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Stardust1138

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#1429238
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Your DVD Collection
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Just added Martin Scorsese’s documentary Living in a Material World to my collection. George is my favourite Beatle. It’s funny though as a teenager it was always John but the older I get the more I relate to and identify with George’s lyrics and life. I’m really looking forward to learning more about him on a deeper level.

There trailer if anyone is interested:

https://youtu.be/AGMMXK-661M

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#1428825
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Last movie seen
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I just had the chance to finally watch THX 1138. It’s such an intriguing and mysterious film with a very relevant commentary on multiple things. The music and sound design were particularly very hauntingly beautiful and a big part of the experience. I really liked it a lot. I definitely wish we had got more of these types of experimental films from George. I feel a second viewing and multiple more are definitely in order.

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#1428582
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
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JackNapier said:

What are your thoughts on Anakin being the son of Palpatine? I think he is.

“It’s all based on backstories that I’d written setting up what the Jedi were, setting up what the Sith were, setting up what the Empire was, setting up what the Republic was, and how it all fit together. I spent a lot of time in developing those elements, and what each planet did, and why they did it the way they did. So I had all this material. A lot of the story elements were givens. Early on, it was that Anakin had been more or less created by the midi-chlorians, and that the midi-chlorians had a very powerful relationship to the Whills [from the first draft of Star Wars], and the power of the Whills, and all that. I never really got a chance to explain the Whills part.”

I used to have a headcanon it was Darth Plagueis who influenced the midi-chlorians and the Force struck back at him trying to find a means to immortality by creating the Chosen One but this is George’s explanation he gave in a retrospect for The Phantom Menace a couple of years ago.

https://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-episode-i-the-phantom-menace-oral-history

It’s a true tragedy we’ll never know the full story.

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#1426876
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YouTube/Vimeo/etc... Star Wars video finds
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WHEN JEFF SHOT JEDI - Rare Star Wars 8mm silent footage

https://youtu.be/E5CO_jwLJ8s

The blurb: In 1982, an intrepid Star Wars fan stumbled across a horror film called “Blue Harvest” being shot in the middle of the desert. This was the “code name” George Lucas gave to Return of the Jedi while it was in production.

Shot on a Super 8mm camera without sound, this home-movie “documentary” captures seven minutes of behind the scenes footage from the production of Return of the Jedi in the Buttercup Valley area of the Yuma Desert in California.

The crew can be seen moving the physical sets that they had built, including the mini-skiffs and Jabba’s Sail Barge. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill can be seen shooting the battle scene as well as Harrison Ford hitting Boba Fett with a spear, causing his jetpack to malfunction.

It’s silent but still sheer Star Wars magic…

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#1426270
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Did G. Lucas ever intend to portray the Jedi as a flawed institution in the prequels? Or was it added later in the EU?
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They’re not dumb, they’re complacent. Just as many people are when things are stable for so long. They became too content. Much like real life. People grow complacent all the time and before they know it society and their lives change in the blink of an eye. We can be blinded by the truth until we lose the very things we could’ve prevented. Unfortunately it’s usually much too late. The same thing applies to the Jedi. They grew content, rigided, uncompromising, and egotistical. They became the very things they weren’t. Qui-Gon was the closest to what a true Jedi stood for in the last days of the Republic.

You can see it in these scenes with the Jedi:

https://youtu.be/LD1ENDfFpHU

https://youtu.be/WhkfkNLxVCs

https://youtu.be/F1Tay55Vd7g

https://youtu.be/8bqQYIm8DGc

https://youtu.be/SA_1g3hGgNc

And for reference to Qui-Gon:

https://youtu.be/quIY2jJN1Fg

https://youtu.be/IZ1SmxIc2uk

https://youtu.be/19XIC-xX588

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#1426134
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Star Wars Clothing
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jedi_bendu said:

I have this logo on a black hoodie I got from teepublic (a recommendation I got from here!)…

… and a blue t-shirt with Ahsoka art on it - her Star Wars Rebels design.

Proud possessions.

That looks and sounds really cool! 🙂

I also have ones with the OT trio with R2, 3PO, and Chewie - A New Hope template, Star Wars logo, Darth Vader, Rey, and a couple of others!

I had a great anime Return of the Jedi tee with this design as a kid that I so wish I still had!

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#1426123
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Did G. Lucas ever intend to portray the Jedi as a flawed institution in the prequels? Or was it added later in the EU?
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It was certainly intentional:

The prequel trilogy is based on a back-story outline Lucas created in the mid-1970s for the original three “Star Wars” movies, so the themes percolated out of the Vietnam War and the Nixon-Watergate era, he said.

Lucas began researching how democracies can turn into dictatorships with full consent of the electorate.

“In ancient Rome, “why did the senate after killing Caesar turn around and give the government to his nephew?” Lucas said. “Why did France after they got rid of the king and that whole system turn around and give it to Napoleon? It’s the same thing with Germany and Hitler.”

