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Star Wars Episode III: Vengeance of the Dark Side - A FanFixed Extended Edition of Revenge of the Sith

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THIS EDIT IS COMPLETE IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE IT.

Hello there! Thank you very much for visiting this thread and checking out my work!

When “Revenge of the Sith” first hit theaters, fans and critics welcomed the streamlined story and propulsive energy of the film. But one thing stuck out as a big miss: Padmé went from a commanding presence to a background character whose only function was to stand around crying. Fortunately, George Lucas filmed several scenes that depict Padmé’s previously established leadership—scenes that have the added benefits of introducing Mon Mothma (played by Genevieve O'Reilly) to the galaxy and showcasing the earliest stirrings of what would become the Rebel Alliance. Although George felt that these scenes detract from the narrative thrust of Anakin’s story, this faneditor respectfully disagrees.

Following up on “Shroud of the Dark Side,” this fanedit—“Vengeance of the Dark Side”—tells a more complete story of Anakin Skywalker’s fall from renowned hero to the galaxy’s most feared villain by reinserting 5.5 previously deleted scenes. They include an extended conversation between Anakin and Chancellor Palpatine in which Palpatine appoints Anakin to the Jedi Council, two scenes of senators gathering to plan the eventual rebellion, one scene of the Petition of the 2,000’s presentation to Palpatine and Anakin, and a brief scene of Yoda arriving on Dagobah. The half-scene includes added dialogue between Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn that was intended for the original film but never completed due to actor Liam Neeson’s scheduling conflict.

The extra scenes with Palpatine and the senators provide a deeper illustration of the motivations for Anakin’s inner conflict. In these moments, we learn that Padmé is indeed hiding something. It’s just not what Anakin thinks. Two of the senatorial meetings also function as foundation for Rogue One, A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Yoda’s dialogue with Qui-Gon sets up the later scene of Yoda telling Obi-Wan about Qui-Gon’s return from the netherworld of the Force. Although George Lucas thought that showing Yoda’s arrival on Dagobah ruins the surprise of where Yoda ends up in The Empire Strikes Back, the prequel films took away so much mystery from the original trilogy’s characters, so I’ve chosen to reinsert this brief scene.

Although this fanedit functions primarily as an extended edition, several lines of dialogue have been removed and certain scenes trimmed to remove some of the film’s more cartoonish elements. In addition, R2-D2’s missing red/blue and especially missing green/yellow blinking lights have been added to nearly every scene in which he appears. R4’s lights have also been corrected or added to keep his colors consistent throughout his scenes on Utapau. Perhaps most importantly, Vader’s cry of, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO” has been removed.

Thanks again for your interest in this fanedit! I hope you enjoy it!

The clips below show many of the major changes. A full list of changes is available below the clips.








Specific changes:

