SW2: AOTC Director'$ Cut

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  1. FredHD

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    AOTC on IMAX - Cut down to size [​IMG]
    The IMAX edition, which will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox "exclusively to IMAX theaters," will be trimmed from its original 143 minutes to fit the 120-minute capability of most IMAX platter systems. A LucasFilm spokesperson told LFX that the editing will "maintain the integrity" of the story. "Episode II" has grossed over $300 million in conventional theaters since opening on May 19, 2002.
    Just curious to see what people think about this.
    JW
     
  2. Michael St. Clair

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    What do I think? I think the title of this movie sums it up. [​IMG]
     
  3. Terrell

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    Now that does suck! I've argued that reformatting the aspect ratio was fine for IMAX. But that's just BS! Cutting out 23 minutes is whack. Either play the damn film in it's entirety, or don't play it at all. Lucas ought to be ashamed for allowing this.

     
  4. Michael St. Clair

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    You 'running time' extremists are on the fringe, man. I can't believe how far some people will go in this forum.
     
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    Well, I'm not watching it now. It may have the same title, but it sure as hell is not the same film.
     
  6. Lou Sytsma

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    Frankly I don't see how the film could be cut and still maintain sense. They would have to trim the action sequences a fair bit - and isn't that the main reason one would want to see the movie on such a huge screen?
     
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  8. Jeff Kleist

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    IMAX taps out at 120min. No more film will fit on the platters. Since they refuse to do an intermission (not ENTIRELY sure it's possible to change out reels quickly) they either don't show the film, or they cut it

    Personally, given that the only way to destroy them further would be to dub them with grade Z actors I'd go with A
     
  9. Terrell

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    I've seen a number of IMAX films. But I didn't know that. I never paid attention to the running time.
     
  10. Chris Atkins

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    "What do I think? I think the title of this movie sums it up."

    Can someone tell me what is wrong with making money? Or re-releasing a movie to make more money?
     
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  12. DonMac

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    Jeff Kleist wrote:
     
  13. Jeff Kleist

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    I didn't say anything about the ability of the director, but I would hardly call Sam Jackson, Frank Oz, Christopher Lee and Ewan MacGregor grade Z
     
  14. Sam Davatchi

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    I say cut out all the bad acting!
     
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    Funny stuff! 23 minutes will be pretty ugly, but I'll spare the snide comments. I understand the desire to show the film on the huge screen, but "maintaining it's integrity" is a bit off a eye-opener. The battles showcase the technical virtuosity, but are the only elements that can be cut while maintaining the narrative. NP's dialogue is the worst (as well as delivery) but no male editor would cut her scenes ( [​IMG] ). Expect a few sub-plots to go bye-bye. I agree with Terrell - 5 Million at most.
    Take care,
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  17. Terrell

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    Aw c'mon Chuck. Don't you know all Star Wars threads are supposed to degenerate into snide remarks and bashing.[​IMG]
     
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    I don't see why reformatting the image isn't a big deal but trimming down the running time is. It's cut either way. Both result in a compromised version. But it's for IMAX, so you can see it on a REALLY BIG SCREEN with COOL 'SPLOSIONS in WIZZ BANG SURROUND SOUND, right?[​IMG]
     
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    Terrell,
    It's only on page 1...give it time [​IMG]
    I do feel bad for the fans of AOTC who were waiting for this. I suppose the big GL has no choice but to do this. The DVD analogy isn't the same. The IMAX movie is not what will sit on my shelf for a few years - just something I see once. I would be in a furor over the DVD in P&S, but the IMAX thing is just a bit deflating.
    Take care,
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