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#1367039
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The "Name that Movie/TV Show I Can't Name" Thread
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darth_ender said:

I remember when I was rather young, I saw a small fragment of some movie my older siblings were watching. Bear in mind that, as I describe it, some of it is only what I remember my brother telling me about it. It may be misremembered, I may be conflating things, he may have been teasing an impressionable little kid, but I will relay to you what I seem to recall him telling me, as well as the brief scene I actually witnessed.

Possible background:

My brother told me that this movie takes place on a planet that orbits several (seven? ten? can’t remember) stars, and as a result, they only experience night every few centuries. Knowing that another night is pending, the people become frightened, for none of them has ever lived through night. In order to avoid this upcoming horror, a woman elects to go through some ritual where…

I remember seeing this:

…a mask is placed over her face, leaving only her eyes exposed. She is laid upon a bed, next to where two birds are perched. With a man apparently leading the ritual and a crowd looking on, the birds begin to peck her eyes out! She moans and cries, but eventually, the dreadful deed is done, her mask removed by the assistants, and she is seated up, eyelids open, empty sockets exposed.

Imagine how this frightened a young boy. The movie seemed to have generally earthly technology and clothing, even possibly ancient in appearance, and the people looked very human, making me doubt my remembered background. It looks like it was probably filmed in the 70s or maybe 80s, but I can’t say that with certainty either. Any ideas? Or is the whole thing a concocted memory?

I finally figured out what movie this is: Nightfall, a low budget adaptation of an Isaac Asimov story. My memories were not flawless, but I am surprised how much I got right.

https://youtu.be/GHcNX9QfZbM?t=1388

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#1332821
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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SilverStormX said:

It would be cool to add more types of ships to the Battle of Endor. Don’t know if you’ve finished the visuals for that battle, but adding Interdictors, Victory-Class Star Destroyers, and Y-Wings would make the battle grander. Also TIE Defenders and maybe TIE Advanceds would be awesome.

Yeah, this is almost my wishlist! Never been a big fan of the overpowered TIEs, as I’ve always seen them as expendable machines and personnel in favor of the powerful capital ships. However, I have thought it a travesty since the prequels that they never incorporated the Victory-class, and I always have hoped someone would include them. I certainly wouldn’t mind the Interdictors, as I was a fan of the West End Games RPG, nor would I mind the Clone Wars era Y-wings, as those are just cool, IMHO.

Oh well. Maybe some fan film will do something like this one day.

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#1329174
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Random Thoughts
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Anakin Starkiller said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

Getting slapped in the face with an octopus is one of my fantasies.

I’d rather the slapper be a woman in a seal costume than an actual seal, however.

Idk…I’ve had a phase being sexually into dolphins. Seals are also sea mammals so…

https://youtu.be/MCxDJnHiLqs

You all give this song a new level of reality I never thought I’d see.

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#1328706
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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I don’t know if this is exactly what Adywan is thinking, but I still really love this idea. To me, it is a very moving ending and I hope he adopts something like this.

https://vimeo.com/51457067#t=19m55s

Password: ROTJ

Credit for the effects go to the long lost aalenfae.

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#1324082
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Star Wars: The Lost Cut (WIP)
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There is indeed a curse regarding this cut. I lack the talent and the time to ever make anything like this reality, though I can dream! I can offer suggestions, but someone else will have to complete this, hopefully with a vision similar to mine. What I intend to do is finish up a low-quality version of this that I have nearly finished, then call it quits. I have too little time in life for this, lack decent software, and lack the skills. But if it can simply be somewhat enjoyable and a model for others interested in patterning work after, then I will be pleased. I hate to set deadlines on these things because I will likely miss any such timelines, but I hope I can simply finish up my work on this, post it for others to appreciate and perfect, and be done with it. Watch this space. I believe I can get this done fairly soon!

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#1301099
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Star Wars: deleted and extended scenes * database *
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Many of the storybook pictures were absolutely not deleted scenes. They often would composite different elements together for the storybook and collector cards space scenes. You can search the Internet and find other pictures with many of the same elements as you find in this pictures, clearly the exact same shot, but superimposed in a different manner.



Consider how much work went into making space scenes in those days. How could they so easily discard completed scenes? How much easier is it to simply photograph a few elements and splice them together for publicity purposes.

On the other hand, the scene you refer to with Vader, Tarkin, and Motti (which involves no space shots) was an early FX shot with special effects projected onto the background rather than matted in later. Note that there is no composition necessary in such a shot. Yes, it is a deleted, alternate take on the scene where Tarkin decides to “set course for Alderaan.”

By the way, the picture does look a lot like Yavin and your thumb looks a lot more natural in this version of the shot that you took:

However, once again, this last picture is not a deleted scene or alternate shot of a classic scene, but again, ships composited together.

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#1297014
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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DominicCobb said:

Nice to see you again ender. I’m aware of how the EU portrayed things, but in regards to this topic, ady has stated he’s not taking that material into his account for his edit.

Nice to see you, too! I’m not advocating that Adywan use Legends EU to guide his vision. I’m simply pointing out that early EU was shaped by the OT alone, and that this was their perception. I had not drawn that conclusion at the time, but I was only 11 or 12 when first reading that material. Nevertheless, it left a lasting impression on me that the Empire was that way, and that I simply hadn’t picked up on the cues in my childhood. It has shaped my thinking of the OT at the time and still persists to this day.

As I pointed out, if it ever was the intention, it obviously no longer was by the time the prequels came out. Personally, I feel it makes the Empire seem more evil.

Either way, it’s up to Ady. I was just sharing my perspective of why it made sense and seemed the way the Empire was for a while.

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#1296949
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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In the early '90s when I was first exposed to the Legends EU, the Empire’s racism and sexism was EU canon at the very least. Bear in mind the significance of Grand Admiral Thrawn’s elevated rank being even more amazing, as he was the non-human to earn the Emperor’s respect and achieve such a high status. The “Declaration of Rebellion” furthered this as EU canon.

https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Declaration_of_Rebellion/Legends

And remember, there are no aliens in the OT films within the Imperial hierarchy. I believe this was likely a subtle allusion to the evils and racism of Naziism. This was picked up on and expanded upon in the EU to include sexism.
Admiral Daala, whom I consider something of a Thrawn ripoff, was the highest-ranking female within the Empire.

https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Natasi_Daala

A lot of this was clearly eliminated with the coming forth of the prequels and Palpatine’s alien and female advisors…

…but I believe many of the time interpreted the Empire as a racist, sexist regime.

That’s not to say they wouldn’t necessarily use women in a lowly role as cannon fodder, but I am largely in agreement with ray_afraid’s appraisal of the Empire’s bigotry, at least taking into account only pre-1999 material.

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#1174685
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Am I a Bully?
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For what it’s worth, this forum takes too much of my time and energy. I know the regulars here will criticize me for what I’m about to do. I know that two years from now, someone will say something like, “Remember when darth_ender took his ball and went home?” Regardless, I think I should just give greater energy to real life and stop wasting it trying to be friends with Internet people, especially people who really don’t care. Overall, it’s been a pleasant seven-ish years, people. I’m sure I’ll continue to read the threads I care about. I am just going to log out on all my devices and don’t intend to log back in much if ever again. Thank you for the enjoyable interactions. I mean that sincerely.