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#1420220
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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I suggest some people in here read this again…

SparkySywer said:

Yeah, something people keep forgetting is that these are fanediting threads, not opinion threads. If your unsolicited opinion has nothing to do with fanediting, don’t post it. If you don’t like someone’s opinion, don’t watch their fanedit. Take your arguments to the argument threads, because we have those.

…and take non-Fan Project discussions to the relevant TROS discussion threads in the Beyond The Original Trilogy section.

Thank you.
 

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#1419903
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<strong>Jedi Knight</strong> games | Dark Forces, JK: DFII, JK: MOTS, JKII: Jedi Outcast, JK: Jedi Academy
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About the Jedi Knight game series…

 
The Jedi Knight series is a series of games made by LucasArts, a long time ago…

A first-person shooter or third-person lightsaber & shooter video game series set in the fictional Star Wars expanded universe. The series focuses primarily on Kyle Katarn, a former Imperial officer who becomes a mercenary working for the Rebel Alliance, and later a Jedi and instructor at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy. While the first game is set a year after the events of the original Star Wars film, the sequels take place in the decade following Return of the Jedi.

The Games:-

• Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)
• Star Wars - Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (1997)
• Star Wars - Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith (a 1998 expansion pack for ‘Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II’)
• Star Wars - Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (2002)
• Star Wars - Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (2003)
 

Kyle Katarn (character info, game and book appearances etc) - Wikipedia page : Wookieepedia page : Star Wars Games Wiki

 
 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)

 

 

The first officially produced first-person shooter set in the Star Wars universe.

Dark Forces was released for MS-DOS, Macintosh, and Playstation.

It was the 11th best selling computer game of the period 1993 to 1999, with an estimated 952,000 copies sold.
 

The story is set in the fictional Star Wars expanded universe and begins shortly before the original Star Wars film, before flashing forward to a year after the film’s events. The game’s protagonist and playable character is Kyle Katarn, a mercenary working on behalf of the Rebel Alliance who discovers the Galactic Empire’s secret Dark Trooper Project, which involves the development of a series of powerful new battle droids and power-armored stormtroopers.

 
 

Game Trailer…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5YjJsh6BEk - a 67 seconds video at the Video Detective youtube channel

 

Some online articles / reviews on the game…

20 years later, Dark Forces and Jedi Knight are still great Star Wars games - 2016 article at PC Gamer
LucasArts’ Star Wars shoot-'em-up loses something in the translation - 1996 review at IGN
25 Years Later, ‘Star Wars: Dark Forces’ Is a Forgotten Gem - 2020 article at Vice
Remembering LucasArts - Dark Forces - 2013 video article at GameSpot
Rewind Review – Dark Forces Series - 2015 article at Tech Raptor

 
 

Star Wars: Dark Forces. Longplay(a walkthrough video):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gydv9UNVtoE - a 6 and half hour video at the GamePlayShare youtube channel

 

GameFAQs Page: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/3397-star-wars-dark-forces

Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_Dark_Forces

Wookieepedia Page: https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Dark_Forces

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163281

 

 

 

Star Wars - Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (1997)

 

 

This was the first game in the series to include multiplayer capabilities over the Internet or over an LAN. It was also the first computer game to allow players to take control of a Jedi character using both the Force and lightsabers in a multiplayer setting.

The game was released for Microsoft Windows.
 

The story, set in the fictional Star Wars expanded universe one year after the film Return of the Jedi, follows returning protagonist Kyle Katarn, a mercenary working for the New Republic, who discovers his connection to the Force and “The Valley of the Jedi”, an ancient source of power. With his father having been murdered years prior by the Dark Jedi Jerec and his followers over the Valley’s location, Katarn embarks on a quest to confront his father’s killers and find the Valley before they do.

 
 

Game Trailer…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1kDcD7BfV0 - a 3 minute trailer at the DruttTV youtube channel

 

Some online articles / reviews on the game…

Retro Review - Star Wars - Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II - 2015 article at CC Online
Video Game Review: Star Wars: Jedi Knight series - 2015 reviews at Mynock Manor
Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Review - 2000 review at GameSpot
If you like Star Wars you should play the 22 year old Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2 - 2019 article at Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Retro Review – Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II - 2017 article at Critically Sane

 
 

Star Wars - Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. Longplay(a walkthrough video):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1XPOb6Ivf0 - a 7 and half hour video at the GamePlayShare youtube channel

 

GameFAQs Page: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/24354-star-wars-jedi-knight-dark-forces-ii

Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Jedi_Knight:_Dark_Forces_II

Wookieepedia Page: https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Jedi_Knight:_Dark_Forces_II

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0160910

 

 

 

Star Wars - Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith (expansion pack for Jedi Knight)

 

 

Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith is the expansion pack for the first-person shooter Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II.

The game was released for Microsoft Windows.

The expansion includes a new single-player story mode and fifteen multiplayer maps. The single-player story, set in the fictional Star Wars expanded universe five years after the events of Dark Forces II, follows both returning protagonist Kyle Katarn, a Jedi Master and mercenary working for the New Republic, and Mara Jade, a character featured in numerous Star Wars expanded universe works, who is being trained by Katarn in the Jedi arts. After Katarn goes missing while investigating an ancient Sith temple, Jade continues her studies on her own while undertaking missions from the New Republic, eventually leaving to find Katarn.

 
 

Game Trailer…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTccDDaqnWU - a 2 minute trailer at the Opium Pulses Trailers youtube channel

 

Some online articles / reviews on the game…

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith Knows What It Truly Means to Be a Jedi - 2020 article at Escapist
Video Game Review: Star Wars: Jedi Knight series - 2015 reviews at Mynock Manor
Retro Review – Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith - 2017 article at Critically Sane
Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith Review - 1998 review at GameSpot
Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith - 2019 article at Raving Luhn

 
 

Star Wars - Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith. Longplay(a walkthrough video):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GEC5uMGN9s - a 6 hour video at the GamePlayShare youtube channel

 

GameFAQs Page: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/197671-star-wars-jedi-knight-mysteries-of-the-sith

Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Jedi_Knight:_Mysteries_of_the_Sith

Wookieepedia Page: https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Jedi_Knight:_Mysteries_of_the_Sith

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164179

 

 

 

Star Wars - Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (2002)

 

 

The game was released for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox. It was also later released for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
 

The single-player campaign, set in the ficitonal Star Wars expanded universe two years after the Mysteries of the Sith expansion for Dark Forces II, follows returning protagonist Kyle Katarn, a mercenary working for the New Republic and former Jedi who cut his connection to the Force. Katarn must return to his Jedi ways to stop a branch of the Imperial Remnant led by the Dark Jedi Desann from empowering their army with the Force.

The multiplayer mode divides players into Light Siders and Dark Siders, pitting each side against the other in team battles. Each side has access to both shared “Neutral” Force powers, which are mostly focused on increasing speed and athletic ability.

