Star Wars: Bounty Hunter - Beyond The Game 2.0
A Production By Galactus + MoveAlong + ThrowgnCpr
THE PURIST CUT (1:44:59)
Galactus captured footage from the game, and MoveAlong edited it together to create a full-length movie. This cut preserves the game's widescreen cut scenes and full screen gameplay footage in their original aspect ratios. Health and weapon indicators are visible onscreen, for a "purist" experience, like you're watching someone playing the game.
THE CINEMATIC CUT (1:41:22)
For this alternate version of the movie, ThrowgnCpr reformatted all the gameplay footage of the original edit to a widescreen aspect ratio for a more "cinematic" experience. Some scenes were trimmed slightly, new transitions were added between scenes, and gameplay footage was cropped and color corrected.
SPECIAL FEATURES AND DVD-ROM
The contents of the DVD-video portion of the disc are as follows:
-- ALTERNATE ENDINGS (1:13)
-- OUTTAKES (4:21)
* TV Commercial (0:30)
* Trailer 1 (1:08)
* Trailer 2 (1:04)
* Trailer 3 (1:30)
* Cut Scene Trailer 1 (3:22)
* Cut Scene Trailer 2 (3:51)
* PlayStation 2 Intro Trailer (1:38)
* LucasArts E3 2002 Trailer Mix (2:49)
* Beyond The Game 2.0 Teaser (0:42)
* Beyond The Game 2.0 Trailer (2:14)
-- BEHIND THE SCENES
* Animation Tests (0:53)
* E3 2002 Private Footage (0:53) - filmed May 2002
* Space (Canada) "The Electric Playground" Preview (3:59) - broadcast July 6, 2002
* G4 "Blister" Preview (2:01) - broadcast July 12, 2002
* Alias|Wavefront "Maya" Promo (4:33) - posted online September 2002
* KNTV "TechNow!" Feature (2:50) - broadcast 2002
* TechTV "Extended Play" Feature (2:59) - broadcast October 25, 2002
* TechTV "The Screen Savers" Interview (9:49) - broadcast November 7, 2002
-- BEYOND THE SCENES
* Game Secrets And Glitches (6:58)
* Game Menus (3:20)
* TechTV "Extended Play" Review (2:05) - broadcast November 22, 2002
* Micro.info Interview (4:51) - posted online December 9, 2002
* G4 "Judgment Day" Review (4:06) - broadcast March 30, 2003
* PlayStation Magazine #71 Demo Disc: Cool Moves (11:41) - issued August 1, 2003
* Gametrailers.com Retrospective (2:13) - posted online April 14, 2008
* CGRundertow Review (4:30) - posted online May 17, 2011
* Concept And Promotional Art 1: 87 images (5:09)
* Concept And Promotional Art 2: 87 images (5:09)
* Models And Textures: 58 images (3:28)
* Storyboards: 48 images (9:04)
* Gameplay Screen Shots: 74 images (4:23)
-- CHARACTER PROFILES
Images and biographies of eleven characters from the game.
-- MISSION BRIEFINGS
The briefings shown onscreen before each of the game's eighteen chapters.
The DVD-ROM portion of the third disc includes over 9,900 files. It includes audio and video clips, images, magazine articles, interviews, game reviews, and much, more more. The "audio" portion includes every clip of music, dialogue, ambient sounds, and sound effects heard in the game. The audio to the game's cinematic cut scenes is included in six different languages. The "images" folder contains tons of concept and promotional art, and also includes a folder with over 1000 texture maps used in the game. The DVD-ROM is the definitive archive of "Star Wars: Bounty Hunter" material.
BACKGROUND (from Galactus):
"Star Wars: Bounty Hunter" was released in 2002 for the Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube video game consoles. MoveAlong and I collaborated on a DVD titled "Star Wars: Bounty Hunter - Beyond The Game," which was released in October 2006, and you can read the original thread at originaltrilogy.com HERE. That release essentially compiled all the cinematic cut scenes from the game created by Industrial Light & Magic, several Special Features, and a DVD-ROM folder of various files. Unfortunately, the cut scenes alone did not tell the entire the story of the game, and watching them compiled together could prove to be a bit confusing.
