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#1453145
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Movies/TV officially released for free (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
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OK, this one’s a bit of a cheat as you can’t find the whole short on YouTube, however, two separate official channels have uploaded both halves of this famous cartoon, so it I think it counts.


The Cat Concerto (1947)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpEfHVFilRc - Part 1 from the WB Kids YouTube channel (5 mins long)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtLpv6huG3A - Part 2 from the Boomerang Official YouTube channel (2 mins long).

Synopsis:
Tom Cat is a concert pianist who plays beautifully until he is interrupted by Jerry Mouse.

Directed by Joseph Barbera & William Hanna.

Trivia:
• Following its release, it was met with critical acclaim, and is considered one of the best Tom and Jerry cartoons. It won the 1946 Oscar for Best Short Subject: Cartoons.
• The same year MGM produced The Cat Concerto, Warner Bros. released a very similar Bugs Bunny cartoon called Rhapsody Rabbit, directed by Friz Freleng, with Bugs against an unnamed mouse. Both shorts used near identical gags, the same piece by Franz Liszt, and had similar endings. Both MGM and Warner Bros. accused each other of plagiarism, after both films were submitted for the 1947 Academy Awards ceremony. Technicolor was accused of sending a print of either cartoon to the competing studio, which then allegedly plagiarized their rival’s work. This remains uncertain even today.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

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#1453141
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Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
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One of very few public domain Disney shorts and an uncharacteristically spooky one at that in time for Halloween (though of course most of the films I’ve posted in this thread are quite Halloween appropriate).


The Mad Doctor (1933)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPW70q4w5pw - from the Laser Time YouTube channel (6:30 mins long - 720p upscaled)

Synopsis:
Mickey must save Pluto from a mad doctor’s lair.

Directed by David Hand.

Cast: Walt Disney, Billy Bletcher & Pinto Colvig.

Trivia:
The short’s horror overtones made it unusual for a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Some theaters refused to show it, believing it to be too scary for kids. At one time, for this reason, it was banned entirely in the United Kingdom, as well as Nazi Germany.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

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#1451532
Topic
The <strong>random YouTube / Vimeo etc video finds</strong> thread for the Original Trilogy
Time

NOT Harrison Ford in Carbonite!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNjQd3gEFL4&t - from the Nick Maley “that Yoda Guy” YouTube channel (3 mins long).

The blurb:
“Nick Maley, the last person living who cast Harrison Ford for Han in Carbonite in 1979, tells the inside story… with a surprise! From The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit in St Maarten.”

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#1450129
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Beyond the OT Documentaries/Making-Ofs (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
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The Emmy-Winning Special Visual Effects of the Mandalorian: Season 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd39daKZCI8 - from the official ILMVFX YouTube channel (4 mins long).

The blurb:
“Join Visual Effects Supervisor, Richard Bluff, as he shares a peek behind the curtain of the effects of The Mandalorian: Season 2, winner of 7 Emmy® Awards including Special Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Prosthetic Makeup, Stunt Coordination, Stunt Performance, and Music Composition.”

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#1449990
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
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Fair enough, I stand corrected technology-wise, but I would still argue that Anakin doing Neo-like stuff kinda goes against the rules of the SW universe (at the time anyway) and the overall themes. Besides, the pod-race scene in TPM certainly showcased his special talents and the first action scene of AOTC does have him do some pretty spectacular feats (though within certain lore and narrative restrictions). Anakin also never really got reach his full potential in the movies either. He’s a kid in ep. 1, a padawan in ep. 2 and he turns to the dark side in ep. 3. And this “problem” is more or less why Lucas commissioned two Clone Wars cartoons.

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#1449980
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
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Keep in mind that to Lucas the light side of the Force isn’t mean to manifest itself in flashy and extraordinary feats, though yes, some showing rather than telling would have been nice. Of course Anakin’s near-prescient reflexes made him the only human pod-racer, and Anakin jumping off the speeder at the start of AOTC is certainly far more elaborate than anything they even could have attempted to show in the OT. The PT did in so many ways create the CG tech we now take for granted that, yes, the probably were too restricted to do too many crazy things…but, we’re saying this from the viewpoint of modern cinema with it’s plethora of superheroes doing all sorts of crazy and over the top things. And there’s my first point that this isn’t really what Jedi are supposed to do, though again, ironically, one of the biggest arguments against the PT, both back the and even nowadays, is that the Jedi became too flashy.

