Star Wars: The Blackened Mantle, A Prequel Re-edit


We’re all aware of the fan edits of films out there, especially those of the Star Wars prequels. Here’s a relatively new one, entitled Star Wars: The Blackened Mantle. What’s unusual about it is the editor, Darth Lunar, has refashioned the dialogue in Japanese, with English subtitles. Somehow this, combined with the editing choices, makes the overall style more cohesive and stand-out, harkening back to one of George Lucas’ earliest ideas to have a racially diverse cast, and subtitled dialogue. From the synopsis:

Star Wars: The Blackened Mantle” chronicles the rise of a young Jedi named Anakin Skywalker. Haunted by vivid and prophetic nightmares since he was a slave on Tatooine, Anakin is trained to find peace through the Force by his friend and mentor, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi – until an act of brutal violence shatters Anakin’s fragile grip on his own perilous gift.

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The non-linear re-edit was inspired by actor Topher Grace’s own 85 minute recut of the prequels – “the creators of this film turned away from the original English footage – and the original script – and pursued an option based on new research showing how our minds integrate written subtitles with spoken language. This was the result.”

UPDATE: As ever, the edit has been removed from YouTube, although you can still download it if you know where to look.


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