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#594935
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Raiders of The Lost Ark in IMAX!
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bilditup1 said

Dominic: did you see it in true IMAX then? Great story. In NYC it's gonna cost us an arm and a leg ($19, plus online 'convenience' fee). That's worth it for Raiders, I think, but in general it's highway robbery (except maybe at Lincoln Square. Still playing 'The Dark Knight Returns' there, if anyone's interested).

Yeah it was a true IMAX in Providence. The fact that it was in RI was probably one of the reasons it was so cheap, the other being that it was a matinee.

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#594696
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Raiders of The Lost Ark in IMAX!
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SAW IT AND LOVED IT. 

(of course)

Seriously though, I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I just saw Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big(est) screen. My third favorite picture of all time. My favorite filmmaker's best film.

For the last seventeen years I have been blessed with youth. Unfortunately, this also means that I have never been able to seen my favorite movies properly. I was five or six when I first saw ROTLA. And I loved it (of course). Indiana Jones immediately became my number one hero, and he has been ever since. In 2008 I saw him on the big screen, but it wasn't the same.

But this was different. This was Raiders of the Lost Ark! I could construct this film from memory, yet watching it again today it was like watching it for the first time all over agin. But bigger this time!

What a great film too. There's just so much here - a ridiculous amount of exceptional action, set pieces, and everything! This film really is that good!

I am so glad I was able to see this (on a real IMAX screen and for only $11.50), and will (probably) remember this experience forever. I also managed to snag one of those posters, and will be framing it and placing it in my room shortly. 

If you haven't gone yet, it's playing through Thursday, so go see it!

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#594213
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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TV's Frink said:

DominicCobb said:

The obvious way to do it would be to have him talk to Palpatine about who blew up the Death Star... especially since they talk about exactly that in ESBSE.

ok,cool then

Yeah, well I'm not saying it's a good idea, I'm just saying there's a very simple solution to their conundrum.

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#593733
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Last movie seen
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No offense: I do find it interesting that it annoys you when things glorify sex and what not, but you didn't really care about the glorified violence in things like Taken. Now, let me get this clear: I do not condone the glorification of either prostitution or violence, and I often times find a gratuitous amount of sex and guns/fighting/blood/etc. in many movies. Here's my point: I can still find a way to enjoy these movies. I don't let these factors get in the way. So what I'm trying to say is: I don't know, try to be less prude? It might let you enjoy movies more.

Just to be clear, I'm only trying to help.

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#592770
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Integrating the two trilogies thread
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Yeah, I too think it would be cool to see a version that "preserves the twist" and what not, I just don't see why many think it's the definitive way to edit the PT.

As for flashbacks, yeah I think that is a good idea. I actually suggested something like that in the ESB/ROTJ thread. Though I realize there are no flashbacks in any of the SW films, I think a flashback could actually fit in quite nicely, and still feel Star Warsy. And yeah, Ben's chat with Luke would be the best place to put it.

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#592759
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Integrating the two trilogies thread
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Oh, yeah I forgot about this thread. Maybe it would have been a more appropriate place for my rant in the ESB/ROTJ Wishlist thread. What was the rant? Oh, just that I don't think we should "preserve the twist" so to speak. I gave quite a bit of reasons there, but I'll try to summarize here:

1. I know the twist. You know the twist. We all know the twist. You aren't fooling me by killing Anakin in ROTS.

2. Yeah, but so what right? Well, know. The prequels were made to show us how Anakin became Vader. When I watch the prequels I want to see how Anakin became Vader.

3. Yeah but what about the people who don't know the twist? Who? Kidding. No, I think for people who honestly don't know the twist, showing them a version of the PT that "preserves the twist" before the OT is a mistake. WHY? Because the twist is diluted. HOW? Well, let's see

a. Obi-Wan lied! Oh wait, we already knew that.

b. Anakin turned to the dark side! Oh wait, we already knew that. A significant amount of the twist's shock comes from realizing that Luke's father (that great jedi that Luke is trying so hard to follow) became a sith. Really, without this, you're left with this: Anakin is still alive! And he's this guy in the black suit who showed up and has been in the past two episodes! Yeah, not too shocking.

4. You should really watch the OT first. Or at least make it 4-5-1-2-3-6. Contrary to what Lucas says, the PT was not made to be watched before the OT. The PT would have made very little money if no OT fans saw it. The PT was made with the mindset that "people have seen the OT." I realize this isn't much of a reason, because this is one of the things that people try to fix with fan edits, but I'm just saying I would never show someone the PT before the OT. Even if it was fan edited.

Now I'm going to ease back and say that I don't necessarily mind an edit that tries to "preserve the twist" (it would be interesting to watch [and, by the way, the way to do it is to remove Skywalker from Anakin's name. So we know he's Vader, but we just don't know he's Luke's father]), but if I want to watch a definitive ROTS/PT edit/s, I want to see how Anakin became Vader. Not even if I'm watching 4-5-6-1-2-3 or 4-5-1-2-3-6, but even if I'm watching chronological, I know the twist, so I want to see everything that happens. I don't want to miss out on seeing something just because a twist that I already know is being "preserved." 

My two cents.

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#592519
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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There are definitely some OTT elements in the cartoon, but in the end it's a personal favorite of mine. I watched before EpIII came out, and it filled in many gaps, i.e.

