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Messages - Qui-Gon Jim

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Five Discussion Thread
« on: February 12, 2013, 09:51 AM »
Nice Raiders-esque nod in the opening.  As I was watching, I felt all they were doing was ripping off RotS, and then they paid it off.  Nice.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: A 6" Exclusive for SDCC 2013?
« on: February 7, 2013, 07:58 AM »
I'm in.  In the event I do end up buying into this line, I don't want to miss anything.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: February 5, 2013, 12:04 PM »
Saw Warm Bodies last night.  Liked it a lot.  Nice warm up for the return of The Walking Dead (though tonally, they couldn't be more different).

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Rumor: No more 3D Prequel Releases?
« on: February 5, 2013, 11:40 AM »
That is very interesting. I initially thought that maybe the profits from the 3D re-releases were supposed to fund the sequel trilogy. At one movie a year, that doesn't seem likely though. The Blu-Ray box sets were wildly successful though.

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Variety is reporting that Star Wars has sold more than one million units in only a week on the markiet, shattering records for the high-definition format, and further cementing Blu-ray's dominance as the home video format of choice.

Despite an average list price of $79.99, the nine disc set generated more than $84 million in worldwide sales. U.S. sales accounted for $38 million of that total, with 515,000 units sold in North America.

That was September of 2011. Expecting families to shell out 3D ticket prices for TPM just four months later is a tough sell. Still, TPM3D opened to 22m and grossed 44m domestically. It earned 102m worldwide. I'm just not sure what a realistic number would have been to be deemed successful.

This is why I cringe when people call TPM 3D a failure.  It was not a failure at the box office.  It made far more than other similar 3D-ified rereleases.  The fact that "people" hate TPM jades objective opinion.  The Phantom Menace was a phenomenal success.  TPM 3D performed quite well for what it was.  Retconning either into "bomb" territory just does not hold water.

The issue is HASBRO overestimated the demand for TPM merch and it torpedoed everything since.  I refuse to believe this was LFL's fault since it isn't like TPM 3D merch hung around forever in other market segments. 

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:53 PM »
That Ani to Vader is 12"...  Still, it blows.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:52 PM »
One of the best things in January is playing the Target clearance game.  "How long will this last, and how far will it go down?"  I have spent a TON at Target in the past week or two.  I have toys for my son all the way through next Christmas.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: 2013: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 18, 2013, 12:58 PM »
I am assisting my 2 year old son in amassing a collection of Thomas the Tank Engine Trackmaster toys. Of course, he doesn't know he's collecting.  :)

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Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: Star Wars: Scoundrels
« on: January 18, 2013, 08:21 AM »
I had a friend (who I credit with teaching me about collecting) who used to do that with every book he bought.  He always said that if he died while reading, at least he knew how it would end.

I actually fell out of touch with this friend during the lead-up to AotC when I told him I was trying to remain spoiler-free and that was all he could talk about. 

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2012-2013
« on: January 14, 2013, 07:52 AM »
It will be interesting if Moss locks horns (so to speak) with his pal Tom in the SB...

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB 2013
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:59 AM »
Well said.  The league and as importantly, the players' union turned a blind eye to all this stuff.  The players that didn't take anything, but didn't complain about those who did are complicit as well.

It will be interesting to see what in-season HGH blood tests do to the numbers this year...

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Hall of Justice / Re: Mattel Batman
« on: December 21, 2012, 02:33 PM »
Reading that, I found out that Romero had a mustache, painted over...  NEVER noticed that before today.  Can't unsee now.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: December 21, 2012, 10:18 AM »
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Meanwhile, that Reuters report that had everybody thinking Episode VII would return to Yavin and show us a new Jedi Academy has been debunked already. Reporter Michael McDonald tells TheForce.net:

    This was a mistake. I misunderstood what fan clubs had told me and shown me in book plots and that storyline has not been announced by Disney. Perhaps I should have written something along the lines of 'Yavin 4 appears in several Star Wars book plots and while Guatemala fans said they hope film crews return to Tikal, the company has not announced plans for the new episode.'

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: December 19, 2012, 11:09 AM »
I loved it too.  Those Rivendell scenes while not in the proper novel are in one of the appendices.  I think it does a nice job fleshing out why Gandalf gets involved with these guys in the first place, which always puzzled me when I first read it many years ago.

I loved the film.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:33 AM »
I always liked the INT-4, 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:44 PM »
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Then there's the resolution.  The image resolution has been increased far beyond current HDTV standards.  The images in The Hobbit  will have 4 - 5 times more pixels than a standard 1080p HD image.  So the image will be immensely sharper, too.
Even most digital presentations far exceed 1080P, and film stock definitely does.  48FPS is not about the resolution of the frames, but the number of them.  The 24FPS version will have the same resolution, just fewer frames.  The 4K is completely independent of the 48FPS.  Most BluRay discs masters are 4K transfers downgraded to 1080P.

That said, I agree with all your points.

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