Before The Dark Times

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Best edit of the prequel trilogy! Captures the essential parts but hard to fit into canon without The Clone War series though.

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Such a well produced edit of the prequel trilogy! All in a single hour too! Takes all the best bits and makes such a well flowing plot structure and packs such a punch. Highly recommend, can't stress that enough to anyone

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An ambitious project very well realised, nothing to fault visually and very little audio-wise, pretty much a "good bits" condensation of the source films with none of the original cringeworthy content.

On balance I think that I would favour the more traditional edits of the prequels in most circumstances, as there are quite a few parts I have a fondness for that are missing here. There is also the possibility that viewers new to the story might occasionally struggle to follow. In the former case though, anything other than this laser-focused approach would defeat the purpose of the edit, and in the latter it is unlikely that a non-fan would be watching!

In summary, Lieutenant Dan has shown what can be done with the technical capability and a spaceship-load of imagination, many thanks for all the effort!

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In watching this I tried to pretend I didn't know much about the movies, but of course that's mostly impossible. I think this movie can only be enjoyed by someone who basically knows The Prequels and A New Hope, which isn't a bad thing! It was fun to watch the best of the best, kind of like a one hour highlight reel.

Using some dialogue from the original trilogy as a voice over narration was genius! It really lead the story down the path and actually surprised me with how well they managed to follow the beats of New Hope's monologue.

"Chapter V: Greed" got a little chunky at the beginning, lots of fast exposition compared to the previous four chapters. I think just an extra minute here would go a long way, especially around the pregnancy and the visions of her death. Similarly, not showing Padme die makes the babies at the end a little confusing, but you covered it a bit with the voiceover.

Some other reviews mention the editing itself, but the efforts made here are very impressive, and overall the work here is really incredible. Taking hours and hours of material and boiling it down to the bare bones AND still keeping it interesting was clearly a work of love by a true Star Wars fan. Excellent!

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This is a bold, unique retelling of the prequels, utilizing the voice of Alec Guinness' Obi Wan to provide a structural narrative of his failure to properly guide Anakin in the ways of the Jedi.

I HIGHLY recommend everyone see this as it feels more successful in tying the prequels to the Original Trilogy than what we saw in theaters. I recognize something like this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I applaud the vision and magnitude of this fanedit as it truly feels epic.

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Owner's reply October 22, 2023

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