However, you could also argue that Anakin reaching the level he was at in AOTC despite having only been trained for ten years (at his age it should have been nearly double that) shows his unique skills. But again, Lucas had good ideas with subpar execution in the PT, and who’s to say that being the chosen one means you have to be a god-tier Jedi? I think the prophecy had more to do with simply being the person that would bring balance to the Force, not necessarily being some Force God like they did with Galen Marek (Force Unleashed) and to a somewhat lesser degree, Rey.

I think a lot of this stuff simply relates to audience expectation now that we’ve had over 20 years of CG and several dozen superhero movies that SW has to compete with for people’s attention.

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#1449938
Topic
General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
Time

BedeHistory731 said:

ZkinandBonez said:

How is it not a flaw to fail to explain how a new protagonist far supersede both of the previous saga main characters for two movies, then retconning it to some vague super-inheritance in the third film?

But is she really all that more powerful than Anakin or Luke? Do we really need to see a training arc beyond what was in TLJ and the opening of TROS (she’s been training with Leia and on her own during the time skip)? The character still struggles and has the whole “found family” arc, so it’s not like she’s a god-mode Mary Sue (e.g., Starkiller from The Force Unleashed).

Is she more powerful and Anakin and Luke? Yes, by a wide margin. Anakin had good reflexes before training, and Luke didn’t really do all that much (power wise). Rey did a mind trick out of the blue and lifted a dozen giant boulders after a just a few vague lessons by Luke. Among other things.

Now I’m not saying she’s “God mode” or anything, but I find her growth unnatural. Even after reading some Jedi texts and getting some training by Leia, who was only partially trained herself, feels cheap to me. I do however think TROS is the biggest sinner in this regard. And this includes them failing to give Rey a proper conclusion to her set up arc as well. I don’t love what the first two films did, but I appreaciate the general idea they were going with.

And I wish people would stop using Starkiller as an example. He’s a video game character and he was criticized by many for being overpowered since the beginning.

BedeHistory731 said:

ZkinandBonez said:

And as for killing off the OT characters, even Mark Hamill has expressed disappointment in Lucasfilm failing to bring back the old cast as so many fans were hoping for. Yes, Ford has an odd relationship with SW, Fisher’s passing was obviously out of everyone’s control, but killing off Luke was to many a step too far. And Lando’s “mandatory” appearance in TROS didn’t really serve much of a story purpose.

I get the issue around it, but I really don’t think it was an issue because the sacrifice was handled so well in the movie. I know an OT reunion scene would’ve been welcome, but I think the story is fine without it.

Fine, yes. But I do think filmmakers do owe the fans certain things, especially the ST was as rooted in blatant nostalgia as it was. X-Wings and TIE fighter are superficial details, its characters that count.

And I genuinely think Luke could have had his little redemption arc in TLJ and still lived to serve as the mentor to Rey in TROS. He was not supposed to be the new Ben Kenobi but the root of a new better Jedi order. I have no issues wuth Rey playing a big role in this, just like Lucas planned, but TROS felt like shallow reset button for the franchise, especially since TFA did a similar thing.

What bugs me is how much potential this trilogy and Rey had, but there were so many out of sync ideas tvrown about by different creatives. Even with Luke dead in TLJ, TROS has the potential to be quite good, as the Trevorrow stiry treatment suggest. Though I still think they should have reigned in Johnson a bit regarding the ending of TLJ.

BedeHistory731 said:

ZkinandBonez said:

I personally can forgive TFA for it’s unoriginality due it having the massive task of having to bring back fans after the PT, and I can appreciate the depth and nuance that Johnson attempted to add to Luke (though I’m still torn on whether it should have been done or not), but in the end I think the lack of an made the whole trilogy crash and burn. With Luke as a strong link to the OT and ideas more akin to Trevorrow’s planned finale I think the ST could have been quite good, if not a fair bit derivative.

