Category Archives: Prequels

The Star Wars: Ultimate Editions Wishlist, Part Five – Attack of the Clones

After all of the news and info that came out of Celebration VI, I had a hard time focusing on this fifth installment of my Ultimate Edition series (read the earlier installments here, here, here, and here). As it is, I’m not a fan of most of the EU, so I love the Clone Wars (its contradictions with things published in comics or books don’t bother me at all), and really had to fight to keep myself writing an article about what was gleaned at CVI in regards to that animated series instead of continuing this series (I would have just post-poned this installment to next week). But no, my dedication to finishing the Ultimate Edition Wishlists comes first and there will be plenty of time to discuss Clone Wars later this year.

And so, here is what I’d want in an Attack of the Clones: The Ultimate Edition box set.

  • Attack of the Clones: The Archival Edition – The original edit of the film taken directly from the HD master.
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones - This would be the “definitive” special edition of the film, with new special effects, restored scenes, etc. As with the Archival Edition, it would be direct from the HD master (Episode II was shot digitally), in the highest resolution possible, and with correct color timing. Here is the list of changes I would like to see:
    • Restore the opening Senate scene where Palpatine announces Padme’s assassination and then she arrives to denounce the creation of an army.
    • Restore Jocasta Nu talking about Count Dooku and the Lost Twenty
    • Add in flashes of Shmi Skywalker in pain before Anakin wakes on the cargo ship (like his Jedi visions of Padme in Revenge of the Sith).
    • Restore the full scene of Anakin, Padme, and Artoo on the cargo ship.
    • Restore the full arrival on Naboo.
    • Restore all of the cut scenes with Padme’s family.
    • Cut the scene where Anakin rides the Shaak and wrestles around with Padme.
    • Reedit the fireplace scene between Anakin and Padme to remove about half of Anakin’s dialogue.
    • Add in flashes of Shmi Skywalker during Anakin’s nightmare on Naboo (again, to make his visions consistent with those in Revenge of the Sith).
    • Restore C-3PO to his pre-covered state and add back in the scenes where Padme and Owen finish him while Anakin is off searching for Shmi.
    • Restore Dooku’s interrogation of Padme on Geonosis and the resulting trial of Anakin and Padme.
    • Restore cut elements of the Jedi’s arena battle against the droids.
    • Restore the deleted scenes of Ki-Adi Mundi leading a raid against a Trade Federation ship to power down the droids.
    • Add in a space battle between Jedi starfighters and Separatist forces.
    • Expand the Clones’ ground assault.
    • Restore the full lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Dooku.
    • Shoot additional dialogue between Yoda and Obi-Wan in the Jedi Temple for the ending to explain away Dooku as the one who ordered the Clone army and wiped the Jedi Temple archives (this will likely piss off EU enthusiasts, but as it’s an issue raised in one of the movies, I feel it should be answered in one of the movies, and this is about the easiest way to do it).
  • Attack of the Clones: The Special Edition – The original, expanded DVD version of the film, upgraded to the highest possible HD.
  • Attack of the Clones 3D – The theatrical 3D version of the film (with a 2D option for those that wish to view it this way).
  • Multiple audio commentaries for both the Archival and Ultimate Editions, featuring the filmmakers, the actors, and the special effects crews that created the movie.
  • Deleted and/or alternate scenes of the original film, including any which were upgraded/replaced by the Ultimate Edition.
  • When Clones Attack – A new, Empire of Dreams-style documentary following the development of Attack of the Clones from concept to completion.
  • Christopher Lee and Ahmed Best – Biography featurettes on he actors who portrayed Count Dooku and Jar Jar Binks.
  • Begun the Clone War Has – A featurette on the fabled Clone Wars, covering it’s introduction as a throwaway line in A New Hope, through it’s depiction in other media, including the Dark Horse comic series, novels, and various animated incarnations.
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – The complete, Gennedy Tartakovsky directed micro series that aired on Cartoon Network.
  • Updating Clones– A new documentary covering the work that went into the making of Ultimate Edition.
  • Trailers and television promotions.
  • Stills gallery featuring behind the scenes and promotional images, as well as merchandising images.
  • Vintage documentaries, interviews, and news coverage

Next week, we’ll look at Revenge of the Sith!

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PHOTO SOURCE: Count Dooku 2

The Star Wars Ultimate Editions Wishlist, Part Four – The Phantom Menace

Four weeks in, and here’s my wish list for a definitive Ultimate Edition of The Phantom Menace (you can read the wish lists for the original trilogy here, here, and here). I had a lot of fun with this one, as I’ve more or less been contemplating an Ultimate Edition of Episode I since it originally was released. I hope you enjoy reading  it as much as I did writing it.

