Star Wars: Rise of the Rebellion (Survival Edition)

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Original Release Date:
2016
Original Running Time:
134
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125
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10
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit creates a narrative that focuses on Trust and provides a way for our heroes to live beyond the final conflict.
Intention:
While I enjoy the narrative of the original film and appreciate that it takes a more realistic tone in regards to the reality of war, I thought it was tragic that LucasFilm killed off so many awesome characters and the potential they had in continuing their story. While I can't continue that story, I wanted to find a way to create a narrative for that potential to exist.
Other Sources:
Shamook's Tarkin deepfake (care of Burbin)
Derpfake's Leia deepfake
Odyssey: A Star Wars Fan Film
Rogue One FYC soundtrack
Star Wars vehicle sfx
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 soundtrack
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Special Thanks:
Hal 9000
Burbin
Jarbear
RogueLeader
and all of the OT community who shared new ideas that I implemented in this edit
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Trez75
hbenthow
Masirimso17
theprion
hothstation
stferguson78
and viewers like you :)
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
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Editing Details:
Masking for implementing starfields, ships, etc.
Surround track creation to help rescore or adjust scenes
Color Correction to remove excessive blues and low green shadows/tints
Cuts and Additions:
- Custom Crawl
- Pan down to Krennic's shuttle flying under the rings of Lah'mu
- Removed Saw opening up hatch to find Jyn
- Removed Rogue One Title card, now hard cuts to Jyn waking up as if she was dreaming
- Removed planet card intro on Cassian's introduction, it now does a downward pan wipe
- Edited Informant scene to have the stormtrooper kill the informant instead of Cassian
- Cropped Jedah planet card to remove text (added sharpening to film)
- Added iris wipe transition to Jyn's rescue
- Cropped Yavin and Rebel Alliance planet cards to remove text (added sharpening to film)
- Removed scene of Draven telling Cassian to kill Galen Erso
- Removed second Bodhi scene where he meets Saw
- Inserted Shamook's Tarkin deepfake (thanks to Burbin for hi quality file)
- Removed Bor Gullet
- Removed Cassian's lines "We find Saw Guerrera we find your father" as they are approaching Jedha (editing credit to RogueLeader and Burbin)
"There’s a piece of clunky out of place dialogue that seems to be adr’d in. When we first get to Jedah, and Jyn wakes up from her dream, Cassian walks in and does a bit of chat with her: “That’s Jedah… or what’s left of it…” then he walks away while Jyn looks out the window, and yet even though Cassian walked away and his back is facing the camera we hear an awkward piece of unnecessary exposition: “We find Saw, we find your father.” I think the scene would flow nicer if that line is removed. Plus it’s an awkward thing for Cassian to say after endearing small talk since he was tasked to kill his father if they found him....I just think it’s placement and delivery feel off. It just feels like exposition that was adr’d in for anyone that was checking his phone during the rebel briefing scene. Doesn’t feel like the scene was shot with that piece of dialogue in mind and so it would flow better without it. And it would also flow better into the following scene, only having Cassian address Saw until here -
“What’s with the Destroyer?”
“It’s because of your old friend, Saw Guerrera.”" - Burbin
- Added tie sfx to transition from K2 to Jedha pan shot
- Removed Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba
- Added Battlefront Imperial track to Rebel ambush
- Removed camera cut to Jyn when K2 joins them in the city to create seamless continuous scenes.
- Shortened Chirrut's acrobatics to remove his "is your foot alright?" line and human shield antics
- Removed the cut to Jyn and Cassian to connect the continuous shot where Baze fires at the stormtroopers
- Removed Chirrut's "are you kidding me? I'm blind" line
- Inserted Shamook's Tarkin deepfake (thanks to Burbin for hi quality file)
- Cut Draven's confirmed orders to Cassian to kill Galen (editing credit to Burbin)
"If we’re removing the first conversation then it would make sense to keep the information from the audience all the way so that we find out alongside Jyn. Either have those orders looming over as we go along the adventure, or keep it as a mystery as Cassian becomes more and more agitated until Chirrut tells Jyn that he senses he’s about to kill. I’m fine with it either way."
- Color corrected Vader's eyes during his meeting with Krennic
- Cropped Edu planet card to remove text (added sharpening to film)
- Removed Krennic saying "FIRE!" when no one will confess to sending communications from Edu (editing credit to Burbin)
"One thing that’s always bothered me is when Krennic orders the Death Troopers to execute Galen’s team, he yells “Ready, aim, fire!” and then Galen steps in and says “Stop! It was me!”. Now, the Death Troopers don’t strike me as the type to hesitate following orders so truthfully Galen should’ve been shot down for stepping in. I wonder if the “fire!” could be trimmed so that Galen steps in before Krennic can finish the command." - Burbin
- Rescored Rebel Alliance meeting with Force theme
- Removed Bodhi's stuttering when asked who is stealing the imperial ship
- Cropped Scarif planet card to remove text (added sharpening to film)
- Removed close up of Jyn's face and her taking out the Kyber crystal when waiting for the code to go through (used later to establish that she's safe on the U-Wing)
- Inserted Shamook's Tarkin deepfake (thanks to Burbin for hi quality file)
- Cropped scene with R2 and 3P0 to remove them from the shot and reworked surround track to eliminate their dialogue
- Removed Baze running with troops through the water (to be used later)
- Removed U-Wing drop ship approach scene with Chirrut and rebels in view (to be used later)
- Removed Chirrut death
- Inserted trimmed version of Baze taking out the Death Troopers. It now runs along side Chirrut's faith in the force scene as if Baze has developed faith in the force as well. I think it's pretty powerful this way
- Removed Baze getting shot. He now walks calmly forward to protect Chirrut and takes all of the Death Troopers out (cut the last trooper with the grenade) and then calmly looks back at Chirrut as he approaches the lever. This brings their faith cycle into a unison. Baze who once ridiculed Chirrut for his faith, has found his own through Chirrut's unwaivering faith in the force
- Removed Rebel soldier death that dies covering for Bodhi
- Removed Bodhi's death
- Rescored Star Destroyer collision (Scrambling the Rebel Fleet & airplane collision/crash sfx)
- Inserted Shamook's Tarkin deepfake (thanks to Burbin for hi quality file)
- Added Bohdi calling up to the fleet asking for an immediate evac
- Added Corellian Corvette flyby sfx & Admiral Raddus saying "Blue Squadron get Rogue One!" after he says "All ships prepare for jump to hyperspace"
- Added scenes from Odyssey: A Star Wars Story (rebel troops running, storm troopers firing, rebels entering transport)
- Color corrected Vader's eyes when he is watching the Rebel fleet be massacred
- Repurposed and color corrected previously removed scenes to have a U-Wing transport pick up the survivors (U-Wing approaching to drop off troops, Jyn and Casian entering the elevator, Jyn looking at the kyber crystal, Chirrut, Baze and rogue one crew on the imperial transport)
- Created U-Wing leaving Scarif shot
- Inserted Removed shot of Jyn holding the Kyber crystal and repurposed shot of rogue one crew
- Layered/Masked Chroma Keyed U-Wing jumping to hyper space from Yavin over the top of star field to have rogue one escape
- Added RotJ opening shot of shuttle leaving the star destroyer; added two tie bombers escorting to match following scene;; added the Profundity; masked edges to have star destroyer enter into view infront of Profundity; added sfx to bridge scene
- Trimmed Vader's awkward hand gesture of choking rebel soldier and then motioning to fling him to the side. (it just looks too fan filmy for me)
- Inserted Derpfake's Leia deepfake
- Fixed audio volume transition into credits
- Added custom edited/fanedited credits
- Added grouped name credits to shorten credits and have them end on the the musical finale (the original doesn't for some reason)
- Added custom title cards to ending

