Rogue One: The Battle of ScarifFeatured
- NTSC DVD-5
- NTSC DVD-9
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
- First scene of the film is the confrontation between Krennic and Darth Vader, with some adjusted dialogue for Vader.
- The Rebels will still bicker over going to war, but this stuff will be trimmed. As will Cassian’s super long monologue about the Rebellion.
- I never found myself that invested in Rogue One’s characters to begin with, so a number of “character” scenes and lines will be adjusted. The main focus of the edit will be the battle itself and the actual recovery of the Death Star plans.
- Insertion of classic Star Wars music cues from John Williams. I’ve been going through the entire saga OST and will be dropping tracks where appropriate. Most people have agreed that Giacchino’s score just didn’t cut it. Not that I totally blame him; apparently he had 3-4 weeks to write and conduct everything.
- Various SFX enhancements. This is big. Because I’m adding new music cues throughout the film, this means that I have to remove some of Giacchino’s cues. Unfortunately the music sometimes bleeds across the 5.1 audio channels with the sound effects, meaning that I’ve had to rebuild the sound design for entire scenes where John Williams’ music is now. This has been by far the most time-consuming part of the edit, but thankfully there are some really great Star Wars SFX libraries online that I’ve been able to use for this.
- A light sprinkling of those old-school wipes and transitions from the other Star Wars films. Why not?
- The film ends with Vader slicing and dicing Rebel scum, and watching as the Tantive IV flies away. Leia’s scene has been cut.
I LOVE IT! Adding to my Rogue One Blu-ray case! Great to play before watching New Hope!
The most fun I've had watching this film. Splendid and truly a masterful edit. Other reviewers have already noted the stellar editing—audio and video—and I can only concur. The original is not fresh in my mind but if you did the handful of match cuts, then bravo!
This feels like a "Star Wars: An Event"-film set in the SW-universe, where I don't have to wonder why someone has godlike aim for a blind person. Clearly he's one with the force, and therefore it's explained why he dodges and fires like a master. Rogue One: The Battle of Scarif is pretty much a perfect standalone movie within the Saga, easily replacing the original.
This is a pretty radical idea. Basically cutting out almost all the character work and focusing on the movie's strength, while adding some OT Star Wars flair to it. I respect the idea tremendously and eldusto succeeds at his goal. The editing is very well done. The new audio is mixed very well (I had to watch with a less than ideal sound setup but it sounded pretty great to me. The tricky part for me is the narrative and enjoyment. It's a lot of fun to rewatch Rogue One this way. Especially in a marathon, it's fantastic. But I am missing out on the actual characters a lot. I really missed out on some Jyn stuff, K2SO, Baze and Chirrut in particular. However, losing out on Bodhi, Cassian's weird conflicting character beats, everything with Saw and Jyn's passivity to the story were pluses. Overall I landed on 8 because this is very enjoyable and a great way for a quick rewatch. Interesting idea very well-executed.
As a fan of Rogue One I was pretty interested to watch this edit, knowing it basically just the big ending battle presented as a short film. But, I think the editor did a really great job making it seem like more than just the battle. The opening crawl is great, as is how it leads into the opening scene of this edit. The editing is seamless and there were a few parts that if I didn't know there should have been something there I wouldn't have noticed. The editor did an awesome job putting this together. The audio is pretty nice too, and all the music selections seemed to fit the scenes nicely. There were a few times the music seemed a bit louder than the dialogue, but it wasn't off putting or anything.
All in all, I'm very impressed with the edit and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to watch it.
This edit is without a doubt a triumph, and I would highly recommend it. The film sheds all the problematic parts of Rogue One, and makes the best part work as a one act story.
The audio and video quality are top notch, and the editing is of a professional level. There is not one bad cut in here. What impressed me the most was the audio editing. The re-purposed soundtrack from the original trilogy was extremely well integrated, and lifted the whole sequence to a much higher level. Having read the description, I feared an overuse of the most iconic Star Wars themes, but I should not have worried. The track selection is incredible, as is its implementation in the sound mix. This has clearly taken a lot of work, and it is without a doubt this edit's strongest feature. By a mile. It is also some of the best sound editing I've ever heard in a fan edit.
The narrative is what is to be expected. Rogue One was never strong on characters and themes. Instead of trying to fix this, this edit simply skips the character building by presenting the first two acts in the opening scroll. Surprisingly, this does work better. The third act was always the strong part of the film, but by presenting it on its own, the fatigue that I originally felt after sitting through the first two acts is avoided, and I could enjoy the battle scene much more. That being said, the problem with the original film does persist in this edit. Most of the enjoyment comes from the fact that this is Star Wars, and that it's about the Death Star plans, and because you know where the story is going. The battle itself remains devoid of any real caring for the characters, unlike in the original trilogy. But this can hardly be blamed on the editor. Truly, this is as good as Rogue One will ever get. Several small narrative issues arise because of the scenes that were cut from the beginning. Jyn's hand opens the vault, without any explanation as to why a rebel would be able to do this. Chirrut, now devoid of his connection to the force, is just a blind man, but he has perfect aim and can suddenly walk out in open fire without being hit. But these are small issues, and they did not temper my enjoyment while watching.
Overall, I was left highly impressed and very entertained. Eldusto84 has created the best version of Rogue One that I have seen so far. It is a brave choice to throw out more than half of the film, instead of fixing it, but it certainly pays off. It never was a good film, but now it stops trying to be a film, instead becoming an excellent intermezzo for any Star Wars marathon. But the best part, the part that gave me goosebumps, is the soundtrack alteration. It elevated the entire piece, and will make me watch it again in the future!