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Crowdsourced Remake "The Empire Strikes Back Uncut" Now Complete 55

Two and a half years ago, we posted news of the completion of the Star Wars Uncut project. Now, reader kdataman writes that another fan-made Star Wars movie remake is ready to watch; this time it's Empire: 480 fan-created 15-second clips have been assembled to remake the entire movie, scene for scene (but not always word for word). The variations swing from professional production values to cardboard cutouts, but they are all creative and many are hilarious. Hard to pick a favorite scene but the guys at MTV selected a few highlights.
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Crowdsourced Remake "The Empire Strikes Back Uncut" Now Complete

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  • surreal (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 12, 2014 @04:11PM (#48125501)

    While I didn't make it all the way through, I can tell you that there is some really great creativity in some of the scenes by the hundreds of amateur contributors. It's also surreal with the constant changing of actors and graphical modes while the plot remains. I think its great.

    • It's also surreal with the constant changing of actors and graphical modes while the plot remains. I think its great.

      in no way anyone could watch this and have any idea what the hell is happening in the movie... unless you know the movie by heart! i've watched about 30 min and i was confused as hell, i haven't watched a star wars movie in 10 years, but i still remember a lot of the plot... but you can't follow the characters because the same characters change every 10 seconds! it might be great, but only for hardcore fans...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    These guys make STAR WARS stories with action figures, exploring what happens with side characters and sometimes recreating scenes from the movies to advance their stories. It's pretty cool:

    This one is my fave (no I didn't make it):

  • by TFlan91 ( 2615727 ) on Sunday October 12, 2014 @05:08PM (#48125751)

    All you guys hating for some arbitrary ideal are just buzz killers, nothing more or less.

    The subtle things in the background are what kills me ahahaa

    check out at 11:48. someone was smoking some MJ :'D []

    1 / 5 scenes having some easter egg in it

  • by Dan East ( 318230 ) on Sunday October 12, 2014 @06:22PM (#48126087) Journal

    I just finished watching it. It has quite a few really funny clips, and a few that are somewhat disturbing LOL. The great thing is seeing the amount of creativity and artistic styles people can come up with. Definitely worth watching. Now I'm watching Star Ward Uncut, since I hadn't heard about it until now.

    • by j-beda ( 85386 )

      My family and I really enjoyed the first "Star Wars Uncut" production of "A New Hope" a few years back. My two pre-teens submitted a scene for this one and we have yet to look and see if it "made the cut". We are looking forward to watching it. There is a torrent of the completed film here: []

      If you don't like the scene choices, I think the website has the ability to view the other options for scenes that were submitted - maybe you can even mix your own?

    • by Solandri ( 704621 ) on Sunday October 12, 2014 @09:09PM (#48126819)

      The great thing is seeing the amount of creativity and artistic styles people can come up with.

      As someone who plays classical piano, IMHO this is the most destructive effect of modern recording technology and the current copyright stance of Hollywood. Since the pieces I play are long out of copyright, there are literally as many interpretations of them as there are performers. Sometimes I spend an evening just listening to dozens of pianists' interpretations of the same piece. It's amazing the amount of creativity and different artistic styles people can imbue into what on paper is the same song. How a part I've always considered boring can suddenly turn surprising and entertaining when someone interprets it in a way I'd never thought of. If you've been to plays, you see much of the same thing. The actors each imbue their role with a unique interpretation. Some you may like and others dislike, but there's no end to the variety.

      By contrast, modern movies, pre-recorded TV, and music are canned. Aside from the occasional remake, what you see is the same performance over and over again. With rare exceptions, there's no opportunity to explore possible different interpretations. The much ridiculed "Han shot first" controversy is a great example. When Han shot first in the original, it told you he was a ruthless smuggler who would do whatever it took to save his own skin. Which gave more meaning to his transformation into a hero who fought to save others. Lucas' edit to make him shoot in defense was a different interpretation, but a weaker one. Without both versions, people may have just watched that scene without realizing the importance of it. About the only way you can get interpretation in movies and TV today are if they're intentionally made vague enough to be open to multiple interpretations by the viewer. Inception, or the ending of Pan's Labyrinth are examples of such ambiguity, and I think both movies were rated so highly partly because they added that element of interpretation which is missing from so many other shows.

      Right now, most copyright holders are scared to death to let others recreate their works or create derivative works, and thus use legal threats to squelch artistic reinterpretation of their work. I think society is lessened because of it. Kudos to Disney and Lucasfilm for allowing this one.

  • Even this "uncut" fan version is still a much better movie than PhantomMenace!

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