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#1411031
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: A Quality-of-Life Edit (WIP)
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You know what my understanding of it was ever since I saw that “dagger outlining the death star wreckage” moment in a theater?

There is the implication that it is an ancient sith dagger. There is the fact that it is completely ridiculous even by TROS standards that whoever made it would go all the way to the wreckage and shape the dagger the way the wreckage is shaped from that angle. There is the fact that Star Wars is mythical and has prophecies and premonitions and other such fantasy stuff.

So I have always just assumed (I don’t know what canon has to say), that it is ancient and the stars alligned that way because something something in-universe poetry, something something the force. It was never a logistics problem. For that matter, why did Palpatine store his pyramid macguffin in a side room on the death star throne room? That moment was also surreal to me. Perhaps he planned to rule from the death star going forward, instead of Coruscant? But anyway, out of all “wait what?” moments in TROS, the dagger-wreckage one is at least pretty neat. And also I like the idea that it was constructed long before the death star.

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#1405320
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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So uh, I disagree completely, but one of the things I feel I should mention, Poe was absolutely not second in command. D’Acy certainly outranked him, and she seemed informed of the plan. And Holdo ‘engaged hostilities’ with Poe because Poe killed their entire bomber squad by disobeying orders. This ain’t too complicated. I don’t think we’re meant to infer that Holdo’s leadership was excellent, but ‘a fascist and draconian head of state’? What?

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#1401319
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The Clone Wars: Refocused - A new holistic approach inspired by the Mandalorian [TWELVE EPISODES RELEASED (+watchlist for the remainder)]
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So I’m watching the first episode, and I kinda feel like the part at the beginning where they meet Ventress and the subsequent transition to the movie material is not really… necessary? I’m noting this down while I haven’t watched the entire episode yet (update, I finished it), but I guess it’s there to introduce Ventress, right? But I think the way Ani and Obi are introduced in the movie is very particular and the material from the prior episode kind of makes the geography and their situation… confusing. The setup for what situation they are in and what is happening gets a reset anyway once we go to the star destroyer, so my personal feedback is that the material between the cold open+blue text and the first star destroyer scene where they talk about their communications issue… is sort of just cluttery? And the Bail moments, for that matter, fall along the same lines. I think it just makes things confusing for someone who has never watched the show.

But I also don’t think that straight up omitting that stuff is necessarily the best idea. If I recall correctly, you plan on having a plot element resurface in a later episode. I wonder if I’m the only one with this particular problem with it then.

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#1400129
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Approaching Star Wars canon
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This is a wonderful concept! I agree it would be interesting to think of these stories like that, especially if it’s official.

But Star Wars fans, and Western consumers of media in general, are religiously (no pun intended) obsessed with the notion of canon, and what’s canon or not, sometimes more than they even enjoy consuming the media itself. So it’s impossible.

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#1395973
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Dom's (Possibly) Useful TROS Edit (WIP)
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DominicCobb said:

  • these are probably just technical issues, but Rey’s “ugh” modification, and the transition from the falcon back to Rey are imperfect

Could you elaborate on what is feeling weird to you? I know it’s sometimes hard to pinpoint.

Ok I just listened to it on speakers, and it works. When I first heard it on headphones, it felt like she just fades out at the end of the ugh. But eh

Alright well you gotta give me props for cutting out Yoda’s theme at least.

