Star Wars: Attack of the Clones 'Sanded Down'Featured
Fanedits and other sources used include:
- Hal9000’s 'The Approaching Storm' (primary source)
- l8wrtr’s 'The Republic Divided'
- The Phantom Editor's 'Attack of the Phantom' (audio only)
- kk650's 'Attack of The Clones Regraded' and 'Revenge of the Sith Regraded'
- Tusken Raider sound effects from 'starwarssoundeffects' on YouTube
- Lucasfilm Ltd. logo treatment from Lucasfilm's official YouTube channel
(2) L8wrtr change
(3) Phantom Editor change
(4) Original change
I’ve credited changes to Hal if they existed in his edit, even if they appeared in other edits first, since I used his edit as the primary video source for this project. Not all scenes that were "moved" are listed here. A lot of them are, but the story still progresses in the same sequence.
- Replaced opening Logos and Fox Fanfare with “Force Awakens” style Lucasfilm Logo cold open. (4)
- New title crawl adapted from Hal9000’s to better define the political plot. (4)
- Camera pans down, rather than up, after the crawl, to maintain continuity with the other six films. (1)
- Removed Captain Typho’s lines before the ship blows up. (1)
- Trimmed Corde’s death. (1)
- Added deleted scene where Padme addresses the Senate. This establishes some context for the political content of this film, as well as Padme's post-Queen character. (1)
- Trimmed the scene in Palptaine’s office to remove unhelpful dialogue. (1)
- Further trimmed the conversation between Padme and Palpatine to remove other characters butting in. (3)
- Trimmed Obi-Wan’s forced laugh in the elevator, but kept the friendly exchange. (4)
- Jar Jar's introduction is removed, cutting from Obi-Wan and Anakin in the elevator to Padme greeting them. (1)
- Anakin’s inappropriate compliments are trimmed liberally in favor of making it a relatable awkward moment for him (2)
- In the interest of downplaying Obi-Wan and Anakin's antagonism, their discussion about their roles in front of Padme is trimmed to get to the point. (1)
- Further trimmed Obi-Wan telling Anakin that he needs to “learn his place”. (4)
- Anakin’s angsty conversation with JarJar is trimmed. (1)
- Removed Jango talking to Zam, to save his reveal for later and remove redundancy. (1)
- Removed scene where Obi-Wan and Anakin merely bicker. (1)
- Cut Anakin’s description of being around Padme as “intoxicating”. (2)
- Tightened Padme’s reaction to Anakin slicing the poison slugs. (1)
- Tightened up the speeder chase to remove overly dumb moments, dialogue, and physics. (1)
- Further tightened the chase by incorporating some (but not all) of L8wrtr’s cuts. (2)
- Anakin doesn't lose his lightsaber, and Obi-Wan doesn't lecture him about it. (1)
- Shortened awkward Katie Lucas cameo. She still appears in another shot in the bar. (2)
- Trimmed the transition from the bar to the back alley. (1)
- Lovingly borrowed audio from The Phantom Editor's version to alter Zam's dying words to, "Kamino system…" (3)
- Cut Windu's instructions to Anakin. It's more effective characterization if Anakin decides to talk to Palpatine himself. (1)
- Jar Jar is not depicted as openly incompetent. Removed his awkward acceptance of his new duties. (1)
- Removed Anakin complaining about Obi-Wan to Padme. Padme consoles him, and they acknowledge that Anakin has grown up. Padme's only initial barrier to him has been dissolved. (1)
- Cut line “It’s not me m’lady, I’m worried about you”. It sounded to me like Natalie Portman said “I’ll be fine” to begin with, making the response nonsensical. (4)
- Removed Dex's Diner sequence and “Yoda and the younglings” sequence. (1)
- Anakin doesn't mention attachment being forbidden. It was an awkward delivery. (1)
- Anakin no longer says “You’re exactly the way I remember you in my dreams”. (4)
- Added deleted scene where Obi-Wan and Mace talk on the landing platform, with minor trims. It replaces a similar scene in the theatrical cut, but is shifted to a different point in the narrative. (1)
- Used extended arrival scene on Naboo. (1)
- Added further trims to this scene to remove “romance novel” dialogue but keep the character background information. (4)
- This transitions to the scene in the Throne Room with the new queen, which is significantly trimmed to remove awkward dialogue and all of Anakin and Padme’s antagonism. (4)
- Removed Kaminoan prime minister listing numbers of clone units. It lessens the power of their reveal in a few scenes. (1)
- Added first deleted scene of Padme with her family. (1)
- Trimmed this scene to remove some of the hokey dialogue. (2)
- Boba Fett is not described as being a clone. He probably still is a clone, but the pacing is off when the movie pauses to talk about him when nobody asked. (1)
- Removed Anakin’s attempt to woo Padme with fascism. (4)
- Added a brand new “love montage” sequence that shows the two chatting over dinner without dialogue, and transitions into a moonlight kiss. This replaces the “cow-tick riding” scene. (4)
