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IFDB Review: Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Mending:
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At first I thought, "Oh no, not another Phantom Menace edit!" After seeing it, I think this is now my preferred version of the film. It's still not a great movie, but it's the best cut I've ever seen by far. Audio/Video Quality: Perfect! 10/10 Visual Editing: Perfect! 10/10 Audio Editing: Perfect! 10/10 Narrative: The editor has literally chopped almost everything I hate about this movie. No midochlorians, no C-3PO or R2-D2, no Anakin/Padme interactions, most of the bad dialogue is removed, characters are vastly improved, no gungans, and Jar Jar has almost no speaking lines. My biggest criticism of The Phantom Mending is the pod race. The continuity, geography, and sequence of events is messed up and extremely confusing to watch. The chosen one prophecy is still included, but at the very least there is no virgin birth. I think that some of the deleted scenes, like Anakin's fistfight with Greedo and Qui-Gon encountering Maul's probe droid, could have been inserted, could have strengthed the plot, but it still works fine without them. My only other complaint is that Padme's whininess on Tatooine is intact, and I have yet to see an edit that actually removes this. Other than that, this edit is very bold and often strays, for the better, from the usual Phantom Menace edit standard. Enjoyment: I highly enjoyed this, and like other Star Wars edits in HD the picture quality looks absolutely spectacular. The narrative changes are awesome and I look forward to seeing t528491's upcoming Star Wars edits. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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