(this review might sound a little harsh so before I start off I just want to say that in no way whatsoever is this a personal attack on the faneditor. I have full respect for njvc and I can just imagine the work that went into making this fanedit. But I have to be honest. I just didn’t like it that much)
Okay so I finally saw it, with 19 reviews in the can and an overall score of 9.0 I thought to myself “wow this might be like just as epic as TMBTM’s grindhouse movies! You know, just epic man, just epic!” I was wrong...
The fanedit starts of really nice and I’m thinking here we go. But then it just turns into a recut version of Empire strikes back, with added slow-mo and a soundtrack instead of film score (and too many fades) that was not what I had expected. What did I expect then?
I don’t know, just more. Tarantino’s movies are more than just flash you know.
But how could you possible recut a Star Wars movie into a Tarantino movie, other than just add some Tarantino trademarks? And what could have been better?
I don’t know...This was just not what I expected and I wasn’t that much entertained to be honest (when Solo and co: was taken hostage I went into the kitchen to find something to eat, movie running. That normally never happens, I always pause)
...Speaking of Tarantino’s movies, I wouldn’t call this fanedit “a Tarantino inspired Star Wars mashup and remix.” Instead I would call it “a Kill Bill inspired Star Wars mashup and remix.”
That pretty much what this is; Kill Bill. And it doesn’t sync with Star Wars. I thought it would, but it doesn’t. And I’m sorry I have to say that. I was really looking forward to this. But all fanedits can’t be for everyone I guess. So again, all creeds to njvc for making this fanedit and I’m sorry I have to write this review but I feel like I have to be honest you know. I thought this was going to be like TMBTM’s Jaws The Sharksploitation Edit or War of the Stars. Just really really entertaining. But for me it wasn’t.
Btw I watched the mkv 720p version and everything looked super nice. And the audio a lot of people have complained about I have nothing bad to say, didn’t noticed any of the things that have been brought up, but I didn’t turn up the volume that high anyway so maybe that’s it.
All in all 5 out of 10. Not bad but not something I got much enjoyment out off either. So there you go.
njvc deserves an fanedit oscar for this one. If Tarantino saw this he would laugh his ass off saying i wish i have thought of that! I had a smile on my face through out with the music intro's of the main characters,Vaders was the best. And who would think of a Neil Young song in a Star Wars movie,only the brilliant mind of NJVC.This was a new movie experience,having seen Empire so many times before.For any Tarantino/Star wars fans you with love it.And if you dont like this edit you deserve a ball gag like Marcellus had.This could be the start of a genre of Pulp Fictionalizing movies.
Once in a while a fanedit comes along with style and attention to detail that equals or surpasses the original source. This here Pulp Empire is one of those fanedits! wasnt sure what to make of this before seeing it, but now after seeing it, the whole thing really works - I wouldn't say I'm a fan of Tarantino movies, but its unusual to see a sci-fi film produced in this way, with the use of Tarentino esque tunes, the altered order of character led scenes, some space ship scenes/fx scenes have been reduced, which aren't missed in this version of the film.
Watching Empire without John Williams thumping soundtrack in your face, as good as it is, is a completely refreshing experience. Pulp Empire seems to be a bit less bleak and the tone of the movie now feels more set by the acting rather than the over the top orchestra. The use of songs seem carefully chosen and, complement the flow of the story.
This is now my favourite version of Empire strikes back!
I enjoyed this immensely! This edit is gangsta creative, something different. Like the next guy, I like mubi fixes, but there's something about remixes that speaks to my heart, and Pulp Empire, I was fuckin' listening.
Inventiveness comes at you every which way: the restructuring of the narrative, funked-out montages during the introduction of key players, some stylish fades (smoove Lando), and above all, the sonic redesign.
Tremendous attention went into the sound, the most obvious change being the new soundtrack. The non-Williams score is used brilliantly in places, with just the right tune adding humor or cool to an event or introduction. There's a perfect soundtrack for Luke in the ice cave, and another at the end of the Hoth chapter. Yoda's intro nails it silly, and the D. Vader and Fett intros are appropriately bad-assed. And one simply does not fuck with flying guillotine techno.
Also, what can I say about Yoda's dazzling Cantonese that hasn't been said? Oh, yes—as Yoda walks deeper into the swamp, his new voice becomes fainter, more distant. Now that's attention to detail.
But wait—njvc gives us more. Listen closely, and you'll hear background noises that aren't in the Lucasian version. The wind in Cloud City's donut hole echoes the winds of Hoth, mournfully reminding us of the fellowship's scattering or the desolation of spaghetti western environs. Frodo Skywalker's electronics now hum in Dagobah's swamp. And the Falcon has a new dilapidated purr.
Everything I love about the sonic creativity rocks the audio score to an eleven. Alas, I must regrettably deduct a point for a few issues. Song-to-song transitions could have been smoother in some places. Sometimes a song's crescendo coincides with some other audio ejaculation—e.g., the song in the wampa cave is deliciously righteous, but I would have wanted to hear the vocals start after the wampa's roar. Some songs, despite being perfect for their scenes, seem somewhat flat as they come out the speakers, missing the robustness of songs with a heavier bass presence, but this likely reflects differences in how these tunes were originally produced. Lastly, there is something off in the audio balance, the audio mix, in several scenes, as if the dialogue, background noise, sound effects, and music hadn't quite made friends yet with each other. But these are small beans compared to Pulp Empire's considerable sonic strengths and the rich enjoyment that comes thereof, and the adjusted audio editing score still comes out to ten, so there, mofo reader, so there.
I have gazed into the face of Quentin and George's love child, and it was good, delightfully good. This edit marvelously transforms a classic, is the kind of edit that I'd want to show fanediting virgins, and in my opinion is amongst the very best fanedits ever made.
[And I like what you did with my handle, Never-ending Jalapeno Volcano.]
Enjoyjoy: 10 enthusiastic pelvic aerothrusts, each one almost ceiling-high.
I just finished watching this and all I have to say is, if Epic and Awesome had a child it would be called Pulp Empire.
I'm not a huge Star Wars guy, to me they're just another set of movies, so it takes a lot to get my attention when it comes to a Star Wars edit. TMBTM did it with A New Hope Grindhoused, and now NJVC's done it with Pulp Empire. The idea of breaking down The Empire Strikes Back into chapters, ala Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds, and replacing the score with songs from and inspired by Quentin Tarantino's library of films was genius. Not only does it completely change the look and feel of the film, it also changes the tone of it as well.
You might ask yourself, "Isn't the use of songs from Tarantino's movies going to be distracting? I mean, these are songs that you automatically associate with the various movies that they're from. Isn't it going to take you out of the movie.". In short? Fuck no, dude! lol The use of these songs only helps cement the feel of a Tarantino movie. A few of the non-Tarantinoverse songs did seem to be a strange choice, but they worked really well with the scenes they were added to.
I'll be honest, the first chapter in the film was a bit slow, but when Chapter 2 starts you'll be glued to your seat. The opening credits were awesome, and I loved the character introductions and hero moments. The use of "Down In Mexico" for Bobba Fett's scenes was pure genius. And like BionicBob, I too thought that the final chapter was a masterpiece. In fact when the song "Old Man" starts and the film moves into a Luke/Anakin montage I got goosebumps. The animated sequence was a nice touch as well.
I cannot recommend this edit enough. This is the first NJVC edit I've seen and it is clear to me that this man is a master of the craft. Download and watch with confidence my young padawans, for you will not be disappointed. And if you are I only have one thing to ask. What the fuck is wrong with you? lol Seriously though, congratulations on an amazing edit NJVC. I look forward to seeing more of your work.