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#897875
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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  1. The Empire Strikes Back (I can’t even explain why: this is the perfect sequel as well as the perfect movie: entertaining, intelligent, mythological, deep, moving, funny, an infinite replay value…)

  2. Star Wars A New Hope (almost as good as its first sequel, a very hard call to rank it second place)

  3. Return of the Jedi (the confrontation with the Emperor is truly great, the Jabba’s opening scenes are pure swashbuckling fun, the space battle is magnificent: just frustrating this is a rehash of ANH with dull moments and poor characters. Would have love this scene to make its way in the final cut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT-ZsR2P8dU (without the “scum” line))

  4. The Force Awakens (mediocre, albeit entertaining and with the first 30 minutes very nicely done. Sadly, the characters, especially Rey - who masters the force in a minute because the script needs it… -, are not interesting, and fan service has its narrative limits).

  5. Revenge of the Sith (well, I like the global aesthetic and a few sequences. Williams score is a masterpiece, but the key scenes are failed in almost every way possible) (with a proper edit, it would be ranked a little bit higher than TFA I think)

  6. The Phantom Menace (not that bad and as about the same quality as ROTS - great score, the Qui Gon Jin lead character is fine, the overall plot is interesting -, but overwhelmed with bad taste jokes, confused plot elements, pointless sequences, and questionable designs)

  7. The Attack of the Clones (this one is so bad on every level, I don’t understand how this is even possible to miss an opportunity so much. I would save most of the Kamino’s scenes and the Tusken massacre. Even the score got mixed up: Yoda’s theme used for Anakin in action, Darth Maul’s theme used for Anakin on a bike, Darth Vader’s theme used for the Clone Troopers and the Republic Army, Trade Federation’s droid army theme for the Separatist’s droid army… : not very wagnerian…).

If it had been a movie, I would have ranked Tartakowsky “Clone Wars” fourth, between Episode VI and Episode VII.

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#897871
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Star Wars Episode I: Cloak Of Deception (Finished!)
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Octorox said:

Hey Hal, I just completed an edit for my own personal viewing that mixes and matches changes from your and L8wrtr’s edit (with a little bit from the Phantom Editor as well). I used your edit as the primary video source and spliced in bits from L8wrtr’s edit where needed (with a little grain and color correction to match it). Would you be opposed to me uploading this to Myspleen or elsewhere? With proper credit given of course.

Do you have a detailed list of the changes ? (at least compared to Hal9000’s edit).

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#897105
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SW EP 1: Shadow of the Sith by L8wrtr
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auralucario2 said:

Unfortunately, I don’t have a MySpleen invite so I can’t access the tracker. Do you know if there are any other ways to get the file?

EDIT: I think I’ll just live with Q2’s Episode III edit for now. It seems like it should go pretty well with l8wrtr’s Episode I and II.

L8wrtr’s edits can be found on kickass torrent.

I’ve read in an Hal9000 post that L8wrtr was working on a V2 version on his edit for ROTS.

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#897062
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Star Wars Episode II: The Approaching Storm (Finished!)
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Hal 9000 said:

I agree with towne32 about the colors; KK650’s version takes liberties with color, whereas Schorman’s is a better representation to how the films originally looked, which is what I’m going for. And I still hope that somewhere down the line I can do a special release using Emanswfan’s regrades.
Since V4 will be it, I’ve held off for Schorman’s V2, but might just use V1 if it ends up being the last thing I’m waiting on and he’s still away from the forum. I don’t know where it is patched or anything, but it looks beautiful to my eyes, especially AOTC. Far superior to the BluRay.

Take your time, there is not rush if you can get higher video quality for your final version. I have rewatched a few scenes and I finally agree with the removal of the Dex scene, as well as the Geonosis droid factory action sequence. It’s really an improvement over the original material.

Just a question about the musical montage: you’ve got the fine idea to use McNeely’s SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE soundtrack to give a very effective sound structure to the beginning of the podrace sequence. Have you ever thought about removing the inappropriate use of the Darth Vader theme at the end of AOTC with around 50 seconds of the “Imperical city” track (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwPTbVMenRc#t=3m08s) ? This cue has a deep Roman Empire (Miklós Rózsa style) eerie feeling that could totally suit the strange and corrupted Republic Planet on the edge of chaos.

