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#1364706
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I just attended a screening of The Empire Strikes Back SE at my local theater
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Why would they show the 2011 edit and not the 2020 4K version, or better yet a 1997 print or the original?
In the middle of Covid i don’t think i would even go to the theater to see the original Empire Strikes Back on 35mm. It would be risky to the point of insanity to be packed into a theater with so many people. Masks or no masks, distancing or not.

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#1364704
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A '<strong>Rumour and News</strong>' thread for reported new Star Wars films and tv series
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I think it is great news. Lando in Solo if nothing else was well cast, and Glover was great.
I still cannot get over them miscasting Han Solo though, it ruined the film for me. I kept comparing Alden to Harrison as unfair as that is. The end of Solo was very good though and i still think i would watch a sequel if Han became the Han we know.

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#1364397
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Anyone else think Empire Strikes Back's Special Edition is actually better than the Theatrical Cut?
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I hate the New Emperor scene. I hate alert my star destroyer to prepare for my arrival. I hate the new sound mix, i hate the muddy colors and wrong color for Vader’s lightsaber. Everything since 2004 just gets worse all the time. Even the New Boba Fett voice sounds like they got Temuera on the telephone and recorded his new lines, reading them in a bad way. I know he can do better. That voice over was literally phoned in.

With 4K80 i hope things will finally be set right.

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#1364385
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'Star Wars: <strong>The High Republic</strong>' era publishing project (was aka 'Project Luminous')
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Despite hating the term High Republic i much prefer old republic. They should be making these as films.

I mean isn’t that kind of what the game of thrones guys were going to do before they quit their trilogy.
Iain McCaig and Doug Chiang should be working on new films, way too talented to be storyboarding or doing concept arts for novels and comic books.

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#1364383
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Prequels or Sequels; Which do you prefer - and why?
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I think the prequels are a good story poorly executed. And the sequels are a bad story produced excellently in terms of cinematography and visuals. Well not so much bad as rehash and derivative. Only made to make money. When there is no story after Return of the Jedi. They could have had Luke do something interesting or really have gone far out. instead they sort of remade the originals with a new cast and the old cast as poorly managed cameos. All the characters who could have been given a good arc whether Kylo, Rey or Finn, or even Poe were sacrificed so they could shove 9 years of film into a 5 or 6 year window. There was no outline, JJ and Rian didn’t work together on a single cohesive vision at all.

I also think both had great actors who were not used to their full potential.
What do i know though i enjoyed all the films and had a good time watching them except for the Last Jedi. Which i praise for Mark Hamill’s acting, the score and cinematography. Not for the pacing, editing or direction.
With a couple changes the film would be pretty darn good though. I never objected to a dark turn for Luke. It is just poorly built up as a story and the resolution is nonexistent. And never mind wasting 40 minutes on some Casino Planet sidequest. Put Luke on Crait to physically confront Kylo Ren and the first order and cut the casino thing and it is an infinitely better film.

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#1364253
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Star Trek Deep Space Nine - NTSC DVD Restoration &amp; 1080p HD Enhancement (Emissary Released)
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How good is the quality of the Official DVD’s? I watched the marathon on BBC America which was just standard def video in an HD container. And the first 3 or so seasons looked worse than my old tapes which i no longer have. When i watch TOS or TNG i only ever watch the version restored from film which was scanned in 2K and is in 1080P on home video.

I want to watch DS9 and Voyager in real HD. CBS has no intention of doing so. I’ve seen some nice upscale samples but they always look digital and don’t look like film. It is sad most of Star Trek is barely even DVD quality. Voyager and DS9 are well below even DVD standards. I doubt there is even 480P in those old broadcast tapes. Probably at best 240 lines of resolution. Fit for VHS only.

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#1364251
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Jason And The Argonauts - Criterion Preservation (Released)
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There was a UK disc from 1994. It does not show up for sale that often. It had production stills. There is no info on LDDB about an isolated score. But there is information that there is an error in the soundtrack.
It was from Encore Entertainment and is of course in Pal format.
It was also in CAV format and digital sound with the mono soundtrack.

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#1364249
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What are you reading?
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The Making of Star Trek the Wrath of Khan. By Allan Asherman. I wish someone would write a new making of book with all the available information that now exists. Or maybe even the deleted scenes and workprint being officially released by Paramount. The book is okay for its time. I guess i’ve been spoiled by the Rinzler books for the Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones. And now i want books like those for Star Trek and James Bond film series.

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#1364248
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh, and who or what were the Whills?
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I don’t even think George knew was a Whill was. He was going to tell us in his sequels. Now those are never going to happen, those Midichlorian Star Wars sequels he wanted to do.

There was this whole deleted sequence in the prequels where the Whills helped the Jedi preserve themselves in the force. From what i read Liam turned down episode III and that was never shot. Something to do with Yoda and Obi Wan learning how to not only preserve their identity in the force like Qui Gon as a disembodied voice, but to physically manifest themselves.

