Revenge of the Jedi 4K (A DonkeyKonga Fanedit of RotJ)

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1983
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117
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15
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Brief Synopsis:
Happy new year! Those who are familiar with my Indiana Jones 4 edit will know what to expect: An edit to bring the movie in line with the first two movies in the trilogy.

Gone are Han Solo being Jealous, gone is Luke Skywalker's rediculous plan to give away his droids to the biggest jerk in the galaxy. Gone is Vader changing character since Empire. And a lot more!
Intention:
I always loath watching ROTJ. It just doesnt work for me, and I know a lot of others feel the same way. The movie isnt BAD, by any means. It's just perfectly 'ok'. What's worse is that the movie doesn't fit the previous two when it comes to it's characters and story. This I could fix.

Other Sources:
I used 4K83 because it's the best source available to create that original trilogy for me.
Special Thanks:
As always thanks to ArtisDead! You're the best!

Phase3 for writing and rendering that amazing crawl!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
My goal here is to create a more mature cut of Return of the Jedi and make something more in line with George Lucas' original title: Revenge of the Jedi. It has less sillyness and a better story that fits the first two films. Characters feel like their characters in the previous two movies. Mostly Han and Vader are far better in this Cut.
Cuts and Additions:
- As of January 8th this edit is available in 4k HDR.
-Used 4k83 as my only source (the real heroes are those people restoring these films!)
-New opening crawl
-Every cut is seamless. Show this to someone who hasn't seen the original and they won't notice.
-Goal was to make the movie tie as close to the first two in feel as possible. Just like my indiana jones edit was meant to make it fit the series more.
-Removed c3po mentioning of chewbacca disappearing at Jabbas palace. He litterally shows up at jabba AFTER c3po lol. Big plothole.
-Removed every line regarding a gift to jabba.
-Jabba doesnt even listen to luke offer after he realises it's about Han. He seizes the droids. No gifts here, just vile gangster behaviour. (what's Luke's plan anyway? Would he really give away his droids in exchange for Han? What if Jabba agrees with the trade?)
-Luke doesnt tell Jabba to underestimate his powers, because Jabba immediately uses the trap door when Luke tells him he is taking captain Solo anyway. Jabba does NOT fuck around.
-Removed a few small sections of C3po being comedic, but not all of them.
-Boba Fett crashes into the sail barge but we dont see him fall into the pit like an idiot.
-Boba Fett doesnt fire a shot and misses like a blind idiot. Han now hits him on the jetpack before he takes the shot.
-Re structures the entire sail barge fight sequence
-Removed the emperor foreseeing that luke will come, considering he couldnt even sense him on the ship lol.
-Removed the point of view line by Obi Wan
-Removed Luke immediately realising who his sister is
-Removed a few cheesy lines during the briefing, but not all of them.
-Restructures the Han/Lando conversation at the Falcon to feel more mature.
-Leia is found by a mysterious figure (spoiler alert: it's a fucking ewok)
-Removed the ewoks not listening to God C3PO. They now immediately release Leia and she rushes to Han to kiss him
-Removed the entire bedtime story
-Removed a few lines during luke/leias conversation to keep Luke more mysterious
-Leia is upset by the news about being a sister and tells han to go away. He clearly realises she is emotional and doesnt go away. She notices him and asks him to hold her.
-Removed every mention that Vader must obey his master.
-Removed Vader's dumbass 'HEEEEE will come to MEEEE????' line.
-Emperor now says : 'you are now mine' instead of 'you and your father are now mine'
-Removed the star destroyer captain spoiling the emperors surprise like an idiot! Now Lando asks 'why arent they attacking' and we cut to the emperor announcing the operational battle station.
-Reduced the corny ewok battle but still kept a lot of the epic moments like the ropes being tossed around the speeder bikes!
-removed the ATST boobytraps even though it hurt my childhood. The goal is trilogy consistency! Not nostalgia!
- Edited out the tell your sister line at the end, but kept the rest of the emotional moment with luke and vader.
-Removed every Han being jealous of Luke moment. Leia litterally declared her love two times already so no need for it.
-Luke isnt at the celebration, he just lost his dad
-Movie ends with Vaders funeral, leaving a far more impactful final image with viewers.
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I have a lot of mixed thoughts about this edit. I was very excited to see how it worked out, taking one of my favorite flawed movies and improving upon it big time. DonkeyKonga's edit list sounded pretty interesting so I gave it a watch. After doing so, I figured my review would work better in a good/bad split way:

What I liked:
• Flipped Boba Fett to face the right way in Jabba's palace.
• Much fewer Ewok antics.
• Trimming the first Vader/Luke convo was great. Vader is now less sad and unsure sounding. Keeping him still very cold and serious, but the last shot brilliantly shows he’s internally having some doubts about his loyalty to the Emperor.
• It was really good to remove the Imperial general saying the Emperor has "a special surprise" for the Rebels. Now it’s actually surprising when the Emperor reveals to Luke the Death Star is operational.

