Almost every "Star Wars" fan has dreamed of a world where Jar Jar Binks never appeared in the prequels. Let's suspend disbelief for a moment and immerse ourselves in an alternate reality made possible by Vimeo user Double Digit, who recut the prequels into one, more sensible sub-3-hour film. Unfortunately, there's still a little Jar Jar, but most of that silliness has been removed.
"Star Wars: Turn to the Dark Side" cuts out a lot of extraneous story lines. The focus, instead, is on Anakin Skywalker and his relationship with Padmé Amidala. If nothing else, this cut will save you from fast-forwarding your way past your least-favorite parts of the prequels.
The whole affair kicks off with the classic logo and crawl and then quickly jumps into a sweet Darth Maul lightsaber duel. Double Digit has wisely left in a good dose of the fun action set pieces. The editor says the refashioned film required over 100 video and audio edits to "heighten the main character's tragic fall from grace."
This isn't the first time someone has taken a stab at rebuilding the prequels. Actor Topher Grace made a legendary unreleased recut of the films that clocks in at a very slim 85 minutes. He named it "Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back." That version is what inspired Double Digit to make this latest recut.
"Turn to the Dark Side" can act as a crash-course to get you ready ahead of the release of the new "Star Wars" film in 2015. That's assuming the recut video doesn't get taken down.