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#1535784
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Unique ways of watching/displaying the Star Wars movies
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Just watched my 1992 letterbox vhs of the first Star Wars movie again . I recently went to a resale shop and brought home a 4x3 LCD tv that I picked up for 10 bucks .It was manufactured around 2006 and has a warm color setting that gives everything a kind of Technicolor look . Watching it while sitting a couple feet away from this 20 inch set , it reminded me a lot of the color grading of 4k77 . It didn’t quite have the look of true film that that project has , but the color grading of the 92 letterbox vhs release looked stellar on this set . This is probably the best I have seen vhs look on an LCD , almost comparable to a CRT display ,with a little bit of chroma noise . Maybe I will try component instead of composite cables next time to see if there is an uptick in quality . I have had this tape since I bought the boxed set in 92 and I think I enjoyed watching it today almost as much as the day I bought it and watched it on the 50 inch CRT rear projection tv my folks had back then . The tape still plays great after all these years ,only a little tracking issues/static lines right as the credits roll and then it clears up .I also plugged a set of quality stereo headphones into the tv for added enjoyment . Is it just me , or did some of those early LCD TVs have some better vivid colors ,despite the lower resolution ? This TV has a resolution of 640 x 480 . This is the manual for it …https://www.manualslib.com/manual/97694/Magnavox-20mf500t.html

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#1535725
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Behind the Magic CD-ROMs
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I still have mine , but no way to watch it or use it . I know there are emulators, iso files and such , but find it a hassle to deal with . Someone did a youtube video in 2 parts recently though , going through all the trivia sections on the discs and delving a bit into the behind the scenes stuff relating to that trivia . I just wish he had delved more into those sections . Here is part one …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL1yOiCbGP4

also , the video that Gary1 linked to is for Making Magic ,which was a cd rom for the special editions ,which was a separate thing from Behind The Magic

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#1535711
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<strong>Return Of The Jedi</strong> - a general <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> thread
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I think all parties involved would have discussed the plan ahead of time . Leia showed from the beginning that she can handle herself and I think if Luke had expressed Jabba’s reputation and treatment of captive women , Leia would have told Luke that she is a grown woman and can handle herself . And where was it stated that Luke had sole input in devising the plan ? Perhaps Leia knew the risks and decided how to proceed in her part herself anyway . Still , the plan as shown in the movie was convoluted for sure .

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#1535704
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<strong>The Clone Wars</strong> (2008 animated tv series) - a general discussion thread
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Pretty neat watch list there . While perhaps not essential to the Mandoverse , I would add the Landing at point rain episodes as well as the Pong Krell arc . I haven’t rewatched the series in many years now , but when I think back to the series ,those two stories are the ones that really stuck with me as they dealt with important themes and had much drama and action . I would probably add in most of season 6 " the lost missions " as they are also important to the overall lore of the saga as a whole ,explaining the mystery of Sifo Diyas , Yoda’s first visit to Dagobah , communing with Qui Gon etc . Those are episodes I wouldn’t want to miss .

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#1534702
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Yeah , I liked this episode too , despite some confounding logic like the T.I.E.'s disappearing after shooting down the cruiser and the destruction of the Darksaber . I did get a big smile seeing the aerial battle between the Mandalorians and the Beskar troopers though . As for Gideon , I’m not completely convinced he is dead , as we never saw the body …and this has happened with villains in Star Wars a lot . I kinda wonder how much the creators of the show look at fan comments on this site and others and use it for feedback . I kind of agree with the sentiment someone else expressed , that the ending of thee season finale felt rushed like a final exam essay that ran out of time . It did feel tacked on ,but the new assignment that the Armorer gave Din Jarin in regards to Grogu ,seems like an opportunity to reset the series back to the Lone Wolf And Cub vibe of season one . Maybe as a result of fan criticism ,they tacked on that ending for that purpose ? Also makes me wonder if we will see Filoni’s movie before or after season 4 of Mando . I still get the feeling they have been holding things back for that event .

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#1533600
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A '<strong>New Republic</strong>' era film (live action movie by Dave Filoni) - a general discussion thread
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Mocata said:

I think he meant that Grogu learned that by himself through his own initiative, not that he must have learned it from Luke. Not convinced about that whole 2 year thing at all.

