Heavy Star Wars: Episode VI

Heavy Star Wars: Episode VI
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Star Wars with a rocking soundtrack! Heavy Star Wars takes the existing action and adventure, trimming away unnecessary story/action/bad acting, and replaces the soundtrack with Rock music!
My intention was to make a Star Wars movie a bit more easier to watch, especially if you are not a fan. I started with Episode III on a whim, finished Episode I, then II, and now this is the first move into the original trilogy! John Williams' Music is forever tied to the Star Wars movies, but I decided to use music from a completely different genre to not only tell the story, but to add a bit of humor and perhaps some subtle insight as to the motives of the Jedi Knights. I tried to make this movie a bit more mature, by removing some silly scenes, and removed some moments of doubt among the Jedi to make them more assertive and confident. I also added a bit more contrast and a cooler color palette with brighter colors to give it a more comic book feel.
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Music in order of Appearance:

Heavy Metal - Sammy Hagar
Can't You Hear Me Knocking - The Rolling Stones
Take Your Time (Do it Right) - S.O.S. Band
Time - Pink Floyd
The Trooper - Iron Maiden
Planet Caravan - Black Sabbath
Tick Tick Boom - The Hives
Battle of the Planets - Tatsunoko Productions Company
Stratosfear - Tangerine Dreams
Riders on the Storm - The Doors
Satellite - Smash Mouth
Burn - Deep Purple
Soul Sacrifice - Santana
Slippin' into Darkness - War
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Special Thanks:
Special Thanks to George Lucas for truly creating a world that is believable, MatrixGrindhouse for reviewing the film, and JJE-187 for putting together the look of the DVD cover!
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The inspiration for my approach was the movie Heavy Metal, and also my background in editing music videos helped with creating a hopefully visually interesting experience.
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MTV music video editing was used in the action scenes, but in the moments where I had to cut down scenes for time and what not, whatever was left and I had to piece together, I edited the movie as close as possible to the pacing set by the original movie.
Cover art by mredthefed (DOWNLOAD HERE)

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(Updated: August 13, 2022)
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Return of the Jedi has always been recognized as the weakest film in the original trilogy, and Heavy Star Wars VI also suffers the same fate. Of course, how much of this edit is affected by the original version would make for an interesting debate. Would I still recommend this, though? Yes. Much like the original movie, I still like it, even if it is a step down from the others.

When reviewing the Heavy Star Wars edits, I feel that a lot of my opinion is driven by what song choices were made. And in this case, the song choices gave me deja vu. A lot of the songs here have already been used in previous entries in the Heavy Star Wars franchise, and I'm not talking about the obvious ones like Sammy Hagar's Heavy Metal or that Battle of the Planets song. I mean a lot of the songs have already been played in the previous five Heavy Star Wars edits. Tick Tick Boom by the Hives and Black Sabbath's Planet Caravan were both featured in Episode II. AC/DC's Thunderstruck was already used in Episode III. Even The Animals' House of the Rising Sun, which closed out Episode I, closes this edit as well. I think I get what Evil Ed was going for with this, but I feel like it's one too many songs I've heard before. Of the six Heavy edits I've reviewed so far, this one is hard to distinguish from the others, and it lacks personality in comparison with the other five. I suppose I enjoyed it more than the disco tracks of Episode II, but it would've been nice for this edit to have something to make it stand out from the rest.

That doesn't mean that this entry in the Heavy Star Wars franchise is bad. Far from it. I like this edit for a lot of the same reasons I like Return of the Jedi. The father/son dynamic of this film is as perfect as ever, and the use of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Free Bird is spot on. And as an ending to the original trilogy, it's satisfying enough that it should please enough people. It's not perfect, but it'll do. If you've already seen the previous five Heavy Star Wars edits, and you're excited to watch another one, you'll probably enjoy this one well enough too. Don't expect this to become your favorite, but do give it a watch.

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