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#67432
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STAR WARS DVD Producer Van Ling answers the tough questions!
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I'm curious. Please point out where in my post that I disregarded their contributions. Also, please explain how any contribution on their part limits Lucas' rights and ownership of the films.

MeBeJedi: pal! buddy! I wasn't referring to your comments (guess maybe I should stop being a lazy ass and start doing quotes ). I was only saying that while I agree Lucas, as the rightful owner, has the option of doing anything he wants, it might not be ethical/professional, especially considering the importance and abundance of the other people's contributions.
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#67420
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STAR WARS DVD Producer Van Ling answers the tough questions!
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I'm going to have to side with Sam_Lu on this one. Obviously none of us were there on the set(s) so we'll never know the full story, but it seems pretty obvious that if you were to quantify the amount of creative/artistic input contributed to ESB and ROTJ, that the majority came from people other than Lucas (Kurtz, Kasdan, Marquand, ect). BUT, not only that, they actually made the movies EXCEPTIONAL. To disregard their contributions and instead consider them as nothing more than mere 'labor' is, well, just not my opinion.

And if you want proof, I present to you the prequels and the SE's.
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#67186
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NFL
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While I don't consider Rush's statements necessarily racist, I do think they were incorrect. I've watched every Eagles game since McNabb was drafted. He carried that team, as he WAS the offense (Thrash, Pinktston, Freddie Mitchell and all the running backs have been marginal at best, and he was able to win with them). Not to mention Andy Reid's ultra-conservative offensive scheme doesn't compliment McNabb's playmaking style at all, and he was able to succeed in spite of it. Sure they had good defenses too, but defense alone doesn't get you to 3 NFC championship games in a row. Culpepper would seem to have been a better target, but that would have been off the mark too.
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#66996
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Places to buy OT DVD Covers?
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I never had any problems with the Kinkos employees the few times I went. If anything, I got "you're paying 4 bucks for THIS?!?!" looks from them. But overall they were pretty oblivious to what I was doing.

The only issue I had to deal with was actually getting them the files to print. The covers I was printing were over 2 mb, so I had to actually download them from the internet onto a Kinkos computer. But I don't see why it shouldn't be any harder than putting the files onto a cd and handing it to them to print the covers. Should be pretty easy.
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#66002
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An article of lies and disgust - George Lucas talks re the 2004 OT SE DVD release...
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Although I'm sure they're going to sell a bazillion dvds, and yes it's just the first day, I don't see the release of the dvds being the triumph that Lucasfilm envisioned. There's just too much dissent from everywhere that can't help but be noticed. Sure most of the reviews are positive, but there still are a fair amount of negative ones. Amazon's customer rating for the trilogy has fallen to 3 1/2 stars out of 5, and this is due to the dvds. You have new scenes which are sure to rub people the wrong way, minimal extras, and various blunders like the green lightsaber. And the audio problem is nothing short of a total debacle. Not to mention any time Lucas is in any publication promoting anything star wars, he automatically gets asked about the originals. Again, I'm not saying we've won anything, but it just seems that the release of the dvds is far from the unequivocally successful release that Lucasfilm had in mind.
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#65583
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PG-13 Revenge of the Sith
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AOTC was the epitome of laziness when it comes to cgi. I can understand the need to cgi ships, and city scapes, as well as other things that would be too hard for stuntmen. But George was just cgi'ing for the sake of cgi'ing. It probably went something like this:

Crew: George, the guys are here to build the walls for Palpatine's office.

George: Uh, I've decided we're going to cgi them, so tell them to take a hike.

Crew: Well, we also have the guys who are going to build the floor for the Jedi Temple.

George: why would we want that when we can just cgi the floor?

Crew: And the guys are here with various alien costumes that look very real and took a lot of effort and creativity.

George: Hmmm, tempting, but this banking clan member costume just isn't Roger Rabbit enough for me. We'll cgi them.

Crew: once last thing, George. Ewan just got back from his vacation, and he shaved his beard.

