Let me introduce you to the world of fan edits. Just like there's a culture for bad movies, there's also a culture for fan edits of movies.
There are fan edits of the Superman movies, like one that combines Superman 1 and 2, an edit of Star Trek Generations that removes all the Caption Kirk scenes, fan edits that split the Lord of the Rings movies into six books like in the original novels, and of course the subject of this review, a very well done fan edit of the original Star Wars. I only know the creator of this version as Adywan, but he spent two years working on this version of the film.
Adywan's cut is basically a combination of the original theatrical release and the special edition. Many of the controvertial scenes in the special edition and DVD edition were removed; for example, Han shoots first and the Jabba scene was removed. Despite all these removals, many of the technical improvements still remain. In addition, he fixed colouring issues that the DVD version ignored, he improved the destruction of Alderan, and he did this to the Death Star battle.
Yeah, he went there! Not only does the climactic battle now feel like a battle, but he even added the planet Yavin in the background - something I never even noticed was missing from the original. Adywan made over 150 changes, both big and small. It just goes to show how dedicated the fan-base is for this franchise.
In my honest opinion, this is the best version of the original Star Wars, and I recommend it to any Star Wars fans out there. For someone whose seen this movie at least 57 times, this version somehow feels fresh and new. Next week, a bad Superman movie most of you have probably never heard of.
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