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#1348817
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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canofhumdingers said:

I haven’t watched his rebels episodes yet, but shouldn’t Rex be like super old and dead by the time of the Mandalorian? I mean, he was a clone who ages faster, right? And his timeline of clone wars-rebels-post ROTJ would span, according to official cannon… …wait. Less than 40 years?! What the crap? The events of TPM, the clone wars, the fall of the republic, the empire, the rebellion and all happened in a span of just 36 years?! That’s ridiculous!

Well, I guess if you compare it to the historical timeline and of the lead up to WW1 on through to WW2 and the aftermath, it’s not that preposterous, but it still seems a bit far fetched. Whatever, its all pretend anyway.

There’s a rumor that in a yet unnanounced animated Rebel sequel series, Ahsoka and gang will find a way to slow down or even reverse Rex’s accelerated aging.

Still something does seem like the timeline from the beginning of TPM to the end of ROTJ is a bit compressed.

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#1348660
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<em>Star Wars: The Clone Wars</em> To Return With New Episodes
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I’m definitely going to have to dive back into rewatching The Clone Wars from the start. I’ve owned the blu-ray’s of seasons 1-6 for a while now for viewing fanedits, and for use of potential fanedits of my own. But honestly, I’ve seen most of the episodes only once through. I have very fond memories of The Clone Wars, but I was less critical of the prequels at that time.

In all honesty, I get more enjoyment these days from the tv side of Star Wars then the movies. They are just able to dig into details the movies don’t have time for and really give us lots of time to get to know the characters. Plus, they seem to explore some aspects of Star Wars that are a little less mainstream.

And specifically for the animated series, there’s always that 80’s/90’s Saturday morning cartoon feel, especially in Rebels, that makes me fond of my childhood.

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#1347031
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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Unfortunately, my current laptop is slowly dying, and I may have to replace it sooner than I had planned. Once the tech stores open up again, I’m gonna get it checked out, although I suspect whatever repairs it may need will not be worth the cost, and it’ll just be better to get something new. It’s still functioning fine for basic applications, but start doing something more demanding and the whole system freezes up.

Not to mention, that I’ve been currently out of work due to the COVID crisis, so money is quite limited, though it has given me more time to work on this.

It’ll probably be a new laptop likely, so not the eventual desktop that I plan to get. I’m waiting for the next generation of GPU’s from NVIDIA and AMD for the desktop. (likely I’ll be going with a NVIDIA GPU as it has more optimization for video rendering and AI applications).

Playing around with TPM in Davinci Resolve, I know I’m going to be able to achieve far better results than with Premiere, it’s just going to take quite an adjustment for me to learn all the necessities of color grading in Resolve as it is a lot more complex.

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#1345018
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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For reference here’s probably the best comparisons I’ve seen between 2011 1080p releases and the 2019 4K releases.

TPM: https://www.hdnumerique.com/dossiers/819-test-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-star-wars-I.html

AOTC: https://www.hdnumerique.com/dossiers/820-test-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-star-wars-II.html

ROTS: https://www.hdnumerique.com/dossiers/821-test-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-star-wars-III.html

Pretty minor improvements, but still worth it. It will be good to see what AI enhancements can do to the footage.

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#1344793
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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My goodness, that’s the best comparison I’ve seen in the improvements in the color for this 2019 release. Certainly a much better source to work off in that respect.

How much extra detail there is, seems to vary, but pretty significant in some areas. Shame there’s so much DNR in the image a lot of the time, it looks just awful zoomed in from that aspect.

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#1344373
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AI Upscaling of Deleted Scenes and other content
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Video Enhancer AI still needs a lot of work in training the AI compared to Gigapixel which produces better results however it doesn’t take into account multiple frames or have good motion consistency. I think it’ll get there eventually.

I wanna do 4K upscales of the Revisited Trilogy once Ady releases the full bitrate versions, which won’t happen till ANH and ROTJ are done as well.

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#1341939
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A new Star Wars theatrical film confirmed - to be directed by Taika Waititi
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Well there’s no way this can be the next movie coming out in 2022. Thor: Love and Thunder is coming out earlier in the year, and a Marvel movie is no small undertaking.

Curious to know of who of the known writers/directors is doing the 2022 film. I’d hope we get an announcement this year, but maybe we won’t…it’s not like they’d have to start shooting till Fall 2021, so it might not be till next year we even find out who’s or what that movie is.

Anyhow, count me in as excited! I really enjoyed Jojo Rabbit. And he did an admirable job with the season 1 finale of The Mandalorian.

The only thing I could see people complaining about, is his tendency to focus more on comedy. I think he’s excellent at it, but I know many disliked those types of jokes in the sequel trilogy.

