Rogue One is a movie I quite enjoyed. For me it is far and away the best Star Wars movie since 1980. That said, it wasn't perfect and certainly among of its biggest faults were the fan service/Easter eggs throughout and a frenetic opening act (I'm defining the opening act as the scenes that lay the groundwork for what is happening in the present day of the film; i.e. after the prologue).
This edit is seamless and I'm sure someone unfamiliar with the original wouldn't detect any "amateur" edits. Many of the most egregious call backs to the OT are excised. And the movie is better for it. The opening act is much more streamlined. That alone makes this version superior. The opening jumps directly from the young Jyn prologue to Jyn in prison to her being rescued from the prison transport. There are no scenes of Bodhi or Cassian. We meet Cassian when Jyn does. A first time viewer may conclude that the prologue ends with Jyn being captured by the Empire. But that potential misconception is quickly dispelled.
The universe-shrinking Easter eggs and callbacks are mercifully reduced. We don't see the Cantina duo nor do we see R2 and C3PO. We do see the characters that make sense such as the X-Wing pilots.
Overall this is a great improvement on an already excellent film. It now feels like a Star Wars movie that stands on its own and doesn't overly rely on our nostalgia. Recommended!
Do you recommend this edit?
Thank you Moe for your review and constant push to make this the best edit it could be. Your input has been invaluable :) Thanks for helping this edit become what it needed to be :)
Another great Star Wars edit from DigModiFicaTion. I'm one of those who absolutely loved/love Rogue One.
To keep the review shorter this time, I simply list pros and cons in this review:
+ The added background music works well.
+ All the characters feel even more solid in this fanedit. I also must say that the characters were portrayed amazingly in the original version.
+ No more Bor Gullet.
+ Video/audio quality excellent in this fanedit. Many fanedits sadly fail in this regards.
- I personally liked the original music more when the Star Destroyers were destroyed by the Hammerhead Corvette. I mean, it's the theme song of the movie after all, and simply so amazing. Always brings me memories from the first viewing in the cinema. (I must say that Rogue One was the best movie I ever saw in cinema.)
This fanedit accomplishes nicely in what it was set out to do. It's subtle sure... but it's fine as I think Rogue One doesn't need that much changing in the first place.
Fantastic Fanfix! As soon I watched Rogue One in the cinema I knew what could be cut to make the movie that much greater and this edit does all that.
I watched the No Moe Intro version and I like the more streamlined introductions to the characters now since the original was very jarring. I also didn't miss the title cards at all. The added music blends well with the movie since I didn't really notice them being edited in so that's always a good sign. R2 and C-3PO are a guilty pleasue which I would have loved to have seen in this film but I can live without it.
Overall its my go to version for Rogue One since it does a great job at polishing an already great movie.
Rogue One: a Star Wars story came out December 2016 with a slew of, well mixed reviews. True no one I knew hated it but most felt disappointed with the film nostly due to not caring or knowing much about our main heroes, dodgy CG recreations of two classic characters, and a supposed lack of Darth Vader. Without the aid of deleted scenes, a lot of that can be quite a challenge to tackle, and yet here comes DigModification taking that head on with some pretty good results. That dodgy CG people talk about? It's made a little better through clever recoloring in various scenes. What about our heroes? Imo, trimming down or even cutting out there backstories early on gives a sense of mystery they never really had. Darth Vader, ok nothing could be really done about that but then again he's in the film long enough (it's called having restraint). Even a few of those forced easter eggs are taken out for a smoother experience, giving us and even those on the other side of the fence something closer to that galaxy far far away
Thanks for the review and support of this project Ironman! You may be interested in the newly available "No More Intro" that slightly changes the narrative and allows us to infer as to what Cassian's faults are instead of having them blatantly shown. It's a minor revision that I believe makes this story more Star Warsy. As always, thanks for your support!
- 3rd act is the best part of the film, and it is mostly intact from the original.
- The re-scoring! Editor feels the moment, and adjust it as such.
- Color correction is well done. Although some might prefer the original.
- Boring character stories and arcs mostly left intact.
- Saw Gerrera... just his character... ugh!
- The Rebellion/Resistance comes over as a bunch of whiners.
In my honest opinion, the Fan Edit "The Battle of Scarif" is a better fit for this movie. I just can't get through the first 2 acts of this movie. This is not the fault of the Editor, but of the Creators of the movie itself. The characters are bland and boring, the story is to convenient and nonsensical, and last but not least, this movie didn't need to exist. It's a badly explained plot that just derails the Epic Battle in the final act. The editor did his best to make the movie watchable, and for some it has become just that... watchable. That is not enough for me.