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#1376274
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Discussion: What is the oldest Star Wars merchandise in your collection?
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Dang, beat me to it. I also have the original theater program book for Star Wars from 1977. They must’ve printed a ton of them. I got it, still “brand new” around 2008 at the museum gift shop for the Star Wars “where science meets imagination” exhibit in Saint Paul, MN. They had a stack of maybe 10 of them. And I checked; it’s original, not a reprint.

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#1370577
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Info: Mike Verta’s 4K Restoration - May 2020 Livestream
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While any of that speculation about continued fading might be true, it’s also important to remember that the tools available to deal with and correct those problems now are vastly superior to what was available in the ‘90’s.

So even if the film elements have continued to degrade, it may still be (and very likely is) possible to achieve better restorative results now than back then.

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#1366731
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Tobar said:

Yeah Filoni and Favreau have a clear and deep passion for Star Wars and I really hope they get more say over its future.

Man, I was truly impressed by Filoni’s passion and understanding of the GFFA. I’ve known who he is on a surface level for years, but this is my first real exposure to him as a person and creator. I don’t agree with everything he says and he’s far more of a PT apologist than I’ll ever be, but he clearly “gets it” and he obviously completely loves the material and what he’s getting to do with it. Heck, at one point as he was explaining how Qui-gon was the father Anakin needed but never got and tied it into Anakin’s fall and all the way thru the end of ROTJ I was sitting there thinking, “crap, this is amazing stuff. Maybe i should rewatch the PT with these ideas in mind.”

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#1366584
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Forgive me if these things have been discussed before, but I just started watching the Mandalorian “Disney Gallery” making-of show and noticed some really cool bits.

One, there’s some short but great behind-the-scenes footage from the OT that’s clearly been restored in HD or better. Makes me wonder what else they’ve got tucked away in their archives. FWIW this footage may have already been seen in some of the previously released BD or 4K disc sets. I’ve never bothered to watch any of those special features and only watched a few of the OT deleted scenes.

In one episode they show the original Death Star explosion! I haven’t gone back to rewatch it and more closely scrutinize it (was it HD or just an old master upscaled?). But hey, they actually not only acknowledged it. They showed it! In an official Lucasfilm product!

There are actual motion-control shots of spaceship miniatures! They even talk about how it actually costs more to do that than CGI now, but the filmmakers wanted it so bad they managed to make a “Low budget garage version” of the dykstraflex to make those shots happen.

I’ve got a few more episodes to go but it has made me love the show even more. The people working on this show clearly understand what went right for the OT to capture lightning in a bottle, so to speak, and are doing an amazing job expanding (rather than shrinking…) the Galaxy far far away. I can’t help but feel this is the team that should’ve been in charge of the ST.

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#1360449
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Dinner Time - post a meal for each Star Wars movie...
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I would totally serve each of the items I chose with each movie because the feeling each food choice gives me when I eat it compliments the feeling I have when I watch the film.

For example, I chose fish tacos to pair with Solo because each is a modern update to an old favorite that I wasn’t sure I’d care for. But once I tried them I thoroughly enjoyed them and enjoy revisiting them periodically.

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#1359996
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Dinner Time - post a meal for each Star Wars movie...
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Star Wars:

The Empire Strikes Back:

Return of the Jedi:

Rogue One:

Solo:

The Force Awakens:

Those are the films I like the most. The rest I don’t care enough to bother thinking about what food fits best. And while I love The Mandalorian and thoroughly enjoy Rebels, I just didn’t feel like diving into tv and other media. Just stuck with theatrical films for this one.

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#1359768
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Rey's lightsaber color
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It’s very brief and they are moving quickly but there’s a few shots of each of them where the sabers cast light on their faces (it only happens in that specific sequence where Anakin cuts the power cord on the floor and the lights go out and they briefly fight in a dark shadow). There was actually a better shot of Anakin but I couldn’t get YouTube to pause at the exact right frame to grab the screenshot.

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#1357738
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The vintage (and not so vintage) OOT T-shirt thread
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I don’t remember if I’ve bought from teepublic specifically but I’ve ordered t shirts from a few of those type of online shops. In general they don’t hold up quite as well as a factory produced t shirt but they still last long enough that I was satisfied with the purchase. Like, they’ll hold up well enough to get a couple years out of them easily.

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#1356860
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<strong>Empire Strikes Back</strong> - 'Behind The Scenes / Making Of' <strong>images</strong> thread
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Any info on the origin of that photo? That doesn’t look like Prowse in the suit. In fact, I’m not sure that’s even an ESB production suit at all. Almost looks more like a cos-player. It’s worth noting he’s missing his robe and codpiece in addition to the cape.

For reference, here’s Prowse on set:

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#1356418
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Despecialized or the Special Editions; Which do you prefer - and why?
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I’m a historical purist. Give me all films (not just Star Wars) as they were seen by audiences in their original theatrical runs, warts and all. If there are multiple versions (like the 70mm vs 35mm ESB), include both so I watch each version. If there are later re-edited special editions or director’s cuts or whathaveyou, include those too. Film history is important and various iterations of a film should be properly preserved and made available to anyone who wishes to see them.

As for the original Star Wars Trilogy, I prefer the 4KXX versions both because they are the highest quality restorations (official or not) and, more importantly, they are the most “pure”. Meaning they are sourced as much as humanly possible from original, pre-special edition, film prints. They aren’t reconstructions that try to mimic the original (as amazing as Harmy’s work has been), they ARE the original. But, of course, 4K80 isn’t complete yet…

So yeah, I definitely prefer the original cuts to any version of the SE. But if I’m going to watch an SE, I don’t mind the ‘97 or the brand new ‘19 versions. The 2005 dvd and 2011(?) blu ray versions are pure and utter garbage that I’ll never watch.