 
 

Game Trailer…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knShHXJESa4 - a 2 minute trailer at the DerMAdmanGamer youtube channel

 

Some online articles / reviews on the game…

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Review - 2002 review at IGN
Jedi Outcast is simply one of the easiest games to recommend this year. - 2002 article at GameSpot
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (Xbox) - 2002 article at Honest Gamers
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Review - 2019 review at Nintendo Life
Jedi Knight 2 Is Absolutely Brutal On The Switch - 2019 article at Kotaku

 
 

Star Wars - Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Longplay(a walkthrough video):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF_JfdNUv6M - a 5 hour 50 minute video at the LongplayArchive youtube channel

 

GameFAQs Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Jedi_Knight_II:_Jedi_Outcast

Wikipedia Page: https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Jedi_Knight_II:_Jedi_Outcast

Wookieepedia Page: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/516547-star-wars-jedi-knight-ii-jedi-outcast

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0297410

 

 

 

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (2003)

 

 

The game is the fourth and final installment in the ‘Star Wars: Jedi Knight’ series of games.

It was released for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox, and later on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
 

The single-player story, set in the fictional Star Wars expanded universe two years after Jedi Outcast, follows Jaden Korr, a new student at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy under the tutelage of the previous games’ protagonist, Kyle Katarn. The main storyline revolves around the Disciples of Ragnos, an organisation of Dark Jedi intent on resurrecting the ancient Sith Lord Marka Ragnos, which Jaden must help foil while slowly learning the ways of the Force and committing themselves to either the light side or the dark side.

 
 

Game Trailer…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmlXkyKukcU - a 2 minute trailer at the Star Wars Game Chamber youtube channel

 

Some online articles / reviews on the game…

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Review - 2003 review at IGN
Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Review - 2020 review at Nintendo Life
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Review - 2020 review at Switch Player
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Review - 2003 review at GameSpot
Retro Review – Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy - 2018 article at Bago Games
Retro Gamer Review: Star Wars Jedi Academy (2003, PC) - 2003 review at Gear Diary

 
 

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Longplay(a walkthrough video):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO31QjYVLj8 - a 5 hour & 5 minute video at the Global Gaming youtube channel

 

GameFAQs Page: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/914574-star-wars-jedi-knight-jedi-academy

Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Jedi_Knight:_Jedi_Academy

Wookieepedia Page: https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Jedi_Knight:_Jedi_Academy

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362179

 
 

As ever, if you see any mistakes or broken links please let us know - or have anything for inclusion to the above info too. 👍

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#1419866
Topic
Lucasfilm at 50
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There is some info on the changes George Lucas has made to his ‘non Star Wars’ films in this 2010 thread…

Is there a single Lucasfilm release on blu that has not been tampered with ?

… though it could probably do with an update - as he may have made even more changes since 😉

 

THX 1138 also has its 50th anniversary this year. Unfortunately the original theatrical cut is not officially available…
 

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#1419864
Topic
Star Wars <strong>Fan Films</strong> / Shorts - a general discussion thread
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The ‘Dark Resurrection Trilogy’…

 

Dark Resurrection. Vol.1 (2007) HD remastered’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DZzpKMGmUs - a 60 minute video at the LOI youtube channel

(audio is in Italian; a range of subtitles are available)
 

The blurb:

'This film is born from love for Star Wars and the desire to experiment. The Director Angelo Licata and producer Davide Bigazzi have made ​​this product for fun. The film went online in 2007, has generated millions of hits worldwide and has been translated and subtitled in 12 languages. This is the remastered version in HD. No special effects has been changed, no scene has been added.

The authors prefer to keep intact the original work with its flaws. The official website is: www.darkresurrection.com
 

‘Dark Resurrection. Vol.1’ info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Resurrection : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1105757

 

 

Dark Resurrection vol.0 (2011)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQzOQI1Rdn0 - a 41 minute video at the LOI youtube channel

(audio is in Italian; a range of subtitles are available)
 

The blurb:

‘In the prequel Vol. 0, Lord Sorran, a dark Jedi, searches for Eron, a mythical source of great power and finds the spaceship Resurrection, belonging to the Second Guardian of Eron. His crew gets killed on the ship, but Lord Sorran escapes with the secret of immortality.’
 

‘Dark Resurrection. Vol.0’ info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Resurrection : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2075151

 

 

Dark Resurrection - Keepers of the Force’ (2019):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brKmimFBN_o - a 12 minute video at the LOI youtube channel

(audio is in Englsih; a range of subtitles are available)
 

The blurb:

'The Dark Resurrection Saga ends in a Novel. Go to http://www.darkresurrection.com​ and download your free ebook.

Ten years have passed since the Empire’s conquest.
The last surviving Guardians of the Force - Zui Mar, Dan Lee, Nemer, and Organa the Seer - are hunted by the imperial army and Sorran’s apprentice, the terrifying Lord Drown.
During a daring escape from the mining planet, where the fugitives took refuge, a powerful echo in the Force brings hope back into their hearts. Perhaps Hope, the only one capable of defeating Sorran and his apprentice, is still alive.
Encouraged by this conviction, and accompanied by a new ally, the exiles begin a dangerous journey in search of the girl who holds the destiny of the entire galaxy in her hands.’
 

‘Dark Resurrection: Keepers Of The Force’ info - www.darkresurrection.com/en : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9089738

and a range of BTS and informative videos on the ‘Dark Resurrection Trilogy’ here - www.youtube.com/c/RivieraFilm/videos
 

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#1419854
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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Harmy said:

Also, having been out of the loop for a while, I’m wondering, if there are any noteworthy preservation projects that I might have missed in the last year or so - maybe even WIP releases and stuff like that.

There are a few projects listed up in the ‘2020 section’ of the An OriginalTrilogy.com Timeline thread mate - including some fan edits too 👍
 

These also came to mind…

Return of the Jedi: The Destiny Edition v1.0 | Theatrical Reconstruction in 4K

Project Ewok | Caravan of Courage & The Battle for Endor - 4K Upscales

TN1’s Star Wars SE 4K - 1997 - has been released on TheStarWarsTrilogy.com forums

My 4K AI processed/upscale of Harmy’s Star Wars Despecialized 2.7

Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) in 4K

The NumeralJoker/MechaSalesman 4K HDR Edits Megathread, Clips Previews, and Release Info has a fair few projects which may be of interest.

and Zion is working on his Star Wars Holiday Special - Zion Hybrid v3 (a WIP).
 

