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Star Wars: Episode I - Cloak Of Deception
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Tagline:
A menace lurks in the shadows of the galaxy....
Franchise:
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Original Release Date:
1999
Original Running Time:
136
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
111
Time Cut:
23
Time Added:
2
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Brief Synopsis:
The first of the revamped '9000 series', Cloak of Deception delivers a re-crafted perspective on Star Wars Episode I in keeping with the drive of the original trilogy of films. Unnecessary 'galaxy shrinking' cameos from classic characters have been cut down or removed. Anakin is depicted as a more mature and capable figure an audience can identify with. Jar Jar is recast as an everyman caught up in events outside his control who does his part in the fight for freedom, rather than a traitorous clown.
Intention:
By stripping away extraneous tangents and bolstering attention to character development, this edit seeks to improve the original film. The original trilogy is regarded as the template toward which the prequels strive. The prequels are made to submit to the continuity and drive of the originals to the degree possible.
Additional Notes:
I could not have done this without the prior fan editors who have tackled this film, including Seciors, L8wrtr, Q2, T528491, The Phantom Editor, JasonN, ADigitalMan, MagnoliaFan, TM2YC, Slumberland, NightStalkerPoet, Yads, Father Merrin, ModernKnife, and Sithlord. This edit is an update to The Phantom Menace (9000 Saga).
Other Sources:
Shadows of the Empire OST
Special Thanks:
Seciors
Hundsdorfex
L8wrtr
TV's Frink
Dominiccobb
Kerr
Emanswfan
OnlyOneKenobi
Q2
Sir Ridley
Release Information:
  • DVD
  • Blu-Ray
  • Digital
Special Features
Alternate audio (without added music during the podrace sequence)
Fan editor’s commentary track
Subtitles in English, Spanish, and French
Editing Details:
The following three goals are held in balance.
1) Bend the prequels to the story continuity of the original trilogy and the impressions it gives.
2) Improve the prequels in and of themselves, as films, through conventional 'FanFix' methodology. The pacing is improved, dialogue trimmed, and characters are developed better. This is the most readily apparent of these three goals that can be seen in The Phantom Edit, for example. The edits should be viable as films on their own.
3) They ought to be functional as replacements for the original versions. This means leaving the film's thoroughly "prequel" nature unaltered, respecting the broad strokes of Star Wars orthodoxy, and avoiding making changes that would betray to the audience that they're watching a fan edit. In other words, none of the other two listed goals should put undue stress on the goal of producing something that would have been suitable to have been released in 1999.
Cuts and Additions:
Cuts and Additions (An asterisk, *, signifies a change for V6):

Light film grain added throughout, to counter the overapplication of DVNR on the BluRay source.

New title crawl, courtesy of Sir Ridley

Trimmed Neimoidian dialogue such as, "Are you brain dead?"

Cut instruction for the battle droids to "destroy what's left of" the Jedi.

Removed all instances of battle droids speaking or gesturing to communicate with one another. They seem to all be on the same 'network.'

Trimmed Neimoidian cowardice during the fighting.

Trimmed Viceroy's conversation with the Queen via viewscreen to downplay tedious political minutia and portray him as autonomous.

Trimmed unnecessary dialogue during throne room scene.

Trimmed Jar Jar's dialogue during his introduction.

Removed the entire underwater trip to Otah Gungah, along with the tedious Sidious scene caught in the middle.

Removed scene descending the steps inside the palace discussing political exposition that we get again later.

Cut Qui-Gon's line that dismisses the battle droids as unimportant.

Tightened Qui-Gon's knock-knock joke with the battle droid, though kept some of the whimsy.

Removed Jar Jar's antics in the droid bay. Jar Jar throughout is portrayed as more of an everyman than a clown.

Dialogue trimmed throughout escape from the blockade.

Removed the Queen personally thanking R2-D2 by name.

Removed line, "No more commands from her highness today."

Removed Jar Jar's stepping in poop antic.

New subtitles with similar dialogue throughout, formatted to match the theatrical version.

Drastically reduced Jar Jar's antics in Watto's shop. Added noises of him causing a ruckus in the background in order to remove it happen onscreen.

Trimmed Anakin and Padme's conversation.

Removed Watto's line that implies he was immune to the Jedi mind trick merely because of his species.

Removed several instances of the line, "Yipee" throughout the film by various children.

Removed Jar Jar's handful of, "Muy muy" lines.

Removed cartoony sound effect of the frog thing flying through the air as Jar Jar spits it out.

Trimmed Jar Jar and Anakin during the introduction scene for Sebulba.

Trimmed Anakin's line as he invites them to his home.

Trimmed entrance to the Skywalker home, including some of the lines about Threepio. Anakin doesn't state that he is "building" him. A small change, but it allows for the idea that Anakin is merely repairing a previously abandoned Threepio.

*New line of dialogue for 3PO gently implies a backstory, culled from ‘The Clone Wars.’

Dinner scene has been trimmed, including mention of slave transmitters, Jar Jar antics with the fruit, and bad child acting.

*Jar Jar using his tongue to eat apples has been reinstated.

*Anakin defending himself about Watto’s old pod reinstated, including reference to Sebulba flashing him with his vents.

*Reinstated a trimmed version of Anakin working on the pod after Qui-Gon and Schmi’s conversation.

Removed balcony scene where Qui-Gon checks Anakin's blood. Anakin's racing/"piloting" skills are what prompt Qui-Gon to recruit him, rather than a blood test.

