Star Wars: The Darklighter Cut

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Star Wars: The Darklighter Cut
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
Blast It Biggs!
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Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1977
Original Running Time:
121
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
127
Time Added:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
The Darklighter Cut masterfully reintegrates all of the scenes with Luke, Biggs and their friends at the Toche Station to where they were in the original shooting script. Five new deleted and extended scenes have been restored and edited back into the classic film adding six more minutes of footage, introducing Luke far earlier than in the theatrical cut.
Intention:
People have had false memories for years about seeing a cut of the film with these Biggs scenes included, so I thought that I'd make my own edition of the film that did have these Toche Station sequences added into it.
Other Sources:
- Star Wars: The Silver Screen Edition v1.6 - Used as the main source for the film
- Star Wars: A New Hope Blu-Ray - The Biggs hanger scene was taken from the BR, regraded and regrained to match the SSE and the alt. scene
- Star Wars: The Complete Saga - Deleted Scenes (Toche Station, Old Lady on Tatooine and Alt. Biggs Reunion) taken from here
- The Making of Star Wars by JW Rinzer EBook - An usused shot of Luke in his landspeeder was taken from the gag reel included in the book and used to transition at the arrival at the Toche Station
- Star Wars: Revisited by Adywan - The audio following Biggs' death was taken from Revisited, originally used in the Radio Drama
- Star Wars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - A few tracks were used to score the deleted scenes (The Moisture Farm and Mos Eisley Spaceport)
- Return of the Jedi (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Lapti Nek was used in the Toche Station to add a jazzy atmosphere to the place
Special Thanks:
littlev87, benduwan and darkspire17 from OT.com, heathen3017, Crimson713 and jrWHAG42 for providing some invaluable feedback on my workprint cut
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
- Blast It Biggs! Where Are You? - A Jamie Benning Filmumentary
- 3 Alternate Edits of "Luke Watches the Space Battle"
- Deleted Footage Restoration Comparison
- Star Wars Publicity Film 12-4-76
- Making of Star Wars by JW Rinzer - Excerpts on the addition and deletion of the Tatooine segments
- Third and Fourth Draft Script Excerpts - Deleted Scenes
Cuts and Additions:
- Added Luke working on a mosture evaporator and seeing the Tatntive IV being boarded
- Added Luke almost running over an old lady in Anchorhead on his way to the Tosche Station
- Added Luke and his friends at the station and him showing the battle, which they dismiss
- Added Luke and Biggs talking about joining the rebellion
- Added extended version of Red Leader talking about Luke's father
- Added Luke saying "Biggs? BIGGS!" over the radio after he gets shot down.
Cover art by Bobson Dugnutt (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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2 reviews
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9.7
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9.5(2)
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8.5(2)
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9.0(2)
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9.4
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9.0
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7.0
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8.0
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10.0
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10.0
This is a solid enhancement of the existing story, with Biggs Darklighter and Luke's scenes providing the viewer with a little more insight into things rarely if at all touched upon in the theatrical SW movies. They do slow the pace of the film down, but they make for compelling viewing all the same, they're more laid back and leave you with plenty to think about. The scenes are well integrated, with appropriate music cues for much of it (though I think when we first see Luke there could have been more dramatic music for viewing the space battle).

Again, the deleted scenes are still significantly unpolished and come with many interior faults such as visible on-screen scratches...this is probably beyond Bobson's control and nevertheless, the edit remains a solid watch and a strong recommendation for any curious fans out there who want to expand their knowledge of the lore.
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A really fun concept for a fanedit of A New Hope masterfully realized by terrific editing. The scenes are beautifully reintegrated into the film and complement the overall narrative remarkably well. Excellent work.

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