  • The Phantom Menace: The Archival Edition – The original edit of the film upgraded to the best possible HD.
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace - This would be the “definitive” special edition of the film, with new special effects, restored scenes, etc. As with the Archival Edition, it would be a completely new digital master, in the highest resolution possible, and with correct color timing. Here is the list of changes I would like to see:
    • Using stand-ins, digital image manipulation, and professional voice-over actors, include a scene with a hooded Qui-Gon Jinn checking in with a holographic Chancellor Valorum (I’m thinking there are enough reference shots that they could replicate the hologram similar to the late Laurance Olivier appearing in the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow as a hologram) on board the Republic Cruiser to flesh out the nature of the blockade and dispute just a little bit more.
    • Using digital stand-ins, show Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan exiting the Trade Federation ships as they land on Naboo, possibly including the deleted scene of Obi-Wan emerging from the swamp (I’ve seen still images of this being shot, but never any actual footage)
    • Tone down Jar Jar’s jump into the lake to be less cartoonish.
    • Expand the Invasion of Naboo to show the Battle Droids actually taking over cities, rounding up prisoners, etc. Basically, make us feel the plight of the Naboo people instead of telling us about their suffering.
    • Eliminate the “through the planet core” sequence after the “There’s always a bigger fish” section.
    • Restore Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Jar Jar having to contend with the waterfall once they arrive in Theed (essentially, replacing the second half of the planet core action beat with this sequence to maintain the pacing, but without seeming as repetitive)
    • Recut the “running the blockade” sequence  to increase the tension by including more shots of the Queen’s ship navigating through the Federation blockade and eliminating some of the overacted bits of reactions from the characters during the sequence.
    • When the holographic Darth Maul is revealed on the Trade Federation ship, darken his image so we don’t get as good of a look at him (basically, making him even more mysterious).
    • Using stand-ins and digital image manipulation (much like the proposed Qui-Gon/Valorum scene), add a scene of Obi-Wan and the Queen’s Decoy contacting a holographic Palpatine and alerting him to their whereabouts.
    • Restore Anakin’s first interaction with Jira to it’s full length.
    • Cut the Eopie farting in Jar Jar’s face.
    • Restore the pod race grid sequence.
    • Restore the full-length pod race.
    • Restore Anakin fighting with Greedo and being interrupted by Qui-Gon.
    • Restore Anakin’s farewill to Jira, and his and Qui-Gon’s discovery of the probe droid in Mos Espa (it’s always infuriated me that they are randomly running as if in a panic in the desert for no apparent reason).
    • Restore Qui-Gon and Darth Maul’s fight on the ship’s ramp. Possibly expand the scope of that lightsaber duel slightly with stand-ins and digital stand-ins.
    • Include the cut bits with “Bail Organa” in the senate, but refer to him as Bail Antilles.
    • Completely redo the CGI animation during the Gungan/Droid Battle on Naboo to make it more realistic looking, while also toning Jar Jar’s antics down a bit.
    • Expand the space battle.
    • Restore any of the cut lightsaber footage from the final duel.
  • The Phantom Menace: The Special Edition – The original, expanded DVD version of the film, upgraded to the highest possible HD.
  • The Phantom Menace 3D – The theatrical 3D version of the film (with a 2D option for those that wish to view it this way).
  • Multiple audio commentaries for both the Archival and Ultimate Editions, featuring the filmmakers, the actors, and the special effects crews that created the movie.
  • Deleted and/or alternate scenes of the original film, including any which were upgraded/replaced by the Ultimate Edition.
  • From Jedi to Menace – A new documentary exploring the sixteen year gap between Star Wars films, including the unrealistic fan expectations revolving around the release of Episode I.
  • An expanded version of The Beginning: Making Episode I from the original DVD release.
  • Rick McCallum, Jake Lloyd, and Liam Neeson – Biography featurettes on the prequel trilogy producer and the actors who portrayed young Anakin and Qui-Gon Jinn.
  • Reactions to Episode I – A documentary that explores both the positive and negative reactions many fans had to the film.
  • Updating a Menace– A new documentary covering the work that went into the making of Ultimate Edition.
  • Trailers and television promotions.
  • Stills gallery featuring behind the scenes and promotional images, as well as merchandising images.
  • Vintage documentaries, interviews, and news coverage

Next Up: Attack of the Clones!

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PHOTO SOURCE: Darth Maul

Revenge Available for Sale

As some fans know, two years ago I published Anticipation: The Real Life Story of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. After a year of research, writing, and intense editing, the sequel to Anticipation is finally available, titled, Revenge: The Real Life Story of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The book details every aspect about the success of Revenge of the Sith, from the incredible media attention and fan enthusiasm to the box office success and DVD sales, plus everything in between, giving fans the most thorough look into a great popular culture phenomenon and a wonderful time to be a Star Wars fan. John Shelton Lawrence, co-editor of Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise: Fans, Merchandise, & Critics (a book to which I contributed an essay), wrote, “Revenge is a fine successor to Bowen’s earlier Anticipation. If you want to know about casting, production, critical reception, fan reactions, or the business side of Revenge of the Sith, this book offers all of it and even more with strong documentation and thoughtful critical judgments.” I hope fans find the book informative, entertaining, and nostalgic. For more information you can visit my Website for the book at Episode3Book.com.

All the Huttese You Can’t Leave Behind


Amazing. All things Huttese. Every single line of dialog in the films, in the EU, in the comics, in the video games, even in multimedia CD-ROM guides. I found it, the most thorough, the most exhaustive catalog of Huttese words and phrases ever assembled by man at The Complete Wermo’s Guide to Huttese.

Now I don’t envy the Trekkies, with their harsh Klingon dictionaries and the foreheads. I’ve never been so proud.

Amazon.com: The Two Trilogies on Blu-ray


Remember how long it took to get Star Wars on DVD? Looks like we won’t have to wait long for the Saga to upgrade to the next generation of digital media, leaked 32 digit hex keys notwithstanding.

Right now, Amazon.com has product pages up for BOTH the Star Wars trilogies in the Blu-ray Disc format. The first and second trilogy each have their own page, with a current status of “we will e-mail you when this title becomes available”.

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