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#1337651
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Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films
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JeremyJenki said:

This doesn’t count but I recently found out that General Veers is played by the big bad in The Last Crusade, I don’t know why but I thought that was funny. Hitler was also played by another Imperial admiral, the guy who gets choked by Vader.

Snap! I only realised this quite recently. And while looking at the cast list of Game of Thrones, I noticed that Julian Glover also played Grand Maester Pycelle: the old, lecherous adviser with a white beard on the Small Council. I thought those eyes were familiar.

Going back on topic and sticking with Veers: it took me about 35 years to realise the AT-AT commander (with the groovy helmet) was the same character as General Veers…

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#1337429
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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adywan said:

My TV is an LG too. But other UHD HDR films i have don’t seem to suffer with being overly dark and dull like the Star Was films. Even on Disney+ the HDR on films other than SW seem fine. Netflix HDR is fine too

The Blu-Rays look great though. Colourful and not dark.

That’s great news regarding the Blu-rays, assuming the “Blu-ray only” set has exactly the same Blu-ray discs as the full UHD set.

Given the problems with the bonus discs, I might wait a bit longer to see if Disney fix them in the next few months.

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#1333353
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Guide to Downloading Projects from Usenet
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DS-61-4 said:

Man, that was a confusing process, but I got everything downloaded thanks to the amazing instructions in this article. Unfortunately I’m having the exact same message and issue as Sigmoid’s PAR2 issue. Am I missing a whole bunch more PAR2 files? I forced each one (I think there were 7 or 8) to download and attempt a repair. If I look on the Binsearch page where I combined everything into a single NZB, it looks like there are a lot more PAR2 files there than were included in my NZB but I’m not sure. Feel free to PM me if you need to.

I forgot there were problems with that particular upload (4K77 1080p No DNR v1.4). In case anyone else has difficulties, I shall reply here rather than by PM.

Sigmoid discovered that the upload wasn’t split into RARs. Instead, the mkv file had just been chopped up into uncompressed bits. He managed to salvage it on his Mac by using the CAT command. If you have a PC, I believe you can achieve this with the COPY command to concatenate it all back together. Something like this may work, but I haven’t tested it:

  • Press the Windows key, type CMD and press Return. This will open a DOS command window.
  • Navigate to the 4K77 download directory using the CD command. If you are using NZBGet, it will probably be somewhere in C:\ProgramData\NZBGet\intermediate or C:\ProgramData\NZBGet\complete
  • Type the following and press Return:
    copy /b 05-Star.Wars.4K77.1080p.No-DNR.35mm.x264-v1.4.mkv.??? 4K77.mkv
  • Rename the 4K77.mkv output file to whatever you want.
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#1331244
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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Argh. I’m all confused now. I’ve had another look at the thread by “Star Wars Visual Comparisons” on twitter. In the opening tweet, he states,

  • “Confirmed by @thedigitalbits that if you buy the Blu-ray-only set you get 11SE on Blu-ray”.

But in a later response, he says,

  • “I wasn’t aware they were making a new Blu-ray only box set.”

This thread is rapidly turning into the Chewbacca defence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwdba9C2G14

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#1331210
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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oojason said:

https://twitter.com/StarWarsVisComp/status/1242646906846826500 (with more comments in the link):-

‘Confirmed by @thedigitalbits that if you buy the Blu-ray-only set you get 11SE on Blu-ray, but if you buy the UHD / Blu-ray combo set you get the 19SE on Blu-ray. Because that’s not confusing to consumers.’
 

I can imagine it won’t clearly marked as such on the packaging either…
 

That’s very disappointing news. And a crazy decision from Disney! There is now no incentive for customers to buy the new Blu-Ray set, given it is the same as the previously released (and rereleased not long ago) 2011 versions.

For those in the same boat as me who don’t have any 4K equipment, the UHD set seems far too expensive as a means of getting the new Blu-Rays.

What a festering pile of pants.

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#1325875
Topic
Pattinson confirmed as Batman.
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Something bugged me the first time I saw that clip, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Having seen the clip a couple more times, I’ve now realised what it is: they don’t show us the ears of the mask!

Will they be long (Keaton), medium (Bale), short (Affleck), or micro (West)?
Will there be any ears at all?
Will Pattinson find his ears before it’s too late?
Tune in next year, same bat time, same bat channel, blah blah blah

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#1325647
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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adywan said:

… Are the Blu-rays just going to be the same 2011 versions , while the 4k will have the new scans? When you take a look at the purchase options for the older digital versions, you can see that the special features for each film (conversations & discoveries features)are the same as what is listed for the features on each of the new discs. …

Oh crap - I didn’t realise that. Has it been officially confirmed whether or not the Blu-Ray set will use new (better) scans for at least the main films? I’m no fan of the SE, but I was looking forward to a decent release and upgrade of the 2011 poop.

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#1319288
Topic
What's everybody's favorite Original Trilogy movie - Star Wars, Empire, or Jedi?
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Slavicuss said:

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK:

The best direction of the three.
The actors are more comfortable and confident in their roles.
More ambitious and polished SFX.
The introduction of new and interesting characters.

