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#1358325
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Help: looking to acquire... 4K77 and 4K83 (DRM)
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A little below your post in here, has the information you’d likely need…

Some info & help for TN1’s 4K77, 4K80 & 4K83 projects of the Original Trilogy…

Basicaly, go to the forums on thestarwarstrilogy.com - read the rules and requirements, register, be patient, have a look around, and you’ll find the information you need to acquire these quality projects 👍

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#1358323
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<strong>Empire Strikes Back</strong> - 'Behind The Scenes / Making Of' <strong>images</strong> thread
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oojason said:

canofhumdingers said:

Hey I just noticed someone snuck a Rancor photo in here!

Hah! I win £5 😉 - you hear that Fated, mate? I told you someone would notice before the month was out 😃
 

Damn it! 😃

I should have reached out to canofhumdingers and offered him a slice of the action in exchange for his silence 😉

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#1357372
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Is it Lucas, or Fox, who has prevented the restored OOT release?
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crissrudd4554 said:

Nien Nunb said:

Fated-Dualist said:

'Mr. Lucas said that to release the original versions of these films on Blu-ray was “kind of an oxymoron because the quality of the original is not very good.”

“You have to go through and do a whole restoration on it, and you have to do that digitally,” he added. “It’s a very, very expensive process to do it. So when we did the transfer to digital, we only transferred really the upgraded version.”
 

I still find it hard to imagine George saying all this with a straight face. Even he has be aware of how stupid this sounds. Despite no longer being in charge of Lucasfilm, I’m sure by now he also has to be at least somewhat aware of recent fan preservation efforts and the significant advancements that have been made since those statements, which have completely disproven his argument.

Keep in mind we are talking about the guy who in 2012 was insistent that Greedo “always” shot first with the confusion being the original had the sequence in closeups. Sure George.

George also forgot about the original scripts and novelisation being quite clear that only one person at the table got off a shot from their blaster… and it sure wasn’t poor Greedo 😃

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#1357038
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'Star Wars: Squadrons' - video game
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Star Wars: Squadrons New Details on the Playable Maps’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEmyL9bl44c - at the Star Wars Explained youtube channel. (5 minutes.)
 

I really enjoy this guy’s breakdown videos - insightful and factual - without the drama, hype, clickbait, and rage etc that many other youtubers out there have or use.
 

Hopefully we’ll see some more ships over time for the game (maybe as unlockables?) - I’d love to see the B-Wing and possibly some older ships from the Clone Wars era somewhere down the line for it.

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#1356822
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Articles &amp; info that highlight / call for a classic version release of the Original Trilogy
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A last (definitive) Original Star Wars update for a while’:-

http://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/022417-0100 - a 2017 article
 

A snippet a screenshot of the article…
 

 
^ the four links featured in the article above are to…

‘yesterday’s post’ : http://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/022317-1600

‘read on here’ : http://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/022417-0100 - it just links back to the full article

Harmy’s Star Wars Despecialized Editions ‘here’ 1 : https://www.facebook.com/despecialized

Harmy’s Star Wars Despecialized Editions ‘here’ 2 : https://originaltrilogy.com/discussion/Star-Wars-Preservation/id/17
 

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#1356307
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Is it Lucas, or Fox, who has prevented the restored OOT release?
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JadedSkywalker said:

The last i heard it was an oxymoron to release the Original. That was Lucas final word on the subject in 2011 or was it 2010. It was around the time of the blu ray release. The other thing he said was there were pipelines for these things or some other BS.

The ‘oxymoron’ thing you refer to is George saying this?:-

'Mr. Lucas said that to release the original versions of these films on Blu-ray was “kind of an oxymoron because the quality of the original is not very good.”

“You have to go through and do a whole restoration on it, and you have to do that digitally,” he added. “It’s a very, very expensive process to do it. So when we did the transfer to digital, we only transferred really the upgraded version.”

^ source: ‘Star Wars’ Films Coming to Blu-ray Next Year’ - 2010 article based on a telephone interview with George Lucas for the NY Times.
 

That seems to be another disingenuous statement from George given what we know now - and what has also been achieved by fans in their preservation projects.

