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Bobocop

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#687246
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ROTJ is the best Star Wars film... discuss!
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I've always loved ROTJ, and it was my favorite of the 3 when I was young. Now that I'm older, my views have changed slightly and Empire is my favorite followed by Star Wars and Jedi.

But Jedi is still awesome sauce in my book. I've heard people say it's just a rehash of the original film but it never felt that way to me. It was thrilling to see Luke kicking ass and taking names on the sail barge, the speeder bike chase, and the Endor ground battle intercut with the best space battle ever and Luke facing Vader & the Emperor. Yes, there's another Death Star. That is treading familiar territory in a way, but circumstances are different. Luke is aboard, alone, trying to save his father WHILE the rebels are actively attempting to destroy it. Besides, if you were an evil emperor and your ultimate weapon was destroyed would you simply give up on the idea or would you try to fix its design flaw and rebuild it?

The only things that actually do bother me about Jedi are just little instances of sloppiness: The beginning of the space battle when there are TIE fighters appearing out of thin air (thin space?) and the lightsabers maybe casting shadows. In the first and second films, they are lit or shot in ways where the question of if a lightsaber can cast a shadow never comes up. But in Jedi, sometimes they cast a shadow and sometimes not depending on which props were being used. They could have avoided that by just keeping the affected area out of frame or lighting the set differently. (but these are minor enough annoyances that they don't affect my overall enjoyment of the movie)

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#687115
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Can Episode VII ignore the prequels?
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Since there are people out there that apparently are fans of the prequels, I doubt they'd completely ignore them, but if I were JJ Abrams (which I'm not) I'd be very careful if/when/how/why any references to them are made.

I'm cautiously optimistic that they will respect the OT and not bring in any PT references that break wind in the face of the classics.

(What I'd REALLY like to see is a reboot of the prequels. Just start from scratch. They did it for Spider-Man already and it was only 5 years between Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man. It won't happen, but a man can dream...)

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#684806
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Sick of Star Wars Prequel bashing....
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Backstroke of the West is my favorite Star Wars prequel by far. It makes more sense, is less ridiculous, and has better acting than The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, or Revenge of the Sith.

I tried to like the prequels. I tried really hard. But as time goes on I find less and less enjoyment in them. The initial excitement of "Hey, it's NEW Star Wars!" has worn off and I've had time to step back and look at them more objectively, and the only characters I care about are Yoda (in episodes 2 and 3 - in episode 1 he's an asshole) and Obi-Wan. Anakin should have been locked away for the good of the galaxy after his murderous tantrum in Attack of the Clones.

If I want to watch Star Wars, I'll stick to the Classic Trilogy or Backstroke of the West. I hope Adywan can make something with the prequels...

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#679442
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Star Wars: Episode VII to be directed by J.J. Abrams **NON SPOILER THREAD**
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I was kind of hoping to see Luke go down in a blaze of glory, holding off insurmountable odds just long enough to allow his companions to escape some dire situation at the end of Episode 8. (as long as they can do it in a way that seems fresh and is not trying overly hard to copy Obi-Wan's demise)

I hope they get more creative with any lightsaber fights too. Use the environment and get some good dialogue in there. Personally, I thought "Ryan vs. Dorkman 2" was way better than any duel in the prequels.

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#676513
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If George had only changed Special effects for the SE and DVD, would people have complained as much?
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Gaffer Tape said:

I think Lucas suffers from confidence issues. Or money-making issues.

I seriously doubt it was ever about the money. It's about ego and refusal to admit that mistakes were made. And probably confidence issues.

If Lucas was only in it for the money, they'd have released the SE on DVD sooner. Then a few years later release a box set with both versions. Then a while later release the original versions and SE again seperately with a few new extras and maybe "digitally remastered" to try and nab anyone who hadn't bought the previous sets yet.

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#675073
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A New Hope was released at just the right time.
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The only thing that comes to mind that had anything close to the the cultural impact of Star Wars in '77 is the original Matrix. I'm not sure I've seen anything since then with such widespread collective resonance, but I'd have to agree that Dark Knight and Avatar have probably come the closest.

I doubt Star Wars VII has much chance of recapturing that kind of runaway success, but I'm trying to stay optimistic that we'll at least end up with something as fun and well made as Pirates of the Caribbean or Avengers.

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#666306
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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Cobra Kai said:

Bobocop said:

The only thing I thought it was missing was an isolated score audio track, but then again it was easy enough to splice it in myself (and of course it was never part of the original theatrical experience anyway ;)

 

Which version do you have?  2.5 actually does have an isolated score track included.

Eh...... yeah. V2.5

"TRACK 20) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Isolated Score] (Compiled by hairy_hen)"

Excuse me while I clean the egg off my face...

(See? This is what happens when I try to do this sort of thing while 3 kids are terrorizing the house all around me)

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#666289
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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Just popped in to say a huge THANK YOU! to Harmy (and Hairy Hen and everyone else who had anything to do with this) for your continued valiant efforts and persistence in fighting the good fight. Thanks to you, my kids can enjoy the same Star Wars I grew up with in excellent quality.

The only thing I thought it was missing was an isolated score audio track, but then again it was easy enough to splice it in myself (and of course it was never part of the original theatrical experience anyway ;)

The Force will be with you, always!

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#649641
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Episode IV: A Ridiculous Hope
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I have so many ideas for the OT, but I'm hoping to get back and finish my own "Space Madness" project once I either get some new editing software or get my current one to work with Windows 8...

I thought about using some Indiana Jones in my own edit but abandoned that idea. What parts were you thinking of?

The scenes where they're disguised as stormtroopers are a good opportunity to use Ford and Hamill lines from other films without worrying about lipsync.

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#642138
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The Krayt Dragon Call
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*waves hand* - Those aren't matte boxes, they're deflector shields!

(but yeah, they've always been there, they just weren't able to remove them with primitive 1997, 2004, or 2011 technology)

If Lucas hadn't sold the films to Disney, would the next release have replaced the Krayt Dragon call with the sound Jar-Jar makes before diving into the water in TPM?