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Time for Tonnika (3 3/4" Figure Tonnika Sister push)

Quote: " It’s #TimeForTonnika. For decades, fans have been asking Hasbro to produce 3.75″ action figures of the Tonnika Sisters from the world-famous Cantina sequence in the original Star Wars. In 2017, they placed fourth in Hasbro’s official Fan Choice poll for Star Wars The Vintage Collection. In the past, there have been legal hurdles preventing at least one of these figures from becoming a reality. But that has changed.

Angela Staines, who portrayed one of the sisters, is ready to move forward with Lucasfilm to make her Tonnika Sister figure a reality. Hasbro is aware of this and so is Lucasfilm. The ball is in Lucasfilm’s court. Finally releasing the Tonnika Sisters would be an acknowledgement of the steadfast faith the fans have placed in Lucasfilm and Hasbro over decades of various Star Wars content and toy lines. It would also bring to a close the years of legend and mystery surrounding these two characters. "


Podcast Interview:


Info & Help: looking for... W/O/C Prequel Trilogy TV Broadcasts Preservations

Good idea for a thread, an area not investigated. By this time the movies were premiering on pay tv so the WOC versions were not recorded and shared as often. This tread can be used to create a list of the general rebroadcast years/channel and with some research the premieres and other special broadcasts might come to light which might lead to someone saying, hey i’ve got that.

The FOX Premieres of two of the PT movies would start this off. Think i’ve got a poor VHS of TPM and AOTC which i’ve not digitized yet.

TPM Fox Premiere : Nov 25 : w/ R2-D2: Under the Dome

AOTC Fox Premiere Intro : ~2005 : w/ SW Connections (if i’m recalling right)
Quote: "Over a decade later–on Sunday, November 25th, 2001–Fox premiered Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. The film ranked 17th for the week with a 9.8 rating and was seen by almost 18 million viewers [20], [21]. On Sunday, May 22nd, 2005, Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones was only able to draw roughly 8.5 million viewers [22].

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith never aired on network TV. It made its basic cable premiere on Spike TV on Sunday, April 6th, 2008 on Spike."

Don’t recall finding any recordings of the Spike broadcasts as they aired. The basic cable channels did some themed bumpers at times so hopefully someone’s got a full recording somewhere.

Another possible WOC recording might have taken place when TNT/TBS did marathons. For example:

Some threads: (2005) (2008) (2011) (2016) (2005-2015)

I think going through video hosting sites like youtube might provide the best leads, beside WOC forums.

Complete Comparison of Special Edition Visual Changes

The updates look great! What is the methodology you’ve got going on in the timeline? Do you keep slicing where the variations occur and shift everything downstream to expose the grey “Not in” messages? Are you keeping all the variations in one timeline or doing head to head match ups? Is a video output to replace WG in your future?

On the LFL logo, can’t explain why it’s shorter, but the intro green and outro orange color shifts are gone, so the logo is just fade into the grey then out. The logo is less showy now, but also lacks the historical nod to previous LFL logos.

How bad is the crop of the 2019 master of Empire Strikes Back compared to other releases?

A breakdown of the ESB 2019 general zoom in (loss of ~4.82% of the image) and shift (2004 shows more image) is written out with screen cap comparisons here:
The full DIF comparison can be watched from the website to make up your own mind.

The zooming in of 2019 ESB is problematic as it is unnecessary. How it was accomplished (the credits being un-centering) also aids to the opinion of lack of care involved. The additional cropping looses relevant information in certain shots.

As for other fan releases. The Silver Screen addition had no cropping regulations over it, so they could show more of the visible frame as people may have since it when in the theaters. Then for 4K77 they made the decision to return to a cropping as seen in official home releases.

Where are you reading that people are discussing the 2019 ESB cropping?

Guide to Star Wars Documentaries and Special Features

Edge Codes documentary (2004) by Travesty Productions (Trailer) (Full Doc) (Full Doc)

Website Archive :

Quote : "Film editing has been called “The Music of Light”, “Sculpture in Time”, and “The Mobile Architecture of Film”. But what is montage? What role does film editing play in the art of cinema? How has it evolved, what does it reflect in the world around us, and where is it taking us next?

The documentary film Edge Codes addresses these most fundamental of cinematic questions, and elevates awareness and appreciation of the history, art, craft, and technology of motion picture editing. In combining film excerpts and interviews with eminent film editors, directors, and academics, Edge Codes demonstrates with its own style the very principles and techniques it examines.

Edge Codes delivers an entertaining and informative exploration of the motion picture’s “visual language”: its vocabulary of shots and sequences, its grammar of image assembly, and its evolution as a living, changing, global language."

Documentary’s focus is on the artistry behind editing film. Star Wars and George Lucas show up multiple times. [Connections to George’s film education history and the Canadian Film Board; editing techniques in Star Wars which were needed because of limitation of the shot film/characters; section on the EditDroid; and the transition to all digital and editing/rewriting/changing in all phases of a film’s development.]

Probably remember hearing about this doc coming out in the year leading up to RotS and probably the first time I heard the word Edge Codes. Unfortunately zero technical discussion of how edge codes work or exists but if you are interested in the theories or techniques used in film and how they evolved over time with the evolution of the equipment involved, then this is well recommended documentary to check out.

