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#1505428
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If you had to make at least one SE change
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In fact the only problem i have with Star Wars is the cardboard cutout scene in the Throne Room, the Speeder shot. And the lack of a definitive multi track mix with all the added changes from the mono mix. And the misaligned rotoscope on lightsabers. The Garbage Mattes. I’d remove or fix those. But not have Greedo shoot at all. I’d leave all the grain that was on the negative intact, not adding or removing anything. Not trying to make it into a new movie for today. I’d eschew almost all cgi.

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#1505425
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how did you react to the Yoda Reveal?
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I remember being convinced that the little Muppet was the Jedi Master because i was familiar with fairy tales. Luke was being tested. It was far too obvious. Lucas is many things but subtle isn’t one of them. But still it was clever and Frank Oz did it so masterfully you almost believe he is a real living breathing being. Mark Hamill is a good part of that as well though, because if he didn’t sell it in his performance it would have fallen all apart. With one of the very best scores every written for film, and one of Williams finest achievements.

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#1505402
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The Unpopular Film, TV, Music, Art, Books, Comics, Games, & Technology Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)
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I enjoyed season 1 of Picard except for the unoriginal Mass Effect plot, and him dying and becoming a robot. Season 2 on the other hand is really bad fanfiction. I have no idea how they thought this was a good story or worth 10 episodes to tell. The only good is the actresses ability to overcome the bad plot they’ve been given. And the female roles all shine and are wonderful. But Picard is a jumbled mess and basically unrecognizable. And its the furthest thing from Star Trek, that is why i call it fanfiction its decent as any other show but it isn’t Star Trek.

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#1504370
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One thing you wish were still canon
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You mean like adventure stories in the Star Wars universe. Because Daley’s Han Solo almost had the flavor of Indiana Jones, pulp comics or film serials. And the novels while a trilogy are loosely connected one offs.

Or the sillier side of the original Marvel like Jaxxon, and the 8 for aduba-3. I kind of enjoy that and the Lumiya comics that came after ROTJ, except for the hiromi.

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#1503876
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Last movie seen
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Moonfall. Plot made no sense. Conspiracy Theory Nonsense. Effects were nothing spectacular. I’ve liked some of Emmerich’s dumb movies but this one was wide off the mark, it wasn’t that entertaining either.

Halle Berry was likable as the astronaut/ acting NASA boss, but even she couldn’t save this piece of crap.

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#1503080
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Re-evaluating Revenge of the Sith
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Its not a great movie but it works in places. The cgi cartoon stuff is really bad though. And the lightsaber duel is inexcusably of poor quality. I think the Palpatine and Anakin scenes work well, the problem is Anakin’s motivation for doing all these really bad things makes no sense, if we are to believe he is this good person and then 5 minutes later he is killing younglings. I wanted a slow seduction to evil. Learn the darkside to save Padme from dying just doesn’t work for me. Especially when by choking her he probably killed her, Anakin most likely was responsible for her death. It makes no sense.

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#1503077
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Last movie seen
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I didn’t like the Gatsby remake. But then again the original has nothing on the novel, even if it has Redford.

I haven’t seen Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet in so long i forget it beyond Leo being in it.

I never finished Moulin Rouge and i like Kidman and McGregor. It was just so bizarre and the opening was too confusing.

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#1503074
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Is 4k worth the upgrade???
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Gemini Man was shot digitally. There never was any film grain to begin with. It always looked fake. It looks flat because it was shot on the Arri Alexa. Its a not a movie filmed on movie film and released in 4K, its not a good comparison.
It looks clean because that is the style the director was going for. Almost dreamlike. With Will Smith versus his cgi double, De-aged. For me the story worked, i really liked the movie, but zero verisimilitude because of the way it was shot. Also being shot at high frame rate might have killed it like the Hobbit making it look like video.

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#1503015
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The Star Wars canon saga as only the OT?
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I don’t know there are different Star Wars universes for me at least. There is the 77 film, radio play, Daley and Foster novels and original marvel comics and newspaper strips from Manning. Pre Empire. A vast universe which could unfold and be anything of serialized adventure. And there is the OT universe pre prequel and EU.

Then there is the Lucas Saga verse where the originals never happened, and only 1-6 and Filoni Clone Wars is valid. The EU is fanfiction and only exists to be a part of the licensing arm of Lucasfilm. Purely for profit. None of it is canon.

