Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 'Another Happy Sanding'

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Original Release Date:
2005
Original Running Time:
140
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Fanedit Running Time:
128
Time Cut:
18
Time Added:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit is a follow-up to my previous prequel edits, Faster More Intense and Sanded Down.

It's in some ways a bit more conservative than my other two prequel edits, and probably one of the more conservative Revenge of the Sith edits in general. While the first two prequels are movies I don’t enjoy because of their flaws, ROTS is a movie that I enjoy despite it’s flaws, I just wish it could be better.
Intention:
My overall philosophy with this particular edit was to focus on making a lot of small changes that add up to something greater, rather than radically altering the structure or flow of the film. Like always, Hal9000’s edit was a big influence and a primary source for this edit, but “Another Happy Sanding” diverges from “Labyrinth of Evil” in that it attempts to preserve the original structure of the movie. Like in the original film, Anakin’s fears of Padme’s demise serve as the primary impetus for his fall.

While I’ve made some cuts of my own, I’ve also restored some fan-favorite lines and moments of camp, like most of Yoda & Palpatine’s duel. It’s silly, but it’s fun & inventive and I miss its presence in other edits. I hope this edit strikes a good balance for most people.

Like the theatrical film, Padme dies at the end of this edit. I went with this ending partially in order to preserve canon, and partially because I feel like it’s the natural conclusion the movie is leading up to. I’m honestly pretty divided on this particular question though, so I may at some point upload an “alternate ending” version that concludes like “Labyrinth of Evil”, with Padme living on Alderaan. Chime in if that’s something you’d like to see.
Other Sources:
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith DVD Deleted scenes
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Blu-Ray Deleted scenes
Jumper
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace soundtrack
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith soundtrack
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire soundtrack
Special Thanks:
Other edits that influenced this one are Kerr’s “Dark Force Rising”, L8wrtr’s “Dawn of the Empire”, NFBism’s “New Canon Cut”, and SiliconMaster482’s “Rebalanced” edit. I also borrowed a snippet of video from Bobson Dugnutt’s “expanded edition”, which originally borrowed from my “extended edition”. The circle is now complete, as Anakin would say.

Sade1212 provided a visual effects shot that was originally created for Hal’s edit but never used. Keep an eye out for it.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
A mostly exhaustive cutlist can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g2NmJYOkNHSzvguMgKMvTYaCcPSQqwOKI6nQNjMoxQM/edit?usp=sharing

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Many will think this is too conservative, but it was just what I was looking for. No major changes, but that's not at all necessary with ROTS. The best version of the film I've seen and a fitting end to a great edit of the trilogy.

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A very good, conservative natured edit. This is a great edit if you don't hate Episode III to it's core, and just wish it were toghter, more focused, and less silly and superfluous.

There were a few moments of silliness in the opening that I personally would have cut, but after that it was great.

If you want a conservative, yet still streamlined, cut of Revenge of the Sith, there's not much to complain about this one.
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The passage of time has given ROTS plenty of edit ideas. Octorox once again has merged the very best of them into a brilliant package. The deleted scenes and newly made Padme/Obi-Wan vision Anakin gets is so well done. I miss some elements like the infamous NO, but the whole thing zips along with such crystal-clear focuses I can get over the handful of changes I didn't personally love. Great job!
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