- Removed fireplace scene. (1)
- Trimmed Boba’s “Yip!”. (4)
- Added a new Audio-only dream sequence featuring audio of Anakin’s mom screaming and Tusken sounds. (4)
- When Anakin wakes up, Padme is lying in bed next to him. (4)
- Slightly trimmed dialogue when Anakin tells Padme he’s going to find his mother. (2)
- When Obi-Wan reports to Yoda and Windu, removed Windu's perspective-less question about the assassination attempt. (1)
- Removed dialogue about the Jedi not being able to use the force due to the dark side clouding everything. (1)
- Heavily cut down fight in the rain to a brief encounter. (2)
- Trimmed Watto’s dialogue about Anakin helping him with some “deadbeats”. (2)
- Tightened up the Asteroid chase and removed some of the childish Boba moments. (2)
- Removed Threepio recognizing Anakin as "the maker." (1)
- Trimmed “I guess that makes us step brothers”. (2)
- Trimmed Cliegg Lars' dialogue that goes over the top to characterize him as a good guy. (1)
- Very subtly trimmed Anakin’s exchange with his dying mother. (4)
- Removed scene where Yoda senses Anakin's pain. (1)
- Nute Gunray no longer wants Padme’s head “on his desk”. (3)
- Trimmed goofy aliens pledging allegiance to the Count. (1)
- Removed “I killed them all” scene. (1)
- Removed Cliegg’s eulogy. (3)
- Trimmed Anakin’s eulogy. (3)
- Trimmed Padme’s incredulous reaction to R2 (4)
- Obi-Wan identifies Count Dooku as the mastermind of the assassination attempt, rather than Nute Gunray. Otherwise Windu’s mention of “dealing with Count Dooku” seems like a logical leap. (1)
- Trimmed Anakin’s whining about having to follow Mace Windu’s orders. Padme now cuts him off. (4)
- Trimmed dialogue as Palpatine and company discuss what to do. (1)
- Slightly trimmed chat between Dooku and Obi-Wan, including Obi-Wan’s mention of Jango Fett. I don’t think Obi-Wan should want to reveal what he knows to someone he doesn’t trust. (4)
- Trimmed Anakin’s “I’ve learned to stop arguing with you” because it no longer really makes sense in the context of the film. Also cut down droids dialogue before exiting onto the surface of Geonosis. (4)
- Threepio and Artoo stay on the ship and do not make their way into the battle. (1)
- Added a deleted scene on Geonosis to replace the indescribable droid factory action sequence. (1)
- Jar Jar doesn't fumble his words as he proposes giving Palpatine emergency powers. He also doesn't seem caught by surprise when his colleagues applaud him. He appears more competent. (1)
- Yoda doesn’t telegraph to the audience where he’s going in the Senate chamber. (1)
- Trimmed love confession scene to remove Anakin's surprised reaction, because they had not decided not to get together. (1)
- Also removed “I’ve been dying a little bit each day” line. (4)
- trimmed Gladiator sequence to tighten the action and remove corny dialogue. (2)
- Removed Threepio and Artoo from the battle, as well as trimming it up slightly. (1)
- Removed joke about aggressive negotiations since the setup was removed. (3)
- Removed Jango’s weird cowboy pistol twirl thing. (4)
- Removed Geonosian war room sequences for pacing reasons. I don’t mind the Death Star cameo myself, and I still consider part of my personal canon, but the scenes had no bearing on this film. (1)
- Lessened Obi-Wan and Anakin's antagonism after Padme falls out of the transport. (1)
- Removed the Jedi giving the clones military advice; this helps establish the clones as competent soldiers and the Jedi as being dependent upon them (at least initially, before they formally assume their roles as generals) (1)
- Trimmed the duel with Dooku. (1)
- Further Trimmed the weird close-ups of Anakin and Dooku swinging around their sabers in the dark. (4)
- Yoda does not take out a lightsaber. (2)
I have not watched the majority of AotC edits and jumped straight to Octorox', with it being the most recent and admittedly built upon cuts of previous edits that improved the movie overall.
I think the two biggest issues in this movie were originally pace and immersion. Sanded Down definitely fixes both by streamlining narrative and cutting out the most distracting CGI visuals and sequences (ie digi-doubles, diner, naboo cuisine and wildlife, droid factory and most of the arena).
The edit is competent at cuts but there are at least two really jarring transitions (that I spotted) that plucked me right out of the experience. For me the extreme one was when Obi-Wan is about to record his message from Geonosis after his eavesdropping on the separatists, and then there's a split-second out of place transition to Anakin speeding back in Tatooine only to immediately return to Obi-Wan (00:59:30).
The second most abrupt cut is from Naboo to Kamino, from the moonlit kiss to the kaminoan emerging from the sea, where the music harshly changes from one scene to the other (00:37:54). The moonlit scene artificial grading itself did not bother me as much as other people seem to have taken issue with.
