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your thoughts: Did Disney kill star wars because it sounds like they did with the last jedi solo and resistance.

LordZerome1080 said:

Voss Caltrez said:


The Force Awakens was a hit.
Rogue One was a hit.
The Last Jedi was a hit, but split fandom based on how the story played out. That’s understandable with an old franchise like this and an iconic character returns in a way that not everyone agrees with.

Solo lost money though.
Maybe one reason is that the public is getting tired of a Star Wars-related movie every year.
But I don’t think because of one spin-off didn’t do well and fandom split on TLJ that Disney killed Star Wars.
If anything, they revived it.
I’m not a big fan of the new trilogy, but they managed to bring some of the magic back to the franchise: characters that you actually like and care about, the funny/comedic moments, and more believable worlds that aren’t just green screens.

Kylo Ren alone is more interesting than any character of the prequels, and probably more interesting than the portrayals of our favorite group in Return of the Jedi.

No just no. Crylo Ruin is never going to be interesting. You need to rewatch ROTJ because the characters are interesting unlike the st where all original trilogy characters get ruined and all the magic gets stamped out.

I’m doing a GOUT sync of the ROTJ mono mix as we speak.

It has its highs but, man, the lows are low. Han Solo got a raw deal in this film.

Return of the Pug (ROTP) - webpage and screenshots

CatBus said:

Any updates on the GOUT-synced ROTP audio, Mavimao?

Puggo messaged me a while back and said he’d send me the uncompressed files, but I still haven’t received anything. I know he has a busy life so I don’t like to insist. Hopefully we’ll get them soon.

Would working with the compressed tracks on the dvd be bad? I’m not a compression expert but 16mm optical has really crap frequency range. Would there really be a giant loss of information?

Horizon - How To Film The Impossible - Remastered

VFXfan said:

Thanks for the restoration of that Horizon episode, Harmy! As a layman that doesn’t work in special effects or the film industry, it was amazing to see what analog tricks people could do back in the day! Also cool to see the analog origins of terms like matte etc.

I have 3 questions for you:

  • was there any reason you used H264 instead of H265/AV1 as a video codec?
  • was there any reason you used AAC instead of Opus as an audio codec?
  • is it OK if I put your 2 restoration versions and your 5-min intro into a torrent and start seeding it for more people to grab it?

Thanks for the great work again!

I’ll let Harmy give a definitive answer, but for me, h265 doesn’t have enough hardware support and Opus is pretty non standard. 264 and AAC are industry standards and the video will work in pretty much all devices.

Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *

Tobar said:

Continuing discussion from this thread.

DominicCobb said:

As to [Hux’s] seriousness, I’d say it’s about the same in both. He’s not making jokes in TLJ, he’s the butt of them.

Every moment he has in the film is undercut with him being made a joke. The only actual serious moment he has is when he almost shoots Ren and that was an improvised moment from Gleeson.

Snoke has a far bigger role with much greater relevance to the plot at hand in TLJ than TFA. Just because you expected him to survive TLJ because of his role in the lore pre-TFA doesn’t mean his death undermines TFA. In any way.

I don’t care at all that he died in TLJ. It was a good moment of character growth for Ben. What is inexcusable is that Snoke was not expounded upon AT ALL before his death.

Are we talking about the same character who crawls across a crowded table to stare at Finn in TFA?

Come on. You very well know there’s a galaxy of difference between crawling across a table and literally flying around like a video game character taking out hordes of off-screen enemies.

TFA was the film that sent [Luke] into hiding in the first goddamn place. I’m honestly baffled that anyone expected anything else of his character other than reluctance.

The very nature of his originally intended introduction says otherwise. Here are just a few alternative explanations for why he disappeared:

  • As explained in TFA he went off looking for the first Jedi temple. Why? Perhaps in hopes of learning how to defeat Snoke. Why? What if Snoke was an ancient evil of some kind that Luke was unprepared to deal with.
  • After finding the temple he crashes and is stranded. Perhaps the nature of the planet is such that it blocks anyone from reaching out or being reached out to in the Force. Which is why the temple was built there in the first place.
  • Perhaps there were other survivors from his original academy that he secreted away to continue teaching. Hiding so that they can continue in peace without fear of Kylo returning to finish what he started.
  • Perhaps Luke knew he wasn’t meant to be the one to stop Snoke and so he shuts himself off and devotes himself to preparing to train the one who is. Waiting for the Force to bring them to him.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. TLJ didn’t contradict TFA at all.

TFA ends with a clear setup for the sequel that TLJ completely ignores. “Leave the base at once and come to me with Kylo Ren. It is time to complete his training.”

The start of TLJ should have been the mirroring of Rey and Ben through their simultaneous training. You can even keep the “Forcetime” plot device so that they can communicate with each other throughout this time.

The Kylo training segments would also be an opportunity to expound on Snoke.

Go to 0:33 in this video:

Quote: “Luke felt responsible. He just walked away from everything.”

So yeah, this is word for word consistent with what we saw in TLJ.

Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy

Handman said:

So, has this been cancelled?

Who knows? The problem with your link is that it lists a lot of sources from the ‘foaming at the mouth’ side of TLJ hate-dom who are reading too deeply into something someone mentioned. I’m sure they’d love nothing more than to see Rian Johnson fail and are spreading FUD to satisfy their desires.

I personally hope Disney and Rian persevere.

Disney to buy 20th (21st) Century Fox? (Disney has now bought them - 14 Dec '17)

Fang Zei said:

Collipso said:

can the holiday special be remastered in HD? i thought it had been shot on tape, therefore that would be impossible. what about the ewok movies and the 80’s cartoons, can those be HD?

All the live action stuff in the holiday special (which is most of it, IIRC) was shot/finished on standard def videotape*, yes. The animated sequences might benefit in some way if they were shot on film first and those elements still exist in storage somewhere, ditto for the 80’s cartoons.

The Ewok movies can absolutely benefit from HD and even 4k**, since they were shot on film (presumably 35mm).

*pretty sure this was analog videotape too

**Don’t say it’ll never happen! We already got the Peanuts specials released in 4k UHD with both SDR and HDR versions included, and I’m pretty sure at least one of the Ewok movies actually got a theatrical release.

Yup, it would have been analogue video as digital video wasn’t released until 1986.

Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *

Mocata said:

snooker said:

We never got the Maz Leia scene from TFA, did we? They’ll probably pull footage/dialogue from that.

Maybe. There’s also another deleted scene that was on the home release. The Oliver Reed in Gladiator treatment would be fine, depending on what they have to work with.

I saw on Twitter that there was also a scene filmed of Leia at the Republic asking for ressources.