Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (The Dark Side Cut)

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Kobe Skywalker's The Dark Side Cut of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith improves upon the original release by making numerous cuts and trims to increase the serious tone of the darkest entry in the saga. Several cringe inducing scenes are removed, single weaker script lines are trimmed, and a few poorly acted moments are cut.
Revenge Of The Sith is by far my favorite movie of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, enhanced further by the excellent Clone Wars series. However, there were always moments in the movie small and large that nagged at me. So I decided to take a note from some of the greatest fan editors and give my best shot with making my perfect cut of Episode III.
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A huge thank you to ArtIsDead and INIGHTMARES for their endless advice and patience! And to DigModiFicaTion for always pointing me in the right direction with things.
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Cuts and Additions:
• Added @INIGHTMARES' Star Wars-style intro, playing over the start of the 20th Century Fox fanfare.
• Added a Star Wars-inspired Kobe Skywalker Fan Edits intro, playing over the middle of the 20th Century Fox fanfare.
• Trimmed the the buzz droids scene to end after Anakin brushes them off of Obi-Wan’s ship in the Battle of Coruscant.
• Cut R2-D2’s shenanigans with the battle droids, now he just hides in the hangar for safety until Anakin and Obi-Wan call for his help.
• Cut Palpatine saying "Count Dooku”. The Jedi can sense he’s entered the room.
• Cut Dooku’s flip over the railing. It’s implied he calmly walked down the stairs like a person of his stature would.
• Cut Obi-Wan saying "Sith Lords are our speciality”. It’s arrogant and silly. Especially since Dooku kicked his and Anakin’s butts in Episode II.
• Cut Palpatine's looks and noises during the fight. He seemed to be cheering on Anakin and Obi-Wan when given his true intentions he wouldn’t be.
• Smoothed out one of the cuts during the Anakin & Obi-Wan vs. Dooku fight.
• Trimmed the bannister falling on Obi-Wan. No sliding after it falls on the ground.
• Cut Anakin saying "Elevator's not working" when he and Palpatine are fleeing (Anakin carrying Obi-Wan).
• Cut Grevious saying "activate the ray shields" since Anakin calls out what they are a moment later.
• Cut Grevious saying "Crush them!", but he still says "Make them suffer!" to his guards.
• Cut Grevious laughing to himself. Now he just takes off in the escape pod and we stick with Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine.
• Cut Jar Jar’s “excuse me” line. He doesn’t speak at all in this edit.
• Cut Sidious saying "... one that is younger and more powerful" after he says "Soon I will have a new apprentice" to Grevious. More mysterious and not so on the nose.
• Trimmed the Anakin and Padme scene at her apartment. None of the silly “so in love / love has blinded you” lines. Just two people in love talking about where to raise their child. Anakin still calls Padme "beautiful", to which she just smiles.
• Trimmed some of Anakin and Padme speaking after he wakes up from his nightmare. Now Padme checks on Anakin, he says it's nothing, she presses a bit more and he says dismissively "It was just a dream...". Anakin then continues from "You die in childbirth".
• Cut the “our baby is a blessing" line. Now the scene ends ominously after Anakin says “we don’t need his help” (referring to Obi-Wan). There are already some seeds of distrust planted.
• Trimmed some of the Yoda/Anakin chat. Removed lines of Yoda saying "Mourn them do not, Miss them do not" after "Rejoice for those around you who transform into the force". It now alludes to Yoda being blind to Anakin talking about someone he loves (Padme). Instead thinking Anakin is worrying about his mentor, Obi-Wan. Also Yoda is now less cold about it all. Don't mourn or miss someone? Wow, harsh!
• Trimmed some lines in the scene where Palpatine appoints Anakin to the Jedi Council. Anakin doesn’t interrupt Palpatine as his makes the appointment. Anakin doesn’t say “me?”. Of course, who else is Palpatine talking about?
• Reinserted the ‘formation of the Rebellion’ scene. It adds more to the Star Wars lore and gives Padme more involvement in the film.
• Cleaned up the transition between the deleted Seeds of the Rebellion scene and the next location.
• Trimmed some lines in the scene where Anakin joins the Jedi council. Anakin no longer says “I understand” or “I apologize”. He’s slightly more confident and defiant-sounding now. Almost resentful the council members didn’t elect him to the Jedi Council earlier themselves.
• Cut the wookie's Tarzan yell bit during the Battle of Kashyyyk.
• Cut Yoda getting shot at.
• Reinserted the scene of Padme and the senator discussion resisting Palpatine's growing power.
• Cut Anakin’s “I apologize” during his goodbye scene with Obi-Wan. Again, he’s more confident and resentful of his treatment by the Jedi Council. No need to apologize. He’s just expressing his growing frustrations.
• Reinserted the scene of The Delegation of the 2,000 confronting Palpatine in his office. Padme is trying to use diplomacy to curb his power, to no avail. I also adjusted the color and saturation a tiny bit, to make it slightly less orange. It's still very much taking place at sunset, but it's more in line with the rest of the film now. The other deleted scenes weren't an issue.
