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Here's the original article which Burton's story was based on: The Fans Who Saved Star Wars. It was published a few days before, and goes way more in-depth, not only into the Team Negative1 project, but also into other fan restorations out there, including Mike Verta's Legacy Edition.

Another restoration based on the IB Technicolor print, and a few other sources, has apparently already been completed. Known as the Legacy Edition, the work was done by film composer and visual effects technician Mike Verta. He claims the restoration was finished in 2015, though because of his proximity to the film industry, he has no plans of releasing it. While LucasFilm has never gotten litigious over fan-edits or fan restoration projects, standing orders to destroy theatrical prints and the realities of anti-piracy law make sharing a restoration online a legal grey area at best. It’s too bad, though. If the video demonstrations he’s put on his Vimeo page are to be believed, the quality of his restoration surpasses anything else currently available, official or otherwise.

[Update: Mike Verta got in contact with me after this article was published. He clarifies, “I’ve been told explicitly by The Powers That Be that the hammer will fall if I put it online.” Don’t let that sound like a setback, though. Verta is preparing a presentation for executives at Disney and Fox. “I’ve heard many conflicting reports from inside the walls over the years, and ultimately decided the only thing to do is invite the executives to a screening and make the pitch,” he says. “So those plans are in the works.” The plan is to make the presentation later this year.

Asked what he hopes to come of his Legacy Edition restoration, Verta says, “I would be happy with having the restoration released, or using it as a proof-of-concept to supervise a new restoration from whatever’s left of the original materials.” Being allowed to supervise a restoration from the original Star Wars negatives would be “a dream job.” Verta says individuals at both Disney and Fox are aware of his restoration. “They tend to be the ones championing it internally,” he says. Everything Verta has heard indicates that the biggest hurdles to overcome for Disney and Fox making a deal for his restoration are legal issues. “There is labyrinth of legality to navigate, and not everybody is sure it’s worth the headache.”

“I want everyone to be able to see it,” Verta says. His effort has been a long, arduous, expensive labour of love. “My process combines the data from multiple input sources already – that’s why it has fidelity and detail that can’t be found in any one source or print,” he says. “Developing this process and these software tools which is where all the money (some $400k+) has gone over the last 15 years.” To let people enjoy the fruits of all that work is Verta’s ultimate goal.

It all comes down to convincing the executives at Disney and Fox. “There have been some online petitions for the original version over the years, but they represent what budgeteers consider unimpressive numbers,” Verta explains. “I think the more vocal people are about supporting these projects, the better.” Verta remains steadfast and hopeful. “Have faith; more to come,” he promises.]

Mr. Black doesn’t consider the IB Technicolor prints inherently better than the Silver Screen Edition they’ve already put out. “I love the Technicolor versions. I think they’re awesome. I think they look a little bit sharper, there’s less grain in them, the colours are all bright and pop, but that, to me, is not definitive,” he says. “That’s not Star Wars to me. If you were in England in 1977 for a couple of weeks and you went to the theatre on the first day, or week, and you just happened to see that IB Technicolor print, okay fine, it might’ve looked like that.”

For Team Negative1, the Silver Screen Edition and upcoming Technicolor restoration are only the beginning. The group has also been hard at work restoring both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and are expecting to have both out by the end of the year. They’re looking into the possibility of scanning 70mm blow-ups of the films for future releases.

Mike Verta's Vimeo page. Some great comparisons here between his project and some of the other versions that are out there.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: March 3, 2016, 05:26 PM »
Sounds like Target is the place to buy.

Yep. Here's another shot of the Target packaging:

(EDIT: Awww ****, that pic was in the thing you linked to earlier, Travis. Sorry.)

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: January 29, 2016, 03:14 PM »
Polygon: Here's why Star Wars Battlefront content is sticking with the original trilogy

Star Wars Battlefront will only include content based on the original trilogy, in the interest of preserving the franchise's canon, according to EA.

"You can't make a game in Star Wars that violates the canon of Star Wars," said EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen during a quarterly earnings call yesterday, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha. Since Battlefront is explicitly set during the era of the original trilogy, adding events from films set earlier or later than Episodes 4 through 7 would be unfaithful to the franchise, he explained.