Hal 9000 and an assorted bunch of talented Rebels are doing some quality and intriguing work on a new version of The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant

NeverarGreat has a wrokprint out for his highly anticipated TFA Edit - The Force Awakens: The Starlight Project
 

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#1419845
Topic
Help: Looking for... VHS/DVD Preservations
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These three threads contain a fair bit of information re the various OT VHS preservation releases:-

none’s :F:L:I:M:S:I:P:L:A:S:T: D:A:T:A:B:A:S:E:

none’s Treadwell Collection

russs15’s Info: My PAL VHS Archive Collection
 

^ from the Original Trilogy Preservations - VHS / Videotape, CED & Laserdisc sourced section of the…

An Index Of Projects & Help Thread for Star Wars Preservations thread, which may be of some interest or help.

 

Re DVD rips…? No - as they are readily available to buy; and we ae NOT a pirate site.

However, there are some improvement projects for the DVD releases (mainly the 2004 OT SE DVDs and the 2006 GOUT DVDs) - which can be found in the ‘An Index Of Projects & Help Thread for Star Wars Preservations’ - linked to above. 👍
 

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#1419713
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Super Star Wars
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The ‘Super Star Wars’ Trilogy of games…

 

 

LucasArts’ Super Star Wars games are notable for retelling the entire original movie trilogy in the form of a SNES adventure. Super Star Wars was released in 1992 - with ‘Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ coming out the following years.

At the time, it had been nine years since the last Star Wars movie entry and we were still years away from the Special Editions or Prequel Trilogy. Fans were still hungry for more Star Wars, and they got it in the comparatively bonkers narrative of Star Wars: The Super Edition…

 

Wikipedia Pages - Super Star Wars : Super Empire Strikes Back : Super Return Of The Jedi

GameFAQs Pages (Guides, Cheats, Q&A, Reviews, Chat) - Super Star Wars : Super Empire Strikes Back : Super Return Of The Jedi

Youtube Playthrough Videos (from ‘LongPlayArchive’) - Super Star Wars : Super Empire Strikes Back : Super Return Of The Jedi
 

Some online articles about the Super Star Wars Trilogy games…

The Bizarre Storytelling of the Super Star Wars Trilogy - a 2020 article at Den Of Geek
The Super Star Wars Trilogy - The Force Is Strong With These - article at Gaming With Swag
Super Star Wars Review : Super ESB : Super ROTJ - 2009 articles at IGN
Super Star Wars Review : Super ESB : Super ROTJ - 2009 articles at Nintendo Life
The Super Star Wars Trilogy Review - a 2010 article at Hande’s Blog
Games time forgot: The Super Star Wars Trilogy - a 2008 article at Destructoid
Retro Review: SUPER STAR WARS Trilogy - a 2017 article at GameTyrant
Retro Jedi Rejoice! Super Star Wars Ported to PS4 and Vita - a 2015 article at The Escapist
Super Star Wars Review (PS4) - a 2015 article at Push Square
‘Super Star Wars’ Is Brutal, Baffling And Absolutely Worth Playing - a 2015 article at Tech Times
A Prototype Of Super Star Wars For The Sega Mega Drive Has Been Found - a 2020 article at The Gamer
Are the Super Star Wars Games Worth Playing Today? - a 10 minute video at the SNESdrunk youtube channel
Super Star Wars Trilogy on Super Nintendo - a 12 minute video at the Friday Night Arcade youtube channel
Super Star Wars TRILOGY | Ultra HD 4K/60fps SNES Walkthrough - a 288 minute video at the Kawaii Games youtube channel
Wookieepedia Page for the Super Star Wars Trilogy games

Did The Mandalorian series reference an Old SNES game? - a 2019 article at Nerdist

 

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Super Star Wars Trilogy of games nearly made their way onto PC back in the mid-1990’s:-

Super Star Wars (PC/DOS) 1996, LucasArts’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62o-ST0iAAw - 82 minute video at the Major Thriftwood youtube channel.

The blurb: ‘A PC port of Super Star Wars was in the works since 1994, by Danish game company Brain Bug and produced by Softgold. The game was almost completed, and was well into the playtesting phase, but in 1995 LucasArts decided to halt the development and cancel the release.’
 

However, the trilogy of games are now available to play on the PC (officially) - via Antstream Arcade:-

https://www.pcgamesn.com/super-star-wars-snes-antstream

https://techraptor.net/gaming/news/classic-snes-star-wars-games-now-playable-on-pc

 
 

 

If only…

 

 

It seems the games were also available on the GameBoy - with ‘Super Return Of The Jedi’ also available on the GameGear…

 

‘Star Wars (Game Boy) full playthrough’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQvluSLve5k (34 minutes)

GameFAQs Page: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/gameboy/563295-star-wars

 
 

‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Game Boy) full playthrough’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SXDRhhEIPc (76 minutes)

GameFAQs Page: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/gameboy/585697-star-wars-the-empire-strikes-back

 
 

‘Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Game Boy) full playthrough’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5sCqg1whAk (84 minutes)

GameFAQs Page: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/gameboy/563298-super-star-wars-return-of-the-jedi

 
 

‘Super Star Wars - Return of the Jedi’ (Game Gear) playthrough - www.youtube.com/watch?v=20CM5W483sE (55 minutes)

GameFAQs Page: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/gamegear/586834-super-star-wars-return-of-the-jedi
 

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#1419655
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Star Wars <strong>Fan Films</strong> / Shorts - a general discussion thread
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Star Wars: The Dark Redemption’ (1999 fan film):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-9Mgh3Bgfk - a 24 minute fan film at the Farys youtube channel.
 

The blurb…

‘Set just two days before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the film tells of how Mara Jade with other Rebels captured the plans for the first Death Star.’
 

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#1419514
Topic
<strong>Shadows Of The Empire</strong> : Lucasfilm's mid-to-late 1990's EU multimedia project
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As there seemingly isn’t already a thread for the overall Shadows Of The Empire ‘multimedia project’ on here…
 

An Index for this ‘Shadows Of The Empire’ (SOTE) thread…

About ‘Shadows Of The Empire’…
The Book(s)
The Comics
The Game
The Soundtrack
The Toys
The Trading Cards
The RPG
Reviews, Retrospectives & Fan Content
OT•com SOTE Discussion Threads
A few online articles on SOTE

 
 

About ‘Shadows Of The Empire’…

 
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is a 1996 multimedia project created by Lucasfilm. The idea was to create a story set between the films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and to explore all commercial possibilities of a full motion picture release without actually making a film. The venture was intended to reinvigorate interest in the franchise ahead of the 1997 theatrical Special Editions of the Star Wars Trilogy released the following year.

Several products were released, including a novel, a junior novelization, a comic book series, a video game, a soundtrack, trading cards, role-playing games, posters, model kits, Micro Machines toys, and a series of action figures and vehicles.

