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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!
Star Wars, Episodes 2-6
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2D animated series, 2002)
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
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
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
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
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!
- NTSC DVD-5
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
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.
I don't think I've enjoyed any other Fan Edit as much as this one.
What's so intriguing about this Fan Edit is that you can show it to someone who hasn't seen a Star Wars film and/or doesn't even like sci-fi, and they'll dig this, b/c it's just so much damned fun.
Usually when fan editors go to this extreme in a re-edit of a film, I find the 3-act structure and narrative gets completely lost. Not so this time.
The music cues were top notch -- both in choice and edits -- the montage intro's of the characters were clever and funny and the pulp-like changes (i.e., Yoda speaking) were inspired.
My only criticism is that, with scenes from the first Star Wars and even Jedi utilized in some moments of the film, I had expected an actual ending to the story, as opposed to the "To Be Continued" that the original Empire ends on. That is to say, when you (the editor) show clips of the Sarlacc Pit and seem to foreshadow Han's rescue and other future moments in a variety of montages throughout the movie, that indicates to a viewer who knows the movies that that story is being rolled into this one. As such, when it just sort of ends on a "what next?," it is a little dissatisfying.
But, ultimately, I couldn't possibly recommend this Fan Edit more. Great stuff.
njvc's Edits are always top quality. I've been meaning to watch this one for a while and I had kind of taken a break from the fanedits forum for a while, but was checking out vimeo and njvc is one of the people I follow on there.
It was a really great way to see one of my favorite starwars films. The already dark tone of Empire makes this a perfect choice for a Tarantino style edit. It really was like getting to watch this film for the first time again.
I will have to agree with PatientWho about using Gordon Liu for yoda's voice. I understand it was part of the Tarantino-ization of the film. This is a fan film, and that was fan service, so I think it is totally acceptable choice. But for it it was a bit jarring as I knew what was being said was not what was subtitled.
Overall, fantastic! I was riveted to the story and pacing! Even though I know the story by heart, I constantly eager to see what would happen next! Bravo!
Fan of Stars Wars franchise and the Tarantino style. This film is the best of both worlds. Told the whole Empire Strikes back story in a non linear way while being scored to great music. You can tell njvc took his time on this fanedit. You'll never see the seams in his editing. Choice of soundtrack fitted every scene.
I particularly enjoyed the character introductions in the Kill Bill style. Montage scenes from other Stars Wars episodes were integrated.
However the voice of Yoda replaced by Gordon Liu's in his part as Pai Mei in Kill Bill was off-putting. I dont think njvc is a Cantonese speaker. Yoda was speaking gibberish and the same sound bites from Pai Mei was used over and over again. I'm sure I was suppose to just ignore this and read the subs but I had to take a few points off from the rating for it. Gordon Liu' has dozens of movie out over the decades and there are plenty of lines to choose form but thats impossible if you cant speak the language. I sat through the film with a buddy that did not speak Cantonese, and he seemed to enjoy the scene better.
Overall, it's a must see for fan edit enthusiast and njvc has set a new standard of fanmixes with Pulp Empire.
I can't believe it took me this long to get to this one. This edit is perfect. It's an amazing piece of work. At first you might think it would be a weird homage to Tarantino by filling it with references, but the edit was far from it. It takes (imho) the best Star Wars film and makes it Tarantino-esque but only to a degree, because while Tarantino would have carried the film through to a 'cinematic' ending like in Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill, Django Unchained; Pulp Empire evokes the old school Tarantino of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown ilk, where you don't get that crowd pleasing finale but a thoughtful, resonating end that haunts you for a while. The Neil Young closing to this was absolute genius, the montage put together at theend--I've never seen anything like--it's actually why the prequels exist: for the three minute montage at the end of njvc's Pulp Empire. I loved the out-of-left-field music choices like (!) Bernard Hermann's Taxi Driver theme in lieu of the love theme, and the opening with Morricone's theme from the Lee van Cleef classic "Grand Duel" hooked me. Substituting Pai for Yoda was hilarious and worked perfectly. The best scene in the trilogy (Luke vs Vader) scored to Ecstacy of Gold was great!
Bottom line is--this isn't a simple re-edit or remix of the original. It takes the material and uses style to create something new entirely: that's where the "Tarantino" aspect comes in. But njvc has definitely made this his own by applying deeper meaning and ambiguity to the scenes. The linear cohesion of the original is gone, the story is absorbed upon reflection after viewing, and I personally love those kinds of stories. An amazing edit, and my personal favorite of any I've seen. Score 11/10
I was very skeptical about this edit at first. In fact, I only watched it because I was intrigued by the trailer and I loved the dubbing of Yoda. So I came back and watched a little more of the trailer. Chapter I is a little slow, although the introduction of Yoda is genius and no slower than the original, but I ended up watching everything and continuing with chapter II. That's when I was hooked. Chapter II is brilliant, a masterpiece. The introduction of Darth Vader with the flashback, the battle of Hoth with the use of slow-mo, the seamless editing, the perfect pacing. It all works great, even the music, which at first I thought was just for kicks, gives a superb atmosphere and blends in perfectly with all other elements.
Can't recommend this enough, I loved it.