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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.

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#1275518
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Project 4K80
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Dreamastered V2 is impressive but it’s still got a lot of issues. Some of the colors (especially the lightsaber duel in the carbon freeze chamber) are still very… odd looking. And there’s a LOT of digital cleaning artifacts. Lots of partly or completely erased laserbolts. And things that move quickly, especially in the foreground, can be quite weird as random parts get erased. It’s incredibly impressive what he was able to do with such a rough and faded source, but personally I prefer either the original grindhouse or Harmy’s latest version (V2 still I think?) of despecialized. But that’s largely because I personally prefer a recreation or slightly faded colors over digital artifacts and erasures.

Still, dreamaster’s work is incredibly interesting and I do enjoy having it as another option when I get the itch to watch ESB.

As for finding dreamaster’s V1 or 2, eh… you’ll probably have to track him down and ask him. They’re hard to find on purpose from what I understand.

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#1275117
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Yep. I kinda fall on both sides of this argument. I personally love Rogue One and don’t think it directly contradicts or detrimentally (keyword!) retcons anything from the OT. But it’s also not the cleanest/neatest way they could’ve handled bringing the dialogue to life and connecting the two films (R1 and ANH).

And, heck, the whole ending of R1 is quite convoluted. They close the shield gate which traps our heroes. So our heroes decide to transmit the plans instead, knowing they can’t escape the planet. But to transmit the plans they have to blow a hole in the shield gate, i.e. The very thing trapping them on the surface and forcing them to transmit (rather than carry) the plans… it really doesn’t make any sense. I can kinda rationalize it by thinking “well, they know they can’t get out and even blowing a hole in the gate would be a really dicey chance of getting off planet. But at least they can send the plans through the hole first to ensure they get out and then our heroes can make their best effort to escape once they know the plans made it.” But ultimately it’s rather sloppy writing. But I still love the movie!

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#1274840
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

Also, the flaw wasn’t the exhaust port, it was the volatile reactor.

Bingo. He made the volatile reactor, the rebels had to figure out a way to actually get to it and blow it up, and the only way they could find required the budding space wizard to pull off an impossibly hard task that nobody else could. Doesn’t contradict or diminish Star Wars in any way, imo.

As for other stuff like the inconsistency of Vader at the end of R1 vs beginning of SW… Eh. I can see why it rubs some people the wrong way but it doesn’t bother me.

In rogue One, it’s the heat of battle at the end of a completely unanticipated sneak attack. Vader is in a desperate search to stop those plans from being stolen and it’s likely he told his troops to split up and search everywhere while he does the same. Whether it be luck or the Force, he finds them first and acts rather than waiting for his troops to gather. And it’s not CERTAIN he knows those guys have the plans on that disc or even sees the disc. I think arguments could be made either way and I’m willing to go with the idea that he doesn’t know about the disc and that he’s trying to wade through the rebels to get to the Tantive IV where he believes the plans are.

Once we see him in SW, they’re no longer in the frantic battle at Scariff. They’ve caught their prey who have no chance of escape. They can plan their assault accordingly so Vader sends in his Stormtroopers to do the dirty work and then he strolls in calmly to oversee the mopping up. It’s the difference between a desperate reaction to a sneak attack and the calm & deliberate capture of helpless prey.

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#1273844
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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The term “glass cockpit” doesn’t mean there aren’t buttons. It just means the flight instruments are video screens instead of analog dials.

Glass cockpit of an Airbus A320:

Analog cockpit of a 727:

Jedit:
And I have no problem with both being in Star Wars just like both currently exist in the real world (though most analog cockpits are on older planes these days) and there are LOTS of planes that have been partially updated over the years to be a bit of a Frankenstein hybrid between the two.

But I agree that many of the prequel designs look too different aesthetically to really feel like they fit with the OT stuff. They’re too sleek and clean and neat, whereas the OT designs are more rugged and utilitarian.

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#1272340
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Yeah the shot right before that is his A-wing spinning out of control along the SSD hull with laser fire all over the place and an x-wing right behind him that gets blown to smithereens. I think it’s pretty well implied his A-wing has been shot down and (at most) he’s just doing his best to make it count for something. I think an argument could also easily be made that he was totally out of control at that point and it was just blind luck (or the force…) that he happens to crash directly into the bridge. But whether he has any steering control or not, if you watch the scene I think it’s pretty obvious he’s crashing because he’s been shot down, not because he made a conscious choice to be a kamikaze.

