Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi: Recut

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi: Recut

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi: Recut
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
It's time for the Jedi... To end.
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
152
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
132
Time Cut:
20
Time Added:
5
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Brief Synopsis:
Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. With his latest fanedit, SoboFilms aims to give viewers the Star Wars sequel they were looking for; with a reworked structure and a much more focused plot. While also maintaining continuity and removing bad/annoying humor and unneeded plot threads.
Intention:
When I saw The Last Jedi in the theater for the first time I actually thought it was okay, even if it wasn't as good as The Force Awakens (my personal opinion), however when I saw it for a second time a lot of stuff stuck out to me that didn't work. So, I decided to create an edit that seemlessly removes Canto Bight, as well as some of the "off" humor. However, by no means is this an edit that attempts to change everything up, as there are a few things I actually like already and didn't feel needed to change.
Other Sources:
- Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Blu Ray (Deleted Scenes)
- Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Soundtrack CD
- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Soundtrack CD
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Soundtrack CD
Special Thanks:
SkywalkerFan01, DigModiFicaTion, WingMantis, Last Impressions, darthrush - for previewing the different versions of this edit, as well giving suggestions and changes to help refine and make the experience that much better. And special thanks to anyone else who showed interest in this project/previewed it for me.
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Editing Details:
Adobe Premiere CC 2018, Videopad Video Editor (For test editing and making a rough version).
Cuts and Additions:
- Changed opening soundtrack to Main theme from Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, because I felt for whatever reason the theme they used in the film just felt off or something.
- Cut opening joke between Hux and Poe for two reasons, one: I felt the joke didn't fit Star Wars and second: because it was one of those annoying "Hux Humor" scenes they had throughout the film.
- Cut Luke throwing his lightsaber, now after Rey gives it to him he looks at her, drops it, and then walks off. This also allows Luke to have a better/more serious introduction to the audience. Added new sound fx for when Luke drops his lightsaber
- Removed scene of Porgs playing in grass (originally playing with lightsaber) Suggested by DigModiFication
- Reedited scene so we still get a shot of the crashed X-Wing, but no more porgs playing.
- Cut Luke tickling Rey during first lesson (while I initially wasn't bothered by this, after watching the moment again I realized that it felt out of place in a Star Wars film)
- Removed some of the caretaker humor
- Removed 98-99% of Porg goofiness from the film (still left in wild life shots though)
- Added deleted scene of Poe catching Finn up to speed on everything that's happened (this was done to give Finn more screen time to make up for later edits).
- Restructuring of a lot scenes in the film in order to fix some pacing and due to the removal of Canto Bight
- Added deleted scene of Luke mourning Han back into the film
- Cut almost all of Leia's space flight, so that it's not as cringy, it goes from her opening her eyes to Poe and Finn reacting, to her coming up to the door (No flying antics)
- Added deleted scene of Finn talking to BB-8 in order to give him more screen time and to give the viewer the direct reason as to why he's trying to leave, rather than making it look as though Finn just wants to leave.
- Cut Maz and the whole idea that Finn and Rose need to get a code breaker; Finn and Rose are fully capable of getting onto the destroyer and deactivating the tracker without any outside help.
- Digitally altered window inside Finn's cockpit to remove the appearance of them being in hyperspace.
- Added deleted scene of Luke's third lesson to Rey.
- Created custom wipe to transition between the new scene and the scene of Finn and Rose coming up on the Star Destroyer
- Added track from Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire to a couple of scenes to help smooth over transitions
- Removed DJ from various shots using both Photoshop and some well executed cuts.
- Scenes involving island training are less cut up throughout the film.
- Cut a one minute scene showing the Resistance fleet being attacked as it wasn't necessary to the plot and slowed down the pace, I also cut it so as to avoid the Resistance officer talking about the amount of fuel left.
- Restructuring scenes: when Finn and Rose arrive on Snoke's star destroyer, Rey isn't there yet and doesn't arrive until they are at the tracker door.
- Removed Leia and Holdo both trying to say "May the Force be with you" now only Holdo says it.
- Cut DJ from scene where Finn and Rose are captured, now the First Order activates a cloaking scan BECAUSE of Finn and Rose arriving without being detected. Thus, making Rose's reaction two-fold, as she thinks they're responsible for what will happen to the fleet.
- Reedited Battle of Crait to remove all of the porg shots (except one)
- Cut the goofy line about the falcon that Finn says during the Battle of Crait ("They hate that ship!")
- Cut goofy bits of dialogue from Hux where he repeats what Kylo said
- Also cut Kylo force-pushing Hux into wall (again another "Hux humor" moment).
- Shortened ending, so that now the film ends with everyone on the falcon and with them going into hyperspace; removing the boy from the film entirely
- Removed names of actors from the credits who no longer appear in this cut.
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Overall rating 
 
9.8
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9.4  (5)
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9.6  (5)
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9.8  (5)
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10.0  (5)
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9.8  (5)
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0

An excellent edit all around! The technical aspects of fan editing are a little over my head, but there was no point where a cut seemed jarring or distracting. The narrative improvements were very well done. The removal of unnecessary humor bits that Disney Star Wars has become known for was a welcome change. Also, very impressed with how the Rose and Finn go to Space Vegas subplot was removed, especially with the work that went into getting rid of DJ entirely.
SoboFilms managed to take a movie I enjoyed despite its flaws and pare it down to its best possible version! Kudos!

