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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Anything
« on: July 26, 2016, 05:33 PM »
Funny.  It was just about two years ago that I was totally thinking about what a mistake you'd made there.  I'm glad you finally saw the light.

Thanks, but actually, I saw it several years ago. I go through all my old posts every five years, so this is something that's been bugging me since 2011. It just wasn't until now that I finally decided to do something about it.

Anyway, see you in 2021.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Anything
« on: July 26, 2016, 10:44 AM »
01. Marcia
02. Peter
03. Greg
04. Bobby
05. Cindy

Reexamining this ten years later, I don't know WTF I was thinking leaving Jan off. She's the most interesting Brady kid and it's not even close. And Bobby. . . Bobby just sucks.

01. Peter
02. Marcia
03. Jan
04. Greg
05. Cindy

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Xbox One
« on: July 22, 2016, 02:07 PM »
More games added to BC yesterday:

  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Fret Nice
  • NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
  • Pac-Man Museum
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

And just in case anyone here hasn't seen it yet, here's the new Xbox One S, coming out next month:

And there's gonna be another new Xbox One coming out late next year.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: July 21, 2016, 07:20 PM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: July 21, 2016, 01:25 PM »
So tiny!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Xbox One
« on: July 20, 2016, 07:25 AM »
Holy ****, so many games added to the BC list since last December

  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • Alan Wake
  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare
  • Altered Beast
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Aqua
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Babel Rising
  • Blood Knights
  • Bloodforge
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Carcassonne
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • The Cave
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Crystal Quest
  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Void
  • Dead Space
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut
  • Dig Dug
  • Domino Master
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • DuckTales Remastered
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Flashback
  • Flock!
  • Foul Play
  • Frogger
  • Frogger 2
  • Galaga
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • Go! Go! Break Steady
  • Grid 2
  • Gripshift
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax
  • Halo Wars
  • Hexic 2
  • I Am Alive
  • Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Joe Danger: Special Edition
  • The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match
  • Lazy Raiders
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • LEGO Batman: The Videogame
  • Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine
  • Monopoly Plus
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex
  • Outland
  • Pac-Man
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Portal 2
  • Puzzlegeddon
  • Rayman Origins
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Red Faction: Battlegrounds
  • Runner2
  • Saints Row IV
  • Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space
  • Sam & Max Save the World
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Sega Bass Fishing
  • Skullgirls: Encore
  • Small Arms
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic the Fighters
  • Soulcalibur
  • Soulcalibur II HD Online
  • Space Giraffe
  • SSX
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Texas Hold 'em
  • Tour de France 2009: The Official Game
  • Trials HD    Microsoft Studios
  • Unbound Saga
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • XCOM: Enemy Within

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: July 14, 2016, 08:57 AM »

REDMOND, Wash., July 14, 2016 – If you see a Nintendo Entertainment System on store shelves this holiday shopping season, you haven’t entered a time machine. (Unless everyone around you is wearing acid-washed jeans and neon leg warmers. If that’s the case, you may have unknowingly walked through a rift in the space-time continuum.) The most likely scenario is you are setting eyes on the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, launching in stores on Nov. 11 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. That’s right: The NES is back! But this isn’t the same NES that you fondly remember. This new nostalgia-fueled system is a near-identical, mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console and plugs directly into your high-definition TV using an included HDMI cable. The console comes complete with 30 NES games built in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN, and Kirby’s Adventure.

“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”

The system comes packaged with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter and one NES Classic Controller, which is patterned after the iconic design of the original NES controller. But you really just want to know the full list of 30 games, right? Feast your eyes on the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system:

Balloon Fight™
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
Donkey Kong™
Donkey Kong Jr. ™
Dr. Mario™
Ice Climber™
Kid Icarus™
Kirby’s Adventure™
Mario Bros. ™
Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.™
Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
The Legend of Zelda™
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™

There’s a little something for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing. Each is sure to bring back memories and produce plenty of new ones. You can even enjoy playing several of these games with two players by attaching a second NES Classic Controller, which will be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99. A Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro can also be used (each sold separately).

When connected to a Wii Remote controller, the NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii system. Playing these retro games using a retro controller makes the experience that much more authentic. And if you ever need to step away from the NES Classic Edition in the middle of a tough level (or take a break to call one of Nintendo’s helpful Game Counselors*), don’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress. Each game has multiple suspend points, so you can start where you left off at a later time, no passwords needed.

What’s old is new again with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. Relive past glories. Finish off that boss you never beat. Save the galaxy and rescue the princess!

*Please only call if you have indeed entered a time machine. The Game Counselor program no longer exists in 2016.

01. Snowtrooper Tarkin
02. Dengar
03. Zuckuss
04. 4-LOM
05. Gamorrean Guard
06. Sandpeople
07. Luke Ceremony
08. Ben Kenobi Barada
09. Jawa
10. Lando Bespin

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 28, 2016, 06:20 PM »
Don't really care how it happens (abortion, miscarriage, whatever), just don't want to have watch Maggie go full-term with this thing.

(Someone slicing Maggie's stomach, killing the fetus, which becomes a zombie fetus, which then proceeds to eat Maggie from the inside out, Alien-style, falls under "whatever")

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: March 23, 2016, 01:49 PM »
^Check out the BCS Insider podcasts sometime. Really good discussion & info from the people that make the show. (They did these for Breaking Bad, too.) Vince Gilligan seems like just the nicest guy in the world.

Uncle Leia

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: March 17, 2016, 01:10 PM »
They've already released two bad sequels in a row; I guess one more's not gonna hurt.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: March 17, 2016, 01:04 PM »
Sounds like Target is the place to buy.


So with the news the other day that the exclusive Target content is actually download-only, and not on-disc, I think I'm just gonna buy the standard Blu-Ray at whatever place has it the cheapest:

(Slipcover & keepcase)

I'm a sucker for any packaging that features the original theatrical poster. I could be wrong, but I think this is the first time any official SW DVD or Blu-Ray release has used a theatrical poster for cover art. Would have gone with the Steelbook at Best Buy if it had this art instead of the stupid closeups of Kylo and Phasma.

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.

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