Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (by catferoze)

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Original Release Date:
1999
Original Running Time:
136
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Fanedit Running Time:
127
Time Cut:
9
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Brief Synopsis:
A lighter edit of The Phantom Menace than most, removing only the worst of Jar Jar's antics and Ani's acting and trimming the podrace a bit.
Intention:
As I've grown to enjoy the prequel trilogy more for what it is, I decided it was time to make my own edit that kept the film more intact with only minor trims.
Other Sources:
The Phantom Menace 35mm Czech Scan English Reconstruction Regraded v1.0 by Flash
The Phantom Menace Ultimate Edition Soundtrack
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
-trim Neimoidians ("Are you brain dead?")
-trim Jar Jar dialogue ("oh muy muy I love you","my forgotten, da bosses...goin back dare",mute jar jar dive yell,"yousa follow me now okeyday?")
-trim Otah Gunga ("big doodoo...how wude","count me outta dis...wutta mesa sayin?")
-trim planet core ("dis is nutsin" replaced with later shot "the force will guide us")
-Jar Jar "meesa cozen mebe...den banished"
-second planet core sequence
-trim Qui-Gon with the battle droid ("where are you taking them? to coruscant","that doesn't compute uh wait")
-Jar Jar with droids ("how wude")
-queen thanking R2-D2 by name ("what is its number...your highness")
-Jar Jar stepping in poop ("disen berry bad...icky goo")
-trim Jar Jar in Watto's shop (tongue at Qui-Gon, messing with droids...Ani:"hit the nose",juggling junk)
-trim Jar Jar/Sebulba confrontation (Ani:"your buddy...orange goo","mesa haten crunchen...last ting mesa want")
-trim dinner scene (start scene at padme:"i can't believe there's still slavery")
-Ani's friends gather round podracer..."gonna be bug squash"
-jar jar's numb tongue ("if your hand gets caught...I'm stuck","my mouth...tongue is fat","thank you...go")
-animal farting in Jar Jar's face
-“mesa no watchin”,"come on Ani"
-announcer:"I don't care...that's gotta hurt"
-"amazing! a quick control...did he crashid?"
-announcer:"crowd going nuts" & little dance
-trim Ani reaction to being free "you mean I get to come with..."
-Jar Jar antics during battle (sling attempt, droid stuck to foot, "dis is nutsin","uh oh big boomers")
-Ani:"it's on autopilot" (moved preceding Padme "let's go" shot over prior reaction shot),"try to override it", replace:"that's where auto pilot taking us" with sfx,"R2 get us off autopilot...let's go left","oops"

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2 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(2)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(2)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(2)
Narrative
 
9.0(2)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(2)
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Overall rating
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
This is my favourite version of The Phantom Menace. I've generally found that conservative fanedits require me to take much fewer narrative leaps and the less work I have to do to enjoy a movie the better it is for me. There are still problems with The Gungan City and the planet core, but I feel like they're essential to introduce the Gungans before they join forces with the rest of Naboo later.

90% of Lucas' original intent is still here, with just simple trims to some of Jar Jar and Anakin, making them more tolerable (I should say I never really had a huge issue with Anakin's portrayal in this film - particularly compared to the other two prequels). Jar Jar (and the other Gungans) still have issues, but without making him an almost mute character who has no reason to be there - or replacing all of his dialogue - there's not much more a faneditor can do. It's quite similar to Octoroxx's edit, but with a few additional cuts to reduce silliness further.

I've always thought The Phantom Menace's use of more practical locations made it the best looking of the prequels, and the 35mm version of this is a lovely way to watch the film. It's a less contrasty look that includes scratches and grain - it doesn't look perfect, but it feels so authentic. Definitely my preferred version, but for those who prefer a crisp picture with deep blacks and no scratches, V1 of this cut uses the blu-ray source and looks great too.

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Overall rating
 
9.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
This is a very conservative edit of The Phantom Menace. The worst excesses and redundancies are excised or muted (one 'yippee' remains). Most of the Gungan City and 'Planet Core' sequence is intact with minor trims for pacing. The most annoying of Jar Jar's goofy antics have been either removed or trimmed. The Chosen One prophecy, Virgin Birth, and Midichlorians remain, for better or for worse.

With time (and since viewing the Sequel Trilogy) I have gradually warmed to what George Lucas attempted to do (and its 'rhyming' with both Episodes IV and VI) and have been more forgiving of how different Episode I is from the Original Trilogy, so I must say that I enjoyed this edit very much. If you wish to enjoy the original film with slightly less cringe, this edit is a good choice.

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