Star Wars: The Coaxium Heist

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Star Wars: The Coaxium Heist
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Original Release Date:
2018
Original Running Time:
135
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Fanedit Running Time:
132
Time Cut:
5
Time Added:
2
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Brief Synopsis:
Young Han Solo joins a band of smugglers on his first major heist and is introduced to Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.
Intention:
To make this feel more like Star Wars. How? Add a crawl, remove the teal filter, restore the white and add wipe transitions.
Other Sources:
Solo: A Star Wars Story Soundtrack
Mechanical gear sounds
C-3PO sfx
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Special Thanks:
To all of the community members who encouraged and had patience with me along the way and especially to my Rogue Squadron unit that puts up with my hobby.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
This edit utilizes the Custom Crawl Creator for producing the opening crawl and extensive use of the color correction (secondary), color correction and white balance filters in Vegas Edit Pro.
Cuts and Additions:
00:00:00 - added FE title card, Custom Star Wars disclaimer, aurebesh DigModiFicaTion logo, Custom Walt Disney 20th Century Fox title card
00:00:57 - added custom crawl (expanded star field to allow for pan down)
00:02:25 - added Corellia and a space dock to pan down
00:08:46 - removed close up of Han's eye
00:10:59 - added deleted Corellia chase scene
00:16:56 - trimmed/rearranged scene to have Han tell the officer his full name
00:17:09 - replaced Han being blown through the air with a custom wipe transition to a space shot of Mimban with star destroyers approaching
00:17:15 - trimmed Mimban cloud scene to reuse later and cropped Han's first shot on Mimban to remove the on screen text
00:17:27 - inserted a rearranged version of the deleted Mimban assualt scene to show off a bit more of the Mimban war and Beckett's team though I removed any direct focus on the minigun character who dies as it creates a narrative that is never resolved. Lots of audio reworking in this edit
00:24:45 - cut stormtrooper chatter (removed Han's subtitles when he's talking to Chewbacca)
00:25:34 - cut Han's faking being mauled by Chewbacca
00:27:44 - inserted Mimban sky shot that was trimmed earlier in the film
00:27:45 - removed Han/Chewbacca shower scene and added wipe transition to Vandor space sunrise scene. While I like this scene and tired to keep it, I needed to add a wipe here and it just wouldn't work with the shower scene
00:33:14 - removed Han yelling he's ok and Chewbacca growling back to him
00:54:52 - reversed and repurposed shot of Han to allow for a wipe transition to the exterior of Niima Outpost
00:55:07 - removed droid cage fight. Sure it's world building, but it's distracting and L3 verbalizes enough to give us the narrative
01:01:54 - trimmed L3 and yelling and removed cage fight scenes
01:03:06 - cut L3 saying she can't work with people watching her. It's just creepy odd and I wanted to eliminate all of the droid sexualization stuff from the film
01:03:06 - added green screen welding sparks to distract the eye from the fact that her saw isn't spinning at all
01:05:39 - cut L3's lines to Han. Now she simply says "Excuse me". Added droid sfx and gear sfx to simulate her movements
01:10:09 - cut the equal rights scene between Lando and L3. I'm all for equity, but this just felt tacked on. Again, L3's character still fights for these rights and talks about them, but she isn't solely focused on them either. This scene just makes her into a walking poster for equal rights. She's much more than that and removing this scene makes her character more dimensional by allowing us to see her for who she is rather than this one focus area, imo
01:10:31 - cut Q'ra and L3's girl talk scene. There is no sexual tension between Lando and L3 in this edit
01:16:17 - removed droid saying "freedom"
01:19:30 - cut L3 turning around and yelling about the droid rebellion
0:1:24:24 - removed Lando hugging L3 and caressing her after her power goes out. He still yells, but it's more like how Luke reacts to R2 than what they imply in this film
01:27:12 - removed Beckett' and Han's back and forth about if the Tie fighters are still on them
01:28:24 - cut down some of the scene when Q'ra first goes back to help Lando and sees the fire
01:28:35 - cut Beckett complaining about hurting his fingers
01:31:53 - cut Lando asking if Han knew it was the escape pod why would he do that
01:33:58 - cut the back and forth after Han yells "Now!"
01:34:06 - removed the Falcon loosing power gag
01:34:54 - removed Han's lines over the radio after he says they have coaxium that they need to off load immediately
01:38:59 - stabilized scenes and layer masked the falcon departure in order to remove the falcon leaving gag
01:39:20 - removed Han's macho moment with Enfys nest and the falcon leaving gag. Repurposed a zoomed wide shot of Enfys and the marauders while Beckett continues his speech before cutting back to him talking visually
01:56:18 - removed Darth Maul cameo. I don't like it. If they make a second Solo film I'll put it back or create a flashback for the edit I'd undoubtedly make of the new film,. Here it's just fan service without any meaning. Now if anyone can do a good cosplay of Xizor I'll put him in there.. Removing him makes Beckett's character more credible,and Q'ra's character more devious.
02:00:46 - added wipe transition to Numidian Prime
02:00:53 - cut zooming in camera on Lando and some of his lines
02:03:27 - cut the dice scene and added iris out, moved audio mix up to create natural flow to credits
02:03:53 - made custom edited by and fanedited by credit to replace the preexisting one
02:12:05 - added aurebesh DigModiFicaTion logo
02:12::15 - added FE.org title card