YouTube/Vimeo/etc... Star Wars video finds

Celebrating Grant Imahara

Grant Masaru Imahara was born October 23, 1970 in Los Angeles, CA. He grew up in Southern California and was raised by his mother, Carolyn Imahara. As a child, he demonstrated profound curiosity in how things were made, and loved to spend hours building with Lego blocks. By age five, Carolyn recalls, Grant’s grandmother gave him a little screwdriver, “So that was the end of any complete toys, he took everything apart.” Grant first knew he wanted to be a roboticist after his mom took him to see Star Wars in 1977. He was enthralled with the heroic characters R2-D2 and C-3P0, and his attraction to the droids would prove to be an ironic foreshadowing of Grant’s destiny.

Grant would have been 50 this year.

Question Dubbed Language

A possible lead on a Hebrew Audio version can be found in this Empire video clip:
In the information of the video they note “Hebrew - Azgad Yossi”.
The audio sounds like a clean recording, not a traditional international audio where they dub over the movie. Don’t know at this point if there is any more to it.

In a few years if your nephew is still into it, can go down this worm hole of Vader’s chest plate fonts:

Question Dubbed Language

Harmy’s version is compatible with ‘Project Threepio’ which is a collection of Subtitle packs in different languages for the Star Wars films and Hebrew is available. More information here:

The full Harmy’s Despecialized version of Star Wars contains multiple Spanish options: (audio and subtitles)
TRACK 8) 2.0 Dolby Digital [Spanish] (1977 Castilian dub)
TRACK 9) 1.0 Dolby Digital [Spanish] (1980 Latino dub)

If, in the future, this community does learn of a Hebrew audio version it may be discussed in the ‘International Audio’ thread:

Weird Chinese SW comics

Chinese Star Wars Comic (Part 1 of 6) - 2014
This is part of one of a six part post in which I plan to translate a 142 page Chinese comic book adaptation of Star Wars originally published in Guangdong, China, in the 1980s. Thanks to Maggie Greene for giving me the go ahead to re-post her scans, and Brendan O’Kane for bringing this to my attention.

The Author of this Crazy Chinese Star Wars Comic Never Saw the Films - 2015

The Bizarre 1980 Chinese Comic Star Wars Adaptation - 2018
learn of the Chinese comic adaptation of Star Wars that came out despite the film not being released there!

Revenge of the Sith Bootleg DVD from 2005? - (Not Backstroke of the West)

The version called “Star.Wars.Episode.III.Revenge.of.the.Sith.INTERNAL.DVDRip.XviD” has a .nfo creation date of 2005-06-04, which would be a few days before the version you have screen capped. The video framing/quality of the screencaps looks similar to the INTERNAL version which was a two .avi set. A few days later the variation : “Star.Wars.Episode.III.Revenge.of.the.Sith.INTERNAL.NTSC.DVDR” was released, and that’s my guess for the version you’ve got.

The INTERNAL variation was often identified as a DVDRip as the quality was superior to the CAMs which came out in the first month of the movies release. The official DVD didn’t come out till November, so not certain if they were starting to produce the DVDs and a copy leaked or the source of this variation was one of the digital theaters. The latter seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

The INTERNAL.DVDRip.XviD.nfo file explains it this way:
Quote : “We aren’t going to say where the source came from, for obvious reasons. BUT we will say this, it isn’t a TC. You can tell by the way the craft lands, the vibrations etc. It’s not a retail though, it ain’t far off.
Shouts out to Georgey boy.”

Were the prequels released on 70mm, and were the sequels released on film other than IMAX 70mm?

Article on TPM Digital Screenings in the USA:

Rogue One 70mm Article:

Rogue One IMAX Article:

Thread: “Info Wanted: The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi in 35mm”
Which has a link to a Rogue One film cell:

Memorabilia Film Cells of OT, PT, Rogue One, TFA, TLJ, Solo:

Article on Prequel trilogy and release variations:

This listing is of one part of an AotC IMAX 70mm Film Can:
Quote: “Films that may have been projected onto IMAX screens using a standard 35mm print, such as Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, are not listed.”

Modern SE Revisionism

The opening line of the Foreword by Doug Chiang in The Art of Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker is:
Quote : “More than forty years ago, George Lucas established the template for the modern Star Wars Art Department when he assembled a small group of gifted artists to design Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”

Not a picture example, but the common mistake of attributing the post 81 title to events before the title existed.

The Empire Strikes Back - at 40
Thursday, May 28th at 4PM PDT join us for an unforgettable live stream on in celebration of the 40th anniversary of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Announcing our first guest the legendary Joe Johnston.”
Quote: “A special livestream conversation with effects legends Dennis Muren, Joe Johnston, Phil Tippett, and Lorne Peterson in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. ILM’s VFX Supervisor Bill George will moderate the discussion.”

Reel Reviews - from :F:D: & TN1

One of the Film Edit Types observed only in Reel 1 was explained in a story told by Star Wars editor Paul Hirsch to Brandon Wainerdi of the Talking Bay 94 podcast.
As an article for the Reel Reviews we’ve transcribed and illustrated that part of their podcast interview:

Reel Review - Article “Talking Bay 94’s Interview with Paul Hirsch”
“The Wonkish Negative Cutter Splice Over Splice Affair” Illustrated

Here is a picture of this ‘Wide-Orange’ Edit Type which turned out to be a splice over splice error fix:

…and I wonder if the repetitive fixation of the 3po sky (change multiple times in the Special Editions) might have been born out of seeing this wide edit show up in dailies.