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#1264008
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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Re the Empire building multiple Death Stars.
I read a ton of Cold War history and basically it’s the learning curve that is the bear.
Basically the US and the USSR poured tons of money into programs just to get a rocket to go up, off of the launchpad, without it exploding. Post World War 2 to Sputnik going up is 12 years of R&D on both sides of the globe. That’s to get one satellite up in orbit. From 1957 - 1969 we put people up there, did space walks, circumnavigated the moon and landed on the moon & came back.
There’s time and expense after the learning curve was solved but the real bear for both countries was the foundations of rocketry.
At the end of Revenge of the Sith you have a proto-Death Star being built. We have no definition that this is the one that we see 20 years later in A New Hope. We just see one being built. If you adhere to the learning curve thing this one could have easily blown up at some point while being tested or even sabotaged (I always like the line in A New Hope, “there’ll be no one to stop us this time” could refer to sabotage and doesn’t have to be rebels doing the sabotage, there were real division and competitions in the US between the Army and the Air Force over who gets what missile, we see that kind of thinking in Krennic v Tarkin in Rogue 1).

On to DSI, DSII and starkiller.
Since we made nuclear weapons all we have done is made bigger, badder, stronger iterations of the same.
There’s no reason that the Empire would not do the same thing. A ton of R&D dollars went into the first one and it basically did what it’s designed to do (zap a planet into oblivion) so there’s no reason to think that they wouldn’t try to refine it.
Just read “Red Moon Rising” a quick read on what was going on with rocket programs in the states and USSR when Sputnik went up, it’s a good place to start for anyone interested in this sort of thing.

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#1255134
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Cassian Andor Live-Action Series
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I would be delighted to get a Rogue 1 prequel trilogy that goes before what we saw in R1, more Baz & Churrat, more Death Star construction, more Bodhi Rook working for the Empire and defecting, more Tarkin and Imperial stooges and flunkies.
I’d be happy with more Jyn Erso but i don’t know how you’d do that. I may not get all that but I will very, very happily take this.

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#1252822
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Interesting mix of music that someone may want to incorporate into a fanedit
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Hi -

This was posted not too long back. It’s a pretty good mashup of a lot of different sources all working around the theme to Halloween. I thought that I would leave the link here in case someone wants to incorporate this musical fanedit into their own theatrical one.

https://soundcloud.com/r3m1x3s/john-carpenter-halloween-rhythm-scholar-past-to-present-fearmix

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#1247153
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Is Kylo Ren a Good Villain?
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I find his character uncompelling, uninteresting not-even-evil-lite and he’s the reason that I don’t really like either TFA or TLJ (I am a big fan of both R1 and Solo). I just can’t invest in his character and that really undermines watching the sequel trilogy because it basically leaves me without an antagonist. I like the rest of the movies just fine, there’s things with all four that I wish that they invested more in, but Darth Brat just doesn’t sell it for me.

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#1239428
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Return of the Jedi - your opinion?
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Shopping Maul said:

I should get off my backside and read those books, although I do admit to a slight concern about revisionism.

The Rinzler books are goldmines of information and, despite coming out of the Lucasfilm sausage factory, are pretty impartial. I realize folks on these boards may have some trepidation about them from how the handling of the GOUT has gone but the purpose of these books is to document the making of these movies and he doesn’t really pull punches throughout all three.

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#1239426
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Return of the Jedi - your opinion?
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Shopping Maul said:

SilverWook said:
If you’ve ever seen the documentary Star Wars To Jedi:The Making Of A Saga, Lucas implies they made Leia the other at the last moment. When they came to shoot the throne room scenes, they still had not figured out what Vader should say to make Luke fight him.

The irony is that if Lucas had allowed the ‘noble death’ of Han Solo, he would’ve had the answer to the ‘why does Luke snap’ conundrum. Vader/Palpatine could have been offering to halt the battle if Luke were to agree to turn (an actual temptation as opposed to simply making Luke mad) before Luke suddenly senses Han’s death through the Force. Luke kicks Vader’s butt and no-one has to be anyone’s shoehorned sister!

In my fanedit of RotJ I cut out the Ben scene entirely, he really doesn’t say anything new other than nudge Luke forcewise into intuiting that Leia is his sister and then confirming his epiphany. The scene of Luke revealing the same to Leia goes as well as he doesn’t know it at this point.

His father uses the the force to put two and two together during their duel, now Vader reveals his fatherhood in TESB and the identity of the sister in RotJ, causing Luke to lose his s***. I think it plays much better this way.

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#1238996
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Return of the Jedi - your opinion?
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Me and my friends were all 11 - 12 when the 1st one came out and we did all sorts of 1970’a - `1980’s nerdy things like taking cassette players into the theater and taping the movies, having nerdy schoolyard conversations that had sentences like “what if George Lucas dies in a plane crash before he finishes the sequel?” and then after TESB we had that same conversation again.

I saw RotJ with my dad on opening weekend. I had gotten enough info about the movie before it came out that I knew what to expect from the story line. My dad and I went to these like other fathers and sons go to ball games.
When I left the theater all I could think was “I waited six years for that?”

There’s a fine movie in there lost amid a horrible execution. I saw this one several times in the theaters and it’s got moments but not enough to bring it to the level that it needs to be at. The whole affair felt recycled and phoned in.