“You sort of see these recurring themes where a democracy turns itself into a dictatorship, and it always seems to happen kind of in the same way, with the same kinds of issues, and threats from the outside, needing more control. A democratic body, a senate, not being able to function properly because everybody’s squabbling, there’s corruption.”

“The story being told in ‘Star Wars’ is a classic one. Every few hundred years, the story is retold because we have a tendency to do the same things over and over again. Power corrupts, and when you’re in charge, you start doing things that you think are right, but they’re actually not.” – George Lucas in 2005

“[The Jedi] sort of persuade people into doing the right thing but their job really isn’t to go around fighting people, yet they are now used as generals and they are fighting a war and they are doing something they really weren’t meant to do. They are being corrupted by this war, by being forced to be generals instead of peacemakers.” – George Lucas for E! Behind the Scenes - Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

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#1425272
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Your DVD Collection
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Rodney-2187 said:

Stardust1138 said:

Added:

Really wanted to see Empire of Dreams on the big screen and uncensored again.

What are all the differences between the version on disc and the one on Disney+?

What CourtlyHades296 said and the Disney+ version also edited out Harrison Ford with a cigarette in his hands. I’m not sure about any other changes off hand.

The disc also includes some great features like The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars - which includes James Cameron and Ridley Scott, The Birth of the Lightsaber, and The Characters of Star Wars. All worth watching!

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#1425152
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The Criterion Collection Thread
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I’ve added a handful of new Criterions since last time I was on. I got my first Wes Anderson film - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet, and Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander.

So excited Mirror is finally coming in July! It’s amazing that it’ll include Andrei’s son’s documentary - A Cinema Prayer.

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#1420735
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The Kenobi <s>Movie</s> Show
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jedi_bendu said:

I was thinking it could only be a voice cameo, as The Clone Wars established Qui-gon only appears as a Force ghost on Mortis. Other than that, he’s a classic disembodied voice, and I don’t mind that at all. It would contribute to the sense of Ben’s isolation if his only company is a voice with no body he hears in his head.

As for the overall plot of this show, I’m betting someone (possibly Moses Ingram’s character - she mentioned something about ‘playing with lightsabers’ on her instagram earlier, although it might be nothing it could mean she’s an Imperial Inquisitor) will find out about Luke, and Obi-wan will have to pursue them. That’s the only way he’d leave the planet and potentially come into contact with Vader.

I still have massive reservations about this ‘rematch’ they’re teasing, but I think I’m beginning the period of slow acceptance. I want to be excited for this show, I just need to hear more about what direction it’s taking. It has the potential to make the original trilogy and Obi-wan’s story more compelling, but it also has the potential to fuck everything up.

That could work and would be cool! I was just reading a thread on Reddit and saw someone however comment:

“From A Certain Point of View anthology book for ANH Qui-Gon appears to Obi-Wan. Qui-Gon explains that he has continued to grow in his understanding of the ability, even after death. While he can initially only contact the minds of the living as a disembodied voice, he later becomes tangible enough to interact with the physical world.”

So maybe he’ll be able to interact with Qui-Gon in physical form. It wouldn’t be a bad thing to see but I definitely hope they address it and don’t leave it to just the novel to explain why he now can.

That’s very interesting. I could definitely see that.

Same. I have very mixed feelings about it as well. I wonder if they could even pull from the fight on Kijimi and have them fight in a way similar to Rey and Kylo but don’t actually have them meet in the flesh. Maybe instead we’ll see more of the fight on Mustafar in flashbacks. Like parts we didn’t see when we were cut back to Yoda and Palpatine.

It should be interesting. My only real other hope is we see the confrontation alluded to in A New Hope when Obi-Wan talks about how Owen didn’t approve of Anakin following him down the idealistic crusade. It’s only subtly alluded to in Attack of the Clones.

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#1420680
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The Kenobi <s>Movie</s> Show
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Qui-Gon can’t appear as a Force Ghost because his training was left incomplete. However maybe they’ll create a scenario like the cave on Dagobah or Mortis where the Force works in mysterious ways for him to appear in physical form. I suppose there’s always flashbacks too. It would definitely be great to see him again.

Very excited to see Bonnie Piesse and Joel Edgerton return as Aunt Beru and Uncle Lars too!

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#1419672
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
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Watching The Rise of Skywalker for a second time definitely made me enjoy it more for what it is and realise I think the best comparison for it is Sam Raimi’s Spider Man 3. Both suffered from being overstuffed, both messed with established lore to certain degrees, had studio interference in production, had uncomfortable endings, and yet both can be fun and cringeworthy at the same time. I’d say Spider Man 3 is slightly better though.

The Rise of Skywalker is now ranked eighth in my rankings just ahead of The Force Awakens and right below The Last Jedi.