EA is open to including these characters and stories in future Star Wars games, Jorgensen went on to say.

Ea confirmed that Battlefront itself wouldn't include The Force Awakens back in December. However, this marks the first confirmation that EA will also leave the prequel trilogy out of ​Battlefront​'s upcoming expansion packs.

I could kind of understand this if there was some sort of single-player campaign element to the game, but there's not, right? It's pretty much multiplayer-only. So how would having non-OT-era stuff in the game violate the canon? As long as you don't mix-and-match eras within the same match, I don't see what the problem is. Isn't that how the original Battlefronts worked? They were split into Clone Wars-era matches or Galactic Civil War-era matches.

It seems to me more like maybe they just didn't want to do the ****-ton of work that would be required to put prequel- or Disney-era stuff into the game, especially since people don't have a hard-on for the prequels like they do with the OT.

They're kind of painting themselves into a corner with all this canon-talk for a sequel. They're almost gonna have to go complete saga with it. If they don't, it's like I mentioned earlier, they'll have a game set in an era that nobody cares about anymore (Prequels/Clone Wars), or a complete rehash of this game, which probably won't go over too well, or a Disney-era game with probably not a lot of water in the well to draw from, in terms of content, especially if they're as tight with Episode VIII spoilers as they were with Force Awakens. Really curious to what's gonna happen.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 28, 2016, 10:32 AM »
I was absolutely 100% not a fan of comic books (just weren't my thing growing up) so the movies maybe have a different impact with me than people who genuinely are fans.


I'm maybe the wrong guy to critique stuff since again, I really didn't like super heroes when I was little.  That's just my take on them.  Nothing's perfect.  I wholly suspect some of these Star Wars films will be complete ass at some point.  As it stands it's not like I didn't have some critique (minor) of TFA...  So I am keeping my expectations fairly even on any of them.  It may suck, it may not. 

Cosign. Was never a comic book guy. I liked the Nolan Batmans, but all the other superhero films can FOAD. The prospect of Star Wars becoming the new Marvel frightens the **** out of me.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: January 28, 2016, 10:05 AM »
It's currently scoring in the low-to-mid 70s at Metacritic. I know the game disappointed a lot of people, but I didn't know the scores were that low. I'm kind of surprised.

I'm curious to see what they're gonna do with a sequel, assuming there'll be one. Probably Fall 2017. Will it be all TFA and Episode 8 stuff? What about Prequel stuff? Will they rehash all the OT stuff from this game into the next one?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TeeFury
« on: January 27, 2016, 02:22 PM »
Ahh. . . BustedTees. Used to love this model of theirs:

(Still sorry, Mikey.)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TeeFury
« on: January 27, 2016, 12:49 PM »
Are there other websites that sell geeky t-shirts to geeks, or is TeeFury the only one?

From the "Well, At Least We Dodged THIS Bullet" Department comes this news: Star Wars: The Han Solo Episode III cameo that never was

Solo’s appearance in Revenge Of The Sith would have been fleeting - perhaps amounting to a few seconds. In an early draft of the script, Lucas gave him just one, rather pedestrian line: “I found part of a transmitter droid near the east bay. I think it’s still sending and receiving signals.”

Nevertheless, this brief appearance would have revealed something new about Solo’s past: he was been raised from boyhood by his future co-pilot, Chewbacca.

“It’s not in the script anymore,” explained concept artist Iain McCaig in the Revenge Of The Sith art-of book, “but we were told that Han Solo was on Kashyyyk and that he was being raised by Chewbacca. He’s such a persnickety guy later on – he always has to have the best of everything – so I thought it’d be great if when he was a kid, he was an absolute slob.”

The scene would also have been significant for another reason: it would have marked the first and only time Solo met Yoda. In fact, that line Solo was to utter about finding a scrap bit of droid would have been directed at the pointy-eared Jedi master, who was to have been hunting around on Kashyyyk for clues as to General Grievous’ whereabouts.