What I didn't like:
• The video quality is kind of low. It looks like a softer past version, especially since this is based off of the original theatrical cut and not the more recent Special Edition (which has some great fixes TBH).
• Kept the original Jabba's palace musical number. I hated that and the Special Edition one so excising both would have been better.
• Trimming the Obi-Wan/Luke convo led to losing the 'certain point of view' line that ties into the prequels. Also not confirming Leia as Luke's sister gives him no struggle to hide the truth from Vader.
• This causes another issue: When Luke and Leia reunite she asks him 'What is it?', to which he replies knowingly 'Ask me again sometime." With the earlier reveal to Luke cut it now doesn't make sense that it looks like he knows something.
• Han and Lando's goodbye scene is too short now. I know it's to omit some cheesy dialogue but it makes it odd with some dialogue over the pan-down and music, and ultimately almost feels unneeded since it's so brief.
• Some of Han's quips are cut short. It was good to lower the humor in the edit but these cuts felt a bit sudden.
• Removing Vader saying "Tell your sister... you were right". It was a nice line where Anakin returns to the light and acknowledges both of his children.
• Removing Luke reuniting with his friends after burning the body of Vader, panning up to the ships' fireworks, and see all the freedom across the galaxy.
• Removing Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda's ghosts appearing at the end (either the Sebastian Shaw or Hayden Christensen versions). It gets rid of a touching moment where Anakin becomes one with The Force, and he and the other Jedi say goodbye to Luke and Leia.

What I would have done differently:
• Used a high def version of ROTJ's Special Edition, which has a sharper image with more vibrant colors.
• Had the updated scene of unmasking Vader with his eyebrows removed (he was burned on Mustafar).
• Replaced the original Yub Nub song kept in from the end of the theatrical cut with the orchestral John Williams song from the Special Edition. More dramatic and emotionally uplifting.

A great attempt with some solid fixes, but most of the changes weren't my cup of tea. Still, big props for making your vision of a ROTJ edit!

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Looks beautiful! Im an 80s kid so growing up the first 3 star wars were magical and rotj was my favorite. as i grew up i started to hate it, too silly, too many puppets, it just seemed like such a little kid movie - especially after how dark empire ends. The trims made this movie much more adult, much more organized better paced.

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It's been so long since I've been able to see the original theatrical cut of this film! Not since the mid-90's, and I'd forgotten the massive changes the 'Special Editions' did to the Jabba's palace and the end celebrations segments. The puppets still look like puppets, but I'd argue these have aged much better than the late 90's CGI of the Special Edition. Such a pleasure to see these again. I doubt the original theatrical could be better looking than what's presented here. On the other hand, the Special Edition also cleaned a lot of the original's more grainy, washed-out look for the colors, so if you're used to the SE you may miss it here.

Surprisingly, the content of the film is largely intact. This is a very conservative edit in a lot of ways, with some but not all of ROTJ's silly moments still here. The pacing has been improved and the minor dialogue excisions are thoughtful, character-driven, and indeed invisible for anyone who hasn't seen this movie 20 times already.

The new opening crawl is better than the original's (at least it doesn't sound like a blurb from TV Guide, now) and the nips and tucks that DonkeyKonga has made add up in the end. A great edit of the classic film, one of the best!

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First of all, Return of the Jedi wasn't really my favourite film of the trilogy, unfortunately.

This version of the film has improved the quality many times over in terms of the video quality, faster storyline and cutting out the silly scenes!

The cuts are fluid and have been barely to rarely noticeable for me. I even had to take a look at your list to recognise the exact changes again.

All in all, I can definitely recommend this fanedit to everyone!

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Owner's reply January 08, 2023

Tbh not even all cuts are on the changelist, like for example Yoda not saying 'Luuuuuke...' with his dying breath as many times. He does it like 6 times in the original cut lmao.

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I agree with the Faneditor that "Return of the Jedi" was a letdown in the original trilogy.

First, the video quality is amazing. The edits are smooth. My familiarity with the original movie made me aware of the cuts, but if I had never seen it, I wouldn't have noticed.

The trims to Darth Vader's dialog alone make him far more menacing for longer, which improves the film. Much of the silliness of the Ewoks has been trimmed and they are the better for it.

I definitely recommend this as it utilizes the restored original and not the Special Edition. The ending of the film has been rearranged and I feel it definitely improves the storyline and the feeling of "fulfilment."

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