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#1277635
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<em><strong>Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order</strong></em> (Video Game)
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Fingers crossed. I wish there had been gameplay but we really need a decent SW game these days. EA should be ready to make up for the fallout over BF2 so we shall see. I get some Last of the Jedi vibes because of the story setup and sort of a bit of Force Unleashed since your character is apparently a lone wolf.
I will say this is a better trailer than the Ep9 one.

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#1277634
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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But the Darth Maul inclusion is just so stupid. It really is. Now this is all coming back to me. Why in the world did they do that other than someone in the development said hey that’s a cool idea. (Which is what happened, but IIRC it was Kasdan’s son with the idea.)
You know there is Prince Xizor and Black Sun and so much material to mine there…aaand you just picked Darth Maul 'cause everyone always thinks he looked cool.

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#1277632
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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The making of looks more interesting than the film itself. I will admit I found Solo the least offensive Disney release to a hardcore SW fan, but it was a bland waste of time overall that never found a consistent tone or knew what exactly it wanted to achieve other than being an origin movie.

Disney seemingly thought that they could rush out SW properties in the Marvel method and people would flock to them regardless. And it’s not working. So Episode 9 is really going to be the turning point for the future of SW and how they will go ahead.

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#1277631
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Your thoughts on the Episode IX title - <strong>'The Rise Of Skywalker'</strong> - a NON-SPOILER thread
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It’s an okay title. For years my own title for my dream Obi-Wan film has been “THE TRIALS OF KENOBI”. The Rise of Skywalker is at least a big improvement over The Last Jedi as a title. TLJ should have at least had “of the” included.

But to quote Eliot Carver: “lacks punch don’t you think?”

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#1277628
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Star Wars Games
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I agree that many SW games are really not up to their own potential and that there has been a real dearth of any games recently after the demise of Lucas Arts. The best games are the ones that really capture the spirit of the films and try to break new ground in gaming.

My personal picks for the best home games are:
Dark Forces series, specifically Jedi Knight, Jedi Outcast Jedi Academy
Rogue Squadron 1-3
Battlefront I and II 2004-2005

And though I’m not a fan of the style of game, KOTOR is really great. I never did play the sequel.

I never got to play past the demo of Republic Commando but it seems like another great game. I missed out Bounty Hunter and only played the Clone wars PS2 game at a friend’s house once. I also never played Super Bombad Racing, Racer Revenge and the Xbox exclusives but otherwise I’ve at least tried or beaten every SW console released game. I grew up with the Rebel Assaults on PC and have only recently gotten to play around with the X-wing series if I could get it going on my modern PC without hassles.

I tried the new Battlefront 1 when it was on sale on the PSN store for a few bucks but the load times were so insane I found the game unplayable. There are many saying that BF II is now much better but I don’t know if it’s something to try since I thought the fan boycott of EA over the lootbox issue was pretty justified.

The new BattlePod arcade machine is pretty interesting but doesn’t really take much skill. It’s really more of something to dazzle you with the graphics and booming chair speakers and since the design has an inverted screen it’s again more about the wow factor.

Ultimately the best Star Wars game ever made is still SW Trilogy Arcade which I still play at every opportunity and dream of one day owning. Finding a mint machine without problems or a jacked up joystick and then nailing all 15 secret options on a perfect run on one credit is still an absolute joy. Of course in 2019 all I ever find are busted up machines and thus I can’t get that perfect run and always miss one swing with Vader augh!

This post has now made me want to go and play all the SW games I haven’t yet.

I will say I did quite like the ROTS game despite the repetition because it was the first SW game in that style of gameplay that actually worked without any major problems. To me it was like Jedi Power Battles that was playable and worked.

Oh god, Jedi Power Battles…good lord now there’s a HARD game!

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#1277620
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I had long ago reached the point of not wanting anything to do with Disney Wars, but bit the bullet and watched the trailer after not being able to get away from the “Palpy’s back!” internet hype.

Soo…I have no idea what they’re going for here. I really don’t. As soon as you hear Palpy’s laugh (Which I totally agree 00Jason-it’s placement is very 1980 Ming-like) my brain is going are they pulling Dark Empire out on us now?

I have no idea how a part of DS II ended up on a planet other than Endor’s moon. The theory about Endor itself is probably more likely unless it’s somehow a piece of DS 1 that got to another moon of Yavin. My own thought was that it’s perhaps an abandoned Imperial development facility much like the one run by Admiral Daala from the EU Jedi Academy trilogy where they developed the original Death Star and then eventually the Sun Crusher and that over the course of the film the characters will stumble across the old birthplace of the DS and then very likely the bit of Palpy if they haven’t fully brought him back as a character.