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Having just completed this I've gotta say "wow!"

What a great set of changes to the movie, most notably of course the deepfakes (amazing!) and the new ending (feels good!). I could still tell that there was supposed to be some kind of death at the end, I could just feel it in the framing of the shots, but you worked around it fantastically well and what you gave us was a fun and uplifting rebellion story!

There were very few audio issues, mostly just something soft in the ear like a sound that seems to end quickly, or a voice that disappears too fast, but I know sometimes that unavoidable. Likewise the shots in the ending were done as well as possible, near perfect, but there was a small amount of character movement that didn't (maybe couldn't) line up.

Overall you've created a very fun edit that sucks out the down moments and redeems some of the characters (Cassian especially). Excellent work, would definitely watch again!

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Removing several scenes in the 1st act was a good choice, the story flows a lot better this way. The removal of the “soap opera” about Cassian’s orders was also a good cut.

Tarkin and Leia’s deepfakes are the greatest improvement for me. The “uncanny valley” is gone now. Thank you to all those involved in making them look like this.

The new scene of Baze on the beach alongside Chirrut also works very well, it does look a lot more powerful this way.

I personally prefer, storywise, the original version where all the Rogue One crew sacrifice themselves “for the greater good”, but I enjoyed a lot to check this alternative version of the ending. It was seamlessly edited and also worked fine.

Many thanks to the author and all those who helped!

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Storywise, this edit is significantly better than the theatrical version of "Rogue One". The story flows better and the characters are the best that they can be with the avilable footage. Most of the editing is excellent, with the exception of a bit starting around 1:53:49, which I'll touch on further on in this review. The audio and visual quality are excellent, looking and sounging more or less identical to the Blu-ray. There are differing opinions on the survival ending, but I personally like and prefer it.

