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#1272289
Topic
Open Matte Bond Movies
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I have the early THX Connery Bond DVD’s. They indeed have open matte versions. Dual layer discs instead of being flippers. One has suffered rot and only one version will play now though. Other early Bond titles are similarly cursed. The first TMWTGG disc also went bad and freezes on the layer change. I’ve never been able find a non-rotted copy of the first Moonraker DVD. Three copies I’ve gone through over the years, and completely impossible to even get the disc to play. Even a badly rotted Laserdisc can do that.

I think LALD and TMWTGG are a combination of open and hard matted shots. There was a 35mm TMWTGG print on Ebay last year.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/35mm-Feature-The-Man-with-the-Golden-Gun-Complete-James-Bond-Roger-Moore-1974-/254028497820

I know when I would see LALD on tv, there was a bit of pan and scan on the opening titles so the text wouldn’t be chopped off.

On a related note, at least one of the full screen Brosnan DVD’s, (Die Another Day) has a recomposed for 1:33 title sequence. Mostly shifting the text around. Not sure if any of Maurice Binder’s HBO version title sequences ever made it to home video. (The later Moores and presumably Dalton.) The ancient Laserdisc I had of View To A Kill merely letterboxed the titles.

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#1272285
Topic
General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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That mental image will no doubt crop up the next time I watch the movie. The descriptions of death in the Star Wars novelization creeped me out as a kid.

That does bring up a question. Did the Rebels allow fleeing Imperials to escape? Or was there too much chaos going on to bother chasing them? Did Luke have any trouble getting back to Endor in what was probably Palpatine’s ride?

No! Don’t shoot! I’m General Skywalker!

Go on! Pull the other one!

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#1272189
Topic
Random Thoughts
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

I love every single Bond movie except for Quantum of Solace and Spectre. I gained new appreciation for Quantum after seeing Spectre, though. That movie was a trainwreck. The first hour or so wasn’t bad, but it easily has the worst script of any film in the franchise. Bond and Blofeld being brothers is like the stuff of parody.

And Austin Powers did it 13 years earlier to boot.

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#1272071
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Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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nl0428 said:

SilverWook said:

nl0428 said:

Mocata said:

The films doesn’t need anything to do with Anakin or Vader, something that is so played out and over done that it’s a toy selling joke at this stage. The tragedy of Vader gimme a break.

What we do need however is a ghost or vision of some kind. I’m thinking Kylo seeing the past, and feeling regret. He dreams about his parents and his uncle. Something he buried under all the rage. And then he realises he screwed up. Get all three classic main characters in one last scene, something special. Then he can die.

I think there was a rumor recently about Han being seen again in a flashback, but the internet is spilling over with Episode IX rumors of all kinds at this point, mostly from click-bait sorts of sites.

And that gif is going to haunt my dreams for a while. What’s scary is I think I know where that doll comes from. 😮

I’m sorry. I didn’t mean for something like that to happen to you.

Oh no! I’m just kidding. I knew I should have gone with the wink. 😉

Those Mattel Sunshine Family dolls have creepy soulless eyes though…

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#1272066
Topic
Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Lesser said:

I’ve always wondered what force ghosts do with their time. Are they always waiting around until they’re needed? Do they hang out in an actual afterlife setting that we can’t see?

The only places we’ve physically seen force ghosts are Dagobah, Endor, and Ach-To. Two of those are planets with strong ties to the force. Yes, Ben appears to Luke on Hoth, but I think we can agree that it was taking him some effort to project himself since he was hazey. The only times we’ve only heard force ghosts were on the Death Star immediately after Ben vanished, and Takodana when Rey touched Anakin’s lightsaber. Again, it was Obi-Wan’s voice, although I’m pretty sure we can assume Rey had no clue anybody from beyond was talking to her. In TLJ novelization, Luke hears an unknown voice (likely Anakin) as he disappears.

In one of the Legends books (I forget the name) Leia sees Anakin’s force ghost, but again I forget where.

