As somewhat of a follow-up to my ROTS Expanded Edition, this one extended Episode VIII to it’s longest running time (with finished VFX). ebumms has already done his own extended cut, but this differs slightly. His included a portion of the longer Fathier chase, which had unfinished CGI, while I won’t opt to use that. I’ve also used a portion of the extended opening, Rose biting Hux and “Where We Belong” as he did not. The “Luke Mourn” scene transitions to Leia as it does in Rekindled unlike his cut going from Luke mourning to his daily routine. Similar to his cut however is the inclusion of almost all of the Canto Bight B-Roll, so those who hate that subplot might dislike this edit. Anywho, here’s a full list.
- Added a Resistance officer telling Poe the First Order found them, and him contacting Lt. Connix
- Added Luke mourning Han’s death
- Moved around a couple of Resistance scenes to accomodate match-cutting that scene with Leia coming out of hyperspace
- Added Poe catching Finn up to speed on what happened, giving him his jacket back (last 3 changes borrowed from poppasketti)
- Added BB-8 showing Finn a hologram of Rey saying goodbye to Finn (puppeteer’s arm removed by ebumms)
- Added the Caretaker staring down Rey for blasting a hut wall
- Added almost all of extra Canto Bight B-Roll to extend the Red Ponbloom search (extra SFX added by ebumms)
- Added Luke’s third lesson, telling Rey to be a proactive Jedi
- Added the extended Mega Destroyer incursion, cutting a few of the shots and lines that were repurposed in the Theatrical Cut, or where some shots are missing the digital set extentions
- Added Hux taunting Rose, ending with him ordering her excecution
- Added Finn telling Rose they are going back to “where they belong” (Crait reflection and perspective, and audio work done by poppasketti)
Theatrical - 2:31:51
Expanded - 2:41:57
Here’s the snippet from the Alt. Opening
And the Rose/Hux scene. It’s not 100% but I feel it’s finished enough to fit in.
I’m not too sure if there is anything from any Trailer, TV Spot, or the other Blu-Ray BTS stuff that could be put in. As far as I’m aware, the only thing from the trailers that didn’t end up going in was Rey on the beach but that has been put in as apart of the Third Lesson. If anyone knows of any other stuff that can be put back in, I’d love to hear about it.