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#1101285
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Kennedy worse than Lucas.
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SilverWook said:

imperialscum said:

SilverWook said:

Lucas was an artist who became a businessman though.

I would say PT is a strong evidence of contrary. Even though PT sucked and was receiving lots of criticism since TPM, he was making what he wanted and not what audience wanted/expected. He could make films about Anakin/Vader being likeable badass, which is what most of people would love/expect to see, but instead he followed his own unpopular story where Anakin/Vader was an annoying whiner.

He still signed off on the biggest avalanche of merchandising rivaling even the OT for Phantom Menace. A good portion of it being crap that gathered dust on shelves for years. Would 1970’s George have allowed this to be made?

Probably?

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#1096110
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Making one blu ray ISO from multiple MKV streams?
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So I’m finally getting some of red menace’s Godzilla projects that I’ve been meaning to for a while. His Godzilla 1985 reconstruction also includes separate MKV’s of the theatrical trailer and the music video. I’d like to create a Blu-ray Disc that contains the complete movie along with the trailer and music video. I don’t care about being fancy with menus or chapter stops. I’d be perfectly happy if it would just play the movie followed but the bonus features.

I’m capable of remuxing an MKV into a blu ray iso with ts_muxer, but I’ve never tried to make one ISO out of three separate mkv’s… is this even possible?

Thanks!

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#1093657
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Godzilla: 2000 35mm Trailer (Help Needed)
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I don’t know how backed up he is, but maybe try contacting poita. He certainly has the ability to scan it. And if he can’t help I’m sure he could probably point you in the direction of someone who can.

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#1092963
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I understand your complaint of lack of character development. It’s why I keep describing Dunkirk as less of a movie and more of a historical experience or reenactment. It didn’t tell a story so much as show you in as real a way as it could what it was like to be one of those soldiers, one of those civilians, or one of those pilots. And at that, I think it wholly succeeds.

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#1092775
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You mean did I jump from the gun shots? Many times. I think there were two that genuinely caught me off guard and made me jump. The others I KNEW they were coming, but they were such loud, sharp cracks that they STILL made me jump. It was such a tense movie.

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#1092600
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DUNKIRK - in IMAX laser at the Texas State History Museum in Austin.

Wow! This felt less like a movie and more like a historical experience. Despite the massive scale of the evacuation, it felt very personal and gave you true insight into what it must have been like to be a soldier on that beach, a spitfire pilot, and a civilian in one of the rescue boats. It all looked and felt so real.

I had the good fortune to see this in a massive IMAX laser theater, which is one of only two ways you could see the entire 1.43:1 image of the film (the other way being actual IMAX 70mm film). It disappoints me that so few theaters are available to show this film in its proper format because it was VERY impressive. And the VAST majority of the film was shot on IMAX film and therefore filled the entire screen. In fact, so much of the film was in true IMAX it felt kind of pointless for the few shots here and there that were in scope. I actually wish that they had abandoned the changing aspect ratio for this film. I understand that some shots may have needed to be shot on 35mm for technical or budgetary reasons, but I would’ve preferred them to be filmed at academy ratio (1.37:1) and then very modestly cropped vertically to fit the IMAX 1.43:1 screen. Then, while you’d still notice the slight drop in image clarity in the occasional 35mm segments, you would at least maintain the entire giant screen being filled with the image instead of reverting to this narrow band of the scope image across the center of this massive screen. Of course, choosing that method would’ve resulted in a lower quality image for all the non “true” IMAX theaters.

Now I have to spent a minute talking about the aerial sequences. They used real WW2 Spitfires, Me109’s, and He111’s for most of the shots, and it was AWESOME seeing these beautiful antique warbirds on this massive format! Spitfires are my single favorite airplane (I gave a little internal cheer when one character has a line about the spitfire being the greatest plane ever built). I was incredibly blessed to see four of them fly in person at the Duxford air show several years ago and flying one myself is a top-of-the-bucket-list goal I’ve had for years and hope to achieve some day. The way Nolan presents the aircraft and pilots is magnificent. Even with over a decade working in aviation and a lifetime pouring over books, visiting museums, and attending air shows; I’ve never felt like I had a better sense of what it was REALLY like to be a ww2 fighter pilot as I did after watching this film. Sure there’s some leeway given for artistic license (that one spitfire sure had an awful lot of ammo, and man could it glide a long long way…). But the actual job of being a fighter pilot, flying the plane, navigating, managing the systems and the fuel, all while strategizing with your wingmen and then actually having to fight and defend yourself are presented in truly magnificent fashion. I particularly loved the scene where he had to manually pump his landing gear down. Most people don’t even know you can do that. But even modern jet liners have ways to manually pump or crank the landing gear down if the normal system fails. And it’s usually just as much of a pain the rear as it was in that spitfire.

