Anyone have any clue why the 4K release of Solo only has HDR10 after TLJ had DolbyVision? Do we think that’s an indication that the powers that be are likely to abandon DolbyVision for future releases?
Forever baffled by the apparently common impulse to show fan edits for someone’s first viewing. Maaaaaaybe for the prequels, but the OT? Seriously?
Biggs Audio Dynamite said:
This guy has done a pretty comprehensive video on some of the more negative, maybe even toxic elements, of click bait fandom, especially about The Last Jedi:
video by Maj0r Lee
I am sure not everyone will agree with it (and I don’t fully), but it is worth posting here for those that wish to see an alternative take, on some of the more unjust or outlandish criticism of modern Star Wars, and also how some within also twist and contort what is, or has, actually being said by people working on Star Wars or at Lucas film, to try and prove or further their view or agenda.
Ugh, I feel bad for that one dude with the “Super Dad” plaque’s kid.
Yeah, I think Solo and TLJ look all right, but that’s just because they seem to be more or less based on the theatrical posters. No idea why they wouldn’t do that for all of them.
Can you just post them here? That link is worthless if (like me) you’re not a member of that forum.
In any event, hopefully we’ll get some clarification at D23.
Blu-ray.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and several other retailers are listing new Blu-ray releases of all existing Star Wars movies (packaged individually, and not in 4K) for September 22, with a list price of $34.99 each. The runtime on the listing for ANH suggests that it’s the SE, but I suppose a GOUT bonus disc situation is possible. With a list price that high, I can’t imagine these are just repackaged 2011 discs without any additional content, but with the saga set all but confirmed for next year, I don’t know what else this could be.
EDIT: Actually, looking at the individual listings, I’m thinking these are probably just the 2011 discs with digital copies included, and probably new matching packaging. I’d love to be wrong though.
I’ll appreciate it an awful lot if the boxed set is in fact coming this early. If they were going to hold off until Christmas 2020 I probably would’ve ended up buying 4K TFA and TROS twice. I’ll still probably rent TFA in the run-up to the new movie, but I can wait six months for the discs.
Digital Bits has TFA and R1 coming out in 4K at the end of this year, and everything else (both in a saga boxed set and as individual releases) in “the first half of 2020”.
Kennedy says they were always working towards Palpatine in IX, even though they didn’t always know exactly how they were going to get there.
Here’s the article I’ve been trying to remember ever since Palpy turned up yesterday. It’s got to have something to do with this, right? https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Contingency
I honestly think this is the only title I actually dislike. A couple of the other ones are kind of bland, but this one really does rub me the wrong way like none of the other ones do. It’s like something some random idiot on Reddit would come up with.
Having sat with it for a while and talked about it a bunch I’m coming around. I think my dislike for the title and my frustration with how light on actual content the panel was colored my perception of the rest of it. The sins of the marketing campaign are not necessarily the sins of the movie, and there’s enough to like in that trailer that of course i’m on board.
For once I agree with Mala. Attack of the Clones is pulpy and fun. The Rise of Skywalker sounds like it was generated by an algorithm.
There’s a boatload of concept art in the Art of The Force Awakens book that would suggest it’s the Death Star II, assuming they used that discarded storyline from the earlier film as a jumping off point. I’d post some of it if I was on my laptop instead of my phone. Maybe later, unless someone else does it first.
Could the planet in the trailer be Endor proper instead of the sanctuary moon? I’ve always assumed Endor was a gas giant, but I don’t think there’s currently anything in the cannon to support or refute that.
Anyway, the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that part of the plot will involve our heroes racing against Kylo and the Knights of Ren to find some sort of Emperor-related macguffin. Maybe some trap that Palestine set up decades ago with an especially long fuse goes off and everyone believes there’s some means of stopping and/or controlling it somewhere in the Death Star II wreckage.
(That’s my theory as long as we’re limiting speculation to the Death Stars we’ve already seen, that is. I remember a couple more kicking around in Legends, and I wouldn’t be gobsmacked to find out there was a heretofore unseen prototype left over in canon too)
Looks like they couldn’t help themselves lifting a little from Lawrence of Arabia while they were shooting at Wadi Rum.
Shmi “There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him. I can’t explain what happened.”
Palpatine using abilities “some consider to be unnatural” conjured this child of the force within Shmi (a random slave of no importance). Palpatine is secretly Anakin Skywalker’s father (and acts like it throughout the PT).
