Return of the Jedi: Remastered

Return of the Jedi: Remastered

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Return of the Jedi: Remastered
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Tagline:
The Empire is brought to its knees...
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Original Release Date:
1983
Original Running Time:
136
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
118
Time Cut:
18
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Brief Synopsis:
This fanedit improves Return of the Jedi by mercilessly trimming down the Ewoks, streamlining the third act, improving Han's character and chopping out all of the goofy/distracting moments of the movie. These changes hope to make for a satisfying end to the Star Wars trilogy.
Intention:
When it comes to the Star Wars movies, I consider episodes 4 and 5 to be nearly untouchable masterpieces. The prequels were lacking for myself but luckily there is a massive selection of wonderful fan-edits to choose from. Return of the Jedi on the other hand has always stuck out like a sore thumb for me. It was good, but disappointing compared to the cinematic heights reached by the previous two in the original trilogy. Han Solo acted completely different and lost all of his swagger. Strangely enough, he was jealous of Luke. The Ewoks presented an illogical solution to the threat of the Empire and they sucked up a lot of the tension in the third act. And there were just a handful of moments that take the viewer out of the experience. Overall, I felt that Return of the Jedi has not been done justice in the fanediting field. I felt it necessary to provide a streamlined experience which mitigates the Ewoks, improves the character of Han Solo and trims down the more distracting elements of the film.
Other Sources:
- Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Special Thanks:
DominicCobb, ironman23, Moe_Syzlak, ssj, DigiModification, cubbyguy1, towne32, Scott109, MalaStrana, YodaFan67, Palindromic Gas, KumoNin, Depheros, RogueLeader and HKseriesDroid
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Editing Details:
This will all be using the Theatrical version of Star Wars. No Special Edition elements are retained except for the SE music/city celebrations and Vader’s eyebrow-less face.
Cuts and Additions:
- Use retro fox fanfare
- removed 3PO’s captain obvious moment where he says “Oh look, it’s Captain Solo, and he’s still frozen in carbonite.”
- remove droid screams in droid torture scene. (Lovingly borrowed audio from Ziggy's edit here)
- cut out disintegration of the past protocol droid.
- Both Jedi Rocks and Lapti Nek are very bad, so neither of those survives my edit, but I did retain the nice little musical piece that the harmonica-playing turtle was doing. This also means that Jabba’s servant doesn’t fall down the pit. This makes it more of a surprise when Luke falls into the Rancor pit himself.
- Rescored Chewie’s getting taking away with “Bounty for a Wookie”. (This idea is borrowed from the Dan Edit)
- removed Boba Fett’s nod at Boush.
- We no longer see Lando pull his mask down.
- cut out the frog burping outside of Jabba’s palace
- added force choke sfx when Luke approaches the two Gamorrean guards. (Lovingly borrowed audio from Ziggy's Edit here)
- Trim Luke and Han’s dialogue scene on the skiff so it ends on Han saying “you’re going to die here, you know”
- added music to the scene between Luke and Obi-Wan on Dagobah for improved emotional effect.
- cut Han and Lando's conversation before rebel briefing starts.
- took out Han’s line of “good luck, your gonna need it.”
- took out 3PO’s line of “exciting is hardly the word I would choose.”
- took out the entire scene of Lando and Han talking in the hangar
- removed the beat of Han worrying about the falcon
- cut out Han's "Keep your distance Chewy. But don't make it look like your trying to keep your distance. I don't know, fly casual" during shuttle sequence.
- cut out the useless exposition scene in the throne room where the Emperor tells Vader to go on the executor. It slows down the plot and is not needed.
- remove Leia and Wicket scene
- took out Han saying “I hope she’s all right”. It's far too on the nose.
- cut out Han grabbing Ewok’s spear and his “proper” line. This helps make the Ewok's seem more scary. Han easily manhandling the spear of an ewok greatly reduces any tension that might even be present.
- cut out cutesy shots of Ewoks when 3PO is being floated in the air on his chair
- cut out R2 electrocuting the Ewok.
- Threepios storytelling cuts off at “I was just getting to that”. We cut to Luke outside from there. That god awful laughably delivered line from threepio saying “we are now part of the tribe” and the following celebrations is just so damn SILLY! Watch that part again and you will giggle whether it be on the inside or the outside.
- cut out Han talking to Leia after Luke leaves. This cuts out Han acting jealous of Luke.
- I cut out ATON of the ewoks in the battle. They arrive as an early distraction, then when you see them the rest of the time, they are usually getting there asses handed to them by the Empire.
- Take out Chewie’s tarzan yell
- remove the cringeworthy “I love you—I know you” callback.
- have Vader’s head fade away when he dies. This now is consistent with Obi Wan and Yoda dissapearing when they died.
- Han and Leia’s conversation after the death star explodes, is as follows: Han- "I’m sure Luke wasn’t on that thing when it blew." / Leia- "He wasn’t…I can feel it." / Han gives a very confused look / Leia- “He’s my brother”. The scene flows REALLY well now, and is a huge improvement over the original. In my edit, there is absolutely no trace of jealousy in Han.
- Thanks to Q2, the ending scene has the SE music (“Victory Celebration”) and it has Sebastian Shaw as Anakin. Also, the "wesa free" line has been removed. I think the SE music is more grand and emotional, I despise the “wesa free” line in the Naboo shot, and I hate hayden’s ghost, so this ending works PERFECTLY for me!

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It's been some time since I downloaded this movie, apologies to darthrush for taking so long to post a review. Much like all the other positive reviews I have to agree. All the pulp removed, and the core retained. Smooth editing and even my 6yr old son agrees with my preference and has now watched this a number of times with me. Very annoying how he recalls so the minor edits better than I do, but still highly recommended to watch it and make your own decision on the changes. It's worthit!

