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#1141170
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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moviefreakedmind said:

George supposedly crunched the numbers on what it would cost to restore both versions when he was preparing for the DVDs, but Fox pushed him hard enough that he decided to rush out a cheap transfer of only the SEs (hence the Lowry project). That’s coming from the Steve Hoffman Forums guy that worked on it. That may just be his way of explaining why the work was so subpar, but sounds legitimate since George was so adamant about waiting until 2006 to release Star Wars on DVD at all.

Link?

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#1134212
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We have X in HD, but we still don't have Star Wars
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SilverWook said:

Granted, that’s just pure, crowdfunded (collective) insanity. Fun to mention and kinda counts for that reason alone, but at the end of the day it wasn’t some kind of an actual business entity putting up the cash up-front in the hope of profit - I’d say those are the real headscratchers.

Speaking of:
Ninja III: The Domination

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#1133308
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We have X in HD, but we still don't have Star Wars
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We’re now approaching a decade since the end of the HD wars, and I think it’s time to catalogue all the cinematic masterpieces that we have available for our HD viewing pleasure while we wait for a proper Star Wars release. You know, for posterity.

Kudos to Mocata.

Mocata said:

Yor: Hunter from the Future is coming to Blu Ray. But you can’t get Star Wars.

https://www.amazon.com/Yor-Hunter-Future-Anniversary-Blu-ray/dp/B076DQVTGK/ref=pd_sim_74_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=XC0ZPF8YXKV7N98TC2VA&dpID=51jUzh0sD9L&preST=SY300_QL70&dpSrc=detail

Miami Connection:
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Miami-Connection-Blu-ray/54729/

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Samurai Cop:
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Samurai-Cop-Blu-ray/111066/

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#1132651
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All Things Star Trek
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moviefreakedmind said:

It sounds like they want name recognition. “Mudd was a recurring villain of the week? Bring him in!” They have to make things exciting though so he’s going to be a mass murderer.

Yeah, TOS was boring, so let’s hypercharge everything for the ‘modern audiences.’

SilverWook said:

Geez, even Harry Mudd has to be dark and edgy now? Screw them. Next thing you know a Tribble is going to rip someone’s throat out like the killer rabbit in Holy Grail.

And how will they explain all of this not being on Harry’s criminal record in TOS?

He promised never to do that again. And he was very sorry.

This is an issue if you’re thinking of slotting DSC into the timeline, sure, but the ultimate problem of this series as a whole is the botched execution of every single sliver of a promising idea. I could buy Mudd going completely nuts, but you need to build to that, otherwise it’s all just a gimmick. Yeah, it’ll probably get retconned soon and it won’t matter. Arguably, that’s another issue to have with DSC - nothing can or will matter if they indeed aim to fit the series into the Prime continuity.

Basically, the batallion of producers in the credits is not there by accident…

The mid-season finale was easily one of the better episodes, but that only serves as testament to how low the first season set that bar. Yeah, TNG had a wonky start, DS9 took some time to find its legs, but at the end of the day it was never a chore to watch those shows evolve, and even the bad episodes had a sense of ambition/exploration to them. Here, everything just seems like it’s a failure followed by a desperate salvage attempt. Episode 8 feels like a complete disaster with vital footage never shot that was just barely saved in post. I tip my hat to the editor, but this show did not deserve his time or effort.

Basically, I’m sick of Discovery any way I look at the show. And it’s not the Klingon mammaries that broke me. It’s bad sf, it’s terrible Star Trek, it’s deplorable drama. I think I’m done.

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#1128647
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Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy
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DominicCobb said:

m_s0 said:

DominicCobb said:

Either way, pretty ridiculous to call this mundane news.

The ‘he’s creating the other two as well’ part really is that. Unless they’ll really bow down to him and let him loose completely unrestricted exactly the way you wouldn’t have done with a studio tentpole, with enough time between the installments to have him personally make the whole thing… that bit is pretty meaningless, especially this far in advance.

I am still absolutely beside myself that he’s doing a new, original Star Wars story.

I thought you meant mundane in regards to the news as a whole, not just that one bit.

Yeah, I highly doubt he’s directing or even writing the other two. But I think it would be odd for them to announce a spin-off trilogy if he didn’t have a three-part story in mind. Again, they could ultimately ditch his ideas, and whether they do or not who knows, but at this point that doesn’t really matter. It’s envisioned as a Johnson overseen trilogy, whether that remains the case doesn’t change the fact that that’s the idea now.

Yeah, it didn’t come out very clear. Announcing a trilogy is technically bigger than announcing a single movie, sure, but it’s really the same thing if you’re framing it as RJ’s project when pretty much everything after the intitial movie is subject to change the instant they hire a writer to adapt Johnson’s treatment/idea into a script - and with how LucasFilm treats directors you’ve got that hurdle to get over as well.