I do think Palpy is very likely back in a sense since the dumping of Snoke in TLJ. I guess this is how they felt they should proceed without their original main villain.

I just don’t know where they’re going with all this and it seems they don’t either. I don’t know why they wouldn’t have an overall game plan before starting a sequel trilogy but I’ve always felt these new films have had an appalling lack of context or connection with the previous films.

Lastly, was anyone else bugged by the use of a standard TIE howl for an obviously advanced prototype new Interceptor variant? 😉

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#1277615
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Star Wars trilogy box sets coming next year?
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Here’s my two cents.

As always we have to speculate endlessly due to a lack of reliable information, communication or any news outside of the usual snippets here and there. Ever since the 2012 sale there is apparently no legal reason why the OOT cannot be presented so it would make little sense to not begin a 4K restoration. Combined with the fact that no SE version exists in 4K and neither do the added effects, it becomes even more necessary for a product maintenance standpoint in terms of the company’s mind to make a new 4K master from the original elements in order to have a new presentable version for all 4K platforms and future events etc. The 97SE could be scanned in 4K but the VFX added were somewhere around 1K at the time as far as I can understand it so they will not hold up. Otherwise you only have 1080p for the 2004 and 2011 editions.

When the footage included in Rogue One popped up of original Battle of Yavin elements incorporated into the film that was the clincher for me as being the one bit of proof that Disney was very likely already working on some type of in house restoration project if only for archival purposes like many of their other restorations that are still unreleased even years after completion.

I do think that 4K is on the horizon for Star Wars in some form and that it will be a version of the OOT. Of course all we can do now is speculate. But knowing Disney’s usual methods of Blu-ray presentation and video mastering etc. I would assume that eventually we will be presented with a rather well done 4K OOT without alterations a’la the restoration of Mary Poppins and the new version will have a 5.1/7.1 mix probably based on the 70mm mixes. It has been stated in interviews that LFL has all the theatrical tracks digitally archived and available for usage but I’m sure we won’t get those on disc sadly and if we do it will only be as a lossy extra track perhaps in a more deluxe box set version.
I would worry about the color timing though since Disney and others still let teal and other color infusion happen even in new remasters. (AOTC went a bit green on the Blu-ray.)

I’ll bet that they’re having a VERY rough time with AOTC and ROTS due to them being early digital shoots. TPM should and CAN look great outside the soft digital elements. I will say though that my memory of the theatrical showings I saw on the original runs all were great. I wish I could remember technical details more clearly but I saw TPM opening week in Dolby EX, AOTC and ROTS on midnight releases, AOTC in 35mm several times and the IMAX version. I do remember being surprised when the video releases came out for each at how much more obvious all of the digital work and effects were. It looked much better on 35mm but I didn’t see any of the DCP showings of either one.

So in short, I think it is coming at some point-but the chances of getting what we should have in the form of a Blade Runner style set with all versions available for fans should they choose to buy the complete box set are very slim. (Not to mention that even though I adore that set and waited outside the local Best Buy day of release to get a copy-it isn’t perfect and standardizes the archival versions a bit in the way that I think the OOT would be on 4K UHD. And now WB has only done the Final Cut in 4K leaving the other versions and all the extras stuck in the old disc forms.)

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#1271805
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Goldfinger Theatrical UK version
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It didn’t sell. Finally found some more info.
http://8mmforum.film-tech.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=6;t=001566

So apparently early release prints did make it out with the 003 seconds. The last poster mentions his IB tech dated December ‘64 has 003 seconds.

I never knew this was on release prints. You learn something new every day. So apparently we just need to look for either UK orignal prints or very early 1964 prints. All 1964 prints should be UK ones anyway because the US release date wasn’t until 1965.

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#1271402
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Goldfinger Theatrical UK version
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Well, the OHMSS one is the only one that ever appeared in any release versions. It was quickly recalled and replaced with the Thunderball credit. It is unknown how many prints were released with OHMSS listed or if it was only the premiere engagements.

IMDB is not an accurate source to use as it is frequently full of user posts that merely repeat urban legends etc. No version I know of ever had 003 seconds shown as it was Harry Saltzman who insisted they need to go back during editing a replace it with the insert of the counter reading 007. It was so late in the game there was no time to adjust Bond’s line about the three more ticks.