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#896494
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Star Wars Episode III: Labyrinth Of Evil (Finished!)
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Hal 9000 said:

Thanks, I appreciate you chiming in. Just to help in your evaluation, here’s how the Alderaan scene will look in V4, having been brightened up a little: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5UmTwj6Y18

It does look better in this video, but still i’m very not sure about it. I find it more tragic that Anakin killed her (not the “losing the will to live” thing of the original version), because I don’t get at all, within the movie narrative, that she would leave one of her child to people she barely knows without even be part of the meeting to decide it. IMHO the Luke and Leia twin subplot is the weak link of the OT (it was never supposed to be that way back in 1980), the line about the mother is a very small issue compared to others that are raised with the fact that she survived giving birth. To rephrase I would say that I prefer an inconsistency between 2 films over an internal one. Moreover the funeral of Padmé is one of the very well executed scenes in the original cut (even the Jar Jar shot is not a problem). The Padmé surviving the fall of Anakin is the only thing I don’t agree with you in your edit of EPISODE III (plus the removal of the “energy field trap” but your edit of the scene is nevertheless good), I totally concur with the other choices. That being said, It won’t prevent me from watching your V4 anyway 😃

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#896421
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Star Wars Episode I: Cloak Of Deception (Finished!)
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Ok, this new cut is very good. I still need to rewatch a few sequences to be sure about a few things, but for 2 key parts (the pod race - the music montage is clever - and the battle of Naboo) the improvement is stricking: Jar Jar is less annoying, Anakin saves the day purposely; i really like that. I personally would have kept the throne room action scene for continuity reasons. If I can find enough time i’ll try to produce french subtitles so more people can enjoy this cut.

edit: well, i’m not sure about the pod scene just before the betting. The scene itself is quite good and well edited, but the special effets are not finished. Maybe the opening shot on the kid ridding the thing (i don’t know the name) is to be removed. Otherwise it’s afair choice over the original “making podracer” scene. And the complete removal of the “blood sample test” scene is gold 😃

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#896341
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Star Wars Episode III: Labyrinth Of Evil (Finished!)
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Ok, I have watched your v3 edit. It’s a vast improvement over a very strange and fascinating movie (visually astonishing), where key scenes are awfully executed and transitional scenes are actually quite good. The best idea of your edit is the removal of all action material involving Yoda. It’s perfect and the editing is highly profesional. Adding the Seed of Rebellion material is also a very good call.

I’m just confused with a few edit ideas:

  • at the beginning when Ben, Anakin and Palpatine are taken prisonners to Grievous, it’s very odd to reuse the footage of the elevator scene, because it doesn’t make sens. The original energy field trap seems the best way to conclude the scene, while removing the “battle droid kicks R2” part would be great;

  • I undestand why you removed the death of Padmé, but in the internal context of the movie it does make sens (moreover Leia doesn’t quite understand Luke’s question about her “real” mother in RETURN OF THE JEDI). The footage from another movie to imply Padmé would still be alive is really distracting, I don’t think it works well. The same goes for the Coruscant shot remplacing the Death Star: I don’t get the point of Palpatine and Tarkin starring at Coruscant from a Star Destroyer ship. The Death Star is totally logical in the original shot.

Besides that, it’s a very good work you’ve accomplished.

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#896243
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Star Wars Episode II: The Approaching Storm (Finished!)
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A partial feedback (sorry i’m French so there might be a few grammar mistakes below):

  • good idea to reinstal the senate scene of Amidala. Sadly the picture quality is low and the overall shots of the senators are kinda “frozen/liveless”. On the opening assassination attempt I would have left the captain’s piece of dialogue, because it’s not at all annoying.

  • the all night assassination scene is slighly better in your edit (the entire sequence stays really stupid but as it is more entertaining it’s a good editing effort). Except for the “kamino system” reveal, as I don’t really mind the Dex cantina sequence. The “Jedi Business” line was funny, I understand why you removed it but it was at least one of the very few badbass lines Anakin had in the prelogy. It’s a very good idea to keep Fett’s involvement in the attempt a final mystery.

  • the Geonosis droid plant action sure is dull but it has a narrative purpose to show that Amidala and Anakin don’t get caught without a fight. Here in the trial scene they seem too passive, and it’s quite incomprehensible for someone who would have never seen the movie before.

  • it’s great to keep the sand people massacre sequence, as it is the most important sequence in the entire prelogy. I wonder why you removed the Yoda scene feeling Anakin’s disturbance (maybe you use it in your Episode III edit ?).

  • i like the fact Yoda doesn’t wield a saber anymore. It suits better the character who is a spiritual warrior, not a muscle warrior. The edit is cleverly made. The duel that occurs a few minutes before also seems more interesting (I guess you’ve removed a few shots to tighten it).

I still need to rewatch a few sequences to complete my feedback (i see you’re planning to release a v4 version, so I’d better wait for it). On the overall this edit is good and it keeps the plot untouched and understandable. I consider Episode II to be the weakest part of the saga, and I welcome every effort to improve it without reducing to half an hour action piece: it will never be a good movie, but at least it can become something watchable. You’re very close to reach this objective, well done !

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#895995
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Star Wars Episode I: Cloak Of Deception (Finished!)
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Seems to be a very interesting edit you’ve achived. I’m not such how well it could really improve the overall plot but removing the most embarrassing bits of dialogues and scenes should at least make it a better experience. As Lucas is not likely to deliver a “Prelogy special edition”, your edit will do the job done.

I’ll try to give you a feedback as soon as I have watched them.