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The Hayden Christiansen-less alternate audio mixes: Episodes 2 and 3 (Released)

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Hello everybody,

This release is planned for October and will consist of alternate audio tracks that can be synched with the official DVDs of Episode II and Episode III.

The only difference will be that Anakin will be acted by somebody other than Hayden Christiansen. Also, after swapping out the dubs I may run both mixes through a tape machine to give it a warmer quality.

I have tested the actor and he is good.  We are doing this as a kind of proof of concept before tackling my edits, but also to try and do something fun and immediately beneficial to the community.

Like the mono mix of Star Wars, which featured a complete redub of Aunt Beru, this will hopefully be an enjoyable alternate way for people to experience the movie.

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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Test demo samples:

http://yourlisten.com/channel/content/16906022/sample_1

http://yourlisten.com/channel/content/16906024/sample_2

 

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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That's very good, and surprisingly close to Hayden Christiansen.

You know of the rebellion against the Empire?

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How are you accomplishing this? Does it mean you'll be able to release audio tracks with all of Anakin's dialogue silenced, for other actors to give it a try?

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timdiggerm said:

How are you accomplishing this? Does it mean you'll be able to release audio tracks with all of Anakin's dialogue silenced, for other actors to give it a try?

It will involve going into the surround mixes and removing center channel containing Hayden plus other channels (as needed), replacing and synching the new voice, applying ambience to the new voice where necessary, and then adding the background sounds behind the new voice and smoothing the transitions in a seamless way.

I might do silenced audio tracks too, but the main focus is putting out the finished mixes and to have them synch perfectly with the official DVDs.

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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I'm glad you guys like the voice.  I was thrilled when I heard it because the timbre of his voice matches the image onscreen much better than the rough dub.  Also, he is clearly a great actor and puts himself into the part.  I'm looking forward to working with Henry very much.

Master Qui-Gon said:

So the tracks will be for the DVDs? I am asking this because the Bluray cut of AOTC is different from the DVD cut.

Say it isn't so...

EDIT: It looks like the Blu-Ray cut has only a couple of alterations- it shouldn't be too hard to edit the DVD audio in order to conform with the Blu-Ray cut. I know very little about muxing to Blu-Ray but I'm sure there are other people who could figure out the details...

Also, I understand that George Lucas has added Anakin's mothers' voice to the dream sequence like my cut and others before mine, which I think is hilarious.

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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Episode 2 dubbing is done- will be working on the mix in the coming weeks.

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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excited!

were there many script adjustments in the end? or is the new delivery sufficient in most places?

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For version 1.0 AOTC he did the dialogue exactly as scripted- the same thing as Hayden only better.  The thing is that unlike my edits, this audio track is meant to synch up with the official DVD. 

He will be doing retakes at some point, so if any of you had suggestions on replacements for particularly egregious lines that would still synch up with George Lucas' cut we can try them...

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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So would it be okay to use these audio mixes in future fanedits? Or maybe recreate certain edits with these mixes?

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emanswfan said:

So would it be okay to use these audio mixes in future fanedits? Or maybe recreate certain edits with these mixes?

Sure.

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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there are two experiments i'd like to see outside of AOTC.

one would be redubbing sebastian shaw in ROTJ, just to see if it fits.
another would be a sample of vader lines, to be distorted to vaders tone to see how that also fits.

inside i'd like to see some more playful responses/banter. just little 'i knows' and chuckles between padme/anakin, and conversely sighs and groans for obi-wan.

some one-liners for the dooku duel would be good. maybe joking at his age.

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^^Interesting ideas.

New Episode 3 dub is done (George Lucas cut only).

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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Trooperman said:

^^Interesting ideas.

New Episode 3 dub is done (George Lucas cut only).

Nice to see you're keeping the momentum!

 

 

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I wonder if you can replace Hayden with Matt Lucas’ voice or MattLanter’s…

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SandMTV said:

I wonder if you can replace Hayden with Matt Lucas’ voice or MattLanter’s…

This thread is 8 years old…

You’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Am I making Carrie Fisher’s ghost proud?”
Well, are ya, punk?

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How the hell am I only discovering this now?! Please tell me somebody on this site has copies of this!

My homeworld is Australia so be wary of timezones!

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Agreed! I’d love copies of these!