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#785061
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Star Wars OT & 1997 Special Edition Info.
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I actually find myself watching the Theatrical V3 SD set more frequently than any of the higher quality versions these days. When I'm watching with other people I usually default to the DE because it's an undeniable crowd-pleaser, but on my own I've come to really embrace the haziness and murk of the GOUT remaster. I grew up in the 90s, and while I obviously pine for a proper high def version of the OOT, on a certain level that soft-around-the-edges home video look really enhances the nostalgia factor while remaining much more watchable on a modern TV than the various LD or VHS rips. So yeah, I guess what I'm saying is bravo for that thing you did years ago.

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#784302
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How you pictured Anakin pre-PT
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I had the thought watching Star Wars tonight going from halfway to more or less completely drunk over the span of the film (so if I'm missing a flat-out contradiction in the dialogue, forgive me) that it would be interesting if Owen was Luke's biological uncle on his mother's side rather than being connected to his father. I initially thought that Anakin might've come to Tatooine as a Jedi already and knocked up some farmer's daughter, leading to social complications (if you want to keep the Jedi celibacy thing from the PT, that works; if not, it's still a baby out of wedlock in a rural community, so that making waves isn't much of a leap), but then I hit that line from Obi-Wan about how Owen "thought he should have stayed here and not gotten involved" and figured that probably meant Anakin was a native. Still, A.) Obi-Wan proves himself to be a damned liar on multiple occasions, and B.) even if we are having Anakin born on Tatooine, this setup could still certainly be made interesting if one were to put the time into thinking it through (which is something I'm not willing to do at the moment but will probably take a crack at in the morning). Anyway, am I totally off base? Anyone else think this might've worked if they'd ran with it back in the day?

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#784116
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The new Star Wars comics - general discussion thread
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Nothing yet about Lando? That was one of my favorite issues so far. I'm loving the murky, noir-ish quality of the art, though I think the monochromatic pages get to be a little much in places. Story-wise there's really nothing innovative going on, but I'll take all the Lobot I can get. Interested to see where this goes from here; the twist at the end seems to take it in a very similar direction to the Tarkin novel. Hopefully this turns out better, because the ship hijacking plot was one of the duller parts of that book.

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#783904
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What do you LIKE about the EU?
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I've been using the new EU novels as a sort of palate-cleanse between more serious fare, and I've got to say that Lords of the Sith has much better pacing than any of the three books that preceded it. It certainly has its problems, but I'm not finding myself getting bored the way I did with everything else so far.

EDIT: Wait, do the new books really not belong here? I know we've rebooted or whatever, but I really can't see this stuff reaching a wider audience or being considered higher status than the old stuff was in practice. If we really are keeping discussion separate, though, apologies.

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#783892
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Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Despecialized Edition HD (AVCHD DVD9 & NTSC DVD5 available!!! SEE FIRST POST!!!)
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Spectacular news. I've been fiending for this all over again ever since those videos pointing out the various SE changes made the rounds a couple weeks ago and I was reminded of just how unwatchable the Jedi blu ray is (I was in the middle of powering through the blu rays for the first time in a while because it had been a long time since I'd seen the whole trilogy at the same quality, but that reminder made me bail). Harmy, I'm not sure which of the three threads this belongs in, and I'm sorry if it's already been covered, but I listened to your interview on that podcast last night and your mention of doing a 3.0 release once negative 1's 35mm versions are available jumped out at me. I was wondering, whenever the time for those eventually comes, do you plan to do them in 1080p rather than 720p? It seems like the availability of that footage would enable a jump in quality for the DE.

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#783666
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Episode VII: The Force Awakens - Discussion * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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ZkinandBonez said:

A TFA Lego product list slated for a December release might possibly have revealed the name of one of the new planets that will appear in the film; Takodana.
http://www.starwars7news.com/2015/08/leaked-2016-lego-product-list-leak-confirms-planet-name.html 

Also, I can't remember having seen this picture on this thread before, so I'll just post it here now:

 That's the coat I mentioned a few posts ago, much more First-World-War than anything in the OT. Hopefully they release the actual images at some point like they did with the slides they showed at Celebration, it's kind of a bummer that we only have cell phone photos at this point.