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what can I say, again? Thank you SoboFilms, and thank you all you guys in this community.

When I watched the movie I was dissapointed: There was too much of everything in this movie, very untidy, things that felt out of place, and there was too much that I disliked.

I however loved the visual style of this movie and the key moments worked for me, and felt there was an awesome movie hidden in there.

So, I was eagerly waiting for a skilled faneditor to turn out, and make a different cut that did not throw away the main story in this movie, but one that rescued it, and made it stronger. This is what SoboFilms has achieved here in my opinion.

SoboFilms' work is terrific, there is not one single idea I could suggest to improve it. I love the story now, I love the acting, I even like Rose!!

Luke's acting and place in the story feels great now, Snoke's demise is a very necessary step for Rey and Kylo, and all the final scene is superb... I don't know what to say.

Maybe this: with this cut of the movie, now I feel this movie is only second to The Empire Strikes Back in my order of preference. This is up there. A great Star Wars experience.

Technically the addition and cuts are all seamless, maybe I just felt a bit weird cut when Rose and Finn are waiting to be executioned by Phasma's stormtroopers. Only that. But after all the work Sobo went through to remove Del Toro, this seems like a minor detail.

THANK YOU.

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Overall rating 
 
9.9
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I loved TLJ once I saw it in theatres (I'm Canadian, that's how we spell it). When I re-watched it on Blu-ray, with and without the audio commentary, I still loved the movie, but I saw flaws (i.e. C.B.). However, after seeing this cut of the movie, I am glad to say - this is my preferred cut of the movie. I mean, do I miss the "Marvel humor"? Sure, but I would have gladly sacrificed it for those flaws/cringe moments to be cut.

DJ is not in the movie, but the body is still in there, but that is no fault to Sobo, I believe they did a tremendous job!

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(Updated: May 03, 2018)


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Overall rating 
 
9.7
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9.0
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9.0
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10.0
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10.0

This edit turns what was a "very good" movie into the GREAT movie it should've been. This is now my "go to"/definitive version of the movie to watch. It removes most of the "cringe-worthy" moments of this movie that hindered it from being what it should've been.

I wish a few more edits were made, but what was edited and added, adds context and logic to the story which was slightly amiss in the original version. I wish the Luke "brushing off the laser blasts" off his shoulder was removed. That was a 3rd grade joke that could've been removed.

There were also a few other moments that I wish were done better in the original movie that I don't think any edit could really fix, because they were just filmed so poorly. One was where after Rey gives Luke the lightsaber, she's magically 15 feet away from him the next second. The other was when (I forget her name) is on her back trying to kick down the detonator to drop the bombs. It falls and all of a sudden, within a millisecond, she's on her stomach, clutching the detonator (with what I think is the wrong hand). Wrong hand or right hand, it's still incredible to have that happen within a split second. The third edit is when Rey and Luke are looking at the Jedi texts in a very narrow cave. Rey's looking at them, and then a split second later, Luke has magically travelled past her in the narrow passageway and is in front of the texts. Again, this is all the fault of the original filming and edits, not SoboFilms, and I don't think/know if it could be fixed without the original footage.

The above are the only original issues I have with this that SoboFilms didn't/couldn't fix. Excellent job on this. Well done. This is how it should've been originally released.

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(Updated: April 30, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
9.3
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9.0

A spectacularly good recut that takes away almost everything that raised an eyebrow or caused even more complicated reactions in the audience.

I won't get into the particulars but the editors sensibility fits very well into "classic" Star Wars without depriving us of the possibility to enjoy some very cool action sequences. He manages to frame them in a tighter, faster and much smarter film, where all the attempts at "Disney humor" have been either toned down or excised without any complaints from this viewer.

My only regret is not being able to see it in a higher definition but the much needed deleted scenes were not released in the same quality as the film so concessions had to be made to make both sources of comparable resolution.

I also expected the "milking" scene to disappear but aside from those very minor nitpicks, I've nothing but praise for this brilliant work that manages to pull a small miracle and restore my faith in the force.

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