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#1332527
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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OutboundFlight said:

Hal 9000 said:

They had to make the most of what little Carrie Fischer footage they had, and making some sort of point to surround Leia handing her the saber was a way to do that. And having Leia’s own saber represent her reinforces that idea.

Although I wish it were a different color as to not be indistinguishable from Luke’s.

They did. Leia’s is blue and Luke’s was green. This is their father’s saber, which happened to be blue as well. Those sabers really don’t represent brother and sister, but father and daughter. Luke’s saber has only been seen in flashbacks.

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#1332523
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The Phantom Menace - Theatrical version scanned in 4K
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ZigZig is 100% correct. The DVD was made from the same master as the VHS and LD from 2000. The only difference are the 4 known changes. This was also aired in the EU in HD. It features a more cropped picture and a different color grade. The BR was a new scan (it might have been 4k since we are talking 2011) and features the CG Yoda to match the other two PT movies. But this new version is NOT a new scan and features no known changes. Same colors, same shots, nothing new. And no sign that it was a native 4k scan (not that it would make any difference in the FX shots which were 2k to start with).

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#1332519
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What's your take on Emperor Palpatine being brought back for The Rise of Skywalker?
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ray_afraid said:

The Emperors return, no matter how it’s handled, nullifies Anakins sacrifice, Luke’s mission to redeem him & therefore entire point of the OT.
Seems like a bad idea.

How does it do any of that? Palpatine died, Anakin balanced the force, none of that changed in the slightest. The Empire still fell. Just because TROS created a tribe of Sith followers who brought Palpatine back to life does not change a single event or meaning of a single even in the OT.

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#1332230
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The Phantom Menace - Theatrical version scanned in 4K
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Are we really sure the new version is a new 4K scan? The DVD version and the BR version are distinctly different scans and have different cropping and colors, but the Disney+ stream that has been shared has the exact same colors as the BR version. I think it has less DNR, but I believe it is the same 2k/1080p scan. And the movie has so many FX and all the FX were composited digitaly so most of the movie is only in 2k max and has to be upscaled to 4k anyway so I don’t think Lucasfilm did more than pull out their original scan and reprocess it for 4k. Basically they did the same thing for all three PT films. Unless there is evidence that the 4k discs and the Disney+ stream are any different then this is NOT a new scan from what we got on the BR, just a better copy of it.

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#1332118
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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Tantive3+1 said:

Darth Dougal said:

Apologies if anyone else commented on this previously, but I wonder if LFL/Disney intend to sit on the unreleased footage from Ep. IV etc. and the OT editions until the 50th anniversary of Star Wars?

It’s a horrible thought, but maybe they are already thinking ahead to 2027?

That’s when the 8K versions will be released so probably.

Also besides Greedo saying “Ma Klounkee” and a new sky on Tatooine, what are the other new changes done for the 19SE?

I’ve been trying to compile a list, but so far I haven’t been able to do a side by side. This is what I have so far and I will update it as I find more.
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Changes-to-the-Disney-2019-SE-of-the-Original-Trilogy/id/72130

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#1331467
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ROTJ DE Victory Celebration Edit
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Alderaan94 said:

WoW this is fantastic! 4K83 looks really good in 720p and the ending is perfectly edited.

I think SparkySywer was doing it in a different way. Besides using Harmy instead of 4K83 (i personally prefer 4K83) , if i am correct he is using 97 only for the Tatooine-Coruscant transition, using BR for the general Bespin, Tatooine and Corusant scene and First Endor shot ( so It has the edited Jedi Temple and Senate) and I dont know how he managed to change from the 97 transition to BR Coruscant without being noticeable but that is also good.

I personally really like how that test video looks, but maybe is possible to put BR since Luke in front of the pyre, then Bespin BR then Tatooine BR , then 97 Tatooine-Coruscant transition and Coruscant , then BR first Endor scene ( that i also see very blurry specially in the sky in your 97 version, i suppose that is inherent to all 97 versions avaliable due to SD). Then continuing exactly as in your edit.

