Having my copy take up hard drive space for far too long, I finally decided to burn it and watch the film. Based on cutlist information only, my favour still goes out to Attack of the Federation, which I plan to watch in the very near future as well.
*There are still far too many Captain Obvious moments, including, but not all, from: Ric Oli (first half and space fight), Obi-Wan and Bravo 5 (Ellberger).
*Jar Jar’s antics have been reduced, but aren’t all gone, although some drive the plot, so cannot be removed
*Boss Nass tics are still present, which is a pity, but can be overlooked
*I seemed to have noticed some hard fade-outs, as if characters could still be seen talking, especially during the first half of the film
*Some Anakin scenes that could have gone are still present. During the first half, he still acts too childish at times, or too sentimental
*The introduction between Anakin and Obi-Wan always felt forced and terribly unneeded
*The scene regarding Midi-chlorians should have been left out. This is not Dragonball Z; no power levels or anything of that sort.
*Anakin’s part in the Starfighter was handled perfectly, although it ended on a seriously false note when Anakin suddenly told ‘someone’ to “override it”. That came out of the blue. He later again mentions ‘that’ was were the autopilot was taking them, even though the autopilot was never mentioned before. Keeping those lines in ruined the entire setup.
**On a side note: take a look at Darth Maul’s face when he discusses revealing themselves to the Jedi, and tell me he does not look like Gary Daniels?
I noticed a few hard fade-outs, as the fade-out began but the sound was still on.
Other than that, great editing work, as could be expected from a professional editor.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Again mentioning the fade-outs, it felt weird.
No other hiccups or glitches anywhere.
4.5 out of 5 stars
A great menu. Stays true to its source, and adds a fantastic touch with the question marks.
5 out of 5 stars
IMPROVEMENT OVER THE ORIGINAL:
While the Phantom Editor has certainly improved the original, and contributed to the flow of the film, it still has its faults.
3 out of 5 stars