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#1331164
Topic
Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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Bill Hunt at The Digital Bits reviews the Original Trilogy films on 4K UHD - with a list of all the extras for each film (title, length, and quality - SD or HD), which can be found here:-

• Star Wars - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-a-new-hope-uhd

• Empire Strikes Back - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-the-empire-strikes-back-uhd

• Return Of The Jedi - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-return-of-the-jedi-uhd

• The ‘Skywalker Saga’ 4K/UHD 27-Disc Box Set - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-skywalker-saga-uhd

Seems he’ll also be doing reviews for the other six films in the ‘Skywalker Saga’ on 4k / UHD soon…
 

Edit:-

TPM - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-the-phantom-menace-uhd
AOTC - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-attack-of-the-clones-uhd
ROTS - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-revenge-of-the-sith-uhd
TFA - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-the-force-awakens-uhd
TLJ - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-the-last-jedi-reissue-uhd
TROS - https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-uhd

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#1331163
Topic
Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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https://twitter.com/StarWarsVisComp/status/1242646906846826500 (with more comments in the link):-

‘Confirmed by @thedigitalbits that if you buy the Blu-ray-only set you get 11SE on Blu-ray, but if you buy the UHD / Blu-ray combo set you get the 19SE on Blu-ray. Because that’s not confusing to consumers.’
 

I can imagine it won’t clearly marked as such on the packaging either…
 

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#1331085
Topic
The Red Dwarf appreciation thread.
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Red Dwarf: The Promised Land’ trailer:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzGrbDyEvFo - at the Red Dwarf TV youtube channel.
 

'The new 90-minute special is the thirteenth outing of the legendary sci-fi comedy. It reunites the original cast of Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat) Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) and sees the return of Holly (Norman Lovett) the much loved ship’s computer. Written and directed by Doug Naylor, it was recorded in front of a live studio audience over two nights at the world famous Pinewood Studios.

Three million years ago… David Lister, a vending machine repairman, was sentenced to eighteen months in suspended animation for smuggling his pregnant cat aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf. While Lister remained in stasis, a radiation leak killed the rest of the crew. Safely sealed in the hold, the cats evolved into humanoid form. The cats now roam deep space in a fleet of their own…’
 

Thursday 9th April at 9pm, on Dave 😃 https://twitter.com/RedDwarfHQ
 

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#1331072
Topic
Star Trek: Picard - discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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All episodes of Star Trek: Picard are now free to non-subscribers’:-

https://ew.com/tv/star-trek-picard-episodes-free-online

^ or rather a month free trial - which you’ll have to sign up to ‘CBS All Access’ for - though still good for those who haven’t been able to watch Picard so far.
 

The season finale is this week - already looking forward to season two…
 

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#1330987
Topic
[fill in the blank] Just Died!
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Earlier in the week…

Kenny Rogers obituary’:-

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/22/kenny-rogers-obituary

& https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/23/remarkably-talented-the-epic-photography-of-kenny-rogers

 

Earlier today…

Terrence McNally: Playwright dies of coronavirus complications’:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52029391

 

Asterix creator Albert Uderzo dies at 92’:-

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/24/asterix-creator-albert-uderzo-dies-at-92

I loved reading the Asterix and Obelix comic books as a kid - some great fun and memories.
 

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#1330687
Topic
Blu-ray writer brand model suggestions
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Hiya RiK, I wish I could help but I know next to nothing on 4K writers and which brands / models are worth getting etc. Sorry man.
 

railerswim has a quality UHD Blu-ray Authoring - Technical Discussion thread. It seems, going on that… there are software shortfalls and limitations that many of us may be unaware of.

It does seems easier to store our content on external hard drives and have Plex / kodi / media centre style setups - than work on making 4K discs and the like (plus given the cost of the 4K blank discs themselves… making coasters could be a costly exercise 😉)
 

I hope to be proved wrong on the above and a few people chip in some actual useful advice and info 😃
 

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#1330683
Topic
The Starlight Project Part 2: The Last Jedi
Time

^ Seems Rey surprised her good self that she actually managed to lift the rocks - and that the attempt to do so did in fact require a focus of effort and concentration.
 

