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Watch: ‘Star Wars’ Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute ‘Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1’

Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1'

Recently blasting Hollywood studios by saying “they don’t have any imagination and they don’t have any talent,” George Lucas might be advised to look in his own rearview mirror, particularly at the years spanning 1999 and 2005. That was when he released his “Star Wars” prequels, a digitally cumbersome, narratively dull disappointment that found the filmmaker taking his rich, imaginative universe to the dullest places possible. Fans, including the likes of Topher Grace, have all tried their hands at recuts, and now one more has arrived for your viewing pleasure (probably until the wrath of Disney and Lucasfilm legal departments take it down).

And so, here’s “Turn To The Darkside: Episode 3.1” from Double Digit, which takes all three prequels and tries to whittle it down to the essentials, cutting out the crap about trade embargoes and focusing more on the central relationship between Anakin and Padmé. Here’s the statement of intent from the creators:

A reimagining 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 to strengthen the core relationships between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala. More than 300 video and audio edits heighten the main character’s tragic fall from grace.

So, does this revamped cut make the story better? Worse? Let us know below. [Polygon]

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