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« Reply #240 on: 09-03-2011 04:31 »

thank god that george lucas is finally fixing the problems with the original trilogy. god only knows it really needed a darth vader NOOOO (since the one in the prequel was so great and all) and also they really needed to make obi-wan's animal cry that scared off the sand people sound much more retarded.

i mean really, what the hell is that even supposed to sound like? nothing that could scare anyone away, that's for sure.
My childhood has been ruined. ... Again.


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« Reply #241 on: 09-03-2011 05:49 »

I'll agree with you there about Firefly, but if you don't at least give Empire a chance (for me SW consists of that trilogy and the original movies) then you're cheating yourself out of a damn enriching experience.
Especially considering Timothy Zahn wrote the trilogy because fans desperately wanted more Star Wars and Lucas hadn't shat out the prequels yet. The trilogy was so widely popular it made the New York Times Best Seller list when it debuted. I won't say all EU books are fabulous; many are in the "whatever" category or even read worse than a teen sci-fi book. Just know much care goes into writing these books, and that they are kept within a strict canon so as not to contradict with the films/other books.

Zahn has also written books recently about Mara Jade's past. The first book is called Allegiance and follows Jade and a small group of defected Stormtroopers. Comparing it to the Empire trilogy it's forgettable but if you enjoy Mara you'll probably like the story. Choices of One is the next book after that. Haven't read it but if the cover proves anything Jade will work with those troopers once more.
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« Reply #242 on: 09-03-2011 15:37 »

"Heir to the Empire" is the title. Followed by "Dark Force Rising" and concluded with "The Last Command".

I shall try to endeavour to make the effort to attempt to find them in a second-hand bookstore.
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« Reply #243 on: 09-03-2011 21:24 »

If you PROMISE to read them, I'll send you mine (which I bought second-hand). In return I ask that you send me three books of similar thickness that you have enjoyed.
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« Reply #244 on: 09-03-2011 21:33 »

I don't feel like reading back so I'll just ask:

Is this real?
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« Reply #245 on: 09-03-2011 21:45 »

Yes, yes it is.
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« Reply #246 on: 09-03-2011 22:10 »

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #247 on: 09-03-2011 22:25 »

That clip makes my ears bleed because the sound crackles...and it's the sound of more Star Wars history dying.
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« Reply #248 on: 09-03-2011 22:26 »

Never let Lucas cook you a steak.
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« Reply #249 on: 09-03-2011 22:29 »
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Hmmm, but why not, then he'd be close enough so you could shove his face into the fire wink
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« Reply #250 on: 09-03-2011 23:13 »
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And Lucas shouldn't even be allowed to change films he didn't direct.

Empire is the perfect example of what he should able to do and what he shouldn't:

Compensate for the need to reduce the opacity of the cockpits of the snow speeders? Good. Add a few windows to cloud city? Good. Generally improve certain model shots? Good.

Add incredibly clunky dialogue and mediocre performances to the Vader/Emperor scene? Bad. Replace Vader's "bring my shuttle!" line with the pussy line "Alert my Star Destroyer to prepare for my arrival"? Bad! BAD! BAAAAD!!!! (I know it was ages ago he did that but it still annoys the hell out of me!  up yours )
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« Reply #251 on: 09-04-2011 01:17 »

I feel even less inclined to get a blu-ray player now...no no

To the extent that I am an Admiral?

No - a dark, brooding genius who doesn't hesitate to commit genocide to accomplish his goals.

I only ever knew Thrawn from TIE Fighter - game still made him seem awesome to me. smile

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The Empire trilogy is as canon as the movies, and would be every bit as awesome on the screen, as long as they stuck to telling the story and didn't try to fuck about with VFX for two hours.

QFT.

You know, considering how cool those CGI The Old Republic trailers are (previous page), the idea of the Empire trilogy one day being released as movies is not beyond the realm of possibility... just do it soon, while the original actors can still lend their voices to the production.