Unless I’m overly cynical, and the next announcement will be that he’s writing and directing all three, and that it’ll run parallel to the next sequel trilogy as well as to the rest of SW strip-mining. They wanted to up the movie count for some time now - this could be a move towards that.

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#1128557
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Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy
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DominicCobb said:

Either way, pretty ridiculous to call this mundane news.

The ‘he’s creating the other two as well’ part really is that. Unless they’ll really bow down to him and let him loose completely unrestricted exactly the way you wouldn’t have done with a studio tentpole, with enough time between the installments to have him personally make the whole thing… that bit is pretty meaningless, especially this far in advance.

I am still absolutely beside myself that he’s doing a new, original Star Wars story.

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#1128472
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Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy
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flametitan said:

m_s0 said:
Also, they need to start injecting something else than nostalgia very soon into their Star Wars, or the brand will go stale. Same reason for why they tolerate MCU movies that are not massive successes on their own.

I can get behind the idea that they need some new blood in Star Wars. I’m just surprised they took him on for an entire trilogy, rather than a one off.

OK, so let’s get rational about this.

The news is framed as ‘RJ gets a new trilogy’ - that’s cool. Buried in there and not elaborated on too much is the fact that he’s set to direct only the first one, and write all of them. Actually, no, he’ll ‘create’ the other two, but he’s not set to actually write them. When they hired him for VIII he was set to write IX in some capacity, and we all know how that turned out, so the chance that his involvement will matter in any way past the initial outing is fairly inconsequential - unless he gets to direct all three. Which might be one of the reasons for why we didn’t get any dates yet…

Because I’m fairly cynical, I’m guessing that as soon as they hire directors for the other two movies any plans for an RJ’s trilogy will disintegrate, unless they gave him a Kennedy+Kasdan level of control over these three movies. He doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy interested in such a gig. He’s nuts about making films, not about telling other people how to make their films.

tl;dr: they’re drumming up hype for The Last Jedi with how they framed a relatively mundane piece of news that won’t matter in the end.

There, I think that kills any unreasonable degrees of excitement I might’ve had.

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#1128464
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Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy
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OK, so life can be kind of cool sometimes. I have no words for how happy this makes me. This news makes me more excited for Star Wars than I’ve ever been since I was 7.

flametitan said:

I’m just curious what landed him such a prospect as to do his own trilogy. Was The Last Jedi just that well received at Lucasfilms?

I’m thinking the answer lies somewhere between his movies and this:

https://twitter.com/rianjohnson/status/928712958519201792

Also, they need to start injecting something else than nostalgia very soon into their Star Wars, or the brand will go stale. Same reason for why they tolerate MCU movies that are not massive successes on their own.

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#1127846
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I'm drawing a STAR WARS character every day for the rest of November.
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haraldo23 said:

Thanks! I’m just using them as a way to come out of the closet as an artist and see how people react to my work.

The people are pleased.

Continue.

No, seriously, these are really, really good. You seem to have a strong angle preference - not that there’s anything wrong with that considering how well you’ve been using it thus far 😃 C3PO is my favorite - wouldn’t mind hanging that piece on my wall.

Is the uniform color palette intentional, or is it a byproduct of how (/how quickly) you’re doing these?

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#1123802
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Last movie seen
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DuracellEnergizer said:

suspiciouscoffee said:

Stalker (1979)

I won’t pretend to fully understand it–to try would take me probably 100 watches–but I loved every frame. For nostalgic purposes, I may not ever call a movie other than Star Wars my “favorite,” but this might be the greatest film I’ve ever seen.

*googles film*

*adds to watchlist*

If you haven’t heard of the man, just go watch all of Tarkovsky’s films right now. His body of work really is something to behold. You lucky bastard.

And he was buddies with Konchalovsky who you might know for movies such as Runaway Train or Tango & Cash. It blows my mind that the guy who co-wrote Andrei Rublev also did Tango & Cash. I’d recommend tumbling further down the Soviet rabbit hole (Konchalovsky has a brother who’s also an acclaimed director: Nikita Mikhalkov), because there are real gems to be discovered there.

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#1113473
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All Things Star Trek
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SilverWook said:

Perhaps we should make an Orville thread before the kvetching really starts?

I was referring to episode 3 of Discovery. Raw reaction, sorry if it wasn’t clear.

The Orville is flawed, but it has heart. Discovery is just… desperately, pointlessly contrarian, I guess? Also terribly written. And to think I thought the first two episodes were bad…

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#1112777
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All Things Star Trek
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DominicCobb said:

I don’t know how you can call her uninteresting. I think her backstory is pretty fascinating at the least, and she’s been put into a position that could prove compelling.

