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Ryan-SWI

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#1215982
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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Mocata said:

They have a brand to maintain, it can’t be watered down with talk of multiple visions.

Considering they’ve managed to destroy their PR of the brand in 2 and a half years a Director’s Cut would probably be the least damaging thing they’ve done in a while.

That being said we’ll get a Jar Jar Binks spin off before that happens.

Also the film has barely crossed 300 million worldwide, am I still being premature in calling it a box office flop or?..

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#1215680
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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I don’t think I’ve updated my list in a while, at least since Solo. It changes quite often except for #1 and #2 so why not.

  1. Revenge of the Sith
  2. A New Hope
  3. The Phantom Menace
  4. Attack of the Clones
  5. The Empire Strikes Back
  6. Return of the Jedi
  7. Rogue One
  8. Solo

Huge Gap

  1. Ewoks: Battle For Endor
  2. The Force Awakens
  3. Ewoks: Caravan of Courage
  4. The Clone Wars
  5. The Last Jedi
  6. The Holiday Special

1 - 8 I either love immensely or greatly enjoy, 9 onwards is indifferent or despise.

TV Show rankings:

  1. Clone Wars (2003)
  2. Droids
  3. Ewoks
  4. The Clone Wars (2008 Onwards)
  5. Rebels

Not huge on CGI animated shows. I respect that The Clone Wars especially has very good story telling, but I’ve never liked CGI shows no matter what the branding, and I’ve watched The Clone Wars from start to finish. I dunno, the aesthetics bother me. I realise that’s a personal thing though.

Episodes I - VI will always trump all as far as I’m concerned, their ordering is purely viewing preference. The Disney anthology films I get a huge amount of enjoyment out of. Was very surprised by Solo especially, a lot of fun.

The Ewoks movies I have a weird nostalgic attachment to so I enjoy them for that reason. The Force Awakens I quite hate for its story, but I enjoy it as a standalone movie on its own merits. The Clone Wars movie is crap but I can watch it when I’m drunk.
The Last Jedi is disgusting.
The Holiday Special gets last place purely because I’ve never made it through a full viewing in one sitting.

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#1215433
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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dgraham414 said:

Since there are two more movies I need to update my list.

From bottom to top

10: Attack of the Clones
9: Rogue One
8: A New Hope
7: Revenge of the Sith
6: The Force Awakens
5: Solo
4: The Last Jedi
3: The Empire Strikes Back
2: Return of the Jedi
1: The Phantom Menace

Now, this list is strange, yet it is just based on how each movie makes me feel, not on quality as a film.

Wow, mind explaining your ranking? Legitimately interested if you’d like to share.
Is TPM #1 due to the nostalgic feeling you get from it? Not saying that’s a bad thing, it just makes me curious as the the literal opposite-ending of AOTC if that’s the case. Hope I’m not being presumptious.

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#1215034
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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pittrek said:

TV’s Frink said:

From what I’ve seen, the biggest sin that the Holiday Special commits is not that it’s bad, but that it’s boring.

Yes, I don’t think I would be able to watch it sober.

I’ve tried while intoxicated several times and still can’t get more than halfway through without fast forwarding. It’s nowhere near the worst thing I’ve ever seen, it’s just so insufferably dull and boring.

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#1213683
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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SilverWook said:

This might be a factor in why some think the movie is drab looking?
http://www.indiewire.com/2018/05/solo-star-a-wars-story-theatre-projection-problems-bradford-young-1201969989/

I thought it was a projector problem at first but I’ve seen it three times at three different luxury cinemas and parts of it look like crap all round.
I think the cinematography just isn’t great.

Obviously the home video release will give the best indication, but considering just about everyone is commenting on how bad some of the images look I doubt it’s just a universal projector problem; it’s too convenient.

Also I’m sticking to my prediction of a bomb; won’t crack 450 mill, mark my words 😉

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#1213672
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Harry Potter Extended Editions
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Got a nasty cold so I had an excuse to binge-plow through these.
Absolutely phenomenal; much better than the older edits I had from various sources (no disrespect to the older stuff, love their work, but obviously as technology progresses so does quality). The scenes blend together much smoother than before, it’s great.

@Doctor M, In terms of the audio there’s really only so much you can do. Until WB releases official extended versions (which I doubt will ever happen), we’re just going to have to make do with a stereo downmix for now.

I’ve got both a quality soundbar for things like this, and a surround sound system for 5.1/7.1 4K/BD/etc when it calls for it. I just alternate between the two depending on what I’m watching. Hope I don’t sound antagonistic, just trying to clarify that there’s only so much that can be done!

Great job JJ, I’m really impressed.

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#1213123
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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The Autistic Asexual said:

Solo is on top of the worldwide box office and it’s a flop?! WOW! Explain that one to me.