I hate to say it but I fear it's almost better recasting several roles already. For example, in my opinion Mark Hamill and Carrie Fischer simply no longer sound like Luke and Leia any more. hmpf
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« Reply #252 on: 09-04-2011 01:18 »
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AGH

I highly, HIGHLY doubt that is real.
It's all over the internet and everyone is freaking out about it.

Weiner and I were talking about this earlier; there are good updates, and bad.
Good: Scene in ANH when Han meets with Jabba. A fantastic scene. However, CGI Jabba is horribly done, as per 1997 technology, and the guy who voiced him was no longer alive.
Good: Updates to ships, landcapes, etc.
Good: Adding Ian McDiarmid as the Emperor in ESB
Good: End of ROTJ, Removing eyebrows from Anakin Skywalker's face, as he is a severe burn victim.
Bad: taking Lapti Nek out of the scene at Jabba's Palace hmpf

The point is, I'd like to see what the new updates are. More importantly, I want to see all the deleted scenes. They showed one of them at Celebration V in Orlando last year. It's from ROTJ, showing Luke in a cave on Tatooine, building his lightsaber. See, that is awesome. Those are the reasons I'm buying the Blu Rays.
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« Reply #253 on: 09-04-2011 01:26 »

Good: Adding Ian McDiarmid as the Emperor in ESB

You like that scene? It's appalling! It loses all the menace of the original version, I can understand the wish for consistency (which possibly made it a good idea) but the additional dialogue is awful and the delivery is drab and uninteresting.
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« Reply #254 on: 09-04-2011 01:27 »

I only ever knew Thrawn from TIE Fighter - game still made him seem awesome to me. smile

Find and read the Empire trilogy like tnuk is recommending - Thrawn will be even more so.

I hate to say it but I fear it's almost better recasting several roles already. For example, in my opinion Mark Hamill and Carrie Fischer simply no longer sound like Luke and Leia any more.

Perhaps, but Mark Hamill has done lots of voice acting, so he could probably pull it off.
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« Reply #255 on: 09-04-2011 01:29 »
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You like that scene? It's appalling! It loses all the menace of the original version, I can understand the wish for consistency (which possibly made it a good idea) but the additional dialogue is awful and the delivery is drab and uninteresting.

I disagree.

The continuity thing is extremely important. And while the other emperor was cool for a while, it just looks bland and weird after seeing Ian McDiarmid kick ass in all the other films. I also feel the additional dialogue is necessary(if not necessary, helpful) to the story.
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« Reply #256 on: 09-04-2011 01:37 »

If you PROMISE to read them, I'll send you mine (which I bought second-hand). In return I ask that you send me three books of similar thickness that you have enjoyed.

Huh. Book exchange. Neat idea. You know, I would be into doing that. I tend to remember every novel I've ever read in disturbing detail, so I don't have much need to keep them around, cluttering the place up. You're on, good fellow!
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« Reply #257 on: 09-04-2011 01:39 »

If you PROMISE to read them, I'll send you mine (which I bought second-hand). In return I ask that you send me three books of similar thickness that you have enjoyed.

Huh. Book exchange. Neat idea. You know, I would be into doing that. I tend to remember every novel I've ever read in disturbing detail, so I don't have much need to keep them around, cluttering the place up. You're on, good fellow!


Fantastic idea! My friend and I used to trade Star Wars novels.
I need to read the Han Solo Trilogy again. I haven't the time or the patience really. There's so much more I should read, but I have a problem deciding what is cannon and what's not.

Also, my parkeets are named Luke and Mara Jade big grin
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« Reply #258 on: 09-04-2011 13:33 »

Good: Scene in ANH when Han meets with Jabba. A fantastic scene. However, CGI Jabba is horribly done, as per 1997 technology, and the guy who voiced him was no longer alive.

