Buzz, for starters, you’ve done a really good job with this edit. This version of ANH will replace the original cut in my personal fan edit collection when viewing the entire saga. I watched both versions (FINAL NO JABBA & FINAL W/ JABBA). While I do enjoy the SE edits that aid the film, the Jabba scene does not work for me. So, I want to thank you for creating an alternate version without Jabba.
Now regarding SC38, overall I will say that it transitions very smoothly with the original cut of ANH and it holds up well as a reminder to the intense lightsaber fight we saw in ROTS. I can also tell and understand that much of SC38 was trimmed down to match the length of the original 1977 fight scene. However, I truly think that it would have been great to see the extended fight scene of SC38. First to mention is that we are missing Obi Wan placing his hood over his head. It’s a minor detail but in one scene, we get to see Kenobi readying his lightsaber with his hood down. Once he encounters Darth Vader, his hood is suddenly up. This could certainly be ignored but I think little details such as this help explain the sudden transition. Also towards the end of the fight, I really like that Obi Wan’s force push on Darth Vader, as well as Anakin’s “I hate you!”/Obi Wan’s “You were my brother, Anakin.” flashback lines, were left out. But I truly think that most of the initial lightsaber fight, including the “red” hallway scene, would have been great additions to the overall fight between the two. I think it helps to show how powerful Darth Vader continues to be as he feverishly works towards killing Obi Wan. Especially after seeing the Sith Lord’s actions in ROTS and Rogue One. I was definitely yearning for a little more of the lightsaber fight. It fell a bit short for me.
What are your thoughts on this?
Again, thank you so much for sharing your version of ANH. It’s a notable edit in my book!
Agreed! The edit is AWESOME! I think it could be even better with more of SC38, especially the scenes you mentioned. The red hallway scene is one of my favorite parts. Also the flashback lines.
We may get to see another edit next year if time allows.