Along with the possibility of backwards engineering the ‘new’ 1997 SE based master (used as the base for the 2019 SE version) to include the unaltered theatrical version footage - as just one possible ‘quick and easy’ solution - IF indeed there were no good quality OOT copies or backups made.
 

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#1355679
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The Empire Strikes Back - at 40...
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'Disney to Release 4K Version of ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ to Boost U.K. Cinemas:-

https://variety.com/2020/film/global/disney-to-release-4k-version-of-star-wars-the-empire-strikes-back-to-boost-u-k-cinemas-exclusive-1234637839
 

"The Force is with U.K. cinemas this July as they plan to reopen doors with a remastered 4K edition of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” Variety can reveal.

It’s understood the planned screenings mark the first time a “Star Wars” film from the original trilogy will be screened to cinema audiences in 4K. European cinema giant Vue will show the film in the U.K."

and

"Variety understands “The Empire Strikes Back” is, in fact, among a number of titles Disney is offering U.K. exhibitors, who are eyeing a July 4 reopening date.

The country’s cinemas are among the last businesses to open as part of the government’s economic recovery plan. When they do restart, it will have been more than three months since they were first shuttered across the week of March 16."
 

more text in the linked article - seems to infer it will be the 2019 SE version being shown.

I imagine this is part of the Empire’s 40th Anniversary? (IF true) / with an attempt to get people going back to the cinemas due to the recent closure due to the coronavirus?

Though a little strange they are only putting up The Empire Strikes Back for release on the big screen?

(IF the article is correct)
 

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#1355675
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Articles &amp; info that highlight / call for a classic version release of the Original Trilogy
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The Disney/Fox Merger is Done; Is a Re-Release of the STAR WARS Original Trilogy Theatrical Cut Next?’:-

https://www.thathashtagshow.com/2019/03/25/re-release-star-wars-original-trilogy-theatrical-cut - 2019 article.
 

a snippet… the full thing (it is not very long):-
 

"Last week Disney completed its multi-billion dollar merger with Fox. From an entertainment perspective, one of the main focuses has been on the effect the merger will have on the X-Men and Marvel franchises. For many of us, however, there is a much bigger, burning question. Now that Disney owns 20th Century Fox, will we finally get a re-release of the Star Wars original trilogy theatrical cut?

For years fans have been begging for the studio to re-release the original trilogy theatrical cut. Hopes ran high that it would happen when George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney a little over six years ago. Unfortunately, at the time 20th Century Fox retained the rights to Star Wars (A New Hope, that is), and that was that. Plus, Kathleen Kennedy has never made re-issuing the original trilogy theatrical cut a priority. But things have changed. With the merger now complete, and given the state of the Star Wars fandom, now is the perfect time to make the move.
 

It’s Time to Re-Release the Original Trilogy Theatrical Cut
 

We’re living in an age where the Star Wars fandom is practically split down the middle. That is thanks in most part to Rian Johnson and his controversial take on Star Wars with The Last Jedi. While expectations are high that Star Wars: Episode IX may narrow that gap, it’s no given. If there is one thing that can bring balance to the For…er, fandom, it’s the original trilogy theatrical cut.

Ask even a casual Star Wars fan “who shot first?” and the universal answer is Han Solo. Likewise, mention the nonsensical musical number in the Return of the Jedi Special Edition and see what kind of reaction you get. Don’t get us started on adding Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker as a Force ghost. George Lucas forgot an important, old adage when it came to Star Wars: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Releasing the original trilogy theatrical cut to Blu ray now could heal a lot of old wounds when it comes to the Star Wars fandom.

Fast forward to 2020. Can you just imaging an ultimate Skywalker Saga box set that contains the original trilogy theatrical cut? Based on the sales of that alone Disney wouldn’t have to make another Star Wars film ever again. (Note to Disney: even if you release the unaltered OT, please don’t stop making Star Wars movies.)

Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters December 20. Here’s hoping the original, unedited trilogy returns with it."
 

