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Dek Rollins

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#1333217
Topic
Return Of The Jedi - a General Random Thoughts thread
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timdiggerm said:

ray_afraid said:

timdiggerm said:

Dek Rollins said:

If it’s not in the film, it isn’t “known” to the audience.

Sorry to say, but the audience knew the word “Ewok”

The obscure novelization giving info on how the Emperor gained power & the massive advertising juggernaut plastering EWOK on everything are very different situations.

I agree; I was just pointing out that the principle he espoused is definitely false as a general principle.

No, it is not false as a general principle. There may be occasional exceptions, but “Ewok” is not one of them:

SilverWook said:

Dek Rollins said:

Yeah, people had to go out of their way to read the novelization to find whatever obscure junk lies within. “Ewok” was everywhere, especially considering how strong the toy line was.

Not to mention the closing credits. 😉

As SilverWook mentions, “Ewok” appears in the film. Things that do not appear in the film or are not implied in the film are not known to the audience in general circumstances.

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#1333067
Topic
Apart from the GFFA, what is the film you own the most copies of?
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ED: Blu-ray Steelbook, UHD (which I can’t use yet), Ultimate Edition DVD
EDII: Blu-ray, Blu-ray Steelbook, German Blu-ray (which I bought because it supposedly had the new remaster… it did not)
AOD: Shout! Blu-ray set, Blu-ray Steelbook, Director’s Cut VHS

I was actually surprised to realize I didn’t have more copies of anything else.

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#1332617
Topic
Return Of The Jedi - a General Random Thoughts thread
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I’m not sure I like the idea of a bittersweet ending to the trilogy, but ROTJ would’ve turned out much better had Lucas and Kurtz worked out there differences with a little more compromise. Gary Kurtz was probably one of the most important people in the creation of Star Wars and Empire. He believed in the material. Lucas probably should’ve gotten Irvin Kershner back to direct too.

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#1332391
Topic
Return Of The Jedi - a General Random Thoughts thread
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darklordoftech said:

Tantive3+1 said:

darklordoftech said:

The Emperor’s guards are called “Royal Guards” and Luke calls the Emperor “your highness”, but we already knew in 1983 that he’s a politician who got the legislative body to vote absolute power to him, not someone who inherited a throne.

Another thing the PT got wrong.

As I said, it was already known in 1983 that Palpatine was elected to be the Republic’s head of state.

When was this stated in the films?

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#1331406
Topic
Star Wars (1977) - a General Random Thoughts thread
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Not only its genre, but Star Wars was a lot more juvenile and simplistic than a lot of popular cinema in the '70s. The lack of cynicism resonated with audiences, but no-fun-allowed critics didn’t like it because it wasn’t that deep. I haven’t seen Annie Hall yet, nor have I gotten around to seeing any of Woody Allen’s films, but I have a feeling his work had more thematic depth, which the academy would obviously gravitate towards.

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#1331339
Topic
Your DVD Collection
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CourtlyHades296 said:

A month ago today, I stop by a local thrift store and find an MGM DVD of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Less than a month later, I upgrade 2001 to Blu-Ray via an eBay lot that also included the soundtrack on CD. And yet I’m still keeping the DVD because of it’s original 70mm six-track audio.

Just in case you didn’t know, the newer Blu-ray actually includes the original audio mix, not to mention it has a much better transfer than the older Blu-ray.

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#1331307
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Aspect Ratios of Original Trilogies
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Darth Robin said:

The OT seems to have gotten a slightly wider aspect ratio with the D+ version.

Looking at these screenshots it seems to be a case of cropping. The D+ version has less picture at the top and bottom: http://www.framecompare.com/image-compare/screenshotcomparison/DYLPLNNX

On this one there seems to be more picture on the sides though:
http://www.framecompare.com/image-compare/screenshotcomparison/J1B2FNNU

Intressting.

I’m sure they framed each shot independently. Those 19SE frames come out at ~2.39, so it’s correct at the very least.

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#1331143
Topic
Wallace & Gromit in "The Wrong Trousers" - Original Audio Preservation
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NewClear said:

If you want to slow it to 24fps, you can slow the audio down by encoding it like this:

ffmpeg -loglevel error -stats -n -i “The Wrong Trousers HD v2.mkv” -vn -sn -af asetrate=46080,aresample=48000 -c:a aac -b:a 192k -vbr 5 “The Wrong Trousers HD v2.mka”

And just remux it with the video in mkvtoolnix, de-selecting the original audio, and setting the video frame rate to 24fps.

I’m not well versed in ffmpeg, does this operation keep the correct audio pitch? I assume you’re posting this for the benefit of those who want to keep their file BD-compliant.

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#1331091
Topic
Wallace & Gromit in "The Wrong Trousers" - Original Audio Preservation
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Would be people be interested in a speed/pitch corrected edition of A Grand Day Out? Also, if I were to include speed corrections of both other shorts as bonuses with this preservation, would people prefer I use the cropped Blu-ray of A Close Shave to keep it HD, or just use a DVD video source to keep the proper aspect ratio?

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#1331043
Topic
Wallace & Gromit in "The Wrong Trousers" - Original Audio Preservation
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With the DVD audio source in hand thanks to d00mb0yz96, I figured it was a good excuse to make a new, more complete version of this preservation. So this time around I synced it to the Blu-ray copy properly, at 25fps of course.

My old HD preservation had the BBC logo stuck in at the beginning, and the end credits had to be patched in from the altered DVD audio track. Now the entire short uses the original track via the 1999 DVD, with the only thing added from the altered track being the Aardman logo audio at the beginning, as the 1999 DVD doesn’t include any logos before the short. The opening BBC logo was left out to retain sync with the Blu-ray, since the 1999 DVD only has it at the end anyway. I found it quite a relief that there are no frame differences between the Blu-ray and the 1999 DVD, so no edits had to be made to the DVD audio at all.

I’ve also included the Blu-ray commentary track, adjusted to match the 25fps frame rate. I don’t know what the correct pitch is for the voice overs, but the audio from the short in this track matches the standard Blu-ray track, so I pitch corrected it on that basis. I also added the audio from the BBC logo at the end of the short for consistency.

This is a 4.14GB MKV. Both audio tracks are available separately as well, for those who want to correct the frame rate of their own Blu-ray copy and simply mux the audio in.

As always, drop me a PM for links.