Many fans can remember a version of Episode I that was edited to remove Jar Jar and other "wrong" scenes from The Phantom Menace (click here). Well, the Phantom Editor strikes again, and I've got a newly-revised copy of SW2 to watch on the plane on the way back to the OC. The Editor wrote this note on the disc:
As before, I do not wish this to be viewed as an attack on the motion picture industry, an allegiance with motion picture piracy or even an attack on artist's right.
My "proactive criticism" is aimed only at one filmmaker - George Lucas.
For years Mr Lucas practiced the re-editing of other director's works as an act of "proactive criticism" suggesting changes where he felt the director had gone off page from the original storytelling ...
...And he did so by re-editing his own version of the director's film. Hmmmm ... Sound familiar?
So please let the entire contents of the DVD serve as my proactive criticism of where I feel George Lucas has gone off page - not only with the storytelling integrity of this film, but the integrity of a beloved piece of film history.
Note: no profit is generated from the creation of this DVD ... And let's keep it that way!
-the phantom editor
Now, people have long been trying to figure out just who this person is. We still have no idea, though we're anxious to see where the cuts and adjustments to the film have been made. Stay tuned!