Brevity may be the soul of wit, but can brevity find the soul in -- well, you know where the rhyme was going.
Topher Grace has inexplicably edited the Star Wars prequels into a single 85-minute movie. This whittled down version of the prequel trilogy uses footage from all three films (almost seven hours of material), a little footage from the original trilogy, and even includes an original text crawl for the condensed story. What were the results?
According to /Film, not too shabby. Here is a brief summation from Peter Sciretta:
Titled Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back, the film was screened privately in Hollywood for select guests. So how does the movie start? In media res: the Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Darth Maul duel that ended The Phantom Menace. ("In media res" is of course Latin for "balls deep.")
Read the full rundown over at /Film to find out what was kept in and what was left out. It even mentions another potential Topher Grace film remix/recut: Close Encounters of the Third Kind. While this prequel distillation is interesting, I agree with Sciretta that Close Encounters doesn't need anything removed or replaced or rearranged -- that movie is pretty much perfect.