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#321586
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Idea: Star Wars Games Preservation
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This is simply amazing, I had no idea people actually do this!

A buddy of mine told me the other day that he got this thing called DosBox that plays all kinds of old Dos games on Windows XP. If I could find my old copies of X-Wing and Tie-Fighter and Rebel Alliance 2 (because the first wasn't that good) I would be in heaven.
And then suddenly, I find out that people are making preservations of many of these old games!
Some people dream of rolling around in hundred dollar bills. I'm now gonna dream of rolling around in these things instead! I feel like I've found the gold mine of all gold mines.
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#301753
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//Star Wars Begins\\: HD Version Now on Vimeo
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Heya, JD, I saw it mentioned a few pages back, but I'm just checking to be sure that you found a copy of the History Channel special titled 'Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed.' (page 13, your august 9th post)
It has a lot of interviews with film critics, historians and professors, filmmakers, etc. Big names like Kevin Smith, Newt Gingrich, Joss Whedon, Peter Jackson, Stephen Colbert, Tom Brokaw, and Dan Rather.

I know you said on page 14 that you would not be looking into the 'infamous' grappling over the chasm scene unless somebody provides evidence. Is there any way you might mention it as a widely believed myth that remains as-yet unproven?
--if you don't believe how 'widely' this memory is believed--
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#254065
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my memory isn't that bad, is it? (in SW '77 - Luke misses with the grappling hook?)
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Originally posted by: crazyrabbits
...Wasn't there some sort of "Lost Cut" that has apparently a large percentage of added or changed footage?
Wouldn't that just be the perfect icing on everyone's cake? Somebody somewhere has to own a VHS copy of the broadcast, no? Now that is a copy of the film that I would pay premium money for. Are you hearing me, George? Premium money.
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#253537
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Hyperspace: Yep, I Think that Something is DEFINITELY up for '07!
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I'll quote myself here:
Originally posted by: hanakin
...Next year is the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars, there is no way that George Lucas does not plan to capitalize on this party. I fully expect every edition of all 6 movies to be re-released again on both HD-DVD and BlueRay DVD, maybe even as a deal with a new DVD player and/or TV package depending on the Retailers. It will be advertised yet again as "The Definitive Star Wars Collection for the technologically demanding conniseurs of Fandom all over the world." It will again be the re-re-re-release that will make all other sets and editions completely obsolete - garage sale junk. Commercials will say things like "if you haven't seen Star Wars on HD, you haven't seen Star Wars at all" and "the most complete Star Wars experience since auditorium theater seating" and "immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe like never before - you'll feel like you're flying the X-Wings down the trench - and your neighbors will feel like it too!" and "such a level of HD-THX clarity that you could literally sell tickets to your living room on MovieFone and be sold-out in a matter of minutes."
And it will sell. A lot. It will be marketed everywhere. On TV, on previews at movie theaters, in magazines, on billboards, on radio, cereal boxes, conventions, internet popups and banners, taco bell peel-off stickers, mcdonalds happy meals, pizza hutt pepsi and toys-r-us promotionals, superbowl commercials, oprah and barbra walters interviews, special pre-release parties in LA and NY, ETC ETC ETC. They are going to advertise the shit out of this stuff, and in 56 different languages all around the world, and they are going to sell like crazy. LIKE CRAZY. Because people buy into hype. Even for the crappiest of mud on the bottom of a shoe - if it has enough hype and marketing and advertising, people will go nuts.

Also probably releasing all 6 movies in 3d with plastic glasses at theaters. Who knows, maybe even some authentic plastic blow-up-dolls of Slave Leia. Knowing Lucas' sick sense of humor, it will actually be plastic blow-up-dolls of Jar Jar, though.
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#253529
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Letterbox looks like CRAP on a widescreen HDTV :(
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Dual Layer DVDs usually look better than an old 4.7gb DVD movie. Most movies at this point in time are being released in Dual Layer or similar formats (DVD 9 for example). These discs have a larger capacity to store data, and will look a little better than movies from 5 years ago. A lot of these discs also have copy protection, something older DVDs don't have much of (but thisis beside the point).

While the picture quality certainly could be worse than it is, nobody can deny that the picture quality could also be better than it is. On a non-anamorphic film, you want to zoom in and remove the black lines, but you are astounded to find out that the quality seems to degrade. What you are not considering, though, is that this process is very similar to the Digital Zoom feature on a camera. If you zoom with the lens, your picture will still be crisp. But if you use the digital zoom feature, you might realize that the quality is not even close to what it was before zooming.
A picture image, wether a still picture on a camera or a moving picture in a movie, has a certain number of pixels associated with it. This number is constant and is defined as the resolution of the image. When you are watching a movie on a DVD player, the machine will attempt to play the movie at its native resolution. If you try to zoom in, you are only making those pixels bigger, you are not really zooming in. Bigger pixels looks like lower quality. Any movie that you do this to will give the same results every time. Zoom in and the quality does not look like it did before the zoom. Its just common sense. HD-DVDs and BlueRay DVDs might have less pixelization when you zoom in, I don't know. But for regular DVD movies, zooming in is gonna give a picture that is more blurry than the native image.