There is seemingly also a sense of wonder there too in Rey using the force for this task - Rey knows how to perform such a task from her learning various abilities during her interrogation by Kylo Ren. Yet she is unsure she can actually perform, or execute it, given her lack of experience or practice - and the situation she and her friends finds themselves in. To me, that sense of wonder, actually elevates the scene (no pun intended 😉)

For me, it is also a marker in her development - one where she can take confidence and belief from - on her journey / learning of her own ability to use the force.
 

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#1330071
Topic
Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
Time

A basic and light-on-detail ‘unboxing’ type video on the ‘Skywalker Saga’ 4K / UHD box set, at Nerdist (4 minutes long):-

https://nerdist.com/watch/star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-box-set-unboxing-exclusive
 

No doubt there’ll be other ‘unboxing’ videos appearing soon - and hopefully in more detail; especially as to the bonus content - whether it is in 4K, HD or SD, as well as any surprises etc.

 

Edit: another couple of ‘unboxing’ type video for ‘The Skywalker Saga’ 4K / UHD box set:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh_k_eFMWnM - at the Arctic Ninja Network youtube channel. (11 minutes long)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oi1CmEWP20 - at the Nick Mayer youtube channel. (8 minutes long)
 

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#1329898
Topic
<strong>Coronavirus</strong> (COVID-19) Pandemic thread - <strong>relevant political discussion allowed</strong> in here
Time

^ only on here mate 😉 People are acting like idiots in the some of the stores I’ve been to - it is akin to Black Friday or New Year’s Day Sales.

 

Ronster said:

oojason said:

Ronster said:

The problem with this virus is that because it can spread so fast that the only way to truly stop it is to enact a paralysis to stop the spread and the only true grounds on which to fight it on.

So today I am going to help my mother do shopping for her and cut the grass in the garden. She is in the High risk category but it upsets me that all I will be able to do is be some distance from her whilst talking and drop the shopping on the floor. This is what we must do to try to stay safe. She will have to be inside the house for around 12 weeks in the UK is the current advice.

I have to do this but the issues are all very complicated surrounding the contagion as the experts still seem a bit mystified on truly how it spreads only that it spreads fast.

I’m in the same boat as you mate. A concerning time not just for ourselves - but our loved ones too.

The old girl lives on her own, is 70+ and deaf, and has several underlying medical conditions - including heart failure, and requires a range of medication just to keep her ‘going’. The local GP has been superb - though there is only so much they can do (already stretched to breaking before this coronavirus) and they admit the Govt leadership on this has been lacking, confusing and of little help (to say the least).

12 weeks is a long time for anyone in isolation, yet it has to be done. I’m just worried she’ll start chatting to the neighbours over the fence, and because she’s deaf and needs to read lips to help communicate… will get too close to them and void the isolation and potentially endanger herself / others.

Good luck to you and yours mate.

Thanks oojason I hope you and your family also stay well and stay safe… The hardest problem I am currently encountering is persuading my at risk elderly mother to stay at home and not catch it.

Old people get set in their ways and as horrible as it may sound to my mother… Stay in, stay away from catching a highly infectious disease that might kill you, is an awkward discussion. She is over 70 diabetic and a smoker.

We have had arguments but she does know I love her and I don’t want any harm to come to her but psychologically I will do my best to try and shoulder that mindfuck for her that this invisible threat might threaten her life.

The best advice was “do you want to be in intensive care with a load of tubes down your neck?” in response to her attitude of “If I get it… I get it” I can’t blame her for this attitude it is normal but she can’t afford to catch it she is in the high risk group. Please all take this advice, it’s not about scaring your loved ones but trying to make them understand that it “IS” very dangerous to be complacent. I am scared she just want’s to gamble on the trip out and I just really hope she can stay in and be safe until it is safer to do so. I stocked up her food for 2 weeks I will see her before then hopefully. I will speak to her every day on the phone.

Spot on, Ronster. It hasn’t helped with some of the contradictory and changing advice from our leaders on the news from day to day… a few older people I know see one piece of info and it sticks in their minds - and don’t take in what is said by the politicians the next day or day after that… contravenes previous advice. Along with the usual stubbornness some get in of old age, of course.

I’ve had to use the similar ‘do you want to risk infecting your friends, family and others with this?’ when a couple of the older in-laws wanted to pop down the supermarket because they had a dry cough and then pop in on family members and the neighbours on the way back! (the response was basically they were only getting some cough medicine and wouldn’t stay long at the family and neighbours as they were a feeling fatigued!)
 