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#1272222
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Star Wars Games
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Continuing further into the single player campaign, I don’t want to spoil too much, but if you didn’t care for the handling of Luke’s character in TLJ, you might want to give this game a shot…

Really enjoying the story. It has some very neat ideas. And there was once sequence that brought back some fond memories of Dark Forces: Jedi Knight. It wasn’t any kind of direct homage, but it involved bugs and just reminded me of that level(s?) where Kyle Katarn gets pestered by these things:

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#1271855
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<em><strong>Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge</strong></em> (Disney Theme Park)
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This looks like it’s going to be so much fun. We just took our kids to Disney World for their first time. We only did two parks: Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. It was such a blast. We did the Star Wars ride twice, the Indiana Jones stunt spectacular (the kids LOVED that show!) and we signed up for a special Star Wars “Galactic Dessert Party”. The party included some pretty creative Star Wars themed desserts as well as kid friendly and adult beverages from the GFFA, plus you got to meet Chewbacca, BB-8, and Kylo Ren. It was also patrolled by First Order Stormtroopers who then escorted you to special reserved seats for the Star Wars themed fireworks show.

It pales in comparison to what’s coming with the whole new land, but it was so much fun! And the Stormtroopers would talk to you! I don’t know how they did it exactly, because we realized they were using pre-recorded lines (that sound just like the movies) but they must’ve had tons of lines to choose from because they always had an appropriate response no matter what you said to them. My wife almost got us “arrested” when she asked one “aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?” His reply: “You think you’re so clever, don’t you”. And they told my kids (wearing Stormtrooper t shirts), “your loyalty is appreciated, citizen”. It was a blast.

As for the long lines, they aren’t a problem if you have a wife who is an absolute ninja master at the fast passes. I don’t know how she did it, but she learned all the tricks and we rode everything we wanted (sometimes more than once!) and never stood in line more than about 30 mins. And the vast majority of the time we were in line less than 10 mins per ride. Even in the newly opened, crazy popular and crowded toy story land. She gets major props for whatever magic she was working!

I don’t know when we’ll be back but we are DEFINITELY going back sometime for the new Star Wars land.

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#1271571
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Star Wars Games
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Wow, $9 is a killer deal. I paid $30 for the pc version (I debated between it and the PS4 disc that can be had easily for $20). But with as much as I travel for work, having it on my laptop that I can bring with me was worth an extra $10. Plus I don’t have to pay the $50 yearly PSN fee to play online.

So far I’ve played the first few minutes of the single player campaign, and yeah, I’m addicted too! It just looks SOOO GOOD! Even better than the first Battlefront (which itself was astonishingly gorgeous) and the story so far is pretty cool. Looking forward to trying out other gameplay modes and characters soon.

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#1270746
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Proof of Lucas’ revisionism in Rinzler’s making-of book?
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Awesome, thanks guys that’s exactly what I needed!

JEDIT:

In the first link RogueLeader provided they actually include the full quotation from Lucas:

“The Force is really a way of seeing; it’s a way of being with life. It really has nothing to do with weapons. The Force gives you the power to have extra-sensory perception and to be able to see things and hear things, read minds and levitate things. It is said that certain creatures are born with a higher awareness of the Force than humans. Their brains are different. The Force is a perception of the reality that exists around us. You have to come to learn it. It’s not something you just get. It takes many, many years…Anyone who studied and worked hard could learn it. But you would have to do it on your own.”

Man I have such a love-hate relationship with George. I love so much of the art and entertainment he’s spurred into creation but I HATE his subversive historical revisionism!

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#1270711
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Proof of Lucas’ revisionism in Rinzler’s making-of book?
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I haven’t read it (yet), but I know there’s a passage in Rinzler’s Making of Star Wars book that claims Lucas had “midichlorians” in his notes as far back as 1977. I also know that people on this board have repeatedly stated that this is inaccurate and is historical revisionism forced upon the author by Lucas. I feel like I remember a citation proving this claim but I can’t find it. Does anyone have evidence that shows the book’s statement about midichlorians dating back to the original trilogy are patently false? Thanks in advance.

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#1269309
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Star Wars Games
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Cool, thanks for the info! Sounds like it’s worth the $20 or $30 it’s selling for these days. Cool to see they abandoned the season pass concept.

I am curious, for anyone who knows, am I still correct in believing that all the season pass type dlc (ships, characters, maps) for the first EA Battlefront is only playable in multiplayer? They’ve got some cool stuff (death star, bespin, scariff) that I’d love to play and would be willing to pay for. But since I don’t bother with online multiplayer I really need to know if I’d actually get to play the content before I paid for it…

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#1269220
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Star Wars Games
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Can anyone give me some good info on the current state of EA’s Battlefront II? I’ve got the first one, and for all it’s flaws, I’ve enjoyed it well enough despite not getting any of the DLC or playing any multiplayer.

I’m curious how the sequel differs from the first one in a few specific regards. I never bothered with the DLC because (as far as I was able to glean) I couldn’t play any of the new heroes or vehicles (and maybe even maps) offline. Can you use any of the dlc when playing offline “bot matches” in version 2? I’d be willing to buy a season pass if I could enjoy the content without HAVING to use it in multiplayer.

