Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope - Redux

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Original Release Date:
1977
Original Running Time:
126
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Fanedit Running Time:
124
Time Cut:
5
Time Added:
3
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Brief Synopsis:
I added the Rogue One hallway scene and the SC38 Reimagined footage to give Darth Vader a more menacing presence in the film.
Intention:
After I watched Rouge One, I felt that hallway scene was great but it didn't flow when viewing it and then A New Hope back to back. It felt in consistent. Then after FXitinPost did their SC38 post on YouTube I felt like adding this to A New Hope would help to bring Vader out to the forefront a bit more.
Other Sources:
Star Wars - The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection
Star Wars - The Force Unleashed Soundtrack Collection
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Added Rogue One's Vader hallway scene to the opening of A New Hope by piecing and rearranging scenes that fit best together.
- Cut C3PO and R2D2 walking through crossfire and magically not getting hit.
- Did a Blend of Mos Eisley from the Special Edition and the De-Specialized Edition. (This way Han shoots first)
- Cut the Storm Troopers thinking that droids can't hide behind a locked door.
- Cut Chewie growling at the mouse droid.
- Added SC38 footage to replace the proper Vader and Kenobi fight. Did various cuts to keep the footage from feeling out of place as possible.
- Added some grain to the newer footage in both Rogue One and SC38 to blend better with the older A New Hope footage.
- Did some color re-grading through out.

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I really enjoyed the addition of the Rogue One hallway scene, the SC 38 Vader vs Obi-Wan duel, and Obi-Wan's flashbacks to the prequels, which really made everything feel more interconnected.

The addition of more music in the third act really livened it up, as I always felt there wasn't enough music there in the original film. Some of the music felt out of place, however, especially the Battle of the Heroes section, which I always associated with Anakin vs Obi-Wan from ROTS.

The visual editing was fantastic, but obviously the sharper quality of the prequel, R1, and SC 38 footage was always going to contrast with the older ANH footage, which does feel a little jarring.

Overall, this is the version of ANH that I'll be going back to from now on, and I highly recommend it.

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I will start by what I consider the only "negative" in the movie. My personal preference was to keep the spectacular Vader hallway scene with Rogue One. I love it, but I like it in that movie. I understand why people want it included , but it was not for me. However, the editor did an excellent job integrating the scene seamlessly into the movie.

I note that as according to another forum, it used Adywan's New Hope edit as a base. That is obviously a major bonus - particularly on the visual standpoint. For someone with poor eyesight. The visual changes really help me watch the movie much more smoothly.

I also really liked his slight variation to the SC 38 reimagined. I really wanted this in the movie, but with original dialogue restored. This edit accomplished that. Although it did remove the portion of the dual with Vader and Obi-Wan in the congested hallway, I understood why it was done. It was clearly out of place, but I still would have liked it.

I also agreed with the minor cuts the editor listed as I saw the movie as these extraneous shenanigans were unecessary such as the droids not being hit by fire and overly moronic stormtroopers.

Overall, this was well done. However, there are two nitpicks I do have. In the copy I have, after Vader strikes Obi-Wan and approaches the blast doors, his lightsaber color becomes clear, which by my understanding was how it was in the original theatrical version. I also would have liked a slight change in dialogue from Obi-Wan telling Luke that he ("I") wanted to give him the lightsaber. This would be more appropriate for continuity considering Vader is unaware he even has a child (I know that A New Hope was originally intended to be a standalone movie and Vader was not Anakin initially).

Overall, this is my personal favorite edit of this movie. Job well done by the editor.

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Although in general I am a purist when it comes to the OT, if you've trying to do a chronological order viewing, the original lightsaber duel falls pathetically flat in comparison to the insanity of Episode III. This cut amends this with a nuanced blend of the excellent reimagined scene and the original's pacing. The choices were inspired regarding which points of the footage to cut and keep, and I think it works with a minimum of distraction. Very impressive.

A great alternative if you want someone over 10 years old to see the film and not laugh.

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A New Hope Redux was a delightful watch with all the fantastic pacing of the original with the SC38 and Rogue One sequences seamlessly added. I was genuinely impressed by how well these were integrated that you would think it was initially in the film, to begin with. The work gave A New Hope a much-needed facelift, added to Obi-Wan's legacy, and made Vader more menacing to match the rest of the entries in the trilogy. I'm giving this edit a "must-watch" review and think you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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This is quite honestly the best way for newbies to get into Star Wars. It's far more appealing and Vader is so menacing here just like he's supposed to be. For recurring fans it's also very interesting.
The hallway scene and the SC 38 Reimagined just made it so much better in my opinion.
The editing is good too, mixes well seamlessly. Everything just falls in place.

There's one small thing I can't seem to shake off. I don't know how should I feel about cutting Vader's force push to Kenobi (SC 38 Footage). On one hand , the force push followed by the lightsaber tactics felt a little off so cutting that makes the whole movie slightly more consistent and it also preserves the integrity and tone of the movie. On the other hand, it looked cool and Vader was relying heavily on the force which he's supposed to do.

Anyway, it's still the best way to watch A New Hope for me. Best fanedit of ANH in my opinion. I'd suggest more people to watch this.

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