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Rodney-2187

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#1333133
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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I didn’t get the full set, only the Original Trilogy and The Rise of Skywalker. The prequels have grown on me considerably over the years, but I’m fine with watching them on the 1080p discs.

I hate the Unaltered versions aren’t available, but I must say I’m blown away by the sights and sounds of these discs. I felt like a kid again while watching these with the sound WAY up. I’m extremely thankful for my Harmy discs, but I like having this release as an option too. As others have said, I can’t wait to see what the the next round of Despecialized looks like.

*I still haven’t seen 4K77 or 4K83. My midichlorian count is not high enough to obtain them.

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#1330123
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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FIVE-STARS

  1. Rogue One
  2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  3. Star Wars (1977)
  4. Return of the Jedi (1983)
  5. The Mandalorian
  6. The Rise of Skywalker
  7. The Last Jedi
  8. The Force Awakens
  9. Solo
  10. Rebels (2014 - 2018 animated TV series)
  11. Resistance (animated series)
  12. The Clone Wars (2008 - 2014 animated TV series)

FOUR-STARS

  1. Clone Wars (2003 - 2005 animated TV series)
  2. The Phantom Menace (1999)
  3. Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  4. Attack of the Clones (2002)
  5. Ewoks (1985 - 1986 animated TV series)

THREE-STARS

  1. Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
  2. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984 TV movie)
  3. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV movie)

TWO-STARS

  1. Droids (1985 - 1986 animated tv series)

ONE-STAR

  1. The Clone Wars (2008 animated movie)
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#1323975
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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Broom Kid said:

it’s appearing as if the only upside to getting the box-set is cosmetic, as none of the on-disc content will be exclusive to it, so if you don’t care about the box, the letter, and the special book/artwork, you’re probably okay simply buying the movies you want individually. I believe this is the first time in quite awhile that Lucasfilm is allowing you to essentially part out a brand new set at retail. In 2004 you couldn’t just buy individual DVD titles in the OT, you had to get the full set or nothing. Same with the 2011 BD set (although I believe shortly afterwards they let you buy either trilogy in a separate set, sans bonus discs). But for 4K, it looks like they’re saying “you don’t HAVE to buy a box to get all the goodies. Just pick the movies you want.”

What if in a year or so they release another boxed set that DOES contain the unaltered versions, and they aren’t available any other way?

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#1323949
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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Broom Kid said:

Here’s a HD picture where you can definitely make out what the discs are, and even what the letter from Mark Hamill says. (You guessed 100% correctly as to what they were)

https://pisces.bbystatic.com/image2/BestBuy_US/images/products/6393/6393929_sa.jpg

So, that’s one mystery down: It’s absolutely one bonus disc per movie, like many expected.

Since I highly doubt the unaltered Originals are anywhere on those discs, and I already own Solo and TLJ on UHD, I’m going to skip this boxed set and just buy TRoS and the Originals on UHD separately. I might add R1 and TFA on UHD later.

Also, am I the only person who hates the idea of sliding my discs in and out of cardboard? I hate sets like that.

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#1323743
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations - <strong>NO SPOILERS</strong>
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rocknroll41 said:

Rodney-2187 said:

Just to recap:

Rodney-2187 said:

Official domestic opening weekend total:
$177,383,864

Congrats to rocknroll41 for predicting the closest (175m).

Still too close to call between these predictions for Domestic and Worldwide totals:

User Opening Domestic Worldwide
rocknroll41 $175M $500M $975M
StarkillerAG $200M $500M $900M
DrDre $180M $540M $1.2B

I did the math and yeah you’re right. It still has a shot at getting closer to $540 million that it would be to $500 million flat. It’s a tight call, tho! Nonetheless, I apologize for prematurely assuming that myself and StarkillerAG were locked in for winning that round.

No apologies. Actually, I didn’t even see your post when I made mine. I just wanted to make sure I finished what I started.

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#1323724
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations - <strong>NO SPOILERS</strong>
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Just to recap:

Rodney-2187 said:

Official domestic opening weekend total:
$177,383,864

Congrats to rocknroll41 for predicting the closest (175m).

Still too close to call between these predictions for Domestic and Worldwide totals:

User Opening Domestic Worldwide
rocknroll41 $175M $500M $975M
StarkillerAG $200M $500M $900M
DrDre $180M $540M $1.2B
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#1320240
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Rumor - Star Wars: 2022 High Republic Era
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Characters like The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda are interesting because even though they happen in the past (relative to the most recent movies) I have no idea what will happen to them. Will they live or die? The same with the rumored sequel series to Rebels. I have no idea what happens to Ezra, Sabine, or Ahsoka. But when you go to the past and bring along characters like the original Yoda, I’m not going to be too concerned about any danger he is in, or temptation he has. I already know his story. The same with the Obi-Wan series.

Don’t get me wrong, I am interested in seeing both, and the upcoming season 7 of The Clone Wars, but I’d really like it if they put more resources to telling me all new stories with all new characters that I have no idea what will happen to them. Or at least continue a known character’s story that I don’t know the outcome of.

