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David Stambaugh
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The February 2005 issue of Vanity Fair magazine says:

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Work on the movie will continue until April 15, with even more fiddling likely to go on into May for a special cut that will only play in digitally equipped theaters this summer.


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Brad Miller
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Good, all the super nerds can go flock to the "digital" theater in town so the regular theaters don't have to deal with them.

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Mike Blakesley
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I hope the digitals will charge an extra 5 bucks for that 30 seconds of added footage.

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David Stambaugh
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Maybe it'll have more Jar Jar.

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Steve Guttag
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quote: Mike Blakesley
I hope the digitals will charge an extra 5 bucks for that 30 seconds of added footage.
Isn't that how it works in video? I mean the "special edition" DVDs charge a bit extra for those special bits.

Yet another closing of the gap between home and cinema.

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Thomas Procyk
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They should do what they did with "CLUE" and have a different ending at various theaters. I heard that's what they planned to do for "Freddy vs. Jason" at one point.

In all honesty, though, this is a feeble move to either: 1) Get more theaters to install digital so they can run the supercool ultra mega mega ROTS, or 2) Ensure the digital screens will outgross film screens by promoting them as having the supercool ultra mega mega ROTS.

After release, Lucas undoubtedly will hold a press conference in which he will announce that the "Digital presentation is what I intended to be shown" and spin it in a way to make it sound like film DIDN'T ALLOW him to have his VISION, blah blah blah.

"...Lucas informed filmgoers that the only way to see the intended version of the new Star Wars is to see it in DLP, since film prints are missing key elements from Lucas's film..." [Roll Eyes]

All hype. ENDLESS ENDLESS hype. [Smile]

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Tim Reed
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Well, good. That should get teach those crappy film houses a thing or two! [Razz]

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Mark J. Marshall
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This was also the case for Attack Of The Clones. George talks about it during the commentary. There wasn't anything major added, just some minor effects tweaking, and slight modifications. For example, in the wedding scene at the end, Anakin reaches for Padme's hand in one version, and is already holding her hand in the other version. Or something like that.

Those are probably the types of changes we can expect for Revenge Of The Sith.

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Scott Norwood
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They're releasing it on film??? But George said that Ep III would be [dlp] only, since film apparently doesn't allow him to fulfill his vision! [Confused]

Will the IMAX DMR version be different, too?

Am I the only one who is getting a bit annoyed by this trend toward "special editions" of films, featuring "new never-before-seen footage"? For me, the original, 35mm or 70mm theatrical release of any given film, as seen by the majority of viewers, will always be the "one, true version" of any given film, and anything else is, at best, a curiousity. (Having said this, I'd really love to see the original [premiere version] cut of "2001" in 70mm.)

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Tim Reed
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Me, too, Scott. "Director's cut" editions always irk me. I figure, the first-release cut IS the director's cut. Whose else would it be, the gaffer's?

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Cody Martin
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Tim, of course not..it would have to be the best boys'.;-)..just playing. I agree though, the few seconds of "enhanced" footage..blah..give me the original!

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Michael Coate
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I'll side with Lucas on this one in the sense that, although he is definitely a master of hype, having a digital cinema version allows him to push the "lock date" closer to release compared to a much earlier date required to complete a film print order. And digital allows "final" decisions to be changed. So I suppose, in a sense, a digital production is never "locked."

BTW, back in 1980, between the 70mm and 35mm versions of "The Empire Strikes Back," the 35mm version was the longer, tweaked version of the two.

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Jim Ziegler
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The extended versions of Lord of the Rings were definately better than the theatrical versions..

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Mark Gulbrandsen
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Thats ok. There are no Star Wars films made after the first three that worth the time of day anyway. I'd rather watch "Howard The Duck" than the last two installments od SW!

Mark

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Thomas Procyk
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[Eek!] ME TOO! [Smile]

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