This is a far better edit over the theatrical release. All the visual and audio edits are seamless and I didn't notice anything out of place or missing. The CGI Tarkin and Leia look so much better with the colour correction. The removal of some of the fanservice is much appreciated as its far less distracting.
This edit improves the story and makes the narrative seem tighter. It is a far more enjoyable experience than the theatrical release. However, through no fault of DigModiFicaTion, I'm one of the minority who thought Rogue One was a very average and slightly dull film and though this edit improves it, I still feel the same way. But it feels harsh to mark DigModiFicaTion down for this too much as the edit is certainly aimed at those who enjoyed the original and only wanted a light edit.
Still, this is a very impressive edit for those that enjoyed the original release to begin with.
Very well crafted edit. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, more so than the theatrical cut (which I really liked). The CG monstrosities looked better, the new scoring in places was excellent and the worst character in the movie for me is mercifully trimmed. Forrest Whitaker is great but I don't know what was going on with his acting or character in this one. Chirrut didn't bug me in the theatrical but I think I like him a bit more here. Removing Cassian's intro scene is a double-edged sword for me. I prefer it cut because it seemed contrived and started him a bit too harsh of a place IMO but then we don't meet him until a good bit later. I like that his arc was internal because Diego Luna is fantastic but I wished I had a bit more to start with. That being said, I would like that to be something other than the original scene we got, so...overall it's a positive. I'm fine with the Vader trims. It was a bit fan-servicey but honestly everything since the OT involving Vader is a bit fan-servicey. Really great technically, this edit replaced the theatrical cut for me.
Owner's replyJanuary 14, 2018
Thanks Cuddly for the review! I really appreciate the thought and honesty you put into this. :)
The movie flows much better. There are no immersion breaking character fleshing moments, excess cameos have been toned down, the wit and the humor complement the grit and emotion, and I can finally show this movie to people as the first movie in the saga. Absolutely marvelous fan edit. My go to for Rogue One. Thank you so much for the seamless work.
Fantastic work! The intention to make it more Star Wars-y is accomplished completely. This is downright solid, I have nothing at all to pick at or argue against or dissect and point out. Brilliant entertainment and for sure bumped this up my Best Star Wars Film-list. I could nitpick at a few lines that I felt were a bit too silly/too exposition-y, but they were few and far between.
Clearly a skilled editor, DigModiFicaTion is. Nothing was out of place. Stellar audio and video editing, and the removal of the name cards wasn't noticeable at all. Nothing that was removed was noticeable (which, I know, is the point). Even the removal of R2D2 & friend had me fooled in thinking that I had dreamed their appearance. And whomever the other characters were that you also removed, I didn't exactly miss them. It just seems this edit does everything right and trims the movie to a damn good experience. It was actually exciting and fun to watch Star Wars again.
Highly recommended, and without a doubt a replacement edit.