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July 04, 2012    
 
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Original Release Date:
1977
Original Running Time:
124
Fanedit Release Date:
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
  • NTSC DVD-5
  • AVI/MKV
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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Overall rating 
 
9.2
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9.1  (20)
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9.1  (67)
What a fantastic edit. It's what brought me back to the site after a few years away, just knowing the quality that can be achieved in a fanedit.

Honestly, the original episode IV is not a movie I would ever watch again. I'm not a hardcore fan and more importantly, I find this edit much superior. It's funny, it's deeper, and more intense. Using dialog from other James Earl Jones films is genius (I particularly enjoyed the line from Conan). The bar scene turns from a circus to a really down-to-earth cyberpunk experience. The choice of Neil Young is excellent.

Because the tone can be so dense and serious at times, the humor works really well, like the use of the behind the scenes footage where Lea and Luke are drinking a coke (at least I think it was, I'm reviewing from memory).

All in all a most recommendable edit.
Overall rating 
 
9.8
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8.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
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10.0
Reviewed by ricerom October 15, 2014
Last updated: October 15, 2014
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What a fantastic edit. It's what brought me back to the site after a few years away, just knowing the quality that can be achieved in a fanedit.

Honestly, the original episode IV is not a movie I would ever watch again. I'm not a hardcore fan and more importantly, I find this edit much superior. It's funny, it's deeper, and more intense. Using dialog from other James Earl Jones films is genius (I particularly enjoyed the line from Conan). The bar scene turns from a circus to a really down-to-earth cyberpunk experience. The choice of Neil Young is excellent.

Because the tone can be so dense and serious at times, the humor works really well, like the use of the behind the scenes footage where Lea and Luke are drinking a coke (at least I think it was, I'm reviewing from memory).

All in all a most recommendable edit.

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I watched "War of the stars 2" just recently, so I was somewhat prepared for this.

---Spoiler-warning---
The intention was to downgrade the videoquality, ie. to grindhouse it, so that the deleted scenes could be integrated without sticking out. That goal was achieved perfectly! It looks really awful through and through and everything looked natural in its awfulness!

But I can't say I'm a fan of grindhousing, the videoquality is already flat due to being SD-sourced, and the grindhousing further knocked the quality down obviously.

"War of the stars 2" did without the grindhousing-effect and in retrospect I'm thankful for that:).

That said, the grindhousing helped in a moment where TMBTM made a jump in the narrative, which I thought to be a great idea, by making it look like the film was burned out. Loved that.

Like in the second part I love the new special effects, like the blood and Vader's red eyes, or the new shooting of the sandpeople's wagon.

I also love the new music introduced, especially in the new Mos-eisley-bar-scene.

Narratively I like that it was made like it were a single movie, it all ends with the death star being blown up and Vader killed by Han. It made perfect sense as the emperor was not mentioned, so it could stand alone.

Of course it poses the question, why "War of the stars 2" exists? But I'm glad it exists, cause I think it's superior in most ways.

But back to this edit: I loved two subtitle-lines by R2D2: "Oh, God is he old", when Obi Wan said he wouldn't remember a droid, lol! And "Maybe they need gold" when C3PO asked what the jabbas wanted with them.

---Spoiler-warning-end---

Great edit, achieved what it wanted and tells the story of Star Wars in a single movie and is therefore highly recommended!
Still, I very much prefer "War of the stars 2", that gets along, without the grindhousing and offers many more awesome creative special-effect-use and offers more creative narration-choices.



Overall rating 
 
7.6
Audio/Video Quality 
 
5.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
7.0
Reviewed by newspock September 14, 2014
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I watched "War of the stars 2" just recently, so I was somewhat prepared for this.

---Spoiler-warning---
The intention was to downgrade the videoquality, ie. to grindhouse it, so that the deleted scenes could be integrated without sticking out. That goal was achieved perfectly! It looks really awful through and through and everything looked natural in its awfulness!

But I can't say I'm a fan of grindhousing, the videoquality is already flat due to being SD-sourced, and the grindhousing further knocked the quality down obviously.