With allergy season kicking in for much of Europe soon it’ll likely worry many people displaying similar symptoms to the coronavirus too. The lack of testing in general for the coronavirus really hasn’t helped.
 

Hope you make it to Spain and back when it is possible.

 

On a lighter note…

Irish-developed kit confirms infection in 15 minutes - at The Independent (IE)

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#1329710
Topic
The Original Trilogy Trailers/Promos Thread (YouTube/Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

'Original Star Wars Trilogy - Buy It Now Or Lose It Forever (1996):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6NPIN_OTLw - at the Bamptonoid youtube channel. (28 seconds)
 

The blurb:-

“Star Wars VHS Trilogy Australian-TV Ad (1996)”
 

The voiceover:-

“Star Wars… The Empire Strikes Back… Return Of The Jedi…
Your last chance to own the original Star Wars is almost gone… Buy it today - or lose it forever…”
 

^ originally posted by Mocata, here - link

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#1329707
Topic
The Original Trilogy Trailers/Promos Thread (YouTube/Vimeo, etc. finds)
Time

Star Wars – One Last Time VHS 1995 Trailer (HD Restoration)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKr5R1VNPjI - at the Rogue Video youtube channel. (1 and a bit minutes)
 

The voiceover:-

"For those who remember
For those who will never forget
And for a whole new generation who will experience it for the very first time…

The Star Wars Trilogy…
Three timeless adventures which changed movie-making forever!
Now, the entire Trilogy digitally remastered in THX for the ultimate in sound and picture quality.

This will be your last chance to own the original version of Star Wars…
The George Lucas masterpiece that launched the Star Wars Trilogy.
The Force is forever - for all generations!

The original Star Wars Trilogy on video - one last time…"
 

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#1329697
Topic
<strong>Coronavirus</strong> (COVID-19) Pandemic thread - <strong>relevant political discussion allowed</strong> in here
Time

Ronster said:

The problem with this virus is that because it can spread so fast that the only way to truly stop it is to enact a paralysis to stop the spread and the only true grounds on which to fight it on.

So today I am going to help my mother do shopping for her and cut the grass in the garden. She is in the High risk category but it upsets me that all I will be able to do is be some distance from her whilst talking and drop the shopping on the floor. This is what we must do to try to stay safe. She will have to be inside the house for around 12 weeks in the UK is the current advice.

I have to do this but the issues are all very complicated surrounding the contagion as the experts still seem a bit mystified on truly how it spreads only that it spreads fast.

I’m in the same boat as you mate. A concerning time not just for ourselves - but our loved ones too.

The old girl lives on her own, is 70+ and deaf, and has several underlying medical conditions - including heart failure, and requires a range of medication just to keep her ‘going’. The local GP has been superb - though there is only so much they can do (already stretched to breaking before this coronavirus) and they admit the Govt leadership on this has been lacking, confusing and of little help (to say the least).

12 weeks is a long time for anyone in isolation, yet it has to be done. I’m just worried she’ll start chatting to the neighbours over the fence, and because she’s deaf and needs to read lips to help communicate… will get too close to them and void the isolation and potentially endanger herself / others.

Good luck to you and yours mate.

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#1329543
Topic
Digital OT owners switched to Disney+ versions without consent?
Time

CHEWBAKAspelledwrong is indeed correct - and yet the streaming service, an an actual ‘service’… could and should have notified you of the changes it was making.

It may be worth checking the small print in the contract - though I imagine the streaming service would have covered this eventuality somewhere in there where we almost never read.

A pop-up on screen giving you a heads-up that content had changed would have been both welcome and courteous, and not too difficult for the streaming company to achieve.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t highlight to your stream provider that a heads-up would be welcome in the future - or let them know you prefer earlier version ‘X’ over ‘Y’ etc. That this is the version you were paying for, expecting to view and experience, and is also the version that attracted you to their service.

And that if they change it again without notification you’ll be cancelling you subscription and raising awareness amongst your friends and colleagues on social media (negative PR usually has more chance of the person on the end of the phone sitting up and taking notice, running it up the flagpole and y’know… maybe them actually making a change or improvement to their service).

