Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi - The Spence Edit

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This is the best Kenobi out there, in my opinion.

As bored-at-300am said in an earlier review, the source really is two plus hours of content stretched to an unreasonable six. Unfortunately, even trimmed to 2:20, it doesn't quite feel like a movie. Some of this may be due to Deborah Chow's direction. She has a lot of experience with TV, but none(?) with a feature length story. It's possible they may have opted for a different director had they stayed with the original concept, but I also suspect Chow would have handled some of it differently with a shorter runtime.

Spence has edited this with a seasoned and deft hand, and at 2:20 it really doesn't feel like anything is missing. However, it still feels like a low budget picture filmed almost exclusively in The Volume, and with less production value than The Mandalorian or The Book of Boba Fett. The decision to fill the volume with over-dark browns and greys for most of the runtime...One wonders what they were thinking. A shaky camera can only hide so much.


A/V QUALITY

Essentially perfect, and I watched the smallest file.


VISUAL EDITING

I really want to give this top marks, but there's a moment at 17:16 where we can see a character begin to speak before the wipe and it brought me out of the experience a little bit.


AUDIO EDITING

Strong editing here, and the new music is welcome. I noted a couple very tiny things in my notes.


NARRATIVE

The core story is very much intact, and is only improved by what was removed.


ENJOYMENT

Where the original would be a 6/10, I feel this would be a strong 8.5/10, so I'll round up. :)

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First I just wanna say I love Star Wars and having more content to see makes me happier.
I found the Obi-Wan series to be decent, but it did feel a bit drawn-out with some eye-rolling scenes. However, this edit significantly improves the experience by transforming it into a more enjoyable film. While I'd rate the original series a 6/10, the edit deserves an 8/10 for its impressive work. Kudos to Spence for this fantastic job, and thank you for granting me the opportunity to watch it. While I might not revisit the original show, I'll certainly be rewatching this edit.

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Coming to this belatedly, but YET AGAIN, another masterful edit from Spence.

The excisions are executed with precision and a seamless deft touch. There is no question that THIS is the best way to enjoy this series.

Issues remain which the editor can't completely resolve due to the available material; for me this really boils down to some fairly hamfisted sequences by the makers which test ones resolve to put up with such poorly choreographed confrontations.

However, the fact remain that this is an extremely well executed edit that makes this "product" tolerable and even ejoyable for the most part.

"The Force is strong with this one"
"This IS the version you are looking for"
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A huge improvement over what was obviously originally a shorter script padded out to fill 6 episodes. While much of the removed filler seemed like obvious and easy cuts to make, there are many other instances where Spence cleverly trimmed and rearranged some scenes to really tighten up the pacing and remove unimportant/redundant scenes. This also has the effect of focusing the story more on Obi-Wan and his conflict with Vader. There are still some unavoidable issues with poorly shot action scenes, but not much the editor could do, and much less noticeable here. And as others have pointed out, it does feel a bit long, mainly due to Leia being kidnapped a second time but I don't think there's much more the editor could do to improve that. For a TV-to-film edit of the series, this is likely the best out there!
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It feels a bit overlong and a couple of times towards the end the editing is noticeable, this is still an absolute improvement over any other fan edit out there as well as the OG show. Absolutely worth watching and honestly its impossible to go back to the show after seeing this.

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