I’m not all that keen on TROS, but it still feels like a decent and fairly organic ending to me. Rey has her found family and much like Luke in ROTJ, there’s room to speculate on her next move. Heck, the claiming of the name with ghostly approval works well as a torch pass to me.

Granted, I’d have set the ST 100 years after ROTJ with only Chewy, R2, 3PO, and ghost Luke returning. All the themes could be explored without causing unexpected disturbances with OT fans.

Maybe they could do something like that for ep. 10-12. The ST was always supposed to bring back Luke, even in Lucas’ story ideas, which is why I think so many fans were disappointed. And I think it’s fear to point out that most critics of the ST were just annoyed or disappointed, and they are generally not the rantic lunatics frothing at the mouth that you’d think from the way you read about this debate in online pop-culture “journalism”.

I do think a 100 years later sequel-sequel trilogy could be quite interesting though. With the TV serues6taking chances and films like Dune doing something different we can always hope that the new trilogy, if they make it, will take some chances.

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#1449927
Topic
General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
Time

How is it not a flaw to fail to explain how a new protagonist far supersede both of the previous saga main characters for two movies, then retconning it to some vague super-inheritance in the third film? And as for killing off the OT characters, even Mark Hamill has expressed disappointment in Lucasfilm failing to bring back the old cast as so many fans were hoping for. Yes, Ford has an odd relationship with SW, Fisher’s passing was obviously out of everyone’s control, but killing off Luke was to many a step too far. And Lando’s “mandatory” appearance in TROS didn’t really serve much of a story purpose. What annoys me is that I think the new trilogy could have been saved with just one minor adjustment to TLJ. If Luke hadn’t been killed off and Rey had received some actual mentoring in the third film, then I think the whole thing could have come to a much more satisfying conclusion. I still would have had some complaints, sure, but it would have felt more consistent and like a proper “passing of the torch” story. It would have given Luke more of a complete arc and a position in the saga worthy of what was set up previously and how he is perceived by the fandom, and it could also have helped give some much needed limitations to Rey’s abilities (which TLJ did kind of touch on), while still allowing for her grand powers in the third film. And hopefully this would have resulted in a third film that gave Finn and Poe more to do.

I personally can forgive TFA for it’s unoriginality due it having the massive task of having to bring back fans after the PT, and I can appreciate the depth and nuance that Johnson attempted to add to Luke (though I’m still torn on whether it should have been done or not), but in the end I think the lack of an organic ending made the whole trilogy crash and burn. With Luke as a strong link to the OT and ideas more akin to Trevorrow’s planned finale I think the ST could have been quite good, if not a fair bit derivative.

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#1447778
Topic
The <strong>random YouTube / Vimeo etc video finds</strong> thread for the Original Trilogy
Time

Body Language Analyst Reacts To Star Wars - “I Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing” Scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aYucXfMFF4&t - from the enigma YouTube channel (7 mins long).

Body Language Analyst Reacts To Star Wars - “I Am Your Father” Scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RekThjmrQE - from the enigma YouTube channel (9 mins long).

Body Language Analyst Reacts To Star Wars - Luke Meets Palpatine Scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iCoAPRk0C8 - from the enigma YouTube channel (12 mins long)

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#1446039
Topic
Movies/TV officially released for free (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Kamen Rider: Season 1 Episode 1 - The Mysterious Spider Man (1971)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49txelAN5uo&list=PLnY1FL_e1HO5R3PEsEmueC4jZG7Jf2a_1&index - from the TokuSHOUTsu YouTube channel (25 mins - 1080p - Eng. subtitles)

Synopsis:
Takeshi Hongo, a young scientist boasting of an IQ of 600 and a racing prodigy, is abducted and his body surgically remodeled by Shocker, an evil secret society plotting for global domination.

Directed by Koichi Takemoto.

Cast: Hiroshi Fujioka, Akiji Kobayashi & Chieko Morikawa.

