I have been banned as a user. I am no longer allowed
to post on these forums. The Star Wars Classic 2.0
thread was locked by Moth3r, and now my own thread has
been locked by Zion.
SWC2 was locked not because of anything I said myself,
but due to rumors and allegations that were going
around, some of which were patently false, and some of
which are patently true. It is my opinion that I've
done nothing wrong, and regardless, whatever I was
doing, I was doing it far away from these boards,
keeping these boards "clean." Those are the rules.
I've respected Moth3r's work on his PAL transfers of
the trilogy, but in this case he was dead wrong and
abused his power.
As for my own thread, there was absolutely no reason
to lock it. Keep in mind that was my OWN thread, where
I was talking about whatever projects of mine were in
the works .... at the time it was locked, I was
talking about some troubles I was having where I moved
to Connecticut for 4 days and then moved back, and a
new movie I'm making based on a popular Marvel Comics
I wasn't talking about anything related to that
controversy, but Zion kept bringing it up.
It's no secret on these boards that a while back, I
criticized a certain project of Zion's, and was banned
for it shortly after - ridiculously immature behavior
by a mod. Can you imagine if I would BAN anyone who
criticized one of my edits? Ye gods. I would be a
Zion has wanted to ban me permanently ever since, and
he's gotten his wish, as he feels these allegations
give him the right to edit and close any and all of my
threads and throw me out.
I am making this personal in that regard, as there was
certainly no reason to close my OCPmovie Megathread
over unrelated allegations true and false.
The mods have gone back and rewritten many, many, many
of my old posts to remove information.
I have been witchhunted and banned from these boards,
and for what?
For what purpose?
Here's what I said in my own thread .....
The Star Wars Classic 2.0 thread (and now my own
thread) has been locked. Knowing what I know about
what goes on at this site, and what the moderators
pretend doesn't go on at this site, it's an act of
hypocrisy which makes me roll my eyes. I'd complain,
but what's the point?
I've always provided my fan edits via torrent for
free, and being accused of greed in two different
locked threads is annoying. I was waiting to do so
with SW2 because I was moving and in a bad spot.
Certainly it would have been torrented, and I in fact
had already provided a dual layer copy to Movealong
for newsgroup posting (with a delay). How do you think
I got into collecting fan edits and Star Wars discs in
the first place? It wasn't through torrents. It was
because a guy was nice enough to SELL some discs to
me. I was HAPPY to pay for them, as the price was more
than fair considering the time he spent burning them
and on materials. I felt I was getting a remarkable
deal. I still get most of my discs through
legitimately paying, or through mail trade.
The ridiculous amount of work and research I did on
the Thief and the Cobbler project over many many
months, the literally thousands of free discs I sent
out, I didn't do that out of greed. I try to maintain
a high standard and do good discs. I feel no need
whatsoever to defend any of my actions.
You know how much those dual layer Star Wars 2.0 discs
cost? And for every one I burned I had five bad burns
I had to throw away ..... lord knows why but it cost a
fortune. Oh, and in case you hadn't noticed, I'm
HOMELESS right now, so hey, wow, I must have really
made some profit there.
Many people here "sell" their edits, they just don't
talk about it on the boards, and god bless them
because not everyone has the ability to download huge
torrents, and these edits deserve to be out there
somehow. I could "out" most of the people I know well
here for asking to be logically reimbursed for their
time and energy in what is a time consuming and costly
practice. I count time as money too.
If I'm a greedy profiteer, you're Wonder Woman.
End flashback, back to reality.
I'm still homeless. Still quite broke. A producer has
stepped forward to help me make my next movie, so I
guess I'm doing that. It's based on the Marvel Comics
heroine the Sensational She-Hulk, and you can get more
information at ffrevolution.com/InvisionBoard.
I had understood that it was accepted that some people
would want to download fan edits and fan preservations
via torrent or newsgroups, and some would want copies
sent in the mail. To send copies in the mail, you need
to be reimbursed for blanks, postage, packing, and
time spent creating the edits, otherwise if your edit
is popular, as mine were, you will lose a few hundred
bucks a month.
I learned this VERY quickly after losing a lot of
money sending out some Deleted Magic copies in 2005.
And I've still managed to lose money on most of my
work, particularly since I don't mind sending out free
discs to friends.
I prefer to get my discs in the mail myself, but more
people have gotten my edits for free over the internet
than have gotten them in the mail, and i like that.
Zion wrote me a PM a few days back with some
allegations that went very far beyond the truth, and
were sheer nonsense. You can decide for yourself if
what I did was wrong, but Zion, what you suggested
As far as I know, Zion wouldn't know a damn thing
about releasing an edit via torrent OR via mail,
anyway. I'm not surprised he can be so ignorant about
what this kind of thing costs.
See, Zion is famous for being a part of the X0
Project, a laserdisc transfer of the original Star
Wars Trilogy that was begun two years ago, and was
never actually released. I suggested some time ago
that the whole thing was a publicity stunt, and the
project WOULD never be released.
To this day, Zion, MebeJedi and the rest have
continued to prove me right.
With the release of the laserdisc versions of Star
Wars on OFFICIAL Lucasfilm DVD, all transfers like the
X0 Project and even Moth3r's nice transfer become
essentially obsolete. The Lucas DVD is a clean
transfer of the master tapes used to CREATE the
So there is no longer any need for something like the
X0 Project, but yet the thread goes on and on.
