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#1291776
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The Chronological Star Wars – A Year-Long Critical Reappraisal
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Now that we’ve made it through the prequels and Solo, I’m back in cartoon mode until (checks calendar) October. I know that doesn’t carry as much interest as the films do around here, but I thought I’d share my piece on Star Wars Rebels’ first season either way.

After Lucas left, the future of Star Wars was uncertain. Still dealing with the fallout from a decade backlash against the prequels, the series needed a renewed statement of intent. Star Wars Rebels became just that, appealing to nostalgia for the original films while at once working to unite Lucas’s two trilogies into an inseparable whole and lay the ground work for the future of Star Wars stories.

This show is one that means a lot to me, and as such this is probably the most sentimental this series is going to get. Anyway, you can read it here if you’re into that. Enjoy!

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#1289914
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The Chronological Star Wars – A Year-Long Critical Reappraisal
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Back again with another entry, this time on Solo: A Star Wars Story. This one isn’t the worst Star Wars film, but it’s maybe the most frustrating. A work that is more Easter egg hunt than movie; a tremendously directed film where empty fan service eclipses story and character development.

Read it here.

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#1289536
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The Chronological Star Wars – A Year-Long Critical Reappraisal
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timdiggerm said:

I’ve really been enjoying this series, but was surprised you didn’t talk about the Opera scene. Isn’t it…decent?

Had to narrow my focus a bit on this one since I was already knocking on the door of 3,000 words just focussing on three major moments from the film. The opera scene is pretty good – one of the better scenes in the movie, certainly. I didn’t get to talk much about Ian McDiarmid, but it’s clear he’s having so much fun, and all the better he’s not buried under a stupid-looking makeup prosthetic at this point. I think the direction of the scene is a bit flat (like nearly all of the rest of the movie), but since the scene is carried by McDiarmid monologuing, it generally works.

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#1289024
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The Chronological Star Wars – A Year-Long Critical Reappraisal
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If you’ll indulge me in reviving a dead thread, I’ve finally made it through The Clone Wars and have another entry in this series examining one of the films. I figured more people around these parts might have interest in that.

This time I’m digging into the very worst Star Wars movie: Revenge of the Sith.

Also, if any of you are interested in my series of articles on The Clone Wars, you can find all of those right here.

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#1287568
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70mm print of GOUT on Saturday in Academy Theater in CA!
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captainsolo said:

I too think the asking was more of a formality as I don’t see how there would be any legality binding it to George’s say so since he pretty much signed over everything.

A formality, yes, but I think it’s one they intend to carry forward for the foreseeable future. Lucasfilm doesn’t want to alienate their namesake, and Disney wants to stay on good enough terms with George that he’s willing to, say, come out and give his blessing at the opening of their new theme park land.

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#1287128
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70mm print of GOUT on Saturday in Academy Theater in CA!
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Just got out. Program began with Rogue One introduced by John Knoll. Super neat, but that’s not why you’re here.

John Dykstra introduced a 70mm print struck for the UK but never screened (I heard someone say it was ‘81, but the date was never formally stated). It was never screened because the first time it was projected, the print tore, and thus there was about two seconds of pretty major damage right as the Death Star blows up, but otherwise, the print was immaculate. Minimal damage and virtually no fading. “A New Hope” was on the crawl, but otherwise, it’s the original film.

Apparently, after some convincing, Lucas himself signed off on the Academy showing this version of the film. That’s huge, because he has firmly not allowed the original version to be publicly screened since before 1997. What does that mean for future releases? Who can say, but this screening is something that seemed impossible just one week ago.

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#1283451
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STAR TOURS (1987) Restoration and Saving of the Original Movie Attraction
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A YouTube channel called “Cow Missing” recently uploaded a version of the Star Tours workprint footage I’ve never seen before – one that includes the video from the second screen inside the Starspeeder.

https://youtu.be/D43_dr7_JKg

Also, they’ve posted the tail end of the pre-show video including the safety spiel.

https://youtu.be/e3_94NFtSvI

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#1271471
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The Little Mermaid (1989) - 35 mm (fully funded)
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jolennon said:

So… Disney just released a new 4K Blu-ray of The Little Mermaid. Apparently the master is the same as the 2013 Diamond Edition, but the colors were changed.

Boy, that’s frustrating. The 2013 Blu was about as close to perfect as one could realistically hope for (minus the revisionist studio logo at the top), so of course Disney couldn’t just leave well enough alone.

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#1265024
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Beauty and the Beast 35mm "Help Needed"
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Flubly said:

Would love to, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen Disney animation classics in any of the theaters around that do those type of screenings. I’ve seen some older Disney live action around, but not animation. I’m definitely keeping my eyes open.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for a little more than five years, and outside of screenings at the Disney owned El Capitan in Hollywood (which are all DCPs based on Blu-ray transfers), Disney animation never shows up in repertory screenings. I’ve seen plenty of Disney live action stuff – even heavy hitters like the first Pirates of the Caribbean and Mary Poppins – on 35, but I suspect Disney keeps a pretty tight lid on their animated classics. It’s enormously frustrating.

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#1264690
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Ewok Adventures Movies
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Part of what killed Filmstruck, though, was Warners pulling their catalogue with the assumed intent of consolidating everything they own to launch their own streaming service to compete with Disney+. We’re rushing headlong into a return to the bad old days of vertical integration and Disney is leading the charge.

