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Astroboi2

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#1213829
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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Just had my second viewing of Solo earlier today, and IMHO it still holds up as a really fun Star Wars movie… and a really fun movie in general. There’s a few parts that drag here and there… and there’s almost enough plot material for two movies (I feel that way about a lot of movies these days though), but overall I left the theater thrilled, wanting more stories with these characters.

The cast in general was awesome. Alden Ehrenreich’s interpretation of the young Han Solo was really fun and worked well for me (sure, he’s not quite a young Harrison Ford, but no one will be… that’s why I call it an interpretation). Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany, and of course, “Childish Gambino” himself - Donald Glover - all delivered spot-on performances that I thoroughly enjoyed watching.

Being a fan of the new Westworld series, I also really enjoyed Thandie Newton’s part… as brief as it was… and Jon Favreau’s voice work for the pilot Rio Durant was also really well done (it made that character come alive for me… again, briefly). Oh… and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s portrayal of L3 was hilarious! I understand why some people find L3 annoying, but I think she’s great! Whether she’s supposed to be a parody or an actual SJW type of character doesn’t bother me either way. She has personality and it’s an interesting dynamic with the other characters.

If there’s only one thing I would really complain about, it would be a technical detail… the brightness… or lack there-of. My first viewing was in 3D which seemed waaay too dark. My second viewing was is 2D, which still seemed really dark, but not as bad. In general I found the movie worked better for me in 2D (which just seems right for Star Wars movies… I’ll save the 3D for Jurassic World).

And now I’ll leave you with a Yoda-style Haiku…

This Solo movie.
Much fun to see it is hmmm?
See it too… you should.

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#1199580
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Star Wars sound mixes
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Sorry for bumping an old thread - and my apologies if this isn’t the right place to ask - but does anyone know what mix is on the 1985 CAV North American laserdisc? I figured it would have been the 1985 remix/remaster, but my copy does NOT have 3P0’s extra line about the tractor beam… which I thought it would if it actually was the '85 remaster.

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#1151869
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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I debated about this for quite a while, but I think I’ve finally decided on my rankings…

  1. Star Wars
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. The Force Awakens
  5. Rogue One
  6. The Last Jedi
  7. The Battle for Endor
  8. Caravan of Courage
  9. The Phantom Menace
  10. Revenge of the Sith
  11. The Star Wars Holiday Special
  12. Attack of the Clones

This was actually tougher than I thought. From 3 to 6 changed positions several times before I settled on this.

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#1134294
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Star Wars Laserdisc Preservations. See 1st Post for Updates.
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Question for all you Star Wars laserdisc peoples: Did any of you happen to notice any difference between the first two time-compressed P&S laserdisc releases of Star Wars? The first one is the Fox release from 1982, while the second is the CBS/Fox release from 1983 (both with the same catalog number of 1130-80). There was also a third time-compressed P&S release in '92… which is definitely different from the first release at least (different P&S transfer and maybe pitch correction applied too)… but I don’t have a copy of the second release to compare against them. I would download these versions to check and see, but my hard drives are stuffed full right now.

The second release is the only US release of Star Wars I’m missing from my collection and I’m trying to convince myself that I don’t need to buy it 😉

Love the fact that you’re preserving these Althor! Once I get some space on my drive I’ll have to grab these as backups for the sad day when my players die.

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#1085998
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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danny_boy said:

In this Entertainment Tonight expose’ from 1992:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHZUK-YsJ8E

Leonard Maltin refers to Star Wars as having been called A New Hope
Go to 1:25 in the video.

So even by that point(1992) the original Star Wars from 77’ was already forgotten in the popular culture.

I wouldn’t say that Star Wars was forgotten in popular culture in 1992. I was 18 in 1992 at the original trilogy was still very highly regarded. Sure, it wasn’t the “hot new thing” anymore, but the OT was still considered to be a high-water mark in mainstream sci-fi cinema, and almost immediately gained the status of “classic.”

And Leonard Maltin didn’t really refer to Star Wars as having been called A New Hope per se… he said “you may recall that the opening title of the original Star Wars film labelled it Episode IV: A New Hope.” Being labelled something does not mean that it’s the official title necessarily. In fact, earlier in that same video he refers to the entire original trilogy as “Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi” (0:41 in the video).

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#1081061
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Worst User Names
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TV’s Frink said:

That joke was already made.

suspiciouscoffee said:

http://originaltrilogy.com/user/suspiciouscoffee/id/22966

Doh! That’s what I get for not reading the whole thread before posting.

