Leia and Chewie arrival. At the beginning we HEAR 3PO saying that Lando and Chewie “never returned”. They are already there. Lando in disguise and Chewie prisoner. We see in a previous shot Leia-bounty hunter, and stop.
  14. Enhanced colors during the Leia-freeing-Han scene.
  15. Color corrected Tatooine desert.
  16. Added twin suns when possible, and original Sarlacc restored (Despecialized).
  17. Removed shot of the droids extraction from sand.
  18. Enhanced planet view of Tatooine.
  19. Enhanced Ben’s Force ghost.
  20. Enhanced rebel briefing colors and hologram.
  21. Added force shield to rebel hangar.
  22. Removed view of Lando walking away towards the matte painting. I had to keep the previous shots because of important dialogue.
  23. No “I have the feeling that I won’t see here again”. Han just looks at the Falcon and we realize he is worried.
  24. Added short shot of Sith Wayfinder in the Throne Room display.
  25. Enhanced lights.
  26. Enhanced Endor colors.
  27. No Han’s “Hey, it’s me!”. And no Luke telling him to be quiet.
  28. Added tracks during speeder chase.
  29. Cut Leia flying with the speeder. I’ve always hated it. In my mind, speeders are not ships, they should just hover.
  30. Cut Leia meeting Wicket. We should be worried about her as much as Luke and Han are. Plus, that’s a totally useless scene.
  31. Cut Emperor wondering about Vader’s feelings.
  32. Shortened 3PO telling the story, and cut Leia’s reaction. It looks like she’s never heard anything like that.
  33. Cut Han asking multiple questions to 3PO. He just asks one, and we cut to the Luke/Leia scene.
  34. Trimmed Han/Leia. Han does not show jealousy.
  35. Color corrected Vader/Luke scene.
  36. Cut Vader telling Luke that he MUST obey his master, or that it’s too late for him. It sounds like the Dark Side is a torture for him, and I know it is like that. But in the movie we should still see Vader as a menacing bad guy.
  37. Shortened Ewok on speeder.
  38. Reduced Ewoks in battle. They are just a surprise effect.
  39. Space and ground battles are totally color corrected. All lasers and lightsabers remade by xxtelecine7xx.

The edit is not finished, but at this stage the runtime is just around 1.55 hrs - to - 2 hrs

Italian faneditor.
EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

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EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

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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)

Adywan’s Star Wars Revisited edits are to Blade Runner: The Final Cut as the original theatrical releases of the original trilogy are to the original version of Blade Runner.

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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!

Italian faneditor.
EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

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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”?

Italian faneditor.
EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

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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.

Italian faneditor.
EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWtMZobefiq04JNuS2jFLQ?view_as=subscriber

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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.
EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWtMZobefiq04JNuS2jFLQ?view_as=subscriber

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Boba Fett removed.
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Italian faneditor.
EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWtMZobefiq04JNuS2jFLQ?view_as=subscriber

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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:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWtMZobefiq04JNuS2jFLQ?view_as=subscriber

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Italian faneditor.
EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWtMZobefiq04JNuS2jFLQ?view_as=subscriber

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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)

Adywan’s Star Wars Revisited edits are to Blade Runner: The Final Cut as the original theatrical releases of the original trilogy are to the original version of Blade Runner.

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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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EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWtMZobefiq04JNuS2jFLQ?view_as=subscriber

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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
password: fanedit

Italian faneditor.
EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWtMZobefiq04JNuS2jFLQ?view_as=subscriber

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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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EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

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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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EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

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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.

Italian faneditor.
EDITS LIST:

  1. CHOSEN ONE - A Star Wars Story: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-CHOSEN-ONE-A-STAR-WARS-STORY-RELEASED/id/60721
  2. SHADOW OF THE PAST (EpI): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SHADOW-OF-THE-PAST-A-Phantom-Menace-edit/id/65473
  3. KEEPERS OF THE PEACE (EpII): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/KEEPERS-OF-THE-PEACE-Attack-of-the-Clones-edit/id/66617/page/1#1274835
  4. THE SON OF SKYWALKER (EpIV): https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Episode-IV-The-Son-of-Skywalker/id/69085

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWtMZobefiq04JNuS2jFLQ?view_as=subscriber

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The planet looks OK you can keep it.