Hey Dragoon, can I get a link again? The one from a while back looks to be down
Thanks to the new availability of a CAM rip and theatrical trailer scans provided by Notelu and bslatky respectively, I’ve been able to more concretely approximate how this thing looked on a print:
The colors still need to be tweaked for accuracy, but all in all this gels with how I remember the theatrical presentation.
I bought this same trailer years ago and never got around to scanning it. Nice to finally see.
This was very enjoyable, and I have few criticisms outside of some minor quibbles. Namely, some of the transitions: I think you had left the establishing shot of the Senate before cutting back to TCW, after which then goes to the interior of the Senate with Palpatine at his post. Also things like Obi saying “who could have done this?” which would then normally cut to Anakin killing the separatists, now cuts to Asokha. Not exactly a mistake, but a removal the visual dovetail that existed in the base film. Sometimes the score contradicts itself during some transitions. However other times the transitions are seamless and I genuinely was caught off guard when the film had switched tracks, so to speak.
I think it is made better as a text with the inclusion of the TCW characters, the humanization of the clones through Rex and the pacifism displayed by Asokha that the jedi dogma keenly disregard in adjacent scenes. Darth Maul’s presence also helps tie the film back to the first episode thematically.
What would really bring it together is a companion fan edit that makes AOTC & the preceding necessary TCW episodes two acts of one movie.
Still coming back to this one every now and then. I think the look I’m seeking is less complicated than I made it out to be, however I’ve made some headway with after effects. I really think there is some added definition, and even more of a ‘nautical’ feel, with the filmic glaze over the image:
Hal 9000 said:
I couldn’t make this up: there was only one person in front of me in the theater (far from a packed house this morning), and when it was revealed that Rey was a Palpatine, he muttered something under his breath, got up, and left.
I stifled a laugh and let it out once he was far enough away.
JEDIT: God damn all these Star Wars… please don’t make me do it…
Episode 9: A complete restructure
“It’s the same Rise of Skywalker you know and…know”
To quote a familiar critic: “Yep, that’s what all of this was leading up to: nothing”
Convenient that what used to be the analogue for the OT is now for the ST. As if they both serve the same literary purpose in a discordant manner.
I’ll grant the Last Jedi was concerned with decontructing the mythos in a way that maybe could’ve moved things forward. I cannot grant that to the other two.
Broom Kid said:
I don’t agree it undoes ROTJ’s conclusions any more than the onward march of time “undoes” the actions (and the meaning behind the actions) of the people who fought (and died) for things in the past.
When the allied powers won the war and created a peacetime, History didn’t continue with Zombie Hitler reinstating the Axis Powers tenfold and starting World War 3 in the 1970’s
After viewing this film, I would like to formally apologize for any railing against the Last Jedi I may have conducted in the previous two years.
‘There’s nothing left to say, the saga is dead to me now, you know.’
‘The saga is over anyway, you know. Convenient.’
Finally, some 4K screencaps of THE PHANTOM MENACE, without the HDR grade. Looks super DNR’d, just like the Blu-ray.
Not sure what ‘without the HDR grade’ actually removes but it didn’t look like this at all when I streamed it on a 4KTV
Mandalorian is “out there” in 4K HDR, so the drm has clearly been broken on day one, so I think for those of us who won’t get D+ until 2021 (and believe me, if I could get it now, I’d be the first in line), someone will put the new masters out as well.
I know in your most recent video you explained why Despecialized won’t be progressing very much for now, but has this Disney+ business changed that at all?
“Damn near monochrome” I believe is exactly what Verta said about the Reliance media restoration.
To call them Special Editions is to be defiant of the notion that films altered decades after completion are the de facto versions.
I also watched TPM, it looked fine but for some reason the saturation was extremely blown out during the scene of the council testing Anakin’s force connection. Maybe it was my TV settings but it was a total outlier.
The color changes are appreciated, but otherwise this is pretty embarrassing.
I’m not, sorry. Great work on this project though.
What Plinkett did was give an extremely fleshed-out voiced to the many who were already predisposed to hate the films. The issue then is that the critical thinking has already been done for the majority, so all future discussion is corked from the get-go. It’s hard to contest in favor of those films when the points being parroted en masse (over-abundance of computer graphics, poor direction/framing/blocking, letting the pop-culture dictate the over-importance of the major subjects i.e. Vader) are bulletproof. Even if there’s still a wealth more to discuss, a feature-length assessment is enough for most people.
Obviously it’s going to be a niche consumer product when it’s mere existence is scrubbed from the popular consciousness by the powers that be, and therein lies the problem that projects like Star Wars Legacy seek to resolve. Most people aren’t deciding not to watch a Star Wars without prosthetic CGI addenda and superior color/picture quality, because they’re not even aware of the option.
Broom Kid said:
There’s a considerable difference between a film being restored or preserved and a film being sold on a home video format of choice. One is a question of preservation, the other is a question of consumerism. You may ask "well what good is preservation if I can’t buy a copy of it at thFilm history isn’t being ignored, and the original version of Star Wars isn’t going to disappear from history because it wasn’t pressed onto 4k UHD disc.
Disappearing from the collective conscious is a form of cultural erasure and a legitimate issue, such that many efforts over the years (like the website you and I are posting on right now) have sought to highlight as much for a while in the face of an unchanging corporate entity.
Broom Kid said:
Prequel Trilogy: Boring backstory
Sequel Trilogy: Eager Remix
You’re in fact describing the same thing I am. The pulp of backstory and its layered but conscious mythos is dragged down by its mundane execution; substance, without motivation to be engaged. “Remix” describes re-purposing something that already existed without contributing the bulk of the whole, i.e. “lacking substance” while supplying fresh stimulation. Keeping the audience engaged although not providing much to be engaged over.
Prequels are substance without excitement. Sequels are excitement with (less) substance. OT is a balance of both.
The general plot to Avengers: Endgame leaked before the movie was released and it was both dismissed as being too ridiculous to be true, while others felt that if the leaks were true it would be a terrible movie. The leaks did turn out to be pretty accurate overall. yet now Endgame is considered one of the best films in the MCU. I think most films would/could sound pretty boring and/or strange when all you have are simple scene summaries without any of the dialogue, performances, music, cinematography, etc. to make them engaging. Plus, the people who leaks movie plots don’t usually have the full scripts at hand, but have found ways to “peak” into the production, and that’s definitely bound to strip away a lot of nuances and important details.
I don’t think that’s to the credit of the film, though. What people were criticising (namely Cap’s ending) was accurate to what happened in the film.
I read the leaked Last Jedi synopsis and was very disappointed, but when I saw it executed on screen I was relieved that at least what was written was carried out to the best of the production’s ability. The operative factor on my experience, however, was that my disappointment for the plot was already out of the way, and it was only that I was braced ahead of time that my moviegoing experience wasn’t as negative as it could have been.
Hal 9000 said:
Could one deepfake one puppet onto another?
This was my idea as well. It couldn’t be too uncanny since its already not a human to begin with.