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#1451334
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Unpopular Opinion Thread
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I think the story works within the context of the film. The one thing i had a problem with was Luke trying to kill Ben in his sleep, he would never do that. It was out of character. I also agree with Mark Hamill that Luke would’ve never given up.

Throwing away the lightsaber makes perfect sense though it is rejecting the call to adventure. It could have been handled differently sure, he could have just handed it back to Rey. This is a weapon for a Jedi, i’m no Jedi. Or even he had forsaken violence and would never take up the sword again.

I think Rian had a story to tell and he could tell it the only way he knew. And he is correct in saying it is about the story. Not the fans. Lucas would have done the same thing. The story has to thrive organically and have its own beats. Rian fits right into the auteur theory of directors, while JJ has a checklist of cool visuals and throw away fan service junk storytelling. The film by copy paste boardroom of executives. Assembly line filmaking and total lack of vision and creativity. He put Luke on an island because he had the total inability to figure out how to include him with Rey and the new cast. At least Rian gave Luke a story purpose even if you disagree with some of its arc or if it even made sense.

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#1449680
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RocketJump's Video on Star Wars &quot;being saved in the edit&quot; is Literally a Lie <em>(*no, it is not)</em>
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Of course he wrote it and Luke is George. Like Terry the Toad in Graffiti and Milner, and Curt were all aspects of him. It was his imagination that was up there on screen in Star Wars.

But it is true the editors and Lucas himself was one of them, saved that film. And John Williams score and ILM finally bringing it all together.

There is a lot of trying to discredit him these days due to the prequels. Like he never was on top of the world and never was a great director, writer or producer. Like those original Star Wars films were accidental. And not everything he had learned about making movies since film school.

It didn’t hurt that he surrounded himself with the best people and creatives and had a lot of friends who also made movies or who he went to film school with.

But maybe there is a bit of truth to the yes men stuff and not being challenged on the prequels, but when you’ve been a genius and done everything right for so long, its hard to argue even when what you are doing isn’t working or is ill advised. He was Mr Star Wars and that meant he had the final say on every single detail. Nobody else was going to figure it out it was in George’s head. The story and characters sprang from his mind.

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#1449674
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What do you think of the <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong>? - a general discussion thread
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A lot of people saw Luke’s final purpose and death in that film the same way Marcia did. But i don’t think that was Rian’s intention. You see Luke force project himself across the galaxy to save the rebellion and save his sister and his death isn’t without purpose anymore than Obi Wan’s in Star Wars.

I also don’t think Han Solo’s death is pointless he wants to see his son and touch his face, he doesn’t even raise a hand to defend himself he just lets Ben kill him. He loved his son and just wanted to bring him home.

Its true they aren’t the heroes of the sequels and they were diminished to make room for the Disney characters, but so were Artoo and Threepio. And Chewie. Not just Han, Leia, Lando and Luke.

The new trilogy is Poe, Rey and Finn’s adventures. The OT characters were the heroes of the EU forever, or at least until its cancellation. And Lucas never allowed them to kill Luke, ever.

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#1449425
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Last movie seen
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Watched Rogue One. I liked it very much. The last act is pretty good except for the Vader scene it is mindlessly stupid and you could easily edit that part out. You could just show the plans were beamed to the Tantive IV and The Devastator was in pursuit.

I’d still like to see the version with the Imperial Walkers and Jyn and Cassian running like in the trailer, and all the deleted Saw Gerrera scenes.

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#1449424
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Why Rogue One doesn't work well as a prequel to Star Wars
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Vader was playing with Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. Like a cat playing with a mouse. He could have easily have killed him, he was the far superior swordsman. Luke was impelled by his hate and reckless and got in one lucky strike of his lightsaber. Vader was corrupting him tempting him to cross over to the dark side and Luke nearly did. In the next film Return of the Jedi Luke wears all black like his father and has a machine hand just like his father. And his first act in that film is to get Revenge on Jabba and to rescue Han Solo.

Ultimately in the Throne room he makes the choice to not kill his father and throws away his lightsaber when he realizes he is turning into Vader.