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#1320212
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Anakin94 said:

Rodney-2187 said:

The sound on Disney+ is considerably lower than any other streaming service I use, and I stream a lot. I have to turn the volume up a lot higher whenever I watch anything on Disney+.

Hmm, it is then more dynamic?
So it is louder when explosions there?

I wouldn’t go so far as to say the sound is bad, it’s just I’ve noticed it’s low volume. It’s definitely not more dynamic, less if anything. This disc always sounds better than streaming, but I just noticed Disney+ has a lower volume than other streaming services I use on the same device.

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#1320207
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Rumor - Star Wars: 2022 High Republic Era
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I’m definitely interested but not what I would do.

I prefer to go forward, not back. If they want to go back, go so far back that no one alive has any immediate bearing on the events we already know. Don’t be afraid to distance yourself from established characters.

Rian Johnson’s idea of a Star Wars trilogy completely separate from everything we know is the best idea I’ve heard. I hope he eventually get to make it.

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#1319531
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations - <strong>NO SPOILERS</strong>
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Broom Kid said:

Sidebar: Adjusting for Inflation is a pretty terrible metric, not only because the math is pretty clunky and imprecise, but because it also doesn’t account for a large number of competitive factors that contribute to attendance levels fluctuating yearly. It’s a big problem with box-office analysis/discussion in general - the decision to not measure by tickets sold is a built-in failing, but also completely unavoidable at this point due to how marketing-friendly the dollars-earned number was and still is.

Adjusting for Inflation doesn’t level a playing field so much as it just redistributes the lumps according to an overly simplistic formula.

A more accurate way to acknowledge historical context would probably be to measure the distance between how much each movie made compared to how much the average film in its release year made. That way you’re effectively comparing how much more popular each Star Wars film was than the other films that came out in that release year.

Yes, adjusted for inflation has a lot of flaws. It gets worse the farther apart the eras you are comparing are. I still thought it was interesting, so I posted it.

I think it’s also interesting to compare Star Wars and the MCU.

Domestic Box Office Totals Star Wars + MCU

The Force Awakens - $936,662,225
Avengers: Endgame - $858,373,000
Black Panther - $700,059,566
Avengers: Infinity War - $678,815,482
The Avengers - $623,357,910
The Last Jedi - 620,181,382
Rogue One - $532,177,324
The Rise of Skywalker - $478,169,690 (still in theaters)
Avengers: Age of Ultron - $459,005,868
Captain Marvel - $426,829,839
Iron Man 3 - $408,992,272
Captain America: Civil War - $408,084,349
Spider-Man: Far From Home - $390,532,085
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - $389,813,101
Spider-Man: Homecoming - $334,201,140
Guardians of the Galaxy - $333,172,112
Iron Man - $318,604,126
Thor: Ragnarok - $315,058,289
Iron Man 2 - $312,433,331
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $259,746,958
Doctor Strange - $232,641,920
Ant-Man and the Wasp - $216,648,740
Solo - $213,767,512
Thor: The Dark World - $206,362,140
Thor - $181,030,624
Ant-Man - $180,202,163
Captain America: The First Avenger - $176,654,505
The Incredible Hulk - $134,806,913

I find reviews and box office numbers fascinating. It’s like a sports fan following scores and statistics. In the end, I still like what I like regardless.

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#1319516
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations - <strong>NO SPOILERS</strong>
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Star Wars adjusted for inflation:

Star Wars - $1,497,057,186
The Force Awakens - $1,006,872,847
The Empire Strikes Back - $880,005,730
Return of the Jedi - $847,248,129
The Phantom Menace - $822,741,783
The Last Jedi - $628,253,896
Rogue One - $556,450,789
Revenge of the Sith - $540,446,942
Attack of the Clones - $487,136,844
The Rise of Skywalker - $478,169,690 (still in theaters)
Solo - $213,767,512

Doesn’t seem like the sequels are any more cause for alarm than the prequels. TRoS should pass AotC soon. The prequel and sequel trilogies seem to each have an entry that exceeds expectations and another that falls below expectations. The first movies appear to perform the best. Solo seems to be the only real outlier and I liked Solo very much.

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#1319484
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations - <strong>NO SPOILERS</strong>
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Just my opinion, but DrDre’s method does indeed seem accurate for predicting the opening based on the level of interest at that time. But interest can fluctuate greatly depending on how well the movie is received. Had the movie been better reviewed by critics and/or audiences, the total box office could have been a lot higher, just as if it had worse reviews it could have been lower. I think word of mouth is more powerful than early interest, but that is of course just my perception. I don’t have any data beyond anecdotal observations.

I loved The Rise of Skywalker. I am surprised it didn’t make more. Everyone has an idea why it didn’t and everyone seems sure they’re right. There’s probably a little truth in almost all of the theories.

I do not think Star Wars as a brand is in any kind of trouble though. These movies still did very well. In a few years there will inevitably be another set of movies. I imagine people will continue to be interested in the directors, cast, trailers, and such. Maybe those will have more universal and critical appeal. I imagine a lot of thought will be put into it. I’m interested to see exactly what Project Luminous is all about.

Until then, I can’t wait to see more of the Disney+ live action and animated series. It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan.