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#1402157
Topic
Han Shoots First - Any valid reason to not have Han shoot first?
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jedi_bendu said:

Hal 9000 said:

One thing everyone can agree on is Greedo got SHOT. You don’t see blasters do that kind of damage very often. Greedo’s brothers (Slotho, Envio, Prideo, etc.) had to have a closed casket funeral. His childhood friend, Walz, committed suicide from grief.

Stop making me feel sorry for Greedo… you’re backing up George’s argument that Han shouldn’t have been a ‘cold-blooded killer’!

In an seriousness, I disagree with the change but I do understand George’s motivation behind it. He didn’t want Han’s easiness around shooting because he felt threatened to be considered ‘cool’ or whatever, but then of course Han goes on to kill a load of stormtroopers and sometimes unarmed Imperial officers on the Death Star; pacifism has always been played fast and loose in Star Wars, especially when on a one-on-one basis. Not least because the original scene, where the explosion happens suddenly in front of Han before the cut, is so much better - and the altered scene throws that pacing off - if I was doing a fan edit, I wouldn’t change it.

The only unarmed officers might have been in the control room above the hangar, but those guys would have pulled an alarm switch if Han hesitated. Pretty sure all the detention block chaps were armed.

Thank goodness George didn’t want any moral ambiguity about a guy who smuggles drugs for a giant space slug. 😉

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#1401718
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The Shining - 35mm print opportunity (a WIP)
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I was trying to figure out when the closing credits were changed to white. I have a copy of the second ABC tv broadcast from 1985, (white credits) but not the 1983 network debut. (I doubt there is any differences there.) I don’t think the actual lettering ever changed.

Does the UK broadcast have the profanity dubbed over and Room 237 ghost covered in a creepy fog? That’s interesting that the credits were still blue! If you get the chance to do an A/B comparison with the DVD or Blu-Ray it could be enlightening.

The early Japanese LD I used to have had mild censorship of Room 237 ghost. There was once a clip on The Overlook Hotel site, but tumblr prudishly removed it.

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#1401669
Topic
Star Wars 2006 GOUT DVDs - is it still worth buying them?
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Barfolomew said:

I have to imagine the 2006 unaltered DVD transfers will look like complete ass on any modern TV, but every so often I’ll watch movies on my PC at my desk, and if I’m using a highly customizable media software like VLC player where I can finnagle with the aspect ratio and zoom and sharpness and all to my heart’s content, the GOUT makes serviceable viewing.

They were barely acceptable at the time as the major studios were more fully supporting 16:9 by then. And people forget the GOUT transfers are actually the THX Laserdisc masters from 1993! They were never the best transfers of the OT to begin with, with flaws visible even on the 20-inch analog tv I owned at the time.

The only thing worse is some of the deep catalog made on demand titles Fox was releasing as late as 2012 in glorious pan and scan.

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#1401138
Topic
Han Shoots First - Any valid reason to not have Han shoot first?
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Hal 9000 said:

I used the original version of the scene for my ANH project, mainly because Greedo shooting first is a total fuckup.

I did emulate the subtitles pretty well using Harmy’s and Catbus’ projects as reference.

I decided not to replace the flash frame of the Greedo dummy with a better looking frame from earlier, as Darth Editous had done, because I avoided non-harmonizing-OT-and-SE changes, though I wonder if that one might’ve been better to do.

One thing everyone can agree on is Greedo got SHOT. You don’t see blasters do that kind of damage very often. Greedo’s brothers (Slotho, Envio, Prideo, etc.) had to have a closed casket funeral. His childhood friend, Walz, committed suicide from grief.

I think you mean Wald?
https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Wald

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#1398605
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Going away? Post so here!
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SparkySywer said:

DominicCobb said:

Now we have the mods editing and now removing comments that poked holes in their side of the story (and again, mine was simply proposing a simple way to get to the bottom of it all), for frankly very dubious reasons, it’s shady as hell and makes me lose a lot of sympathy for them. Kind of makes me think that Junior’s comment was onto something…

As I’ve said before, I’ve been on this forum a heck of a long time. Through thick and thin and some of the worst times in my life, this forum was often my refuge. Accepting the moderator gig was a way to give back to this crazy wonderful place. If people think I’m being shady or dishonest now, maybe I should retire? What good am I as a mod if I don’t have your trust?
I had just emerged from a lengthy personal crisis days before the pandemic started, and was stressed and worn out already. I’ve already planned to take a sabbatical when I can finally get my damned eye surgery. The pandemic and insurance shenanigans have played hell with that.

Something I’ll have to ponder for a while.

