I’m a late bloomer when it comes to the many films out there that have been edited by fans. Twelve years ago professional editor Mike J. Nichols, originally billed as “the Phantom Editor,” decided to cut his own version of George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace which, among other things, eliminated about 20 minutes of Jar Jar Binks. I first heard about The Phantom Edit back in the summer of 2001 on N.P.R., and still haven’t seen it. As the internet exploded with new file-sharing technologies, fans became equipped with ever more sophisticated tools with which to take a beloved film and tweak it further to their own liking. As I finally catch up to this trend and make up for lost time, I’ve decided to seek out fan edits from three categories. These I feel can be summed up by the characteristics you’d find in the following people: the purist, the pruner, and the disc jockey.   [...MORE]

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