Star Wars - Return of the Jedi: Possessed

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Original Release Date:
1983
Original Running Time:
134
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Fanedit Running Time:
115
Time Cut:
19
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Brief Synopsis:
Return of the Jedi: Possessed is edited to be closer in tone and pacing to the classic Episodes IV and V. The story beats and plot are all the same, but it is less silly, campy, and cheesy.
Intention:
I have wanted, and attempted to make this edit, for over a decade. I finally decided to go for it. Basically, I was never satisfied with Return of the Jedi as the conclusion to the trilogy. It was frustrating, because I felt it had the potential to be truly great, but that all the greatness was bogged down by unnecessary campiness and cheese. I didn't want to make the film too dark or joyless, I just wanted all of the things that were distractingly silly to be cut away. Taking great inspiration from the famous edit Attack of the Phantom, I decided to try to make Return of the Jedi as great as it deserves to be by cutting away the elements that were holding it back.
Special Thanks:
Telecine7 for re animating the lightsabers and blaster shots
ChainsawAsh for creating the cover art
Collipso for helping me screen it
Release Information:
  • Digital
  • Blu-Ray
Special Features
Various documentaries and features are on the Blu-Ray release, as well as interviews.
Cuts and Additions:
Basic cutlist, though incomplete:

*All lightsaber blades and blaster shots are reanimated, as well as a few VFX enhancements courtesy of Telecine7.
*Very light color regrade.
*Salacious Crumb no longer has any cutaways or close ups of him laughing at the character. You can still see him in the background and hear him laughing with the crowd a few times.
*Many cuts and rearranging of footage for the entire Jabba's Palace portion of the film to make it less silly, and conceal some of the bad muppet looking creatures.
*The Sail Barge battle is completely re edited. It is more intense now.
*Rebel briefing scene edited heavily to remove campiness.
*Han and Lando's scene together removed. I hated to do this because it was their only scene together, but it just wasn't a good scene.
*Heavy trims to the scenes aboard the stolen shuttle.
*Leia's scene where Wickett discovers her removed. Her appearance is a surprise to the audience as well as Luke and Han.
*Many trims to the ewoks and endor as a whole, especially the battle, to be less campy, silly, and make the ewoks more menacing and less cutesy.
*Various trims throughout the entire film to improve tone and momentum, but I was very careful not to make the pacing too fast.
*A few new surprises.
Cover art by Possessed (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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User reviews

2 reviews
Overall rating
 
8.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.5(2)
Visual Editing
 
9.0(2)
Audio Editing
 
8.5(2)
Narrative
 
8.5(2)
Enjoyment
 
7.5(2)
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Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
This was very nice work. I enjoyed most of the changes here. Much faster pace, less Ewok cheese, I loved almost everything about it. There was however one change that I did not agree with, that is what took my enjoyment down to an 8. I won't say it here and spoil it for others. Other than that one thing, and it is just personal preference, this was a great edit.

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Yes
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Digital
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Overall rating
 
7.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
7.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
7.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
7.0
It was a really good edit, with some especially nice ideas, which I won't spoil here. And I just love the remade lasers and lightsabers, which give a more modern look to the movie.
My only small problems with it are a couple of scenes where the color correction seemed a little bit off, and some audio transitions which felt a bit odd (but that's maybe because I'm so used to watching these movies that I notice every change).
Overall, an enjoyable edit!

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Yes
Format Watched?
Blu-Ray
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