Oh, I didn’t even notice! Good job 😄

I have some more thoughts about the opening, even if your mind seems made up, I feel like I want to throw this in here. I get that they talk about Rey and so it should cut to Rey. Then they talk about the Falcon and it should cut to the Falcon. But, eh, I just don’t feel it. Your crawl especially implies that the FO has a rebellion problem and they (and Kylo) want more resources. So here I am, watching the Exogol sequence through that lens, and they talk about Rey less in this cut, and then it makes sense to see what the rebels are up to. And, well, I just love the theatrical transition from Palpatine to the Falcon in hyperspace. Particularly the sound transition.
There, we wonder why Rey is not with them, and Poe even brings that up. Then we cut to Rey and she’s training. It works better, pacing-wise, in my opinion, but maybe I’m in the minority. I just think a shot of adrenaline at that point after the Palpatine intro works better than Rey meditating, but eh.
I think a lot of the confusion with the edits is alleviated through your cutting the force visions and mask assembly a lot differently from the theatrical - very good changes, by the way! I do feel like your usage of Rey’s lightning hand, while it works great in the vision, you sort of recognize that shot when that scene comes around and it’s like ‘oh, she’s gonna lightning the transport’. Maybe I’m reading into it too much, since obviously I know that she’s going to do that. Still, in theaters it felt shocking (no pun intended), while here it’s foreshadowed by the usage of that shot.

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#1395841
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Dom's (Possibly) Useful TROS Edit (WIP)
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Okay, so without anything better to do, I watched the workprint and wrote down some notes!

  • I don’t think I entirely get the removal of the Snoke line (is it to not cheapen his character as much?)
  • The wipe to Rey and the wipe to the Falcon feel fanedity and like they don’t quite fit. Perhaps a different sort of transition, especially to Rey?
  • these are probably just technical issues, but Rey’s “ugh” modification, and the transition from the falcon back to Rey are imperfect
  • I support adding the squeaky wheel scene shots from the documentary
  • Is there any way to still have the Chewie arriving on the star destroyer scene somewhere? I mean, it is kind of redundant, especially as I like the reveal to be moved to where it is now, but
  • Kylo saying “power” stands out in the hangar scene. Although, it may be related to the overall workprint audio quality. I remember really liking Rogueleader’s take on it by the way
  • Leia’s “come home” also could use work. I feel bad listing technical issues just because they haven’t been refined yet, but there you go
  • DOTF being included to the extent that it has I am conflicted about, but I guess it’s a good addition
  • I sort of didn’t realize that you were including Leia’s purple saber in your edit, and that was a very pleasant surprise. Although when Rey uses it, it looks pink for some reason.
  • Speaking of colours, is an un-blue-ening of Exogol going to take place?
  • I made a note about how I am not sure but I think you spliced parts of the Resistance battle together and it works wonders to keep me caring about what’s going on up there
  • Beaumont’s mouth opens, only for Palpatine to speak. Just thought that was funny
  • Well, including the moneyshot with all the ships which was sliced up originally (the extended ILM shot) is fantastic, but you do sacrifice a line from Poe
  • “I’m no one” just doesn’t resonate with me. “I’m all the Jedi” is dumb, but this one elicited a “wait, huh?” at a moment that is supposed to be epic. I don’t know what to do about that. Maybe it’s also that the delivery of it is the way it is. I understand the sentiment behind this change, but, well… maybe “I’m a Jedi”? idk
  • I didn’t have a strong conviction about this before, but now I think Ben should never have died. We needed a character who is on the redemption path but doesn’t immediately die without atonement. It’s cheap. But anyway, I don’t know how one would pull that off with the footage available and stuff, or if you even want to
  • Idk I kinda care about (the citizens of) Naboo more than Coruscant, especially as in canon Coruscant becomes kind of rubbish (not actually sure about this but anyway), so maybe consider using the fan-made Naboo shot instead of Coruscant? Just my opinion
  • Poe-Zori moment at the end was funny and I miss it
  • Lando-Jannah moment at the end was weird and I don’t miss it

This movie has a problem with usage of music and I have some more notes about that:

  • Emperor’s theme plays during the Resistance briefing, which on the one hand you may think makes sense because they’re talking about him, BUT that theme tends to imply his (direct) influence, like in this case that their actions, decisions are under his control, which makes it confused and not quite appropriate (at least to me. I also listened to a podcast which mentioned this)
  • Poe’s theme plays when Jannah says hi to our heroes. Weird usage of that.
  • Force theme plays when Lando appears, which… eh, maybe it’s the Rebel theme now
  • Luke and Leia plays at the celebration. It was there before, and out of context, and you’ve now cut out the Lando-Jannah moment, but the theme is still there, and still out of context.

