I really enjoyed this cut of the film. I always liked Hal9000's takes on the Prequel Trilogy but there was always a small part of me that missed the Anakin/Padme scenes (cringe as they were), as they gave a more nuanced glimpse of Anakin's fall. Not only are they back in trimmed form (plus the earnestness, minus the cringe, IMP), but the restructure of the middle of the film really nails the gradual slope of Anakin's paranoia, desperation, and confusion, which Palpatine manipulates to his advantage.
I definitely agree with Hal9000's reasoning that the more nuanced motivations are at odds with the Original Trilogy's implication of how it went down, not to mention the problems with Padme dying and Leia's supposed memories of her mother (but maybe she meant Bail Organa's wife?). On the other hand, my preference is that the main story/emotional beats of a film play out more-or-less in the way the original director intended, and this is what we get here. The heaviest changes are the excisions of the Yoda/Sidious fight, and the Order 66 montage (both work to keep the film more focused on the main characters).
I particularly appreciated that the re-inserted scene of Obi-Wan and Yoda returning to the temple (taken out of Hal's edit) was re-inserted with edits to make the combat more defensive, rather than offensive (holding to OT sensibilities).
The OT-inspired video filter and music cues are used well and lean into the fact that the PT was made with the assumption that the OT had been seen first (no getting around that, despite Secior's best efforts). The video and audio are both top-notch.
I have nitpicks, but really, that's all they are. This is a focused cut of the film with inspired editing choices that make the film much stronger, easily rivaling Hal9000's. I absolutely love that the fan-editing community is building upon each other's inspiration. Who knows what the inevitable next cut will have in store?
DominicCobb's Revenge of the Sith edit is an excellent breath of fresh air, somehow, for a movie with well over 20 entries on the IFDb, The big and unique selling points are probably the color grade (ROTS has never looked better) and the re-scores (using OT/R1/unused ROTS stuff) and they really are quite spectacular, rest asssured, But there's an even bigger draw for me here, and that's the second act's structure.
My friends, Dom cracked the code.
The biggest issue I always have with ROTS edits - be it IFDb listed ones such as Hal9000's or L8wrtr's, or others such as NFBisms' - is that they shuffle things around in that middle there, either fundamentally altering story beats (Hal) or just going about it in such a way I find outright worse than what Lucas and co. came up with in '05. It took a long ass time (much longer than it did for AOTC) but Dom here finally presents something that doesn't take away from either the political motivation OR from the emotional motivation for Anakin's turn, instead really significantly enhancing both. They complement each other more naturally and it really accomplishes something I thought was impossible - to make Anakin's character better.
I love the original movie and could watch it any day of the week, and for that reason I'd given up on fan edits of it after none of the big or small ones did it for me. But Dom's here, for the most part, does. I won't say I agree with every cut but I get the reasoning behind all of them, and they're all sound. Dom's edit is a true step forward in ROTS fan editing and hopefully is already part of the canon of quintessential viewings for ROTS editors, SW fans, PT fans, or fan editing fans. Really great work. Definitely recommend.
This is an extremely good edit of ROTS, probably my favorite of the ones available (including my own!).
Firs thing that pops out is the look. The tweaked colors and film grain just make it feel more like Star Wars. The updated music and pacing also make it feel more in line with the classic Trilogy. Anakin's story plays out a bit more believably, though of course still isn't perfect.
This edit is full of smart choices and little improvements. There's no enormous major changes, but all these small things add up to the best version of this movie by quite a bit.
ROVS has always been high on my list of favorite Star Wars movies but the problem of Anakins sudden turn to the dark side has continued to bother me. It just does not convince.
Dominic Cobb has done wonders to rectify this, particularily the decision to move the opera scene forward but lots of other little changes also make for a much more gradual and believable slide into the dark side for Anakin.
The changes to the music are very well executed and the music was well chosen.
The changes to the rescue of Palpatine in the opening sequence and to the Order 66 are daring and while I prefer the original in this aspect it works very well within this edit.
For me this is now the best version of ROVS out there.