• Cut the “Are you sure?” and “Absolutely” lines between Mace Windu and Anakin when the latter tells the former that Palpatine is the Sith Lord.
• Cut the final shot of the 'Anakin/Padme looking at each other from across Coruscant' scene, where C3PO walks into frame and ruins the intimacy between the two people. Thanks @ArtisDead for the suggestion!
• Trimmed the scene of Palpatine shooting lightning at Mace Windu. All of Palpatine’s begging and weirdness are removed to make him more powerful and dangerous.
• Cut Palpatine saying “Anakin, help me!”. Anakin is faced with the choice without needing to be asked.
• Cut the “unlimited” part of “unlimited power”. It just sounds weird.
• Edited the part where Mace is going to kill Palpatine. It’s just between Mace and Anakin, without Palpatine looking like a frightened little kid.
• Removed the "ahhhhh" when Palpatine leans back, exhausted from his fight with Mace Windu. It sounds like he took a sip of an ice cold drink. Now the music continues to play over him into the next shot.
• Cut Anakin saying "What have I done?!" after choosing Palpatine. It's clear he chose this path when he sided with Palpatine in the fight. No time to express silly regrets now... especially in front of the guy you sided with.
• Trimmed much of the strange dialogue between Palpatine and Anakin/Vader to be more serious. Removing the guttural sounds Palpatine makes while speaking.
• Cut Anakin pledging himself to Palpatine and the latter responding “Good”. We know he is. Now Anakin is just obsessed with saving Padme and Palpatine appoints him to be Darth Vader, to do as the Emperor says.
• Cut “including your friend, Obi-Wan Kenobi” after Palpatine declares all Jedi as enemies. Obi-Wan is a Jedi so he’s part of the “all Jedi” line.
• Cut Palpatine saying “First” when telling Anakin to destroy the Jedi Temple. It sounds like a list of commands and there’s no “Second”.
• Cut Palpatine saying “Commander Cody” when enacting Order 66. Every commanding clone trooper is getting the message at the same time so there’s no need to personalize one of them.
• Cut Yoda jumping on the wookie's back as they escape Kashyyyk. It looks silly.
• Cut the youngling saying "Master Skywalker, there are too many of them. What are we going to do?" It's a weak line. Instead, the kids come out from hiding and we cut to Anakin looking at them before igniting his lightsaber.
• Slightly sped up the Jedi padawan fighting the Clone Troopers to make him look more skilled. Originally, he almost looked like he was moving in slow motion.
• Cut Padme saying “Oh Anakin” before she says “What are you going to do?”.
• Cut Anakin saying “Have faith, my love”. He now just sounds dark and foreboding by saying “Everything will soon be set right”.
• Cut Obi-Wan saying “I can’t watch anymore” after viewing the Anakin slaughter of the Jedi hologram.
• Cut Obi-Wan saying “from himself” when telling Padme that Anakin has turned to the Dark Side.
• Cut Palpatine saying “you have all risked all for peace…”. He doesn’t have to flatter Anakin anymore. Just giving orders to his apprentice.
• Cut Obi-Wan saying “only a Sith deals in absolutes”. It’s a contradictory line.
• Trimmed Yoda force pushing Palpatine in his office, removing the shot of the latter looking silly tumbling over his desk.
• Cut the little droid popping up during the emotionally intense Anakin vs. Obi-Wan fight. It’s an unnecessary distraction during a serious stare down.
• Cut Palpatine saying “I sense Lord Vader is in danger” after asking his minion to prepare his shuttle. Now we don’t know where he’s going, nor does he see everything all the time.
• Cut Anakin saying "This is the end for you, my master." First, Obi-Wan is no longer Anakin's master, so why would Anakin say that? And second, it interrupts the emotional intensity between them in that dramatic moment.
• Cut Anakin's cringey “I hate you!” line to Obi-Wan after their battle ends. The entire fight conveyed that.
• Trimmed the scene where Obi-Wan is checking on Padme in the ship before take off. She doesn’t wake up and ask about her husband who force choked her. She’s just barely conscious so he might be in grave danger.
• Cut Palpatine saying “there he is!”. He and the Clone Troopers are already coming upon a severely injured Anakin/Vader.
• Added in dialogue of Qui-Gon Jinn speaking to Yoda as the latter meditates. Qui-Gon is beckoning Yoda to come to Dagobah to discover more about The Force.
• Cut the part about Padme dying from a broken heart. Now they just need to deliver the twins immediately. It’s indicated Padme’s life may be in danger after Anakin nearly killed her.
• Cut the shot of the scared look of Anakin’s face as the Darth Vader mask is placed on him. He’s fully Vader now.
• Cut the Vader/Palpatine scene to just Vader rising up from the operating table. No silly dialogue between them, and definitely no “Noooooo!!”.
• Reinserted the scene of Yoda arriving at Dagobah.
• Added in “Fan Edited by KOBE SKYWALKER” in the end credits.
• Added in “Special Thanks to @ArtisDead @INIGHTMARES @DigModiFicaTion ” in the end credits.
Cover art by KobeSkywalker (DOWNLOAD HERE)



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