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#1293444
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The Mandalorian - Star Wars Live action TV series
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Anchorhead said:

Valheru_84 said:

I think I actually prefer that method of release. It gives you something to look forward to each week instead of binge watching the whole season in one or two sittings and then be left waiting a whole year (or two for GoT) for the next one.

Same here. I just binged all of Stranger Things in three days and now I’ve got nothing until Mandalorian. I dont have the self control of waiting a week when all I have to do is hit “Next Episode > Skip Intro”. 😉

You skip the Stranger Things intro? I don’t think we can be friends anymore.

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#1287667
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Pioneer laserdisc player and Definitive collection discs up for grabs
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I really don’t know where the best place to post this would be, so I’ll try here. Mods, please point me in the right direction if I’ve chosen poorly.

I have a Pioneer CLD-D504 in good working order with the remote. I don’t really want to deal with shipping it, but if anyone here really truly wants it then it’s yours just for shipping costs.

I also have the definitive collection laserdiscs (used with some shelf wear but still very playable) as well as the Indy trilogy and some Godzilla import laserdiscs. I don’t wanna deal with parting those out so it’s all or nothing. But again, pay the shipping and the discs are yours.

If you live in Texas, pm me and maybe we can skip the shipping costs altogether.

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#1287411
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Help Me Understand Empire Strikes Back?
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I’ll echo what Shopping Maul said about ESB taking the series and mythology therein in a deeper and more powerful direction.

Also, both ESB and Raiders of the Lost Ark were written by Lawrence Kasdan at a time when he was absolutely at the peak of his ability. His snappy dialogue and banter in each film is cut from the same cloth as dialogue from some of the absolute greatest films from the 1940’s (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, etc.). It’s an absolute marvel and the actors completely nail their performances.

Also, the technical marvel of things like the Asteroid Chase scene and the Hoth Snow Battle are mind blowing special effects that still hold up when compared to big budget effects movies made 30+ years later!

Basically, ESB is a wonderful fairy tale that adds depth and weight to an already incredible first film while also delivering what is arguably the best story, dialogue, effects, musical score, and character development in the entire series. It is a film made by some of the most talented people to ever work in the medium at a time when they were at the absolute peak of their careers.

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#1287222
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<em><strong>Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order</strong></em> (Video Game)
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I never got into modding Jedi Outcast (though I used the heck out of the cheat codes as mentioned).

But I did mod Jedi Knight back in the day. My favorite level was a really well made Bespin level where you played as Luke dueling Darth Vader. You started on the landing platform by your x wing and followed the same sequence of events as the movie all the way to the carbon freeze chamber, out the window and onto the gantry. It was amazing and SO much fun!!

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#1286129
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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I’ve been in Austin, TX for the day with my wife and kids. They surprised me by taking me to Pinballz Arcade where I played an embarrassing amount of pinball games! Highlights included early 90’s era Star Wars and Indiana Jones Trilogies pinball machines, Sega’s Star Wars Trilogy Arcade game, and an original ‘70’s Atari Star Wars Arcade vector graphic game. It was too much fun. I have to admit, though, the biggest thrill was when I successfully got the T-Rex to eat my ball on the classic Jurassic Park pinball.

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#1285086
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<em><strong>Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order</strong></em> (Video Game)
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That’s kinda too bad. I always dug that dismemberment cheat code for Jedi Outcast. Once I found out about it I wouldn’t play the game without that turned on. It just felt so much more “right”. And it was always hilarious the random times you’d casually walk by a Stormtrooper without attacking and he’d literally fall to pieces at your feet.

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#1284976
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Star Wars Games
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I would assume by physical release they mean actual physical media as opposed to digital downloads. And I have to assume, at least in the case of PC games, they are updated to run on current generation operating systems. At least some of the games likely have updated resolution and possibly updated graphics. For example, I know Bounty Hunter is supposed to be the same version available for download on the PlayStation Store for the PS4 which advertises as “Re-experience Star Wars Bounty Hunter™ for PS2™ like never before! Featuring full 1080p up-rendering and offering enhanced features such as Trophies, Shareplay, Remote Play, Activity Feeds and Second Screen support for game manuals with ‘PS Vita’ or PS App.”