I wasn’t convinced about the 2 year thing either when I heard it . Came out of left field in regards to the two shows , but to me it hints at a reason , contrived as it was , to tie things into the proposed movie . I disagree on Grogu and his own initiative, I think it’s very possible that Luke would have taught him to step in and mediate peacekeeping like that . But we’ll see how things pan out

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#1533598
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A '<strong>New Republic</strong>' era film (live action movie by Dave Filoni) - a general discussion thread
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And I agree that the set up for the state of the galaxy in the sequel trilogy was poorly set up . It should have been explained in the movies , but there is a book that came out in 2016 called Bloodline by Claudia Gray that does a good job explaining it . It’s set about 6 years before TFA and grew out of an animated short film that was intended to be shown as a prologue to TFA . Man , I’d still like to see that animated short ! Thd book was Really good though. Probably the best book in the new Canon that I have read.

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#1533596
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A '<strong>New Republic</strong>' era film (live action movie by Dave Filoni) - a general discussion thread
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I’m willing to bet he was playing his cards close to the vest in that interview and they are already working on it . This film will be the big event movie that ties the streaming shows together and I am sure we will see Luke and his Jedi students in their prime against the forces of Thrawn . They hinted at it in this week’s Mandalorian when Bo Katan told Djin Jarin that he taught his apprentice well and he responded with " He didn’t learn that from me ." We saw Luke start to build his academy in Book Of Boba Fett and Filoni has said Grogu was away training with Luke for 2 years now . The Ai and deep fake technology is improving every day so my guess is that Luke will look even better by the time this movie hits . I’m looking forward to it .

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#1532966
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'Rey Skywalker' (Upcoming live action motion picture) - general discussion thread
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to the people that are butthurt because " Rey took away from Luke’s story " …the sequel trilogy was never intended to be Luke’s story , even when George talked about as far back as interviews from the 1980s , he said if it got made it would be about passing the baton to the next generation and Luke would be in his 60s . Rey is that next generation . I love a lot of the EU/Legends material myself , but it got over bloated towards they end , enough to where they had to put a dramitis personae listing of all the characters at the start of each book . And Luke didn’t exactly have a happy ending in the Legends material either . So what if Rey is getting her own movie ya whiny snowflakes , it should be pretty obvious by now to anybody who has been watching the streaming shows ,that we will see Luke in his prime again , leading a Jedi order , which we already saw him start to establish in The Book Of Boba Fett . The AI technology gets better every day and I would be willing to bet they have already started work on it . So , both the story of Luke’s Jedi order and Rey’s Jedi order will be told and can exist side by side…https://www.ign.com/articles/star-wars-is-dave-filoni-making-an-heir-to-the-empire-movie

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#1531306
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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As much as I don’t think it was a good idea basing all of these shows on the Marvel model of everything connecting , and I thought this show worked better as a standalone like the first season ,it is what it is now .

           Disney has been reporting on wanting to get the movies right in the future an there is one thing they could do that would be a cash cow for them ...all of this is obviously leading up to a reworking of the Thrawn trilogy , so I think that should result in a big event movie on the big screen .      

                                         I have a feeling it was the Imperial Supercommandos seen in Rebels and based on McQuarrie's artwork , that freed Gideon and placed evidence to implicate the Mandalorians of a crime . Probably uner orders from Thrawn . Seems like something he would do . Favreau and Filoni have said that Grogu was away training with Luke for 2 years and we saw the new Jedi temple being built at the start of his training .

I would love to see a battle betweeen Hundreds of Jedi and Mandalorians / super commandos on screen . It would be like taking some of the earliest lore , especially the bit from the ESB novel about Fett’s armor being the kind worn by a group of evil warriors defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars , only shown now in the post OT era ,rather than the Clone Wars era. It’s something I thought we would see in the prequels and many sources in the 80s and early 90s speculated on as well . Plus , with the cloning technology being a subplot in The Mandalorian ,it would make for an awesome reworking of The Clone Wars or even The Second Clone War if done right . And what better villain to bring to the big screen than Thrawn for an epic event ?

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#1529184
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Random Movie Thoughts
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The original Star Wars trilogy is not the only one that never had its theatrical version available on dvd in anamorphic widescreen . No , there is another …Conan The Barbarian 1982 . The original DVD release from the late 90s is letterboxed non anamorphic and very grainy .Reminds me of the GOUT. The releases from 2002 onwards have added scenes and an altered ending ,which ,while those scenes were originally shot at the time of filming , are not the theatrical release . I prefer the original ending where Conan goes of his own agency to kill Thulsa Doom without having to be led there . CTB 82 is one of my favorite films outside of Star Wars and the original theatrical deserves a proper modern HD release as well .

