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#1449387
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Definitive VIDEO Guide to Star Wars Changes (WIP; FEEDBACK WANTED)
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crissrudd4554 said:

Will you be adding these changes to Empire?? “It’ll keep you warm til I get the shelter built/It’ll keep you warm til I get the shelter up“, “You’re lucky you don’t taste very good/You were lucky to get out of there”

Those were mono changes right? I’m not worried about being comprehensive about that one because it was not used theatrically. But “you were lucky to get out of there” WAS used in 97 so I have it in that section already.

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#1449276
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Definitive VIDEO Guide to Star Wars Changes (WIP; FEEDBACK WANTED)
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oojason said:

Re Section 1; on the general presentational front… I think you got it spot on.

For a 40 minute video it didn’t feel that long - and you left me wanting to see more. The humour spaced throughout didn’t jar - and was a welcome addition without being too OTT or distracting (you know people are going to pause the video and rush off to post on reddit that Lucas played old-timey piano for some theatre showings - before they later delete their posts after watching the rest of the video!) 😃

You also did a great job with the comparisons between differing takes and audio used - keeping them clear & concise. The presentation and transitions between the many differing takes made them easy to distinguish, intriguing to watch, and easier to remember (which is important important for fans of a certain age).

I think you’re going to surprise a lot of people and have them reaching for their old videos, laserdiscs and such to play the differences themselves. As well as jogging a lot of good memories even for those who know their pre-97 stuff.

Quality work, 13las.

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I appreciate the kind words.

For everyone following the project, I hit a bit of a snag last week when I got sick. Feeling better now (I’m vaccinated and tested negative for COVID as well) but my voice still sounds congested so I’m holding off on recording more narration.

In the meantime I’ve been working on anything that I can on the visual side, while simultaneously trying to balance work and a social life. I’m really happy with how this project is turning out but damn has it been a lot of work!

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#1447336
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Definitive VIDEO Guide to Star Wars Changes (WIP; FEEDBACK WANTED)
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doubleofive said:

Oh, I love using the “One Last Time” as a transition, you should make a point in the 97SE video that they’re ONLY talking about ANH, which was the original plan. The 97SE of the sequels were done at almost the last minute by a self-admitted “C Team” with much less resources and budget than ANH.

This is interesting. Any chance you’d be able to point me to where they self-admitted that?

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#1447184
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Definitive VIDEO Guide to Star Wars Changes (WIP; FEEDBACK WANTED)
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Bobson Dugnutt said:

Section 3 is looking good, and I can’t notice any flaws. From memory, I think there was another audio change in TPM, as the senate chanting was changed from “Vote now!” to incoherent yelling. I think this was a DVD change, but I’m not 100% sure as it could of been a BR change.

Otherwise, I haven’t noticed any technical or factual errors, it’s looking good!

Thanks for the feedback! But, yeah that is actually a Blu-ray change and not a DVD one.

Btw, I’m using your recreation of the Declan Mulholland Jabba scene from ANH to talk about the SE version of the scene. Just wanted to double check that you’re cool with that? I’ll credit you as ‘originaltrilogy.com forum member Bobson Dugnutt’.

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#1447047
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Definitive VIDEO Guide to Star Wars Changes (WIP; FEEDBACK WANTED)
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Here’s another WIP. Section 3: The Prequels in Theaters and on DVD [ https://youtu.be/ZqORvDS_4IU] (Runtime: 19:27)

Again, audio mixing hasn’t been finalized (I think I left the film audio way too loud on this one, but that will be addressed before the final version). There may be one or two other things not quite in their finished form yet, but I think it’s close enough to share for feedback.

Also, I’m doing these slightly out of order because Section 2 (The Special Editions) is a huge one. It’s currently looking like it’s going to be over 90 minutes long and I still have a lot of work left to do.

As before, I’m looking for feedback on factual accuracy primarily but feel free to comment on presentational style and clarity.

Thanks!

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#1445857
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Definitive VIDEO Guide to Star Wars Changes (WIP; FEEDBACK WANTED)
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Hi!

A couple years ago I made some YouTube videos about the changes to the Star Wars films. Generally, people liked the videos… but I always knew I could do better and have become increasingly embarrassed by them. So I’m rebooting the project!

The plan is to put absolutely everything (all rounds of changes to every single Star Wars film) into one massive video so that it can hopefully be the definitive source on the subject. (Definitive VIDEO source anyway — not to take anything away from the stellar work on the Star Wars Visual Comparisons site and elsewhere… I hope my project can be a supplemental resource to stuff like that)

So, I’ve divided my video into seven sections (plus an introduction and conclusion) that are broken down like this:
(1) Pre-Special Edition Changes
(2) Special Edition Changes
(3) The Prequels in Theaters and on DVD
(4) Original Trilogy DVDs
(5) Blu-Rays
(6) The Sequel Trilogy
(7) Disney+/4K Ultra-HD

Each chapter consists of a bit of history/explanation for how and why that round of changes was made, followed by a direct comparison of the changes with the original.

