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#1458269
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Doctor Who
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Flux #1 - very good
Flux #2 - excellent!
Flux #3 - hmmm
This third installment kinda reminded me of the convoluted “Trial of a Time Lord” stuff with Colin Baker. And some of the special effects were about as good (hehe). A bit of a disappointment after the Sontarans in the brilliant 2nd installment - that one was classic Dr. Who.
However, the very end of this last (3rd) episode was an interesting twist, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it leads.

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#1383663
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Fabulous episode, maybe my favorite so far. Really liked the bartender, and the sandpeople. And I’m glad they’re not over-using baby yoda’s force skills. I was afraid they were going to have him stop the dragon.

Looked like they even went back to some of the same spots where R2D2 had gotten lost in ANH.

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Best Performance in the Original Trilogy
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The reason I say Peter Cushing, is because of the original question. As a SW mega-fan, the performances of Hamill, Ford, et al are all perfect, and ignited a whole new cinematic world.

BUT, if I try my hardest to step back and view the movies totally objectively, from the viewpoint of a director, playwright, or film aficionado, there is a pretty fair amount of what would typically be called “bad acting” in the OT. I even remember myself (and friends of mine) thinking this in 1977 (but that didn’t stop us from loving the movies). A LOT of critical reviews at the time also gave the film low marks for acting quality, which should come as no surprise given Lucas’ decision to cast mostly unknowns in the lead roles.

However, Cushing’s performance is an exception. At no time is he anything but completely believable. He never looks like he is reading his lines, faking an emotion, or over-acting. His inflection is outstanding and his experience as a dramatic actor are evident. In a setting that is always teetering on the edge of slipping into caricature, he makes the dark world he inhabits real and scary. And whereas some of the actors at times look like they are having trouble buying into what must have seemed at the time like a bad B-movie low mark on their career, Cushing looks 100% immersed, like he took the role very seriously and gave it his Shakespearean best.

BTW, with regards to my “bad acting” comment, above, the prequels make everyone in the OT look like Lawrence Olivier and Ingrid Bergman by comparison.

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#1330647
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How do you feel about Star Wars being re-titled A New Hope in 1981?
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yotsuya said:

BedeHistory731 said:

yotsuya said:

A careful review of all the different releases and comparing them to the timeline shows that the original May 1977 version of the film (see Moth3r’s bootleg and Puggo Grand) had 4 differences. 3 FX shots and the end credits. Not to mention the soundtrack.

I’m curious, which FX shots are replacements?

When the Falcon leaves Tatooine, the shot of the Star Destroyer shooting at it, then the composite shot of the Yavin IV temple when Leia et al arrive, and then the shot with the Rebel lookout when the Rebel fighters blast off. There are subtle differences between those shots in Moth3r’s bootleg, Puggo Grand, JSC, and SWE and those same shots in Definitive Collection, Faces, GOUT, SSE, 4K77, and all the non-English versions (German, Spanish, and French specifically). Two of the were changed for the SE. Because SSE, 4K77 and all the non-English versions (even the earliest pan&scan releases) match the Definitive Collection and GOUT, the change had to be made for the late 77 release and they must have used a modified copy of the May 1977 edit for the early English language home video releases which would explain the JSC and SWE. But thanks to them we have them in widescreen. They aren’t too noticeable upscaled to 720p and spliced into 4K77.

I’m not sure if those shots are actually different. Having captured the 16mm myself for PG (and PE), I can say there are many ways I could have captured it, which would have led to differences is appearance. The one and only proven shot difference that any of my 16mm captures uncovered was in ESB when Luke was rescued from Cloud City. That caused a bit of a stir, I might add.

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#1330545
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Doctor Who
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My only gripe about the last two episodes is the repeated speeches, by literally everyone, along the lines of: let’s not give up, we’ve got this, all right? Are we ready? let’s do this, etc etc. I don’t know if I’m being clear here, but it seems there’s some heavy overdone pep talk every 10 minutes. I’m finding those tiresome.

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#1330542
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Doctor Who
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I was listening on headphones, and was pretty sure I heard it. Of course they had to give the Master a way out.
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I thought the idea of time lord cybermen was ingenious, and I loved their outfits. It’s a natural that they’d want to save them on some level for later use.

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#1317627
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Vampyr (1932) - blu ray
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Anyone else seen the blu ray of the 1932 Carl Dreyer (German) movie “Vampyr”?
I just got it and watched the movie for the first time in about 25 years. What a great film - it’s now my favorite vampire movie. Like a cross between Nosferatu and Blair Witch. So creepy! And the transfer is amazing.

The packaging is great too, with the inclusion of the related short stories, Carmilla being the most noteworthy.