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Hmmmmmm… good idea this is, join in I will…. yeeesss…
Cathy and myself have just finished watching Episodes I to VI over the weekend. First two on Friday night, middle two last night, you get the picture.
Some quick observations now I’ve finally seen all six in a row:
- The back-story really breathes new life into the original trilogy, having the history of the characters to refer to makes such a big difference (god I’m such a geek)
- The original trilogy is a much smaller, character driven story
- Palpatine is a devious shit, but you have to admire his cunning
- The Episode III to IV transition works really well story and character wise, but the 70’s model work is really jarring after coming from the CG battles of the prequel. It’s especially noticeable during the first attack on the Death Star
- …but in saying that, the space battle in Return of the Jedi still rocks
- You know there’s going to be a new box set at some point, and I bet my Boba Fett Pez dispenser that there will further tinkering from George to make the segue between trilogies a little more seamless.
- In the big scheme of things Jar-Jar isn’t that annoying, he can be filtered, but jesus his sense of humour is crap. He’s just not funny
- After seeing serious, solemn Yoda in the prequels, his behaviour when he first appears in Empire makes him look like he’s gone bat-shit loopy. Trust me, watch it when he first meets Luke, he’s acting like an insane man
- These words are not in the OSX spell-checker: Jedi, Yoda, Boba Fett
- … they are now, I may need to talk more about them and the red squiggly lines were annoying me
- R2-D2 swears a lot
- The re-mastered trilogy are really dark compared to the prequels. I don’t know if this is due to the re-mastering process or just the difference between film and digital, but they look very underexposed
- Cathy went "awww" when the Ewoks got shot. She needs help
- Ewan McGregor really nailed Alec Guinness. I find myself stroking my chin when I’m thinking now, in an Obi-Wan style. This is not good
- It works, I loved it
Doing it all again at christmas, woohoo!
Johnny Cash died this morning…. not cool. RIP Johnny.
Sorry for the lack of stuff up here (as if anyone is listening) but I’m currently mired deep in TheProjectWithNoEnd and have bug reports coming out of my ears. Still, it’s really coming together now, hopefully people will like it once it’s done.
The funny thing is, my problem isn’t with Amazon, it’s with Warner Brothers. This email should explain why:
From: Garrett Coakley < *********************>
Subject: Animatrix DVD – Subtitle problems
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 11:22:47 +0100
At the beginning of this week I purchased The Animatrix
DVD and I have a problem that I hope you can clear up.
Whilst watching the bonus features I noticed that there
are no subtitles for when the Japanese contributors are
speaking. The only way to fix this is to turn on English
subtitles for the whole DVD, which is incredibly distracting
when English speaking contributors are on screen.
I find it hard to believe that this is intentional, so could
you let me know if this situation is due to a mastering error
or if it is an oversight on the part of the DVD developers, and
what steps Warners will be taking to correct this error.
Unfortunately Warner Brothers don’t appear to want to talk to their customers (can we get them a copy of the Cluetrain Manifesto?). After searching in vain on their site for a contact address, I gave up and took a shot at firstname.lastname@example.org. No dice, sendmail bounced it back with a ‘User Unknown’ error. Same for email@example.com. Nice one Warners. Still, the error made a few of us giggle and made the topic over at #evolt for a few hours.
So, next stop, the retail chain I bought it from. A quick email to Amazon elicited a reply within 24hours:
To: Garrett Coakley
Subject: Your Amazon.co.uk Order (#***-******_********)
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 11:39:03 -0700
Thank you for contacting Amazon.co.uk with your question.
We will need to research this a bit further and will write again soon with an answer.
Thank you for shopping at Amazon.co.uk.
Ignoring the "Dear Customer" intro, which is a little cold for my liking, it looks like Amazon could be on the ball. We’ll wait and see though.
I’ll post any further updates in the comments.
Went to see Matrix Reloaded with a few friends on Sunday night. Wasn’t particularly sure about it after coming out of the cinema, but after having had a couple of days to think about it, being able to read the articles I couldn’t read before, and chatting with people that have seen it, I’m coming round to thinking that it’s pretty damn good.
Have to go and see it again soonish and then see if it makes any more sense though.