Simply brilliant and by far one the best Revenge of the Sith edits I've seen so far. I love ROTS but it does have some problems that this edit fixes and unlike most other edits I've seen Dominic's stays true to canon. But the best part of this edit are the seamlessly weaved together rescores, Also the inclusions of the deleted scene were all well done and add alot more to the narrative.
What is there to say? By far the best edit of Revenge of the Sith out there. I believe this is the one that will satisfy the hardcore fans: it stays true to canon and seamlessly removes all of the excess while also reintroducing a series of absolutely essential deleted scenes, which I find exponentially better the movie.
All edits are TRULY invisible, and, especially music-wise, are all close to perfect, which is the hardest thing to do with the Prequels as the music is so exceptionally weaved together.
Last, but not least: the COLOR CORRECTION which is fantastic and brings the world slightly more in line with the one from the Original Trilogy, which is my main gripe with the original films...
Well done, well done, well done... but I can't avoid asking: will Episodes I and II be coming forward too?
Please, say yes!
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyJune 12, 2022
Yes, you can expect my version of TPM and AOTC in the future!
Revenge of the Sith for me has become a movie that's hard to love, but this edit has definitely rekindled some of my fondness for it. With the new grading, some rescores, and the re-arrangement of the narrative - Dom's edit finds a pretty fun presentation of this flawed story without gutting it of a heart.
I loved the narrative order here, and how the Padme/Anakin scenes were implemented. Other edits often cut much of that love-oriented underpinning in favor of minimizing "cringe" or focusing instead on the political subplot, but Dom opts to ground the plot more firmly in it. I think it works well. The opera scene is moved up, and the Jedi/Palpatine politics that alienate Anakin come after he's already introduced to the dark side's potential. The progression towards the dark feels more stewed on and organic this way. It still never coalesces into the perfectly realized story, but that's more of the original movie's fault than anything else. I've been able to be forgiving of it when edits like this are able to pull off a more engaging and cohesive presentation. (And I would know how messy ambition with this movie can be.) As it stands, everything here makes sense and feels much more properly set up than the theatrical. And it didn't have to sacrifice an emotional throughline to do so.
The rescores are a big part of making the movie feel fresh and exciting to watch again. The original trilogy cues during the opening sequence add a sense a swashbuckling and idealism to this world about to turn, and it's surprisingly effective in contrast to the bleakness of what comes next. When the melodrama of Mustafar is happening, it's cool to have the memory of romantic adventure more readily accessible. It sort of works to highlight how far things have fallen.
The Order 66 redux with the OT score is also beautifully done, and implemented under a philosophy I wish I had more of when approaching my own edit. Cutting the rest of the Jedi deaths was something I thought I would miss, but this edit shows how distracting it might be to the main characters' arcs. In similar vein as the "Saving Padme" orientation, I like the commitment to the personal grounding of this.
That all said, as far as elements that didn't quite work as well, the inclusion of some of the political deleted scenes here are at odds with that intention. Only a bit. I've always had a complicated relationship with these scenes. They add a lot of (perhaps necessary) context for the characters to act against and react to, but they involve a lot of other moving pieces that scale the story broader than our three leads. Luckily, Dom doesn't use all of them and they are placed far better than I've typically seen, but I can't help but want to move on from them quickly when they pop up. But they still do a lot of the pushing for Anakin towards Palpatine, so it's hard to say. I think the right choices were made for clarity, either way.
The regrade is neat, but I think it looks too blue. Very well done and at points what I remember the movie FEELING like as a younger lad, but I don't know, it didn't fully work for me. It felt modern, when so much of this aspired to "vintage."
Overall, I really dug it! I'm not embellishing when I say this rekindled a good bit of my love for this film. It had been hard for me to sit through as of late, but there was just enough here to carry me through to the changes that enhanced what was there. Awesome work!
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyJune 03, 2022
Thanks for the kind words! I too have complicated feelings about the deleted scenes which perhaps I'll get into on a commentary someday, but ultimately think they're better included than not.
As for the grade, to some extent the edit is inspired by the new batch of Star Wars movies and shows, bringing back the feel OT Star Wars while introducing some more modern sensibilities. Digital grading has become bolder in the 17 years since the film came out, and my goal is to remove the dated early digital waxy and drab aesthetic (and yes the film does become more blue in the second half as things get more dire and melancholy!).
Thanks again for the review (and for some of the ideas I stole from your edit)!
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.
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?