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#1254551
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Wedge Antilles, 'Col Takbright' and Deepfakes
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ray_afraid said:

calculon559 said:

One of the more glaring errors in A New Hope was pilot Wedge being played by two different actors

Nah. The first guy isn’t called by name in the film and there’s no reason to believe he isn’t just another pilot.
I would like to hear a different voice dubbed for him though.

The first guy wasn’t even credited. Then again, neither was James Earl Jones. Also, every other canon source, including the script, says that Wedge said that line.

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#1254413
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Wedge Antilles, 'Col Takbright' and Deepfakes
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One of the more glaring errors in A New Hope was pilot Wedge being played by two different actors; Colin Higgins in the briefing scene, and Denis Lawson everywhere else, including the two sequels Empire & Jedi. It took until 2017 for this to be ‘corrected’, by simply saying that Colin Higgins was playing a different character, Col Takbright, who has an entire short story devoted to him in the anthology book “From A Certain Point Of View”.

To me, this is nothing more than a cop-out, as every other source prior attributes Higgins’ one line to Wedge. But how else could this be fixed?

Enter “Deepfakes”. High tech video editing using deep-learning algorithms to change people faces, usually to change someone’s facial appearance from one person to another, although it can also be used to change what someone is saying with use of different audio e.g an impersonator.

Now, the question isn’t “Can we change Higgins to look like Lawson in the briefing scene”. The answer to that is Yes. The question is, with the tools that are available to fans, can it be done in high quality and look professional? And should we do it? I feel like those are the more interesting questions.

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#1254162
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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ChainsawAsh said:

Quick corrections: the director is Gareth Edwards, not Gareth Williams, and in the blurb it should say “retro,” not “retraux.”

Other than that, it looks great!

Ok, no idea how I got Gareth Williams from Gareth Edwards, other than to say I think I knew someone with that name. Still, that’s no excuse. And while “retraux” was intentional (it’s a portmanteau of retro and faux), I’ve decided to change it since it’s clearly not a word everyone knows and would just confuse everyone. I’m sure there’s a better way to word that, but my linguistic skills are down the crapper at the minute.

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#1253455
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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oojason said:

^ very well done mate. Love the rearrangement of images for the back covers and the long vertical image on each of the left sides too - they look great.

Thanks, but I can’t take credit for the arrangement; as I mentioned earlier on the thread, it’s based on the French '95 Laserdiscs which, as ChainsawAsh said, has more breathing room, and isn’t a hot mess of pictures and words competing for space.

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#1253290
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4K83 Released
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oohteedee said:

4k77 is missing one frame at the end of reel 5. The only available source was the BD so it was not used. If the 35mm prints were complete then it would have been used in 4k77 for historical accuracy and preservation. The BD frame should have been used anyway IMHO.

In hindsight, it absolutely would have been better if that one missing frame was reinserted into 4K77. That way, it would be clearer what the objective of the 4KXX project is (preserve the entire trilogy, GOUT-standards be damned) and if nothing else we could have had these arguments ages ago!

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#1253270
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4K83 Released
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theMaestro said:

4k77 not having enough frames can be solved by either using black frames or splicing Blu-ray frames in (I think they did the former). But that is very different from actively removing frames that are on the print just to conform to an inferior standard. I think it makes sense for 4k83 to be the new sync standard for ROTJ.

Sorry, I meant 4k77 IS GOUT-synced, even though it’s missing at least one frame from the end of Reel 5 that was on the BluRay, and I believe at least a couple more from a French PAL laserdisc if I remember correctly. And then they turn around and change tactics for 4K83, adding every frame and breaking sync with tons of audio and sub options?

But, having read the GOUT-sync thread that CatBus referred to, I can kind of see where Williarob and the team are coming from; NTSC-GOUT has two frames missing, PAL-GOUT has one missing, their print has all three, why not add them all? I guess I was just on the side of trimming the two frames so everything else doesn’t break, however minor. Maybe 4K83 will be the new sync standard for RotJ? idk

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#1253225
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4K83 Released
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This project is not GOUT-synced. The GOUT version of this film is missing two
frames that were seen in theatres. This project presents those two original theatrical
frames for film and historical accuracy.

I’m not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, it’s great to see the whole film being preserved. On the other hand, that means a lot of audio and subtitle options have to manually adjusted to compensate for just those two frames. I wouldn’t be so concerned except 4k77 was GOUT-synced, and we know that is also missing some frames, specifically from the end of reel 5 iirc, so why change tactics now?

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#1252893
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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LordZerome1080 said:

Out of all of these this is one of the best in my opinion

Wow, thanks. Means a lot considering this is a 47 page thread!

ChainsawAsh said:

Yeah, Calculon, those are really nice! And I’m not usually a fan of the 95 international VHS style art.

Great username, by the way. 😃

Thanks. They’re moreso based on the Laserdisc layout than the VHS, which I think looks nicer and is less cramped.

http://www.swonvideo.com/laserdisc/vldfrance1995anh.htm
http://www.swonvideo.com/laserdisc/vldfrance1995esb.htm
http://www.swonvideo.com/laserdisc/vldfrance1995rotj.htm

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#1252782
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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Here’s some '95 International style BluRay covers. I’ve tried to make them as generic as possible, so they can be used for whatever version of the unaltered original trilogy you may have. Having said that, I believe these covers should fit the standard 12mm spine cases, as opposed to the 14mm cases used in some countries e.g. Australia. If anyone wants me to modify them for the wider spine or to add some classification markings, just let me know.
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#1241161
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TN1's 4K trilogy poster, in the style of the '85 Triple Bill
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Was messing around in Photoshop, trying to recreate the actual '85 Triple Bill posters (the real ones, not the bootleg) and was pretty much finished when I had an epiphany; probably shouldn’t release it publicly lest someone less scrupulous than I tries to make a buck off it, even though I was only working at 72dpi and my sources were less than ideal. Not wanting to completely waste my time, I decided to make an HOMAGE to the '85 Triple Bill posters. But what would be the actual subject?

TeamNegative1’s 4K restorations!

Very preemptive, I know, but I wanted to get some thoughts from you guys about what I could do better in terms of slogans or flavor text to put on here. (This is ‘only’ the 72dpi version; 300dpi 27" x 41" printable also available if need be.)

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