Fall of the Jedi: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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Fall of the Jedi: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
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Tagline:
The way the prequels should have been.
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Original Release Date:
1999
Original Running Time:
136
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
95 (v.3) / 89 (v.2) / 93 (v.1)
Time Cut:
41 (v.3) / 47 (v.2) /43 (v.1)
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Brief Synopsis:
Like many fanedits before it, my version aims to cut bad acting, bad dialog and streamline the film. I’ve also attempted bring the prequels in alignment with the original trilogy by cutting anything that broke continuity. I really want viewers to be able to watch Episodes 1-6, in order, without having key moments in the later films spoiled. Anakin no longer is C3PO’s creator. In fact, C3PO and R2D2 are no longer major (minor?) characters in the PT. They are now just like any other droid. They do have minor dialog here or there, but they are never referenced by name nor are their roles significant.
Intention:
Like many fanedits before it, my version aims to cut bad acting, bad dialog and streamline the film. I’ve also attempted bring the prequels in alinement with the original trilogy by cutting anything that broke continuity. I really want viewers to be able to watch Episodes 1 – 6, in order, without having key moments in the later films spoiled. Anakin no longer is C3PO’s creator. In fact, C3PO and R2D2 are no longer major (minor?) characters in the PT. They are now just like any other droid. They do have minor dialog here or there, but they are never referenced by name nor are their roles significant.
Special Thanks:
Special Thanks to the following for their input on this edit: Dwight Fry, L8wrtr, Neglify, Quickcut, and TV’s Frink.
Release Information:
  • DVD
  • AVCHD
  • Blu-Ray
Special Features
Cut list subtitles, Teaser and Trailer
Cuts and Additions:
This list is in no way complete as there are a lot of minor tweaks I’m not referencing, but it should give you a good sense of changes.

(v.3)
- reinstated some footage of Qui-Gon meeting Jar-Jar
- reinstated some footage after entering Gungan city
- reinstated some footage meeting Gungan leader
- reinstated some footage of leaving Gungan city
- reinstated some footage of meeting Anakin
- reinstated some footage of going to Anakin's home
- reinstated some footage prior to pod race
- cut Obi-Wan saying "I gave Qui-Gon my word"
- reinstated end celebration

(v.2)
- removed four scenes with the Emperor
- reversed final shot of the film
- removed subtitle cutlist (due to shortened film length I would have had to reposition each subtitle track individually, something that would have taken more time than I cared to do)
- added French audio track supplied by Marvins (5.1)

(v.1)
- new opening crawl
- cut “As you know our blockage is perfectly legal”
- cut Qui-Gon telling Obi-Wan that the Trade Federation are cowards
- cut the first “What?” in “What? What did you say?”
- cut “Are you brain dead?”
- trimmed Jedi’s being served drinks
- cut “Is that legal?” and “I will make it legal.”
- cut “Look!” from “Captain! Look!”
- cut all droids talking
- cut “We lost the transmission sir!”
- cut “Yes sir!” after “Seal off the bridge.”
- cut “That will hold them.”
- cut “This is impossible!”
- cut “Where are those droidekas?”
- cut “Its a standoff! Let’s go!”
- cut “They’re no match for droidekas.”
- cut “They’ve gone up the ventilation shaft.”
- cut “You were right about one thing, Master…”
- cut “A transmission from the planet” and “It’s Queen Amidala herself.”
- cut Jar-Jars bad jump down when Qui-Gon says, “Stay down!”
- cut “Mores did you speak?”
- cut Jar-Jar explaining he was banished
- new transition to Gungan city
- cut Jar Jar being arrested
- cut “You didn’t tell him about the missing Jedi”
- cut “Ah! Victory!”
- cut journey through the planet core
- cut “Either choice presents great danger…”
- cut introduction to R2-D2. (He is just another droid in this trilogy.)
- cut “That little droid did it!”
- cut “Now there are two of them.”
- cut most of Jar-Jar’s antics on Tatooine
- reworked Padme and Anakin’s introduction
- cut “You think you’re some kind of Jedi…?”
- cut most of Anakin’s bad dialog
- cut Sebulba trying to strangle Jar-Jar. In fact, Sebulba is just another racer.
- cut introduction to C3PO. (He ends up being just another droid in this trilogy.)
- recut Skywalker dinner scene
- cut Anakin working on the racer
- cut “midi-chlorians”
- cut Qui-Gon using the force to win the die roll
- pod race announcers no longer speak in English
- reworked pod race to speed it up
- cut Anakin presenting Padme with a neglace
- cut the explanation that Coruscant is one giant city
- cut Anakin going to see Padme
- cut all references to Anakin being the Chosen One, as well as talks of a prophecy
- cut Obi-Wan thanking Qui-Gon for believing he is ready for the trials
- cut “No, I beg you to help us”
- cut Jar-Jar being promoted
- reworked final battle, changes include: no Gungan stupidity, no grapple hooks, and Anakin doesn’t accidentally save the day (in fact, Anakin doesn’t even go into space)
- cut Qui-Gon’s dying speech to Obi-Wan
- cut end celebration
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As I continue on my hunt for the perfect fanedit (for me) for this movie, I have to say this one is good, but not great. I feel like the removal of Anakin's flight at the end messed up the whole ending, as there was neither a story anchor nor a visible reason for what happened. Also, why oh why leave in the virgin birth? But props for doing a great job of removing R2 and C3PO. Their inclusion just upsets me more and more every time I watch these movies. I mean, the fact than nothing happens to anyone not related to the characters of the original movies is such a contrived, BS storytelling fail. Everything else felt pretty good, but it is not going to beat out my current favorite, even though it ticked a few more of my wants overall, it just wasn't as coherent of a story.

