Revenge of the Jedi: Redux

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I would highly recommend this edit to anyone who wants to see a light edit of ROTJ (like me). There are no major structural or narrative changes. What you will get is the same story with the same pacing just as you remembered it but with a more mature, less goofy feel to it all. A lot of silliness is removed, dialogue is sharper, characters have better arcs. All those changes are very well done.

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To be completely honest, I’m not a fan of this movie. Well, I absolutely adore the Throne Room stuff but despise everything else. So I was curious to see what DK could do with it. Poorly conceived scenes like pretty much everything on Tatoonine and everything with the Ewoks are minimized if not fixed. And there are definitely head scratchers from the original that are narratively fixed. There’s still precious little of substance that happens in the first 2/3 of the movie though and that lack of story makes the silliness less forgivable.  But that’s not something DK can do much about and he has trimmed it down substantially. Things that seemed cool in 83 feel quaint or downright dated now and it’s all just so much more noticeable in this film than the previous two due to lack of good storytelling.  The ending is much improved IMO, and critically Han is left a much better character (though I still think there’s little story arc left for Leia or Han in this movie). To be brief, I have a hard time sitting through most of this movie, but DK has made it about as palatable as it is likely to get.  
I’m not an editor so I perhaps don’t have a keen eye for the technical, but I didn’t notice anything that seemed out of place. There are some jarring cuts in this movie but I’m 99% sure they were always there.  A few of DK’s cuts feel like they come too quickly, but I think that is more due to the fact that, knowing the source material so well, you expect something to be there and then it isn’t. The only issue I had is with the very ending. The cut to the credits isn’t smooth. But DK had told me he made improvements there after I downloaded but I couldn’t get the fix to work. So I’m reluctant to drop points since it may well be already fixed. 
In summary, I think this is a great edit for those that want to keep RotJ more or less intact but minimize some of the poor narrative choices.  And it looks great on my 88” TV! 

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DK has done an AMAZING job with this edit. Jedi was always my loveable but a tad frustrating entry in the OT. After the masterpiece of Empire, it was always going to be tough to follow it up. And the less capable director, kiddie-oriented Ewoks, and some strangely-delivered dialogue and story points made this a less than perfect film already.

With all that said, DK has done a great job in elevating ROTJ into a more serious, more seamless, and more worthy movie! The edits made the Jabba's Palace scene move more quickly and make more sense, the Rebels interactions with the Ewoks wastes less time, and Han really benefits most from the edit, coming across as less buffoonish!

I still have my own personal preferences that differ a bit from the editor's choices. Putting Vader's funeral pyre after the finale celebration makes Luke isolated from his friends rather than with them (he reason he beat the Emperor– faith in his friends). And it made the transition to the end credits a bit jarring. I'm also not a fan of the original Yub Nub song, much preferring John William's celebration score in the Special Editions. But that's all just me!

The video source is a bit grainy for my tastes too, but it does give it the original release feel. If you prefer that, you'd definitely give it a 10. But most all of the edits, transitions, audio, etc. is excellent! Great work on elevating ROTJ into a better class of film, in all the ways that were possible!

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This is a great personal take on RotJ that 100% achieves what it sets out to do.
If you're like Jedi, but you're frustrated by some of the more child oriented aspects of it, this is definitely the edit for you.
The important details of the movie all remain. As someone who doesn't mind the lighter content in the original, I would rank this edit completely on level with it, but the overall tone is darker, more serious, and more mature. Making it a potentially vast improvement for some viewers. The improvements to Han's character alone make it a worthy substitute.
Recommend.

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