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#550076
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What was the "fatal flaw" of the Prequels if you think they sucked? (aka. Let's take a break from hating on the blu-rays)
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No, the lack of eyebrows really is a WTF moment.  When human characters get introduced in movies, they tend to have eyebrows, even if they're big freaky old man eyebrows like Sebastian Shaw's.  Every now and then a human character may not have eyebrows, but I'm really having a hard time thinking of one, and I'm willing to bet it comes along with an explanation.

Even my sister has alopecia ariata and she's got SOME eyebrows.  The WTF would come even if I'd never seen Jedi before, trust me.

EDIT: Back on topic, though, the fatal flaw was that they were so TEDIOUS.  The only parts I remember were the parts where the tedium became so unbearable that I actually remarked on it out loud while watching the movie.  The racing scene in TPM and the big lizard scene in AOTC are pretty much all I recall due to their extended terribleness, the latter of which I actually walked out of the theatre and PRETENDED to go to the restroom just so that I could come back when it was over.

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#550070
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What was the "fatal flaw" of the Prequels if you think they sucked? (aka. Let's take a break from hating on the blu-rays)
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While I'd agree that the "PT-continuity" changes aren't the worst of the changes to the OT, I don't think they are "neutral" except for the PT baggage you bring along with them.

For example, I don't remember much of the PT.  I've seen all three movies, certainly, but I think I remember an annoying giant lizard in AOTC and that's about it.  I wouldn't know an element from these movies if it came up and bit me.  I'm sorry, I just don't remember them enough to hate them properly.

So when Vader's eyebrows disappeared in the OT, my thought was: where the hell are his eyebrows?, not that this was a forced-continuity decision.  All those other planets celebrating in ROTJ, who are they and why do they matter?

That's not to say these are terrible changes on the order of CGI Jabba or Mos Eisley dinosaurs, but these are the sort of changes that make me say WTF is this about while watching the movie, and that's certainly not neutral.  They do degrade the OT, even if just a little.

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#549634
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I want my kids to see the unaltered Original Trilogy in a real theater
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Tighe said:

What I wish would catch on is 60 FPS film like Showscan.  I remember watching the Revenge of the Sith and in some of the panning battlescenes the 24 frames per second really showed and looked very jerky... 

Not that 60fps isn't nice--it is--but I've noticed recent movies are having 24fps come-aparts a lot more frequently than I remember they used to (it did happen before, but not all the friggen time like now).  Is the typical speed of pans some sort of filmmaking trend, and we're on the bad end of a fashion swing?  Is there something about digital filmmaking that means you can't change shutter speeds during pans like you should?  Just curious.

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#549508
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Looking for people who speak German, French, Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese
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Just for curiosity's sake, are there good GOUT-timed foreign-language dubs out there that could be muxed with Harmy and DarkJedi's projects?

I imagine there's a German one being used in Laserschwert's project, and I thought I saw a post once about a French one, but I'm not finding anything.

EDIT: Nevermind, I've got what I need.

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#548692
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I want my kids to see the unaltered Original Trilogy in a real theater
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You can't get Mike Verta's version--this is a point of contention for many.  He's restoring the movie but not distributing it, for legal reasons.

I love the work DarkJedi's done (GOUTv3, Project Blu), and it's the most faithful thing you can actually get, but it doesn't scale nicely to the size of screen you're talking about.  Your best bet is Harmy's projects (Despecialized Editions), which aren't quite as faithful but scale to large sizes much better.

None are as good as a real 35mm version.

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#548678
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I want my kids to see the unaltered Original Trilogy in a real theater
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I'm not sure I have all the facts 100% correct, but here goes.  70mm and 35mm have the same aspect ratio.  For SW and ROTJ, I believe the 70mm print is visually just a blow-up of the 35mm print.  The 70mm version of ESB has some slight visual differences from the 35mm/home video version.  All of the 70mm prints have surround sound mixes which the 35mm didn't.

All screenings would pretty much have to be private non-commercial deals.  If you live in Southern California, Mike Verta plans to do private screenings of his personal restoration project.  I'm considering letting my local hippie independent theatre know about Harmy's reconstructions (I know they do private screenings and have a AVCHD-capable Blu Ray player, so it's no stretch).  But seriously, just get into backyard projection.  It's fun, cheaper than you'd think, and you get to know your neighbors.  Be your own private screening theatre.