Work is at various stages of completion on all seven chapters and the plan is to share WIP versions of each of them here as I go along for feedback.

So here is a rough draft of Section 1 (Pre-Special Edition Changes): https://youtu.be/E5T3e89VCY4 [Runtime: 38:33] (EDIT: Just realized the VO audio rendered a little wonky, which I’ve already fixed in Premiere for the eventual finalized version)

This WIP is about 90% where I want it to be right now — there are a couple of temporary graphics and bits of editing remaining, plus a few pieces of narration I plan to re-record (especially toward the end where you might notice I sorta started to phone it in). I’ll also do one more pass to level the audio throughout.

I’m interested mostly in factual feedback at this stage, since this era in Star Wars history is the least well-documented online. Did I get anything wrong or leave anything out? (I also would really appreciate someone pointing me to exactly where that 1993 audio change to ESB is… I know it’s a missing snowspeeder crash sound but I was having a hard time finding it myself)

I guess general presentational feedback is welcome too. Is the video too jokey? Is the information conveyed effectively? Are any explanations rushed or overly drawn out?

Looking forward to hearing what you all think, and hopefully collaborating even further on this project!

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#1419354
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Twin Peaks: Between Two Ferns (a WIP)
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Having seen the workprint of your edit, I do tend to agree with the feedback that you’ve left in too much. Personally, I think if you’re going to cut the crap out of something, you should go all the way. You mention your desire to preserve the season warts and all, but don’t forget that the original episodes don’t disappear when someone fanedits them! If this truly is your ideal version of the season, then that’s great. If not, then what’s the harm in a more radical approach?

That said, I think you’re well on your way to accomplishing your stated goal. A piece of (hopefully) constructive feedback I can offer is to define whether you intend this to play like a film or like an extended episode. Because, as it stands it sort of feels caught in between the two. If you want it to feel like a film, I think the opening few minutes could really use some kind of hook — I found the first scene with Ms. Briggs in the sheriff’s station too static and dialogue-heavy to be the opening of a movie experience. Not sure how you could accomplish this, maybe a recap of the preceding events? Or something a little more atmospheric — even an abstract title sequence a la Fire Walk With Me would go a long way to helping this feel more like a stand-alone experience.

I hope you don’t take anything I’ve said as a knock against you and your work — this project just isn’t radical enough for me. Best of luck to you, though! And you’ve inspired me to try my hand at my own season 2 edit.

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#1413732
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Dr. N!Godatu (the OTHER Tracey Ullman Show animated shorts) (Released)
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I’ve been thinking about that a lot, actually. It felt a bit of an imposition to get as much as I did from this guy, but he was pretty friendly and the video quality was really good. It would probably have to be the kind of thing where I buy him an external hard drive and have him mail it to me.

Definitely a possibility though. I’d love to get the Simpsons shorts in better quality/without watermarks as well. Watch this space!

(P.S., I’ve got family from Guam. It’s always cool to see someone else from there)

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#1408074
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Star Wars - Ashes of the Empire (a WIP)
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I really love the look of this thing so far, man. Definitely shoot me a link to the work print when you get draft 2 done.

This is an idea I’ve had for a while that probably won’t fit here, but figured I’d mention it anyway.

Basically, use establishing shots from TROS to suggest that Kylo hangs out on the DS2 wreck. In other words, replace the Star Destroyer passing Starkiller shot in your preview with a shot of the wreck from across the ocean. And then cut inside to Kylo’s pain which we can assume is his lair aboard.

It’s fanservice-y but…
(a) that matches Kylo’s headspace thematically — obsessed with the past…
(b) it’s the last place we saw Vader’s helmet in the OT (in the same system, at least) and finally…
© would allow you to include the TROS vision of Han.

I picture that scene either just before or just after Broom Boy. Kylo is down and out after the battle of Crait. He’s disillusioned and conflicted so he retreats to his previously established lair and sees the vision of his father. Of course you’d have to cut references to Leia being gone (I think that would be pretty easy). And end the scene as he throws his lightsaber into the ocean.

Otherwise the Han Solo thread is a little unresolved, no? I think it might feel strange for Han to appear only in brief glimpses and not have at least one scene.

Definitely radical and would potentially mess with the flow of the ending but just wanted to throw it out there. The pros are that it would give Harrison Ford a little more screen time and a give even more closure to the story (though I’ve always liked the optimistic open-endedness that TLJ has).

Looking forward to this!

Edit: just read an earlier post of yours mentioning that you wanted to end with Kylo as the Supreme Leader. So maybe this is an idea for a different edit!