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#1529040
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Just watched episode 3 of The Mandalorian season 3 . This one was a mixed bag . Started out strong with great action and then in the middle it switched to follow other characters in what looked and played like a bad fan film with an enormous budget. I mean, yeah , the establishing shots and the incorporation of some of Ralph Mcquarrie’s art were great , but I kept getting distracted by the bad lighting on the actors and the bad framing in some shots . The photon fizzles were ridiculous too …light lollipops , really ? Then there was the ending with a cosplayer cult initiation .

I did like the production art at the end though and it looks like they missed the mark in capturing the look and feel of it . I would like to see an animated show that looks just like the production art now . Overall I would rate this episode a 3 out of 10 . And I have to agree with others on here that the forced medical procedures by the New Republic were fucked up .like a twisted version of conversion therapy . I can’t buy that these were the same people who fought a rebellion against the Empire . I don’t know who directed this episode , but I hope it’s a one off and gets better . Has me worried for how they will handle Thrawn when he inevitably shows up , either here or the Ahsoka series .

Another criticism I have is that in modern Star Wars , even the sequel trilogy , which I mostly enjoyed up until TROS ,except for the Canto Bight stuff in TLJ ,is that the aliens don’t feel alien enough . That’s something I appreciated about the original trilogy …Ben Burrt came up with all those wonderful alien languages that had strange sound effects layered underneath and subtitles were added for them . ( they mostly dropped the ball on that in the prequels too ) . Now we get aliens with hillbilly accents speaking English ( or Basic , galactic standard ,what have you ) .

Yeah , Admiral Ackbar spoke English ,but it had some nice guttural and reverb effects added to it which helped retain an alien quality to it . The Mon Cal in this episode could have used more of that .The aliens in recent shows have seemed more to me like Star Trek aliens in the way they are portrayed onscreen , sadly . even the legacy ones .

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#1526876
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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I think comparing this show to Andor is apples to oranges . Andor is the more intellectual political drama/thriller , Mando is more pulpy adventure /space western . This episode felt like filler before the meat of the story gets told this season . Not my favorite episode thus far , but I had fun with it anyway . It probably would have been better if those 2 episodes from BOBF were used to open the season here instead though . As for alien accents , I think the problem started way back in The Phantom Menace and they should have taken their cues from the original trilogy and had Ben Burrt come up with alien languages for all of the alien characters with subtitles . Yeah , There was a lot of dialogue for those characters in the prequels , but Jabba had a substantial role in ROTJ and that technique worked for him . They should have stuck with that approach throughout the whole saga . Also , in regards to this weeks Mandalorian episode , I’m still wondering why Swamp Thing made an appearance .

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#1526558
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Was Lucas inspired by the Mandalorians to create the Clones in the Prequels Movies?
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There is also the novelization of The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut , which came out in 1980 , several years before that Marvel comic was released . It described Boba Fett thusly , “He was dressed in a weapon-covered, armored spacesuit, the kind worn by a group of evil warriors defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars.”

Back in the day , I took this as gospel ,and always imagined that the Mandalorians would be uniform in appearance ,rather than having so many different colors and variations ,as is the case today . When the Death Watch first appeared in The Clone Wars animated series ,that is largely how I imagined them . I think it’s also plausible that Lucas read that description in the novel , or perhaps more plausible that Filoni brought it to his attention during story meetings .

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#1520661
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Original Trilogy Film Crew &amp; People Behind The Scenes: Profiles, Info &amp; Links...
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I posted this in a thread I made a few months back , but having been made aware /reminded that this excellent thread/resource exists , it seems even more appropriate here ,as the article I linked to is one I did not see in the original post here … Gloria Katz and her husband Willard Huyck , who helped polish the dialogue and inject humor and many iconic and quotable lines into the first film http://episodenothing.blogspot.com/2018/12/gloria-katz-1942-2018-writer-who-gave.html

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#1511150
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<em><strong>ANDOR</strong></em> - Disney+ Series - A General Discussion Thread
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“I’m condemned to use the tools of my enemy to defeat them.” Think I saw this coming a few episodes ago in the conversation between Luthen and Saw , which is what I alluded to in my previous post . I don’t care though ,as this was brilliant acting this week ! (Although , I’m not 100 percent sure I’m right about that plot point, but looking more likely to me now ) ,will have to keep watching to see how it plays out . Personally , based on this week’s episode alone , I think this show deserves an Emmy award . Best acting I have seen in Star Wars ANYTHING ! Not sure how they will top this episode going forward , but I am here for the ride . I was on the edge of my seat the whole episode . Bravo !