Star Wars - Silent Edition: Episode VII

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Star Wars - Silent Edition: Episode VII
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Original Release Date:
2015
Original Running Time:
135 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
55 minutes
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Synopsis:
This is a black and white silent edition of the Star Wars saga presented in the form of a old serial. No voices, 4:3 aspect ratio (Pan & Scan), no sound effects, dialogue cards, only John Williams music. This video is Episode VII (55 minutes).
Intention:
After having done Episodes I to VI years ago, I felt the need to create the sequel following the same format.
Special Thanks:
Thanks to Q2 for reviewing the workprint.
And thanks to Ripplin for being the first person I talked about making those edit, almost ten years ago!
Release Information:
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  • Digital
Special Features:
This edit is only available through vimeo for now.
Star Wars - Silent Edition: Episode VII

Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2015
Original Running Time:
135 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
55 minutes
image
Synopsis:
This is a black and white silent edition of the Star Wars saga presented in the form of a old serial. No voices, 4:3 aspect ratio (Pan & Scan), no sound effects, dialogue cards, only John Williams music. This video is Episode VII (55 minutes).
Intention:
After having done Episodes I to VI years ago, I felt the need to create the sequel following the same format.
Special Thanks:
Thanks to Q2 for reviewing the workprint.
And thanks to Ripplin for being the first person I talked about making those edit, almost ten years ago!
Release Information:
  • DVD
  • Digital
Special Features:
This edit is only available through vimeo for now.
Star Wars - Silent Edition: Episode VII

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9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(5)
Audio Editing
 
9.8(5)
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9.8(5)
Narrative
 
9.6(5)
Enjoyment
 
8.8(5)
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9.9
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
7.0
This edit turns The Force Awakens into a silent film by changing the aspect ratio, adding various monochromatic filters, and removing all audio in favour of a very well chosen orchestral soundtrack. This idea is incredibly unique and I'd like to see it attempted again with other films as well. My one suggestion would have been to lower the framerate of the video in order to further enhance the silent film feeling.

Additionally, this edit essentially follows a truncated version of the plot of The Force Awakens very closely. Title cards largely correspond to what is said in the original film. I feel that this was a missed opportunity to rewrite the story, although I can't really fault the editor on this as the edit came out before The Last Jedi and the other sequel film.
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9.4
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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8.0
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Overview - How do you fix a crappy reboot? Oh, how about making it a Silent? No more annoying voices! Check. How about shredding all the dull stuff? Say half the film. Check. How about Rey Mary Sue? Oh, you can’t. Bummer, dude.

Video - 854 X 480 AVC. Fair amount of added grain, not excessively so. Minimal damage effects, thank you! Other editors go hog-wild adding scratches and debris, never considering how hard restoration crews work to clean up damage for nit-picky buyers. So well done. Tinting is superb, particularly several of the day scenes with what appears to be two color tints. Aspiring editors, take note. Learn.

Audio - 256 kbps 2 Channel AAC. No subs, but inter-titles, yes! Music uses John Williams cues, and always reinforces visual goings on. This is sharp attention to detail. Lessor editors fumble this and permit rousing crescendos inappropriately inform a romance sequence. Only quibble (which I have ignored), the score is missing during the opening thirty seconds. To me, this is an error.

Narrative - As a stand alone, this hurtles at a gallop, yet is incoherent. Unless you are familiar with the full length original – and yes, everyone who views this is – this version is a hectic dash. Characters surface and react at a dizzying pace. Much of this stems from the original script, the writer of which has always shown indifference towards audience’s intelligence. TMBTM did better with his previous Silent Star Wars releases, and this narrative suffers by comparison.

Enjoyment - Somewhat of an improvement over “The Force Awakens.” At least you no longer hear characters talking like hyper excited eight year olds. Actually deriving pleasure, however, no, sorry. It still strikes me as pandering to target demographics, feeble characterizations, and lacking any sort of soul. In short, the Force is weak.

This is also much too long for a serial. Broken into fifteen minute chapters would have been more appropriate.