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#781705
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Episode VII: The Force Awakens - Discussion * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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ratpack1961 said:

This just showed up on Reddit from someone who has read the TFA novelization.

https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsLeaks/comments/3drikx/prepare_salt_shakers_for_maximum_capacity_this/

Spoilers ahead of course.  This may also be BS who knows

"I'll break it down into plot devices by act.

Act 1

Poe is trying to incite a rebellion in Jakku against the First Order, who recently took over the system. A gang member sells him out and he is captured. The village he was trying to train is slaughtered like animals and when Finn doesn't partake Kylo Ren, who is parading around saying he's Luke Skywalker, butchers his close friend and has Finn detained.

Rey is trying desperately to leave Jakku, she's scavenging wrecks trying to find parts to restore the Millennium Falcon.

Finn inadvertently uses the Force to break out and helps Poe escape. They steal a TIE fighter, but it's shot down. Poe ejects before the crash, Finn is stuck in the TIE. Rey finds Finn and BB8 and the last parts she needs. Finn tells Rey he will pay her to take him off Jakku. Kylo Ren is informed Finn used the Force to escape. The Falcon finally starts up after Rey hits it.

Captain Phasma leads a group of TIE fighters after the Falcon.

The General tells Kylo Ren they can't wait any longer and that "He" wants them to fire the weapon.

Jakku's star is destroyed as the Falcon jumps to lights from previous coordinates.

Act 2

The Falcon comes out of hyperspace at Yavin. Fighters escort the Falcon down where Han and Chewie board anxiously as both thought the Falcon lost forever. Rey is searched and a lightsaber is found in her possession. Rey and Finn are taken to Maz, a local Jedi, to be determined as either light or darkside.

Maz senses the darkside in them, and ignites the lightsaber before saying in horror "it was his..." She uses the force to see how Rey found the lightsaber and determines it found her "for a terrible reason" and explains that only one person ever wielded it and didn't use it to commit atrocities.

This prompts Finn to speak up about who he thinks is Luke Skywalker leading the First Order and Maz decides to take them to Leia. The First Order is alerted that the First lightsaber of Darth Vader has been ignited after years of inactivity. Kylo retreats to a private area to speak with his master and tells him he believes they are after two force sensitive with Vader's first lightsaber. His master tells him to be mindful, that there is unbalanced in the Force and that something larger may be at play. Kylo orders an attack on Yavin to retrieve Finn and Rey. Maz presents Leia with the lightsaber, and Poe steps forward and defends Finn while nearly being knocked over by BB8. Finn is questioned about the First Order. He describes their Super Weapon and a secret base which is not yet complete and may be vulnerable to attack. Han tells Leia he still does not trust them because they had his ship and Chewie echoes this sentiment.

Alarms go off and Threepio alerts people a Star Destroyer has just come out of hyperspace. Poe leads an X Wing squadron against the TIE's and Han asks Chewie if he's up for another run. He then tells Rey and Finn they might as well make themselves useful.

They fight off the squadron and the First Order appears to retreat. Later that night though, Rey is captured and the temple/base is destroyed.

Han, Poe, Finn, Leia, Chewie, and Artoo all agree to rescue Rey and destroy the base, and hope to confront Luke and try to talk some sense into him (remember, we know it's Kylo Ren, the characters do not)

Act 3

Ren questions Rey about who she is, who her parents are, etc...

Rey doesn't know. She even tells him she doesn't have a last name.

He tells her he can feel the force is strong with her, and that she need not fear it.

He's interrupted and told that Resistance fighters are approaching.

There is a massive battle, but the base is more operational than originally believed. Han finds Kylo (who he believes to be Luke) and tries to talk to him. Kylo ends the conversation pretty quickly and has Han detained.

Republic Forces show up less by Ackbar, officially making this skirmish the First battle of a new Civil War. As the battle turns in the Resistance's favor, now aided by the Republic, General Hux activates an EMP like weapon that knocks every ship out of the sky and makes an escape. Rey notices an X Wing still in the air with colors and markings she'd never seen.

