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#1217127
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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LexX said:

Has there been mentioned anywhere why DS II is always showed in the same angle in ROTJ? They built the full model but in every full shot it’s always exactly the same position. Did they even have video of it or is it just a single shot in front of a blue screen?

It’s not always shown from exactly the same angle…

Also, did you know all shots of the model are flipped in the film? The unfinished construction is actually on the other side.

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#1215905
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The last great practical effects movie
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Christopher Nolan still uses quite a few practical effects in his movies.

The Dark Knight Trilogy and Interstellar used quite a few large miniatures. Heck, the new Star Wars films all make pretty heavy use of practical creature effects. CGI is almost certainly used as a crutch too often, but practical effects aren’t dead yet.




As for the last GREAT practical effects film? I just don’t know. Based on the examples above, I think they’re still making them!

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#1215873
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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That was a fun read. I’ve been amazed at how well the new guy has been able to portray the character of Chewbacca. I honestly can’t tell the difference between him and Peter Mayhew when they’re onscreen. I remember an anecdote from filming ESB when Mayhew was out sick for a few days. They hired a stand in to fill the suit so they could continue filming. When they got the dailies back, they had to scrap all the footage because it was so obviously NOT Chewbacca! All that’s to say what a great job I think the Suotamo is doing.

I got to meet Peter Mayhew (and get his autograph) about 10 years ago at SDCC which was really cool. He was very affable and entertaining. I hope I can likewise meet Joonas Suotamo at a con someday. He seems like a genuinely nice guy too.

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#1215334
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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Man, that’s really cool news. I will ALWAYS cherish and seek out fan 35mm preservations. But if we FINALLY get an OFFICIAL quality restoration and release of the OOT that will be something great indeed! These films need to be out there for general audiences to see; not just the obsessive enough, hardcore enough, technically savvy enough of us to hunt down things like 4K77.

If this comes to fruition, I think it will be REALLY interesting to see whether I personally prefer the official release or the fan preservations. But having these officially available again would just be so nice!

Here’s hoping this comes to fruition!

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#1214694
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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Mocata said:

Visually it was very washed out, but no more than Rogue One. It’s like their official spinoff grading I guess. Not sure how it replicates the style of the first movie but whatever.

What? R1 washed out? Say what you will about the story or characters but come on! R1 is a flipping gorgeous movie to look at with fantastic cinematography and lighting!

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#1213435
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Most Baffling Complaint of a Star Wars Movie
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I don’t see how, if “Darth” is a title, calling him “Lord Darth Vader” is any different than saying “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” or “His Royal Highness Prince William”.

There’s lots of silly formalities out there (many of them British, lol) where people are referred to by multiple titles in one go. Why can’t Star Wars have that?

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#1213142
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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SilverWook said:

I thought there were and they did?

JEDIT:Artoo’s panels are still black in the DS battle, but I always thought they turned black when in outer space for some reason.

And dead Artoo still has black panels when Luke returns to the base, supporting my theory. 😉

There must be a reason the Y-wings don’t have R2 units? Even the Kenner die cast toy has one.

I swear photos I’ve seen of the original models have them, but they could have been added later?

The design of the Y-Wing cockpits would make it impossible to see the R2 units behind the pilot even if they were there.

Huh, I can’t believe I’ve never noticed the empty droid sockets in that shot. The models DID have droids in the sockets, and just doing a quick look at the copy I have on my iPad I was able to find this:

So I’m not sure why the models would have them sometimes and not others. Unless maybe they didn’t build as many droids as they did ships and they were swapping the droids from model to model and just forgot sometimes?

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#1212731
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Ha, I think Chirrut, Baze, and K2 are the best characters (ok, and Krennic). It’s mostly Jyn and a little bit Cassian that I thought fell flat initially. Though with repeat viewings I’ve come to like them as well.

But Baze and Chirrut are easily my favorite characters from R1 and I wish we could have gotten more of them (still need to get their little novel). Heck, they’re some of my favorite characters from all the new Disney era films period!

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#1212691
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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Yeah, in the crime-boss-with-vertical-face-scars guy’s penthouse or office or whatever it was. You know how he had all that stuff (armor, weapons, artifacts, etc) on display? On one table, tucked in amongst other statues and sculptures was the fertility idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

That was actually an Easter egg I liked. As well as the skull from the cover Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (also in that guy’s collection).

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#1212656
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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One other issue I had with the movie was all the callbacks/references/winks to the fans/fan service/whatever you want to call it.

It’s not that I dislike that kind of thing (I actually enjoy it if it’s clever or subtle or funny and used sparringly). The problem I had was the sheer volume of it in this movie. It was CONSTANTLY putting stuff in there going, “Hey! Remember when Han said moof milker in TFA? Remember when 3PO complained about the falcon dialect? Remember that crappy PlayStation game? Remember that novel? Remember that other adventure movie starring the actor who used to play Han? Remember this? Remember that?” It was just really distracting and kept pulling me out of the movie over and over. It didn’t help that many of them weren’t subtle or particularly clever

I have hope that it won’t bother me on subsequent viewings, but man was it distracting the first time through which made it harder to just enjoy the new movie in its own right.