The story introduces Rebel ally Dash Rendar, who aids the heroes in their attempt to liberate the frozen Han Solo from bounty hunter Boba Fett. Meanwhile, Darth Vader continues the search for his son, Luke Skywalker, whom crime lord Prince Xizor attempts to kill in his plot to replace Vader at the side of Emperor Palpatine.
 

It was sometimes referred to as ‘The Movie Without A Movie’.

 

The blurb / a would-be opening crawl…

“When Luke Skywalker was most vulnerable…
When a renegade hero became a friend in desperate need and a dark villain faced his greatest challenge…
When the Empire turned more and more to the forces of the underworld…
the underworld moved in to crush the Empire and the Rebellion in a single stroke…
After The Empire Strikes Back and before Return of the Jedi, there was a time when heroes and villains alike lived in the Shadows of the Empire.”

 

'Shadows Of The Empire Commercial’ (novel, comic & game):-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5sGUwWAxbc - a 75 second trailer at the Shadows of the Empire youtube channel
 

A HD remade trailer - Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Commercial - at the editing sith lord youtube channel
 

Shadows of the Empire wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_Shadows_of_the_Empire

Shadows of the Empire wookieepedia page - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Shadows_of_the_Empire

 

 

 

The Book(s)

 

 
‘Shadows of the Empire’ is a 1996 novel written by Steve Perry. It describes the events between the films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It was part of the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project.

‘It is a time of crisis. Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, is being taken to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. As Princess Leia mounts a rescue mission and Darth Vader scours the Galaxy for Luke Skywalker, another sinister figure emerges. Cunning and ruthless, leader of a powerful crime syndicate, he will pit himself against Vader for the favor of their mutual master…the dreaded Emperor.’

 

From the Wikipedia page for the SOTE novel:-

'Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian hire the services of Battle of Hoth veteran Dash Rendar, who has located Boba Fett’s ship, which has the frozen Han Solo aboard. The heroes lead an attempt to liberate Han from the bounty hunter, but are outgunned by Imperial TIE fighters. Back on Tatooine, as Luke Skywalker constructs a new lightsaber, he is chased by swoop bike riders in the service of Jabba the Hutt and saved by Dash.

The two learn where they can intercept the plans for a new Death Star, which they obtain with the aid of Bothan fighters and bring to Kothlis to be decoded. Luke is briefly captured by the agents of Darth Vader and learns of the Falleen crime lord Prince Xizor, who plans to kill Luke in a plot to gain Emperor Palpatine’s favor. Meanwhile, Leia investigates the attempts on Luke’s life. She and Chewbacca meet Xizor’s human-replica droid Guri, who brings Leia to Coruscant, where Xizor tries to seduce the princess in an attempt to bait Luke.

Luke, Lando and Dash sneak into the crime lord’s palace to save Leia. As the Rebels engage Imperial fighters above Coruscant, Xizor is prevented from escaping by the vengeful Darth Vader, whose Star Destroyer shoots down his repulsor craft and Skyhook base. The debris from the explosion hits the Outrider, apparently killing Dash. Back on Tatooine once more, Luke records a holographic message for Jabba the Hutt.

Author Steve Perry was commissioned to write the novel—the backbone of the multimedia project—after writing the novelizations of The Mask for Bantam, and Aliens based upon graphic novels by Dark Horse Comics, which had been licensed by Lucasfilm to create Star Wars comics. In addition to studying the original Star Wars trilogy, Perry read the first spin-off novel in the franchise, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, to get an idea of how to write for Vader.

The publishers wanted a ‘substitute’ for the incapacitated Han Solo, and Perry came up with the character of Dash, noted by fans as being mainly a vehicle for Solo-esque dialogue. The publishers also instructed Perry to make Xizor’s attempt to seduce Leia successful, but the author refused as he feared fan backlash.

Steve Perry has expressed his support of adapting the story as an animated film. A prequel novel was planned, to be written by author Charles Grant, but was cancelled due to a Lucasfilm Licensing move from Bantam to Del Rey Books.’

 

^ by Hugh Fleming

 

Wookieepedia page for the SOTE Novel - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Shadows_of_the_Empire_(novel)

Amazon page (for info only) for the SOTE Novel - www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Shadows-Steve-Perry/dp/055350472X

Audible page for the SOTE Novel - www.audible.co.uk/pd/Star-Wars-Shadows-of-the-Empire-Audiobook/B004EXE4RO

 
 

The SOTE Junior Novel…

 

 
‘The junior novelization of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was written by Christopher Golden and published by Bantam Doubleday Dell in October 1996. It is based on the story and novel of the same name by Steve Perry. The target audience of the junior novelization is kids 8-12.’

^ Wookieepedia page for the Jnr Novel - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Shadows_of_the_Empire_(junior_novelization)
 

RebelScum info page for the SOTE Junior Novel - http://www.rebelscum.com/soteBKjrnv.asp

Amazon page (for info only) Jnr Novel - www.amazon.co.uk/Shadows-Empire-Novelization-Christopher-Golden/dp/0606118357

 
 

The Secrets of The Shadows Of The Empire book…

 

 

The book blurb: ‘The minds behind the Star Wars galaxy have created a phenomenon of epic proportions, designed to unfold in nearly every medium at their disposal. This intensely researched volume guides you through this Star Wars event–as its creators reveal the secrets behind the multimedia release of the year. The tendrils of this dark drama will reach throughout the Star Wars galaxy’.
 

‘The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is a 1996 reference book written by Mark Cotta Vaz. Structured like a “making of” book typically written for a film, the book covers the Shadows of the Empire multimedia campaign. It explains the origins and development of the novel, comics, video game, and soundtrack.’

^ from the Wookieepedia page for ‘The Secrets of Shadows Of The Empire’ official book:-

https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/The_Secrets_of_Star_Wars:_Shadows_of_the_Empire
 

Amazon page for the book (for info) - www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Star-Wars-Shadows-Empire/dp/0345402367

FantasticFiction page for the book - www.fantasticfiction.com/series/star-wars/secrets-of-star-wars-shadows-of-empire.htm

 

 

 

The Comics

 

 
'Shadows of the Empire was a six-issue miniseries that was part of the Shadows of the Empire multimedia campaign.

While the events of the comic coincide with the events of the novel, the comic does not follow much the exploits of Leia, Lando and the mysterious villainess Guri, who here plays only a minor supportive role; on the other hand it includes a generous amount of what Boba Fett was up to during that time, the rivalry with his fellow bounty hunters, and Jix’s mission on Tatooine.’
 

Shadows of the Empire (comics) Wookieepedia page - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Shadows_of_the_Empire_(comics)

SOTE comics; Marvel website page - https://www.marvel.com/comics/series/20219/star_wars_shadows_of_the_empire_1996

RebelScum website info page (with cover art) for the SOTE comics - www.rebelscum.com/sotedhcomics.asp

 
 

Graphic Novel info - Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire : Graphic Novel - an amazon link; with images of the 2001 release.