As she and Finn make a run for it, Kylo stops them. Finn tries to fight him and loses an arm. Rey holds her own, but Kylo uses the force to seize her throat and lift her in the air. Rey sees his thoughts in this moment. When he was young, his village was attacked, and his baby sister taken from him by a man with a robotic arm.

Kylo is aware Rey can see his thoughts and says "Kira..." Kylo is knocked to his feet by a hooded man with a green lightsaber. He engages him in a duel but is outmatched and flees.

Han is freed but badly injured.

Rey takes the Falcon away again to an isolated moon where Luke tries to talk to her, but she wants to be left alone. She insists.

Finn gets a robotic arm and Luke tells him he will train him.

The Republic is aware of the power of the First Order and will no longer take them lightly.

Word that the real Luke Skywalker has returned is spreading throughout systems threatened by the First Order. Rey builds a lightsaber.

Kylo Ren visits his master to face discipline for failing. Luke, a banged up Han, and Leia, look out of a bay at the Stars.

The reunion is sweet, and victory is theirs this day, but war has returned to the galaxy far far away...."

 The lack of any new character names makes it hard for me to believe this is legit. Which is a shame, because I like this story better than the stuff MSW has been passing off these past months. I'd be pretty ok with this being the movie we get in December, even if it would re-canonize the Suncrusher.

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#781571
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kk650's Star Wars Saga: Regraded and Semi-Specialized
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MrToad883 said:

joefavs said:

Any chance of a DVD-9 release once the 5.1 mix is done? my setup is such that I can only get surround sound through my blu ray player, and my blu ray player is such that I can't play files larger than 4gb with it, and my computer is such that I can't burn blu ray. I get that my needs are pretty specific and I'm happy to do it myself if need be, but an AVCHD version would be much appreciated.

 can you just plug your computer into your surround sound receiver? or is your bluray/surround one of those home theater in a box things

 It's probably possible but I'd need to get creative with cables, the receiver's about 15 years old so it doesn't really support a modern range of connection types. Right now I'm just running a coaxial cable from the blu ray into the box. I think there's some sort of optical option too, but I'm sure I haven't got the cable for that. I'll probably look into that eventually, but right now the only thing I'm watching that even has a surround mix is Harmy's DE, which are on discs anyway, so I've been slow to change.

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#781533
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kk650's Star Wars Saga: Regraded and Semi-Specialized
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Any chance of a DVD-9 release once the 5.1 mix is done? my setup is such that I can only get surround sound through my blu ray player, and my blu ray player is such that I can't play files larger than 4gb with it, and my computer is such that I can't burn blu ray. I get that my needs are pretty specific and I'm happy to do it myself if need be, but an AVCHD version would be much appreciated.

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#780174
Topic
Episode VII: The Force Awakens - Discussion * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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Gleeson being a clone of Tarkin doesn't sound right. With everyone bending over backwards to distance these movies from the prequels, bringing cloning into the mix again seems counterproductive. Of course, a single clone of a significant figure from the past does sound more like 90s-era EU than the prequels, which could be . . . interesting? Not the route I'd have gone, but I'll withhold judgement. Story mechanics aside, I don't think cloning Tarkin would even work in-universe, though, after that book last year that harped so much on how intense his upbringing was. Unless that flash-learning stuff from the old EU carries over. I'm going to stop thinking about this until after tomorrow's SDCC panel. I have a feeling we're getting some new character names there, so that has the potential to put this particular topic to bed.

Also, I would much rather Rey turn out to be a Kenobi than a Skywalker/Solo.

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#779906
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Modern SE Revisionism
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Interestingly enough, I seem to remember a couple of months ago when they rolled out that digital HD release, there was a little ad that would come up from time to time on the Xfinity On Demand menu that appeared to be taken from the GOUT. There was a voiceover from that horribly cheerful lady who does those about how now the Star Wars saga is available to rent or own, and then it showed the Jedi mind trick scene from ANH in SD without the CGI droid buzzing around.

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#778618
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Help: looking for... Star Wars Theatrical Releases
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Handman said:

clutchins said:

May as well ask this here.

What's the best way to watch ROTJ OOT? Harmy's DeEd 1.0 is awfully spartan and obviously incomplete, so I'm wondering what's the next best thing.