  • Added yellow/green blinking light to R2-D2’s back in every shot it’s missing from throughout the film.
  • Recolored several shots of R2-D2’s back light from beige/white to the correct yellow/green blinking.
  • Added red/blue blinking to R2-D2’s front to several shots in the Separatist ship’s hangar bay in which the blinking was missing.
  • Removed Obi-Wan’s “the shield is still up” line to give Anakin a little more intelligence and agency.
  • Removed General Grievous’ coughing and maniacal laughing after he says, “Just as Count Dooku predicted.”
  • Removed the super battle droid’s “Ow” after R2-D2 shocks him.
  • Removed Grevious’ “Activate ray shields” line.
  • Removed battle droid’s “You’re welcome” line.
  • Removed Padmé’s “Something wonderful has happened” line. Now she just says, “I’m pregnant,” which better reflects the anxiety portrayed in the rest of that scene.
  • AI-upscaled to 4K, recolored into HDR, and reinserted a portion of the deleted scene between Anakin and Chancellor Palpatine’s in Palpatine’s office. This scene adds some political context that is relevant to another reinserted deleted scene later in this edit. It also provides a more natural in-point into the exchange between Palatine and Anakin, whereas in the theatrical cut it felt like we were dropped in the middle of a scene that didn’t quite make sense.
  • Reworked the stereo audio into 5.1 surround audio with appropriate reverb for the large space.
  • AI-upscaled to 4K, recolored into HDR, and reinserted the deleted scene of Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, Padmé Amidala, and other senators meeting to discuss the earliest origins of the Rebel Alliance. This scene now follows the Jedi council meeting and precedes the conversation between Obi-Wan and Anakin in which Obi-Wan asks Anakin to spy on Chancellor Palpatine.
  • This scene has been recolored to better match the green/grey/beige colors of the sky we witness outside of the Jedi Council and Jedi Temple chambers.
  • Removed Mace Windu’s “I don’t trust him” line to better fit his optimism about Anakin from my “Shroud of the Dark Side” edit.
  • AI-upscaled to 4K, recolored into HDR, and reinserted the deleted scene of Padmé meeting with the other Loyalist senators in her apartment. This scene now follows the onset of the Battle of Kashyyyk and precedes the final conversation between Obi-Wan and Anakin before Obi-Wan leaves for Utapau.
  • Added yellow/green blinking to R4 as Obi-Wan walks back to his fighter to match the blinking we see in the closeup shot. Some these are recolors to green from the original orange that can be seen in those shots.
  • Retimed the varactyl lizard squawking behind Obi-Wan and the Pau’ans so that the sound comes out as it moves its beak. (In the theatrical cut, the sound can be heard several frames before the beak moves to make the sound).
  • Added red/blue blinking to R4’s backlight in the closeup shot, as no backlight is present in the theatrical version.
  • Removed the white matte line surrounding Obi-Wan as the scene transitions from Utapau.
  • AI-upscaled to 4K, recolored into HDR, and reinserted the “Petition of the 2,000” deleted scene that takes place at sunset in Chancellor Palpatine’s office.
  • Trimmed Palpatine’s initial assault on the Jedi who confront him to try to explain why he’s able to cut through them so quickly.
  • Added dialogue from The Clone Wars of Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn speaking to restore George Lucas’ original intent of having Qui-Gon appear in this scene.
  • Yoda’s dialogue has been AI-voice-cloned to match Frank Oz’s voice.
  • Removed Darth Vader’s “Noooooooooooooo” scream.
  • AI-upscaled to 4K, recolored into HDR, and reinserted the deleted scene of Yoda arriving on Dagobah.
  • Recreated the pan across Alderaan so that the wipe transition can focus on Yoda’s face instead of the center of the screen like in the theatrical version.
  • Added a “Fanedited by DsqrD” credit to the credits.
 
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Nice edits. I agree with removal of the NooOOO000ooo but the scene as a whole really needed to be reworked imo. It also looks kind of strange with Vader silently standing there with his arms out.
 

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Nice edits. I agree with removal of the NooOOO000ooo but the scene as a whole really needed to be reworked imo. It also looks kind of strange with Vader silently standing there with his arms out.
Thanks. Perhaps there will be future editions. How would you suggest reworking this scene?
 

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These clips look really good. I don't know if this movie can be saved for me, but I find myself agreeing with lots of your editing choices. Any thoughts on taking the Q2 route, I think it was Q2, and adding the scene of Portman holding a baby from the Other Boleyn girl?
 

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I am not sure if you are looking for suggestions, but strictly on the topic of reworked Vader dialogue, how about this:


In that clip, we have Vader like he was in the OT who hides his feelings from the emperor. A few words can be trimmed out, and the original musical score from the movie should be restored as well.

As for the infamous “noooo,” I think it can either be removed or replaced with the guttural yell like in the edit by Hal9000. I think the yell came from the Russian variant of the movie if I am not mistaken.

On another matter, those upscaled deleted scenes you posted look remarkable. Job well done!
 

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First thing I thought of after Vader saying "She no longer has any meaning to me" was Palps saying "GooooOOOOOd"
On that note, why not just add in Vaders line "HEEE will come to MEEEE?" Simple fix /s
 

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These clips look really good. I don't know if this movie can be saved for me, but I find myself agreeing with lots of your editing choices. Any thoughts on taking the Q2 route, I think it was Q2, and adding the scene of Portman holding a baby from the Other Boleyn girl?
I've seen that edit and think it's a unique approach. Personally, I'm weary of using footage from other properties unless I can I can very seamlessly blend it. Also, even though I pretty extensively changed AotC, the essence of that story remains the same. The love is kept secret and there are younglings in the Jedi Temple that we just don't get to see. Even my added dialogue about a secret committee of senators knowing about the Clone Army just fills in a missing piece of logic. Throwing in an alive Padmé at the end of Sith feels like a pretty powerful canon break. I suspect that Anakin's responsibility for her demise and his feeling her loss is the final piece of the puzzle that George Lucas intended to solidify Vader's darkness.
 

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Those clips look excellent! I agree with you about sticking to Padme's death. It really needs to happen for Anakin's transformation.
 

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Greetings, I do believe that your initial removal of Vader's "Nooo" should function best, especially ere one conveys it within the manner of "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", depicting the the Sith-Lord's tragic, newly-contained--considerably trapped--state.

~Waz
 
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