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#361466
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Goodbye Prequels FOREVER
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C3PX said:

A lot of people talked about doing things like this (mailing them to Skywalker Ranch) when the GOUT first came out. Did anyone ever actually do it?


I actually did.  I bought two GOUT boxsets (one for me and one for my little brother as a Christmas gift).  Both times I mailed the SE discs back to Lucasfilm in a paper sleeve, politely saying that I had no interest whatsoever in any special edition and thanked them for releasing the original trilogy on DVD in some form.  I also stated that I looked forward to a future restored anamorphic release of the original trilogy and that apart from that, no other Lucasfilm release would appeal to me.

Won't make a damn bit of difference but it was cathartic.

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#258552
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Hey guys, Remember when Star wars had writing like this?
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Originally posted by: Wesyeed
Yeah, I remember watching "yoda" say something to the emperor. He said "Not if anything about it to say I have..." Or something like that. It was so butchered I try to block it from memory. That's not how yoda talks.


That line is terrible, but it just might be topped by: "Around the survivors, a perimeter create."

That might be the most embarassing piece of dialogue ever comitted to film. How close must Frank Oz have been to just saying "I'm not putting my voice to this garbage."

It's like something out of a piece of fanfic written by a 12 year-old kid.
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#255742
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Rifftrax does Phantom Menace...
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Originally posted by: JediRandy
Great at being completely unfunny!


It was really a mistake to try to upstage George Lucas's comic genius. The scene where that Eopie (yes, I had to look up the name of that fuckin' thing) farts in Jar-Jar's face might be the funniest moment ever committed to film. When Binks follows it up with the classic "PEE-YOUSA" line, every comedic scene in cinematic history was basically rendered irrelevant. Just out-and-out hilarity. Anybody who has seen The Phantom Menace is probably still laughing after that one. I know I am.

Don't even get me started about the scene when Jar-Jar steps in shit. Lucas packed more laughs into that 5-second moment than Monty Python could achieve in their entire careers.

Whenever I'm feeling depressed I'll just watch the scene in Episode II where 3PO gets his head switched with the battle droid. When he starts spouting puns I just laugh until the tears are running down my face.
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#255715
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Anyone see ER last week (11-02-06)? RE: Padme's death
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When old people "lose the will to live" it's really just a combination of old age and probably a tendency to not take care of themselves like they once did. When you're really old, the likelihood of dying soon is pretty good anyway. Being wracked with depression only compounds the problem because you're not likely to do things that are going to keep you vibrant and healthy. So really you can still break it down to a physical reasoning for death.

What's Padme's excuse? There is none. And the fact that her death completely flies in the face of the character that's been built up by 5+ hours of film makes Lucas's writing all the more embarassingly bad.
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#255690
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Anyone see ER last week (11-02-06)? RE: Padme's death
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I'm willing to bet there are tens of millions of people alive today who as physically healthy young people suffered some tragedy like war, 9/11, their families being murdered, etc. And I bet a lot of those people were so emotionally destroyed that they wished they were dead themselves. But they all lived. You can't just concentrate really hard and will yourself dead. It's bullshit.
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#253964
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Will those who hate the SE OT and bought the OOT DVD's..
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I finall got around to sending the 2004 S.E. discs back to Lucasfilm. I stuffed all three discs in one paper CD sleeve and stuck it in an envelope.

I attached a short note. I decided there was no benefit in being vitriolic, but I got straight to the point.

Lucasfilm:

Thank you for releasing the original Star Wars trilogy on DVD. I'll not be needing these discs as I have no interest in the revised films.

I hope a full restored, anamorphic release of the original films will be considered. I would certainly be among the first in line to purchase that release. If not, this will probably be my first and last purchase of Star Wars DVDs.

Thank you again,
Alan
Flint, MI
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#243504
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First Impressions of the OOT ...
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Things feel whole again after today.

Have these three movies been disgraced and defiled over the past 10 years? Absolutely. Unforgiveably. But today is reason enough to celebrate, because this is the best presentation of the OOT I've ever seen.