George: I anticipated this, so I already have a guy working on cgi'ing read pubes onto his face. God my 'vision' kicks ass.
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#65564
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PG-13 Revenge of the Sith
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". I mean, think about it, what would you do if you were asked to film the PTs? Would you do something better? I belive 90% of us here wouldn't...



I fully disagree. Given the budget, resources involved (ILM, THX, ect), source material, and acting talent, I don't see how the prequels could possibly be any worse. There's a multitude of people out there (and here) who could have done better.
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#64838
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The OOT on DVD - then what?
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Good points, Buddy-x-wing. I think the OT should be released in whatever format and/or current standard is considered to be the most reasonable for your average viewer at any given time. Right now, dvd is the most reasonable format. There are 100's of millions of dvd players out there, the quality of the presentation is currently top-notch, and they don't deteriorate over time. DVD is the current standard, and it is reasonable that your if average person wished to see a movie on dvd, and the movie was available, that they would be able to view it. And at any time, as DVDs don't degrade.

VHS and laserdisc are no longer reasonable. Not only do you have an availability problem since the originals versions of the OT have not been in production for years, but you also have a derioration problem. VHS tapes and laserdisc players degrade over time, and there are only incredibly limited quanties left. However, I also don't believe that the OT should necessarily be put on HD-DVD/Blu-ray and their successors until those formats become the new standard, not technology-wise, but consumer-wise.

Sorry if that was confusing.
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#64620
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An article of lies and disgust - George Lucas talks re the 2004 OT SE DVD release...
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I find that statement by Lucas to be incredibly childish. I guess his ridiculous whims are more important than the interests of millions of people?. Then he goes into this "poor me" garbage. He wants his cake and to eat it too. He makes crap prequels and idiotic decisions on the OT, then wants everyone to be nice to him. Pathetic.
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#63484
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Raiders of the Lost Ark - Special Edition?
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I don't really have a problem with grand or understated. My problem with it, is that it takes focus away from the characters and story. To me, the scene is about Obi-Wan and Luke entering the city in kind of a 'here goes nothing' sense. The scene isn't about what some random Jawa happens to be doing at that time.

TR47 - I don't know the origin my Indy dvds, but they do have animated menus and I did get them about 2 years ago.
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#62958
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BaseBall talk
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I think the thing that has saved Sammy in the past is that the Chicago fans loved him. No matter what he was doing at the plate, or how crappy the Cubs were, Sammy was considered untouchable because people would flock to see him hit homeruns and run into the outfield and whatnot. He simply put people in the seats, and that was the Tribune company's bottom line.

However, that's just not the case anymore. In fact, he's probably one of the least liked players on the team (although I'm sure Farnsworth would gladly switch places with him). With new stars in Ramirez, Lee, Garciapparra, ect. - Sammy has just gotten lost in the shuffle. Bossk is totally right though, there's no way they could move him with that salary ,unless it was to some place like Baltimore who like to overpay for past-their-ptime veterans.
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#62849
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Guilty Pleasures (DVD)
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Anybody ever heard of the movie "Renegade Force" (also called "Rogue Force")? It's a straight to hbo movie starring Robert Patrick as the leader of a vigilante swat team. The production values are obviously pretty low, but it has some really kickass action sequences, not to mention real swat advisors/equipment on the set. People give me crap for holding it in such high esteem, but to me it's far better and more realistic than that stupid "S.W.A.T." movie with LL Cool J.

Right now, this is as tempting of a guilty pleasure as I can think of. here
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#62559
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What did we all expect from the Prequel Trilogy?
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The PT condescends to kids where the OT talks up to them.



Absolutely excellent point. That's one of my main problems with the PT. Lucas thinks that he can make one film that will appeal to everone, if he includes something everybody likes. And that's just illogical, not only in art, but in life. Nothing appeals to everyone. What a real artist would do is create something that is geared towards one theme, but is done well enough that people are willing to cross over to appreciate it. And that's the OT did. I was 7 years old, but the dialogue with Han Solo was done so perfectly that I KNEW he was being sarcastic, and cocky, and whatever...and I could appreciate it!