 
 

Shadows Of The Empire: Evolution info…

 

 

‘The story is set in 4 ABY, which sets it one year after The Empire Strikes Back, and more or less shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi. Xizor, the leader of Black Sun, has been killed by Darth Vader, and Guri, a beautiful Human replica droid and Xizor’s personal assassin, is left wondering what her future will hold now that she no longer has anyone to answer to. Throughout the ongoing struggle for underworld supremacy, Guri endeavors to uncover hints of her Human side—if it even exists. But in her quest to alter her programming and gain Humanity, Guri becomes the quarry of both bounty hunters and Rebels (led by Luke Skywalker). Secrets lay buried in her android mind that make her a valuable prey.’

^ from the Wookieepedia page for ‘SOTE: Evolution’ - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Shadows_of_the_Empire:_Evolution
 

Marvel page for SOTE: Evolution: www.marvel.com/comics/issue/54549/star_wars_shadows_of_the_empire_-_evolution_1998_1

Dark Horse page for SOTE: Evolution: www.darkhorse.com/Books/49-378/Star-Wars-Shadows-of-the-Empire---Evolution-TPB

A short interview with author Steve Perry: https://starwarsinterviews.com/various/authors/steve-perry-author

A video info review on ‘SOTE: Evolution’ - a 35 minute video from the RaD Adventures Network youtube channel.

 

^ Guri - from the Dark Horse Comic ‘Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Evolution’

 

 

 

The Game

 

 
'Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is a video game developed and published by LucasArts. Primarily a third-person shooter, the game also utilizes multiple types of vehicular combat sequences. It was released for the Nintendo 64 on December 3, 1996, and a version for Windows 95 was released nearly one year later on September 17, 1997. The game was re-released for Windows systems on May 3, 2016 through Good Old Games. The re-release allows the game to play properly on 64-bit Windows installations.

In the game, the player controls the mercenary Dash Rendar in his efforts to help Luke Skywalker and rescue Princess Leia from Prince Xizor’s hands. It is part of the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project and takes place as a backstory between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Tracks from the multimedia project’s soundtrack are used as the game’s musical score. The game received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Shadows of the Empire was the third top-selling Nintendo 64 game for 1997, with more than 1 million copies sold.’

^ the blurb is taken from the youtube video below.
 

The official Lucasarts website for the SOTE game (via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine):-

https://web.archive.org/web/20070205070721/http://www.lucasarts.com/products/shadows

 

 

 

 

Nintendo 64 Longplay: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aFMsFdYCRw - a 162 minute playthrough video from the N64 Archive youtube channel.

 
 

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire | PC | Playthrough’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGONy9FLcE0 - a 152 minute video from the Stranno youtube channel.

 
 

Star Wars: Shadow Of The Empire All Cutscenes Movie(PC; cut scenes differ from the N64 version):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfSrTImTOyg - a 12 minute video at the NeedleMouse Productions youtube video.

 
 

As well as the official SOTE Soundtrack, the N64 & PC SOTE game also had an appreciated soundtrack of its own…

Shadows of the Empire Complete Soundtrack OST- Nintendo 64’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr0XVj7ZuxY - a 27 minute video at the Video Game Tracks youtube video.

 
 

‘Star Wars Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Commercial 1996’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=llFRAFSgqFw

‘Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64\N64\Australian Commercial)’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByvPcWmsvs8

‘Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64\N64\UK Commercial)’ - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikvqHhXTVoA

GameFaqs.com page for the SOTE N64 game - https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/n64/198789-star-wars-shadows-of-the-empire

GameFaqs.com page for the SOTE PC game - https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/53840-star-wars-shadows-of-the-empire

 
 

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire: The Official Strategy Guide…

 

 
As was the norm back then for ‘big gaming titles’ (in a time before fast broadband and video playthroughs) there were official guide books published for many top video games. The ‘Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire: The Official Strategy Guide’ was a strategy guide published by Prima’s Secrets of the Games for both the PC and Nintendo 64 versions of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, by Bart Farkas.
 

The book blurb: ‘With Shadows of the Empire: The Official Strategy Guide, you’ll learn how to defeat Boba Fett and IG-88, blast Imperial baddies, and get the secrets you’ll need to ultimately destroy Prince Xizor and his Skyhook, inclooding:All the locations of the secret Rebel challenge points, Step-by-step walkthroughs for every mission, Jet-packed flight skills that will propel you to victory, Maps for selected levels About the Author.’
 

SOTE: PC Version: ‘The Official Strategy Guide (Secrets of the Games Series)’ - amazon link - (for info)

SOTE: N64 version: ‘Shadows of the Empire - Game Secrets’ - amazon link - (for info)

 

 

 

The Soundtrack

 

'The Shadows of the Empire soundtrack is a musical score by Emmy Award-winning composer Joel McNeely which was inspired by author Steve Perry’s 1996 novel of the same name. The score, much like classical program music of the past, is based on a piece of literature rather than a motion picture.

The 51-minute score, conducted by McNeely, was performed by the 90-piece Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a 150 voice chorus in Glasgow, Scotland in early 1996. The album was released by Varèse Sarabande Records on April 23, 1996. In addition to the score, the CD contained exclusive CD-ROM features with behind-the-scenes content.’

^ from the Wookieepedia page for the SOTE Soundtrack
 

The SOTE soundtrack info at Discogs - www.discogs.com/Joel-McNeely-Star-Wars-Shadows-Of-The-Empire/master/260806

 

 
Shadows of the Empire Complete Soundtrack OST’:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSaXhrimzs0&list=PL52216F97F15A201A - SOTE playlist at the Mast3rFr3aky youtube channel

 

Shadows of the Empire Is Back With a Very Special Release - a 2020 article at CBR

Soundtrack Review – “Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire” (Vinyl Reissue) - a 2020 review at Laughing Place

Review: Joel McNeely, ‘Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire’ - a 2020 review at The Second Disc

 

 

 

The Toys

 

 
Wookieepedia page for SOTE toy line - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:Shadows_of_the_Empire(toy_line)

Wookieepedia page for SOTE Micro Machines - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Shadows_of_the_Empire_Micro_Machines

 

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Toy Commercial)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj-GjJfi94c - a 32 second video at the Shadows of the Empire youtube channel
 
 

• a few articles / sources of info on the SOTE toyline…

Shadows of the Empire Action Figures - article at Gentlemen Of Leisure
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Collectibles - at Battle Grip
SOTE Collections - at Jedi Temple Archives
SOTE Checklist & Info - at RebelScum.com
SOTE Figures 1996-97 - at JediBusiness.com
SOTE Toys Photo Archive - at RebelScum.com
SOTE Micro Machines Info Page - at RebelScum.com

 

 

 

 

The Trading Cards

 

 
The Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire trading card set is a collectable series of trading cards produced by Topps in 1996, as part of the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project. The set, comprising 100 cards, features original color illustrations by artists Greg Hildebrandt and Tim Hildebrandt.