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#1363728
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Info: Mono soundtracks that were butchered with 5.1 remixes in later releases
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You can get the Drama album much easier on Record. The CD is impossible to find. As the record is in Japanese there is little benefit for me to buy it as i only understand English sans subtitles. When i can just enjoy the soundtrack instead without the dialog or sound effects. Not the only anime film for there to be an audio drama version or complete dialog and effects on a vinyl record or CD. Some of the Space Battleship Yamato films got that treatment. Even the English version Space Cruiser Yamato is available on Vinyl if not the complete film.

All of the Nausicaa Vinyl releases were reissued except for the drama album. But you can still buy it from Japan if you really want the expense.

I just found that the Mono Mix for Bullitt is available on a Japanese Laserdisc, and Dirty Harry is available on a first issue US disc in Mono. So all i need to do is buy those for my collection. Found out a Fistful of Dollars was released in 2018 on Blu Ray with the mono audio i wanted for a long time. So at least i don’t have to get the Laserdisc for that.

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#1363726
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Is the 1997 Special Edition important?
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I saw them in high school so they have a certain nostalgia, though i find nearly every single change objectionable. Except for restoring the picture, removing matte lines and expanding and restoring the sound of the films for multi track digital audio. I’m sympathetic to fixing the Landspeeder shot, but very little beyond that. The dinosaurs in the city are a joke. The quasi videogamey 90’s effects don’t hold up one bit.
The Jabba scene relays the same exact information as the Greedo scene. Preserve it for those who want the 1997 cut. I also want the original version of Phantom Menace so i can finally retire my Laserdisc.

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#1363724
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Star Wars Scores and Releases - a general discussion thread
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As a collector i was thinking of getting the vinyl releases of the sequel trilogy. But not sure if that is worth it or if i should just get the CD issues because they are cheaper.

The score for Force Awakens had a couple of nice tracks and i liked the score for Last Jedi a lot. Rise of Skywalker was very weak in my opinion.

I have 2 copies of the original Fox release for Star Wars, two of the RSO original LP of Empire, and a previously sealed mint Jedi. So i don’t think i need to buy the newer editions which are the same content just reissued.

The prequels i have on CD and since the Vinyl is not expanded i don’t feel compelled to own them.

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#1363722
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The problem of Owen Lars
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I know it has probably already been said a million times but before Attack of the Clones Owen Lars was actually the brother of Obi Wan Kenobi. That was what was in the novelization for Return of the Jedi. And was Lucas original relationship for the characters when he was making Return of the Jedi.

Like Leia’s mom living long enough for her to remember her. The original concept was different that what ended up in the prequels.

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#1363720
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A '<strong>Rumour and News</strong>' thread for reported new Star Wars films and tv series
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The rumor about a Lucas cut of Rise of Skywalker is absolute nonsense.

I have watched the making of Rise of Skywalker and GL was never involved in production or post production.

I don’t even know why certain youtube personalities persist in these, even when basic knowledge of Lucasfilm and how movies are made is available to them.

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#1363421
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All Things Star Trek
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Does anyone else think there will ever be another Star Trek film? the JJ Series is obviously dead. I wish the 4th reboot movie would have happened. But Star Trek Beyond did not make the money they wanted.
I wanted to see the new Enterprise A on the new 5 year mission. Sad it will never happen.
I was interested in seeing the Hawley or Tarantino films and neither of those seem to be happening either.

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#1363410
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Laser Disc theatrical editions - which one should I buy?
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The Theatrical Star Wars has never been on home video never mind Laserdisc. But i know what you mean. You mean Episode IV a New Hope the 82 Cinema release. Which is on VHS and Laserdisc.

The DVD version the gout which was released as a 4:3 letterbox transfer only had the original crawl and starfield spliced into the laserdisc master. With the 1993 remixed audio.

I like the Japan Special Collection but of course the image is placed higher up due to Japanese subtitles and is not centered on the screen, and the subtitles for Jabba on Return of the Jedi are missing.

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#1357264
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Was Star Wars ever released on home video in widescreen with the Dolby Stereo mix?
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There is no widescreen Laserdisc release with the original 35mm stereo mix from 77. Not in the US and not in Japan at least. I cannot speak for other countries. Also all widescreen tapes in the US are the 1985 mix or 1993 mix.

The original mix is on the first issued pan and scan time compressed laserdisc in Analog sound, and on the 1985 CAV release. It is on the Fox rental tape VHS and the first issue non rental tape.

It also is in digital format on a pan and scan Japanese Laserdisc.

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#1356233
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What do you LIKE about the EU?
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I liked Lost Stars and Bloodline.
And some of the new Marvel comics. But the quality varies. A lot of it is rubbish. But they are putting out a lot of material and very fast. So much so that the art quality is often mediocre. But there are some gems in there. I liked the old EU and Dark Horse comics more. But i’m not kidding myself into thinking all of it was great. After all it was tie in fiction.

I liked Tom Veitch Tales of the Jedi contributions to the old EU more than what became of the series after Kevin Anderson took it over.i really love Dark Empire despite people hating it. Although Luke and Ulic’s stories are too similar. The same descent into the heart of darkness to conquer the dark side from within.

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#1356232
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Is it Lucas, or Fox, who has prevented the restored OOT release?
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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.
I take him at his word when he said he never had any intention of the Original ever being made available again. He said it in the press and it is documented.