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#1238900
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Return of the Jedi - your opinion?
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Shopping Maul said:

RogueLeader said:

Shopping Maul said:

By the way, the Marvel SW comic had Vader torturing rebel officers for the name of the pilot who’d destroyed the Death Star. Despite ‘Skywalker’ being the SW equivalent of ‘Smith’ (according to GL) I maintain that once he’d heard that name he’d be pretty sure whose son that kid was!

If Skywalker is such a common surname in the Galaxy I think it’s weird that the only Skywalkers we find are the Skywalker family from the main saga. I would say the most common surname in the Galaxy is Antilles, as a senator Bail Antilles is mentioned in TPM, there’s captain Antilles of the Tantive IV and of course Wedge Antilles.

Now I want to see a character named Skywalker that has no relation to the famous family and isn’t even Force-sensitive.

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#1238815
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Return of the Jedi - your opinion?
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As a teenager ROTJ was my favourite of the SW OT, and as many of you have posted here previously it is perhaps the pinnacle of traditional optical effects from the pre-digital age (I would also add Predator 2 to that lot).

Now that doesn’t mean the movie is without flaws, particularly with Lucas rehashing the Death Star and Leia being outed as a Skywalker. I’m pretty sure Lucas pulled that one out of his arse when he couldn’t come up with a better way to solve Yoda’s line in TESB (No. There is another), and it also raises another question: how come Vader immediatly identifies Luke as his son but remains completely unaware of Leia being his daughter until the Battle of Endor? The conversation between Vader and Leia at the beginning of the first SW makes it clear they’ve interacted before, and he couldn’t sense anything when being around her?.

Musically I also think ROTJ has the weakest score of the OT, as whenever I want to enjoy the score of the OT I find myself skipping ROTJ, dunno but it simply isn’t as memorable or as captivating as its two predecessors.

Unlike many I’m totally fine with the Ewoks, although I find it hilarious how an adult male in a full suit of armour is instantly killed by a Teddy bear throwing a rock at him.

I’ve read that Gary Kurtz originally wanted ROTJ to end with Han dying, the Rebellion in tatters, Leia assuming leadership to continue the struggle and Luke walking away from everything. Curiously these elements have been incorporated in the ST.

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#1235183
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Is <em>Revenge of the Sith</em> the Best or Worst Prequel?
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What really bothers me the most about the prequels isn’t the fancy aesthetics, but the fact that the Galaxy appears to be way more advanced technologically 30-20 years before the OT.
Although TPM is visually the most Star Wars-sy looking of the prequels because it was the only one shot on film and used real sets and more practical effects, story-wise TPM is all over the place. AOTC’s only saving grace for me is the lightsaber duel between Yoda and Dooku (yes I enjoy that scene, sue me).
ROTS is most definitely the best of the prequels in terms of overall story and character (I still dislike the whole saving Padmé as Anakin’s reason for turning to the Dark Side), and the I enjoy the most. I also think it’s only one of the prequels that really feeds into the OT plot-wise (if you ignore TPM and AOTC you won’t really miss out on anything).

BTW, porn star Lexi Belle is a huge SW fan and considers AOTC her favourite of the franchise, so make of that what you will.

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#1235059
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Movie Preservation and Home Media: An Opinion
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This week my father and I saw Soylent Green on Blu-ray, and I was baffled by the review it was given on the blu-ray.com website about the video quality. The reviewer gave it a 3/5 rating and criticized the gritty look of the movie, but personally I thought the movie looked gorgeous and had the exact look a low-budget movie from the early 1970s is supposed to have.

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#1230905
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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As many of you have posted previously, all of the problems of the ST are rooted in TFA.