Trivia:
The original series spawned television and film sequels and launched the Second Kaiju Boom (also known as the Henshin Boom) on Japanese television during the early 1970s, impacting the superhero and action-adventure genres in Japan.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article (for entire series)

Some additional information about TokuSHOUTsu:
TokuSHOUTsu™ is dedicated to all things tokusatsu, featuring TV shows and live-action films with eye-popping special effects, vicious monster brawls, superhero stunts and spectacular sci-fi. The TokuSHOUTsu channel streams on Pluto TV, with select titles also available on demand at Shout! Factory TV.

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#1446038
Topic
Movies/TV officially released for free (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Ultraman: Episode 1 - Ultra Operation No. 1 (1966)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP05cLPgRpI - from the TokuSHOUTsu YouTube channel (25 mins - 1080p - Eng. subtitles)

Synopsis:
Ultraman is escorting his prisoner to its final destination. The prisoner escapes and heads toward Earth. As Ultraman follows in pursuit, he accidentally crashes into an Earth craft, injuring its pilot and altering both of their lives forever.

Directed by Hajime Tsuburaya.

Cast: Susumu Kurobe, Akiji Kobayashi & Hiroko Sakurai.

Trivia:
Since its debut, both the show and character became international pop culture phenomena, inspiring rip-offs, imitators, parodies, tributes, and a multimedia franchise centered around spin-off characters based on Ultraman. The series has been recognized by Guinness World Records for “TV series with most number of spin-offs.”

IMDb link
Wikipedia article (for entire series)

Some additional information about TokuSHOUTsu:
TokuSHOUTsu™ is dedicated to all things tokusatsu, featuring TV shows and live-action films with eye-popping special effects, vicious monster brawls, superhero stunts and spectacular sci-fi. The TokuSHOUTsu channel streams on Pluto TV, with select titles also available on demand at Shout! Factory TV.

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#1445797
Topic
Beyond the OT Documentaries/Making-Ofs (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Filmmakers Discuss Bringing Virtual Worlds to Life for The Mandalorian Season 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0XRxRDA2AY - from the official ILMVFX YouTube channel (6 mins long)

The blurb:
“The Mandalorian filmmakers discuss ILM’s innovative StageCraft virtual production technology, which has been advanced even further for the second season of Lucasfilm’s Emmy Award-winning series. Leveraging Helios, ILM’s real-time cinema render engine, the series breaks new ground in high fidelity, real-time visual effects. The discussion includes commentary from Kathleen Kennedy, Janet Lewin, Rob Bredow, Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Carrie Beck, Richard Bluff, Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, Doug Chiang, Greig Fraser, Robert Rodriguez, and Deborah Chow.”

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#1445593
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Here’s another highly esteemed film that I would have posted earlier if I had known it was in the public domain.


The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BtAjHx0SwA - from the FEATURE FILM YouTube channel (1 hour 59 mins - 1080p)

Synopsis:
A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.

Directed by Otto Preminger.

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak & Eleanor Parker.

Trivia:
Preminger decided to release the finished film prior to submitting it for a Code seal of approval. In early December 1955, the PCA denied the film a Code seal, and the decision was upheld upon appeal to the MPAA. As a result, United Artists resigned from the MPAA that same month (although the company re-joined a few years later). The National Legion of Decency also showed disagreement with the PCA ruling by rating the film as a “B” meaning “morally objectionable in part for all”, instead of a “C” meaning “condemned”, which was the rating normally given to films that were denied a Code seal. Large theater circuits including Loews also refused to ban the film and instead showed it despite the lack of a Code seal. As a result of the controversy, the MPAA investigated and revised production codes, allowing later movies more freedom to deeply explore hitherto taboo subjects such as drug abuse, kidnapping, miscegenation, abortion, and prostitution.

IMDb link
Wikipdia article

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#1445038
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Another bat film, plus a gorilla one for good measure.


The Bat (1959)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td3OM8jbBJQ - from the Cult Cinema Classics YouTube chanel (1 hour 20 mins - 480p)

Synopsis:
A crazed killer known as “The Bat” is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

Directed by Crane Wilbur.

Cast: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead & Gavin Gordon.

Trivia:
The Bat was distributed in 1959 on a double bill with the British Hammer film The Mummy.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article


The Gorilla (1939)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP1xlXj76Mw - from the Cult Cinema Classics YouTube channel (1 hour 6 mins - 480p)

Synopsis:
When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.