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#1355674
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Articles &amp; info that highlight / call for a classic version release of the Original Trilogy
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^ Nice one, Vin - I wasn’t sure if you wanted to include the Disney acquisition in here 😃

 


 

Disney Has Acquired Fox; What Does that Mean for Star Wars?’:-

Rev up the iconic fanfare, because Disney has officially completed their acquisition of 21st Century Fox. While the main perks of the deal benefit the Marvel Cinematic Universe way more than Star Wars, there are some Star Wars-related tidbits that are tied to the deal itself that are worth discussing here – and one thing that definitely won’t happen.

https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2019/03/disney-acquired-fox-star-wars-meaning.html - 2019 article
 

a snippet…
 

"Let’s start by clearing up a big misconception right off the bat: no, we are not getting the original theatrical trilogy. For those of you unaware, there has been a long-running fan conspiracy that Lucasfilm are set to release remastered, unaltered versions of the first three Star Wars movies (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) before George Lucas went back to edit them any day now for the over two decades. In spite of that hope becoming more and more of a pipe dream since Lucas released the initial versions of the Star Wars Special Editions and their plethora of changes (some controversial, some deemed unnecessary, and a few actually praised), the belief that Lucasfilm are waiting for the right time to release the unaltered versions of the movies has persisted, and has gained new life with Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and Fox alike.

The thing is, ownership of Lucasfilm and Fox are not what what’s keeping the old versions of the movies from seeing the light of day in an official capacity; George Lucas himself is. And he’s repeatedly stated that he wants those changes to stay put. When he threw fans a bone in the early 2000s with DVD versions of the original versions, it turned out to be not what fans were hoping for when it was really just the LaserDisc version of the movies ported over to DVD, without any actual remastering of the visual or audio quality put into place. That alone should indicate what his position on his old versions of the movies are – in spite of the preference of the fans, he feels that the revision of Return of the Jedi that has Darth Vader shout “No!” and a celebration of the Emperor’s death across the galaxy far, far away instead of just on Endor is the definitive version of the film. Unless he suddenly changes his mind (and, sure, he’s flip-flopped plenty of times before, but this is one subject he’s remained steadfast on for over twenty years), we’re not going to get official remastered versions of the original cuts of those films anytime soon, if ever."
 

Evidence has surfaced suggesting that Lucasfilm have internally decided to remaster the original, unaltered prints – from of footage that made it to the theater to footage included as deleted scenes on the DVD and Blu-Ray versions and some footage that has still not seen the light of day – but it appears to be for their use only. It appears that this played a role in how they were able to integrate unused footage of Red and Gold Leaders into the final battle sequence of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or how they were able to include a slightly different take of Princess Leia’s plea for help in The Last Jedi to suit the shot that Rian Johnson filmed with Mark Hamill and Jimmy Vee. But don’t expect the unedited clips that were actually featured in the original trilogy movies to see the light of day.

The plus side is that, if you know where to look, Lucasfilm has seemingly agreed to turn a blind eye toward fans creating their own remasters of the original movies as long as they’re not sold for profit. Technically, distributing that kind of stuff is not legal, but it appears that Lucasfilm are not going to feed you to their Rancors if you burn these versions onto the Blu-ray discs that you’ve purchased. Just to be clear, we’re not encouraging that you do kind of thing and we respect Lucas’s own wishes… But if you want to see high-quality versions of the original Star Wars trilogy as it appeared to audiences in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with some visual effects mistakes from the old versions fixed without anything else being changed, then they are out there."
 

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#1355670
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'Star Wars: Squadrons' - video game
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Star Wars: Squadrons supports HOTAS and joysticks on PC’:-

https://www.vg247.com/2020/06/17/star-wars-squadrons-hotas-pc-support

&

Star Wars: Squadrons Supports Flight Sim Controllers On PC’:-

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/star-wars-squadrons-supports-flight-sim-controller/1100-6478607

&

Star Wars: Squadrons Is A Dogfighting Campaign And Multiplayer With No Microtransactions’:-

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/star-wars-squadrons-is-a-dogfighting-campaign-and-/1100-6478468/
 

I’m starting to like this game (more and more) 😃

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#1355266
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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EvantheKidDS said:

Omni said:

So you literally stole Adywan’s thread? OK. I’ll unsubscribe. And I don’t think I was hostile. If so, I’m sorry. I was just firm. You don’t have to be so defensive.