How is that good?  It makes no sense.  Why would a criminal leader like Jabba even bother getting out there?  In Jedi he is just sitting there, which makes sense for his character, but with this addition he can walk around as he see fit.  It ruins his character.  What's moreover, it serves no purpose at all.  There is nothing interesting in that scene, and everything mentioned in the scene is explaining in the scenes immediately succeeding and preceding it.

Good: Updates to ships, landcapes, etc.

Maybe, but I like to think of a film from the late 1970s and early 1980s to have a bit of defects.  The new effects takes me out of the film because it doesn't match the rest of the film's style.  The 'bad' effects works, the 'better' effects doesn't.

Good: Adding Ian McDiarmid as the Emperor in ESB

While I agree that the original Emperor is pretty lame, the new dialogue between Vader and McDiarmid makes no sense at all.  And it sort of ruins the whole mystery about Luke and Vader.  And Vader's responses no makes less sense.
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« Reply #259 on: 09-04-2011 13:47 »

Also that scene, containing lines from the Greedo scene even has the exact take of Han's line just delivered to Jabba. I assume it was dropped into the Greedo scene when it was decided to drop Jabba but hearing the same line delivered in exactly the same way responding to the exact same subtitle within a few minutes makes that whole part feel very amateurish.
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« Reply #260 on: 09-04-2011 13:50 »

Indeed.  And I liked the mysteriousness of Jabba not being seen.  Apparently Lucas has no understanding of subtle.
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« Reply #261 on: 09-04-2011 16:38 »

I certainly enjoyed the new dialogue for death of the emperor Scene
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« Reply #262 on: 09-04-2011 17:27 »

Re: Lucas botching up everything - I mean, if I wanted to play devil's advocate, or just trolololololololol everyone, I'd point out that we're moaning about a guy who is tinkering with his own bloody story and we're just moaning about it based on our own perceptions of what it should be.
But I actually agree with what everyone's saying.

As entitled as he is to amend his own story or allow other people to do it for him, I'm reminded of a line from one of Mr Plinkett's reviews, which actually rings true in my mind - the idea of all his more recent guff and lack of subtlety makes you think that surely he must have been somehow removed from having anything to do with the opening shot of ANH which remains a prominent example of brilliant cinema. hmpf

@El-Man - true what you say about Mark, but I was just thinking, on Robot Chicken there are numerous sketches that have Luke Skywalker involved - one where he's voiced by Mark and others by Bob Bergen - who voices Skywalker on lots of occasions - and the difference is quite profound. Now, of course, appearing on Robot Chicken is not supposed to be a serious role but still hmpf

Regarding the Empire trilogy, I do have Heir to the Empire as a graphic novel - probably not as good though as the book. One thing that I have noticed of course is that a location in the story is called Hyllyard City which is as near as I'm likely going to see my surname in a Star Wars environment big grin tongue
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« Reply #263 on: 09-05-2011 02:08 »

Re: Lucas botching up everything - I mean, if I wanted to play devil's advocate, or just trolololololololol everyone, I'd point out that we're moaning about a guy who is tinkering with his own bloody story


You're wrong, Mr. Lucas. They're not your movies. They're ours. All of ours. We paid to go see them, and they're just as much a part of our lives as they are of yours. [/Stan]

When an artist creates, whatever they create belongs to society. [/Kyle]
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« Reply #264 on: 09-05-2011 02:18 »

Re: Lucas botching up everything - I mean, if I wanted to play devil's advocate, or just trolololololololol everyone, I'd point out that we're moaning about a guy who is tinkering with his own bloody story and we're just moaning about it based on our own perceptions of what it should be.

You do realise that the original Star Wars films are far less Lucas' work (and story) than all the people who participated in the production?  Just because Lucas as the writer doesn't necessarily mean it is his story alone.  He had to rewrite the script for Star Wars six times before the studio would approve of it.

