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  1. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    The rocket-firing figure was never released. I ordered the Boba Fett figure as soon as it was possible to do so, as I had a lot of proofs of purchase just laying around. The figure that arrived did not have a projectile, but instead came with a note indicating why it did not. (Blame Battlestar...
  2. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    I always thought it’d be cool if they were going to make a Boba Fett movie to have him crawling out of the Sarlaac pit amid the wreckage of the burning sail barge, showing quick flashbacks to him being sucked into the Sarlaac, using some thermal detonators to kill it, and his jet pack to get the...
  3. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    No, he’s introduced in ESB, dies in ROTJ. And he’s not dead, which Lucasfilm said a long time ago, and as we’ll see in season two of The Mandalorian (allegedly). I think his popularity comes from the idea of him, not the execution. Of course, he’s intended to recall Clint Eastwood’s Man With No...
  4. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Star Wars films have been delayed a year, with the next one moved to Dec. 2023 from 2022, and two more films now scheduled for 2025 and 2027...
  5. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Random question that popped in my head today: What was the significance of Rey seeing the hallway from Bespin where Luke fought Darth Vader in her vision when she first touched the lightsaber in Maz's castle? It feels like a payoff that never came.
  6. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    It was Super Special 16, for sure. This was a magazine-sized release, as opposed to the tabloid-size release of the Super Special Edition. Regarding ROTJ, the guy who ran the comic shop I frequented at the time saved a copy for me, saying he knew I'd want it. So I had it early, probably...
  7. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Indeed I did. I bought the novel some weeks before the movie came out, and I was determined not to read it. But it sat there, staring at me, inviting me to open it up. One day, I said "there can't be any harm in flipping through it and reading a random page here and there." So, that's what I...
  8. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    I was lucky enough to see Empire in 70mm on opening day, in Edison, NJ, and again opening weekend at the Murray Hill Theater in NYC. The New York audience was one of the best I’ve ever been part of.
  9. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Star Wars opened in only two theaters in New York on 5/25/77: The Loews Orpheum on 86th Street, and the Loews Astor. So it is possible the photo is from opening day, although as long lines lasted for many months, it could be from any time. Lines like that would have been normal throughout the...
  10. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    What a sad state of affairs for such a great theater. Yes, this is the Loews Astor on 44th Street. It was a great old school theater that had about 1,500 seats. I saw a Star Trek marathon (the first five films plus the debut of the Star Trek VI trailer - twice!) there in 1991 with a thousand...
  11. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    You really should. It's great. It's also strange to me that the paperback of Once Upon a Galaxy: The Making of the Empire Strikes Back by Alan Arnold (published in 1980) was never reissued. I was near the end of the 7th Grade, and Star Wars had consumed most of the last three years of my life...
  12. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Though the movie is often maligned by fans, I will hold up Across the Stars from Attack of the Clones as one of the finest compositions done for the entire saga. Say what you will about the prequels or sequels, but John Williams never let us down.
  13. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    They said this was done before Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012. And if I recall, didn’t the 2011 Blu-ray have this specific change? Pretty sure it did, which makes this old news. (Not blaming you, Sam, I’ve seen this reported everywhere today.)
  14. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Today we did The Last Jedi and concluded our “12 Days of Star Wars.” The Last Jedi, for me, isn’t a satisfactory experience. Visually, it’s different from the other films. The scenes in space are much darker than all the previous films, so much so that it’s hard to get a clear picture of the...
  15. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Yesterday we watched The Force Awakens, which does a nice job of bringing the series back after a long absence. But a big problem is JJ Abrams’ style of storytelling, which is to explain as little as possible to the audience. That doesn’t work well in Star Wars. What happened in the 30 years...
  16. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Empire Strikes Back yesterday and Return of the Jedi today. Very different movies. Empire continues to be my favorite, as it strikes the right tone with the characters but it's never grim, and it's often a lot of fun. There are plenty of surprises along the way, and the revelation at the end...
  17. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    This. I have always said that Jedi's biggest failing is that they build up the dramatic tension in the scenes with Luke, Vader and the Emperor and then break it when they shift to comedy with the Ewoks or the swashbuckling of the space dogfight. Also, the scenes with Jabba's entourage are too...
  18. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    In the last few days, we watched Rogue One and A New Hope, two of my favorites in the series (along with Empire). The kids are having a blast this deep into the series. Rogue One is a great film and it fits within the world of the original movie very well. I told the kids that it's as good as...
  19. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Today we did Solo, which I enjoyed a lot, again. I find the movie fun and full of clever moments, the kind of movie I would like to see more of (even if I’m the only one). However, watching this with all the other Star Wars film, one area where this film is lacking is its color palette. Many...
  20. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Revenge of the Sith for us yesterday. This was always my favorite of the prequels, and it still is. I always said it's a better movie than Return of the Jedi (we'll see if that holds when we get to Jedi). Things are a little silly in the beginning, with R2-D2 and the battle droids, and the...
  21. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Today we watched the Clone Wars micro-series (still not on blu-ray, but the DVDs look great), which is about 2 hours and 15 minutes when watched together. It is terrific. Genndy Tartakovsky's style really suits the material, and I was surprised to see how much the Clone Wars TV show borrowed...
  22. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    We watched the Clone Wars movie today. This was released theatrically in 2008, and lead into the Clone Wars TV show. It's often overlooked among Star Wars films, and that's too bad, because it's fun. The movie isn't as good as the TV show would become, but it is particularly notable for...
  23. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Forgot to mention the Episode II deleted scenes: These are more substantive than the Episode I scenes, and most deal with Padme's backstory, her family and her desire to have kids of her own. They also feature Padme being interrogated by Dooku (Christopher Lee is terrific here, and this should...
  24. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Attack of the Clones today for us. After TPM, this is the weakest Star Wars movie, but there is still a lot to enjoy here. Some great set pieces, and the story of Anakin's past starts to come together with the visit to Tatooine and the Lars family. The finale with the Jedi and the Clones...
  25. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    In an effort to be as comprehensive as possible, we're watching all the deleted scenes for each movie. We watched the scenes from TPM DVD (which were completed with visual effects) and the blu-ray (which were not finished). There's really nothing there that merited inclusion. The emphasis in...
  26. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    Today the kids and I started "The 12 Days of Star Wars," which is similar to our MCU rewatch project from last year. We're watching: Episode I, II, the Clone Wars movie, the Clone Wars micro-series (which is 2 hours), Episode III, Solo, Rogue One, Episode IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII. We watched I...
  27. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    I think slowing down to less than one per year is the wrong lesson to learn from Solo. Iger takes the blame for putting it out in May instead of December - good, because that was a mistake. Beyond that: They released Solo within less than a month from Avengers 3. And in between was Deadpool...
  28. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    I don't believe this has been shared here before. I'm a big fan of Ralph McQuarrie's work, and as much as I love the look of the Star Wars films, that artwork really captures the other-worldliness of Star Wars. Now someone has used modern technology to imagine what McQuarrie's designs would...
  29. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    TheForce.net and a couple of other sites are reporting today that the Obi-Wan movie is in pre-production, with filming set to start early in 2019 for a December 2020 release. Personally, there is no Star Wars movie I want to see more than an Obi-Wan movie with Ewan McGregor...
  30. Sam Favate

    Official STAR WARS Saga (episodes I to VII) Discussion Thread: Part 5

    This is a piece I wrote for today. I thought I'd share it here. --- Forty Years of Star Wars Whenever it comes up, I am often asked how it is that I came to see Star Wars so many times in the theater. (Thirty-two viewings from 1977-1979, not counting the 1981, 1982 and 1997 re-releases, or home...