I never intended to steal Ady’s thread. There was no updates from him because, he paused Revisited until a better time. I didn’t want to be hostile and defensive as-well, someone else had said the same thing earlier when, I was posting updates of an attempted up-scale. I apologize.

That is still not much of a reason to start a side project within someone else’s thread - then continue posting about it (well past the idea stage) - and then tell people who are here for the original project to unsubscribe.

Perhaps it may be an idea to start your own thread for your project?

Your project is indeed an interesting idea, and I wish you well with it, but there is a reason most projects have their own threads… and it’d be confusing for many reading about 2 projects in 1 thread.

Plus, it is not exactly good manners or ‘protocol’ either, and you may annoy some people out of any interest they may have in your project too.

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#1355265
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YouTube/Vimeo/etc... Star Wars finds
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Star Wars Prequels - How The Original Trilogy Described Them’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2uVd8uNvUU - at Hardstone Media youtube channel. (7 minutes)
 

The blurb:-

‘This summary of rewriting the Star Wars Prequels now brings together what we’ve learned about the Stage, Story and Characters from the Original Trilogy, and put it together for an overview story of the prequels.’

 

Also from the same Hardstone Media youtube channel…
 

‘These videos will review how to rewrite the star wars prequel trilogy by looking at how the original trilogy described the events that occurred before it. We won’t be looking at the problems or how to fix the star wars prequel trilogy, delivered by George Lucas, rather we’ll look through what needs to be included what facts, events, characters and themes need to be included’:-

‘Rewriting the Star Wars Prequels - Part 1 of 4’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lij1nmBd6Y - 8 mins.

‘Rewriting the Star Wars Prequels - Part 2 of 4’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkwg2TCPnXs - 8 mins.

‘Rewriting the Star Wars Prequels - Part 3 of 4’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8lNydMRuy0 - 11 mins.

‘Rewriting the Star Wars Prequels - Part 4 of 4’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYA51U1SR5w - 11 mins.
 

^ some good dry humour in these videos 😃

 

Edit…

They’ve also formulated some intriguing ideas for an Episode I re-write (more inkeeping with the Original Trilogy), which can be found…

‘STAR WARS Episode I Part I - Fate of the Republic’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qI67I2w3g8 - 12 mins.

‘STAR WARS Episode I Part II - Fate of the Republic’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P49vwPT7WFY - 11 mins.
 

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#1354686
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Articles &amp; info that highlight / call for a classic version release of the Original Trilogy
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Star Wars, Blu-Ray and a Boycott’:-

Why did so many fans boycott the Blu-Ray release of the Star Wars saga?

https://www.ourgazebo.net/star-wars-blu-ray-and-a-boycott.html - a 2011 article
 

a snippet…
 

"As most everyone knows, the Blu-Ray version of the Star Wars Saga will be released in 6 days. Many people have recently canceled their pre-orders now that the disc contents are known. The news is abuzz about the widespread outcry, especially against one particular change: Darth Vader now saying “No!” twice as he throws the emperor to his death in the climactic scene of Return of the Jedi. While that is proving to be the final straw for many people in their decision not to purchase this set (as one blogger eloquently explains in this post ) it is certainly not the only issue with this release. There are many other technical and aesthetic issues . This has led to a movement to boycott this release.

The Amazon product page is the site of a heated debate . It is being deluged with angry 1-star reviews by people boycotting the release, accompanied by retorts from some people posting 5-star reviews in support of the Blu-Ray release and expressing disdain toward those who are complaining about it. These people for the most part feel that the complaints are nitpicky and not worthy of serious consideration. However, I believe they are worthy of serious consideration.
 

There are two main problems people have with this Blu-Ray release:

First, people are being asked to pay $90 for a product that has myriad technical flaws, things that should have been corrected regardless of what movie it is. These are a distraction and shoddy workmanship.

Second, changes are continually being made to the substance of the movies without offering the originals. Many movies get doctored by their directors. But when this is done, it should be and usually is done concurrently with a careful restoration and release of the original version in the best possible quality. But in this case it’s not. And that is what the boycott, and this article, is mostly about.

