Sunday, 7 December 2014


Treats! That Steve Soderbergh sure can make movies, huh? You may know this already, but it turns out he learnt his craft watching "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with the volume and colour turned down, and Trent Reznor's Social Network soundtrack playing over the top. "What does this remind me of?" I pondered as I watched the new cut, and it hit me: Auralnauts' reworking of the Star Wars prequels. Their (His? Her?) best known work is probably this brilliant shred of the original throne room scene minus John Williams' score. You may know this too.

But did you know that they (she? he? heshe?)  also produced three brilliantly redubbed, fifteen-minute stoner-skewed cuts of the later films, arguably improving them, and finally letting one appreciate all of the terrific work that went into these terrible works? It seems the missing ingredient was fun; put that back in and the films look great.

If you got down to that, here's episodes 1 and 3.

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