This is a really good condensed edit of the original trilogy, the new narrative works for the most part, and the editing is really good throughout. There were a few times where the cuts weren’t completely clean, as in a few times there’s a split second of a clip before moving to the next one, and I think those could be cleaned up a bit, there’s one around 1:59:50, however, these are few and far between. The plotlines cut out make perfect sense to be removed and don’t negatively affect the edit. There are, however, a few moments in the reworked narrative that don’t completely work. Some of the story editing before the Hoth Battle doesn’t quite work, and some of the editing around removing Han’s capture is a bit clunky, but this does function quite well.
My biggest complaint is the use of the SC-38 fan film version of Obi-Wan and Darth Vader’s duel. I don’t dislike the idea of using it, but too much of the sequence is used and I think it would have been much stronger if only the first part of that sequence was in the edit. The second and third times you cut to it just don’t work because the production values between the 2 scenes are just way too big to be natural and the added music and the added shots during the death scene only diminish the entire sequence. The death should have just been the original scene. My only other complaints are that I feel the opening with Rogue One and the ending using A New Hope don’t really work. However, I still thought the edit as a whole was really well done, and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a shorter version of the original trilogy.
Very entertaining and fun to watch. I've seen these movies 100 times since the late 80's so i could notice nearly everything that was done and it was done nearly perfect. I only thought one or two spots were quick or awkward. I was very impressed with how he cut out the whole Jabba plot and kept Han out of carbonite, I have to watch it again because I barely noticed how it happened.
The only thing I really didn't feel good about was the final medal awarding scene taken from episode IV, it didn't jive with me. Luke de-aged and it felt rushed after he just burned Vaders Body. In my humble opinion i would cut that and go straight to the '2 years' later training scene and roll credits.
But over all it was very creative and a clever rewriting of the story line. I'll definitely watch it a second time.
Do, or do not, there is no try! Well, damn it, Subjectzero did it!
Despite a few minor things, I quite enjoyed the edit. Combining 3 beloved movies, 4 if you count Rogue One, is not an easy task, but Sub manages to deliver a fresh take grown with. I appreciate the effort.
The editor successfully managed to merge the three films into a cohesive narrative. And he was very smart in the way he reorganized the material, especially from TESB, to remove Han's capture. Because we know the original material, we can find small flaws, but I think it would be impossible to do better with what is available. Space battles are very exciting and worth mentioning.
The technical aspects are impeccable, both in image and sound.
Finally, it is an excellent edition, which, although it may not please purists, updates and brings a new look to the classic trilogy. I look forward to part 3 with a high expectation.
This is a fantastic distillation and re-imagining of the original trilogy films. The story is mostly the same, with some well considered alterations that work really well. I didn't really miss the chunks that were excised, and some of them being gone does really help the story along.
The story arcs of the main characters (including the Death Star) made sense and worked really well. Some of the supporting characters going almost missing surprisingly was not really missed. The way scenes were reordered and repurposed worked really well; if you didn't know where the clip was originally used you'd never know it was moved.
There were a few picky technical bits I didn't completely love. I also would have preferred Harmy's Despecialised version for the source, but using SE still worked--and was probably necessary to get the resolution. It also allowed consistency when more recent HD scenes were spliced in. The deviation from the typical Star Wars movie opening again threw me a bit, but that's just me being used to the scroll then starfield pan down open since 1977. I'm not completely in love with the updates to the Obi Wan/Vader duel. But that is all minor, subjective stuff.