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A Tarantino inspired Star Wars mashup and remix.
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Brief Synopsis:
A Tarantino inspired Star Wars mashup and remix.
Intention:
To take The Empire Strikes Back and remix it, using songs from and inspired by the films of Quentin Tarantino. 100% of the score has been replaced, as well as overdubbing Yoda with Pai Mei, from Kill Bill Volume 2.

There are many visual nods to Tarantino as well, but in no way is this intended to be a new Tarantino film! It's intended as a fun homage to one of my favourite filmmakers, and a remix of one of the best films ever made. Steering away from the Tarantino vibe, I have also included a hero moment for most of the main characters, and thrown in a few songs that Tarantino would never use in a million years... Hope you enjoy it!
Additional Notes:
Version 2 - released August 2014. - Significantly reduced John Williams' music spill present in V1, and as a result, was able to better integrate new music with existing dialogue. - Minor visual tweaks/fixes.
Other Sources:
Footage:
Star Wars, Episodes 2-6
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2D animated series, 2002)

Music:
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Ironside (Excerpt) - Quincy Jones
The Grand Duel (Parte Prima) - Louis Bacalov
The Lonely Shepherd - Zamfir
The Flower of Carnage - Meiko Kaji
Crane/White Lightning - The RZA
Super 16 - Neu!
Run Fay Run - Isaac Hayes

Kill Bill Vol. 2
Summertime Killer - Luis Bacalov
A Silhouette of Doom - Ennio Morricone
Il Tramanto - Ennio Morricone
The Chase - Alan Reeves
L'Arena - Ennio Morricone

Inglourious Basterds
The Green Leaves Of Summer - Nick Perito
The Surrender (La resa) - Ennio Morricone
The Verdict - Ennio Morricone
Rabbia e Tarantella - Ennio Morricone
Slaughter (Album Version) -Billy Preston
Tiger Tank - Lalo Schifrin
The Man With The Big Sombrero - S. Shelton

Death Proof
Paranoia Prima - Ennio Morricone
Riot In Thunder Alley - Eddie Beram
Baby It's You - Smith
The Last Race - Jack Nitzsche
Good Love, Bad Love - Eddie Floyd
Down In Mexico - The Coasters
The Love You Save - Joe Tex

Jackie Brown
Strawberrry Letter 23 - Brothers Johnson
Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
Monte Carlo Nights - Elliot Easton/Tiki Gods
Cissy Strut - The Meters

Other (non Tarantino selections)
They Can Not Touch Her - Bernard Herrmann
Mind Power - James Brown
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
The Ecstasy of Gold - Ennio Morricone
Leave Home - The Chemical Brothers
O Fortuna - Carmina Burana
Old Man - Neil Young
The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzsche
You don't have to say you love me - Dusty Springfield
Special Thanks:
1) Neglify, Gatos, g1orkatsos, TMBTM and Blueyoda for previewing and providing great feedback.
2) To everyone in the forums who gave suggestions over the past year. Many of those ideas are in the final cut, so thank you for chipping in!
Release Information
  • NTSC DVD-5
  • Blu-Ray (BD-25)
  • AVI/MKV
Special Features
Fanedit Trailers, About this Edit Featurette
Cuts and Additions:
1) Replaced 100% of the soundtrack.
2) Added a number of visual references to Tarantino movies
3) Given each main character a hero moment/montage
4) Rebuilt the sound effects from scratch in many scenes to allow for the music replacement and to manage spill as much as possible.
5) Created a non-linear structure, split into complete chapters (Inspired by Kill Bill Vol. 1)
6) Replaced Yoda's dialogue with Pai Mei (Kill Bill Volume 2)
7) Replaced the Millenium Falcon's engine with Stunt Man Mike's from Death Proof

Version 2, August 2014: Better removal of John Williams spill, minor visual fixes/tweaks.
Cover art by njvc (DOWNLOAD HERE) image
Note: DVD artwork included.

Cover art by ShortRound24 (DOWNLOAD HERE) image
Note: DVD artwork included.

Trailer

Chapter 1: The Search for Yoda

Chapter 2: The Battle of Hoth

Chapter 3: Rebels on the Run

Chapter 4: "A Jedi, Like My Father..."

Chapter 5: Among the Clouds"

Chapter 6: Battle Royale"

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9.0
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9.6  (38)
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9.0  (38)
I won't go into too much detail since other reviewers have already said pretty much everything. I will say that out of the handful of fanedits I have watched, this is hands down my favorite. I am a gargantuan Tarantino fan, so I may be a little biased. "You know, I've always liked that word... 'gargantuan'... so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence." I loved the style and the originality of this edit. The technique was flawless and the music choices were spot on.

If I had to nitpick, I will say I was a tiny bit confused about the flashback to the Cave of Evil during the final fight since Luke's vision in the cave was the scene from The Clone Wars. However that being said, it didn't really bother me that much because I still loved this edit and I have already highly recommend it to all of my friends.

