Star Wars Original Lightsaber Duel Gets Needed Fan Update

It's amazing what we as fans can now create

May 9, 2019

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One of the problems of going back 20, 30, 40 years later and making films that are supposed to fit in with the originals - technological advancement makes a massive visual difference. In the case of Star Wars, the pacing of a 1977 film with never before seen special effects is like a burning candle placed next to the freakin' sun: there's no comparison. It makes going back and watching the films in numerical order insane.

The actors for the most epic of lightsaber fight in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith spent weeks training in sword fighting to choreograph the scene. When that film ends and Episode IV: A New Hope begins it's like waking up from anesthesia it feels so slow. And the rematch battle between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi sadly is laughably bad. It looks like an old stage actor fighting a guy who tried on knight's armor for the first time. It's just one of those things where time shows us how much we've grown.

That's where YouTuber FXitinPost's particular set of skills comes in super handy. They've gone back to "Scene 38", as it's known, and reshot, edited, and added some CGI to make this pivotal moment live up to the characters' abilities.

I'm not here to advocate that it be Lucas'd - reshot and edited into the original like it always was there - but it's hard to deny that the tight confines paired with incredible skill make the movie that much better.