The war is only won when Anakin throws Palpatine down the reactor core in a final act of defiance. Its too bad it was undone by the Rise of Skywalker.

It is an act of faith when Luke is willing to stake his life on the good in his father, he wills the spark of light within Anakin into existence with his belief, when he proudly proclaims to Palpatine i am a Jedi like my father before me. If he had been wrong wow he just would have been cooked by Palpatine’s force lightning.

As for Rogue One i liked the design esthetic and how it looked the most Star Wars of anything since Empire. The writing and directing and the shaky cam weren’t really very Star Warsy. But the soundtrack was pretty close even if it wasn’t John Williams. And it doesn’t suffer from being poorly lit like Solo. Also like Last Jedi the digital models are really good they are as good as you are going to get with cgi, the only way to get better detail would be physical models. Leia and Tarkin look like they are out of a videogame though. There is something about them that isn’t quite believable while Leia in Episode 9 was. Vader’s design was correct even down to his lenses being red like in Star Wars.

What i missed was it seemed to get to the edge of being really gritty and bold and it held back. I wanted to see more of the more rogue and dirty aspect of the rebellion, wanted to see more of Saw.

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#1449404
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What do you think of the <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong>? - a general discussion thread
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JJ really only liked the original film. He remade it as Force Awakens and swapped Luke out for Rey. Except she doesn’t destroy Starkiller base while flying an X-wing down its trench, and her Obi Wan is Han Solo and she isn’t mentored in the ways of the Jedi. She only sort of by pure grit, will and determination survives being captured. Is lucky she isn’t killed by Kylo in that duel because he was unbalanced by the killing of his father, and shot by Chewie’s bowcaster. Rey was lucky in being able to do the mind trick to escape. It takes Finn and Poe along with Rey to win the day. Not just like Han and Luke to destroy the Death Star.

Instead of the plans of the Death Star Beach Ball 8 has the map to Luke Skywalker or a part of it. Finn who just wants to escape the first order somehow gets caught up in all of this, and he has his selfish Han Solo moment when he wants to run away at Maz’s castle. But later offers to help with Starkiller base.

Last Jedi is just Luke being Yoda like but subverted he doesn’t even train Rey. Unlike Yoda who was a bit of a jerk to test Luke’s patience Luke really is the curmudgeon. Rey really teaches him.

I won’t even touch rise of skywalker its a disjointed incoherent mess.

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#1449399
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Is anyone looking forward to Lord of the Rings Deleted scenes next year?
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Is it true nothing is new beyond the cast reunion discussions at the Alamo Drafthouse? The box just includes the 4k of extended and of theatrical, blu ray copies and digital codes and a booklet. And the same old DVD bonus feature discs in standard def and Costa Botes documentary.

Oh and the original 4K was a good value because it had the theatrical and extended even if it didn’t have a bonus material and it had a digital code. The stand alone blu ray they want you to buy the extended and theatrical separately and as far as i can tell no digital codes is included. I’m still upset my Hobbit movies didn’t come with digital codes for the extended when they were advertised to have them.

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#1449167
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Your DVD Collection
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Added Star Trek 1-10 Blu-Ray box. Its the old transfers but it was under 40 dollars. Also came with digital copies so i was able to get Treks V-X digitally to supplement my digital copies of remastered Treks 1-4.

I’m probably going to get the Kelvin Timeline 4K box next. That also comes with digital copies so i’ll be able to watch all 13 Star Trek films on my Vudu.

Edit: Added Kelvin Timeline trilogy 4K. And El Hazard OVA Blu-Ray HD remaster.

Added The Suicide Squad digital.

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#1448522
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Info: Discussion on <strong>80's cartoons</strong> on DVD....bad aliasing (jaggies)!
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I’ve seen these upscales on Starz and they are very good. At least for the first season.

They could easily scan the same film masters and fill in the errors with the original broadcast tape and use the original audio to create a blu-ray release.

Rhino used original 35mm negative and some low contrast prints. They telecined them. Used DVNR to removed dirt and scratches. They backed them up to Digital Betacam. The resolution is obviously standard definition.