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#1247760
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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LordZerome1080 said:

I have found a far better method which is to look for a pre-combined version and download it via Jdownlader. I got the best results doing this.

That is certainly an option as well. However, if one does that, there is no way to know for sure if the results are unaltered. If one uses one of the methods outlined in The Ultimate Introductory Guide, one knows the material is coming straight from the source.

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#1247712
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Bantha_Tracker, good eye! Yes, that link is incorrect. However, I seem to find that eliminating the “www.” works better than adding the “s”.

I have contacted HanDuet directly about this mistake and hopefully he will soon correct the error.

To FN-2199, and anyone else who might have stumbled on this, sorry for the confusion. Give it another shot, either using http://ulozto.net/ as your link for the manual download method, or try using the multi-rar method (which is my prefered way).

Either way should work just fine.

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#1247508
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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Hardcore Legend said:

The planet is literally a mudhole bc of all the rain. It is brought up numerous times. They are in an open hole in this place, while it is raining. The poor conditions are to show that Han was sent to one of the worst places he could go (a pointless battlefront full of slaughter that is just an awful place to be) and that the wookiee prisoner is being imprisoned in unliveable conditions and is being fed other prisoners.

Hope that helps.

My objection to the aesthetics of the muddy scene weren’t because I thought it didn’t fit or didn’t make sense. I just really disliked it. Although I hope my rational is relatable, my previous post was meant to be more of a “fan-boy rant” than a “coherent review”. I promise I’m not attempting to change anyone’s minds. 😉

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#1246926
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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FN-2199 said:

Wow, way to go making this damn near impossible to download. I think if I walked around the world once barefoot it would be easier. I’ve tried the instructions before to no avail and just want to download this for my personal use. I own so many versions of SW already. I’m not very computer literate. I’m just an old school fan who can’t do new computer tricks.

Is there a simple way to download these like a link or a bittorrent link?

FN-2199, are you calling us traitors?      (rimshot)

But seriously, we’d like to help. You say you’ve tried the instructions before.
I assume you mean the ones posted on
The Ultimate Introductory Guide.

So precisely how far did you get before something went wrong and what exactly happened when it did?

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#1246918
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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I know I’m late to the discussion, and that this post is probably too long, but after waiting for the Redbox release, I wanted to share my thoughts (with spoilers) on the this film.

To be clear, these are just my personal feelings on the film and should have no bearing on your opinion of it. I’m saying what I’m saying merely to express, not to convince.

In my humble opinion, this was just a badly written picture. It’s the first Star Wars film in almost 20 years I have almost completely disliked. Because it’s not just a bad Star Wars movie. It’s a bad movie all the way around. I’m so disappointed, because I have tons of admiration for Ron Howard.

First of all, Han had no character arch. When the character’s survival is guaranteed in an origin story, it leaves nothing interesting about him if he doesn’t change over the course of the plot, since none of the other stakes of that plot will matter in the long run. It would have been far more engaging if he’d started as a straight-laced guy, joining the Empire for misplaced ideological reasons, only to become disillusioned and disaffected, developing into the Han we meet in Ep IV. By contrast, whether or not you enjoyed the prequels, there’s no denying Anakin changes over the course of those three episodes. Han is pretty much the same guy at the beginning of Solo that he is at the beginning of Episode IV, just younger.

The scene where Han meets Chewbacca was covered in crap. Literally. Or at least some aggressively unpleasant looking mud. The whole visual aesthetic seemed to be to cover everything with filth because … well … I guess because they could. And because that seems to be their current approach to reinvention. In essence, take a product, cover it with extraneous junk, then falsely call it something new.

I was very annoyed by Darth Maul’s cameo. Though he was about the best thing in Phantom Menace, and it was a shame that they killed him off, they did kill him off! Any other scenario of him surviving in the TV shows or comics felt like sloppy writing that was trying to have its cake and eat it too. Maul felt pretty pointless in this film anyway, so why have him there? Besides, (again, for me personally) if it isn’t in the feature films, it isn’t part of the “true” story, so for me, Darth Maul should have still been dead.

