Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope - Redux

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Adding more Darth Vader to A New Hope
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Original Release Date:
1977
Original Running Time:
126
Fanedit Release Date:
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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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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This hits differently. The Darth Vader appearance from Rogue One seemingly fits in perfectly and is way more badass. The addition of the SC 38 fight thankfully falls in line with how the prequel films most notably Revenge of the Sith's lightsaber duel between Vader and Kenobi are updated with this rematch. As for the scenes from the Special Editions, the ones that are replaced with the original scenes were choices I would have removed. Overall, this is definitely a good "revisit" to look at.

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It's hard to feel like you're going to be able to improve on one of the best movies of all time, but I think this edit actually does it.

I already have the "Revisited" fanedit of A New Hope, which improves the visuals, audio, and many subtleties that people may not even notice. But one thing it doesn't manage to change is that what should be an epic reunion, a battle between master and student, feels like two clueless British dudes pointing sticks at each other.

The Obi-Wan/Vader duel has always been the weakest area of this film, if not the entire Original Trilogy. Particularly if you're viewing these films in chronological order, this follow up to Episode III simply will not stand! Thankfully there is the dynamic SC38 footage that reimagines a battle fitting for this occasion. And I fought hard to keep the whole thing in while this was being developed, but lantern51 was very cautious about how much of the battle to include, and how to incorporate it. In the end, I think it was merged very well, a conservative replacement to the fight that is certainly noticeable, but not in a bad way.

The other obvious change of course is to incorporate the Vader footage from the end of Rogue One into the beginning of this. While this does create a slight continuity issue as the attack in that film was clearly on a different ship (one that Leia's ship was docked at), I think it's overall worthwhile for the effect it has here. Namely, the original Darth Vader introduction just doesn't hold up. It may have been impressive and dynamic in 1977, but all these years later it feels like a lame follow-up to Episode III. In THIS cut, Our intro to Vader is downright terrifying, and so when he boards the Tantive IV and starts choking people out, it has an extra air of menace because you know he's actually restraining himself.

The final aspect to bring up is just how much better this edit LOOKS. While lantern51 did not use the Revisited edition as a base (so some weirdness like lightsaber jump cuts are still present), the filters and visual changes to this film really are remarkable. It looks damn impressive, and is a sparkling and dynamic way to rewatch one of the great films, a true shelf-replacer that starts this thing with a bang and feels like it never lets up.

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