I would agree wholeheartedly with all these and add the following (all IMHO):

  • the best soundtrack of the three films
  • darker tone (less of a children’s film, making it even more appealing later in life)
  • more atmospheric

Only suffers from being a middle chapter.

One could argue that being a middle chapter has its advantages, too. The film doesn’t need to devote too much time before “getting going” since the main characters are already known. And I often find the middle of a story the most satisfying: the plot twists and turns, leaving you wondering quite how matters will be resolved. The anticipation of the ending can be better than the actual ending. I’ve always loved the final scene of Empire: a time of loss, reprieve, and yet also of hope.

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#1318286
Topic
Guide to Downloading Projects from Usenet
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A timer is a very good idea - I use the alarm on my watch.
Presumably your speed is around 100 KB/s (kilobytes per second) rather than 100 kbps (kilobits per second)?
Like you, I’ve found Usenet has been really useful for oddities. Being a fan/collector of all things ESB, I remember hearing a few years ago about TN1’s alternative to their “Renegade Grindhouse”, known as the “DCP 2013 Grindhouse” version. I couldn’t find it anywhere until doing a little research into Usenet - unknown territory for me at the time - and stumbled upon it via NZBKing. (The DCP 2013 is in pretty bad shape, but I’m pleased to have seen it.)

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#1317297
Topic
Why don't people hate the Palpatine re-casting in ESB yet despise Force ghost Anakin's re-casting in RotJ?
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DuracellEnergizer said:

He’s silly in ROTS once he whips out his laser dildo and goes full Henrietta. Before that point, he’s very good; I’ll go so far to say he’s better in most of the PT than he is throughout ROTJ.

I’m not familiar with that expression… Is it an obscure reference to Evil Dead II, or am I way off?

Regarding the casting of the emperor, I much prefer the calm, eerie portrayal of the original. Already in ROTJ, I thought McDiarmid’s cackling was a bit over-the-top, nevermind in ROTS. But then many things are over-the-top in ROTJ, so I guess a Revill-style emperor may not have worked as well without also darkening the tone elsewhere in the film. But I can accept that from a continuity point of view, the recasting in ESB makes sense in principle. It’s a shame they messed around with the make-up, hood and dialogue.

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#1316046
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NJVC Custom Blu-ray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega
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I suspect what you have may actually be fine. My .iso files also behave a bit like archive folders when I double-click on them in Windows: I can navigate inside them as I would with a zip file. (I see a BDMV and CERTIFICATE folder at the root level.) There is no .iso file as such inside this “archive folder”, because the .iso file already is the archive folder.

What puzzles me is why you can’t mount your .iso files. Are you using Windows 10? If I right-click on one of my .iso files, the first option in the context menu is “Mount”.

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#1315963
Topic
Guide to Downloading Projects from Usenet
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Ideally, you should pause the download in NZBGet (click on the big green arrow at the top left) a minute or two before the 3 hours are up. Then check in Free-Usenet a few minutes later to see if your account has expired, renew your free account, enter the new password in NZBGet’s server settings, and resume the download.

If you don’t pause the download in time, NZBGet will think there is a problem with files missing on the server, rather than realise that the server password is no longer valid. Consequently, the health of the download will slowly reduce from 100%. You can nevertheless go through the above procedure to resume the download, the only difference being that NZBGet will have to repair the missing articles at the very end by acquiring some Par2 files.

If the health ever drops below the critical value (usually 90%, assuming there are enough Par2 files to repair 10% of the download), then NZBGet will mark the download as “Failure” and move it to the “History” tab. At this point, follow these steps to get things moving again:

  • Renew your password in Free-Usenet for another 3 hours.
  • Enter the new password in NZBGet’s news server settings.
  • Click on “Save all changes” followed by “Reload NZBGet”.
  • Click on the “History” tab and find the failed download.
  • Click on “Failure” and select “Retry failed articles”.
  • You should now find that the health is back to 100%. If you can keep it that way, NZBGet
    won’t need to repair any files at the end (as long as they are intact on the news server).

I have recently been in touch with the developer of NZBGet, but do not yet know whether this issue is something he can fix. (The fault may lie with Free-Usenet, depending what error message it is sending.)

Regarding your final point, the download speed for a free account is 1 Mbps ~ 0.42 GB/h (*).
That’s about 7.5 GB per day if you can renew the password every three hours while you’re awake. It’s certainly not very fast, but it is free! Much faster speeds are available at a cost, of course. For a large file such as 4K77, you’ll probably need to spend $5 or so for a fast “block” account unless you don’t mind waiting a week or two.

(*) This assumes the usual decimal convention for transfer speeds (1 Mbps = 1,000,000 bits per second) and binary convention for file size (1 GB = 1024^3 bytes).

JEDIT: I have added section 5 to my guide with the above details on how to proceed after expiry of the Free-Usenet account.