Bravo!
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Reviewed by kobakommander September 13, 2014
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I won't go into too much detail since other reviewers have already said pretty much everything. I will say that out of the handful of fanedits I have watched, this is hands down my favorite. I am a gargantuan Tarantino fan, so I may be a little biased. "You know, I've always liked that word... 'gargantuan'... so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence." I loved the style and the originality of this edit. The technique was flawless and the music choices were spot on.

If I had to nitpick, I will say I was a tiny bit confused about the flashback to the Cave of Evil during the final fight since Luke's vision in the cave was the scene from The Clone Wars. However that being said, it didn't really bother me that much because I still loved this edit and I have already highly recommend it to all of my friends.

Bravo!

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As a fan of both Tarantino and Star Wars, I found this concept both entertaining and fascinating. It was great to see Empire in a new light, and with such damn style too! Great inclusion of the animated scenes from "Clone Wars", and Vader's montage introduction was stunning (of course, each montage was pretty damn impressive). Soundtrack was great, although I could see one or two songs that Tarantino would never touch himself. This edit is definitely going to stay in my collection!
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9.8
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10.0
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Reviewed by rantus vil July 30, 2014
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As a fan of both Tarantino and Star Wars, I found this concept both entertaining and fascinating. It was great to see Empire in a new light, and with such damn style too! Great inclusion of the animated scenes from "Clone Wars", and Vader's montage introduction was stunning (of course, each montage was pretty damn impressive). Soundtrack was great, although I could see one or two songs that Tarantino would never touch himself. This edit is definitely going to stay in my collection!

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Cheers for the review rantus! I think I know which songs you mean ;) I got a little self indulgent in my choices there at times. Thanks for watching!

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Just watched it. I actually applauded at the end of Battle Royale. I applauded. In my own lounge. On my own. Yes, it was that good.
Nit-picks: The animated scene was a stretch, and then the call back to the cave in the Battle Royale didn't work (seemed pretty random). Probably would have been better to segue the animation into the entrance of Vader in the Cave. Or use the footage of Anakin vs ObiWan, instead of the animation?
I also found the immersion was ruined by leaving in the Star Wars music cues with the mynoks (or whatever they're called) in the Space Worm. It pulled me out of the Tarantino experience.

Genius to use Empire, by far the strongest film, and genius to use the flashbacks etc., character intros, oh man, this was creative brilliance. Up there with War of the Stars.
:applause!:
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9.6
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Reviewed by dangermouse July 29, 2014
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Just watched it. I actually applauded at the end of Battle Royale. I applauded. In my own lounge. On my own. Yes, it was that good.
Nit-picks: The animated scene was a stretch, and then the call back to the cave in the Battle Royale didn't work (seemed pretty random). Probably would have been better to segue the animation into the entrance of Vader in the Cave. Or use the footage of Anakin vs ObiWan, instead of the animation?
I also found the immersion was ruined by leaving in the Star Wars music cues with the mynoks (or whatever they're called) in the Space Worm. It pulled me out of the Tarantino experience.

Genius to use Empire, by far the strongest film, and genius to use the flashbacks etc., character intros, oh man, this was creative brilliance. Up there with War of the Stars.
:applause!:

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Thank you for the great review dangermouse! I'm going to have to go back and check that Mynock section now, I was pretty sure I had removed all the original music cues, but perhaps I missed one! As for the animation, my intention was to imply Luke was having a vision of his father at a crucial moment when he started to use the dark side. The flashback during the final battle was intended as another vision, this time showing Luke inside the helmet, suggesting he is closer than ever to following his father's path if he is not careful. But regardless, I'm really pleased you enjoyed many of the choices made and had a good time watching :)

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This edit was everything I could have hoped for. I really enjoyed the beginning and end of the movie. The middle felt a bit like empire was just re-organized but the audio effects reminded you that you're watching an edit. I thought the animated scene was a good touch, the introductions to all of the characters was fantastic and the ending was spectacular. Overall this edit was amazing and I highly recommend watching it.
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9.7
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10.0
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8.0
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9.0
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Reviewed by qou2600 April 21, 2014
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This edit was everything I could have hoped for. I really enjoyed the beginning and end of the movie. The middle felt a bit like empire was just re-organized but the audio effects reminded you that you're watching an edit. I thought the animated scene was a good touch, the introductions to all of the characters was fantastic and the ending was spectacular. Overall this edit was amazing and I highly recommend watching it.

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Pulp Empire, while a product of NJVC's imagination, is really an insight into how much Tarantino has affected and influenced modern cinema. It is unmistakeable of who this edit is trying to invoke. Imagine, though, an edit that was trying to invoke Polanski, Spielberg or PT Anderson. Tarantino's style is so unique unto himself, and so culturally penetrating, that all it takes is a certain font or a music cue to bring up cherished film memories and impart them over the goings in this edit of Episode IV.

However, while this is a tribute in many respects, this edit isn't just hip music accompanied by a "You like that, didn't you" smirk. This is a legitimate effort in making an autonomous film experience.