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#1329332
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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^ None of what I say is anything you don’t already know yourself, but hopefully it may be of some use (even if it just serves as a reminder to ignore anything in this post 😉)

Meeting new people can be tough mate - and is going to be even tougher with the Corona virus around curtailing people’s everyday lives for a while to come…

Usually, college parties are good places to meet people, sports events, the same type of clubs as extra-curricular clubs from school (theatre, tech, chess/games groups, community programs, debate class etc) - or just at the local library or community centre).

Even the cafe, or local hangout for people around your own age too.

If you have a love for animals the local shelters, vets, or even pet shops are a good way to meet people - get involved in groups where there’s something you may have a shared fondness or outlook on something. Volunteering to help out in your local community is a decent way of meeting new people too - with many other benefits.

Fitness and exercise classes, self-defence, walking and running groups are pretty good too - again, with other added-in benefits as well.
 

Study/film-wise… if you feel like the days are slipping by and you’re not achieving much then broaden your horizons a little - learn about skills and crafts around your own specific field of interest - about people and the crafts that you may be working around in the future. Shared interests, a working knowledge of it, taking an interest in something outside of your direct field… may all help in the long run.

If you feel like you’re spending too much time in from a computer then shake it up a little mate - get hold a book and read it - properly, take it all in; whether it is about the subject of film-making - or about people in and around it and their lives. The computer or tablet, or phone goes on silent (or turned off) for a couple of hours a day when doing it.

Approach things from a different angle - whether it is silly or seemingly counter-productive. Have fun with it - learn from it - and any mistakes along the way. Remember the mistakes man - they’ll make for good stories to share and bond over with others later - or just raise a smile.
 

Also, when safe to do so, get yourself out in the open and go a walk (yeah, I now - boring!) To the park, the rec, the local hangout, the woods, just out and about. Get the fresh air, take the time to look around you, see what is going on - and who is about. 30 minutes to an hour every day - mix it up at different times for different days, vary your route etc.

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#1329323
Topic
Why weren’t there DVD releases in 2000?
Time

darklordoftech said:

SilverWook said:

It was a confusing time, with no domestic Laserdisc release of TPM either, yet one could buy the Japanese pressing or Video CD online.

That’s interesting.

I wonder what 2001 OT DVD releases would have been like.

From my oft-wrong memory… it also took some persuading from those around Lucas to even get an OT DVD set in 2004 released - it seemed it was a response to the many DVD bootlegs of the Trilogy on DVD being easily available in the Far East - and also available to import quite cheaply on many independent online shops back then… for a good price. In the early 2000’s the ‘Look’ and ‘Five Star’ bootleg versions, amongst others, were not too difficult to find and acquire around the rest of the world.
 

Edit: An old website, by an old friend of this one, from around that time-frame, may shine some more light on the subject…

Prillaman’s Star Wars DVD Reviews site - http://www.prillaman.net/starwarsdvdreviews.html
 

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#1328975
Topic
Happy Birthday, OT.com - now 17 years old (as of 10th March, 2020)
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Hal 9000 said:

Wowee, 17 years…

We’ve certainly come a long way. Anyone else remember passing around LaserDisc rips on physical DVDs through the mail?

Oh, yes! The PIF on here was strong…

So many paper cuts from the jiffy bags, and lots of badly burnt ‘coasters’ (unless you could afford the verbatim or ritek discs?), though postage was cheap even to send packages to the four corners of the world, and post offices even existed - though there were many questions from them about just what was in in these jiffy bags being sent all over the world!

Many people didn’t even had dvd drives on their computers - let alone broadband, or even hard drives with enough space on them to hold a 4gb dvd file or three. Even the likes of rapidshare giving us enough storage space was a few years off. It was probably quicker to send a package halfway across the world in the post than it was to acquire a dvd-sized file on kazaa or Suprnova (40kb/s was a decent speed) apparently…

Good to see a few familiar faces from the days of PIF in this thread too 😉
 

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#1328848
Topic
Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
Time

Bloody disappointing there are no deleted scenes for TROS (has anyone like JJ or Lucasfilm commented as to why there isn’t any featured with this release?) - though I hope there is some content in the ‘behind the scenes’ and other extras/bonus stuff that may be of some use for you guys.