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#1356250
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'Star Wars: Squadrons' - video game
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Hmm. I hate to be a Debbie Downer but I didn’t love the gameplay trailer as much as I’d hoped. The graphics seemed a bit cartoony in a lot of ways. Especially with all the “vortex*” lines streaking off the ships and the way the lasers-hitting-shields were animated (I always thought X-wing Alliance did this beautifully; with shields up the lasers would kinda make that part of the ship glow and then fade out much like when Luke is “hit, but not bad” in ANH. And then with no shields the lasers would make tiny explosions on the ship).

But what bothered me more than the look of it was the way the ships seem to maneuver. There were multiple instances showing the ships performing these super tight, skidding turns much like a car drifting around tight corners. It’s alright if it’s a rare, one off occurrence. But I’m not a fan of it being a regular part of the gameplay as the trailer implied. I always liked how Star Wars ships maneuvered much like airplanes. It gave a sense of familiarity and “realness” that felt authentic. Very few real airplanes can perform a maneuver like that, and the ones that can use up ALL of their kinetic energy to do it. It’s a one trick pony that would get you killed in most dogfights because once you do it, you have no momentum left and have to slowly get your speed back by trading altitude (potential energy) for speed (kinetic energy). And during that transfer you are moving very slowly with very little ability to maneuver. A sitting duck. So it just kinda feels like a cheat to have that ability.

Anyway, enough poo-pooing things. It still looks like a lot of fun and I’m so happy to see a new Star Wars flight sim after SO MANY years! Despite my qualms above I’ll still absolutely be getting this and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the heck out of it. I’m really looking forward to the single player story.

*those white streaks are meant to resemble wingtip vortices. I get that they’re just meant to be a visual cue for speed in video games, but they are a real phenomenon and games (and movies) almost ALWAYS get them completely wrong. For one, you have to have two things to make them: air and an airfoil (wing). No air in space = no vortices. Second, they form at the tip of an airfoil as the higher air pressure underneath slips around the wingtip to the lower pressure above. This effectively creates a tiny little horizontal tornado coming off the tip of the wing. Almost all wings create them while flying, but they are only visible when the moisture content of the air is just right so that the change in pressure at the wingtip condenses the moisture into a little cloud that spins around in the vortex. So, basically, they don’t exist in space and they would be very unlikely even in an atmosphere since the ships don’t have real wings (i.e. an actual airfoil that uses physics to create aerodynamic lift)

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#1355762
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
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Well, I’d have to go look up which episode it was, but yeah, it was just flying along the streets like 20 or 30 feet up. Kinda like the flying cars on Coruscant. But it was clearly one of the speeder designs from ANH. I dunno, they just feel like hover car designs and not flying car designs.

I dunno, I never really liked the flying cars in Star Wars. In the OT flying still felt like a special skill that not everyone had, but the flying cars on coruscant kinda democratized flying in a way that diminishes that specialness.

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#1355706
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'Star Wars: Squadrons' - video game
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From the other general game thread:

Z6PO said:

EA Access** and Origin™ Access Basic** subscribers can enjoy up to 10 hours of play time at launch, along with 10% off the purchase of the full game. Origin Access Premier** subscribers will get full access to Star Wars: Squadrons on PC along with all the benefits of Basic as long as they subscribe

Source

If this means you have to have a subscription just to play, that’s lame. It definitely means I won’t be preordering. Will have to wait and see the reviews and details of exactly what you can and can’t do with or without a supscription on the PC version

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#1355644
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Star Wars Video Games - a general discussion thread
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Huh, I didn’t see that. I wonder if that’s specific to a particular platform. Like maybe you can play online on PS4 free for 10 hours before you have to pay for a PlayStationPlus. I remember when I got the first battlefront on PS4 they had an offer like that. I got to play online for about a week without a subscription. It’s one reason I opted to get battlefront 2 on pc so I didn’t have to worry about a subscription to access all the features.

I’d be pretty annoyed if they added a subscription requirement to the pc version. As I understand, very few pc games require one to play online.

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#1355511
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'Star Wars: Squadrons' - video game
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Well crud, I replied to the Star Wars games thread before I saw this had its own topic. Eh, cut and paste from there:

Trailer!

https://youtu.be/w0eRkhR1z6A

Looks like they may have incorporated some version of the power management aspect from the X-wing game series, which is great! I always loved being able to shift power from shields to engines to laser cannons depending on my needs in the situation. It added a deeper level of realism to the whole “operating a high performance machine in space” aspect and is similar to the concept of energy management used when flying real aircraft (even though that’s managing potential vs kinetic energy, i.e. trading airspeed for altitude and vice versa).

Can’t wait to play this. I think I saw it’s retail at release is $40? Not too bad.

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#1355509
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Star Wars Video Games - a general discussion thread
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Trailer!

https://youtu.be/w0eRkhR1z6A

Looks like they may have incorporated some version of the power management aspect from the X-wing game series, which is great! I always loved being able to shift power from shields to engines to laser cannons depending on my needs in the situation. It added a deeper level of realism to the whole “operating a high performance machine in space” aspect and is similar to the concept of energy management used when flying real aircraft (even though that’s managing potential vs kinetic energy, i.e. trading airspeed for altitude and vice versa).

Can’t wait to play this. I think I saw it’s retail at release is $40? Not too bad.