Lucas can certainly be thanked for the initial spark.  But Lucas is an idea man, not a story man.  He has a lot of good ideas (and a lot of terrible ones), which are better sorted together by other people.
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« Reply #265 on: 09-05-2011 02:30 »

Lucas can certainly be thanked for the initial spark.

No he can't.
Akira Kurosawa can.
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« Reply #266 on: 09-05-2011 02:32 »

Apparently Lucas has no understanding of subtle.

Subtlety is like sand.
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« Reply #267 on: 09-05-2011 20:10 »

Annakin Skywalker is not a huge fan of it?
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« Reply #268 on: 09-05-2011 23:51 »

Annakin Skywalker is not a huge fan of it?

What?

I'm so tired of these stupid arguments. He made the films. Yes, it was a collaboration in many ways, but Star Wars would not originally exist were it not for George Lucas. It's his story, he can do whatever he wants with ites, there are shitty parts, but overall the prequels are okay. If you don't like them, whatever.. There really hasn't been anything that bad, except the points I made above. I liked seeing what happened before A New Hope, and to watch the Star Wars franchise grow. Y
It just seems hypocritical to me. Star Wars IS George Lucas, and if people don't like him, how can they like Star Wars? Star Wars wouldn't exsist if it wasn't for him. Seriously, I have this conversation with people all the time. To me, Star Wars is perfect from beginning to end. Sure, some things are different, and some things are not the way others would have done it. But that's the beauty of self expression. Film is an art. You can't tell him his art is "wrong." The people that claim to be Star Wars fans but hate the prequels are sorta hypocrites. Its one big story from 1-6. How can one say about a book "Oh this is my favorite novel! But I don't like the end...so I never read that part." It's the same thing, it just makes no sense.

I don't understand why so called Star Wars fans come to Star Wars boards and Star Wars discussions to do nothing but bash everything about it.
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« Reply #269 on: 09-05-2011 23:53 »

I didn't think the prequels were bad, as such. I just think they had so much potential that was wasted by bad acting, bad casting decisions (Natalie Portman needs to disappear) and general tomfoolery.

Personally, I'll always love the original - unedited - trilogy more than any of the others, but I wouldn't say it makes me less of a fan just because I don't particularly enjoy the prequels.
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« Reply #270 on: 09-05-2011 23:58 »

To me, Star Wars is perfect from beginning to end.

Which version?
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« Reply #271 on: 09-06-2011 00:45 »

Aww, what a shame Nutmeg. Natalie Portman is one of the best parts of the prequels in my opinion. Have you seen her in other films? She's fantastic. She is my favourite Actress by far! smile

I have problems with the prequels of course. Everyone has problems with any film, but it's okay because as a whole I think they are good. I'm a girl so I enjoy the love story, it's not the best but it's cute and sad. love Episode III Revenge of the Sith was pretty bad ass at times.

To me, Star Wars is perfect from beginning to end.

Which version?

Any version. I love the originals of course. There is a nostalgic feel to them that is priceless. However, I also enjoy seeing the edited versions for various reasons as I stated early. It keeps it fresh and keeps continuity going as well, with adding dialogue and actors that relate to the prequels. People may not like it, but for someone seeing the Star Wars films for the first time, seeing Ian McDiarmid as the emperor in ESB is fun. And Hayden Christensen makes a lot more sense at the end of ROTJ than Sebastian Shaw. I mean, whether you like it or not, Hayden Christensen is the face of Anakin Skywalker at this point. Sure, Shaw is a great actor, and he still has a fantastic scene before that. The real question is, why didn't they use David Prowse originally? After all, he was Darth Vader. I can see the reasoning, because of his accent and strange appearance. But I saw an interview once where he talked about how they never came to him and said they were using someone else for that final scene. They just filmed it, and he didn't know until he saw it.
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« Reply #272 on: 09-06-2011 00:53 »

Aww, what a shame Nutmeg. Natalie Portman is one of the best parts of the prequels in my opinion. Have you seen her in other films? She's fantastic. She is my favourite Actress by far! smile

She's bland and uninteresting, she has one face, one voice, and couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. She's a little better than Kristen Stewart, I'll give her that.

