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You can come in at any point in Head and go WTF???!!! Its basically a series of skits with no relation to one another. Its kind of like the one the Beetles made around the same time.

Well, they were a major influence on The Beatles.

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Jar Jarbonite.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: February 7, 2012, 11:31 PM »
Star Wars Kinect has been pushed to 2012.

Kinect Star Wars Bundle & Game being released April 3rd

$450 for the bundle.  Yeowch.  Hopefully they'll release that controller separately.

And if you ever wanted to dance with the Dark Lord, the game now includes a super-sweet dance mode:

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· New Galactic Dance Off mode loaded with Star Wars-themed pop tunes where those still honing their Jedi skills can take a break to battle Darth Vader on the dance floor or bust a move “Solo style.”




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You'll shoot your eye out.

Reminds me of a movie.  Can't quite put a finger on it  Seems strangely seasonal.  :-X

You're thinking of The Godfather.



But I wouldn't really consider it a Christmas movie, per se, so I don't know where you're getting that from.

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Google News doesn't mention anything.  Sure it's not one of those Norm MacDonald fake stories?

Sir, I would never knowingly post false news of a celebrity dying.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 21, 2011, 03:09 PM »
I, for one, think that the 90 minutes of spoofs more than make up for the lack of those boring old documentaries.

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No, it's Depeche Mode.  And yes, they all died in a plane crash in the Alps last night.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: September 19, 2011, 07:40 PM »
Good point, name.  I'd forgotten his "." phase...  What a fucko.

Was it a phase, or was it just his unique way of rage-quitting the boards after everybody made fun of his definition of "tumbleweed?"


(It's too bad the GH forums have **** the bed, by the way.)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: September 19, 2011, 03:32 PM »
I have a newfound appreciation for the way JD handles the boards for the older lines after looking at this:





Seriously, Pappy, make that older **** collapsible already.



(P.S. I still miss you, Sergiu.  :-[

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Star Wars Universe / Re: 'Star Wars' in 3-D?
« on: September 19, 2011, 02:41 PM »
Could that return be affected though, by the fact that these movies just needed tweaking compared to full production?  Or is it sill going to be super expensive to try?

This article indicates that 2-D to 3-D conversions usually cost around a million dollars or less:

How Do You Convert a Flat Movie Into 3-D?

And this was from the article I posted earlier:

 
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If you ask the medium's most dedicated evangelists what's wrong with 3-D, they'll point to the shoddy, post-production upgrades that flooded the market after Avatar. "It was just being applied liked a layer, purely for profit motive," said James Cameron, who rates the quality of 3-D in dimensional fractions, 2.2-D or 2.5-D. According to this theory, high-end, "real" 3-D sells itself, while the crappy, cash-in conversions—the "fake" 3-D—destroys the brand.

Again, there's some supporting evidence. Using information gleaned from http://www.RealOrFake3D.com, it's possible to compare box-office numbers from converted and native 3-D films: Since 2010, "real" films have an average ratio of 1.00, meaning they earn about the same amount from 3-D and 2-D on a per-theater basis. The "fake" films from that period had an average ratio of 0.87, which equates to minus-13 percent. It's also the case that fakeness is on the rise—it now accounts for about half of all 3-D releases—which could explain the general worsening of 3-D returns.

There was something in Brian's post I quoted about how all six films have already been converted to 3-D.  If that's true, and Phantom Menace tanks next year, I can see them scrapping the one-a-year plan and instead releasing them all next year, within a few weeks or a month of each other--like they did in '97--in honor of "the franchise's" 35th anniversary.  If they're already done.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: 'Star Wars' in 3-D?
« on: September 19, 2011, 10:16 AM »
"Star Wars 3D May Be One and Done"

http://movies.ign.com/articles/117/1176583p1.html

According to this article, which cites and interview with Rick McCallum, although all six have been converted and prepared for release, if the first release (Phantom Menace) "doesn't work" (which I'm guessing means makes money), we may not see the other ones.  Who knows how true this is, but that would stink if TPM was the only release we saw.  Sort of wish they would have started with ANH.  I can understand why they would go in numerical order, but if they wanted the most successful release I think that the original Star Wars would be the best bet.  I'm pretty sure it made (pretty easily) the most of the special edition releases as well, and I think it may be the same way this time around.