1. How did Anakin get those scars?

2. So what's the Clone Wars all about? (granted you learn this when you watch ROTS, but the cartoon nicely set up the main idea: jedi generals lead armies of clones against droids on many different planets)

3. We see Anakin knighted.

4. C3PO's armor change is mentioned.

5. Qui-Gon Jinn is not forgotten (he's in it! And Anakin is angry about his death)

6. Obi-Wandoes awesome things.

7. Anakin's a good pilot.

8. Mace Windu (and many other jedi) don't do nothing.

9. There are some actually funny moments.

10. We see the battle on Coruscant and Palpatine get captured.

11. We see Anakin add to his robotic arm.

12. We see Anakin and Obi-Wan board their fighters to go get Palpatine (leads right up to ROTS).

13. And, most importantly, we get to see Anakin and Obi-Wan be friends.

The only problem with the series is that Grievous is portrayed as a total bad ass - and he's not.

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#591410
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ESB and ROTJ Wishlist
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I don't know if anyone has thought of this, but I know how to fix the discrepancy of Luke doing nothing after he leaves Tatooine if you move Yoda to the start. What you do is, you use the sandstorm scene, and instead of having Luke leaving the planet, Luke goes to his old house to reminisce or something and you put the scene with Ben right there, in the house.

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#590775
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ESB and ROTJ Wishlist
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If I could just stay off for a little bit, I don't think "killing Anakin" is a good idea at all. I think it goes to the root of the prequel concept. If you make it seem like you've really killed Anakin, sure it would be a big twist that Vader is Luke father, but there will be two major problems.

One - "wait, what? Anakin was definitely dead. There's no way Vader's telling the truth. Well I guess I'll have to turn on ROTJ and find out what happened..... hmm, I just watched ROTJ and they didn't explain it at all. I'm very confused."

Two - one of the reasons why the twist in ESB was such a shocker was because we were lead to believe that Anakin was a great jedi. We desperately want Luke to be as good. Then we find out Anakin was not a good jedi, and we are completely blown away. But if we already knew that Anakin turned to the dark side, the twist is diluted.

My solution for these - fixing number one is simple. Show that Anakin turned into Vader! I think it should be shown in full in ROTS. But, and here is how this post is on topic, you could, if you wanted to, have a flashback to Anakin being saved and turned into Vader in ROTJ. 

My solution to number two - actually there isn't really one from an editing stand point. That doesn't mean there isn't a solution. I firmly believe the saga should be viewed 4-5-6-1-2-3 (though 4-5-1-2-3-6 works to). I think a prequel is intended to show what came before. These prequels were made to show how Anakin became Vader. If you take that out, there's not much of a point.

(And to just bring it back to Padme dying for a sec, what I'm trying to say is, why would you take one of the better aspects out of a film that you are trying to make better? When you could easily take out a small line from another film (a change that would not hurt that film I would like to point out)?

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#590722
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ESB and ROTJ Wishlist
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Yeah, what I'm trying to say though is that while I thought it was cool to think that Yoda trained Obi Wan, there is only one problem with the fact that Qui Gon trained Obi and that's that it contradicted an OT throwaway line. So I realize why that can be an irritating plot point, the thing is it's not really a bad plot point, when you look at it from a PT perspective, it's a good plot point. So why get rid of that plot point? (I also have to wonder if getting rid of it is even possible.) 

Same goes for Leia's mother dying. Yeah, before the ROTS I thought Leia knew her mother before she died. ROTS shat on that. But you know what? I don't care. Because Padme's death was actually fairly emotional and really helped that film in my opinion. In ROTJ, Leia's mother surviving is, again, just a throwaway line. I liked it before for the sole reason that it made me curious. But does it really add to the film? I don't think it does.

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#590675
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ESB and ROTJ Wishlist
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No yeah I totally get what you're saying. I too think it's hard to believe the OT comes after the PT. That's why I think more PT designs should be in the OT. The slick stuff was only in the PT, but I think it might be cool to see some of it in the OT as many of the mock ups have proven.

As for the continuity errors, I think quite a few of them are hard to fix from a PT stand point, but much easier to fix from an OT stand point. I liked thinking Yoda was Kenobi's master as much as the next guy, but if you're putting the two trilogies in the same continuity, from which end is it easier to fix the error? As is Yoda being Obi's master is, unfortunately, just a throwaway line. But Qui Gon being his master is rather something of an unavoidable plot point. And yeah, when I first saw TPM I thought "who the hell is this Qui Gon?" But you know what? I kind of like him.

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#590656
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ESB and ROTJ Wishlist
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I love the OT as much as the next guy, and that's why it's great to have stuff like the preservations and Harmy's despecialized editions. But I don't think that when working on the OT one should go by the adage "make the PT match the OT instead of vice versa." For a special edition, it should be special. And yes, I like Revisited as much as the next guy, but if your going to visually update these films, why not add PT elements? I'm not really one to say since I don't mind the PT, but for people that hate them, are they really that bad that you can't admit to liking any aspects of them?  I think there are quite a bit of cool designs in the PT that would look really interesting in the OT.

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#590557
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Spielberg: &quot;I'm no longer a digital revisionist.&quot;
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zombie84 said:

I think that Spielberg's best stuff has been since 1993.

-Schindler's List

-Jurassic Park

-Saving Private Ryan

-The Terminal

-Catch Me if You Can

-Munich

-Tintin

-Minority Report

I even think Lost World, Amistad, War of the Worlds, A.I. and Crystal Skull are really decent films, despite their problems. As much as I love the trio of Jaws, Close Encounters and Raiders, I think overall his output of 1993-2012 is stronger than his output from 1974-1990. Although Jaws and Raiders are two of his best films.

Yeah, I think I'd have to agree with pretty much everything here. Except I like to consider Amistad and War of the Worlds more than decent, and would add Hook as another decent outing; and War Horse is superb, in my opinion and the opinions of many others. Lincoln also looks like it should be pretty damn good as well. So yeah, while Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, and E.T. are my favorite Spielberg films, I think he made a larger number of good ones after 87 than before, which now reminds me that the Last Crusade was 89, and that movie was awesome.