Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - Expanded Edition

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - Expanded Edition

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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - Expanded Edition
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This is where the fun begins
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Original Release Date:
2005
Original Running Time:
139
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
149
Time Cut:
1
Time Added:
11
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Brief Synopsis:
The Expanded Edition aims to extend Revenge of the Sith to its maximum possible length with finished effects. Using Octorox's edit as a base, I've added a slew of new scenes and moments to make Episode III as long as possible.

Twelve new, alternate and extended scenes have been masterfully restored added back into the final prequel film with 11 more minutes of footage.
Intention:
I wanted to create the ultimate cut of Revenge of the Sith, which is my favourite of the prequels, with every usable scene and leaving nothing unturned. Past extended editions hadn't dipped into the Blu-Ray or the other little tidbits from other more obscure sources, so as VFX Supervisor John Knoll says "we threw in everything but the kitchen sink, so we put a sink in"
Other Sources:
2011 Blu-Ray: For the film and two deleted scenes (Banter and Constitutional Adjustments)
2005 DVD: For the majority of the deleted scenes, upscaled by Hal9000 and DrDre
“Epic” Trailer: A new shot of Palpy’s shuttle is taken from here
PS2 Game: For the new Dooku shot and dialogue, and an extra Grevious line in the Shaak Ti scene
The Clone Wars: The Qui-Gon voiceover is borrowed from S06E11 “Voices” as Liam Neeson reprises the role

TM2YC’s ROTS Reborn: Recreated his Shaak Ti scene structure
Hal9000’s Labyrinth of Evil: Recreated his integration of the “Plot to Destroy the Jedi” scene
Octoroz’s Extended Edition: Main video source for the edit as well as his integrations

ROTS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Used a few of the tracks to rescore some of the deleted scenes
SFX from a few sources to replace sounds in rescored scenes or add some where there never were any
Special Thanks:
Octorox for his original Extended Edition, of which I had used as a base for my edit, as well as some technical feedback coming from him.
Hal9000 and Sir Ridley for working on the upscaled deleted scenes, Hal for his deleted scene placement too of which I borrowed
TM2YC for his work on the Shaak Ti scene


Jar Jar Bricks, idir_hh, KumoNin, Zarius, benduwan, jrWHAG42, Canon Editor, m4semperfi for feedback and enthusiasm in the threads on OT and here at FE.

Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
Unfinished and Unused Workprint Scenes (7:48)
Deleted and Alternate Trailer Shot Comparisons (0:13)
Behind the Scenes, Raw Footage and B-Roll of Deleted Scenes (3:24)
George Lucas and Rick McCallum Introduce the Deleted Scenes (5:55)
George Lucas and Rick McCallum Talk Deleted and Alternate Scenes: Feature Commentary Clips (7:04)
PixelMagic Trailer - Breathing (1:24)
Editing Details:
GREVIOUS SLAUGHTERS SHAAK TI
This scene had mostly finished effects during Shaak Ti's death while their escape through the fuel tank is very raw and missing some footage so it isn't so cohesive. So instead a trimmed version is used, using some audio bits from TM2YC's Reborn edit and some new score to bridge us into the next deleted scene. One of Grevious' lines was reused in the final film in the bridge scene ("fine addition to my collection"), so I replaced it with an audio line from the PS2 game instead of cutting the shot out and it works great,

ELEVATOR ANTICS
This scene is mostly in the finished film, but the bookends were deleted and the middle of the scene remains. The opening with Anakin talking droid was cut into the film and the end with Obi-Wan and Anakin mocking the droids after destroying them all in the elevator saying "Roger Roger" has been faded back into the original scene. The deleted scene on the Blu-Ray has unfinished effects and the theatrical shot cuts early so I had to colour correct and fade them into each other. There was some extra footage after, but was too unfinished and unimportant to include

ADVANTAGE
Dooku's new line was taken from the PS2 game as the cutscenes include clips from the film itself. However one cutscene included some extra footage of Dooku saying "Just because there are two of you, do not assume you have the advantage". So it was reformatted it and coloured to match the final film, adding three more fun seconds of Christopher Lee

CONSTITUTIONAL ADJUSTMENTS
The Blu-Ray included this scene with the window effects being about 95% complete, but it still holds up against the rest of the film. The colour needed a lot of shot by shot colour work to match it to the final film. The scene is in the film for the most part but this new footage is extending the start of the scene.

ALLIANCE WITHIN THE SENATE SCENES
The subplot has been cut back into many fan edits already, so the scenes have been worked on by Hal9000 and Sir Ridley to upscale them to 1080p HD, which look incredible. So these scenes were added by Octorox in his own EE, which was the base for this edit.

PLOT TO DESTROY THE JEDI
This scene was apart of the film before being mostly reshot and moved to later on. So that later scene was cut and this was reinserted early in Act 2. It was cut into Hal9000's Labyrinth of Evil, so I replicated his edit. Not exactly to the tee as he cuts out lines, but I made it very similar without cutting anything.