What do you think?

I dont know if that is possible. Personally, i think how you did It is really good but ofc it would look more HD if is possible to replace Tatoooine, Bespin and the first Endor shot.

I was trying to figure that out. I think I might have a way that minimizes it. I also would prefer the revised Coruscant with the Jedi temple. But what I was after this time was a quick edit as concept.

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#1331441
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ROTJ DE Victory Celebration Edit
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I couldn’t help myself. And in the process I found out I was wrong. The SE end credit music does repeat itself, but it has needs two other edits to make it match the original. I unfortunately don’t think any of the 97 SE can be upgraded to full 1080p so I did it at 720p. I had to add a bit of grain to both the 97 SE and the BR to make it match the 4K83 that I was using, but it looks to be a fairly good match.

So where I cut from 4K83 was when Luke has lit Vader’s pyre and it switches from Luke’s face to the distance shot of him standing in front of the pyre that then pans up. From there it is the 97 SE until it pans back down to Endor again. Then I put in the BR until Luke sees the Force Ghosts appear. Then back to 4K83, but I cut it to match the 97 SE and BR. What they did was split the one shot of the ghosts and insert the first part of Leia coming to get Luke. So I matched it and then goes into the end Credits.

For the audio, I only was working in stereo. I changed the audio earlier than the video. I did it earlier in the funeral pyre sequence, toward the beginning before the music starts. And then it is the AC3 sourced audio from the 97 SE LD. There are three edits to make it match the sequence and running time of the GOUT audio for the end credits. I’m rendering the end sequence (from where Luke flies out of the Death Star) to upload to see what you think.

And I should point out that the 97 SE version I am using is my own. It is upscaled and I think it matches pretty well. The BR shot of Tatooine has more color to it, but the original 97 SE shot of Coruscant has more color (that sequence was also edited to show the PT version of the Jedi Temple and Senate for the BR). There is some missing to be able to cut the BR to match.

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#1331403
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ROTJ DE Victory Celebration Edit
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Alderaan94 said:

yotsuya said:

Yeah, I do all my editing with just stereo audio and then edit the 5.1 mix separately to fit the video and stereo. If you have a clean splice at one or two given points it is pretty easy. From what you describe you want the 1983 version up until that scene and then the 97 version for a bit, and then go back to the 1983 end credits. visually the end credits can be changed after the title card portion when it switches to the crawl. Sound wise that is a harder edit. For the 97 SE the repeated a section of the end credit music so you need to find a spot before that repeat to make your audio splice that won’t be noticeable, or just fix the end credit music by removing that repeat.

That is a problem, yes. SparkySywer, how you did with the end credits? I think best would be using Harmy since when it switches to the crawl like you said and removing the repeat section in SE audio, but still you will need to switch again to Harmy audio because i think SE uses aditional music during the Special Edition credits so you can´t just remove the repeated section and continue with SE music.

No, the only difference between the original and the SE end credit music is that the SE goes back and repeats a section. There is nothing new added and no other changes. If you remove the repeat it will match the original credits. So the only sound issue is nicely matching the original audio to the SE audio.

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#1331383
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Star Wars (1977) - a General Random Thoughts thread
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People who read submitted stories for consideration usually dump stories that don’t imediately grab their attention. If the writer can’t grab the reader in the first 10 minutes, it is a fail. But when you get an established writer that kind of goes out the window. By then Woody Allen was a big deal and could make the movies he wanted. Some people love his work. Some hate it. But by 1977 when he did Annie Hall, he could basically do what he wanted. So if you really want to know why it won over Star Wars, you have to watch the entire film, no matter how much you hate it. The thing that is true about his movies (which used to star him and now feature someone less annoying in a similar role) is that they are all the same in some ways. The ones he’s made more recently (that he is not in) are far better than his 70’s and 80’s films.

But the real reason Star Wars did not win is because of its genre. Whether you call it science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, or space adventure, it is not a genre that has ever won an academy award for best picture. The fact it was nominated was incredible. The academy doesn’t usually take films like that seriously.

