Another fantastic edit, I must say this one really sold Anakin's fall far better than I thought possible within the constraints of existing footage, and I really loved the Padme lives idea. This edit really showed the best side of Palpatine as well, as he cleverly manipulates Anakin, where as before it seemed like Anakin was more resistant. I would have liked some type of confrontation between Palpatine and Yoda, but the existing one was just so... silly, I understand why it had to go.
From an A/V stand point, the movie was very impressive, Including some of the whipe transitions that Lucas is so proud of. Great job!
Absolute gem of an edit. Anakin's downfall is more in-line with the way the OT explained, and removing Obi-Wan's "DEMOCRACY" line, which was hysterically over-the-top, was a nice addition too. I too am glad to see Padme live, though weakened and broken-hearted, it is again more in line with what the OT had elaborated on. Labyrinth of Evil streamlines and adds nuance to something that felt a little too overcooked, and establishes that, with some fine-tuning, the only good SW prequel becomes one of the best in the saga.
I wholeheartedly recommend Hal9000's trilogy of Star Wars prequel edits. The editor does such a good job with the material that I honestly enjoyed all three movies. Trimming a lot of the idiotic, childish humor and shortening overlong battle sequences the films are more tight and show a kernel of greatness in the muck and mire of the prequels. Especially redeemed is the character of Anakin, who comes off less as a whiny brat and more of a tragic figure. Great job in every aspect!
Now I'd really like to give an more elaborate review, but I'm pretty much lost for words. Taking the information the faneditor gave in the great commentary track, this is as flawless as it gets. I am not too happy about the inflated ratings around here, but this is really a "10" and a shining example what a fanedit can achieve.
I hope Disney contracts HAL 9000 as an adviser for the upcoming Star Wars trilogy, he knows what storytelling is supposed to be. And to his credit, he is very verbal on the fact that his versions are the pinnacle of all Star Wars 1-3 attempts combined, taking many ideas from older edits.
Edit: As HAL's tech broke down, the v3 versions are missing a commentary track, and the v2 ones don't sync. As these versions are to be the crowing achievement of all work, this is extremely unfortunate all around and personally I'd advise you to track down the v2 versions as the editor's insights makes the movies much more enjoyable.
This is definitely one of the better edits of Episode III that I've seen, and one of the most professional looking. The visuals and audio editing are flawless.
There are a few things I maybe would've cut, but overall this flows the best and feels like a proper ending to the trilogy. I especially like the way Padme's death (or lack thereof) was handled, and also the integration of the deleted scenes. Anakin's turn to the dark side works much better here and feels more natural. Some of the inappropriately dark stuff has been removed, which frankly I appreciated. I felt the killing of younglings was just too bleak for Star Wars, so having that removed was nice.
Overall one of the best Episode III edits. I haven't seen Hal9000's other Star Wars edits, but I intend to go back and view them after enjoying this one.