I honestly believe the game tells one of the most compelling stories of the Star Wars universe outside of the movies, and is closer in tone to the original trilogy than to the prequels. It takes place ten years before the events of Episode II. It begins with Darth Sidious summoning his apprentice, Count Dooku, and assigning him two tasks. The first is to eliminate Komari Vosa, a deranged former Jedi, and leader of the mysterious and deadly Bando Gora cult, who Sidious sees as a threat to his plans for the future. The second task is to find a source for his planned clone army. Dooku suggests they accomplish both tasks with one stroke. He will place a huge bounty on Vosa, and the hunter who is resourceful enough to deliver her would make a good source for the clone army. Although its a dangerous proposition, Jango Fett decides to pursue Vosa since the bounty is so large. Also after her is Montross, a Mandalorian turned bounty hunter like Jango, who is now his bloodthirsty rival. The story also introduces Zam Wesell, and tells how Jango obtained his ship, Slave I.
In early 2007, I began capturing gameplay footage, and compiling more material for the Special Features section of the DVD. The goal was to assemble a fulll-length movie, combining ILM's pre-rendered cinematic cut scenes from the first release, cut scenes from the actual game engine, and gameplay footage, so that the complete story of "Star Wars: Bounty Hunter" could be told.
MoveAlong originally partnered with me on this 2.0 release, but he had to drop out due to other commitments. ThrowgnCpr offered to collaborate with me to complete the project.
Galactus assembled and organized all the material for this collection, and MoveAlong edited the movie on the first disc. ThrowgnCpr edited the movie on the second disc, and he took on the MASSIVE job of authoring all three DVD's (and designed our DVD cover).
I'm very grateful to both MoveAlong and ThrowgnCpr for collaborating with me on this project (that was almost seven years in the making). Thanks for your interest!
A truly inspired concept, as well as a labour of love, from Galactus with generous assistance from MoveAlong and ThrowgnCpr. The intention was to edit footage from the game, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, as well as deleted scenes, into a full length movie.
Video - I opted for the Purist Cut. Image quality varied at times, but was never less than very good. Most scene changes were terse fade out / fade in type. Not a complaint, but it was noticeable.
Audio - Dialogue clear throughout, though I often had to boost the volume during conversations, ease back down during gunplay. As with the Video, some of the crossfades are quite brief. No subs, none expected.
Narrative - As noted by Galactus, there is an excellent Star Wars backstory here. This was set ten years before Star Wars E02. If true, then Count Dooku had only recently left the Jedi order, after Qui-Gon Jinn was killed. Jango's story by itself was enjoyable - a huge bounty offered by Lord Tyranus for the liquidation of Komari Vosa, ex-Jedi. For Fett, Vosa would be a grudge hunt.
Enjoyment - Yes, great little story in this. To my thinking, however, a mistake was committed in trying to extend this into feature length. The film runs at least 20 minutes too long. Sequence after sequence of Jango endlessly running could have been chopped. Repetitious and wearisome. Mind you, this is the opinion of a D- game player. I never made it to the end as Galactus did.
That sums up my thoughts. I enjoyed the creative work, the illuminating plot points about Jango Fett and Montross, and most - to a point - of the action. This is, at best, a B-film and should have been trimmed to roughly 80 minutes.
Nevertheless, a welcome addition for Star Wars fans.
I never played Bounty Hunter but I’m a big fan of watching others play video games, so this was right up my alley. Turns out this was a nice little game. I’m glad they went through the work to make this fanedit. And man what a package, 2 cuts of the edit (I preferred Purist) and an asston of bonuses. And ThrowgnCpr continues to impress me with his boss menus.
A/V Quality - 9
Editing - 9
Narrative - 8
Enjoyment - 10
Recommended drink: Lemon vodka with Lime & Cucumber Gatorade with a splash of lemon juice