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 Posted:   May 5, 2015 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Hey! This month marks the tenth(!) anniversary of the release of "Revenge of the Sith"! Any warm memories on this no-doubt momentous occasion?

Well, it had the best score of the prequels and I would argue the third best score in the series. It's at least watchable, what JarJar had one line and was otherwise mute?

I liked the serious tone. The long silent scene of Anakin gazing out across the city is one of my favorite scenes in the series. CGI Yoda was finally credible looking. Anakin getting his legs chopped off and burnt alive? Holy crap! And I got to see Star Destoyers and hear Darth Vader's theme at the end.

And you thought I was going to go all negative didn't you? wink

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2015 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Hey! This month marks the tenth(!) anniversary of the release of "Revenge of the Sith"! Any warm memories on this no-doubt momentous occasion?

I know I already posted in this thread from 2 years back, but yes, I have fond memories of seeing Episode III in the theaters. It was my last midnight showing I attended, then I wound up seeing the movie again about 8 hours later with my wife at the time and our friends. It was a great experience and Episode III gave me everything I'd wanted to see in a "Star Wars" movie since I was a kid. It's still one of my most watched movies of the that series.

And in all honesty, in the years following its release and the airing of the "Clone Wars" TV series, I've become a much more ardent fan of the prequel era than the OT era. Maybe it's just that I grew up with the OT and I was ready for something new in that universe. I also just found all the aspects of the prequel era fascinating, from characters, world-building, politics, battles and more. Even now, I'm excited at reading the new comics and books that occur in that time frame, more than reading the post-ANH material.

So anyway, that's my 2 cents! smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 2:26 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Hey! This month marks the tenth(!) anniversary of the release of "Revenge of the Sith"! Any warm memories on this no-doubt momentous occasion?

Had a great time on opening day all those years ago.

I'm surprised you would even notice the arrival of such a "momentous occasion", Phelps, given your well-established dislike of the prequels. As for me, I must confess, I didn't really notice it was the anniversary of "Revenge of the Sith"'s release, even though I liked the film. Maybe I'll watch it later this month, if the mood takes me. smile

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 3:05 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm less a fan of the films than the majority here but it's still a bit surprising that it's already been ten years since the last of those films was released. I don't recall seeing any "anniversary" threads for TPM and AoTC by the "target audience" of this topic, which would be the then-kids who grew up with the prequel films as the "movies of their childhood." I'm not sure they hold that title, even with young people now in their early-to-mid-20s. Certainly not the way the original trilogy defined, say, our childhood.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 3:20 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Are *any* films celebrated that way any more?

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 3:27 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Are *any* films celebrated that way any more?

Outside of DVD marketing? Probably not. However, I think fans still mark such anniversaries--don't they?

I suppose I'm asking a loaded question, as films unworthy of such commemoration don't receive the anniversary treatment, do they?

Here are some early reactions to the Phantom Menace trailer after its debut in November 1998:

http://geektyrant.com/news/read-ridiculously-positive-reactions-to-star-wars-the-phantom-menace-teaser-trailer

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Oh, Jim - you know how sci fi dramas about galactic taxation troubles set our hearts a flutter.
My wife actually fell asleep watching Phantom Menace, and I did not wake her up, because I thought it was an excellent idea to sleep through it.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

I'm less a fan of the films than the majority here but it's still a bit surprising that it's already been ten years since the last of those films was released.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Funny!

I think this counting down the years thing may be my so-called mid-life crisis. embarrassment In the years between RotJ and TPM I was pretty far removed from much of my childhood interests. I am more interested in these things now--that is, the older stuff--than I ever was in high school and 20s. Though to be fair I have never been *completely* removed from it. My interest during those years consisted more of fits and starts than long periods of in-depth interest.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

They never left me completely, either, but I too have gone back after periods of diminished interest.. I stopped watching Star Trek at a point in the '90s; there was just so much of it then, and so much of it wasn't great, and... I don't know why else, but for a time I just got kind of burned out on Trek. Eventually, though, I found my interest rekindled, and I've gone back and started getting caught up on all the stuff I've missed. I never saw a single episode of Enterprise while it was originally running, but recently I've gone and watched the whole series on Netflix, and really enjoyed it. I've since moved on to the original series, during which I've taken a couple short breaks but always returned; I had of course seen every episode of it already multiple times, but now I've been going through the whip series once again. Shortly I'll be done with it, and move onto the animated series, and then the TOS-era-ish movies, and then onto Star Trek: The Next Generation. I'm going through everything in more-or-less chronological order.

I've also gotten hugely into LEGO again in the last fifteen years. I loved it when I was a kid, but of course fell away when I became a teenager and thought I was too cool for it or whatever. In adult LEGO fandom there's actually a term for this - one's "dark ages", that void between when one first loves LEGO as a kid and then when one rediscovers it as an adult. Lots of fans naturally go through this period, usually in their teens, when they either legitimately lose interest or are afraid of what their peers will think, and abandon playing with little plastic bricks (most people never come back, of course, but plenty of adults are happy to put their dark ages behind them).

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 9:52 AM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

I've also gotten hugely into LEGO again in the last fifteen years. I loved it when I was a kid, but of course fell away when I became a teenager and thought I was too cool for it or whatever. In adult LEGO fandom there's actually a term for this - one's "dark ages", that void between when one first loves LEGO as a kid and then when one rediscovers it as an adult. Lots of fans naturally go through this period, usually in their teens, when they either legitimately lose interest or are afraid of what their peers will think, and abandon playing with little plastic bricks (most people never come back, of course, but plenty of adults are happy to put their dark ages behind them).

And then adults make stuff like this:







 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Not only are those Lego dioramas impressive, I can just imagine how much money it cost! And we think soundtrack collecting is an expensive hobby...

Funny thing I never got into Lego's as a kid. Didn't dislike them just wasn't into them. I build plastic model kits instead.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2015 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

I was always a Lego nut as a kid. Always wanted to create something. I regret selling almost my whole collection at a garage sale (especially because a lot of the Star Wars ones are now ten times the price!), but I've gotten some sets recently - mostly because they now have Super Hero ones. smile

I'm David, and I will always be a nerd.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2015 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm not sure where exactly this footage is from or if it's just meant as a joke, but it's amusing nonetheless:

"I may have gone too far in a few places"



"That's gonna be great" "That's gonna be great" "That's gonna be great"

~Spielberg and Lucas

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2015 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

"Jar Jar is the key to all of this".

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2015 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   SOSAYWEALL   (Member)

Jim Phelps: that footage is from a documentary on the making of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace dvd, one of best reasons to own it, & of course it's not included on the Blu-ray.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2015 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Jim Phelps: that footage is from a documentary on the making of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace dvd, one of best reasons to own it, & of course it's not included on the Blu-ray.

Thanks. Seeing that footage of Lucas's lectures to his minions and that horrific audition is like watching the planning of a tragedy, only I'm powerless to stop it.

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2015 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Jake's agents and coaches remind me of Billy Mumy's family in the Twilight Zone. When Jake signs his contract, they all say, "That's real good that you did that" and then just hope he won't wish them all away into the cornfield.

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2015 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Jim Phelps: that footage is from a documentary on the making of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace dvd, one of best reasons to own it, & of course it's not included on the Blu-ray.

Thanks. Seeing that footage of Lucas's lectures to his minions and that horrific audition is like watching the planning of a tragedy, only I'm powerless to stop it.


When ever I see screen tests like this I ask myself, "You interviewed a thousand kids for the part and this was the best of the lot? Really?!" confused

 
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