DigModiFicaTion replaced Grand Moff Tarkin's CGI face in most shots with the first version of Shamook's excllent deepfaked versions to be provided by Burbin of OriginalTrilogy.com (since the creation of this fanedit, there has been a second, far more complete and visually improved collection (hereafter "V2" of Shamook's Tarkin deepfakes provided by Burbin). For a few shots for which he could not access Shamook's deepfaked versions at the time, DigModiFicaTion used deepfakes by Jarkan. Finally, he replaced Leia's CGI face with a deepfake by Derpfakes. The Shamook and Derpfakes deepfakes are a significant improvement over the CGI versions (which gave the "uncanny valley" effect), but in my opinion, the Jarkan deepfakes are of such poor resolution as to be distracting.

Starting at about 18:46, Tarkin's face is the original CGI version for two shots lasting several seconds (as there was - and unfortunately still is - no deepfake footage available for that portion). As a result, it doesn't look the same (or as good) as the Shamook shots. However, this is forgivable considering the circumstances.

Starting at about 18:54, Tarkin's face is a deepfake by Jarkan, whose Tarkin deepfake doesn't look nearly as good as Shamook's. The V2 of Burbin's collection of Shamook Tarkin and Leia deepfakes has since become avilable at the Original Trilogy forums, and it contains Shamook's far superior deepfaked version of this shot. If DigModiFicaTion ever makes another updated version of this edit, he could use it.

Starting at about 45:12, Tarkin's face is again a subpar deepfake by Jarkan. Again, Burbin's V2 also contains Shamook's version of this shot and could be used in an updated version of this edit.

Starting at about 45:50, Tarkin's face is a Jarkan deepfake for three shots, these being by far the worst of them. Frankly, these shots look quite bad, the first being downright terrible. Once again, Burbin's V2 features Shamook's versions of these shots.

Starting at about 46:22, Tarkin's face is the original CGI version, as Shamook's version of this shot was not yet avilable (but now is in Burbin's V2.)

Starting at about 1:52:08, Tarkin's face is the original CGI version, as Shamook's version of this shot was not yet avilable (but now is in Burbin's V2.)

The added shot at about 1:53:33 (from a fan film) looks a bit digital compared to the rest of the movie (which was shot digitally but graded to look like film and had film grain added). A bit of film grain would improve the shot.

The two shots starting at about 1:53:49 depicting Jyn and Cassian running on the beach unfortunately do not work. Cassian is injured and has to lean on Jyn to walk in other shots both before and after, so seeing the two running without any limping or Cassian leaning on Jyn just doesn't fit. I don't think these shots were necessary anyway, as the following shots showing Jyn helping a limping Cassian through the U-Wing doorway are enough to sell that they managed to get to the ship. We don't need to see them running on the beach beforehand, as it can simply be assumed that they managed to get to the U-Wing by hastily limp-running there with Cassian leaning on Jyn.

The Derpfakes Leia deepfake, which starts around 1:56:41, is a significant improvement over the original CGI face, but the brightness and contrast are a little off, making it look a little too bright and washed out. Most noticeably, the inside of Leia's mouth looks gray instead of black. I think that a little brightness and contrast correction could fix this. Having looked at both Leia deepfakes carefully, I'm not sure whether I prefer Burbin's V2 of the Shamook one, or the Derpfakes one used in this edit. The Burbin/Shamook one has far better texture/detail and brightness/contrast, but I can't decide which one makes her teeth look more natural, and I think the Derpfakes one might have slightly more natural facial movements (It's hard to tell).

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Thanks for this excellent edit of Rogue One! I thought the audio/video edits were very well done and I didn't notice any technical issues due to editing! Narrative-wise, I think this may be the best version of Rogue One (theatrical or edited), you just made it work so much better! As others have said, I do miss the "Are you kidding me, I'm blind" line, but I do fully understand the reason it's no longer there. Overall, this edit of Rogue One is a must watch in my opinion!

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This was a fun "what if" version of Rogue One. I love DigModiFicaTion's original edit of Rogue One, so I was excited to check out this one.

Technically, there aren't any major issues I noticed.

Narratively, it was cool to see a version of this where the characters survived, but I definitely prefer it the original way. It just makes everything that happened feel weightier, and knowing their sacrifice going in to Ep IV really increases the stakes of that film.

The actual cutting of the survival ending generally works, though it feels a bit choppy and fanedity. I won't knock off any points for that, as I know the material was very limited to work with. Overall, it works.

This is a cool edit and whether you want a version where the heroes live or the heroes die, DigModiFicaTion's version of the film is my favorite way to watch Rogue One.
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