Not looking good for a release of all six movies, if these graphs are any indication.

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The updated graph below shows almost every major 3-D release since the beginning of 2009. The ratio of 3-D revenue to 2-D revenue per theater is shown on the Y-axis, and the dotted red line represents the break-even point. The trend that was beginning to take shape last summer has deepened in the last few months. (Data exclude any film that opened at fewer than 1,500 locations, and films with "3-D" in the title, which only a fool would see on a flat screen.)





Story:  Slate: Who Killed 3-D?


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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 15, 2011, 10:52 PM »
Maybe this doesn't have anything to do with Star Wars, per se, but since this probably wouldn't be a story without Lucas' latest round of tampering, I'll post it here.

Steven Spielberg Regrets Altering ‘E.T.;’ Will Release ‘E.T.’ and ‘Raiders’ on Blu-ray in Original Forms

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On Tuesday, Steven Spielberg appeared in LA after a screening of a new digital print of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The print was created from the same new master files that will ultimately be used to create a Blu-ray release. And in a move that will likely delight fans, he expressed regret over alterations made to E.T. a few years ago, where guns were digitally replaced with walkie-talkies, and says that the Blu-ray release of that film will be the original 1982 version. His comments also suggested that the few digital tweaks made to Raiders of the Lost Ark for its 2003 DVD release might also be rolled back.

We’ll have another piece with other good trivia bits that came out of the post-screening talk, but the E.T. and Raiders blu-ray comments are below.

In his early comments after the Raiders screening, Spielberg highlighted that the audience saw the original version of Raiders as seen in first release.  He crowed,

   
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This is the best I think it’s ever looked, because in preparation for the eventual release on blu-ray we had to correct the print again and get the original negative out of the salt mines, and then we had to do the separations, and basically the files, which are just amazing, with all the technology of today, without changing any of the movie materially, we haven’t removed anything, we haven’t added CGI, there’s no digital enhancements! It’s purely the movie you some of you may remember from 1981.

That suggests that even the few digital cleanups made for DVD, such as the erasing of a snake’s reflection in protective plexiglass, won’t be on the new blu-ray, which is great to hear.

Later, he said,

   
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For myself, I tried [changing a film] once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction] to E.T., and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things]…it was OK for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T. [...] If I put just one cut of E.T. on Blu-ray and it was the 1982, would anyone object to that? [The crowd yells "NO!" in unison.] OK, so be it.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 13, 2011, 09:52 PM »
From the review up at blu-ray.com

Bonus Disc 2: Original Trilogy Features

Episode IV - Tatooine

    Interviews
        Tatooine Overview (3:49): Production illustrator Ralph McQuarrie talks about some of his initial paintings/drawings for George Lucas, 2nd Cameraman Dennis Muren discusses the Tunisian shoot, and sound effect artist Ben Burtt describes how he came up with the Jawa language.
        Mark Hamill Interview (2:15): Hamill briefly discusses working with Lucas, meeting Alec Guiness, and having fun on set.
        Anthony Daniels Interview (1:21): Daniels talks about the odd couple relationship between C-3PO and R2.
    Deleted/Extended Scenes
        Tosche Station (5:21): Awesome. Ever wonder what Tosche Station is? Turns out it's the local hangout for Luke and his buddies. There's a great scene here where Biggs reveals to Luke his plan to join the rebellion. You can see why this was cut--it would definitely slow down the film-- but it's a great piece of previously unseen Star Wars history.
        Old Woman on Tatooine (00:24): An elderly woman tells Luke to drive safely.
        Aunt Beru's Blue Milk (00:31): A shot of Beru filling up her pitcher with that gross-looking gray/blue liquid they drink at the dinner table.
        The Search for R2-D2 (00:42): Lucas cut this scene because he thought the rear projection visual effects weren't up to snuff.
        Cantina Rough Cut (7:18): A preliminary version of the Cantina sequence. Look out for Han-Solo hanging out with a local lady friend!
        Stormtrooper Search (00:54): Some of this unused footage found its way into the Star Wars Holiday Special.