Another problem is Qi’ra’s re-appearance. Han has no idea where Dryden Vos might be keeping her. Then, without anyone having to figure anything out, poof, there she is on Vos’s yacht. Deux ex machina for sure.

Four words: L…3…3…7.

Uuuggghhh. Where do I start? To the same degree that I liked BB8 in VII or VIII, or K2SO in R1, I disliked L3-37 in Solo. She was such an annoying caricature of everything obnoxious about people concerned with social issues. The well being of an exploited group (droids, in this instance) could have made for an an compelling vignette. Instead, we got a cartoonishly one dimensional social justice warrior. It isn’t that I wouldn’t side with her in the effort to liberate those without voices. It’s that she’s so single mindedly self-righteous. She makes those ideas which could have been compelling laughable, with shallow blither that she attempts to be iconoclastic, but amounts to nothing but cliches.

The alluded Lando / L3-37 thing was also really weird and gross. And then the “Don’t look at me. I can’t perform when you look at me.” robot phallic joke while she was cutting the fence? Unbelievably…STUPENDOUSLY…awful!.

Even if all these problems hadn’t been issues, the script still would have been filled with characters you don’t care about, and thus make the stakes that didn’t matter before end up mattering even less.

Lastly, a minor personal gripe: Han pronouncing the Wookie language (Shyriiwook?). In my own conceptualization of Star Wars, there was reason you never heard Han or Chewbacca speak to the other in the other’s language. It was because though each understood both languages, each was only physiologically capable of pronouncing their own. Having Han vocalize some guttural Wookie utterances undercuts that idea, and it makes me kinda sad.

This just about ties “Phantom Menace” for me for the worst Star Wars film to date among the Numbered Episodes and the Anthology Films. I think it will be the first Star Wars film of which I decline to purchase any physical or digital copy altogether, only spending that little bit of money on the Redbox rental.

Oh, well. At least they got one thing right. Han definitely shoots first. 😄

PS- I thought the visual effects were great. And so on the very, very, very off chance Harmy did any effects work on Solo, I’d also like to make it clear that I had no problems there and that I only took issue with the story concepts and their narrative execution. 😉

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#1243337
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Covers &amp; Fan Art projects etc - a thread for feedback, advice, suggestions, input, or help
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I have been working on a DVD box set design for my six favorite Alfred Hitchcock films:

Dial M For Murder
Rear Window
Vertigo
North By Northwest
Psycho
The Birds

I’d like to share my work in progress and get feedback and/or ideas from those here who might have a better eye for graphic design than I do.

I have measured pretty meticulously, using the editions of the DVDs that I own, while also accounting for the width of the bookbinding chipboard I am using for the box. And since this isn’t the first time I’ve made a box set, I’m pretty sure I don’t need any help on the mechanics of putting one together.

However, when I have put sets together before, I always either just used a project someone shared online, or altered a good completed design I found to my liking.

But this time, though I am still using elements I found from the internet, as far as the overall box design goes, I’m starting from scratch. And methods of using principles of graphic design to make a composition better are ideas with which I have only a beginners level of familiarity. My project is fairly primitive. I just used MS Word for the most part, with the exception of using GIMP for the necktie coloration. So I’d like to share what I’ve done so far and get feedback.

To see what I have put together so far, use this link to view the PDF.

Are there any obvious design gaffes that stand out? How about choice of fonts? What do you think of the fan-art silhouette images on the back? Do you think the black-and-white-with-a-splotch-of-red motif is effective? Is the speckle of blood spatter on the spine too macabre, or just the right level of it? How’s blurb of text on the back sound? And if anything is sub-par, do you have alternative ideas?

Thanks in advance to anyone who responds!

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#1231079
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NJVC Custom Bluray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega
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LTD said:

never tried a checksum before, did it and got the error “Expected no more than 2 args, received 6
CertUtil: Too many arguments”

LTD, what checksum utility are you trying to use?