I watched Star Wars earlier today and just finished with Empire. And got completely lost in the story, just as I used to. It isn't perfect. At times it is downright awful. Check out Luke's X-Wing as it descends into Bespin. It looks like an old VHS tape. But for the most part, this transfer is completely passable. Very rarely was I distracted by the picture quality. But most importantly, I was never distracted by God-awful S.E. scenes and effects.

I've had so much animosity towards Lucas and the Star Wars franchise since the late 90s. It had really gotten to the point where Star Wars wasn't enjoyable any more. This changes that. I sat down and watched my two favorite movies of all time, and before long it was 1996 again, and the Special Edition/prequel/2004 DVD debacles were pushed out of my mind. The Star Wars galaxy was once again fascinating, enchanting, and mysterious, just as it used to be. Yeah, it's a modest format, considering the industry standard and the fact that these movies should be given the ultimate treatment. Still, for me, this is a great thing.

One thing that crossed my mind as I was in Best Buy today picking out the tin set. There was a definite buzz around the movie display with people who had been waiting for this release. And this is in freaking Flint, Michigan in the middle of the work day. So I got to thinking; now that Lucas has released these as a litmus test for interest in the OT, is this going to blow up in his face? There seems to be a legitimate hunger for these things, and when word gets out that the transfer isn't completely horrible, that's only going to grow. So what's Lucas going to do? Ignore it? Shrug his shoulders and cash in with a full restoration? Be humiliated by the fact that people actually do prefer the original films to his mutants? Or will he come out and say "boy, people sure embraced the individual release of these movies." Should be interesting.
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#242093
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Poll: Do You Think the OUT will be Released Again in '07?
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Originally posted by: Darth_Evil
But I just don't the prequel trilogy again, which is why I almost wouldn't buy the set even if it had good versions of the OOT. Just kidding, I'd still get it, sell my prequel DVD's I currently own, and just keep the new ones in the set, maybe watched once or twice.


I'd buy the entire "saga" set if it contained the fully restored anamorphic OOT. Then I'd take those three discs out of the original packaging, put them in the three empty slots of my '06 Best Buy tin (vacated from throwing away the Special Edition discs), then pitch the rest of the saga set as well. Problem solved.
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#178662
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I actually prefer the DVDs and can't wait for more edits, seriously.
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Originally posted by: marioxb
I agree with Lucas 100% on every change.

Originally posted by: marioxb
But I do love every version of Star Wars out there, the newer the better.


You sure are enthusiastic about the changes Lucas keeps making to the trilogy for someone who professes to not even notice 99% of them.

mario in '77: "Hell yeah! Did you just see that? Han just smoked Greedo before Greedo even knew what was coming! Then he flips a coin to the bartender and walks away like a badass! Great scene!"

mario in '97: "Yes!! Greedo shot and missed Han from point blank range, and only then did Han shoot back! Clearly, this is THE way this scene was meant to be shot. Brilliant!"

mario in '05: "Awesome! Greedo and Han shot each other simultaneously, and Greedo missed while Han's shot found it's target! Can you imagine this scene playing out any better? I sure as hell couldn't! Fantastic stuff! This is how it was always meant to go down!" <High-fives friend>

mario in '07: "Dude, did you see where Han beat Greedo in rock-paper-scissors in the cantina? So perfect! Looking back, I can't imagine that scene any other way. Just standard Lucas genius, baby!"
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#178655
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I actually prefer the DVDs and can't wait for more edits, seriously.
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Originally posted by: marioxbThe versions that are out now (unofficial)...should be good enough. It is for me.


Being that you consider the originals to be "inferior" versions of the film, your opinion of what "should be good enough" for fans desiring a legit remastered official DVD release of the O-OT is completely irrelevant.
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#175873
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ROTS and the Oscars!
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This has to be embarassing for Lucas and ILM. The original films swept the Oscars (admittedly against lesser competition), while the prequels were completely shut out by more deserving films. Even six (and three) years later, it's hard to argue against the fact that the Matrix features superior visual effects than Episode I did...likewise with Two Towers and Episode II. The fact that Episode III wasn't even nominated is the final insult, but again, the three nominees were probably more deserving anyway.