Then there is the Disney Star Wars universe which includes the Rey Palpatine Saga, and everything else that has happened under their banner. Which includes the revisioned Lucas Saga + Filoni/Favreau, but not George Lucas sequels which never got beyond a treatment and which they didn’t waste further time or money developing.

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#1503013
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Star Trek: The Original Series preservation (a WIP)
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AdmiralWasabi10191 said:

JadedSkywalker said:

Where resolution is concerned i think 2K is the sweet spot they’ve decided on for Star Trek television and 4K for the films. Although only the Kelvin films and The Wrath of Khan have 4k masters, and Deep Space Nine And Voyager haven’t been scanned in 2k yet. Enterprise is close enough with 1080P filmout tapes.

I cannot see them going back and doing TOS again in 4K.

Has anyone listened to the analog audio off the US discs yet, analog audio can be quite good.

I’m tempted to get some of the episodes on Laserdisc just to listen to them.

The recent 4K and BD releases of the remastered The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home all appear to be stellar. Future sets along with The Motion Picture - The Director’s Edition remastered in 4K are more than eventual and the latter is currently being worked upon.

The Roddenberry Vault BD release uses AVC instead of VC-1 which was used on the TOS BD Season sets. The former only has episodes culled from Seasons 1 and 2, none from 3. Would have been nice to see further volumes but perhaps Paramount nixed the idea. The aforementioned Roddenberry Vault has far better compression for the episodes included compared to the Season sets. All of the episodes in both the Season Sets on BD and The Roddenberry Vault are the original broadcast versions and not syndicated as many prior releases were. Of course it has the revised/“updated” effects via seamless branching.
The Dolby Digital Mono tracks on both BD releases are unfortunately low bitrate instead of PCM, which is most likely on Laserdisc. The Season Sets on BD are unfortunately presented in broadcast order instead of production order.

I wasn’t aware that they were going to remaster films 1, 3-6. The TNG films etc. Or that Strange New Worlds would be shot in 4K and have a 4K DI. Even though there are no plans for an HDR UHD release at this point. So the TV shows are now being produced in 4K or one is. They still have no plans for Discovery or Picard 4K disc releases. Which mostly would be upscaled. Also Tos and TNG are never going to be 4K remastered, and Voyager and Deep Space Nine will remain in sub DVD quality. There is never going to be a 2k remastering. As for the films 1-6 stellar releases. But no original stereo audio. Two steps forward and one back. At least they got rid of the revisionist lowry color timing, most of the DVNR. and the fake sharpening which was applied to the 2009 blu releases. I mean on the theatrical only. The directors is a different story. They redid the color cast and dvnr’ed the crap out of it. Its a Lucasized version. But at least you can get the original which is great.

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#1502628
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Last movie seen
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Elvis 2022. Austin Butler is brilliant. The movie is rambling and incoherent and Tom Hanks honestly seems miscast. Poorly edited in places. It rushes through Elvis life way too fast. Its a good movie in places. Maybe. Not sure if i liked it all that much. 2 and a half stars, maybe 3. Way overhyped.

Top Gun Maverick. I liked it. Its not a great movie though its severely overhyped. Its a B effort. Very competent. But the least impressive of all the films of Kosinski. Yet its his one hit of his career. I thought Oblivion and Tron Legacy where much more visually impressive. Of course they were science fiction, Top Gun is boilerplate by the numbers action movie. It was fun in places. But it never really goes anywhere beyond a nostalgic trip for old school 80s action movies.

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#1500946
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Re-evaluating Revenge of the Sith
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Even though it was retconned. I still think Sifo Dyas was Palpatine. Sido Dyas. Sidious. Posing as a Jedi. It makes far more sense than what the Clone Wars story came up with. The Jedi never authorized a Clone Army. The Kaminoans never verified the Jedi contacts story. Only waited for someone to eventually show up for their delivery to the Republic.

Jango must know Dooku is Tyrannus but its never specified he does. He could have been lying to OBI-Wan.

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#1500940
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Icons Unearthed - new 6 part documentary on the OT (VICE)
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To me the most interesting part was Lucas needing a whole new team for the prequels he brought over from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. I would love to read a book on the making of Young Indy, or even watch a documentary.

So little is known of Rick McCallum as well. He is kind of an enigma. It was nice to hear of Marcia’s contributions and Howard Kazanjian’s. I didn’t like how they barely mentioned Kurtz and only in a negative light. I had no idea Marquand’s cut of ROTJ was so bad it was unreleasable and had to be reshot in places and reedited.