    The Collection: Includes sections for Landspeeder Prototype Model, Millenium Falcon Prototype Model, R2-D2, Tatooine From Orbit Matte Painting, Jawa Costume, Tusken Raider Mask, and Ketwol Mask.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

Episode IV - Aboard the Death Star

    Interviews
        Aboard the Death Star Overview (5:47): Sound effects designer Ben Burtt talks about how he had a "field day" making sounds for the Death Star.
        Carrie Fisher Interview (1:45): Fischer discusses the audition process and her reaction to her theme in the score.
    Deleted/Extended Scene
        Darth Vader Widens the Search (00:36): Additional footage that made its way into the holiday special.

    The Collection: Includes sections for Death Star Prototype Model, Holo-Chess Set, Bridge Power Trench Matte Painting, and Luke's Stormtrooper Torso.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

Episode IV - The Battle of Yavin

    Battle of Yavin Overview (4:22): Dennis Muren discusses the process of filming the Death Star trench run sequence.
    Deleted/Extended Scene
        Alternate Biggs and Luke Reunion (00:36): An extended version of the scene, including a reference to Anakin.

    The Collection: Includes sections for X-Wing Fighter Prototype and Final Models, Y-Wing Prototype and Final Models, TIE Fighter Prototype and Final Models, Darth Vader's TIE Fighter Model, X-Wing Pilot Costume, Death Star Laster Tower Model, and Yavin 4 Matte Painting.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

Episode V - Hoth

    Interviews
        Hoth Overview (3:31): Dennis Muren explains how he tried to do as many of the effects in-camera to avoid having to do complicated composite work. There's some great footage here of the filming of some stop-motion sequences.
        George Lucas on Editing The Empire Strikes Back, 1979 (3:25): A vintage interview with George, who compares editing to constructing a house.
        Irvin Kershner Interview (3:02): Kershner gives his thoughts on Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.
    Deleted/Extended Scenes
        Han and Leia: Extended Echo Base Argument (1:43): Nice. In this long version of their arguement, Han tells Leia, "You're as cold as this planet."
        Luke's Recovery (1:16): Additional footage of Luke in the medical tank.
        Luke and Leia: Medical Center (2:15): Luke and Leia very nearly end up making out, only to be interrupted by R2.
        Deleted Wampa Scenes (2:43): In the script, the Wampa was supposed to rampage through the Hoth base, but Lucas was unimpressed with the effects work--it's not hard to see why, the Wampa looks like a guy wearing a shag carpet--and the subplot was cut.
        The Fate of General Veers (00:31): Here, General Veers suffers a kamikaze attack from a snowspeeder.

    The Collection: Includes sections for AT-AT Walker Fallen Model, Snowspeeder Model, Tauntaun Maquette, Rebel Transport Model, Hoth Landscape Matte Painting, Leia Hoth Costume, and Han Solo Interior Hoth Costume.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

Episode V - Dagobah

    Interviews
        Dagobah Overview (4:29): A behind-the-scenes look at the Dagobah set, which presented some unique challenges to shooting. Frank Oz also discusses Yoda's speech syntax.
        George Lucas on the Force, 2010 (5:20): Lucas talks about the philosophy of the Force in what looks to be a writer's room.
    Deleted/Extended Scene
        Yoda's Test (1:21): The special effects were never completed on this sequence, which has Yoda levitating a silver bar and having Luke try to slice it in half.