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#1398157
Topic
The Shining - 35mm print opportunity (a WIP)
Time

A well worn theatrical print won’t be anywhere near a pristine 4K scan of the negative. It will be like seeing it back in 1980 after it’s been playing for a month pr two. Kind of grindhouse. And the original mono track. But you will see little things even full frame video transfers have masked out all these years. And the Steadicam shots take on an IMAX feel.

I don’t know how this will be made available yet.

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#1397347
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Going away? Post so here!
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DominicCobb said:

Thanks to clearing things up to the best of your ability Wook. Hopefully we can all make up and forget this ever happened (are these banning temporary or permanent?). I’m not sure how I feel about this though…

SilverWook said:

And let’s not forget why Jason left in the first place. Someone here took the drama too far. They doxxed him, (that’s hip internet lingo for digging up someone’s online personal info to use against them) and then made threatening phone calls to his house. WTF!? This is not normal behavior for mature adults, this is cyberstalking. To say that I was pissed off about this is putting it mildly. A serious line was crossed here. If it had happened to me, the authorities would have become involved. This unknown caller apparently has shown remorse for their actions, which others who still nurse old grudges could learn from.

Seems like this whole conversation in here started because Handman didn’t like being compared to this harasser. I’m sure you just mean “let’s not take this too far,” but comparing posters who’ve been around for awhile to this guy seems like a cheap shot, I seriously doubt someone like Ash would ever call someone’s phone like this. It just seems a little insulting if I’m being honest to suggest that just because he’s complaining about the mods that he’d take such a step.

Temp bans, AFAIK.

All I’m saying is don’t give into hate. Not that anyone else here is going to start making crank calls from a pay phone booth in front of a Circle K. Wait, do phone booths still exist?

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#1396932
Topic
Going away? Post so here!
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I have been struggling with a mammoth post in which there was a lot of ground I wanted to cover, (between eyesight issues and oh yeah, Christmas) but in the interest of getting on to the burning question, I will have to trash that and deal with this first.

I have extensively gone through ALL of the IP’s of the alleged socks. Twice. I found ONE and only ONE match, and that IP was last accessed in June 2019. Jason hasn’t accessed that IP since March 21st of this year. (The other user in question has not logged into the forum since March 10th of this year.)
This is not unusual, as I tend to find a match or two or even three to long standing members when investigating potentially suspicious characters, and sifting through dozens, if not a hundred IP numbers. It can be pretty monotonous work. Having been a mod for nine years now, I’ve learned how to read this info. Therefore, I am satisfied that Jason DOES NOT HAVE A SOCK ARMY.
He may or may not be D.B. Cooper, but I’m still working on that.

Also, I find the recent privately made allegation that any staff member might do something nefarious with server donation member’s paypal info or user IP’s ridiculous and insulting. Anchorhead and only Anchorhead has ever been in charge of the paypal account and I trust him. What evil purpose an impossibly huge list of IP’s would do anyone I have not a clue. Google probably has more dirt on you from elsewhere than anything that could be gleaned from this site.

This conspiracy stuff has got to stop. The accusations driving helpful people organizing the forum away has to stop. It’s a rabbit hole with no bottom. It will consume you if you let it.
I fear that someone already has a conspiracy wall with pictures of Donald Sutherland on it.

Furthermore, Jason could always return as a mod if he so wished. There is no rule or policy against it. Jay is the only one who can make a user here a mod or take that power away. I’m sure he has bigger things to worry about these days like most of us do. And there was no security issue like when moth3r vanished without a trace. I miss him still.

And let’s not forget why Jason left in the first place. Someone here took the drama too far. They doxxed him, (that’s hip internet lingo for digging up someone’s online personal info to use against them) and then made threatening phone calls to his house. WTF!? This is not normal behavior for mature adults, this is cyberstalking. To say that I was pissed off about this is putting it mildly. A serious line was crossed here. If it had happened to me, the authorities would have become involved. This unknown caller apparently has shown remorse for their actions, which others who still nurse old grudges could learn from.

I think Jason was crazy to to want to jump back into the Thunderdome here, but I haven’t had the sense to leave either. 😃

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#1394512
Topic
<strong>Empire Strikes Back</strong> - 'Behind The Scenes / Making Of' <strong>images</strong> thread
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ZkinandBonez said:

screams in the void said:

did anyone catch what looks like an Echo base interior wall behind the Falcon when they show footage of the arrival at cloud city in the previous video around 4:22 ? …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yix_9g_Ob74

The full size Falcon was built into the Echo Base set and it was probably difficult and costly to move so it probably made sense to re-use it for this shot. So I suppose the Cloud City landing platform and Echo Base hangar were built on the same sound stage?

IIRC, the Falcon was easily moved on hydraulic(?) pads under the landing gear. A couple stagehands could push it around. And at some point in production the hangar set had to come down and Dagobah had to be built.

They would have had to move the Falcon around a bit to create the Cloud City landing pad aet.