But really, my name does suck. I screwed up while trying to sign up and had to do it over… hence the 2.

Actually, this is the first forum I ever joined, and doing so while half cut was probably not the best idea. :p

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#1080761
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Am I a hipster?
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I quite enjoy vinyl, but not because I think it’s superior. It’s just nostalgic and I enjoy the experience… but I also enjoy the MP3 format for making playlists I can listen to while walking around!

I do enjoy physical media in general though, with an emphasis on the retro stuff. Records, CDs, DVDs, Laserdiscs, Blurays… all of it’s cool. I also have some of older video game consoles and computers too. I guess I’m somewhat of a collector… but I try not to be a hoarder.

I really respect those who are minimalists though, and I do believe that going digital is probably better for the environment. I just really enjoy the history of our culture’s entertainment. Plus, I don’t think it’s terrible for a few of us to save some this for posterity. And with my emphasis on retro, I’m keeping at least some of this from going into a landfill… for a little while at anyway!

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#1080668
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Am I a hipster?
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Possessed said:

Astroboi2 said:

Possessed said:

Fair enough but I think there’s an actual petition out there to change that.

I think the question as to whether or not you’re a hipster has just been answered. 😉

I never said I supported it. I only even call it vinyl so people know what I’m talking about.

No worries… I’m just buggin’.

And for the record, I tend to use “vinyl” for singular (as in, “I have the new Depeche Mode on vinyl”) and “records” for plural (as in, “I bought a shit ton of Brian Eno records today”).

And the more we discuss this, the more I suspect we are both hipsters (again… I’m kidding).

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#1080414
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Am I a hipster?
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Possessed said:

I might be. I listen to all my music at home on vinyl. But it’s because I legitimately like it and have since I was a little kid before I even knew it was cool. And on my system with hide cabinet speakers they legitimately sound superior and I’ve verified this through a/b testing of the same songs. Whether it’s because vinyl is actually better or if vinyl releases are just mastered better is irrelevant because the vinyls I have sounds better than the cds I have.

Do hipsters a/b test things to verify sound quality? I’m the type to do that too, but I always felt hipsters claimed things to be superior regardless of any proof… not that I really know much about hipsters. I’m 42, so i think I’m too old to be a hipster or to even understand them.

Oh… and I hate to do this, but the plural of vinyl is just “vinyl.” I worked at a record store for a few years and saying “vinyls” was forbidden. Wait a sec… maybe I am a hipster!?

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#1079985
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Star Wars vs. A New Hope
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crissrudd4554 said:

The Faces tape actually did say Star Wars A New Hope on the sides and top flap of the cover and the cassette label.

My apologies for the error. You are correct. “A New Hope” is in small type (while “Empire” and “Jedi” are in the large type on their tapes) on the VHS release. However, the laserdisc release of Faces still just says “Star Wars” on both front and spine (and I just double-checked that to be sure).

So, worst case scenario… It was called just “Star Wars” for the first 18 years.

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#1079929
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Star Wars vs. A New Hope
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Ryan-SWI said:

Astroboi2 said:

I call it Star Wars because that was the name of the movie for the first 20 years.

It was called “Star Wars” for only four years. “A New Hope” was added to the crawl in 1981.

It’s hard to say. Yes, “A New Hope” was added to the crawl in 1981, but that didn’t necessarily change the official title of the movie. All movie review publications I saw from back in the day (Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert, etc…) listed it as just “Star Wars” well into the '90s. All pre-SE home video versions I have on VHS & Laserdisc just call it “Star Wars” on the front and on the spine… which includes the final Faces editions from 1995.

Unfortunately many modern databases refer to it as “A New Hope” though, which adds much confusion as to when the title officially changed, but I strongly feel that it became official with the first DVD releases. I wonder if the national film registry would have any kind of record of when the title changed? Not that I really care personally… I call it Star Wars, but I’m not offended with whatever anyone else wants to call it. 😃

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#1078794
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Star Wars vs. A New Hope
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I call it Star Wars because that was the name of the movie for the first 20 years. Even with “A New Hope” added to the crawl, the movie was still officially just called Star Wars… on all the home media releases I ever saw anyway.

I call anything released from 1997 onwards The Special Editon. To me the long-winded re-naming of the movie to “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” is just part of Lucasfilm’s attempt to rewrite history, and I don’t use any of it when referring to Star Wars… except the Star Wars part 😃