The owner of SaveStarWars.com makes an excellent point about this: "…none of this would be an issue if the originals—and the previous special editions, for those now crossing over—were available in high definition. We could just shake our heads at Lucas when we thought he made a stupid decision, say “well, I wouldn’t have done that,” and then watched the version we liked, whether it was the original theatrical version, or the 1997 version, or the ones from 2004 and 2011. It wouldn’t matter if we liked a change or not, or which version was “right”, we could just agree to disagree and be happy with the version that Lucas gave us that spoke to us the most. The way every other film with multiple versions—Blade Runner, Alien, Lord of the Rings, Close Encounters, etc—has been treated. Lucas is so narcissistic about suppressing the older and original versions of the films, as though they no longer exist, that he has brought the heat on himself. And, unfortunately, he has opened up a lot of rifts in the fan community that really should not exist in the first place. We all love Star Wars, but it has so many versions, sequels and permutations that it is inevitable that we all never agree on one single, absolute Gospel canon the way Lucas wants: there’s too much radical variation.

The only way things will be good is if we can each have the one we fell in love with, because we all fell in love with different variations at different years for different reasons. When you create something as big as Star Wars, you sort of have an ethical mandate to do this, to protect a cultural artifact and make sure it is seen and treated with respect. As Lucas himself said : “American works of art belong to the public; they are part of our cultural history.” I hope one day Lucas can drink his own medicine so we can all just get along."
 

and…

“Some people have the impression that the desire to preserve original films is unreasonable and/or just a weak peep from a small minority of over-the-hill geeks, but it’s the stance taken by the AFI, the National Film Registry (which Lucas had a big hand in creating), the Film Foundation (Lucas is on the Board of Directors) and the Library of Congress. It is a widely recognized principle and one that Lucas is a huge supporter of, even, so he says, with regard to Star Wars. “Lucas, a proponent of film preservation, has said recently that he would like to restore the originals but can’t pay for it, even though he is a billionaire. Yet when an outside organization from the federal government bodies of film preservation [National Film Registry] offer to foot the bill in the meantime, what does Lucas do? Try to get them to take the Special Edition,” which the NFR refused to do. ( Full story here .) The Guardian wrote about this principle here with regard to the Star Wars Blu-Ray release. So it’s not just a closet idea… and clearly money is not the true reason Lucas doesn’t want the originals released.

The fact that Lucas continually makes changes to the Star Wars movies while not preserving the originals for viewing, frankly is reprehensible both as an artist and as a businessman, regardless of whether one feels the movie was actually ‘improved upon.’ What would the reaction be if the Tower of Pisa were straightened, or Mona Lisa’s face touched up to smile a little more, or Mickey was given brown fur, or countless other famous and beloved historical icons were tampered with beyond mere maintenance, either by their creators or by others? Star Wars was nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 1977 and won 7 of them, and the Star Wars saga is beloved the world over. As the most successful film series in all of film history, Star Wars is a historical treasure and global icon that should be treated with the same respect that it and those who love it deserve.”

 

The above article is well worth a read in its full form, with url links for useful infomration throughout the piece. It was recently posted in this engaging thread:-

Is it Lucas, or Fox, who has prevented the restored OOT release?
 

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#1354299
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<strong>Coronavirus</strong> (COVID-19) Pandemic thread - <strong>relevant political discussion allowed</strong> in here
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Now the UK Government wants to reduce the 2 meter social distance rule - so more can people likely fit into schools, offices, shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and the like.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53038255

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2020/jun/14/uk-coronavirus-news-updates-covid-19-rishi-sunak-economy?page=with:block-5ee5ecc88f08cea6cb54b1b6#block-5ee5ecc88f08cea6cb54b1b6

They really want to get that economy up and running again (Tory MPs with vested interests, and donors in the hospitality industry want it so they can make more profit) - even if it results in the virus spreading or more deaths.