On paper perhaps. It really should have been fascinating if you break everything down, and they might turn it around still, but for the time being, as a viewer, I’m in a position of having to force myself to watch any more of Discovery. They sacrificed storytelling for meaningless spectacle and it paid off going by the overall positive reviews/buzz, but I feel whatever good intentions or ideas might be buried in there - on paper - are wholly let down by their execution.

dahmage said:

I agree with a lot of what you’re saying but I do think you need to give Discovery a few more episodes to find its footing. It would be nice if that wasn’t the case but it seems like it is.

Yes, I’m far from judging the entire show on the basis of the first two episodes alone, especially given the story structure, but man, I am not excited to continue watching at this point. Here’s hoping Jason Isaacs (hello) will be more than a bit player in the background. I guess that’s the one thing I can latch on to.

dahmage said:

I don’t really laugh at much of the attempt at slapstick humor in the Orville , but I do find the overall pacing and theme of the episodes to be more of the track I like than Discovery has been.

One good thing I can say is that there are genuinely clever riffs on Trek tropes peppered throughout the episodes. Often they get dragged out in typical Family Guy fashion (Shakespeare in ep. 4) to the point where they lose their impact somewhat, but they are there. Ideally, The Orville could evolve, cut back on the cringe and gain restraint in the humor (‘humor’) department, but I don’t think it will.

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#1112755
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All Things Star Trek
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TV’s Frink said:

I didn’t even know what you guys were talking about with Orville. Now that you mentioned Seth Mcwhatever, I realized it’s that show I keep seeing commercials for that looks like an awful ripoff of Galaxy Quest. Also it has Seth Mcwhatever sitting in a captain’s chair.

I seem to remember someone claiming that it’s much better than the commercials would lead you to believe, but I’m too old and (therefore) too close to death to waste time on anything Seth Mcwhatever is involved in.

That’s exactly what I thought. And I wasn’t convinced by the first episode, either, even though it wasn’t what was teased in the promos/trailers (i.e. the usual painful Family Guy-esque fare). I caved in and watched the second episode and got hooked from there on. The Orville still has some of that trademark ‘humor’, but it’s not a comedy show and above all, it’s VERY serious in its dedication to old school Star Trek, and to the idea of an intelligent episodic sci-fi show - with a lighter twist.

MacFarlane really is trying here, and, what astounds me the most, is actually succeeding to a large degree. I never thought I’d be praising anything MacFarlane’s ever done, but here we are: The Orville is a good show… that will probably get cancelled soon, because people expected Family Guy in space.

Discovery - so far - is a complete chore to slog through. It’s not prime, even though that’s what they’re calling it, it’s not Kelvin, even though it clearly is modelled after those movies. And after two episodes we’ve yet to see anything resembling a pilot. Way to pad out a few minutes of backstory into two episodes which are supposed to be epic in scope, but which really seem to be of little consequence to anything in order to sell your service, CBS. It made me feel sad and tired. Poorly written, badly shot, incoherently put together (pointless overuse of dutch angles, sense of space was appalingly confusing throughout the episodes - non-existent, basically, etc.).

Worst of all, Doug Jones is just about the only decent character in there, and I am truly dreading spending another second with the boneheaded protagonist. I get where they’re taking her, but the viewer needs to care to follow her arc - otherwise this is, at best, an uninteresting exercise in writing an unsympathetic character. And even though the writers spent two entire episodes on her, they established less about her than a third-rate comedian was able to establish in a single (not very good) scene introducing the entire main cast. Wow.

tl;dr: not too impressed by ships going ‘pew-pew’.

doubleofive said:

This was the prologue to the larger story. We didn’t even see the Discovery for gods sake. This is going to be a redemption story for Burnham. I believe we’re not supposed to like her yet.

I’d say the issue goes deeper - it’s not just that she’s unlikable: she’s utterly uninteresting, and we’re getting beaten over our heads with her as if she’s supposed to be. This doesn’t gel well with the overall impression that all we’ve gotten so far out of two episodes is a lot of bad action and even more padding.

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#1105746
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Episode IX Discussion <strong><em>Spoiler Thread</em></strong>
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Speaking of, I was really suprised to see Rian Johnson get a sole writing credit on TLJ, in a very good way. It’s pretty much a given for a studio picture to have multiple writers, but you can never achieve the level of cohesion a single writer can bring vs a team (much less with a ‘team’ of re-writers).

Even if that script ends up being flawed, it will still have character. Depending on your process and the story you’re looking for during that process writing can take time. Some people are fast writers, some can take ages. It’s not science, it’s art.

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