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The Blackened Mantle is finally back on YouTube!

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I’ve finally managed to get the popular prequel fanedit, The Blackened Mantle, back on YouTube! Unfortunately, I had to remove some of John Williams’ score using YouTube’s “Remove Song” feature because Sony ID’d it and was blocking it in every country except Japan.

Watch it on YouTube here.

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Swazzy said:

(I’m gonna have to do that now, aren’t I)

“You catch on pretty qui–”
Ouch! Ric smacked the back of my head.

PM me for links to my edits; apparently, some feel shy about this.

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Swazzy said:

ewanswfan’s filmized editions

You mean, if they ever get finished, fingers crossed?

Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

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I am literally shocked at how well this edit worked for me. I was bawling like a baby at the end. The Japanese voice acting is so well done and the narrative changes are a revelation. I have never been so invested in Anakin’s character, nor have I ever been so convinced by his fall or felt the tragedy of his clash with Obi-Wan.

That said, this edit is a bit rough around the edges. Rough in terms of video quality, and inn terms of some of the edits. I really feel like if someone recreated this edit from scratch with blu-ray quality footage, smoother editing and a few minor story tweaks here and there (Some of the flashbacks like the Coruscant city chase run a little longer than they need to), I would never want to watch the prequels any other way.

Hell, I’d do it myself, but inserting and timing that many subtitles correctly sounds like a lot of work, and it’s something I haven’t really attempted before.

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The Blackened Mantle is the only edit I’ve seen thus far which had me fully invested in the story. My only reservation about keeping it as my “definitive” prequel viewing option is how it’s so stylistically different from the saga, which ironically is what makes me like it so much. It’s a stupid reason, I know. But I want that base-level of continuity to be preserved in my collection.

Apart from that, The Blackened Mantle is perfect, and I can’t recommend it enough.

I’ve toyed with the idea of recreating it with my own color-graded sources and a few tweaks of my own…but I haven’t found the time yet.

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So I’ve done some digging on the internet, and a found a copy of this edit that is better quality than the one available from the description in the youtube video linked in the OP. It’s still highly compressed, but it doesn’t have the weird framerate issues of that version and it’s a bit higher resolution. PM me if you’d like a link.

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Octorox said:

So I’ve done some digging on the internet, and a found a copy of this edit that is better quality than the one available from the description in the youtube video linked in the OP. It’s still highly compressed, but it doesn’t have the weird framerate issues of that version and it’s a bit higher resolution. PM me if you’d like a link.

Thank god! PM Sent.

The Blackened Mantle is one of the best edits out there. The dialogue is so well written and it keeps you interested the entire way through. My only gripe is that the flashbacks just feel like I’m watching three different movies instead of one, it doesn’t work narratively at all. Anyway, check it out guys! It’s definitely worth the watch!

Prequel Fan-Edit thread: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Yet-another-series-of-prequel-edits/id/17329

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Octorox said:

So I’ve done some digging on the internet, and a found a copy of this edit that is better quality than the one available from the description in the youtube video linked in the OP. It’s still highly compressed, but it doesn’t have the weird framerate issues of that version and it’s a bit higher resolution. PM me if you’d like a link.

I’d love a link.

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