It won’t happen overnight; I think we’ll continue to see at least the big stuff be released on disc for a while (Marvel, Star Wars, the headliners of the Disney animated canon), but smaller stuff and movies that failed to make a splash will quietly stop showing up on store shelves. It’s already happened with the back catalogue stuff, and I would bet money that box office duds like Tomorrowland or A Wrinkle in Time will be the next thing that become “Disney+ Exclusives”.

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#1264647
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Ewok Adventures Movies
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I don’t have anything in the way of hard data, just a somewhat informed guess based on observation and some of the rumblings I’ve heard. It’s been years since Disney has released any catalog titles on Blu-ray that aren’t just re-releases of films that have already been released on the platform, and they’ve been a slow adopter of 4K to say the least. I think they’re biding their time to see how Disney+ performs, and if it’s a hit, I think they’ll massively scale back the number physical releases.

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#1264317
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The Chronological Star Wars – A Year-Long Critical Reappraisal
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Glad you’re enjoying these so far! The next entry is up now.

‪On paper, the Star Wars prequels were not terrible ideas, but they consistently missed the mark and failed to live up to their own lofty ambitions. Nowhere is that divide between intentions and execution clearer than in Attack of the Clones.

https://davidmdaut.com/2019/01/14/star-wars-attack-of-the-clones/‬

Enjoy!

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#1264011
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The Chronological Star Wars – A Year-Long Critical Reappraisal
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I moonlight as a film critic, and with Episode IX on the horizon for the end of the year, I thought it might be fun to embark on a personal project to re-watch and review every canonical Star Wars film and TV series in the twelve months leading up to the so-called final installment in the Skywalker Saga. If you’ll excuse a bit of shameless self-promotion, I thought some of you might find it interesting.

The first entry on The Phantom Menace is already up on my blog. Spoiler: it’s actually less about the film itself and more about the way the discourse surrounding the movie in the early days of the internet set an unfortunate precedent for online fandom that we’re still dealing with to this day. Yay movies!

In the coming weeks and months I’ll also be writing about the 9 remaining films as well as The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Resistance and maybe a few extra surprises along the way.

Also, just for kicks, I wrote about some of the no-longer-canon Star Wars productions like The Holiday Special and the Ewoks and Droids cartoons as a sort of prelude to this series. You can read all of those here.

Anyway, I hope plugging my own stuff like this isn’t too crass. Hope at least some of you find it compelling.

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#1263947
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4k77 released
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Williarob said:

While I don’t disagree with anything you just said, I would argue that a “hardcore” Star Wars fan could point out to you a number of key differences between the 1977 version, the 1981 version, the 1985 Audio mix, the 1993 THX masters, the 1997 Special Edition, the 2004 DVD and the 2011 Bluray. While a Casual (or new) fan probably wouldn’t know about these differences (or care).

Oh, for sure. There are definitely different levels of knowledge and interest, but from my experience those specific distinctions (hardcore/casual) most often tend to be used for the purposes of gatekeeping so that older fans can wield their knowledge of trivia as a cudgel. And this is hardly exclusive to Star Wars fans. It’s one of those ugly aspects of fandom that is pretty consistent regardless of your interests.

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#1263932
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4k77 released
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skywalkerfan101 said:

A little off topic, but can somebody please explain to me the difference between a hardcore and casual Star Wars fan?

The only real distinction is that a “hardcore” fan thinks the fact that they saw a silly space movie in 1977 makes them superior to someone who didn’t see it until 1997 or 2007 or – heaven forbid! – 2017.

If you like Star Wars, that makes you a fan. Anyone who tries to perpetuate some sort of hardcore/casual dichotomy is just acting on their insecurity in the silliest way imaginable.

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#1263782
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4k77 released
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Pop Zeus said:

I was too young to see any movie in 1977, let alone SW but I remember going to see ANH during the 1997 re-release and thinking how strange the print looked (besides all the CG). It was distracting to the point where I wasn’t sure I enjoyed the experience. I think those issues partially carried over to the SE blu-rays.

Similar experience for me. I grew up with the original on home video and saw the Special Editions in theaters, but the most remarkable thing about 4K77 is that it looks like a film shot in the ‘70s and I’ve literally never seen it look like this before. Even if Disney/Lucasfilm were eventually to release the original cuts on home video, I doubt they’d look like this just because it’s so radically different from how the films have been presented for the past three decades.

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#1261325
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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Happy Holidays! For Christmas this year, I gave custom Blu-ray sets of the Original Trilogy as gifts and decided to design some box art for the project. Here are the results:

Slipcovers Front

Slipcovers Back

Cases

And here are the designs themselves (For the gifts, I hid some Easter eggs in the barcodes which I’ve not preserved here). If anyone wants editable PSD files to be able to adjust the features list or whathaveyou, shoot me a PM.

Star Wars Slipcover

Empire Slipcover

Jedi Slipcover

Star Wars Insert

Empire Insert

Jedi Insert

Star Wars Disc

Empire Disc

Jedi Disc

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#1259992
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The best way to print Blu-ray covers?
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Jumping in with a question of my own: does anyone have advice for disc artwork if you don’t own a printer that can print directly onto discs? Any recommendations for print shops that can reliably handle this? I’ve poked around online and most services I can find only work in large batches of discs.

Alternatively, are stick-on labels really as bad as their reputation suggests (certainly not ideal, but as an alternative to dropping a few hundred dollars on a new printer)?