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#1271469
Topic
The Kenobi Movie
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Something about clauses in the contract regarding what they can and can’t do after they bought it never sounded right to me. Maybe it’s more of just a personal agreement between George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy? Would Disney care about that sort of thing? Not sure, but it’s as likely as them signing a contract that didn’t give them full control.

Maybe I’m just too pessimistic about the subject, but they haven’t released the Unaltered Original Trilogy for no other reason than none of them care.

They will remake or release whatever will make them money, and they’ll do it at the time it will make the most money. If we aren’t getting it, then the time isn’t right for them. It’s not about George or even us.

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#1271420
Topic
Star Wars Games
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canofhumdingers said:

Well, I made the plunge and bought Battlefront 2 for the pc. Figured it’ll be a good way to break in my new laptop. It’s downloading as we speak. Will let you know what I think after I’ve had some time to try it out.

I downloaded it for the PS4 on Sunday. I’m already addicted to it. I didn’t care much for the first Battlefront, and when I head Battlefront 2 had issues with having to buy downloaded content, I just avoided the whole thing. I’ve read they tweaked things in response to customer complaints.

It’s only $8.24 on the Playstation Store. Money well spent. The graphics, sound, and controls are great, not to mention the outstanding story which is can canon by the way.

Still wish there were a lot more Star Wars video game being released. Looks like a big opportunity being missed.

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#1271004
Topic
Star Wars Games
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I have the first Star Wars Battlefront for PS4. I do not have a Playstation Plus subscription because I do not play enough video games to warrant it, so I am not able to access a lot of the content. Is it the same with Battlefront 2? Maybe I’m just too old thinking, but I am not about to give someone $60 a year to play a game I already fully purchased.

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#1270990
Topic
The Kenobi Movie
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I will watch Ewan McGreor as Obi-Wan in anything. I picture it as something like an old episode of Kung-Fu in space. Someone else as Obi-Wan would be an uphill battle.

Unless of course the give us The Young Obi-Wan Chronicles that follows a young padawan Obi-Wan on his adventures with his mentor Qui-Gon, also portrayed by a younger actor.

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#1270988
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Proof of Lucas’ revisionism in Rinzler’s making-of book?
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At this point, I have to adopt the opinion that Lucas had been overwhelmingly successful in rewriting history. The vast majority of the public have no idea multiple versions of Star Wars even exist. Most believe Lucas wrote every single word and designed every ship and costume, personally developed new technology to create the special effects, and had the entire intact vision all in his head in advance. I’m wondering how long before Lucas gets credit for humming the theme to John Williams for him to write.

The sad part is, Lucas does deserve so much admiration for creating this universe and not giving up as he fought to get it made. Star Wars is an amazing piece of imagination. Sharing the creative process with those under his leadership in no way diminishes his achievement. There is more than enough to go around. I just hate that some have had their work erased by the special editions.

So in my opinion, Lucas has won. Only Disney/Lucasfilm can do anything about it now. They could release the unaltered Original Trilogy in a new definitive set and produce their own new documentary. I’d go to the theater just to watch a new Star War documentary. Sadly, I do not think anyone is interested.

Maybe what we really need is a fan made documentary to go along with the fan made despecialized versions. I’d donate to a crowd funding for such a documentary.

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#1270915
Topic
Star Wars Resistance
Time

Just a guess, but I think Filoni is creating a family environment in just these first episodes. There’s some mild drama and action here and there, but it’s mostly the calm before the storm. The Colossus is a tight community and we are about to see people tested, bonds broken and new one formed, and all sorts of challenges when entire planets, multiple planets, are destroyed.

Any future episodes with action and drama are only going to be benefited by the character building in these early episodes.

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#1270906
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Proof of Lucas’ revisionism in Rinzler’s making-of book?
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Lucas would be happy if everyone believed there never was a version where Han just blasted Greedo.

I guess it’s the perfectionist in him. I just don’t see him ever acknowledging multiple versions the way Ridley Scott did with Blade Runner and Terry Gilliam with Brazil. I actually wish he would be sort of a Star Wars ambassador, kind of like Stan Lee was with Marvel. I think some of the fan backlash from the prequels and special editions really got to him. Imagine if he got the level of social media blitz that Rian Johnson received.

I have the Harmy discs, and I’m very happy with them, so my need to see the unaltered Original Trilogy is satisfied. But I am somewhat of an idealist myself, and I would like the original versions preserved for posterity. I don’t want someone in the future to look up Star Wars and view the special editions any more than I would want to see a special edition of Citizen Kane. I want to see what they saw back then, and I want people years from now to be able to see what all the hype was about in 1977.

I suppose all this is extremely redundant on a site like this, but somehow I never get tired of talking about it.

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#1270785
Topic
Star Wars Resistance
Time

ChainsawAsh said:

rodneyfaile said:

The beginning of Filoni’s other series began slow as well. I actually think Resistance is starting out slight better than either Rebels or The Clone Wars

As someone who loved TCW and thought Rebels was okay, I couldn’t make it through 10 minutes of the first episode of this.

So you guys are saying I should give it another shot?

I liked Rebels because it was more like the Original Trilogy than prequel nature of The Clone Wars. Rebels did have a “playskool” look in my opinion to some of the vehicles and helmets though. It took me some effort to get started on both of them, more so for TCW, but now I consider both to be essential viewing.

