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Lord Phillock

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#892589
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Our Audible Star Wars Podcast Reviews
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Wow, sir! Thank you so much for daring to take the plunge and listen to some of our recordings! Really means a lot! I’m so glad you enjoyed whatever you heard. There were many times I felt I could just give up talking about some of the prequels, but I had to keep plodding on; it wasn’t always a cakewalk. Nice to know our jabber was worth the listen!

Also, you are so dangerously close to were we used to live! It’s impeccable, what are the odds? This galaxy truly is small. I wonder, have you watched any of the Star Wars films in any of the theaters we talked about?

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#887838
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Our Audible Star Wars Podcast Reviews
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Wow, thank you so much! Awesome to have some listen to it, and hopefully you found something that will pass the time faster when you need it.

We just recorded our very last “parsecs to Episode VII” episode, with of course, the review to “The Force Awakens”

I’m incredibly embarrassed to say that this thing could keep playing and you could watch “The Force Awakens” twice and have twenty minutes left over until it ends. But otherwise, if someone is really bored… listening to it isn’t that much of a waste of time since there have been surprising disagreements throughout.

And here we go. http://notpodcast.phildragash.com/64-endless-account-of-the-new-celestial-conflict/

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#880317
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Our Audible Star Wars Podcast Reviews
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Hey! Longtime OT forum member, and I felt it would be a good idea to let all of you know of a small podcast-series I and my brother have been jabbering about. It’s called “Phil and Jake in Conversation”, and is really just a means for us to talk about things that we find interesting to our friends (which is most of our listenership as of right now)
BUT we are currently going through a very elaborate “review” of all six “Star Wars” films before Episode VII shows up.

We’ve seen the Star Wars films since we were tiny children (and as a filmmaker-type myself, I consider them - as most do - big inspirations), and in our little podcast we decided to re-watch these films with the mentality that we’ve never seen them before (for the OT it’s blank-slate, but for the prequels, it’s pretending that all we know about is the OT) and then have a very elaborate talk over the story in a scene by scene basis.

Keep in mind, Jake and I don’t particularly know a lot about “Expanded Universe” stuff, and we really try to pretend we only know the films themselves. Therefore - even though we don’t enjoy the PT that much - I think you might find our reviews of the prequels a little bit different than the typical “it sucked because it sucked” fare, which is why we wanted to see it pretending we’ve only seen it for the first time.

here is the link to the episodes of our little humble podcast which has the “Star Wars” reviews on them.

If you’re not really sure about listening to a couple of nuts talk about this, here’s a small sample of some things we talk about.

for the original ‘Star Wars’ the actual review starts at 44:27 in case you don’t want to listen to anything off-topic
Phantom starts at 6:55, Empire starts at 47:52 Clones at 33:23, and Sith at 26:59

If that wasn’t completely un-listenable, we still have yet to get to “Jedi” and “Force Awakens” this month and December. I’m usually the louder one that does all the hokey impressions in these podcasts, and for the newest episode, I’m on the left.

Again, this is just a ‘two guys talking’ format, and there might be a lot of inside-jokes that might not register, but I felt that at least one or two of you might be entertained by some scene-by-scene talks over the Star Wars films. I also understand it’s a loooooooooong haul to commit to, but I think it can at least fill up a few hours during boring car/air/train travels. Hey, talking about Star Wars is fun!

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#783135
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YouTube/Vimeo/etc... Star Wars finds
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I apologize if this is the wrong place to post this, but it is a "find" in a way, but in another way it's a podcast I co-host with my brother where we talk about mostly film-topics (since I like making them) to an incredibly small audience which consists mostly of friends...

and we are currently going through a very elaborate "review" of all six "Star Wars" films before Episode VII shows up. 

I felt that I think you guys would maybe be interested in listening, if you wanted.

Even though we've seen all the films countless times over, we are going through them pretending that we've seen them for the first time ever - (but the prequels are reviewed as if we only know about the OT minus the overwhelming hype, which might lead to a bit of an interesting opinion...)

Star Wars:

the actual review starts at: 44:27 in case you don't want to listen to anything off-topic

Phantom Menace: 

starts at: 6:55

Empire Strikes Back: 

starts at: 47:52

If that wasn't completely un-listenable, we'll go through the last two prequels in August and October, and get to "Jedi"and "Force Awakens" in November and December. I'm usually the louder one that does all the hokey impressions in these podcasts.

Again, this is just a 'two guys talking' format, and there might be a lot of inside-jokes that might not register, but I felt that at least one or two might be entertained by some scene-by-scene talks over the Star Wars films. I also understand it's a loooooooooong haul to commit to, but I think it can at least fill up a few hours during boring car/air/train travels.

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#780406
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THE FORCE AWAKENS (Episode VII) Discussion *SPOILER THREAD* See OP For Trailer/Teaser Links--Trailer is out!
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buddy-x-wing said:

REAL LOCATIONS, PRACTICAL EFFECTS, PHYSICAL SETS , REAL ACTORS in Rubber suits as the creatures, every shot in that Comic-Con clip has got to be a virtual slap in the face to everything George did with the prequels.

 I like to make fun of the prequels as much as the next guy, but this sort of stuff has never been new to this film series at any point.

https://imgur.com/a/QYfpA

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#780382
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THE FORCE AWAKENS (Episode VII) Discussion *SPOILER THREAD* See OP For Trailer/Teaser Links--Trailer is out!
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I'm guessing a very few percentage of fans such as myself will be torn about the cinematography. Many shots have that "Into Darkness" teal... but some shots look absolutely "Star Wars". If only the producers hid those Roscolux 395 gels from Dan Mindel and had him study more "Empire Strikes Back" footage. 

When it's lit right, it really looks great, though.

I took the liberty of altering a frame... I'm quite astounded at how amazingly they nailed that Star Wars look with just a bit of color teal removal:

original: http://i.imgur.com/VZBafN2.jpg

alternate: http://i.imgur.com/9MIFDe6.jpg

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#725778
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Avatar: The Last Airbender - Marathon Run
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wow, thanks for replying! In light of this, I compiled a few examples demonstrating some transitions from episode to episode, and also taking out the "commercial fade-outs". I deliberately didn't mark any of them to keep the cuts less obvious, and of course, in the context of the actual marathon experience, it hopefully would be less so.

Anyway, here's a few of them from Seasons 1 to 3, and don't worry about some of the quality, that's just how I rendered it for this particular video. And don't mind the little funky looking bars on either side either.

password is: aang

https://vimeo.com/105114387

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#725569
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Avatar: The Last Airbender - Marathon Run
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hey all! I used to make a few fan edits in the past and showed them in this forum (way in the past, 2006 to start with), and after "Legend of Korra" came out in 2012, I decided to revisit the show "Avatar the Last Airbender"; since it's really a giant story-arc, and because I know many people who are super fans of the show, I always figured it would be possible to create a version of the series for "Marathon nights", where I'm sure many fans come together to 'binge watch'.

Therefore, I always found it fascinating to be able to make a version that would eliminate all forms of technical breaks between episodes, and make a super-cut specifically made for such marathon nights. Obviously eliminating all of the openings and end credits, and seamlessly transitioning between episodes. Also, not to mention taking out the "commercial fade outs" within each of them.

So, I thought it would only be natural to present this idea to all of you here. 

I love graphic design, so I also want to be able to make custom covers for each set, which would consist of three dual-layer DVDs, as I attempt to fit 3 hours into each of them. I've actually edited both season 2 and season 3 to test this flow last year, and think that it definitely works.  The source of these is of course the DVD versions.

Here's a sample of the still-unfinished covers I designed, and I'll be sure to upload a few samples of how each episode transitions to each other without breaking the flow of story.

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#672122
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Beauty and the Beast BD Color Timing Idea
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Hey, all. I don't commonly post here anymore, despite avidly checking up on people's projects which are very fascinating, but I decided to raise a subject that I assume people have been talking about already a few years ago.