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#1331340
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ROTJ DE Victory Celebration Edit
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Yeah, I do all my editing with just stereo audio and then edit the 5.1 mix separately to fit the video and stereo. If you have a clean splice at one or two given points it is pretty easy. From what you describe you want the 1983 version up until that scene and then the 97 version for a bit, and then go back to the 1983 end credits. visually the end credits can be changed after the title card portion when it switches to the crawl. Sound wise that is a harder edit. For the 97 SE the repeated a section of the end credit music so you need to find a spot before that repeat to make your audio splice that won’t be noticeable, or just fix the end credit music by removing that repeat.

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#1331277
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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Some of us have no interest in 4k. No 4k TV’s, no 4k player. I still watch DVD’s quite often. I’m watching an upscale of the EU broadcast (widescreen SD) of the 97 SE TESB as I type.

The way I see it, if the 18 disc blu-ray set has the same special feature discs as the 4k 27 disk set, that the blu-ray versions of the films are going to identical. So either all the discs in all the sets are the 2011 version or they are all the 2019 version. And as the last BR release came BEFORE the D+ version premiered, I think it is safe to assume that the new BR’s are all the new D+ version. Though I am not getting a copy (mostly for financial reasons) right away so It would be good to hear if that is truly the case before I spend the money for something I don’t need. And they are also available on DVD, just no special features.

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#1331276
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How do you feel about Star Wars being re-titled A New Hope in 1981?
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Well, my feeling is that it should have had a better title so I see it as the same. I hate topics that are catch all and aren’t allowed to migrate to other topics that come up in regular conversation. Some topics are so broad you can’t keep up and others become so narrow that they die a quick death. Topics that are interesting stray around the original topic and occasionally come back to it.

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#1331248
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What's your take on Emperor Palpatine being brought back for The Rise of Skywalker?
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I think Palpatine was the best idea. It really ties in to the Flash Gordon origins of the saga. Ming seemed to die more than once and he always came back. In the 1980 film, it ends with someone picking up Ming’s ring and Mind laughing. Having Snoke be a Palpatine puppet and having Palpatine back feels similar, but more epic. In ROTJ we didn’t see him die, but here we did. I think they did a good job of finding an ending for the saga that tied things together and had that epic feel that Star Wars has always had. In 1977 it was a farmboy against the empire and the farm boy won against all odds. Starting things of that way really required something special. Had they laid the groundwork with a cohesive story instead of writing this in installments, they could have crafted a much better villain. Darth Plaugues the Wise for instance. But they didn’t. Without laying a better foundation in the previous two films, Palpatine was the best villain to come in and finish off with. It feels very mythic to me. And I like that about Star Wars. It is a modern myth and should be a bit larger than life without being campy like Flash Gordon was. I think TROS nailed it and the reason they did was because they brought Palpatine back.

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#1331240
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Is the theater where you saw Star Wars still standing ?
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Saw this again and checked on Google Maps. It is no longer a theater. Still standing though. The street view has a good picture of it. I can see the side door where someone conned me into letting them in. It was a three screen theater with Mann. I can’t actually remember seeing any of the films there, but I have a clear memory of a Ray Harryhousen double feature (one was Jason and the Argonaughts) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (I still have the Enterprise cutaway poster bought that night). But I lived in that city when all the OT were originally released. There was only one other theater in town, a single screen Fox theater (it became a community playhouse and still has the Fox sign - beautiful design details common to some older theaters). I remember seeing Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, and the Wilderness Family there. There was also a drive in and I remember noting that my 10th viewing of Star Wars was there as a double feature with Logan’s Run. From my memory or which car we took, it was before July 1978.

I saw the SE in a theater a friend worked at and I think my second viewing of TPM and AOTC was there as well. That is where I saw TROS twice.

It’s funny, a lot of movies I know I saw, but so few have memories of exactly which theater tied to them. Like I know I saw The Black Hole, but no idea where. A few I can even remember down to which screen they were on.

