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ChainsawAsh

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#1396290
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Going away? Post so here!
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oojason said:

Huh, it seems I’m still a mod on here, afterall. And due to the change in circumstances and in slight alteration to my plan in my previous post… I’ll now be around the site as and when.

Well, if this is the case, then I won’t be. If this is how the site is being run now, I want no fucking part of it. Mods can step down as mods, leave the site, then unilaterally decide to come back and ban someone they don’t like as part of a personal vendetta? Fuck that.

Bye everybody.

Go fuck yourself, oojason. And all your friends sock accounts.

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#1394966
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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RogueLeader said:

I also think it is possible to simultaneously love it and look at it critically.

This, this, so much this!

It’s become all too common for people to see a critique and assume that means you hate the thing you’re critiquing.

I have major problems with the final scenes of the finale, but I genuinely, thoroughly enjoyed the vast majority of everything that came before then, and that rings true for the series as a whole - I have some major issues with it from time to time, and I’m going to speak to those issues when they arise, but on the whole? I’m enjoying it and will keep tuning in.

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#1394674
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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StarkillerAG said:

Geez, why do you guys hate this episode so much? I thought it was good. Not the best episode ever, but not an abomination against the Star Wars franchise as we know it like some of you guys are acting.

I was enjoying the episode just fine until Luke showed up to do the same eye-roll videogame bullshit that Vader did in Rogue One, and then he took off his cloak and looked like a videogame character, and then it just kept going and didn’t resolve the much more interesting conflict that had just arisen (Mando vs. Bo-Katan and the implications of that whole thing), nor even make it a cliffhanger - it’s just…forgotten about while Luke takes Grogu and then…credits.

It was a good episode that was ruined by a last 10-ish minutes that really, really, REALLY didn’t work for me in just about every way.

And then the post-credits scene happened and I just checked out. I have zero interest in the Continuing Adventures of Boba Fett, so that just left an even worse taste in my mouth.

The horror-movie angle with the Darktroopers and the Mando v. Gideon fight were all excellent though, no complaints with all of that. And, again - super invested in whatever ends up happening between Mando and Bo-Katan with the Darksaber.

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#1394547
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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I have a strong feeling we’re going to eventually learn that this episode was in the middle of production when the pandemic lockdowns hit. The last 15-20 minutes just smacks of being cobbled together from disparate elements they had to film piecemeal over the spring/summer without having everyone together all at once. It wasn’t just Luke that looked like absolute ass - Pedro Pascal’s head looked very awkwardly cut and pasted into the scene, and he looked way too different from when he last removed his helmet just an episode or two ago, which doesn’t make sense unless there was a LONG time between filming those two.

Also, super irritated that the Mando/Bo-Katan conflict that had just presented itself was put on pause for Luke to show up and do his twirly light show, only for them to never unpause it, leaving that thread dangling without it feeling like a proper cliffhanger.

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#1393845
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Z6PO said:

The practical model is 3D printed from a computer file, shot with a digital camera on a computerized rig…

…so what? It’s a physical object being filmed, that’s the point.

(And don’t give me that “it’s a digital camera so it isn’t filmed” bullshit, you know what I meant.)

Also, you do realize that all model shots in the original trilogy were filmed using a “computerized rig,” too, right? That was one of the major advances ILM made in 1975/76 and why the space effects in the original SW stood out to audiences in 1977.

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#1393128
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Star Wars Episode I: Cloak Of Deception (Released)
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nl0428 said:

Hal 9000 said:

Unless you’re going to watch them on a better setup than I have in my home, V6 ought to be fine if you don’t want to wait. lol

That said, V7 has now fully arrived for COD and TAS. I have not yet gotten to work on LOE.

You said it would be V6.1. It isn’t too much of a V7 since the changes are incredibly minor.