“Good, good,” Yoda would have replied. “Track this we can back to the source. Find General Grievous, we might…”

The scene got as far as the concept art stage before it was scrapped as Lucas raced to get his story into shape; casting for the young Han hadn’t even begun, so we’ll never know who Lucas might have picked to play him. Certainly, McCaig’s painting of a scruffy lad with long hair looks right for the Star Wars universe - there are even echoes of Rey’s Jakku outfit in those pieces of cloth bound around his legs. But Star Wars fans might have collectively sighed with relief that the scene was ultimately dropped as Lucas refocused his script on Anakin’s fall, and the various sub-plots he’d originally wanted to put in gradually fell away.

For one thing, the revelation that Han Solo was raised by Chewbacca isn’t necessarily a plausible one, given their future dynamic - they’re more chummy roommates than father and adopted son. And as Slashfilm points out, Solo’s Kashyyyk childhood would have effectively negated the Extended Universe story that Chewbacca met Solo after he escaped from slavery.

Then there’s a further question, one that is perhaps unanswerable: would audiences have even recognised the kid as Han Solo? His name isn’t uttered in Lucas’s early draft, so there would have needed to have been some kind of visual cue that linked this scruffy youngster to the Corellian smuggler he’d one day become.

Most of all, removing Han Solo from Revenge Of The Sith left the character unaffected by Lucas’s prequel melodrama. Where episodes one to three demystified much that was implied in a throwaway sentence in the Original Trilogy (“I was once a Jedi Knight, the same as your father...”), Han Solo would remain a rogue element - a loveable scoundrel whose past is hinted at in his cynical mindset and loner status, but never directly laid out.

So thankful this didn't happen. Chewbacca palling around with Yoda was bad enough.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: January 15, 2016, 01:22 PM »
But not History's Greatest. :(

Don't really care how it happens (abortion, miscarriage, whatever), just don't want to have watch Maggie go full-term with this thing. Aside from the purely selfish reason of not wanting to see Lauren Cohan made up to look all fat and gross, the show already has a baby. It doesn't need another one.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: January 15, 2016, 12:54 PM » Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman calls Negan 'an atomic bomb that's going to be dropped on the show'

“As far as shake-ups go, we have lots of shake-ups from season to season,” says Kirkman. “It keeps things interesting — keeps the blood pumping, I like to say — but Negan is kind of an atomic bomb that’s going to be dropped on the show and the show will probably never be the same after that. So buckle up, I guess?”

Negan is the leader of a group we met in the midseason finale’s prologue scene called the Saviors. We saw them stop Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham on the road while informing them “your property now belongs to Negan.” So who is this nefarious outfit and how do they differ from other groups we’ve encountered before?

“I think the Saviors are dangerously organized,” says Kirkman. “The Wolves were psychotic, the Hunters [the group from Terminus] had a lot of weaknesses. When it comes to the Saviors, and Negan in particular, the way I’ve always thought about this in the comics is this is a group that’s led by a guy who’s had his morality dial a few clicks away from Rick toward the darker aspects of his personality, but is still an intellectual and capable leader who’s kept his group alive against all odds just as long as Rick has. It’s really the best encountering the best. When these two forces come head to head, things are gonna get interesting. This is a much different group than they’ve ever encountered. The Saviors are a group they’re not really prepared for.”

Yes, yes. Blow it up. Blow it all up. Make this show interesting again. Kill everybody.

Except Maggie.

(But make her abort the baby.)


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« on: December 23, 2015, 01:09 AM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Xbox One
« on: December 17, 2015, 10:26 AM »
Xbox announced the initial lineup of backwards-compatible games today here. Launches Thursday.

More BC titles added today

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Doritos Crash Course
Fable III
Halo: Reach
Hydro Thunder
Iron Brigade
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
Motocross Madness
Ms. Pac-Man
Portal: Still Alive
'Splosion Man
Ticket to Ride
Zuma's Revenge

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:37 PM »
THR: 'Walking Dead' Casts Major Comics Villain Negan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan ('The Good Wife,' 'Watchmen') will take on the iconic role from Robert Kirkman's comic series.

Open casting call for the part of Lucille:

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 9, 2015, 02:12 PM »

The reason Finn defects from the First Order is because they only served soft serve in the Star Destroyer cafeteria.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 9, 2015, 01:05 PM »
Lando's not the only black dude in the original trilogy, you know.

There. . . is. . . anotherrrrr. . .

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