Other edits:
- extensive color correction of nearly every individual scene
- audio crossfades for each edit to ensure seamless audio transitions
- addition of sfx or rebuilding of surround track when needed to achieve edit
- as with all my edits, I reduce the level of profanity
Poster art by DigModiFicaTion (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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So, I had mixed feelings about the theatrical cut of this film. I loved the arc of the character as it sets up a good-hearted origin for our lovable scoundrel. It functions as an anti-OT arc for Han. He once was idealistic and romantic, but the machine of the empire and world weariness crushed that as he learns the hard lessons of smuggling and trusting the wrong people. Even his love that motivates his actions throughout most of the plot ends up betraying him. I think my only complaint is that because MOST of the film revolves around good-hearted Han you can walk away thinking that he just IS a good guy. But that is not the intent of the film. By the end he shoots (coldly) his mentor and friend. He barely bats an eye at the betrayal of Quira. He is now the type of guy that would give Luke and Leia the gruff he gives in ANH.

For those reasons I enjoyed the film. My major problem that kept me from coming back was that L3 sexual nonsense. Star wars is "romantic." It is not, nor should it ever be, "sexual." This is my only real problem with Andor at the moment. Fairy tales just shouldn't be sexual. His cutting of a droid's and Lando's proclivities in the bedroom was by far the best thing about watching this awesome edit. And in turn I care so much more about these characters. I actually kind of enjoyed L3 in this cut. Awesome!

The other masterful tweak was the removing of Maul. Not because Maul is gone. I actually LOVED that moment in theaters. Rather, the removal of Maul from Quira's arc and choice at the end streamlines and clarifies the so many things. Anything that muddies that climactic moment with Becket and Quira at the end absolutely guts this movie. Make no mistake... Becket IS the Han Solo big brother to Han's Luke here. Quira IS the representation of vulnerable love for Han's life. Thus, I really feel like this movie strengthens Han's turn in ANH. He chooses NOT to betray and leave Luke in his moment of need... (the way Becket did with him) and he will not take the money and run from his love, Leia (as Quira did with him). ANH heals the wounds from these two vital characters in Han's past. It makes Han the person he should have been and establishes the Skywalker twins as a force for good and something rare in the Star Wars universe.

But we really lose that by the whole, "LOOK IT'S MAUL" distraction. Focus on YOUR film... YOUR characters... and YOUR themes and plot. This edit gives us all that by its laser tight focus. Thank you! I love it!

As for all the technical aspects, visual and sound fidelity is great. I especially love the boosted brightness to appreciate more of the great physical effects going on this film.

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I will start this review with my only criticism of the edit. There were a few minutes at the beginning of the movie where the brightness seemed a bit excessive. I should qualify that my eyes were a contributing factor with astigmatism and a very thin cornea. My eyes can be sensitive to brightness, particularly when combined with darkness or dim lighting. Therefore, some of this issue was my fault for watching the beginning with dim lights.