Tl;dr -

if you have any interest in WW2 history GO SEE THIS MOVIE

If you have any interest in WW2 aviation, or really any interest in aerial combat GO SEE THIS MOVIE

If you have any interest in history and learning about the harrowing experiences of others GO SEE THIS MOVIE

And see it at the biggest, best theater you can get to. I didn’t mention it before, but the sound design is also SUPERB.

If you have the chance to see this on IMAX 70mm or laser, DONT MISS IT!!!

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#1092269
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Episode VIII Discussion *SPOILER THREAD*
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I don’t wish to get into a long debate, I write the following just because I want to clarify my earlier statement and hopefully eliminate possible confusion.

For the sake of the example, let’s just assume that Anakin survived the end of RotJ for a minute so that this can be more easily applied to Anakin Skywalker or Ben Solo.

I’ve no doubt that either character would, or should be held accountable in a court of law. And they would likely be punished quite harshly. But judicial process and punishment, in this case, is an entirely different and separate thing than the forgiveness or redemption of which I refer (and I thought other posters referred to as well).

Personal forgiveness is all about the person(s) wronged by or in some other way affected by the bad choices made by Anakin or Ben. Personal forgiveness is about an individual coming to terms with the previous bad actions/choices made by Anakin/Ben and choosing to not hold it against them going forward. This forgiveness thus opens the door to things like Luke possibly getting to have a meaningful relationship with his father, or Leia a renewed relationship with her son. It can also allow things like surviving victims the ability to cope and move forward with their lives without the unbearable burden of suffering, resentment, or hate.

Spiritual redemption (which is CLEARLY what Lucas had in mind for Anakin) is all about a change of heart which results in a change in action. Anakin’s killing the emperor was NOT his act of redemption, it was a physical work that was a RESULT of his repentant heart. No amount of good works can “cancel out” the bad things these characters have done. It’s about them forsaking evil and the dark side, and embracing the light. And yes their actions going forward will reflect that change and likely directly oppose the types of actions they took before the change. But the actions themselves are not, and do not create, the redemption. That is a direct result of a change of heart from evil to good.

For all his faults, anakin’s spiritual redemption is one thing George got absolutely right (in spite of pushback it seems) and I would HATE to see that screwed with in the sequels. Anakin’s ghost should not be conflicted because he changed in his heart and turned away from the dark side forever in that moment.

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#1091950
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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I’m not about to jump to the conclusion that it actually means ANYTHING. But it’s kinda cool that the big SDCC Star Wars figure display by hasbro leaves out the stupid chi rock in front of R2’s hiding spot…

JEDIT: blargh. Rebelscum’s image galleries make it impossible to post an image here using my iPad… the pics of R2 I’m referring to are towards the end of the second gallery in the links below.

And a couple galleries of the pretty awesome display they built:

http://www.rebelscum.com/2017-San-Diego-Comic-Con/San-Diego-Comic-Con-2017-Hasbro-Star-Wars-Wed/

http://www.rebelscum.com/2017-San-Diego-Comic-Con/San-Diego-Comic-Con-2017-Star-Wars-Hasbro-Friday/

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#1088305
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Star Wars Destiny (New Shorts by Disney)
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The first one was kinda lame. The second one was pretty good, and actually provided a payoff for watching the first. Hope they continue to improve, they might end up being something special.

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#1087282
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Most of the bandai stuff has been out in Japan for a while, but has only started hitting North America in the last few months. For a long time Revell of Germany had exclusive rights in most of the world, which excluded the retail sale of bandai kits pretty much anywhere outside Japan. Bluefin worked out a deal to distribute the bandai kits in North America (and maybe elsewhere?) last year. Which is good b/c they are VASTLY superior to the Revell products.

In the last two or three months I’ve seen Bandai kits in my local hobby lobby and my local comic shop, both in plentiful quantities. So it looks like bluefin got a pretty liberal distribution deal.

And bandai is still making kits for Japan. They’ve got an epic 1/72 ANH “master grade” Millennium Falcon that just came out. It’s $400 but it’s INSANE. And it comes with a lighting kit.

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#1087278
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Actually, bandai has made a TON of OT kits. They’ve also made some Rogue One kits and even “figure” kits. Not all of them are available in North America yet, but many are. And the ones that aren’t are pretty easy to find for import.