Directed by Allan Dwan.

Cast: The Ritz Brothers, Lionel Atwill & Bela Lugosi.

Trivia:
The death of the Ritz Brothers’ father caused production of the film in January to be delayed. Fox placed a $150,000 suit against the Ritz brothers for a breach of contract as the film was stated to start production on January 30, but was halted when the Ritz Brothers did not show up. By March, the film began shooting again with the Ritz brothers returning to the film. The Gorilla became the last film made for Fox by the Ritz brothers.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

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#1445034
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

The Charlie Chan detective mysteries has something of a bad reputation that have prevented them from seeing modern home video releases, and considering how all of them (apart from two lost silent films) star Caucasian men playing an Asian character, it’s not hard to see why these films can feel quite awkward by modern standards. However, I don’t think this simple dismissal gives the now dead franchise the respect it actually deserves. Think about it. In a time rampant with yellow peril stories where Asian characters were largely relegated to villains or the submissive manservant, one author decided it was necessary to create an Asian hero for the general public. And so did Fox Studios.

From the early 1930’s to the late 1940’s there was a minimum of one Charlie Chan film per year. Clearly audiences could not get enough of this character. Even the still well known Sherlock Holmes series starring Basil Rathbone only managed to produce 14 films between 1939 and 1946. Other contemporaries like Mr. Moto or the Crime Doctor were lucky to reach ten films. Charlie Chan managed a staggering 46 films in less than two decades, and was quickly given a TV series in the 1950’s before eventually loosing public interest by the 1960’s.

Charlie Chan was a classic detective in the tradition of Hercule Poirot (who didn’t get a proper film adaptation until the 70’s). He was always the smartest person in the room. He was always one step ahead of everyone. The was charming, wise, and there was always a heavy emphasis on what a good family man he was, and the films often featured one of his many, many sons, who were thankfully always played by actual Asians. Yes, there were silly cliches, like how Chan frequently quotes Chinese proverbs (though this trope was more common with the latter two of the three actors), and his accent could be a fair bit over the top at times (again, especially in the later films). And the black supporting characters, especially during the tenure of the latter two actors, such as Chan’s cowardly chauffeur Birmingham Brown, can be absolutely cringy to watch nowadays. But all in all I believe Charlie Chan the character, especially Warner Oland’s portrayal, deserves at least some respect, despite the fact that we now know better than to do a lot of the things done in these movies.

Are the actual films any good though, as far as murder mysteries go? Well, the early films are pretty solid over all, though unfortunately the public domain films are mostly from the latter years of the franchise when they had fallen into firmly established tropes and clichés.


Charlie Chan’s Secret (1936)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB16-tmRgAE - from the CiNENET YouTube channel (1 hour 12 mins - 480p)

Synopsis:
The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up murdered.

Directed by Gordon Wiles.

Cast: Warner Oland, Rosina LawrenceCharles Quigley.

Trivia:
• The tenth Charlie Chan film produced by Fox in only five years.
• The only public domain film from the series starring Warner Oland.

IMDb link
Wikipedia link


The Scarlet Clue (1945)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wPXJFx0bPA - from the FEATURE FILM YouTube channel (1 hour 4 mins - 480p)

Synopsis:
Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Directed by Phil Rosen.

Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland & Ben Carter.

Trivia:
The 16th Charlie Chan film starring Sidney Toler and the 32nd film overall (not counting silent movies).

IMDb link
Wikipdia article


Dark Alibi (1946)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN-zv3f7guE - from the Timeless Classic Movies YouTube channel (1 hour 1 min - 480p)

Synopsis:
A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate one of his clients, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days.

Directed by Phil Karlson.

Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland & Ben Carter.

Trivia:
The 19th Charlie Chan film starring Sidney Toler and the 36th film overall (not counting silent movies).

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

And the colourized version of you wish to dabble in such things;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r5rrl4ONp0


Dangerous Money (1946)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgEElXjTKgU&t - from the Inter-Pathé YouTube channel (1 hour 6 mins - 240p)

Synopsis:
A treasury agent on the trail of counterfeit money confides to fellow ocean liner passenger Charlie Chan that there have been two attempts on his life.

