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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Really solid first-time effort by Lantern51, creating a modernized version of A New Hope which would be, I think, mostly recommended to those who want to watch the saga in episode order. Coming from the prequels, some viewers might feel disappointed by the original film's lack of lightsaber play and the one duel included being kind of stale. So the use of the Vader scene from Rogue One and the SC38 fanfilm does bridge both styles nicely. Those wishing to watch in release or Machete order, or skip the prequels, would probably be better served by either the reconstructed theatrical or Adywan's version, though, since the original opening is so iconic and SC38's camerawork is too different from the rest of the film.

Otherwise, the new scenes were very well integrated. I particularly liked the way the Rogue One Leia scene was cut short: the deepfake only really goes to Hell in the part of the shot that was removed, and the terribly on-the-nose "Hope" moment of fanservice is thankfully gone. The added grain is a very welcome addition that greatly helps the material blend in.

The only downside for me is that it includes quite a bit more Special Edition footage than I would have wished. Fortunately Han shoots first and we're spared the Jabba scene, but those 90s CGI shots are still a complete eyesore for me, not to mention that they feel way more dated than the timeless practical work from twenty years prior. Still, the editor has stated that if the HD version of the Adywan cut had been available he'd have used that as his source, so I won't be holding this against him. And this edit is the one thing remotely similar to the SE that I'd be willing to rewatch anyway.

Great audio and video quality, and just as great technical editing. The Force is definitely strong with this one!
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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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