I would strongly recommend that you wait. Next year is the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars, there is no way that George Lucas does not plan to capitalize on this party. I fully expect every edition of all 6 movies to be re-released again on both HD-DVD and BlueRay DVD, maybe even as a deal with a new DVD player and/or TV package depending on the Retailers. It will be advertised yet again as "The Definitive Star Wars Collection for the technologically demanding conniseurs of Fandom all over the world." It will again be the re-re-re-release that will make all other sets and editions completely obsolete - garage sale junk. Commercials will say things like "if you haven't seen Star Wars on HD, you haven't seen Star Wars at all" and "the most complete Star Wars experience since auditorium theater seating" and "immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe like never before - you'll feel like you're flying the X-Wings down the trench - and your neighbors will feel like it too!" and "such a level of HD-THX clarity that you could literally sell tickets to your living room on MovieFone and be sold-out in a matter of minutes."
Just wait till next year.
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#253393
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my memory isn't that bad, is it? (in SW '77 - Luke misses with the grappling hook?)
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What crazyrabbits says is exactly how I remember the scene as well:
Originally posted by: crazyrabbits
Hmmm. From what I remember, I saw something that resembled the scene mentioned in the topic. I will swear on my life that after Leia kisses Luke "for luck", the door behind them goes up slightly. He throws the grappling hook, which misses, and he pulls it back up, and the door slowly goes up again. It's only then that he swings and it catches. I will swear on my life that I saw it, though it might have been in a broadcast version.

Unfortunately, I never had a chance to record it, as I was watching in the basement on a black and white TV.
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#244674
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What SE changes (if any) did people like?
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Probably everything here has been said before, but I'd still like to give my thoughts =)

Did Like:
IV
*canyon behind Artoo and cliff-canyon overlooking Mos Eisley
*ring-around-the-toilet-bowl-planet-explosions
*2004 twin sunset, not 1997 version or 1993 version
*troopers and Dewbacks scouting the desert
*Millenium Falcon escaping from Mos Eisley
*Vader's red lightsaber as the blast doors are closing
*scout in the Yavin forest pointing at the Falcon as it approaches the Yavin Base
*X-Wings departing the Yavin Base over the trees
*added scene with Biggs before the big fight
*real people at the celebration
V
*no more transparent snowspeeder cockpits
*better looking Slave I following Falcon in the trash
*all the windows in Cloud City
*mixed feelings for the other added CGI outside Cloud City
VI
*absolutely nothing - IMO the original of ROTJ is the absolute best it could have been


Did Not Like:
IV
*new Sandcrawlers rolling across the desert
*Obi Wan's new house
*all the cartoon CGI at Mos Eisley, especially the droids punching eachother
*no more Wolfman in the Cantina
*Greedo shoots first
*1997 and 2004 scene with Jaba - both terrible CGI and waste of film time
*Han runs into an entire fleet of Stormtroopers
*blinking Dianoga in the trash compactor for 2004
*the Falcon flies to the side of the planet approaching Yavin IV, not under it
*all added X-Wing sequences except the initial departure from Yavin Base
V
*Wampa eating a bloody chicken-leg
*holo-Emperor-image AND voiceover dialog
*added snakes and reptiles on Dagobah
*Vader gets in his shuttle and flies to the Executor after his fight with Luke
VI
*the cartoon music video in Jaba's Palace
*Grandma Oola screaming
*the Sarlacc-Fly-Trap with radar/motion/sonar-detection-tentacles
*Obi-Wan's ghost is blindingly bright, like a "small moon"
*the removal of Anakin's eyebrows, the only piece of manhood he still had left
*the entire ending sequence, including Hayden, the music, the cartoon cities, the extra fireworks


*edit*
But hey, at least the scene in VI when Han gropes Leia after she gets shot is still there, so it's not all bad. Way to get her when she's down, Han, way to go.
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#244665
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SW.com: "First and ONLY TIme"
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Well, come on guys, they can't exactly admit to being liars...

If they did, it would look like this:
"Alright, we here at LFL are going to set the record straight by making this public statement - everything that comes out of our mouth is a LIE. Except that last statement. Except that last statement. Except that last statement. Except that last statement. Except that last statement. Except that last statement. Except that last statement. Except that last statement....."

And on and on and on forever.
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#244658
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Greedo is not the wimp, Han is
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Originally posted by: Gaffer Tape
Yeah, I'm tired of the so-called cold-blooded killing too...


In today's P.C. world, having a gun pointed at you is still not justifiable as self defense. The law, yes, it is. But people will still criticise you and tell you that you did the wrong thing to shoot first. I'm not talking about the real right and wrong, the real cold blood - I'm talking about stupid P.C. rules and George Lucas's pandering to these guidelines to make his children happy. After all, he is the person responsible fore creating C-3PO and Jar-Jar Binks, the two worst characters in the history of Science Fiction.