Yet the Govt only recently came out and said all people using public transport must wear masks to help prevent the spread. Huh…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53003046

It seems we are now in the ‘guinea pig’ phase of things.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52522460

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#1354298
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh, and who or what were the Whills?
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In regards to the Whills…

'George Lucas explained that he intended the Whills to be microbiotic beings who fed off the Force and controlled the entire universe. They were capable of creating certain destinies for people, such as the Chosen One prophecy. In Lucas’s view, all living things were only vessels for the Whills to travel around in, and the midi-chlorians (first introduced in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace) served as a conduit. “The Whills, in a general sense, they are the Force,” Lucas is quoted as saying.

Lucas claims that, had he held onto Lucasfilm Ltd. instead of selling it to The Walt Disney Company in 2012, the sequel trilogy would have featured the microbiotic world of the Whills.’

^ from https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Whills(community)_

 

Though for Rogue One… as in the ‘Guardians Of The Whills’:-

https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Guardians_of_the_Whills

&

Everything We Know About the Whills in Star Wars’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uivBwp1CPTc - a 4 minute video from the ‘Star Wars Explained’ youtube channel does a decent job (for me, anyway 😃)

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#1353623
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Articles &amp; info that highlight / call for a classic version release of the Original Trilogy
Time

Rick McCallum - Producer of the Star Wars Special Edition’:-

http://www.maikeldas.com/SWrick1eng.html - 1997 interview article

(^ for the 1997 Special Edition - re the print likely used for the 2019 Special Edition 4K release?; in ‘Question 3’)
 

a snippet…
 

"Question 1: Star Wars is a 20 years old science fiction cult movie. What was the reason for Lucasfilm to redo/rework the Star Wars Triology?

Rick McCallum: When it first was an idea represented to us by 20th Century Fox, they wanted to find out, if we wanted to do anything for the 20th year celebration. At first we thought putting it out maybe in 100-150 theaters for the hardcore fans. And once that happend, I started to try restore the negative and I also wanted to remaster the soundtrack, because for the first time in the history we really have a technology in 35-50% of the theaters out there, where you can actually hear it. And one of the problems at least for us, is that we spent an enormous amount of effort trying to create a soundtrack you can feel not just listen to. This is 50% of the experiences for us. Nothing is more frustrating when you spent millions of dollars and thousands of hours on a soundtrack that no one can actually hear, because of multiboxes, where the theater owner doesn’t care at all about quality.

So, again it was always gonna be a very minimal thing. But once I started the recreation I couldn’t find the negative in a lot of sections. Therefore I had to convert the film into data. Once that happend George desperately wanted to go back and fix the film in the way he originally had written it. He made so many compromises making Star Wars. It was frustrating to him and he was so unhappy with so much of the film, that this became a golden oppotunity for us to fix the picture in the way he always wanted them to be. That process became very complicated, very expensive and it became bigger than we were originally sending out to do. The negative was so badly damaged and destroyed that we’d lost in some places up to 35% of the actual color. It was often like a b/w movie. Once that happened we had a mission.

It was only 'till last year, when Independece Day came out that we ran a trailer to try and judge what the reaction would be, to see in how many theaters it would be proper to put the film in. But again we were only talking about maybe 200-500 theaters, because we got a little bit more ambitious. But the reaction to it was so huge, so overwhelming. Theater owners wanted to book it, fans were writing, calling begging. In some cases there were people who were going back to see ID 4 and if the trailer wasn’t running they asked for their money back. It was huge. And it wasn’t just in the States.
At first we ran the trailer in L.A. But everybody is weird there. We thought, well that’s just L.A. Then we did in San Francisco, Houston Dallas, New York… the same reaction. London, Paris, Rome… it was the same reaction everywhere. Then we knew something else was going on. It just became bigger than us. I wish I could say it was a marketing campaign and we devised it but it just didn’t have anything to do with us anymore.
 

Question 2 : I guess, you and Lucas talked about this becoming so huge. Star Wars was nearly forgotten but now, first the THX video re-releases, now the special editions and in two years the prequels. How’s the feeling for Star Wars today?