As for the edit itself, I really enjoyed it. I first saw the movie at home a few years ago. Going through the change log helped refresh my memory. I should qualify that I felt the theatrical release was mediocre and I had a real issue with the Han Solo character. He came off as very respectable guy versus the Solo in the original trilogy who was introduced as an arrogant blowhard. This was an issue that an edit cannot really do much about.

Overall, the visual quality of the movie was clearly and noticeably better. I remembered from watching the theatrical version that I at times struggled to see what was happening. The color corrections done by the editor made watching the entire movie much easier on my eyes other than the brightness towards the very beginning. That is why I rated the visual editing as 9/10.

As for the audio, I have what I call the remote control test. When I watch a movie or television show, I always check to see if I have to play around with the volume up or down. If I have to touch the remote, I consider the audio needing work. I should be able to hear everything on a single volume throughout the movie. On this, I never had to touch my remote volume, so the editor passes with flying colors.

In terms of enjoying the movie, I enjoyed the edit significantly more than I did the theatrical release. The studio version had me feeling, “This is okay, I guess.” The edited version had me feeling that I actually watched a good movie. I would not call it great, but that is not the editor’s fault as there was only so much you can do. I already mentioned that I felt the Solo character was inconsistent with the one portrayed in the original trilogy. I also felt this movie did not really enhance the original trilogy in a way that Rogue One did in my opinion.

This movie was made more enjoyable by some of the more glaring removals by the editor. One of the obvious ones was dumping Maul. I like the character, but he had no purpose in the movie other than nostalgia baiting. If you want to use nostalgia, then the character should have a more prominent role besides, “Oh wow look at Darth Maul.” On top of that, his removal added an aura of mystery to Qira’s actions that made the ending much more mysterious and intriguing.

Moving on, another major reason the movie was actually fun to watch was effectively removing the extremely cringeworthy L3 droid’s sexual shenanigans. I have no idea who in the world would be interested in that stuff. Was Disney trying to promote some form of female equality here? If that were the case, this was a really bizarre way of promoting it. The droid love just gives you a nauseating feeling and disrupts you from enjoying the movie.

On the flip side, the version of L3 in the movie had a nice sassy attitude and made the character likeable in way similar to R2D2 and C3Po. Well done by the editor.

The best thing about the movie was that everything flowed very smoothly. In other fan edits I have seen, the trims and cuts created an obvious choppiness to the movies. I never felt that watching this edit.

I can comfortably say that after watching the theatrical version, I felt as though I had no interest in watching the movie again. This edit is something that would interest me in watching again down the line. That is what happens when you remove awkward moments and just allow the audience to enjoy the show.

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Tried watching through Solo a couple of times a while back but would always give up after a few minutes, had a few apprehensions on starting the edit but before too long I was properly enjoying it.

On reflection, I think part of the issue was attempting to reconcile my ideas of what Star Wars should feel like with the approaches taken by each instalment/sub-series, it will be interesting to finally watch through the original and see how DigMod's changes make a difference.

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Coaxium Heist - everyone seems to be raving about this one and I’m not going to spoil that party. It’s awesome, and does indeed feel like a Star Wars edit.

When I saw this I did more out of curiosity, as in this day of faneditors howling at the moon to rectify Obi-Wan, Boba Fett, et al it does give us perspective…there just wasn’t all that incorrect about Ron Howard’s overall vision, IMHO.

That’s what makes finding and appreciating these fanedits so much fun - editors give us the gifts we didn’t realize we wanted. This one seamlessly stacks up now against the best of yer other SW edits, and there’s little in the way of awkwardness.

I personally really love the film’s arc at the end, the standoff with Woody, and how it feels like just another one of a million stories. Respect is paid there, where it belongs.

See for yourself the other changes and decide. For me, it took a film intrinsically just fine but have it another layer - an essential SW layer.

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This is a great improvement on the original, perhaps largely due to reducing L3's involvement in the story (that is one annoying droid). But generally the film is improved and I found myself enjoying watching it whereas the original left me feeling unsatisfied. The "Solo" edit didn't feel quite right but the editor only has the footage available and I think it was the right decision to remove the original reason for his surname.
Overall this is a great fan edit and shows how a film can be improved with good editing. It is significantly better than the original and I would recommended it to any body who like Star Wars.

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