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Friday, May 9, 2014

Star Wars Episodes I,II, and III Edited into a Single Better Film

By Dave Bouressa

When Topher Grace announced last year that he was going to test out his editing chops by condensing the three Star Wars prequels into one single film, the internet went into a frenzy. Unfortunately, Grace has stated that he is not doing so to disrespect Lucas, but to merely test out if it can be done, and it will most likely never be seen except for a chosen few.

HOWEVER, taking the same idea, someone has taken a crack at condensing down the prequels into a single film called "Star Wars: Turn to the Dark Side", and boy, does it flow much better. We all know that you have every line of every movie memorized-forget it, because otherwise you will be sitting there thinking "Oh, they took this out" or "What about this part". In the words of Yoda, "You must unlearn what you have learned". This version takes out all the nonsense and focuses what the prequels were supposed to be about-the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker.

And if you aren't convinced yet, The Phantom Menace takes up the first five minutes-and that's it.

Here is the description of the video.

A re-imagining of the Star Wars prequel trilogy edited into a single compelling movie, based on the structure conceived by actor Topher Grace. As a critique of episodes 1-3, many large plot pieces have been removed or changed the strengthen the core relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala. More than 100 video and audio edits heighten the main character's tragic fall from grace.

Much like with Grace's announcement, fans of the prequels went balistic. "How dare you try to take something I love and chop it up into tiny pieces and glue it together". As someone who also prefers the prequels (I don't think they're better, I just find them more interesting), I raise this argument. If the final product ends up actually working better, do you still have a reason to be upset?

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