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(Updated: October 30, 2017)
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This fan edit of Return of the Jedi is currently my go-to version, and mostly because it really still feels like Return of the Jedi. No drastic edits: seamless edits improve the pace of the movie a lot, make the whole Ewok thing a lot less stupid and make the characters feel more like the ones we always knew from the past 2 movies (mostly Han and Leia) to a certain extent, obviously, because of the source material. I always 'wanted' Return of the Jedi to be my favorite, and now it's possible. Thank you darthrush. Without reshoots and all of that, this is the literally best version of Return of the Jedi I have ever watched, and certainly rank amongst one of the best fan edits ever on my book. It's excellent. Highly recommend it.

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(Updated: October 12, 2017)
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I was 6 years old watching "Return of the Jedi" in the theater, and all too well I remember the collective *gasp* of the crowd when Yoda did indeed confirm that Darth Vader is who he was. It was a sublime moment. Those my age may have forgotten how much buzz and excitement surrounded the OT when this film first came out - there was definitely a lot of magic to behold in this presentation. And you can dare guess how the final lightsaber fight, with those choral background voices, affected this young American kid. Star Wars has been an undeniable part of my mythology since then.

Alas, time was not kind to ROTJ. Watching it years later the magic moments are still there, but the shock of the "new" has worn and the flaws become undeniably present and irritating. I have been on the lookout for a good fanedit for years now, and this is the one that's my current go-to.

Adywan currently has captured my imagination as to what the art of fanediting is, and what it can be. He is currently out to tackle this movie for his next project, which I will happily wait years for, if necessary. In the meantime, darthrush's edit will do you better than anyone could hope for. I made my own attempt at ROTJ and was mildly pleased, but this one handles itself gracefully.

The bad is essentially gone. I couldn't be happier with the Endor battle, the lack of Ewoks in general, the silliness of Jabba's palace toned down, the deletion of the uber-corny moments between Han and Lando or Han and Leia or Han and the Ewoks or Han and his jealous alter-ego (poor Harrison, no wonder he wanted to get out of this series). The final half-hour of the film has a real dynamic sense of story flow, and I couldn't be happier with how the elimination of the Ewok "noble savage" element actually makes perfect sense in light of the fact that Han hadn't yet blown up the generator. They totally SHOULD be losing.

No speeder-bike-Ewok nonsense. No "Jedi Rocks". No screaming, tortured droids. No bad matte shots of the Falcon. No Leia sharing rice cakes with teddy bears. Trimmed 3PO story-ridiculousness. No Chewie tarzan scream. No "I love you" during the big battle. No Hayden ghost. No yub yub....man, the more I think about how much CORN was in ROTJ, the more you see....and now it's gone!

That said, we could have lost Jabba's little pet-dude (made him disappear almost entirely from my fanedit), or maybe even more Ewok-whatever. There are a few roll-your-eyes moments left in. Still, it's hard when you're dealing with ROTJ....Star Wars has always had an amazing sense of humor when it's good.....but when it's bad, it REALLY IS BAD. There is also a "hurried" feel to the film.....I can't even now remember if that element existed in the original. It's slight, maybe a necessary evil of the fanedit.

I'll for now match this one up with both Adywan edits as my OT trilogy. This edit has read my mind in a great many ways, and has salvaged what really isn't a great film on par with ANH and ESB. The magic of Star Wars permeates this film throughout, however....some of that is probably nostalgia (people DID cry in the theater when Yoda "sleeps"), and some of it is this film's determination to see its own mythology through to the end. Maybe it would have been great if it was Kashyyyk and David Lynch was at the helm. But hey, we got what we got, and we care enough about what we DO have that we even bother with any of this at all.

Bravo, darthrush. Thanks for the experience!

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There are so many fan-edits of this film out there, but I find that they change the story too much. This is just a simple edit which trims down the bad parts of the film to make a better story without changing it. I still feel like I'm watching the same 'Return of the Jedi' only more streamlined. All in all, it's really good and fixed many of the problems the timeless film has.

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(Updated: April 22, 2017)
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I'm gonna start by saying that Return of the Jedi is and has always been my favorite Star Wars movie and I was waiting forward for seeing this fanedit. I never disliked Ewoks but then again haven't really loved them either.

The battle on the moon of Endor has always been inferior to the space battle to me and this edition didn't change that. I like that many silly parts were cut but still I would wanted to see Ewoks destroy the walkers. The battle was way wore realistic but also felt a bit one sided and therefore maybe less exciting. The editing however was done very well during the battle.

There were some nice dialogue cuts here and there but I didn't really feel they made much difference in enjoyment. Now that I think of it, I'd rather wanted to see Han Solo and Lando / Leia talks. The Jedi Rocks cut was ok but I would rather have seen the original material there and not the bad CGI characters.

The biggest flaw in this edition was the video quality. The HD version (.mp4) just didn't look as sharp as Q2's fandit for example. It seems the video quality was suffered by re-encoding already encoded material. The audio quality also wasn't as good as I would have hoped. In addition the volume seems to go mystically lower at around 1h 11mins which was a bit annoying. Otherwise the audio editing was was done well, and I really liked the music addition to the Obi Wan scene. Got goosebumps there!

I'm sure this edition works for those who didn't quite like Return of the Jedi that much. For me, it didn't deliver that much. The problems with audio and video really lowered the enjoyment. I hate to say that I think I like the original more than this one. This was actually the first time for a long time that I absolutely didn't love the viewing experience of Return of the Jedi.

Props for bringing an alternative, good quality fanedit of Return of the Jedi. I'm sure many like this more than original. It just wasn't quite for me. Without the video and audio problems I probably would have liked it a bit more.

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