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#1305867
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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What’s the deal with the red-eyed Jawas? I know that their action figures refer to them as “Offworld Jawas”, but I thought we were on Tatooine? It’s a minor quibble, but I was a little bothered by the apparent arbitrariness of it.

EDIT: Never mind, the desert planet on the show is Arvala-7. If anyone said its name I must have missed it, and then assumed it was Tatooine because of how it looked from space.

Herzog agrees that the baby Yoda puppet is remarkable: in an interview he described it as “heartbreakingly beautiful,” and at some point during filming when Filoni and Favreau tried to shoot an extra take of a scene with baby Yoda without the puppet so that they’d have the option to use CGI, Herzog called them “cowards” and accused them of having no faith in their own creation (I saw this in a screenshot from a magazine article on Reddit, I’m having trouble tracking it down again).

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#1305203
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Someone asked about the compositing in the rancor scene a little while ago, and I don’t know if they got an answer, but I’m at that scene now and can give my two cents. I’m not sure if the compositing itself is new or the same as the 97 or the 04, but the color is definitely tweaked (beyond the general tint improvements) to make the composited rancor bits match the wide shots of the puppet more closely.

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#1305171
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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As someone without strong feelings about color “accuracy” with regard to previous releases who just wants stuff to look good on his TV, I’m digging the hell out of the DolbyVision treatment.

Does anyone here have an Atmos setup? I’m loving the picture, and the new mixes sound fine through the 2.0 setup I’ve got in my tiny apartment, but i’m curious to know how the full experience is.

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#1304872
Topic
<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
Time

canofhumdingers said:

I LOVED IG-11! His personality is perfect and the way they made him move is flipping spectacular! He moves with this jerky, “1980’s theme park animatronic” style motion; but is still quick, precise, and deadly. It’s amazingly cool to watch and puts IG-88 from ESB into a whole new perspective! Kinda sad he got his head blown apart… but I suspect he’ll be back again. There’s no way they invested that much money in his animation to have him offed in the first episode.

My theory is that if (when) he shows up again, he’ll be a good deal stranger. I can definitely see them making him kind of unhinged and weird post-getting shot in the head. Or maybe I just really want to see Taika Waititi play it that way and it’s clouding my judgement.

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#1304858
Topic
4K restoration on Star Wars
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I honestly find that the “MacClunkey” shot makes it easier to ignore Han’s weird digital neck jerk. Something about what it does to the rhythm of the scene sells it as a gunfight better than before. Obviously I’d prefer they’d reverted it to the original version, but this kind of works for me on some strange, goofy level.

I’d also like to say that I’m frankly astounded and heartened by the medium-positive reaction to the new color grade on this forum. I fully expected to come here to say “hey, this is kind of cool!” and be met with wall-to-wall negativity.

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#1304772
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Just got home and I’m taking a look at the rest of the movies now. I imagine this has already been noted, but I’m just realizing that while the Fox fanfare remains for all of them, the green-to-gold Lucasfilm logo animation has been swapped out for the silver Disney-era version.

EDIT: Anyone know how to turn off subs? ESB defaults to English subtitles for some reason and I’m nto seeing any way to toggle it during playback.

EDIT2: I toggled closed captioning on and off a few times in the TV menu and they eventually went away. Weird.

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#1304645
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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DominicCobb said:

I’m curious how the other films fare. DNR on TPM? Teal tint on AOTC? Wipe or hard cut in ROTS?

I watched the first ten minutes of Clones to see what the upscale looked like. At a glance it’s a little more muted and has richer shadows/depth than the BD, which tracks with the HDR. Since I’ve already watched the PT for my TROS lead-up I probably won’t want to watch any of them all the way through for at least six months, but what I saw seemed like an improvement.

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#1304636
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Fang Zei said:

Mocata said:

Han Solo IRL said:

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https://streamable.com/nit5m

Jeez. Everyone is waiting for some miraculous OOT release and they’re doing THIS?

…Wait is Vader’s red/green suit control button been changed to red/blue like in ESB? Weird thing to notice… but y’know.

Since anyone with a Disney+ subscription can now stream the movies in 4k hdr whenever they want, I have to wonder if Disney isn’t planning on restoring the OOT to include in the UHD disc package just so they can give fans a selling point other than simply “the same exact thing you can stream on D+ … but with better compression and on a disc!”

I know I’m certainly going to wait for a steep price drop before even thinking about the disc set if it only includes the D+ cuts. I’d have probably bought it pretty soon after release of D+ had had the 2011 versions, but now I’m in no rush. So thank you Disney, I guess?

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#1304627
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Broom Kid said:

Has anyone managed to confirm the erasing of matte boxes around ships and stabilization of matte paintings/background VFX elements?

That certainly appeared to be the case when I watched ANH in full this morning, but I didn’t get all forensic about it. Played at normal speed, I saw no matte boxes and found it legitimately difficult to find the edges of matte paintings.

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#1304578
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Broom Kid said:

Re: Joefavs’ “internal consistency” note - I’ve also heard that a lot of the background plates & matte paintings have been “locked down” so to speak? They didn’t replace them, obviously, but they definitely tried to make sure they blend better? They’re stabilized at the very least?

I noticed the same thing, particularly when Ben was shutting down the tractor beam. The garbage mattes are also gone from the TIE fighter attack, and a lot of the CG on Tatooine doesn’t pop quite so much. Across the board, everything seems to blend better than it has in the past.

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#1304571
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Well, I just finished ANH and I liked it. As someone who was raised on the 1997 SE tapes, I’m more version-agnostic than most here, and my main issue with the 2011 Blu-Ray was less about it being the SE and more about the fact that they looked like they were held together with scotch tape, spit, and good intentions. I can’t speak to this blurry reel in ROTJ yet, but ANH looks a lot more polished and internally consistent than it has in the last couple releases, and I can see myself revisiting this when doing full-saga watch-throughs in the future.

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#1304531
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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I’m only at the sand people attack, so I can’t speak to the Greedo alterations, but so far I think I kind of like the color? It’s not gonna please anyone who’s dead set on it looking like a technicolor print, but as a version that will play more seamlessly with the ST, it’s kind of nice. I glanced at AOTC as well just to see how the upscale went and that looked a bit more consistent too. I think uniformity across trilogies was likely a goal here, and truth be told I don’t hate it. I’ll always have my bootlegs, after all.

EDIT: I laughed out loud at the Greedo shot.

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#1302006
Topic
Star Wars Games
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Racer Revenge has been available in the Playstation store for a while. I snagged it last year and played the first couple races, but really I’d have preferred a port of the original, since that’s the one that I played the hell out of as a kid.

To be “that guy” and bring it back to tabletop again, has anyone screwed around with Fantasy Flight’s pen and paper RPG? I scored two of the three core rulebooks on sale a little while ago and would like to try to run a game for my D&D group; I’m wondering if there’s anyone with experience here that I could DM about it with.