As for the NES thing, I bet it is an actual NES cartridge. But I don’t know for sure.

JEDIT:
They have indeed made actual NES cartridges…

https://limitedrungames.com/products/galf-nes

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#1284272
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<em><strong>Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge</strong></em> (Disney Theme Park)
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That’s cool. Love the OT items like the comm link and Emperor and Yoda canes. The coolest item, imo, might be Luke’s lamp from Dagobah that Yoda tries to steal. Who’d have ever thought we’d get a replica of that?

I doubt the helmets were made specially for the park. There are several prop replica companies in the US and UK that sell prop and costume replicas created from screen used and production made sources. Saying they’re “from the original molds” might be a bit of marketing slight-of-hand. Not exactly untrue, but perhaps a bit misleading.

Jedit:

I’d strongly suspect this is the source of the royal guard helmet… Pretty sure Anovos made a TIE pilot helmet too.

https://www.anovos.com/products/star-wars-imperial-royal-guard-helmet-accessory

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#1284242
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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I appreciate that. If there is one thing my children will not be, it is ignorant. We take them to museums, and national parks, travel all over the country (and will begin traveling internationally as they get a bit older), read them history and science, grow a vegetable garden, and just generally teach them about anything and everything we possibly can. Of course, me being a huge nerd about aviation and space exploration means they get a LOT of exposure to that spectrum… living within an hour’s drive of NASA Mission Control at Johnson Space Center doesn’t hurt either haha!

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#1284235
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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They handled everything just fine. They’re smart kids and we’ve always been open and honest about life and death and whatnot. But we’ve also been very clear about reality vs tv and movie magic. They are very aware that what they’re seeing onscreen is not real no matter how convincing it looks. (In fact, my five year old was incredibly excited about the fact that what he was going to see was “all real and not pretend!” when I took them to see the Apollo 11 documentary at a local theater earlier this summer. I suppose that’s another important point; I’ve exposed them to a lot of stuff like that that many young kids might not sit through these days).

As for the PT, nah. I’m not interested in sitting through those any time soon. They can watch those on their own time in a few years if they want. Regarding the newest films, in short: not yet. I feel like there’s some things in those that are still too intense, scary, or otherwise just not appropriate for kids so young. I mean, all the Disney era films are PG-13 and I feel each warrants that rating for one reason or another.

Incidentally my five year old was asking me about the other Star Wars movies as I tucked him in tonight. I explained that some weren’t appropriate for children his age (something we’ve told them about many things before, not just movies). I also told him how when I was a kid, the three he’s now seen were the only Star Wars movies there were and that they are still the best ones (a little white lie since I actually like R1 and TFA a bit more than ROTJ). I’m not sure he’s totally convinced but that at least satiated him for bed time. I suspect he’ll keep asking about watching the other Star Wars movies…

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#1284056
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Back in February I showed my kids (boys aged 3 & 5) Star Wars via 4K77 prior to taking them to Disney World. Of course they absolutely loved it and thoroughly enjoyed all the Star Wars stuff in the park (we decided to wait until they’re a bit older to commit to doing the whole Galaxy’s Edge attraction).

Well, this week I had the extreme pleasure of showing them the entire Original Trilogy. They had been asking to watch Star Wars again and my wife and I decided that if they could handle it, they could handle the other two as well. So we watched 4K77, ESB Despecialized 2.0, and 4K83 over the last week. It was such a pleasure re-living these films for the first time through my kids eyes. Their excitement during the action was palpable. Their awe and fascination were clearly visible on their faces. I often felt almost like I myself was seeing the movies for the first time. My 3 year old exclaimed “Whoa!” at every show stopping explosion or action stunt. My five year old’s nose and brow immediately crinkled into a frown of extreme disbelief at the father revelation (he was absolutely adamant that Vader was lying. It was so cute!).