Each card features a color illustration on the front and detailed narrative text on the back, relating the entire Shadows of the Empire novelized story, written by Steve Perry. Linda Siegal and Greg Hildrebrandt’s daughter Mary were among the models who posed for the card illustrations.

^ Wookieepedia page for SOTE (trading cards):-

https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:Shadows_of_the_Empire(trading_cards)
 

RebelScum info page (with images) for the SOTE Topps trading cards: http://www.rebelscum.com/soteTCcards.asp

JediTempleArchive page for SOTE cards: www.jeditemplearchives.com/topps-trading-cards/1996-shadows-of-the-empire

 

 

 
Wookieepedia page for the SOTE ‘Embossed Metal Collector Cards’:-

https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_Shadows_of_the_Empire_Embossed_Metal_Collector_Cards
 

RebelScum info page (with images) for the SOTE embossed metal cards: http://www.rebelscum.com/soteMIcards.asp

Facebook MarketPlace page (with lots of images & info): https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/158186845516103

 

 

 

The RPG (Role Playing Game)

 

 
'The Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook was a roleplaying guide published by West End Games for the second edition of the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game. It was written by Peter M. Schweighofer and was first published in June of 1996.

The book summarizes and details the events of the novel Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.’

^ from Wookieepedia page for ‘SOTE Sourcebook’ (RPG) - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Shadows_of_the_Empire_Sourcebook
 

Wookieepedia page for ‘Star Wars Roleplaying Game’ - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Roleplaying_Game

Wikipedia page for the ‘Star Wars Roleplaying Game’ - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Roleplaying_Game

 
 

Retro RPG: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLYnKFpyEpQ - a 15 minute video at the RPGGamer youtube channel.

The blurb: The book summarizes and details the events of the novel Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.

The Official Companion to the Novel ‘Shadows of the Empire’.

After his defeat on Cloud City, Luke Skywalker finds himself a pawn in a deadly game between Darth Vader and the mysterious and dangerous leader of the criminal organization Black Sun. Confronted by bounty hunters and his own worst fears, Luke must must [sic] lead a daring rescue mission to Emperor Palpatine’s throne world of Coruscant, where he will confront the foes who lurk in the Shadows of the Empire…’

 

 

 

Reviews, Retrospectives & Fan Content…

 

Could Shadows of the Empire Fit Into Star Wars Canon?’:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGKcSvi9P_o - a 4 minute video from the Star Wars Explained youtube channel

 
 

Shadows of the Empire Lore Play’:-

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1E873sPZ0PNd5vth_ZcVRmBSIowf5AOo - a 10 video playlist from the Star Wars Explained youtube channel

 
 

Shadows Of The Empire - A Star Wars Retrospective’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO5_Br-Oonc - a 35 minute video from the Mr Sunday Movies youtube channel.
 
The blurb: 'Shadows of the Empire was a 1996 Star Wars multimedia Lucasfilm project which offered all the fanfare of a movie release without the movie. Consisting of a N64 video game, a book, comic series, toy line, role playing game, soundtrack and more it paved the way for modern Star Wars projects and marketing. ’

 
 

The Making of Shadows of the Empire’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gsmE_hoNsI - an 85 minute video from the Saintmillion youtube channel.

The blurb: ‘A deep dive into the creation of a Star Wars multimedia project that takes place between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. We look into the story, comics, toys, soundtrack, and even ideas for a Boba Fett video game.’

 
 

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - The Motion Picture 2018’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgQ_JJh-WVQ - a 95 minute video from the Kazuya Hartless youtube channel

The blurb: ‘For more info, see FAQ at the end of this motion picture’… (audio book reading set to SOTE / OT era artwork)

 
 

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry Book Review’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V7a8a4S_jw - a 10 minute review video at the Mike’s Book Reviews youtube channel.

The blurb: ‘Mike shifts gears in talking about the original Star Wars EU to give another recommendation for a starting point for beginners; Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry.’

 

 

 

OriginalTrilogy•com threads on Shadows Of The Empire…

 
Shadows of the Empire - a TV show idea? - a 2005 thread
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire soundtrack - a 2017 thread
‘Shadows Of The Empire’ soundtrack - help wanted accessing the cd-rom part - a 2006 thread
Help: looking for… Shadows of the Empire OST Enhanced CD features? - a 2019 thread
Help Wanted: ‘Shadows of the Empire’ N64 Game Trailer - a 2005 thread
Help Wanted: a hi-res image for Shadows of the Empire (N64 game) - a 2009 thread
Shadows Of The Empire - Source Book for the RPG? - a 2005 thread
Feedback Wanted: Shadows of The Empire - Movie Project (youtube video) - a 2011 thread
Idea & Help Wanted: Star Wars Dark Empire: The Movie - a 2008 thread

 

A few online articles on Shadows Of The Empire…

 
Star Wars: The forgotten history of Shadows of the Empire - a 2019 article at The Irish Times
20 secrets of Shadows of the Empire - a 2020 article at Force Material
How Shadows of the Empire Became a Gritty ’90s Epic - a 2019 article at Den Of Geek
The Story of ‘Shadows of the Empire,’ the Star Wars Spinoff Movie That Was Everything but a Movie - a 2016 article at Thrillist
Star Wars: Why Shadows of the Empire Isn’t Part of Disney Canon - a 2020 article at ScreenRant
Star Wars: Why Was Shadows of the Empire Such a Big Deal? - a 2019 article at CBR
SOTE: A Movie Project Without A Movie - a 2018 article at Tatooine Times
SOTE: Remembering Star Wars’ Most Audacious Video Game Adaptation - a 2018 article at Game Informer
Classic Postmortem: Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire - a 2009 article at GamaSutra
The Classics: ‘Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire’ - a 2012 article at The Verge
Shadows of the Empire - Tropes Of… - info page at TV Tropes

 
 

As ever, if you see any mistakes or broken links please let us know - or have anything for inclusion to the above info too. 👍
 

Last Updated: 24th March, 2021.

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The <strong>random YouTube / Vimeo etc video finds</strong> thread for the Original Trilogy
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Star Wars: the Original Trilogy – in 7 Minutes’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rooueGG0fY - a video from the Alt Shift X youtube channel (he of GOT analysis fame)
 

The blurb: ‘What happens in the first three Star Wars movies, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi?’
 

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#1419329
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<strong>Star Wars: Visions</strong> (a series of 10 animated short films) - a general discussion thread
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del rey books have announced an original novel inspired by one of these animated tales - due out in October…
 

'This year, #StarWarsVisions will bring all-new, creative takes on Star Wars from the world’s best anime creators.

