Fan-made special edition movies

Great article from Intelligent Life (from The Economist) about movie fans making their own cuts of movies. This seems especially relevant right now with the release of the Star Wars teaser trailer, reviving memories of the prequel trilogy.

Most of us have seen a film and said, “It could have been better.” Not many of us have seen a film and said, “It will be better.” But some people have.

The article includes a description of "The Phantom Edit" a fan-made edit which mostly excised Jar Jar Binks from the movie along with various other changes.

Personally, I have seen The Phantom Menace but avoided the other two movies in that trilogy because it wasn't very good. I've seen snippets of the other two movies and the wooden acting and awful dialogue have helped to vindicate that decision.