Is this sarcasm?

I hope it is, because the movie landed on its face, under-performed like crazy and continues to make less and less money.
It has a shot at maybe having some domestic legs (Incredibles 2 and JW2 aren’t gonna let that happen, but for the sake of argument), but it has flopped hard overseas and if history serves it isn’t likely to magically pick up.

When Disney themselves and crew members are acknowledging it, there’s a real issue.

Given the inflated production costs due to re-shooting almost the entire film you’re probably looking at 600 mill to break even.
Breaking even isn’t good enough.

I like the film but it has flopped. I wish it didn’t, but it has.

We’re basically seeing a Justice League 2.0 at the box office.

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#1212841
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Films re-released with alterations
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Chewielewis said:

Ryan-SWI said:

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
-Erased car in field: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120737/goofs?item=gf1407118

Probably not a lot of interest, but I’ve come across a bootleg DVD that has the theatrical screener as its source.

Wow i’ve been after this for a while, did you find it online or as a physical disc.

Physical disc at a garage sale.

Would you like me to rip it for you?

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#1212452
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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ZkinandBonez said:

LexX said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

I hate the name “Qi’ra”.

They should’ve spelled it Kira. Wasn’t Kira supposed to be Luke’s original sister or something at some point. Anyways, I think Kira is a pretty name. Qi’ra is just unnecessary.

I think Kira was Lucas’ name for the character that eventually turned into Rey.

Correct.

Popular name in the EU also

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#1212416
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The Force Awakens: Official Review Thread - ** SPOILERS **
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Mocata said:

I have no idea why Anakin believes what he does beyond the fact the story needs him to be in a robot suit after 130 minutes. Especially when some of the promises Palpatine fed him were so vague and outlandish.

EDIT: On second thoughts I’m worried my post was too off topic so I’m just gonna say “nah” and move on

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#1212392
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Films re-released with alterations
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The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
-Erased car in field: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120737/goofs?item=gf1407118

Probably not a lot of interest, but I’ve come across a bootleg DVD that has the theatrical screener as its source.

Second pic is of the car in motion. Pretty hard to see from a screencap due to the resolution, but you can see it moving in the actual film.
Here’s the scene in question in motion for those curious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOg5x1uMMe4

As a bonus the menu is typical early 2000s bootleg goodness:

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#1211975
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The Vaultbreakers Collection - Disney Preservations
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Really sorry to bump an old thread, but searching the Index I couldn’t see one more relevant and I don’t feel it warrants its own.

I recently bought a small lot of bootleg VCDs off of eBay (there was an Ewoks one in there, sue me), and included in the lot was A Bug’s Life. Disney/Pixar I know, but like I said I felt a new thread was unnecessary.

The files on the disc are dated 29/11/1998 - Four days before its theatrical release.
It is obviously filmed on a camcorder and both the audio and video are quite clean all things considered.

Other than the VCD I purchased the lot for, A Bug’s Life is the only one that’s still playable and hasn’t degraded past the point of use. I fear it’s on its way out very soon so I’m going to rip the files to my computer for the sake of preservation, but I was wondering if anybody would be interested in this?

I’m not sure how wanted or useful a CAM of this particular film would be as it isn’t really my area, but everyone has their own niche and stuff like this isn’t exactly common. If it’s of use to somebody then I feel it’s worth mentioning.

Let me know if there’s any interest.

Caps from Disc 1 and 2 (in order):

(I also have Antz and Jim Henson’s “Buddy” I’m attempting to salvage, but not sure how they’ll go).

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#1211623
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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TV’s Frink said:

Ryan-SWI said:

Rio is a man.

He’s a male, but not a man.

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ardennian

Look I feel we’re getting too far into semantics with that one 😉

It’s just as important to have disposable female characters who only exist to advance the plot as it is to have important female characters who drive the story. Just like male characters.

Equality means equality, not just making all the females the best characters ever and all the males disposable simpletons.

Solo was a great example of gender, race, etc., not even being an issue in regards to the story. The most important thing is that the character is good or important; if that character happens to be female, whatever, it doesn’t matter. Just make the character good.

Honestly the fact that this is even a discussion in the Star Wars fanbase astonishes me.
Leia is one of the most recognisable characters in cinema history, as is Lando; both of which are amazing characters who serve an important purpose.
Go further forward and you have Padme, literal Queen of an entire planet and an extremely strong politician who’s integral to the story arc of an entire trilogy.
Or, y’know, Mace Windu - Second only to f*ing Yoda.

Race and gender have never been an issue in Star Wars, ever. Why we’re suddenly pretending it is is silly.

Maybe a case can be made for A New Hope, but that’s one movie made in 1977 out of a 40 year history.