How’s the unlocking process for desired characters/ships? I remember there was a bunch of controversy initially but that they made changes/improvements?

How is multiplayer for us very casual gamers? I generally hate online multiplayer because I die before I take two steps. Over and over.

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#1269032
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4k77 released
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Well, that’ll be my next option I suppose. Disc 3 (just the film itself with no fluff this time) is in process as we speak. Fingers crossed!

JEDIT:
Hooray! Dunno what was causing problems with the intro videos, and while it would’ve been cool to have those, I’m just glad I don’t have a third coaster. Looks like I’ll just keep it simple in the future when muxing iso files.

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#1269025
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4k77 released
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Argh. I’m trying to burn the original 1080p noDNR 4K77 to disc and I’ve made two coasters already. It’s my first time using dual layer BD-r but I don’t think that’s the issue. I muxed a Blu-ray iso with all the little intro clips and rating cards and whatnot but I think something went wrong or wasn’t compatible. Anyway, I’m currently muxing a new iso with just the film itself. Fingers crossed this works. At $3 a pop I don’t really want any more failures…

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#1268663
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Help with TsMuxer
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Well, the UPS man failed to deliver my new laptop Friday like he was supposed to so now I have to wait until Monday. 😕

In the meantime I decided to start getting some things ready to save time once I do have the new machine in-hand.

So I tried to go ahead and mux BD files of the 1080p versions of 4K77 and 4K83 from the mkvs and I ran into a snag. Tsmuxer is giving me an error code saying “tsmuxer not found!”. But this is only after I’ve opened tsmuxer, set up the directories and file names and then go to add the files I want to mux. It lets me go through the whole process but then when I actually click the button to add the mkv that I want to be mixed, the erro pops up. I don’t understand how tsmuxer can’t be found when it lets me open the interface and go through most of the process prior to actually adding the file to be muxed. I’ve muxed plenty of BD iso files before without issue. Any idea what’s happening? I did try reinstalling tsmuxer to no avail.

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#1266976
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Laptop recommendations?
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Alright, I’ve narrowed my search down to 3 models and plan on buying one soon (hopefully within a week or so). I’ve read and watched all the reviews I can find on each. They have near identical performance so it’s really down to overall design and features.

  1. Razer Blade 15
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/razer-blade-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-max-q-2tb-hdd-256gb-ssd-black-cnc-aluminum/6305264.p?skuId=6305264

My gut tells me I like this one best. It’s such a sleek and appealing design. It’s also apparently the sturdiest and most well-built, which is important because I travel a LOT and it will go wherever I go. It has a great mousepad and a highly ranked keyboard quality. It has the most storage by a large margin and I WILL use it with all the film restoration projects I plan on finally catching up on (yay!). The screen is high quality but some people have reported some light leak issues. However it does not have a number pad on the keyboard (not sure if that’s a feature I care about or not, honestly), some people complain it gets too hot, and it has the fewest ports with no SD card reader. It’s also the most expensive.

  1. Msi GS63 Stealth
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-1tb-hard-drive-256gb-solid-state-drive-aluminum-black/6211744.p?skuId=6211744

This one has a full keypad with number pad. It is consistently highly reviewed and a bit more reasonably priced. It also has the most ports including a full SD card reader. The screen apparently has no light leak issues. The build quality seems rather cheap in some ways and it is quite flexy and thin which concerns me a bit. It also has a consistently poorly reviewed mouse pad. Ultimately this one is more “bang for the buck” with the most features, but it possibly comes at the expense of durability.

  1. ASUS - ROG GU501GM
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-rog-gu501gm-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-1tb-hybrid-drive-128gb-ssd-brushed-black/6207900.p?skuId=6207900

This one has been the hardest to find information about. Apparently it is exclusive to Best Buy. The handful of videos I found indicate it has a pretty solid build quality. It has a full keypad with number pad. It also (to the best of my research b/c it’s not specified on the actual Best Buy page) has a 120hz screen as opposed to the 60hz screens on the two laptops above. It is the least expensive but also has the least internal storage capacity. It has one more USB port than the Razer but no SD card reader. Excluding the storage, it seems like it might be a solid balance of the pros of the two above laptops but ultimately it’s just been hard to find much info about this one.

Sooo… which one should I get? Anything but the Razer will certainly result in me carrying around a portable external drive to augment storage space. Not sure if I actually need an SD card reader or a number pad. Slightly concerned about the light leak possibility as I’m a bit obsessive about image quality.[/quote]

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#1265801
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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SWOTFAN25 said:

its all about GroupThink. People feel more empowered when they can band together and point their finger at a common “enemy”.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees the irony in this statement given the context of the conversation?

Personally I reached a point a while back (probably around the time fan preservations of the OOT began surpassing official release quality) where I don’t really care about the “fandom”. I enjoy the Star Wars I like, dismiss the Star Wars’s I don’t, and ignore all the hate and vitriol online.