YODA'S COMMUNE WITH QUI-GON
An episode of the Clone Wars animated series "Voices" focused around Yoda being told by Qui-Gon to go to Dagobah and train to become a force ghost. Somehow, they couldn't get Liam Neeson back for Episode III, but they did for the show which surprised me. Octorox used 3 lines for his extended edition due to the lack of footage to put it over, but I did create a longer version with the workprint footage using more dialogue from the episode, which can be seen in the bonus features of this edit.

PALPATINE'S ARRIVAL
A quick 3 second shot of Palpy's shuttle arriving on Coruscant can be seen as taken from the 2nd trailer and added back into the film. Colour correction and some conversion back to 23.976fps was also done.

YODA'S EXILE
One of producer Rick McCallum's favourite scenes and one that he hated to cut out and I agree with him. It's barely 20 seconds long and it's a nice scene to see Yoda arriving on a planet where we will find him in Empire. Another addition from Octorox.




Cuts and Additions:
- Added Grevious killing Shaak Ti in front of Obi-Wan and Anakin, and their escape
- Extended scene with some banter with Obi-Wan and Anakin while taking an elevator on the Invisible Hand
- Added a new line from Dooku before the duel
- Extended scene with Palpatine telling Anakin that he is taking control of the Jedi Council and making adjustments to the constitution
- Added Windu, Kenobi and Yoda discussing what Palps is doing, and that there may be a plot to destroy them
- Added scene with Bail, Padme and other senators discussing a course of action against Palps
- Added another scene of senators saying they need to form an alliance in the Senete against Palps
- Added the senators confronting Palps, and that a return to democracy is needed
- Trim scene in Jedi War Room as dialogue is repeated from restored Windu/Yoda/Kenobi scene
- Added 3 lines from The Clone Wars episode “Voices” to restore Qui-Gon Jinn’s voice to Yoda’s meditation
- Added extra shot of Palpatine's shuttle and accompanying V-Wings
- Added Yoda exiling himself to Dagobah

User reviews

3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0  (3)
Visual Editing 
 
10.0  (3)
Audio Editing 
 
8.7  (3)
Narrative 
 
9.3  (3)
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9.7  (3)
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8.6
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7.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
8.0
Narrative 
 
8.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

I was very excited to watch this since I already consider the theatrical cut of ROTS one of my favorite (Star Wars) movies and love Octorox' approach with his extended cut. While Bobson goes one step further and adds even more scenes (and even finished the VFX for them!), they do not always fit the mood.
*light spoilers for the beginning*: Obi-Wan and Anakin see Shaak Ti getting slaughtered by Grievous and 5 seconds later they're cracking jokes and are strolling through the corridors like nothing happened. Remember the missing tension in the entirety of Episode I? This scene felt exactly like that.

This obviously isn't the editor's fault as his goal was to get Episode III to it's maximum possible length with finished effects. And that he did! I remember watching the deleted scenes off the Blu-Ray once and remembered how raw and unfinished some of them looked. Here most of the effects look like straight from ILM. Amazing work! (there was some audio twitching in the above mentioned Shaak Ti scene but I guess that'll be fixed in future versions).

Quality-wise I'm a fan of edits that make me forget I'm watching a edit and instead make me think I just put the official Blu-Ray in. Otherwise I'll reconsider twice if the theatrical version isn't just enough for my needs. This is the case with this version as for the relatively small file size (about 7gb). But I'll guess that's a decision everyone has to make for themselves.

Bobson Dugnutt's Revenge of the Sith: Expanded Edition is a good edit and definitely reaches the goal it's aiming for (creating the longest possible version with finished VFX). The light mood that is created as a result of this just isn't for me. If you always loved the more lighthearted note of Star Wars then you should absolutely consider checking this out!

As always thanks to the editor for the hard work and sharing it with us! Keep on coming. Like Zarius said before me "Young Bobson, we'll watch your career with great interest".

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Bobson continues to carve out quite the career for himself, and as is often the case, we continue to watch that career with great interest. This latest in his batch of extended cuts adds plenty to the existing cut, but also adds some original touches too. Some of these touches, while light, are so seamlessly integrated that there's no sign they weren't meant to be there to begin with (the Shakk Ti scene and 'new' dialogue from Dooku are some choice examples of this).

This is a solid expansion that also does something different, all to create a somewhat new and yet still very familiar movie for a Star Wars fan to experience. This has always been the best of the prequels, and almost everything pieced together for it only helps add to the majesty.

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Once again Bobson hits a home run; not just integrating deleted scenes, unused trailer footage and actual footage used in a ps2 game cutscene but doing so in a cohesive satisfying way. There is a happy middle ground between the original cut and throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks and this edit accomplishes it perfectly. While Hal9000 and L8wrtr have created what many regard to be the best edits in terms of 'trimming the fat', this edit is what I consider to be the best at extending the film to its longest possible length while retaining a sensible flow and viewing experience

Only gripe I noticed was the audio in the new Shaak Ti scene sounded a bit different compared to the rest of the film. probably because it was sourced from a different medium

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