Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (The ADigitalMan Special Edition)

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Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (The ADigitalMan Special Edition)
Faneditor Name:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1980
Original Running Time:
124 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
126 minutes
Time Added:
2 minutes
Synopsis:
To remove the most offensive elements of the SE and try different improvements than what LFL made.
Intention:
To remove the most offensive elements of the SE and try different improvements than what LFL made.
Release Information:
DVD
Cuts and Additions:
- Luke & Leia’s incestuous smooch has been removed. Sorry, but it has crawled up my last nerve to watch this shot ever since 1983 revealed their true relationship.
- OT line “You’re lucky you don’t taste very good” has been restored.
- The new Emperor scene has been re-edited to remove any new dialogue. Ian McDiramid’s voice and visage is still used, but he delivers only the original dialogue. Only one innocuous word (“Young Skywalker” vs “Luke Skywalker”) is different due to limitations in the source material.
- Boba Fett’s original voice is restored.
- OT line “Bring My Shuttle” and surrounding music cues have been restored.
- Shot of Vader walking to his shuttle has been removed.
- Shot of Shuttle flying to the Executor remains intact.
- Shot of Shuttle landing in the hangar has been removed. (This was a re-used shot from Return of the Jedi anyway, complete with Moff Jerjerod waiting for Vader).
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Faneditor Name:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1980
Original Running Time:
124 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
126 minutes
Time Added:
2 minutes
Synopsis:
To remove the most offensive elements of the SE and try different improvements than what LFL made.
Intention:
To remove the most offensive elements of the SE and try different improvements than what LFL made.
Release Information:
DVD
Cuts and Additions:
- Luke & Leia’s incestuous smooch has been removed. Sorry, but it has crawled up my last nerve to watch this shot ever since 1983 revealed their true relationship.
- OT line “You’re lucky you don’t taste very good” has been restored.
- The new Emperor scene has been re-edited to remove any new dialogue. Ian McDiramid’s voice and visage is still used, but he delivers only the original dialogue. Only one innocuous word (“Young Skywalker” vs “Luke Skywalker”) is different due to limitations in the source material.
- Boba Fett’s original voice is restored.
- OT line “Bring My Shuttle” and surrounding music cues have been restored.
- Shot of Vader walking to his shuttle has been removed.
- Shot of Shuttle flying to the Executor remains intact.
- Shot of Shuttle landing in the hangar has been removed. (This was a re-used shot from Return of the Jedi anyway, complete with Moff Jerjerod waiting for Vader).
Cover art by ADigitalMan (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Well this was pretty simple and the results were pleasant. Not much changed from the 2004 DVD but this is far superior to that cut.

A/V Quality - 10
Editing - 8
Narrative - 10
Enjoyment - 10 (OUT 10, SE 9)

Recommended drink: Abbey (Belgian Style Ale)

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Review by jjrdias — March 4, 2009 @ 3:47 am

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Review by Istvan6 — May 24, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

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Review by The Aluminum Falcon — October 8, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

Technically this was well done, ADigitalMan did what he sought to accomplish. ESB was honestly very satisfying and the SE didn’t taint it that much. I agree with the others in the fact that the kiss cut was unnecessary, but, realizing this is a fanedit with an alternate perspective, I don’t take much issue with it. The restored “Bring My Shuttle” and Emperor are also nicely done. Of course, Boba Fett’s original voice is far better. Perhaps the only qualm I have about this is that ADM did not try his hand at any color correction. The 2004 master honestly had Hoth be too cyan and other parts tinted incorrectly. In any case, it is something interesting to have.

Video: 8/10
Audio: 10/10
Editing: 8/10
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