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DonShockley

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#1086797
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When Did The Star Wars Prequels Become Cool?
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The PT movies were OK but definitely not great. And I think most of the different perceptions have more to do with how movies will always tend to reflect the trends/attitudes of the times they were made in. But personally, even after multiple rewatchings, the real lack in PT is the light to dark conversion that creates Darth Vader. The PT is really lacking in any substance when it comes to that part of the story. And the conversion is really at the heart of the PT, everything else is just good guys vs. bad guys with pretty good action and film work. Even after all these years, I still can’t answer the question of why he went to the Dark Side, even though he was never really shown to be strongly on the Light Side either.

For me, the whining teen in the PT isn’t really the same person as the redeemed epitome of evil seen in the OT.

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#1086777
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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Never forget that there’s an entire range of experience and interest on every topic. Some people build their entire collection around torrents and know all the ins and outs. Personally, until I heard about the Harmy versions and started looking at how to get them I just bought evrything and assumed that the only reason for using torrents, etc. was to not pay creators for their content which I don’t believe in. But that’s me, to each his own. And I had never even heard of FanEdits. As a result, it took many weeks of reading, learning to use entire new classes of software, buying the hardware, etc. to be able to get the one set of movies. TUIG helped but at the start a lot of that was still Greek to me. Not everyone can put in the time or money just for just the one set of movies that’s not available for purchase. I don’t fault them for looking for a simple answer. I did too in the beginning and appreciate how steep the learning curve is. I still don’t understand most of what I was doing as I was following instructions found all over. Bouncing from source to source and trying to avoid unscrupulous links, dead ends, and malware does make getting these a challenge for new people, of which I still consider myself to be. And it’s hard to make contributions to the community when you don’t have the knowledge or creative skills to generate new content. Personally, about the only way I’ve been able to contribute is to leave the torrents seeded. But I still have no idea if I’m still a leecher because I’ve only done the few titles that I am intersted in that aren’t purchasable, or that the creator’s specifically requested be seeded to help spread the content.

On the other side, a new person often offends even while trying their best to comply. Although I was eventually provided the NJVC set links and was able to get a copy, I still don’t have a clue about what the right behaviour is. Since they weren’t publically provided, was I supposed to share them or keep them private? I don’t know the answer so I never shared to be safe. I want to respect the content creators so they’ll keep creating because my skills are non-existent. And that’s just on the downloading side. Now that I have the files, what’s the right behaviour? Spread them across the torrent program I use or leave them on the invite only torrent they were moved to? Again, I don’t know so they haven’t been shared. Would I be helping the creator by creating additional sources so they aren’t so overwhelmed with requests or would I just be helping create more eBay scum sellers profiting from the creator’s work? Someone who uses fanedits and torrents frequently picks up the nuanced behaviour naturally, the way a child learns, by frequent and repeated observation of those around them. But people like me who have a more limited exposure and interaction are more like tourists visiting a foreign country. No matter how aware we are of our own ignorance, how much we respect the locals, or how polite we are trying to be; we don’t know what the ingrained offenses are until we make them.

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#1073693
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Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans
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I’m not sure if it really qualifies as a Fan Edit, but I came across it yesterday and I enjoyed it so I wanted to put it out there. It’s from a duo called Palette-Swap Ninja and apparently took 5 years to make.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8s6sSjUyaxUk3mCUqiNuJiMNxs9QdthO

It’s a series of 11 YouTube videos set to match the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Album. Watched in sequence it is the entire Star Wars movie, with lyrics set to match the plot lines. Maybe it only appeals to people of a certain age and musical taste, but I found it immensely entertaining. Keeping most of the music and story tone of the the original Beatles lyrics, and then adapting them to the Star Wars movie scenes in proper plot order, was amazing. As more of a techie with absolutely no artistic talent, it’s the kind of creative thinking and execution that I find absolutely astounding.

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#1070814
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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First of all, let me apologize to the original creator of this artwork. The source pdf file got seperated from the folder with the name of who I downloaded it from so I lost track of the creator. But I thank you. My small contribution is nothing more than basic rearranging and miniscule modification of your outstanding work to meet my particular needs.

UPDATE: Thanks to RoccondilRinon for the original source material. Thanks again!

My 6 disc M-disc set of the NJVC blu-rays did not have room in the case for a very thick booklet with all the details. So I trimmed down the excellent 12-page one into a more compact 4-page versions with just the info I personally needed in my set. I was also having difficulty getting a good 2 sided print, likely due to my cheap photo paper. So I rearranged the 4 pages so that I could fold a bly-ray size booklet from just a single sided photo print. I just thought I would share it in case somebody else could benefit.

