Star Wars: Episode I - The Ancient Lore

Star Wars: Episode I - The Ancient Lore

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Ancient Lore
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Original Release Date:
1999
Original Running Time:
136
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
102
Time Cut:
32
Time Added:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
Knowing how many different takes there are on The Phantom Menace - and has been since 1999 (!), what stood out for me very clear since the beginning, apart from a bunch of what I thought were brilliant ideas that could work - was to make it different. Not make it a Fanedit, but a FanFix - more of a remake, if you will. Only then could it actually be worth many years of my time.

I grew up with the love of Star Wars and the excitement around The Phantom Menace and the prequel trilogy, but I never felt the magic stay with me for The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones (and to a degree RotS as well) as it did with the Original Trilogy. This was the red herring that made me interested in the creation and intellectual process behind the making of TPM, that made me realize the lost potential and go for a search on how to make it work. And thus The Ancient Lore was born.
Intention:
As mentioned above, my lust and inspiration for this edit came from the lack of satisfaction from the movie but also the high amount of edits done before my fanediting time. The Phantom Menace needed a remake - a re-birth, and the potential was already in the material itself; it just needed great alterations, pacing and dedication to make it work much, much better.
Additional Notes:
Episode I is the best-looking of the three prequels, with a lot of devotion put into them from both the crew, actors as well as the director himself before he went all ludacris on digital moviemaking. It is also the most dull of the three prequels, with little to no character motivation, plot explanation or suspense and dread. It was long overdue for a remake of sorts and so I did. With the material at hand and then a little some I think I have crafted an edit that can give the original a run for its money, and an replacement for those who found it a weak and disappointing entry in the Star Wars (prequel) Saga.
Other Sources:
- Star Wars - The Phantom Meance, Blu-Ray, 1080p.
- Star Wars - OST (John Williams).
- T7Pro, from YouTube, for additional Darth Maul footage.
- DigModiFicaTion for a new opening Crawl.
Special Thanks:
- DigModiFicaTion for an amazing opening crawl - which he has many times revisited for me, and encouragement.
- Masirimso17, Zamros, Canon Editor, Smithers, ssj, lapis Molari and Nic for continuous support, ideas, suggestions and criticism to make this a better edit every time, and challenge me for the better.
- theryaney for encouraging and contributing to a poster for the edit.
- Freesound.org for giving me the amazing ability to create my own soundmixes, which is now done for over 50% (!) of The Ancient Lore.
- MlutiMedios3D on YouTube for amazing visuals and models for me to use for background events, free of charge.
- My girlfriend and brother for encouraging me to do this.
- lapis Molari for (upcoming) subtitles.
Release Information
  • Blu-Ray (BD-25)
  • MP4/M4V/MOV
Cuts and Additions:
- More cuts and additions than you can possibly imagine. Just watch and enjoy and be surprised!

User reviews

5 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.2
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.6  (5)
Visual Editing 
 
8.6  (5)
Audio Editing 
 
6.8  (5)
Narrative 
 
9.2  (5)
Enjoyment 
 
7.8  (5)
Overall rating 
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
8.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

Just a great remade version of the Phantom Menace. Video editing,Narrative,audio done very well. There are somethings that I prefered from the original, like some of the music and Qui gons death and some other minor things, but other than that it was a terrific edit.

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Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
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MP4/AVI/etc. (HD)
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Overall rating 
 
8.3
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
Audio Editing 
 
8.0
Narrative 
 
8.0
Enjoyment 
 
8.0

I very much enjoyed this edit. That isn't to say that it's without its problems. Without going into details (as it's actually possible to spoil this edit), I felt that the musical choices made didn't always work and it certainly sacrifices invisibility for the story. While some of the more jarring edits did take me out of the film, it wasn't enough to keep me from both enjoying and recommending this edit. And to conclude this review let me just say this to the editor, "It could have taken her two minutes to find the blanket." Thank you.

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Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
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MP4/AVI/etc. (HD)
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Overall rating 
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
Audio Editing 
 
8.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

I really loved this edit. Though I have a soft spot to The Phantom Menace, and I prefer some things in the original over The Ancient Lore, TAL is a vast improvement over the original.

I want to talk about the few negatives before I delve into the positives. I’d have to agree with courtlyhades that I wasn’t very fond of all the musical changes. I especially didn’t like the heavy use of Across the Stars. Some references are okay, but it got to the point of replacing Anakin’s Theme which is way more fitting, and the love theme being used for scenes without there being romance was weird.

Technically speaking, at the beginning the pan down after the crawl stutters and skips frames which should be fixed, I remember Obi-Wan’s “We haven’t much time” being out of sync; Count Dooku’s hologram at the beginning of the movie is pretty hard to hear; the Neomoidian subtitles misspell “boycott” as “boycotte”, and I couldn’t make out what Padme says at the end of the ship scene. I think it was “Miss your mother” but its use is very abrupt and odd. Finally I noticed Qui-Gon’s purple lightsaber in the desert looked really fat. But otherwise, I didn’t notice any other technical issue.

Narratively speaking, I loved the changes and additions made; they really made the experience better! I especially loved the added depth to the Neomoidians. Who’d have thought Nute Gunray of all people would be ruthless and threatening, but also sympathetic? I would love to learn more about this guy’s past. The new additions to Darth Maul with the fan film, subtitles, and unused trailer dialogue about fear, Maul becomes even more of an effective villain.

The ultimate fight of oppressive technology vs mother nature, freedom and independence vs corrupt bureaucracy and fascism, has never been so relatable and engaging. Thumbs way up!

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Overall rating 
 
4.7
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.0
Visual Editing 
 
5.0
Audio Editing 
 
1.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
3.0

This edit falls far short of what it promised. Oh god, it sucks. Like the Famicom game Final Fantasy II, the story was thought of before other important elements, like continuity and music.

The music is a mishmash of various Star Wars themes put in without thought. When rescoring a Star Wars film, use themes that thematically link the film with the OT or other installments. Using the Funeral Pyre music for a simple conversation is just wrong, as that theme symbolizes the OT coming full circle as Luke set Vader's armor ablaze on Endor, and there are other force theme renditions you could have used. You should have just left the music mostly as is from the vanilla TPM.

While the idea of a restructured narrative is a good idea, I feel that creating new subs while using foreign dub track audio is the only way to remove the awful dialogue from the original Phantom Menace.

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Do you recommend this edit?
No
Format Watched?
AVCHD
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(Updated: November 10, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

I'll try to be very careful not to spoil anything from the great enjoyment of the movie.

An Amazing Edit! One that stands out as an Andreas cut. He managed to make "The Phantom Menace" - the childish, sloppy and the least serious movie from the Prequels into "The Ancient Lore" - a movie that really stands out even among the Original Trilogy!

There is a completely new rearrangements of the scenes (plus new scenes) which adds a completely new storyline to the movie, making it more interesting, balancedly paced, more darker and this gives it an absolutely new experience watching the movie.

Very right score choice, An amazing audio and video editing, compared to the high budget hollywood movies!

Just watch the edit! I Recommend it with both hands(and legs)!

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Yes
Format Watched?
Blu-Ray
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