Perhaps another odd choice for a write up here at Salisbury Snake, but read on. I have some good news for you if you haven't heard it already.
Star Wars might be the least obscure bit of Pop Culture on the planet and unfortunately the prequels aren't exactly defensible. Making matters worse, Lucas has been on a rampage of stirring up ill will lately. The better movies in the series are a big deal to people because they bring up pleasant feelings of nostalgia, but also because they marked the point at which science fiction action movies could be viable entertainment for people of any age, the match that lit the fire in the minds of countless creative minds that would go on to make contributions to film that are immeasurable in scope.
Lucas didn't do it alone. His constant re-edits and changes diminish (and in some cases actually eradicate) the contributions of people like Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan, Ralph McQuarrie, Sebastian Shaw, Richard Marquand, and the original ILM special effects team, who worked with self made models and ingenuity before computers took all the magic out special effects. Lucas is fond of saying that it's his movies and he can do whatever he wants with them, and that's demonstrably true, but without the brilliance of many others he would've had nothing. During the making of the first three movies he was continually challenged by strong personalities in his employ and the limitations of visual effects of the time, and that's what made them what they were. By the time he made the prequels he was surrounded with only yes men.
Which begs the question: What if Lucas had an editor? What if there were someone along the way in the process who, as Harrison Ford was infamous for, could call George on his shit? That question occurred to many of us, but there was one guy who had the gumption, talent, training, and equipment to actually do something about it. The Phantom Edit. I've seen it, and it's truly amazing how much better the movie is as a result of some very careful trims of dialogue, extraneous exposition, and "comic relief." The result is a very different, and almost certainly, a much better film. He then did it again with Episode II to an even better end result. Everyone with any interest at all in these movies or in the way that editing can change a production entirely owes it to themselves to see these.
Unfortunately, you can't buy it. But maybe you can find it...