I’ve read a fair amount of threads here about RotJ edits and peoples feeling about them and I do wonder how many people here have read Rinzlers’ book on it. I realize it’s Lucasfilm sanctioned and people may be wary of historical revisionism but there’s a lot in that book where things are detailed about the people on the movie being aghast at what is going on. Ralph McQuarrie does pre-production art but refuses to draw teddy bears, for one thing and they very clearly spell out that Lucas had a kid and he wanted to be able to take that kid into a toy store and buy a Star Wars teddy bear. There are parts of the constitution of this movie where the quality control was thrown under the bus to make a real kids movie and that’s the big thing that haunts it. There’s the whole dark will he or won’t he patricide thing that’s playing off against burp jokes and killer (BUT CUTE) teddy bears. It’s a movie that can’t make up it’s mind as to what it wants to be - at least The Phantom Menace is consistent in that regard.

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#1219626
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&quot;Two Part Trilogy&quot; Ep 2&amp;3 fan edit.
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Regarding note 6, here’s my suggestion:
Cut things like this…Obi Wan sees Anakin off with Padme
Cut to OWK taking the poison dart to the droids for analysis (cut scene from AOTC)
Trim the scene so we just see the droids inspecting it.
Cut to OWK in the Jedi Temple library learning that the system isn’t in their archives.
Cut the rest, younglings, Yoda all that.
What this does is make OWK less of an idiot. He knows the name of the planet, he knows that something underhanded is up because it’s scrubbed from the Jedi archives, he knows the area that he needs to go to in order to find it.
Eliminating other scenes cuts out OWK running around announcing that something foul is afoot, it deletes a scene that is too stiff (younglings) and per your goal keeps things moving along. There really isn’t a payoff in the next movie with the young Jedi being killed, that’s always been a weak scene and if a lot of what constitutes it happens offscreen the better.

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#1214890
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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The stormtroopers aren’t intimidating in R1 and Solo, the Empire is intimidating.
The Empire is at a part of it’s existence where their policy is scorched earth, our way or the highway. They’re kinda like the Russians in WW2, they got some cool toys but mostly they’re poorly trained and armed conscripts and if you have to deal with 300,000 soldiers on a planet you send 3,000,000 soldiers at them and 75% of those guys are going to die but you’re going to achieve your goal. By the time of ANH they’re pretty comfortable in what they’ve done and the compliance it has fostered and the slack is setting in.

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#1214888
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SOLO: A Star Wars Story: Fan Edit Ideas - ** SPOILERS &amp; MAGIC INSIDE **
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I agree, the movie doesn’t really need a fanedit. The only thing I would like to see go is Darth Maul however I suspect that we’re going to see a lot more of him in future installments so we’re stuck with him.
My wife and I both loved L3 and the audience in the theater that we saw it in responded very well to that character. We wish that there was more of her and Disney is getting the new robots right (BB8, K2, L3…hmmm is the next one M4?) but why do they have to kill 'em off?

There are two issues with the movie for me and I don’t know if they are fixable. One, the movie is too damn dark. Two, I don’t need non-stop music, especially mixed higher in the sound like this one was. One of the things that I loved about the Twin Peaks revival was Lynch’s use of long takes that allowed the viewer to see the environment and the fact that he let the story speak for itself, the franchise folks should take a long hard look at what he did because he owns the remake/reboot/restart-it thing in my book.

There was some great world building in this, I think that a lot of the very beginning of the movie wasn’t needed at all, I would have happily traded all the Corellia gang stuff for more Corellia world building as an environment (not a let’s plunge you right into conflict from “GO”).

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#1211331
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SOLO: A Star Wars Story: Fan Edit Ideas - ** SPOILERS &amp; MAGIC INSIDE **
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One thing that I’m wondering is if in ten years (give or take) there’s enough movies that have enough overlapping timelines that we’ll be able to intercut them.

For instance, the opening of Rogue 1 takes place before the rest of it, the opening act of Solo takes place before the rest of it, at this rate if we receive enough chunks of different time frames we could make movies that are driven by the chronology and not just the individual satellite installment.

I am not thrilled to see Maul in this one and my inclination is snip-city, however, didn’t they say the actor playing Han is signed for two more movies? The only point of re-introducing Maul is to have him in a future movie, so going fanedit happy on that scene may backfire when he shows up again in Solo Part Two or Obi Wan part one comes out or where ever he pops up again.

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#1206392
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Star Wars: Firestorm (The Last Jedi Fan Edit)
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darthrush said:

Possessed said:

darthrush said:

And it’s a Star Wars movie. It’s honestly one of the stupidest complaints I have heard about the Last Jedi.

Teh lady haz purple hair!

While that is an entirely inconsequential thing to complain about, and also a stupid reason to not like the movie, if I had my way, the purple hair would be gone.

It’s better than the refuge from a Wendy’s ad red hair that she was sporting in Twin Peaks - The Return.

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#1199257
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - The Dark Cut <strong>(SPOILERS)</strong>
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I don’t really mind the leaf joke as I think it illustrates a difference between the light and dark sides, one is about life and the other is about subverting life for power, one side uses play as a learning device (all the way back to Yoda hiding his identity when he meets Luke) and the other has no use for play or humor.
Some of the humor in TLJ should be reduced or redacted however some of it has it’s place. There’s always been humor in this franchise, let’s not be hung up on grimdarking it too much.
I suspect that the Han Solo movie is going to be very funny, probably more than any Star Wars movie to date. I’m suspecting funny and goofy and honestly I can’t wait. If there is a trifecta of characters that could pull off a Star Wars movie that is downright humorous I think it is Han, Lando and Chewie.

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#1196628
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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Possessed said:

ray_afraid said:

I’m really loving everything I’ve seen from this movie so far.
Crazy how much I’ve been won over. Really lookin’ forward to this.

Samezies

Count me in, too.
I love it that it looks silly and goofy and just fun…
…and the s***storm of people complaining about that is going to be ten times worse than the fan division created by TLJ.