What else can I say that others haven't already? This is one of the best fan edits I have watched. The fan editor did have other edits that paved the way, but this one takes TPM to a new level. The movie still has flaws (8-year-old Vader being the most obvious), but this edit really makes it a better movie by at least a full star, maybe two. I got to experience a film that I have watched many times in a new way. Cut scenes are not missed. The movie flows so much more smoothly now. I agree with other reviewers that there is no reason to watch any other version of The Phantom Menace.
Awesome!!! It may benefit from further polishing although seeing as the main improvement is the step down from the overly bright, overly clean appearance that separated prequeals from the originals Im not sure. Its got low techification effects to immitate the earlier production standards, and a grittier feeling to the shots, grainier maybe - I guess like the old school film used (no expert here) - a fuzzy filter. Ive got AVCHD streaming file viewed on VLC. Maybe a bluray grade MKV will be all improvement necessary.
Its been ages since I watched these as kind of fell out of love with the Star Wars universe after its loss of homogeneity, lacking a vital sense of continuity between the films. I believe this fan edit has done what needed to be done. Less appeal to the 'family friendly' crowd with lame humour; what I was calling Disneipifcation before I understood what that really meant..... Im new here and am yet to behold a salvation of the sequels. Good start on this one!!!
Having not watched TPM for several years, this was a very refreshing way to reexperience it. The subtle changes to Anakin really improved his character and the movie. There's a lot going on in TPM, so I enjoyed the faster pace, and never felt bored. The podrace especially felt much more tense and enjoyable without the announcer or slapstick humor.
Technicaly a very fine edit. For my taste it cuts too much. I found it jaring to see the Queen get captured near the end but then when next we see her she is meeting Palpatine. The cuts to dialogue worked well to improve acting. The cuts I liked the most are when Obi-Wan cuts Maul in half and loosing the scene where Qui-Gon convinces the Queen to go to Tatoine.
This is objectively better than the original movie. There's no reason why you wouldn't watch it instead of the original. This is the version I'll watch forever, although I'll try more fan edits to see if they are better. But I don't see how they could!