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JadedSkywalker

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#1376837
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2020 Blu Rays - are they worth it?
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I cannot speak to the what is happening on Amazon UK but import releases make their way to Amazon US all the time. Even region B releases incapable of being played on a player in the US.
I think the Star Wars discs are region free or something, The Zavvi discs. Or why would people in North America be importing them? I’m speaking of the 4K steelbook releases.

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#1376642
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Luke in the Desert - Star Wars Deleted Scene - Restored (Released)
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I see you used the radio drama for the dialog. Not sure if it works because the sync of Luke’s moving lips doesn’t match. But what can you do? The deleted scene was silent because they never bothered to have Mark Hamill come back into the studio and do some voice recording over the scene. The clip was deleted early in the process even the Special effects are temporary.

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#1376623
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Info Wanted: Buck Rogers In The 25th Century - HD Widescreen Theatrical Cut?
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On Laserdiscs where there are dropouts and the sound sounds like bacon crisping in a pan, you cannot really do anything can you?

Years ago i tried to capture a rotted title and even with software i couldn’t restore the sound even with filling in gaps from another source.

It simply was easier to get the VHS or DVD counterpart and use the audio from those.

I still hope you can find a solution on how to capture the DiscoVision audio.

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#1376622
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What's the deal with this fandom?
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The youtube stuff is primarily for clicks and profit, marshaling hate for money. I don’t even think its about fans who love star wars and have a disagreement where the franchise is going anymore. They never focus on what they love about the movies. You don’t like Disney Star Wars, fine then enjoy the past movies and novels and video games and comics.

If you don’t like a movie you simply don’t watch it plain and simple.

What did fans do who disliked the Prequels they walked away from the franchise. Only a small minority spent years telling Lucas he ruined their childhood.

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#1376239
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How many good third movies in a trilogy can you name?
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I think Back to the Future III is a good one. II was never really that good, but i liked the whole tangent universe. As a concept it was cool in execution not so good. The whole revisiting the first movie within the second never really worked.I still like it though but as sequels go its kind of weak.

So many movie series where all i really need is the first film. Back to the Future is one of them, Terminator and Alien are others, and then there is Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws, and Jurassic Park. Also the Original Predator. And none of its sequels.

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#1376238
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Popularity of the Original Trilogy enhanced by Prequels?
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I couldn’t give away my Star Wars #1 after Phantom Menace premiered. I bought it for 60 during the early 1990s and after 1999 they wouldn’t give me more than 25 for it. I haven’t gotten it graded i’d say its maybe a 4 or 4.5, Its still only worth 60 bucks.

The sale of Lucasfilm to Disney has inflated the asking prices for a lot of things just because its Disney.

But the actual value of said merchandise hasn’t gone up. Except maybe if you are dealing in rare scripts, documents or props. Or vintage toys.

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#1376233
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Prequels or Sequels; Which do you prefer - and why?
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I think the Clone Wars animated series redeemed the prequels in a lot of ways. But its not to everyone’s taste.
There isn’t an animated sequel or Disney plus show to redeem the sequel trilogy, at least in the eyes of the fans. I’ve already said that i liked all the Disney Lucasfilm shows and movies except for Last Jedi. And that is sort of a mixed bag for me. A lot to like and a lot to dislike.
Over all Disney has a better track record than Lucas did post Return of the Jedi.

Honestly i also really enjoyed Rebels. the only show that was a miss was resistence but was starting to finally get interesting before it got the axe. The comic books were or are good for both the prequels and sequels. The video games etc.

Honestly the biggest miss for me is the new Disney Canon novels by Del Rey, other than Lost Stars and Bloodline they are bad, in my opinion. Zahn’s Thrawn books are dreadfully boring, and political. I tried reading Thrawn Treason and i put it down to never pick it up again.

The New Marvel Comics stuff was mostly good. But there are too many titles and a lot of filler.

What does any of this to do with the movies. I see Star Wars as a multi media franchise not exclusive just to movies. I like aspects of both the prequels and sequels but the sequel trilogy has the edge. And honestly i only like 2 of the films of either trilogy when i think of it. Attack of the Clones and Last Jedi are the weakest entries in the entire Saga.

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#1376232
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Star Trek Deep Space Nine - NTSC DVD Restoration & 1080p HD Enhancement (Emissary Released)
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Not to derail the thread but i wasn’t aware there was a good source for Babylon 5. The DVD is fake widescreen and you cannot find the original 4:3 ratio version on DVD.

And with frame blending due to the special effects you cannot restore 24 fps.