 TeamBlu did some nice upscales of the GOUT, which is a bit more consistent in image quality than the DeEds, though it's sub-HD. Puggo has a 16mm scan of the film coming out soon enough, and Harmy's 2.0 ROTJ is currently being worked on, along with Team Negative1's 35mm scans. However, this film is probably the most neglected of the three when it comes to preservation efforts.

 Wait, there are Team Blu upscales for the whole trilogy? I thought only Star Wars was available.

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#778357
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Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Despecialized Edition HD (AVCHD DVD9 &amp; NTSC DVD5 available!!! SEE FIRST POST!!!)
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Hey, so I've got a question that's pretty inconsequential when all is said and done but it's something I've wondered about. What's up with the chapter breaks in Jedi? I first got the DE AVCHD discs from a public torrent that had an the Italian audio track added in, and I assumed that whoever had made it had done something weird while altering the disc, but after joining myspleen I downloaded it again from there and it's got the same 27 chapters instead of 50 like the other two, and they seem to sometimes land in strange places. Were the 1.0 releases of Star Wars and Empire structured like this? And will Jedi 2.0 have chapters more in line with the other 2.0 discs? It really doesn't affect my enjoyment of the movie at all since fast forward works perfectly well and I tend to watch the film start-to-finish anyway, but I've found that discrepancy curious ever since I noticed it.

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#777547
Topic
What is your home theater setup for watching Star Wars movies? (or what equipment would like to get if you could afford it/or dream setup?)
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I've got a few different setups in various corners of the house that I use depending on who else is home and if they need a TV. I do most of my Star Wars viewing in the basement, where there's a 42" Samsung 1080p HDTV with a 5.1 surround system that's mostly Cambridge SoundWorks (I've only got two of the original speakers, so my center and rear speakers are from shelf stereos I had lying around). Upstairs is a 50" Samsung smart TV with Bose 2.1. Sony Blu Ray players on both of those. In my bedroom I've got a 19" Magnavox that can technically handle 720p, but the screen's so small that DVD looks fine and it doesn't seem worth it to sink the cash into another Blu Ray player. I'm using crappy 2.0 speakers that came with a Dell computer eight years ago with that one. I've also got a 27ish" tube TV that I dust off from time to time for laserdisc rips. I'd like to move the basement TV to my bedroom and replace it with a projector, but everything with high enough resolution is way above my budget for the time being.

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#777416
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Star Wars - watch parties - are you planning one? previews/videos
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With all this talk of actual theaters I don't know if "six people watching a 42" plasma in a basement" constitutes a watch party, but I recently learned that neither my friend's girlfriend nor his roommate have ever seen any Star Wars movie, and since we agree this cannot stand, I'm planning on hosting a few folks for a Harmy marathon in the near future. I'm sure I'll also have people over when your Star Wars is available, maybe do it as a double feature with the Grindhouse ESB.

As far as legitimate theaters go, I'm probably going to bite the SE bullet and go to the AMC marathon unless any of the indie theaters around here end up hosting their own events. Luckily, there's enough underground stuff in Boston that that isn't a completely crazy thing to hope for.

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#777039
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Star Wars GOUT in HD using super resolution algorithm
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I really don't care to ferret through the past however many pages to see if this has been covered yet because it's late and I've had a few, so feel free to ignore this question if it pisses you off, but I've been wondering for a few days now: is this the sort of thing where you've learned enough doing the first film that you'll be able to bang out Empire and Jedi in much shorter order than Star Wars, or is this going to take as long to get through the rest of the trilogy?

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#776845
Topic
When did you sense a disturbance in the Force?
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Yes the SE was a mixed bag, and yes TPM was lame, and yes the romance subplot of AOTC was cringeworthy, but the actual shark-jumping moment for me was the one-two punch towards the end of that movie of C-3PO getting his head switched with a battle droid and spouting schticky one-liners for the rest of the movie, followed by that God awful Yoda fight. That was when I resigned myself to the idea that Star Wars was stupid now and would be as long as George had the keys.

Granted, I was a child/teenager when all of this was actually coming out, so I hadn't really thought it all through to the extent I have by now and my changing feelings were more gradual than it might sound like here, but looking back that was definitely the tipping point, even if I was only equipped to identify it as such years later.