Coming Oct 12th, an original novel inspired by one of those animated tales. A #StarWars book quite unlike any before it.

RONIN By Emma Mieko Candon’

^ https://twitter.com/DelReyStarWars/status/1373998785572052996
 

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Lucasfilm at 50
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'2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm. The celebration will kick off with commemorative, fan-favorite 50th anniversary Star Wars products. The launch starts in January and will continue throughout the year with special edition product releases.

“Consumer products have always been an integral part of the Star Wars fan experience, and they remain a constant force in pop-culture today,” says Paul Southern, Lucasfilm senior vice president, Licensing and Franchise. “To commemorate Lucasfilm’s 50 years of storytelling, we look forward to honoring this consumer products legacy and bringing to life brand-new products, games, and publishing offerings that celebrate our future with Lucasfilm’s exciting feature films and Disney+ series ahead.”’

^ from the ‘StarWars•com 50th anniversary announcement’ - on StarWars•com, in December 2020.

 
 

More articles from the official sites using Lucafilm’s ‘50th anniversary’ as opportunity to sell more merch…

Fan Favorites from Classic Star Wars stories come to Hasbro’s Black Series - at StarWars•com

^ RebelScum.com info on the wrong character name, story and figure details for the release of the Black Series’ Imperial Guard figure

Lucasfilm and Hasbro announce new publishing-inspired Star Wars figures - at Lucasfilm•com

Hasbro Pulse reveals Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary products and more - at StarWars•com

Lego R2D2 available to buy as part of Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary (for $200) - at Lego•com & Lego’s Twitter

The Clone Wars figures - available as part of Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary - at StarWars•com

LEGO Minifigure Madness, Hasbro Celebrates 50 Years of Lucasfilm, and More! at the official Star Wars youtube channel

Del Rey celebrates Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary by repackaging ‘Legends’ novels - at DelReyStarWars twitter.

Classic Star Wars books are getting re-released for Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary article at Polygon•com

A quick online search also seemingly equates Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary with overwhelmingly being about selling merchandise - rather than highlighting or celebrating the rich history and groundbreaking achievements of the company itself.

 
 

A few decent articles from Lucasfilm about its actual 50th anniversary - the actual history and some of the accomplishments of the company (and not seemingly an attempt to sell us more tat)

Lucasfilm website portal for ‘Lucasfilm at 50’ - www.lucasfilm.com/tag/50th-anniversary

Lucasfilm website portal for ‘Who We Are - Our Story’ - www.lucasfilm.com/who-we-are/our-story

Lucasfilm website’s ‘Getting to know the Timeline’ - www.lucasfilm.com/news/getting-to-know-the-lucasfilm-timeline

Lucasfilm’s Film & TV Productions - www.lucasfilm.com/productions

Some useful info links - Skywalker Sound : ILM : ILMxLab : Lucasfilm Wiki on Fandom : Lucasfilm on Wikipedia

 
 

The welcome announcement the following longstanding and popular ‘non-canon’ Star Wars releases are to finally see the light of day again. Coming to Disney+ in April 2021:-

“Caravan of Courage”
“Ewoks: The Battle for Endor”
“Star Wars: Clone Wars – Volume I”
“Star Wars: Clone Wars – Volume II”
“Star Wars: Ewoks” (Seasons 1-2)
“The Story of the Faithful Wookiee,” (better known as the animated section of the 1978 made-for-TV-film, “The Star Wars Holiday Special” – featuring the first appearance of bounty hunter Boba Fett.’)

https://attractionsmagazine.com/exciting-star-wars-additions-coming-disney-april
 

^ Hopefully we’ll see all of these releases presented in best possible quality. 👍

As well as also seeing releases for Star Wars: Droids, and the finished - yet unreleased Star Wars Detours series soon too?

Maybe even a quality release of the full The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special as well…?

 
 

The many, many various new Star Wars series and theatrical projects announced back in December 2020:-

Future Lucasfilm Projects Revealed - at StarWars•com

 
 

The ‘Indiana Jones 4-film Collection on 4K UHD’ set is also being released this year…

https://www.lucasfilm.com/news/all-four-indiana-jones-movie-adventures-on-4k-ultra-hd-for-the-first-time

https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/031521-1400

^ Hopefully the ‘Young Indiana Jones Chronicles’ will also see a quality release on a modern digital format someday too.

 
 

A couple of intriguing articles on Lucasfilm’s 50th (especially the article from SlashFilm)

Lucasfilm turns 50 in 2021, celebrating with lots of new merch - at FanSided

Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Celebration Will Include Shiny New Stuff to Spend Your Galactic Credits On - at SlashFilm

^ ‘Look: I get it. Movies are a business, and they exist to make money. That’s no secret. But if the first words out of your mouth regarding a major studio’s anniversary are, “Consumer products have always been an integral part of our fan experience!”, you’re doing something wrong. Or maybe not. Perhaps the fine folks at Lucasfilm deserve credit for not bullshitting us. For being upfront about what they want: money, money, money.’

 

So in the spirit of Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary, celebrating their long history in film and tv, and in fitting with their accomplishments over the years, let’s hope they also do the right thing - re the glaring omission from their catalogue of work…

and release the unaltered theatrical version of the Original Trilogy. The three classic iconic films that underpin all of the Galaxy Far Far Away, which have been officially unavailable (in a quality release it so merits) for over 25 years now, and counting.

A fan-favourite release that fans the world over would only be too happy to celebrate Lucasfilm for in its 50th anniversary.

And also actually pay money for too…
 

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Heir to the Empire - animated fan film series adaptation (up on youtube)
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I hadn’t realised they were already on Chapter 12 of this series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaWylkk_HHs 😃
 

Kudos to DarthAngelus for doing it - and also providing ‘director commentaries’ for each Chapter, look at ‘behind the scenes’ videos, and tutorials etc, to see how it is all done…

https://www.youtube.com/user/DarthAngelus/videos
 

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Star Wars on Video High Density discs (VHD)
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Some general info for the Original Trilogy on VHD (Video High Density)…

 
Insert the obligatory ‘Big In Japan’ joke here! 😉

 

^ an abridged image of the Original Trilogy VHD cover art from swonvideo.com

 
 

VHD DiscLord VideoDisc Player’ - a 1 minute video from the I Rodriguez youtube channel.

^ a demo of how these the VHDs actually fitted into the VHD players for playback 😃

 
 

From the informative and insightful Nathan Butler youtube channel - a bastion of info for all things Star Wars Home Video
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #102​.1: A New Hope and Return of the Jedi on VHD (1983-86) - a 7 minute video

&

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #102​: The Empire Strikes Back on VHD (1984) - a 7 minute video

 

and also Nathan Butler’s other videos covering Star Wars on VHD…

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #308​: “Making of” Double-Feature on Japanese VHD - a 5 minute video

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #199​: Caravan of Courage on VHD - a 7 minute video.