Directed by Terry O. Morse.

Cast: Sidney Toler, Gloria Warren & Victor Sen Yung.

Trivia:
The 20th Charlie Chan film starring Sidney Toler and the 35th film overall (not counting silent movies).

IMDb link
Wikipedia article


The Trap (1946)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpIW54mN5Fk - from the Timeless Classic Movies YouTube channel (1 hour 8 mins - 480p)

Synopsis:
When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

Directed by Howard Bretherton.

Cast: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland & Victor Sen Yung.

Trivia:
The 22th Charlie Chan film starring Sidney Toler and the 38th film overall (not counting silent movies).

IMDb link
Wikipedia article


The Chinese Ring (1947)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn8Jir3hW5o&t - from the Timeless Classic Movies YouTube channel (1 hour 7 mins - 480p)

Synopsis:
Soon after a Chinese princess comes to the US to buy planes for her people, she is murdered by a poison dart fired by an air rifle.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Cast: Roland Winters, Warren Douglas & Mantan Moreland.

Trivia:
• The 1st Charlie Chan film starring Roland Winters and the 41st film overall (not counting silent movies).
• The plot is nearly identical to Mr. Wong in Chinatown, a 1939 film starring Boris Karloff. That film was also an adaptation of Scott Darling’s script for the 1931 film Murder at Midnight.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article


The Golden Eye (1948)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK6uzbyk3Ik - from the Inter-Pathé YouTube channel (1 hour 07 mins - 240p)

Synopsis:
Chan discovers a conspiracy when a low paying gold mine seemingly starts to become profitable, and attempts are made on the owner’s life.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Cast: Roland Winters, Wanda McKay & Mantan Moreland.

Trivia:
The 4th Charlie Chan film starring Roland Winters and the 45th film overall (not counting silent movies).

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

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#1444493
Topic
Public Domain Movies (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

As a bit of a follow up to the Fleischer studios first animated feature; Gulliver’s Travels, and the Superman cartoon, here is their “Color Specials” trilogy of Arabian Nights themed Popeye the Sailor shorts.


Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIwUpvf2jXY - from the 8thManDVD.com™ Cartoon Channel YouTube channel (16 mins long - 1080p upscale)

Synopsis:
The legendary sailors Popeye and Sindbad do battle to see which one is the greatest.

Directed by Dave Fleischer & Willard Bowsky.

Cast: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Gus Wickie & Lou Fleischer.

Trivia:
• This short was the first of the three Popeye Color Specials, which, at over sixteen minutes each, were billed as “A Popeye Feature.”
• It was nominated for the 1936 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons, but lost to Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony: The Country Cousin.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article


Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s Forty Thieves (1937)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miw_Jw7j2sE - from the 8thManDVD.com™ Cartoon Channel YouTube channel (17 mins long - 1080p upscale)

Synopsis:
Popeye the Sailor, accompanied by Olive Oyl and Wimpy, is dispatched to stop the dreaded bandit Abu Hassan and his force of forty thieves.

Directed by Dave Fleischer & Willard Bowsky.

Cast: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Gus Wickie & Lou Fleischer.

Trivia:
• It was produced while Fleischer competitor Walt Disney was entering the final months of production on his first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
• It made full use of Fleischer Studios’s multiplane camera, which they had been experimenting with for some time.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article


Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1939)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv7IH291KBo - from the 8thManDVD.com™ Cartoon Channel YouTube channel (21 mins long - 1080p upscale)

Synopsis:
Working in the story department of Surprise Pictures, Olive Oyl writes a script based on the story of Aladdin, casting Popeye as the thief and herself as the Princess.

Directed by Dave Fleischer & Dave Tendlar.

Cast: Margie Hines, Jack Mercer & Carl Meyer.

Trivia:
According to the film’s press release, its making involved two hundred colors and twenty-eight thousand individual, full-color drawings; the press release also mentions 3D animation, but such footage was never used in the final version. However, a glimpse can be obtained in a Popular Science short (see Bonus Video below), which documents the film’s making, and reveals a sculpted model of the castle being photographed.

