Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Phantom

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Review by amatar — June 29, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

I watched every single Star Wars movie when they came out in the theatres. I was 4 when the original came out, and I was first in line to see TPM in theatres - I only had to wait 12 hours, as the theatre I went to didn't tell anyone they were selling advanced tickets, and I managed to get a hold of some - so I wasn't one of those poor bastards who had to camp out for a month to be the first in lol

Anyways, AOTC was the only one of the saga I never saw in the theatre, and I don't regret it at all. After renting it, I hated it with a stinking passion like nothing I can quite describe. A worse movie could not have been made.

I watched this edit, and it seems as though everything that was horrible about this movie was cut out - my God, it is actually watchable!

Video Quality: 10
Audio Quality: 10
Editing: 10
Improvement over the original: This is where I have to complain, which is truly too bad. I will explain:

The opening crawl:

The opening crawl explains why he did the edits he did, completely blowing away ANY sort of continuity with the rest of the saga.

It honestly set the tone as some sort of a satire, I couldn't take it seriously after reading it, and it completely ruined the movie for me, which is honestly and truly too bad, as the editing, sound and video were 100% top notch. I cannot possibly complain about any of the editing decisions. Great direction. Great choices.

I understand the urge to explain WHY you did the edit, but couldn't the explanation be done in a disclaimer or something BEFORE the movie started? I'm very sorry to say that I had to delete this edit. I will try to find something that comes close I guess.

I am having a hard time rating this movie overall, as you did such a wonderful job technically. In the end, sadly, I have to give it a 5 out of 10 as the movie was ruined before it started, the mood is half of the movie. The technical side is the other half, and that half gets top marks.

I cannot recommend this edit if you want a true Star Wars movie. If you don't pay attention to the opening crawl in the first place, then this edit is for you.
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Review by Tpiom — August 24, 2011 @ 1:46 am

It’s a bit sad that he left the Yoda vs Dooku in it… I think it ruined the film, and could have easily been cut out as he originally wanted to. But it’s still a great edit!
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Review by havok1977 — June 14, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

*This rating was given before reviews were required*
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Wow, The Phantom Editor is a legend in the world of fan editing, and deservedly so. The fact that you changed the worst Star Wars movie of all time into a good movie is like magic. I listened to the commentary and it has helped me to become a better editor. Your pure skill at analyzing a movie down to the individual shots is breathtaking.

This is a genius edit because it is the best of both worlds between fan editing (cutting out parts you don't like) and fan re editing (re editing the film). You cut a lot out whilst still retaining great narrative, and I actually liked Anakin Skywalker (MOST OF THE TIME).

Anakin is much better in this version however there are some scenes which I think still could have had stuff taken out a bit more. For example the scene when Padme is packing her things and Anakin is
talking. Great job until that last little bit when he still gives her that creepy look. Same thing on the balcony, its great until he touched her up; the creepy vibe is reduced but still there (But the transition just after the kiss was great).

The edits on Tatooine make it the best thing in the entire movie, but I still think that the sand people slaying is incredibly psychotic. You should have either cut him killing the sand people entirely and just had him coming home with a corpse (and also getting rid of the garage scene) or just cut him saying he killed the women and children.

The editing was fantastic most of the time, but there was 1 cut which seemed out of place.
This was when Anakin is talking to Jar Jar, and then the next shot Obi Wan appears in the frame. I know you couldn't really help this, but you said in the commentary you had alot of advanced equipment such as After Effects and etc, so you could have found a way to make that work.

I need to also point out that the new Phantom Menace music cues worked very well and not only increased the quality of the score but also gave a sense of continuity.

The last thing I have to say is I really think the Yoda lightsaber fight should have been left out. You have done a splendid job with this so I can only really point to negative things. It a fantastic edit and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Phantom Editor you are a genius.


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The Phantom Editor did a spectacular job with this edit, while his first one isn't that good, this one improves the film SO MUCH. Many of the cuts are very subtle and contribute to actual character development and storytelling. The Phantom Editor truly understands characters and storytelling, the romance is handled perfectly and I highly recommend listening to his commentary track which is very in-depth and laid out in an intriguing way. Many things about the movie that I hate were still left in but in the end, this edit is one of the few that fixes storytelling and character development.

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