 
 

Some OT VHD Info (and cover art) from Video Collector’s SWonVideo site - https://www.swonvideo.com/other/divforside.htm

Some OT VHD Info from DavisDVD - http://web.archive.org/web/20060206024552/http://www.davisdvd.com/misc/ep_misc.htm

Info Wanted: on Old Japanese VHS Videocassette and VHD Dealers? (2014 OT•com thread)

 
 

A little information on the VHD format as a whole…

 

Movies on Vinyl - VHD The forgotten 1980s Videodisc’ - a 32 minute video from the Techmoan youtube channel.
 

along with Techmoan’s other videos on VHD…

VHD in the USA: Videodisc Failure to Launch’ - a 31 minute video.

VHD in the UK - how 1980s UK missed out on this interactive video & games format’ - a 35 minute video.

 
 

VHD - The 1980s Videodisc Format Popular in Japan’ - a 24 minute video from the databits youtube channel.

 

As well as the obligatory ‘Wikipedia Page for VHD’ - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_High_Density

And ‘VHD DiscWorld’ - a 2011 website with some indepth info on VHD - https://disclord.tripod.com/vhddiscworld/index.html
 

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The Star Wars Original Trilogy on RCA's CED Format
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Some general info for the Original Trilogy on CED (Capacitance Electronic Disc)…

 

^ look at the size of that thing! Each CED measured in at 30.0 cm (11.8") in diameter. (an abridged image from swonvideo.com)

 
 

Star Wars - 1982 “RCA Videodisc” CED Commercial’ - a 31 second video at the Tue Nguyen youtube channel

 
 

The Empire Strikes Back on CED’ - a 3 minute video from the Brian Bishop youtube channel.

^ including a demo of how these the CEDs actually fitted into the CED players for playback 😃

 
 

a quick speeded-up ‘video run-through’ demo of Star Wars (1977) on CED…

star wars CED preview (part 1/2)’ - a 3 minute video from the negative1ne youtube channel

star wars CED preview (part 2/2)’ - a 3 minute video from the negative1ne youtube channel

 
 

From the informative and insightful Nathan Butler youtube channel - a bastion of info for all things Star Wars Home Video

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #5: The CED Trilogy (1982 - 1986) - an 8 minute video
 

and also his other videos covering the Original Trilogy on CED…

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #5.1: ANH CED Variants (1982) - a 5 minute video

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #345​: The Third ANH CED (1983) - a 7 minute video

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #296​: ROTJ’s White CED Variant - a 7 minute video

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #21.1: The Making of Star Wars and SP FX: ESB on CED - a 5 minute video.

 
 

Some other OriginalTrilogy•com threads on the Star Was CEDs…

Info Wanted: The Capacitance Star Wars Copies? (CED) (2007 thread)
Info Wanted: CED Discs (2006 thread)
Info: Original Trilogy on CED preservations? (3 OT CED released projects in here) (2009 thread)
Info: a CED Star Wars Transfer (with link to info on a released OT CED project) (2007 thread)
Quote: Star Wars CED (2011 thread)

 
 

Some OT CED Info (and cover art) from Video Collector’s SWonVideo site - https://www.swonvideo.com/other/divforside.htm

Some OT CED Info from DavisDVD - http://web.archive.org/web/20060206024552/http://www.davisdvd.com/misc/ep_misc.htm

‘Star Wars home video releases’ Wookieepedia Page - https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars_home_video_releases

 
 

A little information on CED format as a whole…

 

Retro tech: The RCA CED Videodisc’ a 30 minute video from the Techmoan youtube channel

 

Electron microscope slow-motion video of vinyl LP’ - at the Applied Science youtube channel (a CED at 5m 40s into the video)

 

As well as the obligatory ‘Wikipedia Page for CED’ - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitance_Electronic_Disc
 

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Help: looking for... Star Wars (1977) Deleted Scenes in 4K/HD?
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IIRC there is some discussion on the bonus features / deleted scenes for the 2019 ‘Maclunkey’ SE version discs in here:-

Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD – 27 DISC Boxed Set – 3/31/2020

^ as well as the 2019 Original Trilogy ‘Maclunkey’ Special Editions since being available to buy individually on 4K UHD or blu ray - so they can be ripped to ‘mp4s or mkvs’ etc (though I’ve no idea on the quality of the bonus features / deleted scenes).

 

Also there are likely to be conversations on the bonus features/ deleted in here:-

Info: All Star Wars films released in 4K HDR on Disney Plus: 2019 SE with more changes

and possibly other threads linked to in here:-

2019 SE : The changes to the OT films & general 2019 SE discussion thread

 

The ‘Deleted Scene Preservation & Restoration Projects’ section of An Index Of Projects & Help Thread for Star Wars Preservations

and

The ‘Individual Scene & Deleted Scenes Projects’ section of An Index Of Projects & Help Thread for Star Wars Fan Edits and Other Projects

…may have a few relevant discussion threads / projects of interest too.

 

Good luck with it 👍
 

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Help: Looking for... Team Blu 1997 SE Reconstruction
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Information on the Team Blu 1997 SE Reconstruction should be in this thread mate:-

Star Wars OT & 1997 Special Edition - Various Projects Info - by dark_jedi.

It is also up and available on MySpleen.
 

There are also more projects by dark_jedi and / or Team Blu in the An Index Of Projects & Help Thread for Star Wars Preservations - along with many other 1997 Special Edition project preservation and information / discussion threads.

Good luck with it 👍
 

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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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CaptainFaraday said:

BrotherOfSasquatch said:

Count me in on the people who think Blackened Mantle frickin’ owns.

I’d never heard of Blackened Mantle until this thread, and from looking it up, it’s the exact sort of thing that’s in my wheelhouse. Has anybody got a link for it? I couldn’t find anything.

There are a couple of threads on Darth Lunar’s ‘The Blackened Mantle’ in the ‘3-in-1 Edits’ section of the An Index Of Projects & Help Thread for Star Wars Fan Edits and Other Projects - including where it can be found online, and also where to ask for a link to it. 👍
 

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The <strong>random YouTube / Vimeo etc video finds</strong> thread for the Original Trilogy
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Introducing the Despecialized Edition and Its Sources - 4K Reupload’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDz8VMMJU6I - a 20 minute video at the Petr Harmy youtube channel.
 

The blurb: ‘I reuploaded in higher resolution (mainly because youtube compresses 720p quite heavily) and with new music, so as not to get a copyright strike. The old video is still up but it had gotten blocked for quite a while, then it mysteriously got unblocked, but it may be just a matter of time before it gets blocked again.’