Other instances in The Clone Wars involved Qui-Gon on Mortis to Obi-Wan and Anakin, and the Jedi Temple to Yoda - where he physically interacted with Yoda by levitating him and his surroundings. Qui-Gon also speaks to Yoda right after Luke and Leia are born in a deleted scene.

If they only appear to people who know them in this canon, that makes more sense as to why they don’t solve every problem and something that people need to understand so they don’t go “why didn’t Obi-Wan and Yoda just destroy The Emperor and the 2nd Death Star?”

And Luke was on the verge of freezing to death when he did see Ben. Obi Wan was back to being a voice when Luke gets to Dagobah, but becomes very visible when Luke leaves, implying Jedi training helps with seeing Force ghosts.

The Force afterlife is either a non-corporeal existence of pure energy and thought, or it’s like Beetlejuice. 😉

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#1272063
Topic
Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
Time

nl0428 said:

Mocata said:

The films doesn’t need anything to do with Anakin or Vader, something that is so played out and over done that it’s a toy selling joke at this stage. The tragedy of Vader gimme a break.

What we do need however is a ghost or vision of some kind. I’m thinking Kylo seeing the past, and feeling regret. He dreams about his parents and his uncle. Something he buried under all the rage. And then he realises he screwed up. Get all three classic main characters in one last scene, something special. Then he can die.

I think there was a rumor recently about Han being seen again in a flashback, but the internet is spilling over with Episode IX rumors of all kinds at this point, mostly from click-bait sorts of sites.

And that gif is going to haunt my dreams for a while. What’s scary is I think I know where that doll comes from. 😮

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#1272014
Topic
Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
Time

OutboundFlight said:

One possibility with force ghosts is they aren’t the ones projecting themselves… but rather it is the Jedi who are seeing the dead.

I mean, are you seriosuly telling me out of all the Jedi who fought in the Clone Wars only three were deemed worthy enough of force ghost… when one of them slaughtered millions?

Also see how only Luke notices the ghosts on Endor.

My theory is in the SW universe everyone who dies goes to the afterworld. They cannot interact with the real world unless someone they know has mastery over the force.

So if Rey wanted, she could see a force ghost of Han Solo. Because she calls for guidance from the light or whatever. Same for Ben… he could meet both the ghost of Vader and the ghost of Anakin, because he feels the pull of both sides.

I know this has been deemed uncanon by Yoda’s reference at the end of Ep 3 but Star Wars has changed things in lore before.

Great post! If it happens, I think it’s going to be Ben who somehow summons Anakin. With Snoke presumably gone, he’s still looking for something, and I doubt he’s abandoned his worship of Vader.

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#1272011
Topic
Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
Time

If we get nitpicky, Ben vanished in while being cut in half. There wasn’t even a bisected body to hit the floor. Yoda took longer to disappear, so there doesn’t seem to be one version of the ultimate Jedi trick. And if we include Qui-Gon, his body was around long enough to be cremated. If it had vanished during the funeral, there would have been a lot of witnesses.

Is it 100% for certain Anakin’s body was still in the armor when Luke burned it? The presumption has long been the body vanished during the bonfire. Seems to me if there were any bone fragments left over, Ben would have recovered them along with the mask.

The first time I saw TFA, I thought this might actually be Anakin’s ashes.

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#1271990
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Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I don’t think it would retcon Anakin in any way just to show Ben the dark side is always there, but you can control it instead of it controlling you. His redemption doesn’t mean the temptation magically goes away.
IIRC, there was that business in the ROTS novelization about Mace tapping into the dark side in combat but not be consumed by it.

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#1271975
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Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I liked the concept they almost went with in TFA, having Anakin shift between the light and the dark in his appearance. He might also be the only one Ben might listen to, given his Vader worship.

It would be really disturbing if a cast off dark side persona took on a life of it’s own. A Vader apparition without any good left in it.

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#1271854
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Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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This rumor could be a steaming pile of Bantha poodoo?
http://epicstream.com/news/TinyDiapana/Disney-Reportedly-Brought-George-Lucas-To-Fix-Star-Wars-Episode-IX

And ye gods, is there anyplace I can go online where I don’t have to hear people bitching about Star Wars? It wasn’t even a Star Wars chat where I heard about this.