From crazy women's rights activists claiming that men are the enemy, to MomsAgainstEverythingSinful pushing for cencorship in every piece of media that we see - this scene is just an example that George Lucas does not have any 8@lls.
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#243829
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SW.com: "First and ONLY TIme"
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Originally posted by: crazyrabbits
...will wait for the 30th Anniversary Saga set before I make a conclusive decision on whether to buy the OUT on DVD or not.



Beat me to it. Next year is the 30th Anniversary.

1993 Remastered for LD and VHS, plus Widescreen available -
was to prime the pump for 1997 Special Edition -
was to prime the pump for 1999 Episode I

This is the same. 2004 super quality and special features DVD's -
was to prime the pump for 2006 OOT Edition -
was to prime the pump for something in 2007, big 30th Anniversary blast
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#243805
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3D ?!
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Originally posted by: Darth Editous
I have a real love/hate relationship with 3D. The trouble is, it's not 3D. It's pseudo-3D as long as you keep your head perfectly still, and as long as you can stand the headaches, which for me is about 5 minutes.

DE


Ya, I know what you're saying. I watched some LooneyToons Marvin the Martian movie in 3D on an IMAX screen at the amusement park this weekend. The glasses were thin plastic, low quality stuff. And the screen was basically a double-image thing that the glasses corrected as if you were looking at a MagicEye picture crosseyed. The actual "plastic lenses" that you look thru didn't seem that remarkable at all, they just looked like clear plastic lenses. I'm sure it has something to do with vertical vs. horizontal filament and the way that an image is interpreted when seeing both at the same time.

In the end, yeah, you get a headache and you feel like you've been crosseyed the entire time. Might as well bang your forehead into a wall for 2 hours, it'd give the same "special effects."

I'm really hoping that this 3D thing won't be anything like what I just experienced on Saturday. I really, really, really hope.
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#243357
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2006 OT DVD: the deal with the Best Buy tin ...
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You people are EVIL!!!!

I was just gonna go home tonight and pretend that I don't know these new quality discs exist.
But noooo, you just HAD to start talking about a TIN BOX! And then you HAD to say it is so much better quality!

You are evil.



/panders
"Here's my money, George, have all of it, have as much as you want!"

This is George Lucas's world. We just happen to live in it......
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#243339
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my memory isn't that bad, is it? (in SW '77 - Luke misses with the grappling hook?)
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Originally posted by: zombie84
It was in the novel. Thats why a few people remember seeing it. Just like they remember seeing the spaceships crash into the DS shield in ROTJ. They saw it in their minds when they were kids and twenty years later it feels as though it was seen on a screen. It never happened.


Dang dang dang!
I did read the novel when I was a kid. So all these years, I've been wrong? I was so sure...

/bigSIGH

=`(
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#242992
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Greedo is not the wimp, Han is
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Making Greedo shoot first and miss does not make him a pathetic flub. Yes, it definitely makes him look like a moron for missing such a close target...

But that's not the reason why it was put in the film.

If Han shoots first, as in the original edition, he is a cold blooded killer. Un-provoked, un-apologetic, KILLER.
But making Greedo shoot first means we can say Han shot him in self-defense. Politically Correct. Watered down.

It's unfortunate that Greedo missed such an easy shot, but it's more unfortunate that he was even given the chance.

It makes Han less of the old-west-gunfighter character George was aiming for.
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#242988
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my memory isn't that bad, is it? (in SW '77 - Luke misses with the grappling hook?)
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Rumor!!

LOL

I saw it with my own two eyes! More than once! Nobody told me any far-fetched stories, and I am certainly not making it up. Maybe my memory is wrong, but I'm not taking this from some story that someone else told me.
I can tell you that I am pretty sure that I saw the "miss" on television. I was living in either Minnesota or Indiana at the time, I don't remember when or where exactly. But I have seen it more than once because I remember thinking "There it is! Just like I told everyone! It's right there!" If I had been watching it on VHS, I could have had proof, but it was just a TV broadcast.
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#242971
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my memory isn't that bad, is it? (in SW '77 - Luke misses with the grappling hook?)
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I have told all my friends about this for many years, and never once have I been believed. And I have never found evidence to prove what I know to be true.

I can swear on all that is good and holy and just that a long time ago, in a place far far away, I saw a version of Episode IV where Luke misses the grappling hook. He and Leia are gonna try to swing across the chasm, but he missed on his first throw. Everyone tells me that I am crazy and don’t know what I’m talking about, but I insist. I know I’ve seen it, but it was so long ago and I was so young. Because, we have to remember, with as many versions we have from the Special Editions of '97 and from the remastered versions of '93 and the newest versions of '04 – there were at least 3 previous VHS versions released during the early and late 80’s. Somebody please help me!! I know I’m not crazy!!

Also, on the Laserdisc remastered versions of '93, there is a scene with the X-Wings that I think was added. I think actually, that it might be one of the first CGI additions ever put on screen. It is when the guy says to “Lock S-Foils into attack formation.” I’m pretty sure that the original versions did not actually have anything happen, just somebody saying that over the radio. And with the '93 version, you actually see a few X-Wings open their S-Foils.

Just a couple things I have not seen commented. Am I right? Or totally of the mark?