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joe12stories

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17-Jun-2018
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#1205761
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Kenner Hand-cranked viewer and cartridges
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“May the Force Be With You”, “Battle in Hyperspace”, and “Destroy Death Star” were all horizontally flipped in the toy cartridges compared to the theatrical versions. “Assault on Death Star” and “Danger at the Cantina” had the proper orientation. Preserving the horizontal flip in the first three is critical if the desire is to preserve the sequences as they were in the toy.

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#1205533
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Kenner Hand-cranked viewer and cartridges
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Uploaded to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/joetunon

Please note: the resolution on YouTube is not meant for these clips. They are loaded just to show the awesome sequences that were assembled for the toy film cartridges. Note that 3 of the 5 clips are mirrored horizontally! This is not an accident on my part. I kept the orientation true to the original toy films. This might be the “alternate footage” that some remember! Every frame in every clip is accurate down to the last bit! This took me 2 years to put together, and about 20 years to finally find the right software to play them back: it’s an iOS app called GyroFilm. Download these MP4’s to your iPhone photo album to be able to open them in the app. If you care to go through the trouble, I promise you you will be absolutely floored at how incredibly accurate the emulation of a toy vintage projector is, with the circular wheel and its 8mm click sound and vintage filter. I don’t know if anyone else on the planet can appreciate this digital recreation as much as me, but they are there in case anyone does remember and wishes to re-experience this magnificent toy and original Star Wars clips (before there were VCRs!) in all of their glory!

MTFBWY!

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#1205389
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Kenner Hand-cranked viewer and cartridges
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Well, so five years later I’m done! The missing piece was an incredible iOS app called “GyroFilm” that emulates, of all things, a vintage toy projector… not unlike the Kenner Movie Viewer! I just discovered it 3 days ago, and it inspired me to revisit and finish the 5 clips. They are now done. And I can’t help thinking no one will ever see this. I don’t know if anyone is interested in this thread, but if they are, and if they are one of the handful of people who cares about or better, remembers these unique sequences, please reach out to me. The restorations - or more properly - the digital recreations - are done.

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#1047860
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When you were introduced to Star Wars for the first time
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Oldie here. I was the perfect age of 13 when I witnessed the Tantive IV flying over our heads in a theater in 1977. To this day I am a pre-CGI diehard. Love the new movies, dislike (but don’t hate) the prequels, and dislike (but don’t hate) the Special Editions, not so much for adding scenes, but for changing them (Han/Greedo and the Anakin ghost being the primary offenders… okay these two changes I flat out hate).