He said it wouldn’t be 6.1

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#1392932
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44rh1n's &quot;The Fellowship of the Ring&quot; Extended Edition Color Restoration (Released)
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Those are pretty much my feelings about this set as well (though I still haven’t seen it with my own eyes so I’m not making any final judgments about it). I’ll probably either pick up this set on sale/used when the giant 4K box set comes out next year, or maybe I’ll get the giant box set, I dunno.

I’m not really in a huge rush to upgrade all my stuff to 4K, and 44rh1n’s excellent restoration of the FOTR EE Blu-Ray (and the Blu’s of the others) will continue to serve me well until then.

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#1392427
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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jadenkorr41 said:

ah. i guess this sounds naive of me to ask. is there any 4k upscaler? im guessing its impossible to go from 1080 to 2160.

There are plenty of 4K upscalers. They just all tend to require a lot of processing power, time, and a LOT of hard drive space. Frankly I don’t think there’s much point, especially since 1080p already looks great on 2160p displays, unlike 720p on a 1080p display (which can look fuzzy since it’s not an integer scale).

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#1392228
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44rh1n's &quot;The Fellowship of the Ring&quot; Extended Edition Color Restoration (Released)
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Jason0839 said:

Is it an actual 4K scan of the negatives? I’ve seen some people claim that it was a rumour and that its an upscale of the old 2K DI

And it seems to me like everyone who’s claiming this is using screenshots of shots that are VFX composites as evidence, even if they don’t appear to be VFX shots at first glance (remember, many shots are composites because of the height differences of the characters). Every screencap I’ve seen of a shot that is 100% for sure not a VFX/composite shot definitely looks like a true 4K scan to me.

I think people are really underestimating how many composites and VFX shots are in these movies, and it’s already been stated that such shots are either 4K scans of 2K film-out negatives, or upscales of the 2K DI.

So yeah - so far as I can tell, everything that is not a VFX or composite shot is true 4K, and everything else is some form of upscale.

There’s also the fact that these movies were shot Super 35 and cropped, meaning they’re inherently softer/less detailed than anamorphic 35mm would be.

Of course I could be wrong and I’ll absolutely eat my words if it’s shown definitively that this is entirely an upscale.

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#1390264
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Yeah, take the PAL DVD9 720x576 video track, change the framerate from 25fps to 23.976fps, upscale that, then pair it with the NTSC DVD9 Dolby 5.1 audio track. Upscaling based on the downscaled NTSC release just seems like a bad place to start.

There’s already an MKV floating around made from the PAL DVD9 that basically does everything I mentioned minus the upscaling part.

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#1388494
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<strong>The Expanse</strong> - <em>2015-???? TV Series</em>
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Super bummed that we won’t get the final 3 books on screen, but (from what I hear, I’m not that far in the books yet) the sixth book serves as a conclusion before a large time skip and a very different final trilogy, so maybe it’s for the best. And maybe this means a few years down the line, if there’s demand for it, they’ll get the cast back to do the last 3 books in some form.

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#1387355
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Anakin Starkiller said:

You know what the KoR dialog feels like? A pointless SE change. You know, like Vader’s or Luke’s lines being changed in ESB.

I’ve only heard four acceptable impersonators. One, Ian Abercrombie, has sadly since passed away. The others, Sam Witwer, Tim Curry, and Nick Jameson, are all out of the budget I imagine 😅

Personally Witwer’s Palpatine never sounded quite right to me.

My god, you are just incapable of being constructive or tactful with your criticisms, aren’t you?

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#1387160
Topic
The Clone Wars: Refocused [FOUR episodes upgraded to v2.0, 3/5 seasons released to v1.0]
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Kanemedhurst said:

Thanks for the mention! However, putting our (me, expanded universes and smudger) edits down to boost the appeal of your edit might be a bit tasteless.

What? How is he doing this in any way? He’s saying that the approaches other edits have taken didn’t work for him so he’s going to try a different approach. He’s not saying the edits are bad or that the editors taking these approaches have done a bad job.

If you’re going to be working on projects in a highly collaborative area like fan edits (or any other creative endeavor), you gotta have thicker skin than that, man.