Considering the edit borrowed extensively from previous works, however, I think some of the dialogue could have been further trimmed. Mainly the awkward exchanges between Anakin and Padmé, like "you're always going to be that little boy" to an unwarranted "I love you" for an infatuation affair that's only been going on for less than a week, apparently. But overall I think their romance was well handled with the addition (and omission) of some little details here and there.
Personally I'd also like to have seen some lore tightening as in seciors' cutlist, such as removing red-herrings as Syfo-Dyas and Darth Tyrannus mentions. But that, of course, is not mandatory fanfixin'.
All in all, Sanded Down might actually be the more balanced AotC edit out there, but not without it's downsides. It's easy to overlook the rough cuts and missed opportunities with dialogue, though, in exchange for a bloat-free, better Star Wars episode.
Brilliant work. Definitely the best AOTC edit I've seen. Love the new opening with the deleted scene. Padme needs to be seen addressing the senate or why should we invest in all this hub-ub over her coming to Coruscant to speak? Instead of delivering all this exposition through formal speeches, now at least we get it first in an empassioned plea from a protagonist we already know. Excellent. Oh, also Anakin is likeable, and Obi Wan can be charming instead of seeming like a dick all the time. Imagine that! The video quality is also stunning. Only criticism would be the love scene feels too abrupt. I'd cut it and go straight to Kamino, and let it all be implied.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's finally here: the edit that transforms AOTC into a GOOD Star Wars movie. Yes, you read that right. Octoroxx's edits are so seamless, the alteration of the narrative structure so perfect, that I believe this is the absolute *best* possible version of this film given the available source material. And not only that...let me say it again: This is now (finally) a *good* enjoyable Star Wars movie (by no means an easy feat).
From the opening crawl, to the inclusion of a much-appreciated deleted scene, we start off with a real sense of Padme's fundamental importance in the political drama of the burgeoning Republican-Separatist fight...and that she is the leading figure trying to prevent war. A deleted scene shows the "important vote" she was to attend after the assassination attempt, though the visual quality is regrettably low. I assume that it's theoretically possible to greatly improve the visual quality of this scene (using technology not yet widely available), nevertheless it's a minor concern next to what the scene adds to the story. Excellent choice. Right off the bat, we have much more dramatic context, and the assassination attempts and her protection by Obi-Wan and Anakin carry that much more narrative heft.
Octoroxx's editing is so seamless that you barely remember just how ridiculous, pushy, wooden, and stilted Anakin's creepy obsession with Padme was; it's GONE! Instead, we have the perfectly relatable, realistic situation of a teenage boy with a crush on a beautiful young woman. The dialogue is edited to perfection: subtlety and realism are the key here (or at least as much as can be wrung out of the material). To say that the progression of the romance is improved would be a vast understatement. Deleted scenes in which Anakin meets Padme's family are shown, and the viewer is gradually eased into the situation in which Anakin and Padme are falling in love...
As others have mentioned, the "moonlight" effect during the altered first kiss scene is not believable, but neither was the entire romance in the original film; another minor issue easily forgiven since the scene is so perfectly done: it's their first kiss, as simple as that (none of that horrifically bad dialogue or vomit-inducing wooden acting). Even better, it's implied they're in bed together when Anakin has the vision of his mother and decides to leave (I don't remember that being the case in the original, but I might be wrong); they're now officially in love and have bonded, making Padme's choices in the rest of the film much more understandable. Well done.
One quibble I originally had was the fight between Obi-Wan and Jango on Kamino was greatly cut down...but once the movie ended, I came to the conclusion that this greatly helped the pacing and believability of the film; the original fight was definitely over the top.
Anakin *doesn't* tell anybody about the slaughter of the sand people; no more whiny confession scene. PERFECT!
No more cartoonish droid factory scene: Instead, this sequence has miraculously been made obsolete, replaced with a far superior deleted scene. Padme has been the leading voice for diplomacy, she's not giving up yet. While she and Anakin obviously fail in their negotiation with Dooku, it continues to add importance and narrative weight to Padme's character (sorely lacking in the original films, in which Padme felt like nothing but a cardboard cutout with no reason to exist except for the sake of Anakin's story).
Another minor complaint: We still get Padme's laughable "Uh huh" when asked if she's okay after she falls out of gunship. I think it would have been much better to have her simply remain silent, ignoring the question, and then leave the rest of the dialogue as is.
Overall, the edit is damn near close to perfect. Indeed, this edit is so good, I found it amazing that I ever hated this film so much to begin with. I can't stress enough; this really is a GOOD, enjoyable Star Wars movie now. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
This was my least favorite Star Wars movie (I find Anakin annoying in this one) but this edit makes it tolerable enough to watch again (and again). Gone in my opinion are the most terrible bits and alot of the cringe-worthy moments. The pacing is fast and near perfect. Another excellent edit! Highly recommended!