Also, I could get checksums for the ISOs generated for you to verify against the ones to your downloads if you like, but it would take awhile because of the size of the files makes hashing them a very slow process. Would that be helpful?

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#1230281
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NJVC Custom Bluray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega
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Hi LTD,

Welcome to the forum!

Yes, that is correct.

When talking about the ISOs, I find it easier to refer to them as 50 or 25 gigabyte versions, but that is a bit of a misnomer.

It is the blank discs that have those amounts as absolute maximum capacities and the ISOs are designed to fit them.

You wouldn’t really want to actually try to fit 50 or 25 gigabytes onto those discs anyway. Doing so would be like filling a drinking glass all the way to the brim. In actual use, neither practice would go very well.

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#1229285
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NJVC Custom Bluray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions now available on Mega
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I absolutely will if possible. The first step will be my having access to them. I don’t have access to to myspleen or any other bit torrent trackers. The only reason I was able to re-post them was that various members here who do have access to myspleen were kind enough put up temporary mega links for me to download.

But provided NJVC updates his projects with the new files, and provided others help me out again when 3.0 versions come out, I’ll definitely update my links as well.

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#1223251
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Yeah, I remember 2.0 as well, but that was not what I was thinking of. I always knew that was a work print and not really intended for wide release.

I’m going to chalk this one up to mental error.

As Leonard Shelby, in Memento once aptly said: “Look, memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They’re just an interpretation, they’re not a record. And they’re irrelevant if you have the facts”.

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#1223239
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Huh. My memory is playing tricks on me then. I thought for sure I remembered seeing ROTJ 1.0 MKV links on the official tehparadox page back in 2015 when that was still the official hub. But if it was never posted in that form by Harmy, I won’t worry about it. I’m not interested “preserving” something that was never really there in the first place. 😉

Thanks for the information!

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#1223179
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Hello all.

I’ve talked a few times before about wanting to archive the older versions of the Despecialized Editions a few times before. See here and here for the beginnings of the two exchanges I recall.

Now, with the help of a generous member here, who is also a myspleen user in good standing, I have been able to get most of what I was looking for. He has been downloading the old files from myspleen, then posting them temporarily to mega.nz so I can also obtain them.

However, according to him, the SW 1.0 DVD5 has no seeders. And he can’t seem to find anything about any 1.0 MKVs at all. So my questions are as follows:

  1. Does anyone here still have a copy of the SW 1.0 DVD5, who would also be willing to seed that myspleen torrent?

  2. Were there ever 1.0 MKVs of any of the films? I seem to remember that there was at least an ROTJ 1.0 MKV, before the 2.5 version was released in 2016. And if there were 1.0 MKVs to any of the three films…

  3. Would someone be willing to put them on myspleen long enough for the person helping me to get them as well?

To be clear, this is not a request for access to myspleen directly. I know the invite system is no longer in place, I don’t think I’d be very open to seeding, and I doubt I’d have much interest in it after I get all the old DEEDs anyway.

But if anyone is willing and able to help out, I’d appreciate it.

Thanks again to the user already assisting me and thanks in advance to anyone else for your help!

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#1220789
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Despecialised help required for IT idiot
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Hi Ed1973,

Welcome to the forum!

I can help you out. I’ll send you a private message. I know it might seem daunting, but I had to learn many of the technical skills myself when I first joined, so I promise, you can do it to.

We can walk through the various format options. Then I’ll take you through what you’ll need to do to download and watch your chosen version. We’ll take it step by step. Given that you know at least the bare basics of how to use a computer (and you do; posting on this site is proof of that) I’m confident you can obtain the Despecialized Editions you’re seeking.

Oh, and benduwan is correct about there being a detailed how-to on YouTube. But there are several significant changes since that video was posted back in 2015. That said, since some of the steps are similar, I’ll still link that video below.

Just know that the steps in “The Ultimate Introductory Guide” are much more up to date.

Outdated how-to video here.

Edit: To be clear, though, I will not burn any content for or snail-mail any content to you.