Revenge of the Jedi: Redux


Updated: 7th May 2024

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Faneditor: DonkeyKonga
Fanedit Type: FanFix
Fanedit Release Date: 9th October 2023
Fanedit Runtime: 1h:50m:0s
Time Cut: 0h:16m:0s
Time Added: 0h:0m:0s
Franchise: Star Wars
Genre: ActionAdventureDramaSci-Fi
Original Title: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)  
Original Release Date: 1st January 1983
Original Runtime: 2h:6m:0s
Original Links:

Certificate: U
Format: Blu-Ray
Resolution: 1080p
Sound Mix: Stereo
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Synopsis:

A redux? Why? Because I realised that I've learned so much since I started this hobby that I should revisit one of my earliest edits. Star Wars deserves it. Based on feedback I have now created a new throneroom sequence that is completely doused in red lights instead of blue. It's far more terrifying.


Intentions:

To find out what difference a year of fanediting experience makes. Do I agree with past edits? Did I make cuts I find unworthy in hindsight?


Change List:

Changes with a ^ are different compared to the original edit for clarity Created an alternative version where the Throneroom is covered in red lights instead of blue. In this version we also see Luke slowly getting Sith Eyes when he shortly get's tempted by the Dark Side. Cuts and Additions: -Used 4k83 as my only source -New opening crawl (same as before) -Every cut is seamless. Show this to someone who hasn't seen the original and they won't notice. ^ In hindsight this was not true. NOW it is actually seamless. -Removed c3po mentioning of chewbacca disappearing at Jabbas palace. He litterally shows up at jabba AFTER c3po -Removed every line regarding a gift to jabba. ^ In the redux I made major cuts to the conversation with the droid at the door and Bib Fortuna for pacing, and to keep Jabba's palace mysterious. -Jabba doesnt even listen to luke offer after he realises it's about Han. He seizes the droids. No gifts here, just vile gangster behaviour. (what's Luke's plan anyway? Would he really give away his droids in exchange for Han? What if Jabba agrees with the trade?) ^ Mostly unchanged, but slightly better audio transitions -Luke doesnt tell Jabba to underestimate his powers, because Jabba immediately uses the trap door when Luke tells him he is taking captain Solo anyway. Jabba does NOT mess around. -Removed a few small sections of C3po being comedic, but not all of them. -Boba Fett crashes into the sail barge but we dont see him fall into the pit like an idiot. -Boba Fett doesnt fire a shot and misses like a blind idiot. Han now hits him on the jetpack before he takes the shot. -Re structures the entire sail barge fight sequence ^ Better audio transitions all around -Removed the emperor foreseeing that luke will come, considering he couldnt even sense him on the ship. -Removed the point of view line by Obi Wan -Removed Luke immediately realising who his sister is -Removed a few cheesy lines during the briefing, but not all of them. ^ Removed the 'ask me again sometime' line since Luke doesn't know yet -Restructures the Han/Lando conversation at the Falcon to feel more mature. ^ This is improved alot in the redux. The original edit really shows my lack of expertise here. -Leia is found by a mysterious figure (spoiler alert: it's an ewok) -Removed the ewoks not listening to God C3PO. They now immediately release Leia and she rushes to Han to kiss him ^ Massively different in the Redux. I still removed the 'we will eat you' part of this story, but kept them captured and Luke using the Force to get them out of this predicament. In hindsight I feel like we don't see enough Force use to completely remove this scene. -Removed the entire bedtime story ^ Massively different in Redux. Now the bedtime story is transformed into a town meeting where the Ewoks discuss what to do -Removed a few lines during luke/leias conversation to keep Luke more mysterious -Leia is upset by the news about being a sister and tells han to go away. He clearly realises she is emotional and doesnt go away. She notices him and asks him to hold her. -Removed every mention that Vader must obey his master. -Removed Vader's dumbass 'HEEEEE will come to MEEEE????' line. -Emperor now says : 'you are now mine' instead of 'you and your father are now mine' -Removed the star destroyer captain spoiling the emperors surprise. Now Lando asks 'why arent they attacking' and we cut to the emperor announcing the operational battle station. -Reduced the corny ewok battle but still kept a lot of the epic moments like the ropes being tossed around the speeder bikes! ^ Some slight tweaks, not really worth mentioning -removed the ATST boobytraps - Edited out the tell your sister line at the end, but kept the rest of the emotional moment with luke and vader. ^ Re-instated in Redux. I feel it's an emotional moment and warranted. Bad decision of me to cut it. -Removed every Han being jealous of Luke moment. Leia litterally declared her love two times already so no need for it. ^ Reworked their final conversation in Redux to be less stilted. The original edit still *feels* edited. -Luke isnt at the celebration, he just lost his dad. Movie ends with Vaders funeral, leaving a far more impactful final image with viewers. Better audio transitions, and we now end before the camera pans back down again


Additional Notes:

My goal here is to yet again create an even more mature cut of Return of the Jedi and make something more in line with George Lucas' original title: Revenge of the Jedi. Characters feel like their characters in the previous two movies. Mostly Han and Vader are far better in this Cut.


Special Thanks:

Artisdead for the poster WilliamRedRobin for giving feedback during and pushing me to make the best cuts possible. Everyone who reviewed the first Revenge of the Jedi edit and gave with feedback.


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