Also, having just watched this movie 3 times in 3 days, I realized that Boss Nass is not even a gungan... or at least he bear ZERO resemblance to one. WTF. Also, this has to be one of the worst lightsaber duels in the entire series. Maul could have easily killed both jedi numerous times by just DENYING THEM A SAFE PLACE TO LAND. Stop politely stepping back so that you can all continue. LOL. The whole sequence is so over choreographed and under thought that its maddening.

Anyway, this edit is good if you want something new, but In my opinion under delivers in the narrative by removing to many elements that tie things together.

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Disclaimer: I haven't seen the prequels in years, so I can't compare this too well to TPM.

Technically, this edit is flawless and I don't believe I noticed a single issue with the cuts/transitions made.

Unfortunately, I still strongly dislike TPM after this edit. And actually, after watching Fall of the Jedi: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, I have actually changed my rankings of the Star Wars films, and TPM is now in last.

However, this edit did successfully bring the cringe/stupidity of the original down a fair bit, I think it did the best it could with what was given.
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I have seen both v1 and v2 of this and have to say the extra work on v2 makes for a smoother and more coherent edit and olays so well in to the aim of Q2's edits not giving away too much for the OT. Great effort. Thanks!

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A nice, fun cut - now I need to check out the rest of the PT

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(Updated: January 13, 2018)
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This has to be the best version of The Phantom Menace out there. For the first time I didn't feel like pulling my eyes out watching this film. You actually made Jar Jar Binks bearable, he isn't even annoying in this edit (still has that stupid voice though but hey what can you do). I love the fact that you cut out any mention of R2-D2 and C-3PO I really hated that in the original, why the hell would they think it was a good idea to have made Darth Vader be the one who created C-3PO? And I loathe every time they mentioned R2-D2 saving the day "that little droid did it" and the Queen commending a droid for his great work. I also love how you made Anakin not go into the space battle at all, this really annoyed me and other edits have made it out so that he saves the day on purpose and not by accident, I don't think a little boy should be in that battle at all. Although I would have preferred if you kept the brief scene of Qui-Gon telling Anakin to stay hidden in the ship just so that the audience can know where he is during the intense battle scenes. Great ending without that stupid celebration scene, and you also made Obi-Wan's relationship with Anakin much better. I would have given it a 10/10 but this is still The Phantom Menace and there are things that just can't be saved. Editing like this really makes you realise just how important editing is to a film, this literally went from being a truly awful film in my eyes, I've said for years that this film is unwatchable.. to a flawed but fun film all through editing.

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