And Darth Maul SUCKED. I’m still not over that piece of garbage ripping me out of the film right at the finale.

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#1212381
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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TV’s Frink said:

L3 was obnoxious? Huh, that’s a weird interpretation.

Yeah, I wouldn’t have expected you to understand or agree with that opinion because (and I mean no personal offense by this) you kinda have a similar personality.

It wasn’t her ideas that bothered me, but the way she’s CONSTANTLY and forcefully “bible thumping” everyone around her with her own (almost always unsolicited) beliefs. I find that really obnoxious, whether I agree with said beliefs or not.

I didn’t hate her as a character, and I don’t mind there being characters that I personally don’t love (variety is a good thing). But she was annoying (thankfully not in an insufferable Jar-Jar kind of way) and I rolled my eyes at her more than once.

Oh, and all the implied sexual stuff was just weird and unnecessary, which also didn’t help my opinion of her as character.

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#1212221
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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Kinda like The Last Jedi, I’m not sure exactly what to think of this movie. Darth Maul really KILLED the mood for me. Like, I felt my stomach turn as soon as I realized who it was. I was disgusted (and still am)!

I thought it started a bit slow and took some time to find its footing. Once it did I was quite enjoying it. Then Maul happened and everything fell apart.

I loved Chewie and pretty much everything involving him. He was about as perfect as I could have hoped for and was truly the highlight of the movie for me.

I thought Han and Lando were both good. Not great, but pretty darn good. I don’t have any problem buying these new actors as the classic characters.

Lando’s droid was grating. I thought her design and visual fx execution was awesome, but her personality sucked. But I don’t enjoy people in real life who constantly beat you over the head with their personal idealologies and beliefs so I’m not surprised that I thought a movie character like that was just obnoxious.

I liked the Droid rebellion in theory but in execution it just wasn’t as funny as they clearly wanted it to be. Which was actually an issue throughout the movie for me. The humor just didn’t land, where it should’ve been on par with Raiders of the Lost Ark or ESB in that regard.

The Falcon was handled quite well. No complaints there. The train robbery and Kessel run were both solid action pieces.

So I guess overall I enjoyed the middle of the film a fair bit, but the beginning and ending (not just the Maul bit, but that was certainly the most egregious) both kinda fell on their faces.

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#1210649
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Viewing in light of the whole trilogy and not just within the confines of ANH, I always kinda assumed it went down like this:

Han was enroute to Tatooine with a shipment of spice for Jabba. The Star Destroyers that were in orbit (the same ones that chase them as they leave Tatooine) or some smaller ships dispatched from said Star Destroyers intercept and board the Falcon as it approaches the planet. Han obviously dumps the cargo at some point prior to being boarded. He passes the inspection and lands safely in Mos Eisley. He’s got no money thanks to failing his delivery so he’s now looking for a way to get off planet ASAP. Which explains why he’s hanging out “where most of the best pilots can be found”. He needs a job and quick! Which also explains why he takes such obviously risky passengers.

In the meantime, Jabba gets wind of Han’s failure and immediately puts out a bounty on him and people like Greedo start combing the most likely places to find him.

So, in typical “Han” fashion, it’s not some long drawn out drama. All of that happened VERY recently and it was a whirlwind, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants adventure that led him to even consider taking the job of carrying Luke and Co. which then led to the next wild adventure rescuing the princess and so on, etc. etc.

ALSO: it’s worth considering the deleted scene that had Jabba living on Tatooine even in ANH. While it may not have been in the final cut of the film, as far as George was concerned Jabba was located on Tatooine long before ROTJ made it canon. Heck, it was in the comics (and novel?) back then. Which means it HAD to be something along the lines of my ideas above all along.

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#1209228
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4k77 released
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Harmy said:

the benefits of the 4K version over upscaling the 1080p version are negligible, since the detail just isn’t there in the prints.

But what about the HDR colorspace? It won’t matter for me since I have no equipment capable of displaying 4K resolution or HDR color, but surely less color banding would be a nice an improvement (though maybe not nice enough to warrant dropping lots of cash on new hardware, in which case your point stands)

Just finished getting the 1080p copy. I’ll be uploading it to my iPad tonight so I can get a preview glimpse, but I’ll have to order some dual layer BD-Rs and find a time when I can visit my friend and mooch his Blu-ray burner before I can properly view this on my big tv at home.

So pumped! Great job to all involved!

Also, totally random thought… Willarob (or anyone else who knows), is the “negative-one” moniker a reference to the character of the same name in the “Countdown” episode of The IT Crowd? I rewatched that one recently and did a double-take when I caught that guy’s name.