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There isn't much I can add to what others have said. The editing, both video and sound, are topnotch with neither having any obvious cuts/transitions. PQ and SQ are excellent, and the pacing of the edit works well. Hal fixed my biggest issue with this film, everyone seeing Starkiller Base destroy Hosnian Prime regardless of where they were in the galaxy.

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Continuing a re-watch of the Skywalker Saga, this is the first edit of TFA I've ever watched.

I mistakenly thought that this was an edit for a prolonged reveal of Kylo Ren's identity. But in fact, this is an edit for (spoilers ahead) moving the destruction of the Hosnian system to just after Han gets killed. This change ratchets up the emotion considerably. Before, my only reaction was, "Oh, a bunch of extras that I've never met are dying. Whoop-dee-do." Now, as I'm still reeling from the sucker punch of Han's death, all this new death and mayhem gets shown onscreen. It's gut-wrenching in a good, dramatic way, the way it should have felt the first time.

Only quibble: Even though HAL changes the line to say that the weapon will be "re"-charged in 30 seconds, the question now becomes where the charging comes from. The first time, Starkiller Base sucked up an entire sun. In the theatrical cut, since time has passed, viewers can assume that the Base has eaten another sun. But how did it charge again so quickly if it just spent all its energy wiping out a system? There was no time for it to consume a different star. And if it still had energy left over after all that, why did it need to re-charge? Mind you, it takes longer to write out the reason for the quibble than it does for this tiny moment to happen onscreen. It doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment.

And the addition of the Emperor's theme in v4 when Kylo Ren talks to Vader's helmet is an EXCELLENT choice, because (spoilers) of what we learn in Ep. IX.

I haven't seen any other TFA edits to compare this one to, but this is absolutely a top-notch effort!

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First off I've only watched the original 2 or 3 times so at first i thought HAL was trolling me and copied the same movie LOL but I did notice a few little things after a while. Like the emperors voice in the Ray vision, I knew they didn't foreshadow that for IX, I like that change as well as most of the others I read in the details after watching.

But the big deal which i knew was coming was the Starkiller base. I have to agree with the detractors, i didn't care for it. The editing to achieve this was phenomenal and HAL did a great job like always, but i feel like the reasoning for changing it was weak.

Overall it's a top notch edit nearly seamless.

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Hello there.

I finally had the chance to watch this fanedit again. I had originally watched the first version of this fanedit, I and have been able to now watch the final cut.

What can I say? Thank you HAL. This is a top notch job.

The idea of changing the timing of the Starkiller base firing for the first time works like a charm. And now it is seamlessly and beautifully executed.

I love the appearance of the Star Destroyer at Maz Kanata's. This reinforces the feeling of dread of the First Order that we get at the beginning of the movie.

I also love how the storytelling is reinforced. The presence (and demise) of the Galactic Republic is more felt.

Starkiller firing is more dramatic.

Han Solo's fate is more relevant to the story....

Even R2-D2 has a bigger, more consistent role in the story now!

All in all, this makes the movie BETTER, with some great editing and wise retelling of the story.

It is a must in everyone's STAR WARS fanedit collections. Thanks again!! Keep it up!!

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This editor has previously brought some fine edits, and I was confident that this one would please. A very straightforward piece of work, not deviating far from the original, only making some continuity changes that add to the dramatic climax. I was pleased with the overall effect, and feel like this version could easily be swapped with few viewers ever knowing the difference.

I was also quite impressed that subtitles were included.

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