While I don’t think Ben should have gotten a ghost, since him not having one implies his state is different from that of Leia and Luke, like perhaps he lives in Rey or something, and I’m split on which take of Rey Skywalker to use, otherwise your Tattoine epilogue is great!

I am waiting patiently to be able to see this in high video and audio quality!

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#1393171
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Idea & Info Wanted: The Sequel Trilogy... extended editions?
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hinventon said:

I’ve wanted to see the TLJ extended version for a while just to see if the caretaker village scene is edited at all, I wanted to put that one back in but the unfinished running VFX ruins it. It’s a shame there’s so many great unfinished scenes out there.

The lightsaber reflection, right? Yeah, the effect isn’t completed in the extended edit either, but I don’t really mind it

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#1393026
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Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (2023)
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Rodney-2187 said:

I like that it is after TRoS because everything is unknown. Anything can happen to anyone.

Yes exactly! While the New Republic era is interesting and all, there is already going to be enough material about that… I want to see what happens next.

Also, I hope that all this talk of it being post-TROS is not based on just that one sentence

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#1392900
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Idea & Info Wanted: The Sequel Trilogy... extended editions?
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I want to ask y’all whether anyone you know of has completed/attempted extended versions of these movies using the available deleted scenes. Here’s what I’ve been able to find out so far:

The Force Awakens: There have been efforts to remove the timecodes present in the deleted scenes by members of this community that are admirable and very appreciated. I am wondering if anyone has put together an edit that reincorporates these scenes (with work done to remove the timecodes or without), and in addition doesn’t put the Jakku Message scene in between Finn’s face reveal and Rey’s intro (there’s a wonderful visual transition there from one face to another face that it’d be a shame to lose)

The Last Jedi: ebumms has a wonderful TLJ extended edit that is ifdb approved if I remember correctly… not everything is featured but considering the wealth of substantive deleted scenes released for that movie and the lack of any annoying black bar overlayed on the image (meaning the scenes are usable in fanedits without applying any sfx), it has been accomplished in my book, so that’s settled.

The Rise of Skywalker: the reality is that 0 deleted scenes are available. With that said, certain faneditors on this forum have done marvelous work to extend certain sequences in service of a fanedit, e.g., Mustafar establishing shots conjured using volcano footage, forest footage and sfx (that looks very believable, mind you), reinstating some “squeaky wheel” shots from BtS footage, and some others. I am wondering whether anybody is interested in editing the movie purely with the aim of extending it with this kind of thing. I myself have put together such an edit (I also used the civilian fleet chatter you might have heard used in Hal’s edit, double rainbow, alternate Rey Skywalker take, alternate final shot, and other things that I believe only contribute things to the film, as opposed to taking things out). However this kinda only exists as a proof of concept project in the video editor, as because of my current technical limitations, I am not able to export said edit, and I also used a source of inferior picture quality (my computer can’t handle it otherwise), but I feel it can be done and it can be cool!

Thus, I am wondering whether this community is as interested in this concept of extended editions of the ST as I am.

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#1392386
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A '<strong>Rumour and News</strong>' thread for reported new Star Wars films and tv series
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Spinoff-prequel-spinoffs… As much as I like the sequels, it does feel now in retrospect like they’ve played that card perhaps too soon, because now the way forward seems to be for the most part to milk the OT era, with most of these live action shows being set either a couple years before the OT or a couple years after. And pretty much none of these are really “main story”. If the sequels didn’t exist (though I’m glad they do), perhaps now would be time to move forward the main story in the Mando era, but their hands are kinda tied, aren’t they? Like really, I’m glad there will be something for almost everyone, but how much time can you spend telling stories within the same timeframe? This was the running joke a few years ago, but then they canceled a bunch of stuff, but now I guess every piece of furniture getting a prequel spinoff actually will be a thing!

I agree about a Rey series, but it seems they are distancing themselves from the sequel era after all… my heart cries at the lack of any word on a Rian Johnson trilogy/movie/series.