I’d definitely give Resistance another shot. As I said above, Kaz is a little goofy at times, but I think they are just setting him up to show more of a drastic arc to his character.

Some of the stories seem like throw away episodes, but I feel certain they are just setting up the world and characters for something big. The picture is getting clearer. Also, the designs and animation of the ships, creatures, and settings look great. Hang in there!

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#1270773
Topic
Star Wars Resistance
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The beginning of Filoni’s other series began slow as well. I actually think Resistance is starting out slight better than either Rebels or The Clone Wars. I like the animation style slightly better as well. Some of the faces look a little odd at times, but the ships, droids, and the station look amazing. Kaz is a little goofy too, but I think he is about to grow up really fast once planets start blowing up.

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#1270771
Topic
Proof of Lucas’ revisionism in Rinzler’s making-of book?
Time

I remember it was once planned to have C-3PO sound like a used car salesman. If they made an even newer version of the special editions and dubbed in Danny DeVito as the voice of C-3PO, I wouldn’t care if it more closely matched what was originally planned.

So even if they find some sort of note where Lucas once pondered midichlorians, I wouldn’t care. It no more legitimizes the concept than an early drawing of Yoda or Jabba should prompt additional revisions. Lucas had some bad ideas around the time of the prequels and special editions. I will always appreciate and admire what he accomplished and everything he has done for cinema and the greatest franchise of all time, but I am also glad he sold Lucasfilm.

This sort of thing does make me less interested in any sort of newer making-of documentaries or books being made now. If I want to check out Star Wars being made, I’ll watch Empire of Dreams or SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back.

Lucas deserves a lot of credit for all he has done, but he certainly didn’t create it all alone. People like John Williams, Ralph McQuarrie, Dennis Muren, John Dykstra, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Marcia Lucas, Alan Ladd Jr. and others also had a lot to do with creating this franchise. They aren’t just laborers to the vision of Lucas. They each put something of themselves into Star Wars and it wouldn’t be the same without them. I think they deserve more credit than they usually receive.

In my opinion, the Original Trilogy appears to be the product of a group of people led by George Lucas working together to make something special, while the prequels and special editions were the product of employees following orders. Just my $0.02

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#1270755
Topic
Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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OutboundFlight said:

I have a question concerning those who enjoyed TLJ. I’d honestly like to hear your POV and don’t want to start a debate.

One thing that has bothered me is how TLJ handles sacrifices. Early on Paige sacrifices herself, and it is seen as a heroic act. Later Holdo sacrifices herself and it is seen as an epic inspiring event.

But near the end, Finn attempts to sacrifice himself but is stopped. It’s here where Rose says it’s not about destroying what we hate, but saving what we love. As she says this, the door explodes in the background making it feels like a HISHE for me.

My point of confusion is, how is Holdo’s sacrifice any different to Finn’s? I can see how Luke’s standoff fits into the theme, but am confused regarding Holdo. Both characters- Finn and Holdo- had to destroy an enemy weapon to save what they loved.

I wonder if I am missing something. Does anyone have any opinions on the topic of sacrifice in TLJ?

This is one of the main points of the movie to me.

Everything is not black or white, and Rian Johnson does a great job of showing how different characters view the exact same events is completely different ways. If everything was a clear cut right or wrong, we wouldn’t have anything to talk about.

Rose losing her home and then her sister informs her worldview. She sees winning as surviving, living to fight another day. Finn has spent his entire life in fear and wanting to run away, but now has a new found personal conviction and is ready to draw a line in the sand and sacrifice everything. The mixture of these different characters and their philosophies is what I enjoy in the movie.

Was Poe taking down the Dreadnought worth the lives and ships lost? Leia doesn’t think so. Were Holdo and Luke’s sacrifices necessary? It sure seemed so. Hindsight is 20/20 as they say, and that is the difficult part of leadership. Did they get it all right? Who can say?

I suppose all you can do is what you feel is right of course.

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#1269142
Topic
4K restoration on Star Wars
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DrDre said:

Apparently Disney themselves have confirmed 4K restorations exist for the SE versions of the OT at an event, which were completed in 2011/2012 probably under Lucas’ supervision:

http://www.furiousfanboys.com/the-entire-star-wars-trilogy-exists-in-4k/

It seems likely these restorations will be released in the forseeable future.

I would be conflicted if they released the special editions in 4K.

I swore I’d never again purchase the special editions after buying the first blu ray set, and I am extremely happy with my Harmy discs, but I’m not sure I would be able to resist. I suppose I am part of the problem.

Is it correct that it would be impossible to release AotC and RotS in 4K? So any new 4K releases would involve the Original Trilogy, Rogue One, The Force Awakens, and The Phantom Menace. Solo and TLJ are already in 4K.

It would be my hope that they would at least release the Original Trilogy in some sort of Blade Runner style set that included multiple version, but after all these years it’s starting to feel hopeless.

It would be interesting if the SEs did show up on shelves in 4K. I’m not sure what I’d do.

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#1268337
Topic
Star Wars Games
Time

https://winteriscoming.net/2019/02/06/disney-perfectly-fine-ea-handling-star-wars-games/

In 2013, Electronic Arts and Disney signed a 10-year licensing agreement that gave EA the sole right to produce Star Wars video games. Since then, the developer has produced are two lackluster, unimaginative Star Wars: Battlefront games, both of which had their fair share of controversy. (For comparison’s sake, when LucasArts was managing the Star Wars license, we got 16 games over the same span of time.)