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Matt.F

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#1586249
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The Hobbit (M4 Book Edit) (Released)
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sidshady12 said:

The update isn’t ready yet, I guess I didn’t specify that so my bad. I had implied I was still finishing it up when asking for any final suggestions (which offer is still open!), but I should have it ready within the next month or two

The only suggestion to improve it now would be to use the 4K source, but I imagine that would be a real long trudge across ground you’ve already covered once.

It’s a brilliant edit, and it can stand proudly alongside the three LOTR movies.

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#1580421
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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The common criticism of ROTJ is that it’s tonally lightweight and ‘kiddie’ in comparison to the previous two films.

Critics say act 1 muppets, act 2 teddy bears, and its not until act 3 that the film takes itself half seriously.

I believe that restoring the Vader / Luke deleted scene would help redress that somewhat, by adding more substance and gravitas to the earlier part of the film.

In this age where we are seeing grainy scratched old photographs turned pristine I’d have some hope the technology exists, and if anyone can upscale and improve the visual quality it would be yourself Adrian. It would be quite a coup were it possible.

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#1580363
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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timdiggerm said:

Matt.F said:

we see the parked Falcon and XWing

He’d have to fix that awful matte painting though

Ha! Personally I like that… it’s just one more lovely bit of unseen but original, period 1980s artistry to enjoy from this magical movie which we all love.

Plus with the sandstorm sequence cut (and totally unusable) it provides some geographical context to the rescue plan.

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#1580361
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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Actually they duplicated frames originally to slow everything down so they had enough frames to cover the wipe. Originally there was no wipe and it cut straight to vader walking through the corridor.

I wonder if you’ve tried reinserting the deleted scene back where it originally belonged and watching it through?

I said as much in the facebook thread but I really think that scene is important to set up the main ‘father son’ theme of the movie, and that it’d be a stronger film with it in. I don’t think it undermines the later Luke reveal as we only see him hooded.

I think for many people, reinserting that great scene would make Revisited the definitive version of ROTJ (where along with the ‘father son’ drama, we also get to see an extra Death Star corridor set built by the production, we see the parked Falcon and XWing, and we see Luke tooling his new lightsaber - all v.cool).

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#1578679
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Withdraw the Army of the Dead, or men of Dunharrow in RETURN OF THE KING after the siege on Palarguir. While still giving a sence of conclusion and resolution to it.
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I don’t much like the ‘green goo’ tsunami that insta-kills the orcs. I do think the Extended Edition improved it slightly as we see more of Aragorn and Gimli on the battlefield killing orcs including Gothmog, so they are still participating in the victory even after the Dead arrived.

I think the only way to accomplish it would be to have the Army of the dead arrive on the boats and join the battle but delete the shot of the green goo swarming over the Oliphaunt (Day Z style) and then flooding the streets of Gondor - really just 3 seconds of footage to cut. Replace it with some slo-mo battle footage of regular men fighting and perhaps a short voiceover by Gandalf “the turn of the tide…” to imply time passing and the battle being won, then segue into the aftermath of the battlefield.

ps. if you’re going to make an edit then also tweak Denethor’s burning man marathon run, that’s far sillier than the Army of the Dead!

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#1576855
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&quot;The Hobbit&quot; M4-Book Edit Augment
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Have you seen ‘Durin’s Folk’ edit by Maple Films? Here’s the link: http://www.maple-films.com/jrr-tolkiens-the-hobbit/the-final-version-of-durins-folk-and-the-hill-of-sorcery-is-now-available

It takes the ‘Thorin-centric’ footage that you’re talking about and edits it together into a separate companion piece to the Bilbo-centric material that you see in the Maple Leaf and M4 Book Edit.

I think what you’re suggesting, adding two substantial Thorin-centric prequel sequences into M4 The Book Edit might possibly undermine Bilbo’s story rather than improve it.

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#1569264
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The New Republic Movie Series EPIV: A Threat From Beyond (An Ahsoka Series Edit) [RELEASED]
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Your BoBF edit was nothing short of magic. You elevated that material to legit one of my favorite Star Wars films. I was, frankly speaking, astonished by the potential you brought out in it. But perhaps that potential just isn’t here with Ahsoka.

Hi Smudger, probably not the right thread to ask but would it be possible to get a link to your BOBF edit? Sounds really good…

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#1568781
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The New Republic Movie Series EPIV: A Threat From Beyond (An Ahsoka Series Edit) [RELEASED]
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I’ve just watched this, and congratulations you’ve improved it no end!

I’ve got lots of positive things I could say but I feel at this stage you’re still looking for feedback to hone and improve it. You could leave it as it is and the series would have benefitted greatly from your edit but I did spot some small things that could make it even better (in my humble opinion).

There were two minor technical glitches. One, when the Lucasfilm logo fades out at the start, it left artifacts on the screen. The second was when Sabine points her gun at the rock critter and says “that tricks over” there is a momentary glitch.

There are several more subjective ways I feel the edit could be improved, and please feel free to ignore these if you disagree. Firstly, my suggestion would be to remove the ‘traffic cop’ sequence, when the two spaceships accost Sabine on the highway. It slows things down, its extraneous to the plot, and it mentions “missing the ceremony” - a ceremony which has already been cut from this edit. But most importantly it rings the bulls**t detector, as the ship pulls away from the pursuit for no reason literally within just a mile from Sabines pad. If they genuinely wanted to confront Sabine and escort her to the city they could have flown just one mile further to her destination and done so. It’s a lame moment and could very easily be removed (you can still have Sabine bombing it down the highway listening to her rebellious rawk muzak, just cut to her arriving home before the cops show up).

“Do it!.. for Ezra” my suggestion would be to keep that line in, spoken by Baylan to Sabine. It’s a cool callback to Palpatine and Anakin in Revenge Of The Sith (which foreshadows Anakins reappearance in the flashback). You also hear it whispered again later when Ahsoka investigates the scene so it really needs to be there.

Later when the troopers surround Sabine and Ezra on Peridea, maybe cut Shin ordering “fire!” as again its a lame unrealistic moment with too much time left hanging in the air before the order and any action being taken. Feels too contrived, you can improve this.

My final suggestion would be to keep Sabine’s force push to help Ezra make his big leap. Seeing as you’ve kept in her failed attempts to move the mug, this is important to close and complete her arc. She does have the force but her ability to use it has to mean something to her, to help someone she loves. That’s Sabine’s arc and again imho needs to be there.

I hope these don’t come across as negative criticisms - because they are intended as constructive feedback. You’ve done a fantastic job with making Ahsoka into a movie length format, and a massive well done and thank you are in order!

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#1559650
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The Rings of Power - The Film Cut [Released - Workprint stages finished]
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Thanks for sending the link Anjohan, I enjoyed the watch and I really appreciate the effort that must have gone into editing such a big (and rather messy!) series.

You’ve done a good job at removing extraneous scenes and clunky moments, and for me - you’ve definitely improved it and made a decent Rings Of Power ‘the movie’ part one. On a quality level it’s never going to be up there competing with Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy but with your edit it becomes way more watchable and enjoyable than it was. It’s got great visuals and costumes, clearly a lot of money and attention to detail went into the series, and now with the faster pace of your edit… it does feel more of a companion piece to Jacksons movies.

On the whole, the scenes all flowed really nicely. There were just some small nitpicks that felt a bit ‘off’. When Galadriel and Halbrand get on the boat and ask Elendil where they are heading, we get a big dramatic pause and the answer “home”… I was expecting that to seque into the Numenor establishing shots, but instead the next scene jarringly follows the map to Khazad Dum. As audiences if we get a big dramatic “were going to Numenor…” then we expect the next shot to be of Numenor.

The other small nitpick was cutting that epic shot of the Numenor cavalry charge with Galadriel in the middle. It was arguably the ‘money shot’ of the entire series, and certainly the most grandly cinematic. If the aim is to make the series feel like a movie then could there perhaps be a way to keep that shot in?

But really they are small nitpicks, you’ve done a fine job with this, well done chap!

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#1555659
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The New Republic Movie Series EPIV: A Threat From Beyond (An Ahsoka Series Edit) [RELEASED]
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szopman said:

smudger9 said:

Yes, it was a rather meaty episode. For the sake of my edit I was hoping for lots of filler. Not a huge amount that can be cut on first viewing, but that often changes on subsequent viewings. One thing I will say is that this series feels the most cinematic of the D+ shows.

I guess I could cut more by weaving it into episode 5 but it is going to be very difficult to cut this season down to 3h.

Maybe the 7th episode will offer us some more fillers. I feel it in my bones that the next episode will be New Republic-centered.

If you cannot cut it down to 3h, well, c’est la vie 😉 As long as it’s a good, quality content and a coherent, well-paced story, it doesn’t matter if it’s 2.5h or 3.5h 😉

I agree, the Lord Of The Rings EE are 200+ minutes each and they fly by. Don’t self-impose a runtime that means the edit becomes incomprehensible or you lose great scenes that viewers will miss. And it goes without saying, don’t cut any of Ray Stephenson’s scenes!

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#1555471
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<strong>Ahsoka</strong> (live action series) - general discussion thread
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In Episode 6 I particularly enjoyed the visuals. The approach to the witches planet was commendably stately and unrushed, the statues and the tumbled stones gave it a timeless ancient feel (they’ve been subtly referencing ancient Henges, leylines, etc a fair bit in Ahsoka which is giving it a nice distinction beyond what we’ve previously seen in Star Wars).