I have never heard of the blip of Bond and Pussy escaping the plane being missing. The shot and music cue is timed to show that blip of escape at exactly the last second. The only difference I might expect is in the end credits akin to Thunderball where some versions might have Barry’s ending music instead of the title song. (TB has Barry’s Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in a custom instrumental in the regular mono and in the remix with alternate dialogue there is the JB theme slapped on.) Of course this is merely me speculating as I think they had early on decided to drop Barry’s end cue for a reprise of the title song.

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#1266723
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Dr. No Rare Uncut Version 1st Beta/VHS release 1982
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This is the same rumor that went around saying early video editions of FRWL contained the cut “What a performance!” line by Grant on the train and the reference by Bond in the end sequence that was hastily cut out which causes the jump edit and degraded footage that still remains to this day. It doesn’t as Aluminum Falcon found out when he bought a VHS copy.
I have some of the early LDs and am starting to try and get early tapes as well and as far as I know they did one master and the early jackets/covers carry the white text UA logo which then became either CBS/Fox on later issues or carried a MGM/UA logo on the packaging. The transfers are all the same. They were done for Fox to release and begin with the 20th Century Fox fanfare and a voiceover: These United Artists features brought to you by Fox etc. The reissues were primarily to update the packages with the correct logos after the legal stuff made CBS/Fox a reality and gave them video distribution to the UA catalog as this was during the mad reign of Kerkorian where UA and MGM were all over the place before being run into the ground with insane abandon.

As Silverwook indicated it is only the early CEDs that seem to have differences, such as the YOLT CED has the trimmed ABC TV edit for some strange reason.

I’ve heard of some of those edits before and then others not at all. I would presume these were ones requested by the British censor which Peter Hunt would have to comply and argue for just like the others. Usually the US censor would only then ask for another trim or so but usually was only concerned about sexual innuendo etc.

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#1266719
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Dirty Harry original mono mix
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Wow! I’ve long wanted to hear at least the original mono for the original film but this going the extra mile! Currently I only have the LD and BD boxsets and despite the stereoization the LD 2.0 stereo tracks obliterate the new remixes. They’re largely mono with stereo score insertion but can pan to the sides at times as you mentioned on MF.

I’m interested that the LD reissue of MF sounds different as I thought all the individual releases were ports of the boxset discs.

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#1265588
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The future of OT.com - UPDATE: Please donate!
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Wow,
I haven’t been around for a while due to life stuff and being in some other forums but it’s certainly a passing of the torch. I’ll definitely donate some and think it shouldn’t be difficult to do a $5 or so monthly donation. 10 or 20 of us would more than do it at that rate and many forums do some kind of yearly fundraising for server costs.

Without OT there is no home for every facet of SW fandom, no place to freely discuss all aspects and our own brand of particular madness. Who and where else would understand the humdinger glitch, Technidisc, JSC, Coily, Four eyed Stormtrooper, and my own rambling?

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#1245605
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Science Fiction or Space Fantasy - what is Star Wars
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SF.

Yes it may have a fantasy feel and edge but it’s still SF. There’s no need to break down everything into multiple genres all the time, and despite Lucas saying it is also a Space Western it isn’t a Western either despite having some identifiable tropes.

There is realistic background in the OT for most everything and if you’re curious you can research the methodology of how things work in universe. I still think the used universe idea in the original helped not only ground it for a audience but also made it possible to bask in an SF landscape.
Reading the novelization feels like pure SF with some fantasy elements.

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#1245602
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Star Wars Games
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I finally got to try Battle Pod and I have to say even with the big screen and loud sound and fancy bells and whistles I was extremely unimpressed. Anyone who has played Trilogy Arcade or rogue squadron will best it in five minutes. It’s super easy as you just mash the trigger at the auto lock on and hope you get it done in enough time to pass. Little skill is involved. I got on the top leaderboard in only one play through and every level is virtually the same.

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#1245466
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Return of the Pug (ROTP) - webpage and screenshots
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I just went through this focusing on any perceived differences.
The mono is the same source as the stereo but it is not a fold down. This is a custom mix with different EQ than the regular mix but I don’t think it was done with the same level of care as SW and ESB.
Here the first thing you notice is that the music levels are elevated higher than the stereo and the dialogue levels are also raised. What suffers are the sound effects which feel dialed down to being almost muted at times. You notice this most in the speederbike chase and how Lapti Nek sounds like a soundtrack mono mix release.

So this is a definite mono track much like hearing a 60’s album you’ve always heard in stereo on the abandoned mono mix that while not different is mixed in a way that is strikingly different at times.

Beautiful job Puggo! I ran this on my hdcrt screen upscaled to 1080i and on my klipsch towers.