I joined a FB group for my city and I’ve found where all the old theaters were in town. A couple are still standing. One is a parking lot. One old name has been recycled as a art house. The theater where I saw Dune is still standing, but it is a music venue. The only theater that still shows movies from when I was a kid is one my family owned at the time. I’m pretty sure I saw several Disney movies there. None of the rest are theaters any more and one isn’t even standing any more.

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#1331233
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What was George talking about here? In his conversation with Alan Dean Foster?
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That is very interesting. I can see what Lucas did in the the PT. He took his idea of an inept puppet Emperor and his idea of a Sith overloard and he made them the same character. The inept seeming human as the public face while as the evil Sith lord he is actually the one controlling things. The ultimate in political duplicity. I though that was one genius thing he did in the PT.

And the castle concept came back for Rogue One. I’m glad there were no gremlins.

And we really don’t know Palpatine’s age. He could be quite old. There is nothing in the official canon to say (though some in the books and comics). And TROS has given us a deeper possibility that somewhere along the line the Sith started taking over their apprentices and while that is Palpatine’s body, the being inside is a mix of him and his predecessors and is a culmination of great evil. That fits with the makeup description.

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#1331222
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How do you feel about Star Wars being re-titled A New Hope in 1981?
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The topic is “How do you feel about Star Wars being re-titled A New Hope in 1981”. I feel that discussing alternate titles we feel might be better is very on topic. As I asked above, what would an appropriate 1977 sub-title for the movie have been. If the crawl had started with a title, what should it have been in 1977? I have yet to think of something that even sounds good. But there has to be something better than A New Hope.

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#1331118
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How do you feel about Star Wars being re-titled A New Hope in 1981?
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ray_afraid said:

MASTER260 said:

it kinda obligated Lucasfilm to make the prequels because you couldn’t have episodes 4, 5, and 6 without 1, 2, and 3, otherwise it looks stupid.

Totally disagree. Not having the beginning of the story was cool & interesting. As if those stories were lost to time with this all happening “A Long Time Ago.”

Z6PO said:

ray_afraid said:

ChainsawAsh said:

The Princess of Alderaan would have been such a better title…

I’ve seen that passed around, & I disagree.
If Leia was the main character, maybe. But it’s clearly Luke’s story.
(Also, the aping of Edgar Rice Burroughs is right on the nose. Dunno If I hate that or love it.)

Leia may not be the main character, but she sets things in motion, and keep them in motion. She’s basically giving (direct and indirect) orders to the male characters throughout the movie!

Sure, but she isn’t the movies focus enough to title the film after her.
If we’re gonna change the title, I’d rather it be one that references the overarching events than any one character.

How is that different from A Princess of Mars? That princess wasn’t the main protagonist either.

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#1331078
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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emanswfan said:

Tantive3+1 said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnhqwRQf04A&feature=youtu.be

Gosh, even for virtually no color correction, that’s a beauty.

I’ll be honest, TPM is the hardest one to work on.

Also, while I did get a new job, it’s on hold due to the pandemic, but rest assured as soon as I start having more income I will be saving up for a new machine with which I can actually get decent rendering speeds.

In the meantime, I will still be doing preliminary SDR grades as soon as I get a hold of the new 4K discs.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found the PT to be easier to work on, but global correcctions don’t work on a few scenes. For TPM, I’ve found that I have to treat the first part of the film a little different and the the rest pretty much works as a whole. I detest the magenta tones that the actual film had in the first hd transfer (not sure when it was done for TPM, but 2003 for the OT) so I have been working on the Republic ship explosion to tone that down. Qui-gon and Maul’s short duel on Tatooine might need something different as well. TPM is the first of the film films that I think I have a decent color grade on as well as a completed edit (I loved the theatrical cut but I hate puppet Yoda). For ATOC I’ve had to separately adjust the Tusken Raider scenes because they come even more purple unless I do. And I’ve also been standardizing the opening crawl and end credit colors.