That said, I’ve been the person that’s been advocating for “genre movies” for Star Wars, like what was originally promised for the anthology series, and we saw Lucasfilm pull a 180 on that. So hell if someone wants to make a funnier Star Wars movie, go for it!

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#1339476
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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Decided I will be transferring to doing these grades to Davinci Resolve instead of Premiere Pro/After Effects. I’ve played around with Resolve before when trying out my own grades for 4K77, it just has a lot more freedom and ability to control the footage to what I like. That said, I’m going to have to do some online learning to really get the most out of it. I’ve used the Adobe suite since 2011 regularly versus Resolve being only since end of 2018 in small tests.

So it might be a while till I can upload another render, but rest assured the new grade will be a lot better.

I’ve been looking over the resources I’ve received of scans of the theatrical prints for TPM, and have been studying the colors closely and hopefully I’ll get something close to the look of these or at least what the current official grade looks like printed to print film stock.

AOTC and ROTS will replicate both negative and print stock, as well as some lens distortion adjustments to make them closer to the anamorphics used on other Star Wars films.

Also, I recently saw the film “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” which was shot on Kodak 7219 and my god it looks beautiful. Now it is a 16mm film so it’s a bit softer and grainer than would be for these projects, but it’s a a film that has a very raw film look to it, in other words that it is not overly digitally graded unlike in many modern films still shot on film. It’s definitely a good modern piece to study what true modern film stock looks like without excessive digital tinkering.

To that note, there’s a lot more filtering to be done to recreate the look of film beyond the color grade, which I am further studying. They may not be in the initial releases. Steve Yedlin’s (cinematographer on The Last Jedi) material has a lot to say on this.

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#1337309
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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TPM and TLJ Yoda puppets both don’t look quite right, but I still much prefer them over digital Yoda. Ideally you would have a puppet as the base and then CGI enhancements to that. Hell having a reference puppet in scenes where Yoda would have to be all CGI would help too.

Anyhow, I’m looking back on the grain, and I’m going to do more tweaking to it. The past two renders have used real grain plates, which while real grain, does have it’s setbacks given that it is a loop overlayed over the footage. The footage itself doesn’t have an impact on the way the grain appears, so in that case a digital simulation would be better, but that can be hard to pull off. So I’ll do more research and try to figure out a solution.

Also I was looking at some classic movies in 4K HDR on Disney+ and some of those movies had very similar grain levels to that of the renders some thought were too grainy, which makes me want to head more back towards that direction. Possibly, I could always have multiple grain options similar to what is the case for 4K77 and 4K83.

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#1337293
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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I’ve been watching other new 4K HDR transfers of classic movies on Disney+ and almost all of them look infinitely better than the original trilogy. For a movie shot on film, it’s depressing how the 4K version of the original Santa Claus movie with Tim Allen has better use of HDR and left more grain in tact than these transfers of the original trilogy. A silly 90’s family comedy has a better transfer than these legendary movies??? What the heck?

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#1336587
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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Did some more work on the grade for TPM today, still frustrated with it, but making progress.

Is there any place with a scan of a theatrical print or more images of it? I’m really curious what the contrast levels should be for a lot of the scenes, as well as the overall white balance to the image. In my current grade, some scenes look horribly flat while other times the blacks look crushed. Not to mention, my current grade is making white balance differences between scenes more apparent which I’m not sure is more accurate to the theatrical presentation or not.

I will say my current grade in some parts looks eerily similar to the new 4K version of 2001: A Space Odyssey in terms of colors, which I think means I’m on the right track.

Overall though, I think it’s important for me to establish a blanket grade for each film, not only for first releases, but as a base for scene by scene and shot by shot grading for the future releases.

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#1336377
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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Honestly I really like the new colors for the OT, best I’ve ever seen apart from some of the 4K77 grades.

The real reason why it looks better, is the increased color depth and dynamic range visible even in an 8 bit SDR screencap. Plus there isn’t all the banding and video-noise in there from a poor scan like the 2004/2011 masters. Even if you apply the same grade to this footage to match a different release, this one will still look better.

Excessive DNR is annoying as hell tho. I like my film movies grainy. Just look at Bridge over the River Kwai on 4K Blu-ray for some beautiful grain.

DNR aside, having better quality source colors makes a huge difference to me. Between these new official masters and 4K77/4K83, it’s getting harder to watch fanedits and preservations sourced from earlier official masters.

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#1334616
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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Rendering another preview, this time of the podrace. I’ve since done a major revision of the grade again, and I’m very happy with the results, though I find the colors of this section could really use a shot by shot grade, which is outside the intentions of this initial release, but will for sure be taken into account for the later releases.

JEDIT:

Here’s the preview:

https://mega.nz/file/PegmRQxQ#y8eTglgko0gIvgY2BR3304Bzzr4ZEO87ARoldr3JaY0