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#1406186
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Dr. N!Godatu (the OTHER Tracey Ullman Show animated shorts) (Released)
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So, this is a weird one.

You might know that The Simpsons originated as animated interstitials on the Fox variety series ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’. But you might not know that there was another series of animated shorts that more or less alternated with The Simpsons in the first season of the show. They were created by National Lampoon cartoonist MK Brown and focused on the often surreal misadventures of a therapist named Dr. Janice N!Godatu.

They’re nothing spectacular (there’s a reason why they didn’t launch a 32-year-and-counting prime time series), but they’re a pretty interesting piece of forgotten history. And I’ll admit that I got a few chuckles from them.

As The Tracey Ullman Show is extremely hard to come by these days, the Dr. N!Godatu shorts have very rarely seen the light of day. All told, six episodes of the shorts aired (they’re broken into 3 or 4 scenes each, like the early Simpsons shorts). Three episodes can be found on YouTube with a little digging but the latter three eluded me for months…

Until I somehow made contact with the world’s biggest Tracey Ullman fan. So I now have the complete collection of Dr. N!Godatu animated shorts, and they’re in surprisingly good quality.

But, yeah. PM for a link to all six. I edited them all together into a single video (runs just over 8 minutes). You’ll also see a folder with a bunch of screenshots, including some from the two additional episodes that never aired.

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#1396959
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Unpopular Opinion Thread
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NFBisms said:

Rian saved Luke Skywalker from being a boring generic superhero in my eyes. The whole zen monk vibe he had in RotJ felt somewhat disingenuous to the initial character anyway (Mando helped me realize this), and to see that contrast adapted into a philosophical struggle in TLJ was really interesting and more satisfying storytelling than Force God fan wank.

The kid didn’t want anything but a dad, his friends, and a sweet piloting gig, especially when thrust with the Jedi responsibilities he didn’t really understand. In the end, his human heart and love for his dad beat The Empire, not his powers or sick saber moves. He certainly didn’t have to follow in Obi-Wan and Yoda’s footsteps. Badass Jedi Knight? Nah, just a good son.

Luke dealing with the expectation that he was more than any of those things is perfect meta commentary on how so many people thought or wanted it to be otherwise. “Like my father before me” is more important than the “I am a Jedi” part and I’m glad Rian found that soul from a character so muddled by pop culture.

Very well said.

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#1394543
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Mocata said:

If they can’t get it right here, then making it work for a whole new show is in doubt. I would have loved for the ending here to make me feel positive. Really. I would love to feel like ‘wow Luke is here what an ending’. Instead I just though ‘oh god this again’.

That’s exactly how I felt. Wanted to love it but couldn’t see past the uncanniness of it. It’s very interesting that there’s such a divide in people’s reception to it. Most seem to be on board, but I’m seeing more reactions like yours and mine. Really shows how subjective this stuff is. I’d much rather see genuine acting, even if it’s not Hamill or if he looked a little older than he should have. Picture-perfect facial replication just doesn’t do anything for me.

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#1394334
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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I hope I won’t be raining on anyone’s parade but that was… bad, right? I’ve really enjoyed this season but that really left a poor taste in my mouth. I thought the pacing was bizarre and that whole final sequence… Yikes.

I’m not against what they did in principle but good god. Would it kill them to recast a role or let an actor play his own age when the alternative is a straight up video game character?

I haven’t seen anyone else’s take on the episode yet so I really hope I’m not the only grump. I wanted to love it but damn.

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#1387788
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Making A SWVC YouTube Video on Han v Greedo
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The lost cut version of the cantina is available in much higher quality on the 2011 Blu-Ray set (and many subsequent releases).

Those outtakes come from the digital version of the ‘Making Of’ Star Wars books by Rinzler. They’re probably only marginally better than that YouTube video of you grab them straight from the source, unfortunately.

And as for the Jabba scene, I believe OT.com user Bobson Dugnutt was attempting a better recreation of it. I don’t believe he has finished it yet. And it will probably never be completely seamless as a portion of the scene only exists with scrolling credits over it.

Let me know if you need help finding anything else!

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#1386292
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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OutboundFlight said:

Ima be honest… I wasn’t a fan of this episode. It was decent, but nothing stood out to me. The Clone Wars characters are cool in theory, but I’m worried the dark saber plot-line is going to take over the narrative. I hope this doesn’t become Siege of Mandalore #4 (how many times is Bo Katan gonna try to retake it lol).

The reason Season 1 was so great was because it was something new, with original characters and original stories. This felt more like New Mandalorians show up and fights Stormtroopers for 30 mins. I thought Chapters 9 and 10 did an amazing job recapturing the originality of the first season, but this Chapter fell flat unfortunately.

I pretty much agree with you. Still liked the episode well enough but, for me, characters from The Clone Wars showing up is the least exciting thing that could have happened.