Rick McCallum: It’s big, it’s huge, it’s overwhelming in many cases. I mean… just opened last night and instantly it’s the #1 film for weeks. And it’s allmost everywhere the same. I think the reasons are two things. Primaly it’s a great story and has great characters. The most important thing driving it now, is not just the film itself, but the event of the movie. Star wars is a movie for the big screen and people haven’t experienced it for 20 years. It’s more like going to a rock-concert and having a collective experience. Very few movies crossover to do that. Star Wars is one of those films. There’s something that happens when the Lucas logo comes on. It’s like a license to go insane. You can talk and yet still follow the story, you can cheer, you can jump up and down. The other day I was leaving Paris to come here. I passed the theater at eleven in the morning and 1500-2000 people outside in front of the theater were trying to break in, 'cause it doesn’t open until twelve. But what was amazing, they were all dressed up in characters. There must be 500 Luke Skywalkers. That’s just a hard thing to do in a normal movie. Kids like to role play. They like to fantasize. There’s a number of characters that you can be. Nothing is more enjoyable for a 6 or 7 years old to close the door of his room and act to pretend he’s Luke Skywalker. Those are the things you do as a kid.

When I was young it was cars that I all care about. I used to make them, build them, rebuild them. You get obsessions, you have fantasies; you work them out and they stay with you for two or three years. But often for Star Wars it’s been lasting for 20 years for some people. I don’t understand them but it’s fantastic that it actually happens. What’s also unique and this is mostly an American thing: Everybody knows where they were, when JFK was shot, when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and everybody knows where they were, what time it was and which theater they saw Star Wars.

These three existing events in popular culture define a collective experience. I visited Berlin on November the 8th in 1989 and spent three days here while the Wall came down. It was the most powerful three days in my life, because I never had to worry about Vietnam or the Wall again and I had never seen 100.000 of people. I felt so overwhelmed by the collective experience of being alive. It was an amazing weekend and I will never forget it. That’s part of what the experience Star Wars is. It’s not obviously political, nor have it the same meaning overall, but there is someting very moving about it. People share something and want to continue to share that experience."
 

Question 3: The scenes which were not digitally remastered, but only chemically restored are still looking faded or have a color tinge. You see the shift between the the new scenes and the original material.

Rick McCallum: Here is what we were talking about this earlier. One of the most frustrating things is, if you could see the print that stuck of the original negative that we have done - it’s perfect. It’s not perfect in terms of the colorrestauration, because we still have a long way to go. We will need to scan the movie. In propably five years, when scanning technology drops at a cost that isn’t so prohibitive anymore. Now it would cost 10-12 millions Dollars only to scan the whole movie. We just can’t do it. Possible we take 2-3 years to be able to restore the color back to its original. We did the best that we could within the technology we have today. This is one of the big challenges for us in the future.

The problem is, film is a chemical process and it’s like alchemy. It’s magic. If you do a print and the developer bath isn’t as clean or whatever it is - it’s very hard to stain, because it’s a photo-chemical process. It lives, it breath, it changes on every print. We are hoping to drive the technology to a level to distribute movies electronically. So we can incode in digital data the color, the contrast and the level that the soundtrack has to do. No theater owner can screw us up again. It’s not just the theater owner, it’s this bizarre process called filmmaking that is still so fragile.

It’s hard to believe that we actually had to restore a film that’s only 20 years old. Film is an inherently instable medium. It’s there and it’s changing every day. It feeds on itself, it destroys itself. But it’s not only Star Wars. The whole films of the 70s are at risk. With the success of Star Wars all the studios are rushing back trying to protect their films. They are inherently what gives them value. But I apologize for the shift. It’s something that goes beyond us. That is the thing what is most frustrating."

 

^ “Here is what we were talking about this earlier. One of the most frustrating things is, if you could see the print that stuck of the original negative that we have done - it’s perfect.” - Rick McCallum.

That’d likely be the print used ofr the 2019 SE in 4K? Either way, it’d probably be a great quality print to use as a base for a theatrcial reconstruction of the unaltered Original Trilogy - removing the fewer changes made in 1997 and inserting the unaltered version scenes back in and then matching them up.
 
If only they would release the 1997 Special Edition for fans on 4K media… 😉 It’d certainly be benefical to have all these differing versions available - if nothing other than to give the fans the choice of watching all the previous versions of the Original Trilogy sold to us over time…