Fan Film Expands NEW HOPE’s Lightsaber Duel (VIDEO)

George Lucas is infamous for constantly retooling and updating his Star Wars movies, not just the OT Special Editions but even the prequels for their blu-ray releases (such as replacing puppet Yoda in Phantom Menace with digital Yoda).

Controversial though they may be (particularly since the changes aren’t always effective), the notion isn’t without merit.

A great example of how to reimagine something with subtance (and not just style, flash, or modern effects) is this fan film (above) from FXitinPost, an independent Visual Effects house.

The team of FXit artists have taken Scene 38 from Star Wars: A New Hope — a.k.a. the lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi — and expanded it, not just in length and technical wizardry but also scope and depth.

Now a 6-minute-plus sequence, it looks and flows much more like a modern film action-duel would. More importantly, it adds character depth, too, especially in how it calls back to Anakin and Ben’s previous showdown during the tragic climax of Revenge of the Sith.

This isn’t simply well done, it’s well conceived, taking the first-ever lightsaber duel (produced on a limited budget and 40-year-old aesthetic) and causing it to resonate more equally with later, bigger ones.

I know it’s sacrilige to approve of tinkering with old classics over and over again, but I’d be totally onboard with seeing ILM’s version of this inserted into another New Hope update. It’s that good.

And FXitinPost? To paraphrase a galactic senator, we will watch your YouTube Channel with great interest.

One thought on “Fan Film Expands NEW HOPE’s Lightsaber Duel (VIDEO)

  1. Except for a couple oblique-angle/moving shots near the beginning (which don’t mesh well with the original at all), this is a stellar piece of work!

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