I posted there a while back because I was hugely
annoyed by the amount of hyperbole going on in that
thread, discussing an apparently nonexistent and
unreleasable, same old laserdisc transfer as if it
would cure cancer and be the second coming of Christ.
It's just a laserdisc transfer.
"I have more faith in the X0 Project than the Official
release." - Patrick R.
" I have every reason to believe that [the XO project]
will be just as good - if not better than those $30
DVDs coming out in September." - Zion
"Ocp [is] acting like such an ass ... The official
DVDs are little better than VHS to DVD transfers." -
"So nice to finally see your true colors." - Mebejedi
Zion had no problem with describing the X0 Project
as better than not only the 2006 DVDs, but also better
than the 2004 DVDs, which are crystal clear.
I was mocked by people like MeBeJedi when I first
proposed my Classic Edition restorations of the
The Classic Editions take the crystal clear video
of the 2004 official Lucasfilm DVD releases and
COMBINE them with material from the laserdiscs or 06
DVDs to give you the original versions of Star Wars in
perfect DVD quality.
Clearly the best way to watch the original trilogy,
as you only have to see a few brief shots and
sequences in lesser quality, and the rest of the film
is crystal clear.
Yet Zion and MebeJedi and everyone else in the X0
Project kept talking about going frame by frame and
"cleaning up" the laserdisc transfer, when the 2004
DVD transfer, in all its clarity, was sitting right in
front of them.
Insanity. And pride.
Of course I went ahead and made the Classic
Editions. Very proud of Empire and Jedi. Star Wars
wasn't perfect, but I redid it recently and I'm very
proud of it now.
The reviews were great, people loved the Classic
Editions as I hoped they would.
But even a long time after, certain people,
especially in the X0 Project, kept mocking the very
idea of combining sources Classic Edition style.
"That's stupid, then it just becomes a fan edit NOT a
fan restoration." - Rikter
"Some people are apparently ready to throw out the
baby with the bathwater." - MebeJedi
[Re: Classic Editions] "Any random VHS or LD transfer
has more OT spirit than an ESE DVD with some desperate
polishing applied to it." - Grinder
But others disagreed.
"Like OCP said, DVD remixing is essentially the new
frontier for the editors here." - The Bizzle
"George is giving us a High Quality Raw Capture of the
OT, better than any LaserDisc player (even the sacred
X0) could ever give us. The X0 Project (and everyone
else's projects) will now have a much better master to
work from to create a myriad of editions for us all to
trade." - pupil
"If the detail smearing, caused by THX lab's 'dirt
concealment' processing in the '90s, is present on
these new DVDs, then we can have a go at combining the
best aspects of both the 2004 and 2006 DVDs together
to produce the ultimate restoration of the OOT." -
"Thanks especially to ocpmovie. Until your Classic
Editions came along, having the originals in DVD
quality was nothing but a dream for me." - Lordjedi
So people have recently emailed me. And as people
have recently said of the X0 Project:
"I'm sure [Zion']s penis shrinks more and more with
every passing day."
"Wow, you know I have noticed that the XO Project is
still being widely talked about there, its odd.
Because like you said, it is just a laserdisc
preservation, and none of those are nearly as good as
the official 2006 dvds, even though they aren't
anamorphic. People can be so prideful sometimes. Why
can't they just give in that there is something better
than their product now, hang up the towel, be happy
that their hard work once did mean a lot, and be happy
about that? They should just pursue some other new
project, like a Classic Edition kind of thing, or
hell, tackle a different movie like you have done. Its
like they can never be happy."
In conclusion, fuck off Zion. Fuck off Mebejedi.
You closed-minded laserdisc lovers made a mockery
of forum 9, but stay the hell out of forum 11.
There are people here trying to work and create
worthwhile pieces of fan editing art. Trying to
restore good movies that haven't been released
properly to their ideal form.
I didn't restore the Thief and the Cobbler out of
greed. I assumed nobody but me would be interested,
but I wanted to preserve this great piece of art. I
lost plenty money sending out hundreds of free discs
to the animators involved so I could get to talk to
Your X0 Project DOESN'T EXIST and even if it did IT
WOULD BE STUPID. You're stupid.
I wonder why you wanted to specifically hound me
now, that the Star Wars Classic Edition 2 was coming
out. You've slightly damaged my ability to release it
to people, but it'll get out because people want it.
Well, I'm gone. You've gotten your wish. I'm off to
make my She-Hulk movie, which I'm not doing for money
either. Look for it, for free, on the internet,
Download the Thief and the Cobbler Recobbled Cut
Mark II from demonoid.com, mininova.org, and Google
Video. Look for Richard Williams Special Features at
Google Video, thanks to Ogg Oggilby. Watch The Thief
and the Cobbler Recobbled at Youtube.
Download Deleted Magic, Return of the Ewok and
Special Edition Hype for free at myspleen.net, and
also check out Jambe Davdar's Building Empire. Watch
Deleted Magic at Youtube.
Download Doctor Who: the Ten Doctors at demonoid,
or if that doesn't work, watch it at youtube and check
for a link to download the high quality version.
The Classic Editions used to be at myspleen but
Metallaxis took them down when the 2006 editions came
out, as if the 2006 versions were nearly as good! So
I'll try to put them up at Demonoid when I'm less
Best wishes all. Stay tuned to
ffrevolution.com/InvisionBoard for the latest news on