"War of the stars 2" did without the grindhousing-effect and in retrospect I'm thankful for that:).

That said, the grindhousing helped in a moment where TMBTM made a jump in the narrative, which I thought to be a great idea, by making it look like the film was burned out. Loved that.

Like in the second part I love the new special effects, like the blood and Vader's red eyes, or the new shooting of the sandpeople's wagon.

I also love the new music introduced, especially in the new Mos-eisley-bar-scene.

Narratively I like that it was made like it were a single movie, it all ends with the death star being blown up and Vader killed by Han. It made perfect sense as the emperor was not mentioned, so it could stand alone.

Of course it poses the question, why "War of the stars 2" exists? But I'm glad it exists, cause I think it's superior in most ways.

But back to this edit: I loved two subtitle-lines by R2D2: "Oh, God is he old", when Obi Wan said he wouldn't remember a droid, lol! And "Maybe they need gold" when C3PO asked what the jabbas wanted with them.

---Spoiler-warning-end---

Great edit, achieved what it wanted and tells the story of Star Wars in a single movie and is therefore highly recommended!
Still, I very much prefer "War of the stars 2", that gets along, without the grindhousing and offers many more awesome creative special-effect-use and offers more creative narration-choices.



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I only wish the film had been edited more. There were moments that were sheer genius, like the binary sunset, Obiwan and the trash compacter, and Biggs's death. I wish there'd have been more fake blood. I also wish the Darth Vader dialogue had been better integrated. And the premise behind Biggs's death should have been taken further, because it was genius. And I literally spat coffee on my computer screen from laughing too hard when the song from the Christmas Special began. Overall, it was really fun. Can't wait to watch the next one (which is downloading right now).
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9.0
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10.0
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Reviewed by bckesler September 14, 2014
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I only wish the film had been edited more. There were moments that were sheer genius, like the binary sunset, Obiwan and the trash compacter, and Biggs's death. I wish there'd have been more fake blood. I also wish the Darth Vader dialogue had been better integrated. And the premise behind Biggs's death should have been taken further, because it was genius. And I literally spat coffee on my computer screen from laughing too hard when the song from the Christmas Special began. Overall, it was really fun. Can't wait to watch the next one (which is downloading right now).

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Thank you TMBTM! This is fucking epic! :]X
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9.4
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8.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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10.0
Reviewed by Adam the Deviant September 01, 2014
Last updated: September 29, 2014
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Thank you TMBTM! This is fucking epic! :]X

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Grindhouse/drive-in is such a great category of fanedit! The flaws become charming!

This is the best fanedit I have seen! It's fantastic.

I thought the previous movie, JAWS, was too long and became boring, but not so with this one!
This is just perfection in it's lack of perfection!

I wrote a review earlier tonight of Robots vs Kung Fu, which is my 2nd favorite after this one.
This movie, War of the Stars still totally hangs together as a film and still manages to be awesome. Whereas I think the MST3K guys would have a field day with Robots vs Kung Fu.

I wish I had more to say, but its all just compliments. I've been recommending it to everyone I know. Perfect running time too. I think these need to be under 100mins to be effective.

Anyway, this is just genius! I have found myself watching it 3 times now and it just gets better.

Overall rating 
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
Reviewed by anarchemist June 07, 2014
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Grindhouse/drive-in is such a great category of fanedit! The flaws become charming!

This is the best fanedit I have seen! It's fantastic.

I thought the previous movie, JAWS, was too long and became boring, but not so with this one!
This is just perfection in it's lack of perfection!

I wrote a review earlier tonight of Robots vs Kung Fu, which is my 2nd favorite after this one.
This movie, War of the Stars still totally hangs together as a film and still manages to be awesome. Whereas I think the MST3K guys would have a field day with Robots vs Kung Fu.

I wish I had more to say, but its all just compliments. I've been recommending it to everyone I know. Perfect running time too. I think these need to be under 100mins to be effective.

Anyway, this is just genius! I have found myself watching it 3 times now and it just gets better.

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