Bonus Video:
The Making of a Popeye Cartoon (1938)

IMDb link
Wikipedia article

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#1444476
Topic
The Random YouTube, Vimeo etc. video finds thread for Beyond the OT
Time

I originally assumed that Thrawn would be the main villain of the Ahsoka series as it was her episode in The Mandalorian that name-dropped him and that elements of the other shows would cross over, but it wouldn’t surprise me (and I hope this is the case) if they’ll make some kind of “Thrawn miniseries” to connect and conclude all 3 series (or four? Is Rangers of the New Republic still happening?), kinda like what the Netflix Defenders series did with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, etc.

I feel like the conclusion to The Mandalorian has to be related to the retaking of Mandalore, possibly against Bo Katan, but this could of course tie to Thrawn’s plans as well. It’ll be interesting to see what *The Book of Boba Fett will turn out to be, but with Fett being a Mandalorian of sorts himself, and considering how Ahsoka took part in the Republic occupation of Mandalore, I can see all three (or more) series crossing over with this as it’s main focus.

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#1444437
Topic
Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films
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LexX said:

I doubt it since it isn’t in the script but just Ben Burtt recording himself in a church or whatever it was. I think it’s something very simple.

Well, yes, that’s kinda what I meant. It could just be something he recorded at an airbase, or something he swiped from an old movie, etc. I’m sure they made sure to record/find something that wouldn’t sound (too) out of place in a starship hangar setting, but I was never suggesting it was scripted. Of course it could just be something Ben Burt made up on the spot that he felt sounded sci-fi-y and then just added enough echo and electronic crackle in post to make it borderline unintelligible. Had this been any other movie than SW I doubt we would even bother to try an analyse this incidental background noise in the first place.

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Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films
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LexX said:

Bluto said:

LexX said:

Speaking of small details, does anyone still know what the intercom voice says here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKs0iI68Rx8&t=30s
I have some idea but I still don’t know for sure what he says.

NeverarGreat said:

“Media Squad, prep your team and check any power (powdered?) supplies.”

Maybe. The sounds change based on what I’m expecting to hear.

That’s a tough one. I couldn’t make out anything at first, but now think NeverarGreat is very close.

  • “… squad, prep your team and check …” sounds spot on.
  • “Media” has the right sound, but the context doesn’t fit. Due to the sudden cut to this scene, perhaps there’s something before the “edia” sound that was lost in the editing?
  • My ears hear different vowel sounds (as well as a different rhythm) at the end: I don’t think it’s “power supplies”, but confess not to have a better suggestion at present.

Someone once suggested it’s meteor squad but I don’t know if that makes any more sense.

Considering how early on in SW canon this is I’d say that actually makes a lot of sense. ANH has much more traditionally sci-fi elements to it the the later films did, and for all we know the announcement might be borrowed from some other movie or TV series or real life thing that just sounded right for this setting. This could even be the reason why it’s so unintelligible.

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The Random YouTube, Vimeo etc. video finds thread for Beyond the OT
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Any thoughts on this? As a fan of both Legends and several aspects of the new canon, Rebels and The Mnadalorian especially, I’m very much onboard with this. Though I do hope they make it their own thing and don’t just steal from the original story, but with Ahsoka being the new “focus” I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Disney is basically remaking the Thrawn Trilogy (Mt. Tantiss Confirmed and More)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-mDJQBb6o0 - from the EckhartsLadder YouTube channel (9 mins long)

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Movies/TV officially released for free (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. finds)
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Chiller: Season 1 Episode 1 - Prophecy (1995)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNx3cUYEFvI - from the Shout! Factory YouTube channel (51 mins long - 1080p)

Synopsis:
When a group of friends hold a séance in the basement of a London café they each receive a prophecy. Five years later and the prophecies have started to come true.

Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark.

Cast: Nigel Havers, Sophie Ward & Tony Haygart.

Trivia:
• Part of a five-part British horror fantasy anthology television series, produced by Yorkshire Television
• Described by The Guardian as ITV’s “answer to The X-Files”.

IMDb link
Wikipedia article (for entire series)

Some additional information about Shout! Factory:
A diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture, Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up first-run feature films, original, contemporary, and classic TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV.