Absolutely impressive. I've seen some great Fan Edits in the past, but man, this is something else.
This is not, as you must already guess, your regular edit. This is kind of a brand new film, if you love the saga and Tarantino as a filmmaker, as i do, you should watch this.
There were some musical choices that i wish would have been different, but that's it.
From a creativity point of you, this is a 10/10.
I don't think I've enjoyed any other Fan Edit as much as this one.
What's so intriguing about this Fan Edit is that you can show it to someone who hasn't seen a Star Wars film and/or doesn't even like sci-fi, and they'll dig this, b/c it's just so much damned fun.
Usually when fan editors go to this extreme in a re-edit of a film, I find the 3-act structure and narrative gets completely lost. Not so this time.
The music cues were top notch -- both in choice and edits -- the montage intro's of the characters were clever and funny and the pulp-like changes (i.e., Yoda speaking) were inspired.
My only criticism is that, with scenes from the first Star Wars and even Jedi utilized in some moments of the film, I had expected an actual ending to the story, as opposed to the "To Be Continued" that the original Empire ends on. That is to say, when you (the editor) show clips of the Sarlacc Pit and seem to foreshadow Han's rescue and other future moments in a variety of montages throughout the movie, that indicates to a viewer who knows the movies that that story is being rolled into this one. As such, when it just sort of ends on a "what next?," it is a little dissatisfying.
But, ultimately, I couldn't possibly recommend this Fan Edit more. Great stuff.
njvc's Edits are always top quality. I've been meaning to watch this one for a while and I had kind of taken a break from the fanedits forum for a while, but was checking out vimeo and njvc is one of the people I follow on there.
It was a really great way to see one of my favorite starwars films. The already dark tone of Empire makes this a perfect choice for a Tarantino style edit. It really was like getting to watch this film for the first time again.
I will have to agree with PatientWho about using Gordon Liu for yoda's voice. I understand it was part of the Tarantino-ization of the film. This is a fan film, and that was fan service, so I think it is totally acceptable choice. But for it it was a bit jarring as I knew what was being said was not what was subtitled.
Overall, fantastic! I was riveted to the story and pacing! Even though I know the story by heart, I constantly eager to see what would happen next! Bravo!
I have viewed this edit multiple times and have updated my review to provide a more unbiased critique.
I loved this edit simply for it's refreshing idea, originality and uniqueness. My initial viewing was done on Vimeo as individual chapters were released. After viewing the entire edit in one sitting, I would recommend breaking it up into chapters.
During multiple viewings, I found myself becoming bored anytime Luke or Vader weren't on screen. The entire plot of Han and Leia in Cloud City became tedious and repetitive. There's an over reliance on slow motion, Tarantino uses slow motion but this edit has it in a large abundance.
There is also an over reliance on music. The edit is almost filled end to end with musical cues. Much like the slow motion, there is a large abundance present and sometimes the music overpowers the dialogue being spoken. Dialogue is a very important part in Tarantino movies and rarely uses musical cues during those scene and if he does they appear near the end for dramatic effect.
From a narrative aspect, the story is told in a non-linear fashion similar to Tarantino's style. However, during the final act there is a flashback to the Cave of Evil where Luke chops Vader's head off revealing his own head in the helmet, which doesn't make any sense. During the actual scene in the movie that scene was replaced by an animated segment from the original Clone Wars cartoon. So having a flashback to a scene that never took place was confusing.
All that being said, I still thoroughly enjoy this edit. The Luke and Yoda scenes are very enjoyable and are perfectly scored, even the training montage. The Vader introduction is masterly executed and the final fight is a joy to watch. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Tarantino movies, likes Star Wars, or is just looking for something that is fresh and unique. The sound overpowering the dialogue is why I gave the audio editing a 9 and the flashback is why I gave the narrative a 9.
As a fan of both Tarantino and Star Wars, I found this concept both entertaining and fascinating. It was great to see Empire in a new light, and with such damn style too! Great inclusion of the animated scenes from "Clone Wars", and Vader's montage introduction was stunning (of course, each montage was pretty damn impressive). Soundtrack was great, although I could see one or two songs that Tarantino would never touch himself. This edit is definitely going to stay in my collection!
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyJuly 29, 2014
Cheers for the review rantus! I think I know which songs you mean ;) I got a little self indulgent in my choices there at times. Thanks for watching!