To everyone who worked on or contributed to these projects in any way at all, I wish to express my deepest and most heartfelt thanks. This has been an experience I’ve been looking forward to for many years. It did not disappoint!

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#1283535
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Shopping Maul said:

canofhumdingers said:

Shopping Maul said:

ZkinandBonez said:

Shopping Maul said:

I remember when ANH was perceived as a SPFX milestone with breakneck pacing. Of course these days, especially to kids, it seems cheap and slow paced.

Really? It didn’t bother me or any of my friends when we were kids during the release of the PT movies. There were plenty of modern films to compete with, yet as far as we were concerned the OT was as good as it gets. (Ditto on the orig. Indy movies.)

I’m not saying everyone was/is bothered by it, but the perception obviously changed as the films and the technology evolved. In its day Star Wars felt the way something like Infinity War might feel today - just huge and fast and mind blowing. Now of course it seems so much simpler.

My two boys (ages 3 and 5) thought Star Wars was pretty huge and fast and mind blowing when I showed them 4K77 in February. Certainly quite far from simple.

When I was 5, I took Adam West completely seriously as Batman! No, I was referring to people in general who are now experiencing the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy. In its day Star Wars felt somewhat like GOTG does now, but obviously back to back they are very different thanks to the 40 year gap between them. All I was saying is that, in comparing say TESB to TLJ, we should factor in the different eras in which they were made. Obviously things that worked for TESB in 1980 might not work for a movie made in 2017.

Haha, I have the entire series boxed-set of Adam West Batman and watch it regularly with my kids!

I get what you’re saying and agree there’s at least something to it. But I also don’t think old films should automatically be dismissed or glossed over so easily because the good ones can and do still pack a powerful punch on audiences. I remember showing some of my friends in college the original King Kong and Seven Samurai. Even friends who I never thought would be interested in such old (or subtitled!) movies were totally into both films and really enjoyed them!

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#1283407
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Shopping Maul said:

ZkinandBonez said:

Shopping Maul said:

I remember when ANH was perceived as a SPFX milestone with breakneck pacing. Of course these days, especially to kids, it seems cheap and slow paced.

Really? It didn’t bother me or any of my friends when we were kids during the release of the PT movies. There were plenty of modern films to compete with, yet as far as we were concerned the OT was as good as it gets. (Ditto on the orig. Indy movies.)

I’m not saying everyone was/is bothered by it, but the perception obviously changed as the films and the technology evolved. In its day Star Wars felt the way something like Infinity War might feel today - just huge and fast and mind blowing. Now of course it seems so much simpler.

My two boys (ages 3 and 5) thought Star Wars was pretty huge and fast and mind blowing when I showed them 4K77 in February. Certainly quite far from simple.

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#1276894
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AFI Silver Theater in Washington DC area showing Episodes 1-8
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Oooh the AFI Silver is an awesome theater! I don’t live in DC but I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a few films there over the years. Saw Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth just before Halloween one year and Orson Wells’ The Stranger while on a random business trip. Both were 35mm prints. I’d love to see Star Wars there!

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#1276317
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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Can’t remember if I’ve posted in this thread or not. Either way, these ranks assume all films are their original theatrical versions.

  1. Tie: SW and ESB
  2. see above
  3. R1
  4. TFA
  5. ROTJ
  6. Solo
  7. TLJ
  8. TPM
  9. ROTS
  10. AOTC

I love the top 5, quite like 6 & 7, and am mostly indifferent to the PT (but that indifference is largely because I am free to just not ever watch them).

Jedit: curse you forum software! It’s automatically screwing up my numbering. R1 should be number three and so on down the list because there is a tie for spot #1 and therefore there is no second place!

Return of the Jedit: I fixed it, kinda.