I decided to check out the Blu Ray for "Beauty and the Beast" that I got in 2010, and I noticed that the movie has been cleaned so well that it does a disservice to the cinematography and art direction by looking flat and revealing a lot of information on it.

Though I do admire the crispness of the picture, as far as I've known this movie, I remembered it having much more contrast and a more "filmic" look.

So, I took a look at the workprint version on the Blu Ray as well, and did indeed notice a fairly huge difference in grading and contrast. Therefore, maybe someday, it would be nice to try to get the picture looking more like it did originally, and with that said, here are some comparison pictures I did with a few re-graded mockups I photoshopped the other day.

http://www.dropbox.com/sh/46od7fus942enwz/7Y0NUYWjRz/Beauty%20and%20the%20Beast%20Comparisons%20of%20Grade

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#664916
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Star Wars Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs. (Please Read 1st post)
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emanswfan said:

This is what Star Wars would like with DNR.  Scary, I know.

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/37351

this is but a taste of the potential horror of noise reduction... let me show you what I decided to goof around with on photoshop for more terror! 

http://imgur.com/a/tZ1X8/all

hit the top right corner of the image to get the option for full-resolution glory.

 

 

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#575803
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Dark Knight Rises - Now that we know the cast
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georgec said:

Man of Steel could be interesting with Nolan producing.

Mmmmhhh, well producers have a very wide range on a film's making, and it's almost impossible to truly decipher how much influence they have on the finished product; can't say too much about Nolan's producing job on this.

With that said, Zach Snyder directing - in my opinion - will make for a movie that is fifty percent slow-motion, with overused high-contrast cinematography, and shots all taken from existing comic book panels. In other words, from what the man has done before, it sounds like a hacky-hack movie of modern cinematic cheese.

But Dark Knight Rises looks pretty exciting, despite Hathaway being in it. One of my favorite things about this movie is the fact that the studios are actually okay with it being the final film in this (for lack of a better term) "Nolan Trilogy". That just gives it so much more gravitas, and could very well bring out the best in their efforts to make it an actually good movie especially on the heels of "The Dark Knight"

...as opposed to some other comic-book adaptations that were made purely to advertise another one and had less than satisfactory results... *cough*CaptainAmerica,IronMan2,Thor*cough*cough*

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#575802
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The Hobbit movie: Dwarves
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I am probably the only one who disagrees with these upcoming prequels (and this is from someone who really liked the LOTR movies, and read and re-read all of the books).

just because the dwarves were designed to look different to each other (which comes natural), doesn't necessarily require their look to branch out of the boundaries of what Tolkien's original idea of dwarves should represent (I'm sure their name, "the longbeards", wasn't for no reason ;) ). There is always a way of doing what the author intended without taking the obvious route; which is the case in this instance.

I think the whole project is being made with an entirely different attitude then "Lord of the Rings" was back in 1997-2003, if you know the story of both productions. I honestly do not believe it will end up to become just as good as its predecessor; guess you will all find out by December of this year, or the next.

as for the 48fps, apparently it didn't go too favorably with some viewers at a preview screening.

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#497085
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Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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Hey guys! I'm not sure any of you remember me, but I used to talk about fan-edits concerning (primarily) "The Lord of the Rings" as "book-cuts" way back in 2005 through 2006-ish. Wow, half a decade ago!

anyway, since whenever some new Star Wars news comes to light, the first thing I do is check this forum out! Glad to have people agree with me about the films!

Because of the many negative remarks on the official Blu-Ray artwork, I felt like doing the same idea, but reversing the focus... now, if you absolutely hated the official cover, chances are you won't like my reinterpretation - but that's fine, it didn't take me an awful long time to paint, and I had fun with it.

maybe you'll like it too? Or put it to some good use, even!

It's on my DeviantArt page. Just thought it would be more on-topic then the Criterion DVDs. ;)