War of the Stars: A New Hope Grindhoused

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War of the Stars: A New Hope Grindhoused
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Original Release Date:
1977
Original Running Time:
124
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Fanedit Running Time:
97
Time Cut:
43
Time Added:
16
Brief Synopsis:
This is a “grindhouse” version of George Lucas’s Star Wars (Episode 4 'A New Hope'). Some of the deleted scenes, alternate takes and behind the scene footage are now back in the movie. New music. New special effects. Key scenes have been reorganized.
Intention:
To complete a “grindhouse double feature” I needed a second movie. (The first is JAWS: The Sharksploitation Edit, now The War Of The Stars: A New Hope Grindhoused.) When you talk about “grindhouse double feature” Planet Terror/Death Proof comes to mind, and what people usualy says?… “Damn, Planet Terror was fun, but Death Proof was a bore!”

Personally I like Death Proof a lot but I can understand why people felt it was boring. I hope this edit will not bore you too much! I took as an advice a comment on my JAWS edit who said it was “too long for mockery” so I made the overall length quite short this time.

I want to thanks Puggo for letting me use his 16mm preservation work, known as The Puggo Grande. I just zoomed and cropped it for it to have a more “Star Warsish” aspect ratio. (So the picture quality of the Puggo Grande is better, I wanted to point out that fact.) Only I think that quality loss helped me a lot to blend some documentary footage back in the movie.

And THAT is one of the main purpose of this edit: to bring back a lot of deleted scenes and various footage. Does it make it a better movie? Hell no. This is a cheap version of Star Wars. Hopefully fun for the fans to watch.
Other Sources:
- Main source is the 16mm print restoration of the 1977 cut (this original cut is available in the 2006 DVD release of this movie).
- A countless of other sources (alternate shots, deleted scenes, behind the scene footages, fan films..), mainly available in the Bluray release of the original trilogy.
- New music: Isao Tomita (Mars the Bringer of War and Aranjuez), Judas Priest (Peace), Neil Young (Twilight, live), Lalo Shiffrin (Free Ide and Days Of Wine And Roses), SPOCK (The Force Of Life), Carrie Fisher (Happy Life Day), The Great Luke Ski (Star Wars Homesick Blues)
Special Thanks:
To everyone at originaltrilogy.com and to Doubleofive who came with the idea of R2D2′s subtitles.
Release Information:
  • DVD
  • Digital
Special Features
- "Before After" little video about the new special effects and "grindhouse" effects.
- 2 Little Star Wars related music videos made by The Man Behind The Mask.
Editing Details:
Too much to list. See the overall description, but be prepared for major twists and changes.
Cover art by The Man Behind The Mask (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by ThrowgnCpr (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Unlike most fanedits with the intention of making a film better, War of the Stars provides a unique perspective on an old favorite by providing an alternate take. Leaning heavily on the late 70's aesthetic of exploitation films, War of the Stars changes A New Hope into a whole new film. Lots of surprises awaits, it's a messier, weirder picture, leaning into deleted scenes as alternate takes to the originals, the deleted scenes go al long way to make this film feel different. Yet there's a lot more gags, like James Earl Jones' lines, changing tone via inspired music choices (the chase in the death star is entirely hilarious), and added effects. Not only that, there's narrative choices. Not every scene will feel new, but most will. It suffers when it's mostly a new aesthetic on a scene that's familiar, thankfully they're few and far between before the next gag.

This is ultimately a wonderful embodiment of why people watch fanedits, to experience a familiar film in a whole new way.

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Technically hard to rate due to the nature of the film, but still top marks. Enjoyed the translation / interaction between the droids .
The sound effects etc. Makes you fall in love with Grind house, all over again.

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This cut made me remember to check the vaporators for the umpteenth time lol. When Vader uses the force something like that should have been in the original. Or shake the crap out of them lol.

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I got to hear Obi-Wan Kenobi call Mos Eisley a f---ing s---hole! I recommend this edit!

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I've recently heavily got back into Grindhouse movies and this had to be one of my go-to's.

For some reason, this version gave me more nostalgia than the despecialized edition, probably due to my first time seeing Star Wars being on an old VHS and I watched it so many times the tape broke.

A lot of people would miss the amount of skill and talent it takes to produce such an amazing addition to a beloved franchise but I was in editors Heaven watching this. I love it so much that it's now in the rotation when I binge-watch SW for International Star Wars Day.

Absolutely brilliant. Thank you for producing an edit I didn't know I needed. :)

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