    The Collection: Includes sections for Yoda Model, Luke's Severed Head, Dagobah Bog Matte Painting, Dagobah Matte Painting, and Luke's Tan Costume.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

Episode V - Pursued by the Imperial Fleet

    Pursued by the Imperial Fleet Overview (3:25): Muren talks about the execution of the astroid chase sequence.
    Deleted/Extended Scenes
        Hiding in the Astroid (1:06): Here we see Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reacting to "explosions," which were really just the cameraman shaking the camera.
        Alternate Han and Leia Kiss (1:59): A longer version of the Han/Leia kiss, with C-3PO ruining the moment.

    The Collection: Includes sections for Star Destroyer Model, Millennium Falcon Model, Space Slug, Darth Vader's Star Destroyer Model, Star Destroyer Hull Model, Executor Bridge Matte Painting, Boba Fett Prototype Costume, Imperial Officer Costume, and Rebel Cruiser Model.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

Episode V - Cloud City

    Cloud City Overview (2:54): Production designer Norman Reynolds talks about the influence of the Bauhaus school of architecture on Cloud City.
    Deleted/Extended Scenes
        Lobot's Capture (00:57): Here, Lando's aide, Lobot, is captured for his role in the rebel escape.
        Leia Tends to Luke (1:03): Leia works on Luke's arm and talks about how Han was taken by Boba Fett.

    The Collection: Includes sections for Twin-Pod Cloud Car Model, Cloud City Models, Cloud City Matte Painting, Cloud City Landing Platform Matte Painting, Cloud City Core Vane Matte Painting, Core Vane Platform Matte Painting, Lando Bespin Costume, and Slave I Matte Painting.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

Episode VI - Tatooine

    Tatooine Overview: A look at the production design for Jabba's palace.
    Deleted/Extended Scenes
        Vader's Arrival and Reaching Out to Luke (2:50): A nearly complete sequence that almost made it into the final cut, with Vader contacting Luke via the Force while Luke builds his new lightsaber.
        Tatooine Sandstorm (2:15): An impressive sandstorm sequence that never made it into the film. With big goggles and a scarf blowing in the wind, Han Solo looks like a badass here.

    The Collection: Includes sections for Rancor Maquette, EV-9D9, Salacious B. Crumb, C-3PO's Head, Jabba's Palace Matte Painting, Sarlacc Pit Matte Painting, Leia's Boushh Costume, Leia's Slave Costume, Lando Skiff Guard Costume, and Jabba's Radio Controlled Eyes.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

Episode VI - Endor

    Interviews
        Endor Overview (4:52): Dennis Muren explains how he initially planed out the speeder-bike chase using G.I. Joe models, and how he simulated 100mph speeds by shooting one frame per second.
        Harrison Ford Interview (1:34): Ford talks about Lucas' vision and process.
    Deleted/Extended Scene
        Rebel Raid on the Bunker (2:22): In this extended sequence, the rebels encounter more resistance as they storm the bunker.

    The Collection: Includes sections for AT-ST Walker Model, Speeder Bike, Imperial Shuttle Model, Ewok Hang Glider Maquette, Imperial Shuttle Landing Matte Painting, Endor Landing Platform Matte Painting, Ewok Costume, and Biker Scout Costume.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

Episode VI - Death Star II Space Battle

    Death Star II Space Battle Overview (4:04): Model maker Bill George discusses the added complexities of shooting this attack on the second Death Star.
    Deleted/Extended Scenes
        Jerjerrod's Conflict (2:28): Minor character Commander Jerjerrod was featured in a few additional shots that were ultimately cut from the film. Here, we see his reluctance to carry out the attack on the Endor moon.
        Battle of Endor: The Lost Rebels (9:40): Nine minutes of footage of rebel pilots who never made it into the film, including two female pilots and an Admiral Ackbar-type creature who, at one point, yells out, "Fried calamari tonight!"

    The Collection: Includes sections for B-Wing Fighter Model, TIE Interceptor Fighter Model, Death Star Under Construction Model, Imperial Shuttle Bay Matte Painting, Admiral Ackbar Costume, Death Star Docking Bay Matte Painting, and Millennium Falcon in Hangar Matte Painting.
        360 Degree Turnarounds
        Video Commentaries
    Concept Art Gallery

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