To me, Lucas and Co. all too often tried to bite off more than they could chew (let's face it, the '99 Jar-Jar experiment was disastrous for a character that needed to be photorealistic) or simply were too lazy and derelict to realize they were foisting visual crap up on the screen (see Yoda in TPM). Deficiencies in visual effects can be glossed over when the story is good; unfortunately, in the case of the prequels, we were subject to some pretty vapid tales. The visual effects became probably THE biggest draw, and so the mistakes and limitations get magnified.

Years ago Lucas was the alpha and omega of special effects movie producers, and there wasn't really even a second place. But other studios learned fast, while Lucas lost complete track of what's important, believable, and even possible in terms of visual effects (to say nothing of the story). The prequels should have been the modern benchmarks for all effects-heavy movies in years to come. Instead they are a somewhat disappointing collection of visual hits and misses.

The snub is justified.
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#170537
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I don't care one bit about the fate of prequel characters
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Originally posted by: AdamwankenobiBut still, none of us saw ROTS through the eyes of someone who had only previously seen TPM and AOTC. I'm curious to see how that would turn out. I'm not entirely convinced that they wouldn't care about the characters.


I realize this is anecdotal stuff, but I have a friend whose 4 year old son has gone crazy for Star Wars. His father decided he wasn't going to "ruin" the prequels for him, so he just let the kid decide for himself what he enjoyed about the Star Wars universe. He bought him all of the movies and left him alone about it.

To make a long story short, this 4 year old kid, for whatever reason, is disinterested in the prequels. He buys all of the original trilogy action figures, watches Episodes IV-VI constantly, and always goes on and on about the adventures of Luke, Han, and Leia. He gets bored watching the prequels and often stops the DVD player midway through to pop in one of the original films again.

The point of this story is that people love good movies, young or old. I think the notion is overplayed that the prequels are viewed differently because haven't been given a fair shake by curmudgeonly old fans of the originals. I'd be surprised if young fans of the prequels carry on their love of the movies into their twenties, thirties, and forties the way that OT fans have all these years after IV, V, and VI were released. Indeed, I think the young fans will grow disinterested in the prequels in a few years (if they haven't already), and if they really are given the choice between the prequels and OOT, they will prefer the OOT.

Just my $0.02.
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#170385
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I don't care one bit about the fate of prequel characters
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Originally posted by: CO
So, my biggest failing and why Lucas failed for me is at the end of ROTS, I should have been more emotional when the characters we followed for 3 movies all went south. Mace flew out of a window, ahh, I didn't really care, but he is still great in Pulp Fiction. The jedi were getting extinguished in Order 66, which was actually done well in the montage, but did I really know any of those jedi except the conehead guy? Padme loses the will to live? Wasn't she this strong willed women who just gave birth? And finally Anakin laying there legless burning up, I should have been in tears, and I was like thank god, put him out of his misery Kenobi! Kenobi was the only who really tugged at me at the end when he was yelling at Anakin, "You were my brother, Anakin." "You were the chosen one!" That gave me goosebumps, because Kenobi was the one true character you follow for three movies, and there no contradictory character hicups like that senator who lost the will to live. Kenobi was the one real character to me in the PT.

So again, I am not criticizing anyone for getting emotional in ROTS, to each his own, but for me Lucas failed cause there were some heavy moments at the end of ROTS that should have moved me, and unfortunately they didn't.

That to me is the biggest failure of the PT, in the end it is always about the characters.


Carbon Monoxide speaks the truth. Well put.
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#170183
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I don't care one bit about the fate of prequel characters
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Somehow Lucas milked every second of performance out of the likes of Porkins and Biggs in ANH back in 1977, to the point where you're actually torn up about their violent deaths even though you've only known them for a couple of hectic minutes.

I'm watching "Revenge of the Sith" tonight on PPV for the second time (I also watched it on opening night). Lucas had three films to nurture our respect and admiration for the Jedi. And yet as they're being offed by Anakin et. al., I can't manage anything more than an emotional shrug. After three films I honestly still don't care about these characters.