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SilverWook

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#1273929
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Not to mention Maul is an uncommon alien, so much so even Qui-Gon doesn’t seem to know what species he is. I’m guessing he also has to stay well clear of the Jedi Temple lest someone sense his presence.

How were the Jedi going to investigate a potential Sith attack that took place on a backwater desert planet out of their jurisdiction anyway? Fortunately the problem sort of took care of itself.

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#1273917
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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I didn’t realize until watching the TPM extras again that this is taking place right outside Senator Palpatine’s apartment! I always thought they were meeting at some other location where they were not likely to be seen or noticed. You can even see in the documentary that it’s part of the apartment set.

Either the building Palpatine lives in is really empty, or the neighbors take no notice of him skulking around in a black robe and being visited by creepy characters. Meanwhile, Chancellor Valorum probably can’t go out for coffee without baseless charges of corruption being lobbed at him.

I can almost buy that Chancellor Palpatine has time to sneak off to a broom closet or something to put the robe on and give orders to his minions via hologram, but this is pushing it. 😛

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#1273910
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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RogueLeader said:

Funny that this is being discussed here! Over on the prequel edit ideas thread, I’ve been talking a little about the design differences between the PT and the OT. The OT definitely is grounded in that 70s aesthetic. Not only are console controls more analog, but the graphics on the screens have that early digital interface feel, not that different from what would you see from early games like Pong, or a film like Wargames. I think the new Disney films definitely get this. In Rogue One, we see that classic Death Star schematic with the dish at the equator, in the ST, while it is still 30 years in the future from the OT, a lot of the displays still have that very simplistic digital look. And in Solo, some of the screens in the cockpit match that 70s look.

While in some moments in the PT, the display screen graphics are reminiscent to the OT style, they seem a little too complicated. Like they’ve been overproduced when the artists should’ve been focused on making them more basic. I think that would’ve helped relieve that disconnect between the OT and PT aesthetics a lot.

Overproduced is probably the right word. I’ve been listening to the Blu-Ray commentaries lately, and one of the FX guys the process of creating the prequel hologram effects digitally. They could have more easily done it old school, shooting an actor on videotape and reshooting it off a CRT screen to get all those analog video idiosyncrasies that give the OT holograms their unique look. CRT monitors and analog video cameras were still plentiful when the prequels were being made.

I’ve read that the Alien: Isolation game went this route to give all the video displays the look and feel of the Nostromo’s monitors in the original film.

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#1273904
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Tobar said:

SilverWook said:

There was a small display screen in the Falcon cockpit. I presume for the Navi computer? It’s seen (and heard) being used in ESB, but we never actually see what they’re looking at, so darned if I know where it actually is on the console.

It’s a small screen to the left of the center of the console:

You can see it on set in this BTS pic:

Luke’s Landspeeder was intended to have a scanner display, and animation for tracking down Artoo was actually made but was cut.

Easy to miss that display when it’s off.

The Landspeeder scanner display could have been intended to be in one of those boxes on either side of the window?

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#1273903
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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MalàStrana said:

Are imperial forces coming from beneath the ship in ANH ? They come from a main door I think ? (I’ve found some Tantive IV blue prints but it’s not that clear actually)

We don’t get to see Organa’s ship in Rogue One, so there is no real evidence that Leai’s ship isn’t Organa’s ship 19 years later (the Falcon has changed between ROTS - Solo - ANH, why wouldn’t the Tantive IV ?)

I always presumed a docking tube was attached from above. Or the side? One of the later sound mixes adds scraping sounds in the moments before they blow the hatch.

Also possible they just pressurize the bay with a force field, the way they do on the Death Star, and just climb onto the hull. My old Kenner Star Destroyer has a little sliding hatch, (retracted in this photo on the right) and the novel has one closing after the Tantive is captured.

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#1273857
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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MalàStrana said:

SilverWook said:

All Blockade Runners look alike to some people. 😛

That some people is me 😃 I always thought it was the same ship with only parts repainted over the years. Antilles is even the Captain of both (unless I’m making a mistake), fueling the confusion even more.

IIRC, even the ROTS DVD commentary track muddies the waters on this. One can argue Antilles is tasked with Leia’s safety but with a different vessel 20 years later.

If they were the same ship, why not open this sweet floor hatch, and deal with unwanted Imperial boarding parties the easy way? 😉

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#1273853
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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How many analog dials or indicators have we actually seen in Star Wars? The original Battlestar Galactica definitely had some.

Most prequel designs look too sophisticated compared to the OT. I thought the cockpit for Bail’s ship at least tried to bridge the gap.

There was a small display screen in the Falcon cockpit. I presume for the Navi computer? It’s seen (and heard) being used in ESB, but we never actually see what they’re looking at, so darned if I know where it actually is on the console.

Luke’s Landspeeder was intended to have a scanner display, and animation for tracking down Artoo was actually made but was cut. There was an image of it in the Art Of Star Wars book, IIRC.

Interestingly to see how the Space Shuttle cockpit got more glass over the years.

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#1273787
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Not sure it’s really meant to be a glass cockpit. There are buttons. We don’t really get a good look at the pilot controls unfortunately.

I like the Rogue One cockpit better, (and it does a have a little screen showing engine status?) but the ROTS one does have that white plastic 1970’s Sci-Fi aesthetic going for it.

Leia’s ship could also actually be older than Bail’s.

And let’s please leave real world silliness at the door?

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#1273284
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The Criterion Collection Thread
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CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

My LD comment was sarcasm…

And yes, all the major studios are putting new releases on DVD. I figured the old combo pack was a strategy towards eventually ceasing DVD-only packages, but now many new release BD don’t have DVDs in the package, but DVD-only is still strong. Have these people even watched a Blu-Ray? I’m sure most of them would be upset if their Netflix stream shot down to 480 due to a bad connection.

Was shocked to see this on Bill Hunt’s site the other week. If anything, I’d have expected the physical media market left to videophiles, with everyone else going to streaming over DVD.

My sarcasm sequencer was offline. 😉

With Samsung getting out of the BD & UHD player market, some people are already worrying about the future of the format.

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#1273236
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The Criterion Collection Thread
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CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

I find it surprising that enough of the kind of people who buy Criterion discs are still buying DVDs that it’s still worthwhile for Criterion to press them.

I mean, why don’t they keep selling Laserdisc while they’re at it?

You’d be amazed how many people feel DVD is good enough. Is there any studio or label that isn’t releasing DVD’s of new titles?

Besides the fact Laserdiscs were essentially thrown under the bus to hasten acceptance of DVD, there also isn’t an LD pressing plant left in the world. The last plant shut down in 2002. If there wasn’t still some record pressing plants left there would be no vinyl revival going on right now.

Would be interesting if someone could find a way to manufacture LD’s again. I’d be happy if Pioneer just made a new player. That might actually be easier.

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#1273010
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Weirdest Star Wars Spinoff Idea
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Haarspalter said:

The Sarlacc Trilogy

3-hour runtime per movie. All in all a 9-hour epic tale. Only one camera angle. Highlights: Day & Night cycle, sandstorms and every once in a while a poor creature stumbles into the pit.

And Boba Fett blasts out? 😉
I’m surprised the official site hasn’t done a live weathercam sort of thing along those lines. One for each planet in the saga.