Having watched Ancient Lore with the proverbial fine-tooth comb, I am happy to confirm that this Phantom Menace edit has the most interesting, balanced narrative and pacing that I've seen!
Technically, there are a few transition glitches but nothing that can't be solved in v2. A noticeable color correction may be harder to perfect (I'm not sure, I'm not great at that).
Musically, some changes are clear improvements, some aren't, and some are a matter of taste. Depending on your taste, your idea of this balance will obviously change.
The added scenes with Darth Maul are a great addition to give more screen-time to this originally under-used Sith.
Having the Trade Federation villains speak non-English works better than I expected to allow completely new lines of dialog.
I wondered if any Liam Neeson lines from the SW cartoons would be inserted. They aren't. I hope Andreas will be able to use those in a future AotC edit.
I'm eager for v2! Until then, v1 is already my preferred edit for Phantom Menace.
(Full disclosure: I made English subtitles for this edit, so I'm invested in it. I'm both biased for and extra critical of the edit, wanting it to be the best it can be).
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.
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.
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!
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)!