*V6 removes the deleted scene previously added for pacing reasons, ‘Dawn Before the Race.’

Removed Jar Jar's grin after Qui-Gon tosses the chance cube.

Cut conversation about Anakin never having won a race.

*A new line of dialogue from 3PO removes the implication that he has never traveled in space, for consistency with a prior V6 change.

Trimmed introduction to the racers to focus on Sebulba and Anakin.

Cut pack animal farting in Jar Jar's face (and in most of the audio channels, I'd point out).

Altered Sebulba and Anakin's conversation to be less juvenile.

Trimmed podracers' engines startup sequece.

*Removed previously added musical score to the podrace from the 'Shadows of the Empire' soundtrack and from 'A New Hope.'

Two-headed announcer trimmed throughout, along with various other things during the podrace. The sequence overall is similar to the theatrical, pre-DVD version.

*Reinstated a deleted scene snippet where Sebulba attempts to flash Anakin with his vents.

Trimmed bad child acting during scene where Anakin discovers he has been freed.

Trimmed farewell to Schmi.

Added deleted probe droid scene to explain why Qui-Gon and Anakin are running to the ship. This scene was color corrected to remove pink tint and better match the surrounding footage.

Removed Anakin's line, "Qui-Gon, sir, wait, I'm tired!"

Cut Qui-Gon's line, "Tell them to take off!" Anakin doesn't tell them anyway.

Removed scene on Naboo where the Viceroy sits on his walking throne because it references the excised underwater trip to Otah Gungah.

Lessened Jar Jar's presence in the scene between Anakin and Padme en route to Coruscant.

Removed Padme calling for Anakin on the landing platform.

Removed Anakin's unassured statement about hopefully starting his training.

Removed a reference during the Senate scene to the taxation of trade routes, to comply with the revised opening of the film.

Removed dialogue about Anakin being too old to be trained. Throughout these edits, the implication that all Jedi begin their training as children is removed.

*Reinstated dialogue about the Jedi Code forbidding more than one apprentice.

Removed line, "This may be the clue we need to unravel the mystery of the Sith." This is never expounded upon.

Removed all references to midichlorians.

Removed scene where Obi-Wan apologizes to Qui-Gon and Jar Jar emerges from the swamp.

*Added line, “When in trouble, Gungans go to sacred place,” as Jar Jar leads the company there. (idea from MaláStrana)

Trimmed scene between the Naboo and Boss Nass, including Jar Jar's hesitancy and cowering.

Trimmed the battle planning scene, making Padmé less verbose.

Reduced Jar Jar's antics throughout the battle, though he does appear during each Gungun battle sequence because he is the audience's only anchor.

Anakin gets into a cockpit and leaps into action in order to help the Queen, and intentionally flies up into the space battle.

*Reinstated a few snippets of Anakin within the Naboo starfighter.

Battle sequences restructured slightly to allow for Anakin to save the day rather than Padme. Originally, Anakin's actions were redundant after Padme captured the Viceroy.

Qui-Gon's last words are trimmed to remove heavy-handed request for Obi-Wan to train Anakin, allowing Obi-Wan to "take it upon [him]self to train [Anakin] as a Jedi."

Trimmed Obi-Wan's conversation with Yoda to imply that Obi-Wan wants to train Anakin himself, rather than to fulfill a promise to Qui-Gon.

Added credits for myself, workprint viewers, contributors, and acknowledgments of all other TPM "FanFix" fan edits to date.
Cover art by OnlyOneKenobi (DOWNLOAD HERE) image

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I am just recently getting into fan-edits, and I've heard about the infamous Hal9000 cuts for years. Now I'm a full blown fan edit fiend. The way that the story is recut to improve upon various aspects, but especially the Jar Jar Binks narrative, totally changes the way the movie flows. I don't think I rolled my eyes even once. I couldn't be more impressed with the cut. I personally watch the Star Wars saga every few months, and have been doing so since I was a kid. Blows my mind to see it and feel it so differently. Phenomenal job.

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Awesome edit, watched it with my dad recently, never liked the prequels much. Certainly makes the film much more enjoyable!

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I gave this all 10's, but keep in mind I am considering what was available to work with, as I do in all of my reviews. Hal9000 did a fantastic job with this. I found this very enjoyable. It is now my go to version of Ep I.

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It's a Hal 9000 edit, so you know the editing is going to be top-notch! I would absolutely recommend his edits to any Star Wars fan out there.
That being said:
9/10 for audio/visual quality since the integrated deleted scene stands out like a sore thumb despite benefitting the narrative overall.
10s for visual and audio editing. These edits have been nitpicked to death in the forums, so at this point, I assume any "editing" issues are part of the theatrical cut.
The Narrative gets a 9/10 despite the many ways in which it improves on the original. It loses a point for Jar Jar's presence being even less justified now that Gungan City is cut. Like any reasonable human, I despise the Jar Jar moments in TPM, but now viewers have less emotional investment with the Gungans when they inevitably join the story in act 3.
Finally, Enjoyment. The reality is that there is no saving this movie. I give it a 6/10 because I could barely get through it. When I told my wife that 23 minutes of the film's worst content was already cut from this edit, she was shocked. Qui-Gon, podracing, and Darth Maul are the only reasons I ever return to this movie.

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The pacing at the start was a bit weird. but I didn't miss any of the underwater scenes or Jar Jar's antics. Definitely an improvement over the theatrical cut.

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