Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (Youngling Edition)

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (Youngling Edition)
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Luke Skywalker and his friends continue their battle against the evil Empire. Experience one of the greatest science fiction stories of all time in this edition that is sure the thrill your younglings without scaring them at the same time. Will Luke and his friends bring freedom to the galaxy or will the Empire put an end to their rebellion once and for all....
To create a child friendly (6 and younger) viewing experience of the greatest Star Wars film that I can watch with my kids.

I've shown the majority of A New Hope to my kiddos, but I just didn't feel like they were ready for Empire. We try to not watch shows with "pew pew"'s in them, so naturally Star Wars is a difficult thing to share. This edit looks to minimize the direct violence (person to person) by removing the majority of hand held blaster fire, all blaster fire that kills anyone, and scenes that may be extremely frightening to children. If you want to share your love of Star Wars with the younglings but feel the movies are a bit too much, this may be the version you're looking for.
Additional Notes:
Instead of using my Special Edition Blu Rays I opted to use Harmy's Despecialized Edition as a base to capture the original feeling (albeit no longer original feeling).
Other Sources:
Harmy's Despecialized Edition
Special Thanks:
Harmy for his tireless efforts to preserve the original trilogy
theryaney for encouragement
My kiddos who are obsessed with Star Wars perhaps even as much as I am
My wife for green lighting this project
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Editing Details:
Things cut:
- Any direct/on screen deaths or dismemberment
- Overly frightening scenes (Wampa, some Vader scenes, etc.)

Things NOT cut:
- Vehicle to vehicle blaster violence
- The majority of the duel (slightly rearranged)
- The reveal
Cuts and Additions:
- Removed wampa attacking Luke by wiping straight to Han entering Echo Base
- Removed Han's cursing when he is told his tauntaun will freeze; added wipe to
- Cut wampa scene entirely
- Retained wampa exterior scenes then cut to Han on his tauntaun
- Rearranged Luke escaping wide shots to be right after R2 is using his sensor to find Luke followed by Luke's vision of Obi-Wan
- Cut Vader chocking the Admiral Ozzel; now wipe cuts to echo base mission brief
- Edited Hoth battle to remove some human level violence
- Removed Dak death
- Removed Rogue 2 death
- Removed Walker stepping on snowspeeder; cuts when Luke opens the hatch and looks up at the walker
- Rearranged scenes of Falcon escape to remove blaster fire with stormtroopers
- Removed Vader in the cave
- Removed death of Captain Needa
- Removed blaster fire from Han when Vader pulls his blaster
- Removed torture scene
- Shortened hallway scene between Vader, Boba Fett, and Lando and removed the majority of background noise from Han
- Removed Lando telling Han to shut up and his men hitting Han
- Moved Lando's "I'm sorry I couldn't do more, but I've got my own problems" to when he walks out of the cell
- Removed Han slamming to the floor in carbonite; retained the sfx but cut to Lando's face
- Shortened up Luke chasing after Leia, Chewie, 3PO and Han
- Removed some blaster exchange between Leia, Lando, Chewie as Slave I departs
- Removed a few of the scenes where Luke is hit by debris from Vader
- Removed Leia blasting the trooper before entering the elevator. Cropped image to remove dead trooper
- Trimmed scenes to remove Chewie killing troopers
- Removed 3PO calling R2 a stupid lump
- Trimmed escape to remove trooper deaths
- Removed Vader cutting off Luke's hand. Luke is knocked down, Vader says, "You are beaten" then cuts to scene where he says "Don't make me destroy you" Luke then retreats
- Cropped image to remove seeing Luke's saber and added saber shutting down sound to imply that he either shut it down or lost the saber
- Removed Luke yelling "NOOOOOOOOOO" now he looks down as Vader delivers his next lines
- Added soundtrack back in to finish the Empire theme
- Trimmed Luke getting a new hand as to not show that his hand is mechanical

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Awesome edit!!! I saw Episode IV before it was Ep. IV, in a theater back in 1977 when I was 5 years old. I have a grandson who is now five. Being very cautious of what I allow him to watch, I sometimes wondered when he would get to watch any of the S.W. movies, more specifically one of the O.T. When I came across this one, and watched it, I was very happy not only with what DigMod had done in content, but also in quality. My grandson loved it!!! DigMod, your edits never disappoint, in fact they rock! (This coming from both me and my youngling). We can't wait to see what you do with RotJ.

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