Everything pictured is a bandai model kit (though it’s not everything they’ve made):

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#1087188
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Oh man, joefavs, that’s the Bandai 1/144 TFA Falcon model. I’ve been salivating over all the bandai kits since they came out…

It’s too bad you’re not gonna paint it. If you’re unsure about how to do it, there are many tutorials on YouTube. The falcon painting instructionals by fitchenfoo in particular are very very helpful.

I visit several collector sites where I often see people lament the fact that they can’t have the replica they really want b/c the best option is a model kit and they aren’t any good at painting. I find it frustrating because it’s really not that hard and now with YouTube, there are SO many resources to teach you how. It doesn’t take a ton of skill to do a respectable job. It just takes a little practice and mostly time and patience.

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#1087114
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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Oh man, I’ve been in such a good Star Wars mood the last few months that I was actually softening a little in my heart on my stance against the prequels. I was even vaguely considering watching them again at some point, maybe as part of my pre-TLJ marathon. Then you had to go and post pictures of the things I had completely forgotten. (Seriously, I totally forgot everything about that awful droid factory scene).

Thank you for saving me from myself.

And prequels, I have a song dedicated just to you…

https://youtu.be/OqeKV2UYq1Q

Never again, prequels. Never again.

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#1086764
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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There’s lots of people here (I think) who are die hard OOT fans but still really like or even love TFA and R1. I’m one of them.

As for the Han movie, I’ll treat it just like I did those two: hopeful, but with very little real expectation. I’ll judge it when I actually watch it. But, just like the previous two, the official trailers may increase or decrease my pre-screening excitement.

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#1086605
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NeverarGreat said:

Alderaan said:

NeverarGreat said:

Her weakness is very explicitly her naivete.

This is not a weakness in the film. It could have been, but it wasn’t. When she goes to the front, she is told she cannot cross No Man’s Land. She doesn’t understand the kind of modern artillery firepower she is up against. She does it anyway and succeeds. She’s told there is a gas that can end civilization and kill millions of people. She has probably never encountered something like that before. She walks right into a cloud of it and lives anyway.

At no point did her naivety cost her anything. It was a nice storyline that I was digging, but it was never a weakness.

NeverarGreat said:

Like Superman, her weakness is mental, not physical.

Not sure what else to say here, other than to reiterate that she’s not supposed to be threatened like a normal person is threatened by violence, she’s above that. It’s her childlike sense of good and evil that gets her into trouble. For example, if she wasn’t hellbent on destroying Ares at the gala she and Steve might have been able to thwart the gas attack. That gas attack costs her a great deal. Then, her insistence on killing Ares instead of helping Steve and friends stop the plane put the entire armistice at risk.

Not to mention it cost her Steve himself, her first love.

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#1085392
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What anthology/spinoff film would you like to see?
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Oh man, I’d definitely be down for a movie, or even series of them, about a rebel pilot squadron! In fact, the space battle in Rogue One really resonated with me because it felt SO MUCH like some of the classic '90’s EU such as the X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and Rebel Assault (1&2) video games as well as the Rogue squadron novels!

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#1085119
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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Huh, I hadn’t heard about Kathy stopping Abrams from doing whatever he wanted, but I guess I don’t really follow Hollywood news much.

But between that, and this, it also makes me wonder what the real story is with Edwards and Rogue One was. It makes me wonder if the official version of the story about “oh, the original cut wasn’t that different, just the archive and transmission tower were two different buildings” is really all there was to it. It makes me wonder how much of the movie is really Gareth’s, how much is the reshoot director’s, and how much is Lucasfilm committee…

But this news certainly makes it clear these films (much like marvel) are directed by committee and the actual director is only there to get the film management wants and NOT to put their own creative ideas onscreen.

I mean, I can’t complain too much because I thoroughly enjoyed both TFA and R1 but it must kinda suck as an artist to be a director for any of these films. But then, I guess it would also kinda suck to be a writer and watch a director who doesn’t get your ideas and doesnt interpret your words to film the way you intended.

Edit: Rodney makes a good point (that he posted while I was writing this). Kennedy has a pretty impressive resume as a producer. She probably knows what she’s doing…

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#1083460
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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At this point I don’t even care what happens officially anymore. Would I love for there to be an official, properly done restoration and release? Absolutely. But so long as Disney/Lucasfilm continue to ignore this little corner of the internet and let us do our thing, I’m good with that.

Bottom line is, I don’t care who saves these films so long as SOMEONE does it. And thank God we’ve got people with the knowhow, contacts, and resources to actually get it done! I wish I could contribute more than I have (and if I’m able, will hopefully do more in the future), but I’m so grateful for everyone who’s helped and especially people like poita and harmy who’ve spearheaded projects and done so much!

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