Divided in chapters like Kill Bill, scored like many in Tarantino's ouvre, and sprinkled with character title cards ala Inglourious Bastards, NJVC pulls from every Tarantino cliche (an unfair word, I admit) in order to induce the filmmaker's special touch. Of particular fondness for myself was an animated sequence that followed Luke's walking into the forest sequence. NJVC even finds himself adding to the Tarantino reference pool by including a few choice soundtrack additions that, in another Universe, I think Tarantino easily could have found room for himself.

However, it's in this dedication (or is it reluctance?) of constantly using Tarantino's previous styles that starts to get in the way. After a brilliant opening with character introductions and unique editing styles used throughout the Hoth fight (preceded by the film's first chapter of Luke arriving in Dagoba), it seems like NJVC ran out of ideas. The film begins to lumber in its third chapter never regaining the momentum and excitement from the opening 20 minutes. A few slo-mo shots are added with some choice music which helps initially, but NJCV returns too often to this "fix," only to wear out its effectiveness over time. The animated sequence helps pump new blood into the edit, but again, the editing style from then on begins to weigh down under the expectations of something more. With only a 90 minute run time, a heavy drag in the film throughout its second act is a problem.

It's difficult to say specifically what would improve this film through the bulk of it's second act. Generally, what it would benefit from would be more stylized editing choices that don't reference Tarantino's work, as much as they are inspired by them. I feel like NJCV has the creative potential to do this, considering his choices he made in the film's closing chapter.

The final chapter answers the promise of ambition sparked by the film's opening. It has unique editing choices that I haven't seen in a Tarantino film, but feels right at home in his arsenal. It also echoes the strange juxtaposition that Kill Bill vol 2 had of entertainment and tenderness. This effect, perhaps more than anything, warrants high praise for this edit.

In all, this is a fantastic piece for the fan edit community. NJVC demonstrates how effectively a film can change in the right editor's hands. Indeed, his technical prowess in manipulating the score and audio tracks leaves me baffled. Reluctance aside, everybody should give this a viewing.
Overall rating 
 
9.2
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9.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0
Reviewed by beezo February 27, 2014
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Pulp Empire, while a product of NJVC's imagination, is really an insight into how much Tarantino has affected and influenced modern cinema. It is unmistakeable of who this edit is trying to invoke. Imagine, though, an edit that was trying to invoke Polanski, Spielberg or PT Anderson. Tarantino's style is so unique unto himself, and so culturally penetrating, that all it takes is a certain font or a music cue to bring up cherished film memories and impart them over the goings in this edit of Episode IV.

However, while this is a tribute in many respects, this edit isn't just hip music accompanied by a "You like that, didn't you" smirk. This is a legitimate effort in making an autonomous film experience.

Divided in chapters like Kill Bill, scored like many in Tarantino's ouvre, and sprinkled with character title cards ala Inglourious Bastards, NJVC pulls from every Tarantino cliche (an unfair word, I admit) in order to induce the filmmaker's special touch. Of particular fondness for myself was an animated sequence that followed Luke's walking into the forest sequence. NJVC even finds himself adding to the Tarantino reference pool by including a few choice soundtrack additions that, in another Universe, I think Tarantino easily could have found room for himself.

However, it's in this dedication (or is it reluctance?) of constantly using Tarantino's previous styles that starts to get in the way. After a brilliant opening with character introductions and unique editing styles used throughout the Hoth fight (preceded by the film's first chapter of Luke arriving in Dagoba), it seems like NJVC ran out of ideas. The film begins to lumber in its third chapter never regaining the momentum and excitement from the opening 20 minutes. A few slo-mo shots are added with some choice music which helps initially, but NJCV returns too often to this "fix," only to wear out its effectiveness over time. The animated sequence helps pump new blood into the edit, but again, the editing style from then on begins to weigh down under the expectations of something more. With only a 90 minute run time, a heavy drag in the film throughout its second act is a problem.

It's difficult to say specifically what would improve this film through the bulk of it's second act. Generally, what it would benefit from would be more stylized editing choices that don't reference Tarantino's work, as much as they are inspired by them. I feel like NJCV has the creative potential to do this, considering his choices he made in the film's closing chapter.

The final chapter answers the promise of ambition sparked by the film's opening. It has unique editing choices that I haven't seen in a Tarantino film, but feels right at home in his arsenal. It also echoes the strange juxtaposition that Kill Bill vol 2 had of entertainment and tenderness. This effect, perhaps more than anything, warrants high praise for this edit.

In all, this is a fantastic piece for the fan edit community. NJVC demonstrates how effectively a film can change in the right editor's hands. Indeed, his technical prowess in manipulating the score and audio tracks leaves me baffled. Reluctance aside, everybody should give this a viewing.

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Faneditor's Reply

Thank you for the great review beezo! Much appreciated :) I agree the ideas were not as strong in that middle section. It was a big challenge to find ways to keep it fresh throughout, but I'm pleased that you felt the overall experience was enjoyable.

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