There are many visual nods to Tarantino as well, but in no way is this intended to be a new Tarantino film! It's intended as a fun homage to one of my favourite filmmakers, and a remix of one of the best films ever made. Steering away from the Tarantino vibe, I have also included a hero moment for most of the main characters, and thrown in a few songs that Tarantino would never use in a million years... Hope you enjoy it!
Star Wars, Episodes 2-6
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2D animated series, 2002)
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Ironside (Excerpt) - Quincy Jones
The Grand Duel (Parte Prima) - Louis Bacalov
The Lonely Shepherd - Zamfir
The Flower of Carnage - Meiko Kaji
Crane/White Lightning - The RZA
Super 16 - Neu!
Run Fay Run - Isaac Hayes
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Summertime Killer - Luis Bacalov
A Silhouette of Doom - Ennio Morricone
Il Tramanto - Ennio Morricone
The Chase - Alan Reeves
L'Arena - Ennio Morricone
The Green Leaves Of Summer - Nick Perito
The Surrender (La resa) - Ennio Morricone
The Verdict - Ennio Morricone
Rabbia e Tarantella - Ennio Morricone
Slaughter (Album Version) -Billy Preston
Tiger Tank - Lalo Schifrin
The Man With The Big Sombrero - S. Shelton
Paranoia Prima - Ennio Morricone
Riot In Thunder Alley - Eddie Beram
Baby It's You - Smith
The Last Race - Jack Nitzsche
Good Love, Bad Love - Eddie Floyd
Down In Mexico - The Coasters
The Love You Save - Joe Tex
Strawberrry Letter 23 - Brothers Johnson
Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
Monte Carlo Nights - Elliot Easton/Tiki Gods
Cissy Strut - The Meters
Other (non Tarantino selections)
They Can Not Touch Her - Bernard Herrmann
Mind Power - James Brown
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
The Ecstasy of Gold - Ennio Morricone
Leave Home - The Chemical Brothers
O Fortuna - Carmina Burana
Old Man - Neil Young
The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzsche
You don't have to say you love me - Dusty Springfield
2) To everyone in the forums who gave suggestions over the past year. Many of those ideas are in the final cut, so thank you for chipping in!
- NTSC DVD-5
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
2) Added a number of visual references to Tarantino movies
3) Given each main character a hero moment/montage
4) Rebuilt the sound effects from scratch in many scenes to allow for the music replacement and to manage spill as much as possible.
5) Created a non-linear structure, split into complete chapters (Inspired by Kill Bill Vol. 1)
6) Replaced Yoda's dialogue with Pai Mei (Kill Bill Volume 2)
7) Replaced the Millenium Falcon's engine with Stunt Man Mike's from Death Proof
Version 2, August 2014: Better removal of John Williams spill, minor visual fixes/tweaks.
Finally got around to watching this. Wow! This is edit is right up there with War of the Stars in its creativity and revitalizing of a story that I thought I knew in and out. NJVC has made an oddity of a gem with this one that is sure to capture the attention and inspire the imagination of viewers and fellow faneditors. Since I've never seen a Tarantino film, I've seen clips but just don't care for his stuff and style, this review may miss the reasoning behind some of the editing decisions.
Visual Editing: 9
The editing is top notch. I only took away 1 point due to the excessive use of slowed down footage which after awhile becomes a bit repetitive and taxing. The split screen shots were excellently integrated and fit the presentation.
Audio Editing: 10+
Having done some pretty extensive audio editing on edits I am in awe with how seamlessly NJVC was able to add the new tracks and preserve the pre-existing dialogue without a distracting level of the pre-existing score. This is especially impressive as Star Wars is extremely music centric and difficult to isolate dialogue.
For how drastically different the presentation is, it's really similar to the core story, just very fragmented. The mark downs come as I never really knew what I was watching. Was it a story? Was it a montage? Was it a continuous music video? Then it just ends with characters that we haven't spent much time with. This makes it hard to follow. Perhaps this is where I miss out on the presentation due to my lack of Tarantino exposure? I did like the introduction of Vader with the music and the Obi-Wan dialogue.
I really enjoyed the first 30 minutes or so, then the repetition of slow mo/montage scenes kind of got to me. The ending is pretty ambiguous as well and we don't really spend time with characters enough without the visual montage stuff to be able to focus on and care about them so it was hard to sit down and watch this the whole way through in one sitting. That being said, this edit is brilliant in what it achieves and the doors it opens to the possibilities of fanediting especially in terms of Audio editing and presentation. NJVC proves again that they are one of the top faneditors out there. Masterful in skill and not afraid to take chances and make something familiar feel brand new. This edit is a must see for aspiring to expiring editors to see.
Fantastic effort. My only criticisms are that you can still faintly hear the Williams music in a few moments, but it's forgivable and I really did not like how the Vader/Luke bespin fight was handled. It felt almost too music video-ish. But it's immediately followed up by the Prequel flashbacks set to Neil Young which might be my favorite moment in the whole thing. It's a very fun watch overall. Captures that exploitation style while still retaining all the substance and gravitas of the core Star Wars story. As someone who's favorite director is Tarantino and who's favorite film is The Empire Strikes Back, my fanboy funny bone was satisfied. Wouldn't mind seeing a Return of the Jedi one? Do the Kill Bill Vol. 2 to this movie's Kill Bill Vol. 1? Not losing sleep over that, but it'd be cool to see.
This is a passionate tribute to both Tarantino and Star Wars. It manages to enteratain and without loosing the simple but fascinating narrative of the original film. If you love Star Wars and Tarantino you will love this
I would say that the genuine idea for this is pure and so any form of this idea I will support, but this cut is rough.
It does a few things right, battle of Hoth is cool, opening scene is wicked cool, there's other great stuff like Han and Leia in the tunnels. My favorite remix was with Yoda and Luke in Degobah. The music bed change creates more a samurai/jedi feel to it, it really enhances Yoda's journey in relation to Luke.
All that said, I feel like the edit kind of kept getting in the way of a Tarrantino vision. His work is much tighter and dialogue is much snappier and the stories are more intertwined and layered thru the use of time. This cut was pretty much just the movie with some major music changes. I would have liked to see a tighter more destructive edit than this. I feel this cut it far too loyal to original EMPIRE, which I've seen a gazillion times. There were painfully long scenes that could haven been trimmed or re-ordered QT style. It's fun for sure, but there are a lot of missed opportunities.
Really really great movie to watch. Enjoyable and astonishing from start to finish (or the other way around :P). Indeed is a great piece who paid homage to both Empire and Tarantino style. It all worked so well, I've never even seen the time passes. Great thumbs up for you, NJVC!