Palpatine - having survived his fall down the Death Star chasm (much like Luke survived the Cloud City chasm - it rhymes!) used those same abilities to create Rey, again within a random junker of no importance. Palpatine is Rey father, she’s of the same line.
Seems at least possible?
Rey would have only been conceived a decade or so after the Battle of Endor. I think it’s more likely that Palpatine won’t literally appear but rather that our heroes will be dealing with some kind of contingency plan he set up before he died. After all, the books and comics have been dropping breadcrumbs to that effect since Shattered Empire and the Aftermath trilogy.
Anyway, I hate the title and I’m more confused by the trailer than anything. JJ’s doing his old gleefully cryptic schtick again, and I feel like I still just don’t have enough to go on to make any kind of judgement beyond “nice to see Billy Dee flying the Falcon again” or “Finn’s new costume is cool”. Would it kill Abrams/Kennedy to have given a three-sentence summary at the panel so that I could have some vague idea of what the stakes are here?
The question is, if a 4k set is indeed coming next year, do they put the new 4k transfers on Disney+ right at launch in November, or do they wait to unveil them until closer to the physical release in the spring?
Has anyone been to any of those live orchestra screenings recently? I’m going to one of ANH in Boston next month, and I’m wondering if it’ll be the same old Lowry master or something else, like the version shown at the Alamo marathon a little while back that was purportedly a hybrid of the long-teased new master with the CGI shots from the Lowry. I know I shouldn’t get my hopes up, but the last time I went to one of these it was Amadeus, and they showed a previously-unknown HD version of the theatrical cut for that, so I wouldn’t be too surprised to see something new.
Right now I’m finishing up The Looking Glass War by Jon Le Carré and just starting a reread of Children of Dune by Frank Herbert. Also weighing a reread of The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams before the sequel comes out next month, but that’s a monstrously long one so I may just read a synopsis to refresh my memory.
These look great! Would you consider creating a 3 disc, main features only, whole-trilogy-in-one-box variant in the same style? I love these huge sets, but they’re rough on my ink/disc supply, especially considering how rarely I watch the special features.
Or maybe it was the 40th anniversary and they brought back as many people as they could and Hayden realized he liked it and could also make a ton of money selling pictures and autographs.
Hayden probably wouldn’t have made the decision himself, due to the harassment he received for his performance as Anakin. It wasn’t his fault, but fans still bullied him, just like Jake Lloyd. Thankfully Hayden didn’t go through an emotional breakdown like Jake did, but I think he was still hesitant to show up at another Star Wars event prior to Celebration 2017 in Orlando.
Yes I wouldn’t be surprised if he skipped prior celebrations because of the PT hate. But I’m sure those fears went away completely at the 2017 celebration and that’s why he’s back (i.e. not because of IX).
I agree that’s why he’s returning, and I’m happy Hayden is doing so. We’re not exactly sure if he’ll be in IX because of his presence at Celebration, or the many rumors about Anakin’s appearance. We shall see.
On a side note, I’m shocked that Mark Hamill isn’t listed as a guest. I know he’ll have a small, yet significant role in IX, but he usually comes to Celebration almost every year. Maybe he will be there, but his appearance will be a surprise in Chicago?
It seems like they’ve been announcing guests slowly over time to build up hype. They haven’t announced basically anyone who’s in the ST will be there but undoubtedly a significant amount of the cast will be at the IX panel as a “surprise.”
I do hope the entire cast is there. Obviously J.J. Abrams will be there, but I do hope that Hamill, Ridley, Driver, Boyega, Isaac, and especially Kelly Marie Tran are there.
It was reported a week or two ago that Oscar Isaac would be attending for the first time, but as far as I know there hasn’t been an official confirmation.
Possible poster leak: https://thegeekiverse.com/possible-star-wars-episode-ix-poster-leaked/
EDIT: beaten to it.
I think getting a new boxed set or sets by the time of the home video release of IX is almost a foregone conclusion. I also imagine TFA and R1 will be out in UHD well before that, in the run-up to IX’s theatrical release. I-VI are the real question. I could see it going either way, with them being released in the fall to build hype for the new film, or in the spring to cash in on the completist urge that many of us will have with the full ST in 4K on our shelves. Celebration will tell, I guess (or it won’t; I’ve got a terrible track record for these predictions).