Anyone that has her as their role model is going to crash and burn.
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« Reply #273 on: 09-06-2011 01:08 »

I didn't think the prequels were bad, as such. I just think they had so much potential that was wasted by bad acting, bad casting decisions (Natalie Portman needs to disappear) and general tomfoolery.
Don't forget the cringe-inducing dialogue.

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Personally, I'll always love the original - unedited - trilogy more than any of the others, but I wouldn't say it makes me less of a fan just because I don't particularly enjoy the prequels.

Agree 100% there. The original unedited trilogy is the best "cut" of the films so far. However, the extended ending of ROTJ done for the 1997 Special Editions was brilliant on the cinema screen. It does lose a certain something on the telly though.

The prequels, they had a couple of awesome moments on the big screen. Really awesome ones, like the Naboo starfighters taking off, and Dooku's ship slamming into Coruscant. But they're seconds of footage surrounded by hours of, well. What you mentioned above.

I think that Lucas should've stopped tinkering after 1997. At that point, it was as good as it was going to get. After that point, it started to go downhill rapidly.

The expanded universe should've been limited to Zahn's stuff as well. Kevin J. Anderson's piles of steaming crap should've been pulped immediately after printing.

In short, there's a very good reason I ignore parts of the SW universe. There are parts of it that are just fucking awful and not in the least entertaining. Most of the real brilliance of Star Wars is in the first two films, ANH and ESB. When watching ROTJ, I tend to skip a lot of the parts between landing on Endor and beginning the final assault on the Death Star.

Plus, Luke's a whiny little bitch from that point. After the heroes escape Jabba's palace, he's written less like some badass Jedi Knight and more like a teenager who doesn't want to do his chores.

Although, I admit most teenagers don't have "Kill Darth Vader" on their list of chores.
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« Reply #274 on: 09-06-2011 02:16 »

there are shitty parts, but overall the prequels are okay.

The 'shitty parts' are the entire first two films, Menace and Clones. Sith is only barely okay.

So overall, the shitty parts far outweigh the 'okay' parts.

What are you doing trying to defend George Lucas, anyway? The man's a monster.
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« Reply #275 on: 09-06-2011 02:20 »

Anything Star Wars is great? Surely that includes the Holiday Special.
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« Reply #276 on: 09-06-2011 04:58 »

there are shitty parts, but overall the prequels are okay.

The 'shitty parts' are the entire first two films, Menace and Clones. Sith is only barely okay.

So overall, the shitty parts far outweigh the 'okay' parts.

What are you doing trying to defend George Lucas, anyway? The man's a monster.

She is trying to get on his casting couch, sheesh!
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« Reply #277 on: 09-06-2011 05:45 »

Anything Star Wars is great? Surely that includes the Holiday Special.

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GREATEST FILM EVER. Especially with Carrie Fisher on Cocaine the entire time. big grin


Fun Fact: Everyone that was involved in the Holiday Special refuses to admit that it exists.
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« Reply #278 on: 09-06-2011 13:27 »

Annakin Skywalker is not a huge fan of it?

What?

Don't you remember that vapid conversation between Padme and Annakin in Attack of the Clones (I think) where she expresses her love of the water and he his distaste for sand?  It was an important scene!
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« Reply #279 on: 09-06-2011 14:11 »

Annakin Skywalker is not a huge fan of it?

What?

Don't you remember that vapid conversation between Padme and Annakin in Attack of the Clones (I think) where she expresses her love of the water and he his distaste for sand?  It was an important scene!

I love how you spell Anakin's first name.  But yes, that line is brilliant.

'I don't like sand, it's coarse and it gets a-everywhere.  But not like here, here everything is soft.'

Which could be the dumbest line in cinematic history and then she kisses him.
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