I’ve posted that I don’t understand why this mess of a movie had such an overwhelmingly positive reception. Apart from pretty much being SW 2.0, we have the First Order which is every bit as powerful and wealthy as its predecessor the Galactic Empire even when ROTJ + supplementary material have made it clear the Empire is no more and what remains is but a small fraction of what once was, yet that small fraction is somehow capable of taking an ENTIRE GALAXY back to the status quo, building a Death Star about 10-20 times BIGGER than the original and is WEALTHIER than the New Republic (see Rose’s line in Canto Bight about how only the First Order can make you this wealthy). I also disliked the fact that the FO was so loyal to Snoke, a random Force wielder with no previous connection to the Empire. The FO should have been lead by a Council of former high-ranking Imperial military officials and political figures, and if Snoke was needed at all it should have been as an advisor of sorts representing the mystical aspect of the FO, not as “Supreme Leader”. The FO should have also been portrayed as using guerrilla warfare, infiltration, espionage, sleeper cells, subtly gathering their strengths by conquering seemingly unimportant systems without the NR noticing, indoctrinating their conquered systems into absolute loyalty, using streamlined Imperial technology, slowly manipulating the politicians to earn their favour and so on and so forth. But no, instead we got the Nu-Empire.

With Abrams returning I expect Episode IX to be every bit as awful as TFA, yet everyone will probably praise him for “course-correcting” Star Wars. sigh

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#1228893
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Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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TV’s Frink said:

fmalover said:

DominicCobb said:

Only slight disappointment for me is that Dan Mindel is back as the DP. Not that I didn’t like his work on TFA (quite the opposite), but I thought it’d be cool to have a different look for each film. Though I’m quite glad Rick Carter is back as co-production designer.

Apart from TFA being total garbage, I think Dan Mindel did a piss-poor job as DP in TFA, and even though the movie was shot on film it doesn’t look like it. Steve Yedlin on the other hand did a masterful job with TLJ and it’s a real shame he didn’t stick around for Episode IX. Then again JJ Abrams is back as director and co-writer, so I fully expect Ep. IX to be another botch job.

Hmmm, is this a shitpost or having fun?

I’ve made my dislike of TFA clear on several occasions, plus I’ve yet to see a JJ Abrams movie that I like. All of movies feel insipid to me.

As much as I love TLJ I am not looking forward to Ep. IX due to Abrams returning. I would’ve been more hopeful if Chris Terrio was the sole writer, but Abrams is a co-writer which further lowers my expectations.

I will only go see Ep. IX on cinemas to see how the story ends, which will no doubt be a botch job. This is JJ Abrams we’re talking about, after all.

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#1228858
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Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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DominicCobb said:

Only slight disappointment for me is that Dan Mindel is back as the DP. Not that I didn’t like his work on TFA (quite the opposite), but I thought it’d be cool to have a different look for each film. Though I’m quite glad Rick Carter is back as co-production designer.

Apart from TFA being total garbage, I think Dan Mindel did a piss-poor job as DP in TFA, and even though the movie was shot on film it doesn’t look like it. Steve Yedlin on the other hand did a masterful job with TLJ and it’s a real shame he didn’t stick around for Episode IX. Then again JJ Abrams is back as director and co-writer, so I fully expect Ep. IX to be another botch job.

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#1228403
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The Matrix 35mm
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The first version of the scan did have overly saturated colours, I’ll give you that, but the second version corrected that problem and I don’t mind the blown out highlights and slightly crushed blacks. If anything they seem to be more a photochemical issue than a digital one. Notice that within the movie every time a light is flashed in front of the camera it looks EXACTLY like light flashes captured on film. The blu-ray and 4K remaster on the other hand have these oddly dim-looking light flashes.

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#1227952
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The Matrix 35mm
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From what I can see in those screeshots of the 4K remaster it looks like all they did was dial back the green tint and desaturate the colours, plus the movie has been slightly cropped and zoomed-in. I think I’ll stick with 35mm scan, although it would still be cool if someone took the time to colour-correct the 4K remaster and bring it closer to the 35mm scan.

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#1227950
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Is Star Wars &quot;Better Than It's Ever Been&quot;?
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That’s what what I miss the most about the old EU. Regardless of the varying degrees of quality in terms of storytelling and writing Lucas gave free reign to write about whatever they wanted to write, wether it was within the OT timeline, the distant past or the distant future, and we could even get stories set during the OT timeline that were taking part far away from the main events of the OT. Now like posted previously, under the Disney the expanded storylines are all about exploring every last minute detail of the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and Vader during the OT, from Leia carefully braiding her hair in her spare time to Luke’s weekend off after the battle of Yavin. Come ON Disney! You have an entire Galaxy’s worth of storylines of thousands upon thousands of generations.