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Another excellent TMBTM fanedit! And a great refresher for Episode VII before seeing "The Last Jedi".
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This was an absolute joy to watch. At less than hour long, TMBTM manages to still maintain a consistent and clear narrative, capturing all the key plot points.

I dare say I enjoyed this more than the original. A delayed reveal of Kylo Ren as Han and Leia's son, very little Star Killer Base/Death Star fan service...all the bits I didn't like were gone, and a simple, but satisfying story remained, as did character charm.

It was wonderful hearing the soundtrack as a feature. It truly allowed me to appreciate elements of the music that I wouldn't normally notice.
Visually, this was gorgeous as well. The contrast in colour, black & white and sepia was superbly used and created an excellent visual dynamic. Music and colour told more about the emotion of the story and characters than you would necessarily expect (A key example being the death of Han Solo).

Now for the qualms, (the part of the review I hate). These are pure nitpicks compared to the beauty of the overall product:

I noticed a few music transitions, most of which would easily go unnoticed. There was, however, one jarring music cut at around 50:24. There was also one visual cut at around 46:54ish (possibly just before) that I found took me out of the experience slightly.

Overall, though? Wonderful. A genuine pleasure from beginning to end. I'd echo Q2 in saying that this makes me want to go and watch the other silent edits. It also makes an excellent recap of The Force Awakens - just in time for Episode VIII!

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Owner's reply December 10, 2017

Thanks for bringing up that audio glitch, I will check this and re-upload a new version without that problem. The visual thing at 46:54 I can't tell for now if it's a flash frame or not. Looks like it could be. I'll check that too.

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I've always believed one should be able to watch a movie with the audio muted and still be able to know what is going on. Perhaps it's because I've seen TFA enough to know the story, but I like to believe it's more for the fact that TMBTM is an expert editor. He manages to cut TFA down to under 60 min. focusing on the very important moments with minimal text cards popping up. It's a rather effective and refreshing way to re-watch the seventh SW film. There's not much I can say about it: it's been cropped 4:3 with film dust and hair added, the film converted to black and white with color overlays to help convey mood, and as previously noted the text cards. It looks and feels like a silent film.

If you're not into silent films then this won't do anything for you, but for those that do enjoy them you'll probably get a kick out of this. I haven't watched TMBTM's previous silent film but after watching this I will have to add them to my to watch list.

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Superb work, well done ! I prefer this version to the original ! ^^

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A really cool concept executed quite well.

The narrative comes through well enough, though I would agree that if you're not already familiar with the film this would be challenging to follow. Some of the intertitles could have been phrased better (I also could have used more intertitles myself), but it works fine as is.

Most importantly, given it's a "silent" movie, the music in this is excellent. I wish there was less downtime between tracks in certain places, but the selection of tracks is perfect as are the levels.

I'd recommend this to anyone interested in silent movies or Star Wars.

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That's the kind of fan editing project that worth spending your time on. Not only the idea is unique and fascinating by itself, but the author keeps finding good editing solutions that work great for this format. Sometimes it's quite evident that the original film is too modern to age it realistically, but for the most part the author is successful at what he's trying to achieve. Great charismatic performances and beautiful score are highlighted even more by this format, which is a real treat. Loved every minute of it!

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This is a fantastic piece of art that any Star Wars fan must see! I enjoyed this immensely and had only one quibble with it, which was some syntax and typographical errors in the text dialogue boxes. With that stated, I will enjoy this for years to come and cannot recommend it enough.

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Very good fan edit. It's improving all the story of TFA by eliminating the Death Star plot. And, surprisingly, it's working. But it has its weak points (who can be resolved). The bound between Han Solo and Ray is not credible because some scenes are missing. You can definately eliminate the awkward hug between Finn and Poe - it is not necessary to the plot and it is to much (it is not credibile even in the movie). And you can do some more dialogues in the war room to give the new plot more credibility - it seems too rushed. Also, the scene from that new Cantina is a little bit confusing. The visual editing is almost perfectly. In the audio side you can work a little bit - some scenes has not the proper music. The narrative seems to work because you don't feel anymore that you watch "A New Hope" all over again.

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