Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker: Ascendant

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Fantastic edit with some brilliant additions and tweaks... This is top-tier artistry at its finest.

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While it's probably to fix Rise of Skywalker, no matter how much effort is put in, I think these edits are the closes anyone's able to get. For the record, I had watched the Rey Nobody version of this edit

The edit gets rid of alot of the weird moments from the original and you can tell that alot of effort went into making sure events play out, still make sense, and aren't jarring to watch. I love the smaller changes like the addition of new shots, created specifically for this edit, and other details that don't change how the events of the film play out but just enhance them. I get that I'm being really vague but I really don't want to spoil anything and want you to experience it all for yourself.

Fantastic edit that has passion and effort dripping from every surface. The best way to watch the Rise of Skywalker, hands down!

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Finished up our SW re-watch with this one (1-4-7, 2-5-8, 3-6-9).

HAL has once again done amazing work. The cuts are seamless; I usually noticed that things were missing after they were done, and would never have known that they were missing in the first place if I hadn't seen the theatrical cut. There's amazing work here, including the addition of a few lines from the Knights of Ren that give them a bit more of a presence. And the new closing shot looks amazing.

HAL has whittled out parts of the narrative that just don't work, as usual. Unfortunately, I happened to watch a negative review of RoS on YouTube just before watching this, so I was aware that even more could have been cut to improve the movie, and the cuts wouldn't have affected anything going forward. Of course HAL didn't see the same review, so he wasn't working based on that, but nonetheless I couldn't help but notice that more could have indeed been cut. (Ironically, what the film really needs is *added* scenes that explain things better, enhance characterization, and improve the pacing. But since Disney has yet to release a 4-hour cut of the movie, HAL did the best he could with what's available, adding a few shots here and there and slowing down the frenetic opening scene as much as possible.)

I loved:
--The shots of the Palpatine clones in the tank at the beginning.
--The moving of Palpatine's broadcast out of Fortnite and into a Rebel briefing scene.
--The removal of the mention that R2 can just automatically restore Threepio's memory, making his sacrifice more noble.
--Moving some sound clips of Palpatine into scenes with Kylo and Rey so that they appear to be hearing him.
--Moving the otherwise pointless cameo of the Ewoks into the earlier Endor scene.

I'm also impressed that he worked in cues for "Duel of the Fates" and the droids' theme from Ep. I, although I admit I didn't catch them during the actual viewing.

To sum up, it's difficult to come up with a really good movie out of what's available for RoS. But HAL did his usual expert job, and until or unless Disney gives editors more footage to work with, this is reasonably the best edit one can hope for, to have a satisfying end to a SW viewing marathon.

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For future viewings of the Sequels, this cut will be my choice over the official blu-ray (nothing against the people who worked hard behind the scenes).

I love all the work that done in this cut. I applaud all involved in this massive project.

Side note: If ever there were to be a v2, I'd love to see it.

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