I’ve no doubt that this is a better cut than the theatrical. We’re off of Tatooine in 35 minutes, which improves the flow greatly. I didn’t really notice where the Ewok stuff had been toned down, but it worked.
Still – just my personal opinion – Jedi needs even more editing. Han has lots of corny lines, especially in the first half, which it would be well to cut. Vader says “give yourself to the Dark Side” way too often; a mere twenty-six times would suffice. And there’s lots of bits and pieces here and there – Yoda doesn’t have to say that Luke’s training is complete, for instance, and how could it be?
On the technical side, there were some jarring cuts, maybe six or so. Many were seamless, and the rest aren’t too bad, but they’re visible.
editing: 3 of 5,
entertainment: 3 of 5
Looked dvd-quality to me.
video quality: 5 of 5
Again, there were some jarring audio/visual cuts. And the new ending, while cute for sure, sounds a bit rough. I know that SW dvds are tricky like that, but I must report the facts, especially in the OT’s final scene.
audio: 3.5 of 5
Overall (not an average):
I’m still waiting for a definitive Jedi, one that will, I hope, feature a new intro crawl and begin as the sail barge makes its journey, bringing the Tatooine sequence to an absolute minimum, and that will trim the general flab further. And I think that FEers should do a commentary whenever possible. :wink:
Still, this is a definite improvement over the theatrical. A hearty cheer to Spence for blazing a path to a better Ep. 6!