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#1290155
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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nl0428 said:

I’m starting to think this thread has been derailed into the topic of the Special Edition changes.

Agreed, I’m pretty sure there’s a death of the author thread where those arguments can be made. Although, the deeper question to get back on track is what JJ/Disney will ultimately decide based around that very same fan contention. They killed the EU and kept their distance from the prequels, they didn’t want to deal with the dead weight (their perspective). Now the fans who had appreciation for those things have surfaced and turned the finger back on them and calling their movies fan fiction. Hard to know how they’ll take that reaction, the prequels have themselves undergone a shift in general consensus in the time between TFA and TLJ.

There’s really no winning with Star Wars in my opinion, it’s all so personal and perceptions change, and the next generation of fans will have a custom experience. Always in motion is the future.

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#1290038
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Hilarious to see mention of 4:3 aspect ratio, I’ve been thinking about taking on my own prequel edit and have been considering going for “academy ratio” as sort of a callback to that older style closer to silent era. Similar to how The Grand Budapest Hotel used it to set a period.

Cropping also has practical reasons opening up extra cutting room and if you wanted you could even pull a few maneuvers like George Lucas and find all kinds of room blending and splitting shots to gain that much control over the pace and focus of the scene.

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#1288806
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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DrDre said:

I’m cautiously optimistic about episode IX. I’m not expecting it to be the second coming, but an entertaining film nonetheless, and I guess after 40 years of history, that’s not a bad way to end the Skywalker saga.

Makes me think Return of the Jedi, or Revenge of the Sith, now Rise of Skywalker going through the ringer. I accept that the last bite at the apple in each instance gives equal rise to high criticism as well as a sense of hey let’s all get along and have a good “last” ride. I don’t think either reaction is wrong, even feeling both at the same time. After reading about the differences between what Lucas, Kasdan and Gary Kurtz wanted for RotJ, a fan can still appreciate the fun of their childhood favorite while dreaming of what might have been.

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#1285382
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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Overall love the added kick the film look gives vs the more neutral muted video, it’s more exciting to look at as a whole. Does seem to be a little high in the reds for me, to the point where I feel it soaking in places it shouldn’t; knocking down the green so heavy does a lot to eliminate the video feel but even there I think there’s maybe a bit of over correction (potential detail loss?) that could be reeled back for the final balance.

Still big improvements, great work on this, can’t wait to see the finished version.

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#1284447
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Star Wars Trilogy SE bluray color regrade
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Looking slightly more pink/magenta than before (not a bad thing), really feeling that vibrant technicolor it’s got a rich punch to it. And wow, a version of 4k77 that finally looks right to me. Could just be jpeg compression but I do see some artifacts in the star field, goes away lower the black point, obviously without killing any of that sweet, preserved detail.

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#1278890
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Star Wars Trilogy SE bluray color regrade
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Maybe worth switching over to some other shots at this point? Was helpful at first using the same reference for a while but the slightness between the options can be a little maddening.

The brightness looks a quarter step too high in some places to me, but we all have different displays. I think this has been overall great progress, but I wonder where the rabbit hole ends.

my take:

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#1244473
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ESB intro - <em>Franz Waxman redux</em> [short/misc.]
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This is just something fun, with no other special edits made after initial alignment, here is the opening to The Empire Strikes Back set to the score from the 1950’s Billy Wilder classic Sunset Boulevard.
https://streamable.com/i4yse

(I would recommend at least watching the opening if you haven’t already seen the movie before viewing this mashup.)
ESB video sourced from 35mm restoration thread by poita
Sunset Boulevard audio from https://youtu.be/u2RHPQpSbYI

I don’t have anything more to build on top of this, there is no extended version, but I thought it would be different and could open up some discussion. Maybe others have tried their own soundtrack replacements, what score would really change or suit other scenes in fun and interesting ways?

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#1243139
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(READ DESCRIPTION) Nightmare Fuel Non-Horror Movie Scenes
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Stop motion animation always holds a special place in my heart for its inherent creep factor, in particular creatures composited against live action. There’s just something about the jerky movements that add a strange, unsettling layer to whatever the effect is, and usually it was some deformed monster to start.

I will always remember the 1986 Eddie Murphy movie The Golden Child for this reason. Not otherwise the most memorable or respected movie, listed as a “fantasy comedy film”. I won’t go deep into the plot details, a lot about some magic knife and the most 80s approach to Tibetan mysticism you could ever hope for. Oh, also the main villain worships the devil and transforms into a giant literal demon with wings that chases down Eddie Murphy and a little boy.

sardo numspa

You just don’t know how to brace for that as a kid, definite nightmare fuel.

And that’s not even as crazy as whatever is going on with the final boss from a movie like Howard the Duck
(also released in '86)!