New Release

Seriously, Lucasfilm!? What. The Fuck.

Sigh. I guess this really shouldn’t come as too much of shock, right? Every new release of the Star Wars films warrant new gimmicks for us to buy them. And this release is a big one, this one is Blu-ray. These versions will be in high definition. This time when you watch The Empire Strike Back on your 50′ plasma you don’t want to be distracted by the puppeteer’s arm controlling the Wampa. Well, good, ’cause you won’t. That’s one of the few, minor cosmetic changes coming to the saga, that honestly, we can forgive. I would still love to have a nice quality version of the original flicks, no alterations, but I don’t mind my shiny HD version lookin’ just as pretty and perfect as possible. A long with this Wampa scene fix-up expect to see,

… the frame size on The Phantom Menace will be more complete than it was on previous releases. Meaning, where on your DVD you might not be able to see a character on the right of the frame, now you will. This is because transfer technology in 1999 wasn’t as good as it is now so, in 2011, they can transfer a more complete image. Plus, the images will be cleaned up, so no subtle ghosting around certain objects.

As for the original trilogy, many things that were wrong with the 2004 DVDs have been updated. Color timing is no longer an issue as all the lightsabers have been enhanced and made more uniform.

The audio has also been significantly improved with this release, particularly in A New Hope. Apparently there were issues with the back channels and some of the score was too low in the mix, but that’s all been corrected. In some cases, they even went back to the 1976 files to get the right sounds.

All of this is well and good and not worthy of an angry tirade on your personal blog. Though I’m sure from some there will be. What’s surprising is George Lucas has found more to tinker with. Here, this is straight from the original Digital Bits article where this information on the upcoming alterations was announced,

Once again, George has apparently added a few new “surprises” into these films. I don’t know what they are and didn’t get to see any of them on Friday, but I was assured that there will be “new things to notice” when we watch the films. I think we can safely assume that one of them will be the new all-digital Yoda in Episode I. Way back when Episode III was released on DVD, ILM digital effects supervisor Pablo Helman confirmed to me that the puppet Yoda in Episode I was replaced with a digital version to better match his appearance in Episodes II and III. In fact, the Episode III DVD extras includes a clip of the Episode I digital Yoda. However, this Blu-ray set is really the first opportunity we’ll have to see it in full. What the other changes to these films may be, I have no idea, but I suspect there will be no lack of blog posts on this very subject within hours of the first discs becoming available to fans.

Replacing the terrible puppet in Episode 1 which somehow managed to look worse than the Yoda puppet from 20 years earlier, please do! That I’m not worried about. What scares me are these other “surprises” they don’t reveal. What new, unexpected changes we asked for are coming to a galaxy far, far away!?

Source: /Film


This Week in Comics 05/25/11

Hello comic book aficionados! Here is your insider comic book news for the week.

Whispers are circling around the nerdy water coolers  over Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s disclosed announcement set for June 11th, at a Hero Complex sponsored film festival. Bleeding Cool has reported that they, “will be holding a panel on the Saturday, and Hero Complex announces they will be making major DC comics announcements, including the future of the entire DC Universe and especially Superman.” Does this make everyone more curious about what the hell their announcement is? Heck Yeah! But, for now we sit and wait patiently for someone to slip some info so we can tell you first!

Now with this bit of news, the next one I’m about to lay on you may seem like coincidence, but I highly doubt it. Yesterday Comics Alliance reported that DC and Marvel both lost their Digital Comics Executives, and here is the quoted scoop:

“ DC Comics’ former head of digital content, Ron Perazza, is now ideally positioned to replace Marvel’s outgoing head of digital content, Ira Rubenstein. The latter has resigned to take a position at Fox, while the former declined a recent promotion and a move to Los Angeles to remain in New York City, where Marvel is based.”

Hmmm, Sir Perazza you seem to be getting ready to jump the DC ship, but why? With sales in electronic books outselling print books, what business strategy is Marvel setting up. DC does not have the luxury during these economic times to have a vacancy in positions. For the rest of the story, check out Comics Alliance full article.

The co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman, finds himself in a predicament. Work-for hire. After selling his interest in TMNT to MTV, he is co-writing the new comic book series due to release from IDW in August. Just ‘cause he co-created doesn’t mean he can’t get fired. If an editor doesn’t like something, they can send him back to the drawing board, and jump a bunch of hoops. But I guess that’s what you get for letting a good thing slip through your fingers , you gotta work like hell to get it back.

To end our news I leave you with an announcement you can either love or hate. Yen Press has announced, that after the success of Twilight: The Graphic Novel Adaptation Vol.1 they plan to release the second volume October 11. They plan to have 350,000 copies of Vol.2 available for its first run, compared to Vol.1 which had 60,000 copies sold in one week. So, for all the Twilight fans out there, make sure to mark your calendar for the release of the second volume.

Now that we’re finished with a daily dose of news let’s take a look at the pulls for the week. (more…)