Foldable Print

Lessons learned when creating booklet: Letter size works OK but A4 paper gives a better match to blu-ray insert clips. Fold top to bottom, then side to side. Fold first, flatten seams, (tape), then cut to size along unfolded edges so that any misalignment from folding is on the cut off portion. Use double sided tape to conceal/join uprinted sides to make it appear as though booklet was 2 sided print from thicker stock. Cover booklet with a blank sheet of paper when using a hard object run along seams to set the folds so that you don’t damage your print job. Using a black sharpie along the cut edges does conceal the white but it’s inconsistent and softens/swells the edge. Live with the white if you can stand it (IMHO).

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#1065568
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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Not the NJVC set, but I have a set of the Harmy’s on DVD with a fourth DVD that has the mp4 extras from an earlier BD25 download. They’re an early set I made that’s just sharpie hand labeled. I also have a 3 disc set of the BD25s that I did after I got a BR burner and disc printer. Both have just been sitting around after I upgraded each and finally got the wonderful NJVC set downloaded and burned. I inquired on the HarmyDeed facebook page and got the OK to give away without charge. If anybody needs either just PM me a shipping address.

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#1045660
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Free LD Collection and working Pioneer CLD-D701 player
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I have kept these around for years, primarily for rewatching the OT periodically since most everything else was rebought on DVD and Blu-ray. Thanks to OT.com, Harmy, and most recently NJVC I now have the “correct” trilogy available in these newer formats too so I no longer anticipate the need to pull these out every few years. Since I know there are others who would get more enjoyment out of these, I am offering them free to an OT.com member as a thank you to the site and members for finally providing me with a long sought after treasure.

Player worked fine when last used ~6 months ago to watch SW4 prior to finding out about the Harmy versions and OT.com. Only the Trilogy discs have seen regular use over the years, but all have been stored together so I am assuming most of the rest are still playable. And almost all have been in protective plastic outer sleeves since purchase. Quick LD count: 106 including a couple larger box sets. In addition to the Star Wars Trilogy, there’s the first 6 Star Trek movies, the first couple Die Hards & Terminators, some Disney and Criterion Collection sets. Box sets are Alamo, Aliens, North by Northwest, Quiet Man, The Stand, & The Ten Comandments. I can try to do a full title list later if it’s really needed.

Due to the size and weight of the entire collection, local pickup would be preferred. I am in Belton, TX and would be willing to drive as far as Dallas or Austin areas to help with getting these to a member. If you are interested, drop me a message.

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#1036469
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My Custom Blu Ray box set
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Nice job, and thanks for some great ideas. I’ve just been doing simple insert prints. I’ll have to be on the lookout for a nice box from another set and use the sticker trick to do the conversion.

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#1036463
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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njvc said:

I’m curious to know, how are people finding the commentaries? Have any fav’s so far? I’ve enjoyed listening through the comedy ones, esp the Super Ego commentary for ESB, and can also recommend The Canon for SW, and Half in the Bag for ROTJ.

I haven’t goten to the commentaries yet, but I just finished downloading SW and watched the first feature on the making of the Harmy versions. I was struck by how strong my feelings of appreciation were for all the work that went into this remake, and your added efforts to extend it to store-quality discs with extras and menus. Although I can understand the no-sales policy for legal reasons and to keep out the rifraf, it’s a real shame there’s no tangible way to show HOW MUCH those efforts are appreceiated from those of us on the receiving end. I did get permission from Harmy’s FB page to pass on my first tries at burning to others, free of charge. So I may not be able to give tangible rewards to those who did the work, but I can get their work into the hands of others who lack the tech skills to get it themselves. I plan to do the same with the non-njvc copies I have once I finish downloading the full njvc iso set and burn a new set of discs.

Thanks again to Harmy, NJVC, and all the other members who made these wonderful works available to us non-creative types!

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#1036459
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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njvc said:

I’m fairly certain you have not burned my version if there is no menu included. There were ISO versions doing the rounds before I made these that had no menus or features. I suspect that’s what you have downloaded.

(PM sent regarding my versions)

I had the same confusion when I found those BD25 iso files while I was in limbo and unable to register. I thought I had found the correct iso files and was confused by the lack of menus even though I knew the features would be on a seperate disc. It turns out those non-njvc iso files do include some additional content, but only as extra mp4 files on the disc which are not accessible from a menu. But if your blu-ray player can handle the files format, you can still access them by using the data disc option instead of the blu-ray disc option.

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#1034142
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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I am so glad registration finally reopened here on OT. I didn’t find the Harmy versions or OT until after the registrations were locked down. It killed me when NJVC’s BD50 set came up and there was no way for me to get the links, etc. I was eventually able to get some of the other BD25s without menus and kept seeding them for a while until I went a full week with no activity. Just got around to rechecking OT since I had given up. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to contribute since I’m not the creative type, but still glad to finally be on here. Thanks to all for what I was able to find and learn while I was in limbo.

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