Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope - Redux

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A New Hope was never my favorite of the saga mostly due to it being overshadowed by its modern contemporaries, this may have been the movie to start the series but its also George Lucas and company figuring out the kinks and with a limited budget. I hope I don't sound to negative through my writing cause I do love Star Wars and what Lucas and co were able to make has always been deserving of all the praise. Its just some certain scenes notably the Obi Wan Darth Vader light saber duel really stick out especially for new comers who are used to better choreography.

Lantern51 Star Wars Redux is a modernized take on New Hope updating it to be more palatable for todays audiences and just what I was looking for. Going into it if you are a Star Wars purist or detest George's special edition with old cgi you may not like this edit, now not all was special edition Han still shoots first and no Jabba the Hut millennium falcon scene thank goodness.. Sound and video quality are great throughout no trouble watching on my 4k display I did notice after re watching my Star Wars Bluray to compare that you added in music for the final battle it was a welcome change and gave the scenes more energy. The real changes here though are the scene 38 light saber fight and the Darth Vader rogue one fight additions replacing old scenes. They both go in pretty smoothly with some clever editing, you won't see Leia's infamous bad cgi face, and editing out some of the scenes from 38. Vader throwing his light saber was always a bit much, the real surprise for me was editing out the flashback voices so it keeps with the original intent and doesn't spoil the infamous scene from empire strikes back. Other than those changers everything is the same this is still A New Hope.

Now I love the additions but keep in mind there's over 40 years between the added scenes and the original movie so the quality is noticeable and might be jarring for some viewers. I also wish you kept in Obi Wan forcing Vader back than picking up the light saber from 38 its a personal opinion but I think the scene flowed better with it in.

Great Quality and great editing this is a wonderful cut of A New Hope and one that comes highly recommended. I didn't know where to add this but I loved the editors warning every fanedit has about pirating and owning the original copy before the movie logos, it was done in Star Wars alien language with background droid noises in the background before shifting into English it has nothing to do with the movie I just wanted to praise the editor for going one step further.

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I really enjoyed the addition of the Rogue One hallway scene, the SC 38 Vader vs Obi-Wan duel, and Obi-Wan's flashbacks to the prequels, which really made everything feel more interconnected.

The addition of more music in the third act really livened it up, as I always felt there wasn't enough music there in the original film. Some of the music felt out of place, however, especially the Battle of the Heroes section, which I always associated with Anakin vs Obi-Wan from ROTS.

The visual editing was fantastic, but obviously the sharper quality of the prequel, R1, and SC 38 footage was always going to contrast with the older ANH footage, which does feel a little jarring.

Overall, this is the version of ANH that I'll be going back to from now on, and I highly recommend it.

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I will start by what I consider the only "negative" in the movie. My personal preference was to keep the spectacular Vader hallway scene with Rogue One. I love it, but I like it in that movie. I understand why people want it included , but it was not for me. However, the editor did an excellent job integrating the scene seamlessly into the movie.

I note that as according to another forum, it used Adywan's New Hope edit as a base. That is obviously a major bonus - particularly on the visual standpoint. For someone with poor eyesight. The visual changes really help me watch the movie much more smoothly.

I also really liked his slight variation to the SC 38 reimagined. I really wanted this in the movie, but with original dialogue restored. This edit accomplished that. Although it did remove the portion of the dual with Vader and Obi-Wan in the congested hallway, I understood why it was done. It was clearly out of place, but I still would have liked it.

I also agreed with the minor cuts the editor listed as I saw the movie as these extraneous shenanigans were unecessary such as the droids not being hit by fire and overly moronic stormtroopers.

Overall, this was well done. However, there are two nitpicks I do have. In the copy I have, after Vader strikes Obi-Wan and approaches the blast doors, his lightsaber color becomes clear, which by my understanding was how it was in the original theatrical version. I also would have liked a slight change in dialogue from Obi-Wan telling Luke that he ("I") wanted to give him the lightsaber. This would be more appropriate for continuity considering Vader is unaware he even has a child (I know that A New Hope was originally intended to be a standalone movie and Vader was not Anakin initially).

Overall, this is my personal favorite edit of this movie. Job well done by the editor.

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Although in general I am a purist when it comes to the OT, if you've trying to do a chronological order viewing, the original lightsaber duel falls pathetically flat in comparison to the insanity of Episode III. This cut amends this with a nuanced blend of the excellent reimagined scene and the original's pacing. The choices were inspired regarding which points of the footage to cut and keep, and I think it works with a minimum of distraction. Very impressive.

A great alternative if you want someone over 10 years old to see the film and not laugh.

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A New Hope Redux was a delightful watch with all the fantastic pacing of the original with the SC38 and Rogue One sequences seamlessly added. I was genuinely impressed by how well these were integrated that you would think it was initially in the film, to begin with. The work gave A New Hope a much-needed facelift, added to Obi-Wan's legacy, and made Vader more menacing to match the rest of the entries in the trilogy. I'm giving this edit a "must-watch" review and think you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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