As for SG1 i hope you use the uncut pilot film and not the censored directors cut version.

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#1376080
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Modern SE Revisionism
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Even if they were allowed how would they show the original for a re-release for the 40TH anniversary.

It was never restored. It is all well and good to dig up a print and show it. But Lucasfilm never bothered to restore the theatrical cuts of the films.

People talk all the time about the films not being available on home video, but they are not available for theatrical distribution either. It was a huge oversight on Lucas part to not restore the originals, it was a deliberate oversight.

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#1376073
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Info Wanted: Are there any 1997 Special Edition 4K Scans available?
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The one i downloaded has black bars on all sides . I thought it rather strange to be honest. Not sure if i screwed something up. It won’t display in 16:9 i have to watch it full frame to get the image to fit my laptop.

It was really strange like a letterboxed edition. I haven’t seen anything like that since the Gout DVDs.

The picture quality is much better than the Reivex or however it was spelled.

Maybe VLC Is the problem as to why it won’t display like an anamorphic film.

I like that it has 3 audio selections. The Laserdisc audio, DTS theatrical or optical audio from the print.

Edit: looks like it was just VLC its doing the same thing for 16mm Empire Strikes back.

I’m really going to have to get another software but MPC is no longer updated.

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#1375454
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If you had to keep one SE change…?
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Fixing the Landspeeder shot which i also agree with Lucas on, but none of the other changes. Beyond restoring the sound and picture. Or removing garbage mattes or matte lines.

I think they went too far with some of the re-composited effects. And i dislike that they zoomed in the picture in Empire Strikes Back on the Millennium Falcon. Fixing the disappearing Snow Speeder was fine though. The transparency was always horrible.

Or when they fixed the shot of Luke swinging at Palpatine in Return of the Jedi that also was a good change. Misaligned rotoscope on lightsabers is forgivable because it is not revisionist imho.

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#1375282
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George Lucas' Special Edition plans
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They really meant it in 1995 that it would be the last time to own the pre 1997 trilogy, up until the bootleg market forced them to include letterbox transfers on the 2006 DVD set. All 3 were the same 1993 scan. The so called original versions. Kershner basically gave his consent to the 1997 edit of Empire. Marquand wasn’t alive to do so. If Lucas was going to do cgi cartoon versions of the films, why would he stop at one movie.
The problem is burying and suppressing the originals.

They haven’t done a new restoration of the OT ever. They telecined a print in 1992 to d1 tape. And have done nothing since. Lucas didn’t want to spend a dime on restoring the original version. He wanted to basically remake the films from the ground up as he always envisioned them. Without totally reshooting the entire trilogy.

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#1374307
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The Rise Of Skywalker - Abrams' Vision or Executive Meddling?
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I don’t concur. I liked Rise of Skywalker and Force Awakens. And i liked the 2 Abrams Star Trek films.

I will admit he has a weakness with pacing in his films. Uses too much lens flare and shaky cam, and is very bad at dialog and exposition. But the action is always fast paced and exciting and engaging.

I don’t think its his fault Star Wars is kind of played out. There is only so many times you can return to the same characters and situations and keep them interesting.

The one character i wanted to see more of was Luke. They did next to nothing with him. I mean after 35 years that was it? I welcomed the retcon in ROS but it was too little too late. He was finally our Luke again, but a mere cameo and force ghost.

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#1374011
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Would it not be amazing if we got a Darth Vader movie directed by Christopher Nolan?
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Nolan would never direct Star Wars for the same reason he will never direct a James Bond film. EON and Lucasfilm would never cede control. Every decision he made would have to be approved by committee or based on some sort of decision based on the brand and marketing. Plus its George Lucas story and arena and he wouldn’t want to do someone else’s story. The Dark Knight trilogy was different because not only did Warner’s allow him to do his own thing, but it was a different adaptation of Batman. He wasn’t told to continue Schumacher, or Burton. Its also a project he was passionate about being a fan of the Batman comics, he went out on a limb and pitched it to the studio. I just don’t see him being that interested about Star wars. Also he was able to have free reign because Batman and Robin tarnished and ruined the brand. So anything that was not absolute trash was an improvement leading to the success of Batman Begins.

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#1374001
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All Things Star Trek
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How were they able to get around the CBS fanfilm guidelines. That state a film has to be a certain length and cannot use trademarked materials or things which are copyright to them.

I mean the film opens with the music from the Wrath of Khan,lol. And Nichelle Nichols narrates the opening. An actress who has worked on official Star Trek.