A couple of things caused dissonance. Firstly was that the galaxy they arrived at seemed exactly like the one they left - perhaps it should have had a different visual look (for example a bright Milky Way style band across it)… Secondly, the Stormtroopers suspected Sabine - with all her fighting prowess - wouldn’t last long, they set the wasteland up as being Mad Max brutal… but then we arrive at a Hobbiton village of friendly turtles! The turtles wore waistcoats and appeared to have a culture that would be at odds with such a barren environment. (That said, the creature work on them was fantastic!).

Those small niggles aside, I think the series has found its stride and improved immeasurably after the first two rather clunky episodes. Good stuff!

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#1554411
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<strong>Ahsoka</strong> (live action series) - general discussion thread
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I’d like to see The Prequel Trilogy receive Special Edition versions.

They’ve all got at least one or two decent deleted scenes that could be reinstated and some early-era CGI that could be improved upon.

This episode of Ahsoka is the first time we’ve seen ‘actual’ physical Clone Troopers, rather than the animated CGI ones. Wow do they look better. It was a major disappointment to me that AOTC and ROTS felt like watching an animated movies for large swathes, it didnt look good, it didnt look real, and it was a world away from the grounded, tangible, touchable aesthetic of the Original Trilogy.

So thanks to Ahsoka I’m now imagining Prequel Special Editions, where some of the CGI toon troopers are replaced with good old fashioned blokes in suits! That i’d like to see…

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#1552370
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The New Republic Movie Series EPIV: A Threat From Beyond (An Ahsoka Series Edit) [RELEASED]
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Maybe going from a reworded crawl straight to the Corellia scene as an opener could be a radical approach? The crawl can have the ‘Rebels gang’ of Ahsoka, Sabine and Hera together and unified from the off, and investigating suspicious Imperial activity at the shipyards. The encounter with the Sith and the tracker on the engine part then leads them on into the rest of the plot.

That would do away with all the tedious (and unnecessary) scenes of Ahsoka and Sabine being estranged, and do away with the silly Rubiks cube map.

If you’re looking to cut a big sizable chunk off the run time to make the series movie length then that could work?

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#1539380
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Mando EP4: Return to Mandalore 4K [RELEASED]
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I’ve just finished watching this edit, and I’ll admit the climax had me a little misty eyed (that didn’t happen when I watched the original Season 3). Thank you so much, you’ve really created a magnificent and seamless well-paced movie out of something that was previously rather overlong, unfocused and clunky.

You’ve got a great sense for editing, and the only notes I’d have would be to perhaps consider removing the somewhat redundant conversation between Peli and the Rodian (just cut straight to Mando touching down in the hangar) and as others have said to clean up the technical issue with the crawl background.

Every choice you’ve made has worked in this edit, and I watched it with my wife (who hadn’t seen any of Season 3) and it completely worked for her too. You would not know this was a fanedit.

(And you were right about the comedic transition with Grogu’s ‘yes, yes, yes’ into the campfire scene too - very effective!).

100% recommend - to anyone who was a little disappointed about The Mandalorian Season 3’s dip in quality, smudger9 has redeemed it - you need to watch this!

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#1538902
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Mando EP4: Return to Mandalore 4K [RELEASED]
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smudger9 said:

Matt.F said:

Sounds great, I’d love to have a download link?

(although bit sad you cut the comedy bit with Grogu stuffing his face with food at the market stall, I loved that little moment!)

PM sent. That was a nice comedy moment, but with a running time of 2h45, some sacrifices had to be made. And I actually feel that the “yes, yes, yes…” is the funniest and the wipe transition from that to the campfire worked really well.

Nice, I’ll look forward to seeing that new transition.

This might be a dumb question but downloading to USB and watching this on a big 4K screen, which of the two file options will be best? (the 10GB MP4 or the 5GB MKV)?

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#1512455
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Andor: The 7 Episode Cut (Released)
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I’ve just enjoyed your Episode 1 cut, combining the first four Andor’s into one movie length feature.

First and foremost, it’s a professional cut that never once jars or has any technical ‘tells’ that betray it as a fan edit. Watching it for the first time you’d never know this wasn’t a studio product, well done!

Did I like it? No, I loved it! Watching the combined episodes without the interruption of titles and credits felt seamless and your instincts of what could be carefully trimmed and tightened seemed to gel with my own. The cuts are not overdone, and the pacing is still measured and relatively slow to what we are accustomed to from Star Wars. Repetition of setting is a staple of television as the budget constraints dictate but you made this television show seem truly cinematic by prioritising scenes that had visual interest and majesty, and by reducing the number of recycled settings. It really allows the set design, props and costume work to shine - and Andor is incredibly good in this regard.

I’m holding back on watching the second Episode as it sounds like you’re still working on a revision, but I’m looking forward to it already!