‘In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, I Was Almost Anakin Skywalker | ‘Almost Famous’ by Op-Docs’
^ a 17 minute documentary video - at The New York Times youtube channel.
I hope that the new Obi-Wan series can build up more of the mythology of how the Tatooine slave Anakin Skywalker became a renowned Jedi Knight. All that stuff Rey said about Luke Skywalker being a myth should have been applied to Anakin instead.
Lucas really should have followed through on Anakin’s premonition that he dreamed he was a Jedi and freed all of the slaves of Tatooine. His status as a slave child turned champion of oppressed makes him a fast legend amongst the galaxy. He later begins to sense his mother is suffering, previously thinking she was safe now being the wife of a moisture farmer.
Despite protests from Obi-Wan not to be distracted with such feelings, Anakin personally reaches out to find out what’s wrong. He learns that she was kidnapped by Tusken Raiders and dies before he can save her.
This fills Anakin, for the first time, with GREAT VENGEANCE AND FURIOUS ANGER as he lets the Sand People know his name is THE LORD when he LAYS HIS VENGEANCE UPON YE! He later suffers guilt when he realizes that had he not freed the slaves, perhaps his mother would not be dead now.
And THAT is your true path to The Dark Side.
Now if I could just easily justify how Leia leapt at the mention of “Ben Kenobi,” not the “General Obi-Wan Kenobi” she addressed in her message.
- Why was Luke allowed to keep the last name “Skywalker” if he was supposed to be in hiding? Perhaps Anakin’s victory in the Boonta Eve podrace became something of a local legend, and so it became fairly common for human residents of Tatooine to adopt the name, meaning nobody would suspect Luke was actually a Skywalker.
My headcanon is that Luke didn’t know his real last name until Obi-Wan told him and the first time he used it was when he stated “I’m Luke Skywalker, I’m here to rescue you.”
Looks great! I have a few questions:
Is “The Miracle in Human Brain” available outside of a clip from YouTube? I’ve been wondering about that footage for years now.
Also, would you consider doing a version of this that has no color correction? I feel like there’s a lot of definition lost when the picture is greatly altered.
Password to the trailer?
Thanks for the speedy replies! Practical effects are so cool… Kamdan, do you happen to remember if the exhibit was at the Smithsonian? I remember seeing that it was on display at a Smithsonian exhibit but I wasn’t sure if it was a replica.
It was part of the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination tour.
I saw the model in person at a Star Wars exhibit what was probably now a decade ago. It was indeed bigger than the Star Destroyer that dwarfed it in the movie. I also believe it was bigger and more detailed since it was the original Millennium Falcon. I happened to see both of the Kenner Collector Fleet versions of the ships at a sell it on eBay store window. I should go back and see what they’re asking for them.
A few ideas I’ve had over the years include having Bail Organa sent to negotiate with the Trade Federation and Obi-Wan Kenobi appear as his aide but revealed to be his Jedi bodyguard once they are attempted to be killed. It also would have been fun to have introduce C-3PO as the protocol droid instead of TC-14 and he could have served as the comic relief instead of Jar Jar.
It’s getting annoying that everyone says Han’s original line was, “I love you, too.” That’s not it! The line was originally, “Remember that, because I’ll be back.”
The Final Cut material I’ve seen has been interesting, but it makes it look more and more Superman Returns than maintaining the look of the original.
The new 4K remastered badly botched the shot of Superman flying towards the air after the pimp says he has a nice outfit.
Anyone on here behind these fixes?
Has anyone made an edit of the Blu-ray’s theatrical cut with the 4K’s 5.1 theatrical sound? The video transfer for the 4K version sucked and the only perk was getting the original sound in 5.1 instead of 2.0.
I noticed that one shot of Obi-Wan’s saber in A New Hope was fixed so that it doesn’t look like a stick anymore.
Someone was saying that the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare was intact.
The part where the capsule hits the floor and bursts into smoke happens earlier in the film when Batman escapes from Axis Chemicals, not the museum.
I wish someone had a 35mm print of Batman ‘89 and Batman Returns to share. The Reeve Superman films have been treated mostly well with their Blu-ray transfers. Hoping next year we get new 4K transfers of the Batman films.
The Complete Novel is seen as a novelty style release and not a “Lucas-y” replacement. Coppola allowed the release of theatrical version of Apocalypse Now, so he’s above that type of thinking. The reason there’s a HD master is because when the film plays on television, they will have the original theatrical version instead of an extended version. The same can be said for other Warner releases like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Woodstock and JFK. All of these are available for streaming in both their theatrical and extended versions to stream.
Replacing the Warners logo is about the only noble thing you’d have to do, since the Blu-ray edition of the film screwed up having the modern logo, despite Coppola’s original commentary stating it’s the Saul Bass logo.
You wasted your time. The theatrical cut is available in HD to stream.
This is a pretty monumental moment, since George likes to keep a close lid on Marcia’s involvement with the series, despite being the only Lucas to ever win an Academy Award for Star Wars. Nice to hear her voice for once and see her personality. If she was good at pointing out “Where’s Marion?” imagine what she could have contributed to the prequels. Hope she can conduct a more thorough interview in the future. Want to hear her opinion on the Special Editions.
Anyone else wish that the Blue helmeted pilots were replaced with red ones, like they were in A New Hope?
I believe Ben Burtt’s name was misspelled in the end credits as “Benn Burtt.”
Also, there was “1-800-PHONEY-THX,” but I guess that’s a joke.
Another print of Batman is up for grabs. Anyone here buying it and transferring it?
Where did you source your 4X3 footage from?