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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)?

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#1259504
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A Muppet Family Christmas – 1987 Broadcast Reconstruction
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Happy Holidays!

I did a cursory search and it doesn’t seem like anyone here has already taken on this project, so I cut together a reconstructed version of the original 1987 broadcast version of A Muppet Family Christmas. Every home video version has been trimmed down to varying degrees – the UK DVD version is the most complete, but even that has some rejiggering of transitions in and out of commercial breaks.

I used the UK DVD version for the bulk of the footage with missing transitions, shots, and bumpers taken from a recording of the full broadcast I found on YouTube. This is the best copy of the broadcast version I’ve been able to find, but if anyone knows of one better, please point me in the right direction. Audio is also taken from the DVD for most of the length of the special, but there are a few sequences where the DVD audio is missing music, in which case I used the audio from the broadcast recording. The title card does appear twice – once at the end of the opening sequence as it did in the original broadcast version, and once at the very beginning as it does on the DVD. Every recording of the broadcast is missing the first few seconds, so I don’t have any footage to replace the DVD title.

I’ve uploaded this on MEGA, and I’ll happily share a link if you shoot me a PM. This has always been my favorite Christmas special, so I’m excited to share this version of it here. Hope you enjoy!

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#1259496
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Aladdin 35mm (Released)
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Was just scanning through this to compare it with the Blu-ray, and unlike the disaster that is the Beauty and the Beast Blu, the color-timing here is pretty darn close… except on Genie. For some reason, Genie is a completely different shade of blue throughout the entire film. I don’t understand why they’d more-or-less preserve the original color timing except when it comes to this one character.

Also, and this is just strange, there’s a more pronounced drop shadow behind the opening credits on the Blu-ray than there is on the print.

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/0EMJNNNU

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#1259191
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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SSBB1123 said:

By any chance, has this been completed?

I have covers for the original trilogy finished and plan on posting them soon! I’m actually making some custom Blu-ray sets for a few friends for Christmas and don’t want to upload the covers before I’ve actually delivered the gifts, but shortly after Christmas I’ll upload them here 😃

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#1257654
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Recreating the TV Edits of the 2003 Clone Wars Series (HD)
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On a lark, I went ahead and took a first pass at re-editing Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars micro-series back into its “original,” individual chapters. I used an upscaled 1080p version of the official DVD releases and recreated the individual title cards in Photoshop. I eventually want to take another pass at timing the fade in/out of the titles, but for now it’s “close enough.”

The interesting thing I discovered, though (and the reason I put “original” in quotes) is that it seems the series was initially edited together as two continuous features and then split into individual chapters in much the same way I did. At the very beginning and ending of chapters you can sometimes see a frame or two of wipes and transitions that were not fully removed. I’m not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but I never knew that before I started this project.

Anyway, I’m not sure how much interest there’ll be in this since it’s just plain easier to watch the whole series as two roughly feature length movies rather than copping it up into three-to-five minute chunks, but it’s another Star Wars film and television production that I haven’t seen preserved in the way it was originally aired, so I thought it’d be worthwhile for that alone.

I’m not sure where the best place to host these is. I currently have them in an unlisted YouTube playlist (not gonna post the link here because that’s frowned upon; PM me if you’re interested), but that’s hardly ideal. I don’t have access to MySpleen either, so if anyone has any advice on finding a semi-permanent home for these, hit me up.

UPDATE: I now have the files available for direct download on Mega. Shoot me a PM if you’d like the link.

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#1257632
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4K83 Released
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ChainsawAsh said:

Also for clarity, the hairy_hen 5.1 with added music was included by mistake (HH explained that it was his personal version and meant to provide the “accurate” one for inclusion with the MKVs). Personally I really like the added music in the Obi-Wan scene, but for those who want the new hairy_hen 5.1 with no added music, he’s made that available for remuxing as well.

Ah, interesting! Where would one go about finding that?

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#1257518
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The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi in 35mm
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Boushh said:

How much of the dome’s surface did the screening take in San Jose? I mean cause if it’s only a small segment then the image doesn’t get that distorted.

There was obviously some amount of distortion and a small amount of cropping on the corners to account for the round screen, but the aspect ratio was mostly preserved (and did not shift in the way Force Awakens did). All told, a little more than half of the screen real estate was taken up by picture with letterboxing along the top and bottom edges.

The more significant quirk of the dome (or, at least that dome) is every seat is designed to immerse you in the picture so even in the back row it felt a bit like sitting in the front row of any other movie theater. Whether that’s a pro or con I suppose is up to the individual viewer.

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#1257481
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The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi in 35mm
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Boushh said:

Thx for your answers! I should have elaborated that I know about the Vista screening and the IMAX prints of TFA and Rogue One. Are you sure there were 15/70 prints of TLJ though?

You are so lucky to have been to that screening of TFA. Are you the person that writes “starwarsatthemovies.com” ? Anyway, what did you make of it?

I actually drove all the way up to San Jose to see The Last Jedi on 15/70 at the Tech Museum! Alas, it was on a dome, and so – I believe – were all of the 15/70 screenings of TLJ west of the Mississippi.

And no, I don’t write for them, but the print was spectacular. Saw Force Awakens opening night at the Chinese Theatre (3D IMAX Laser projection) and then that following Sunday on 35 at the Vista. There was a bit more flicker than typical (not sure if it was an issue with the projectionist – I’ve seen other films on 35 at the Vista without such pronounced flicker), but the colors and texture were terrific. It really felt like the best way to see that movie.

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#1257474
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The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi in 35mm
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35mm definitely exists for Force Awakens; I saw it at the Vista here in Los Feliz (apparently having the movie play there on 35 was a personal request by J.J.). The others haven’t screened on 35mm here in LA, but that doesn’t necessarily mean prints don’t exist. 15/70 IMAX prints for all three do exist, but that’s a whole other matter.

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#1256247
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Project 4K80
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Bluto said:

Thanks for the comparison; the untouched frame doesn’t look too badly faded at all. Is this Fuji type of print therefore generally more stable and slower to fade to red than whatever was used for the Grindhouse print (Eastman?).

From what I understand (and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), Eastman film was by far the worst when it came to fading because their cyan dye was basically trash. Fuji has other drawbacks that Kodak doesn’t, but as far as fading goes, it supposedly lasts about twice as long.