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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Here's a quick guide to everything you need to know before seeing Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend: The big Lebowski becomes the little Lebowski and vice versa in these hand-painted The Big Lebowski nesting dolls (via Neatorama): The sounds of Star Wars are spotlighted in this tribute to sound designer Ben Burtt (via Devour): And here's a video essay on the sounds and tension in the Boogie Nights drug deal scene (via The Playlist): This is a far out poster for the Back to the Future trilogy cleverly divided by the lines of the flux capacitor (via Geek Tyrant): The latest supercut from Jacob T. Swinney's spotlight on...
- Christopher Campbell
The Sounds of Star Wars from Rishi Kaneria on Vimeo.
It’s hard for people not to have Star Wars on their mind, what with the recent release of the full trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, constant photo reveals and its imminent release at the end of the year. While fans are eager for the new film to come out (especially this fan), it’s good to look back on the original films (everyone knows not to talk about the prequels anymore) and what makes them so memorable.
Vimeo user Risha Kaneria did just that in editing together this supercut of sound designer Ben Burtt’s work on the film, and the nostalgia almost becomes too tangible with all of the sound effects that fans have come to know and love. It serves as a reminder of the difficult task that sound designers have, and just »
For all of the iconic elements that have made the Star Wars films such a cornucopia of cultural quintessence, it.s easy to lose sight of how those pieces fit together as a whole. In fact, the film.s indelible visuals often overshadow the critical element of sound. However, thanks to a fan-made supercut showcasing the work of sound effects legend Ben Burtt on the Original Trilogy of films, the spotlight on the amazing audio effects of those films can be fully appreciated. Thrown together by a filmmaker fan, Rishi Kaneria, this packed, pulse-pounding supercut gives you a quick, potent shot of some of the most famous Foley work in film history. Besides the unmistakable John Williams score, the critical role of the work done by sound designer Ben Burtt is never more apparent than in this creatively condensed montage of magnificence. The often-evoked "used future" idea in describing the »
It's hard to believe that nearly 38 years since the release of the original Star Wars movie, there can still be new ways of looking at it. In this case, the looking is secondary to the hearing of it. Ben Burtt's work in the field of sound design is unparalleled. Some of the most iconic sounds in the pop culture landscape are a direct result of his efforts - the lightsaber igniting, Darth Vader's breathing, R2-D2's voice, the list goes on. To highlight the massive accomplishment of Burtt's work on the original "Star Wars" trilogy, Rishi Kaneria created a supercut of "The Sounds of Star Wars". Removing the dialog and (most of) the music, what remains is a collection of sounds that are familiar but presented in a new way. The sounds are edited out of chronological order to achieve a syncopated rhythm but still tell the story of the Rebellion and the Empire. »
- Michael Hindle
With half a year to go until "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" arrives, there will undoubtedly be no shortage of re-visits to the previous films, and discussions about most elements of the new film's aesthetics. But it's hard to debate that sound designer Ben Burtt was an integral success to George Lucas' franchise, creating the sonic texture that would stoke a generation of imaginations in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." And a new, quick, two-minute supercut highlights his work. Rishi Kaneria has cut this together and it's pretty mesmerizing stuff. One quickly comes to understand the task Burtt had ahead of him. It wasn't just creating the sound of lightsabers swooshing or the X-wings flying through the air, but countless bits of mechanical, futuristic objects too. It's fun and fascinating so check it out below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?
In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.
But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.
By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »
Celebrate the April 10th digital release of the Star Wars saga with this collection of fun facts and interstellar statistics. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD.
Want more behind-the-scenes revelations? Then check out the extras on Star Wars: The Digital Collection.
Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn rescue Queen Amidala, ruler of a peaceful planet invaded by dark forces. On their escape, they discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a child prodigy who is unusually strong in the Force.
Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was created from an interesting collection of vehicles and props. The front of the shuttle, in which Anakin sits, was made from the shell of a 1960’s racing car called a Maserati Birdcage. »
- Michelle McCue
Burbank, Calif. – April 6, 2015 – As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox today announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD throughout the galaxy – or at least here on Earth – globally beginning Friday, April 10.
“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited »
- ComicMix Staff
Earlier this week, LucasFilm announced that all six Star Wars movies will be available on Digital HD for the first time through the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection, which will be available on April 10. Fans can either purchase the entire collection or individual movies, each of which will include brand new special features, along with bonus material from previous home video releases. Today, LucasFilm has released eight new special features excerpts that take us behind-the-scenes of this beloved franchise.
The first excerpt features legendary sound editors Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood meeting at Skywalker Ranch to discuss how they came to work on the Star Wars films, as they share the surprising sounds that made the movies roar to life and celebrate the franchise that defined their careers. The second clip gives us never-before-heard interviews with Anthony Daniels, C-3Po, on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope accompanied by rare, »
As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox have announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection.
For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD throughout the galaxy – or at least here on Earth – globally beginning Friday, April 10.
“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re »
- Michelle McCue
As the world prepares to completely lose its mind with the release of the new Star Wars film, it is obviously time to try to stir the pot as much as possible. That in mind, the previous films from the franchise are going to be released on April 10th in digital edition, and with some new bonuses to help sucker you in to the purchase.
They also come with the legacy bonus content, and put together, these are impressive releases. I don’t want to overly comment on how many sales the first three episodes are going to get, but if you need to catch up on the universe in general, this is your chance. And, since we’re looking at a new generation who need to get on board for the new film, this is the way to go.
Take a look at all the bonus potential below, and »
- Marc Eastman
We’ve kind of expected a big Star Wars re-release as the new films start to be pushed into cinemas, and now it has been announced, in a deal between Lucasfilm, Disney and original owners Fox, that the original saga will hit the home entertainment platforms from the 10th of April! Yes, in-three-days 10th of April. If you, like me, own the original trilogy on VHS, the whole saga on DVD in their special edition forms and then the Blu-Rays that hit markets a little while agao, you’ll be wondering why we need to buy them again. Well, it seems that the new digital editions will come with some new ‘never-before-seen’ materials, as well as some old documentaries from time of release, and some new ‘conversations’ with artists.
We’re hearing that you’ll be able to purchase the new editions from the likes of iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. »
- Paul Heath
Update: all six Star Wars films are out as HD downloads on the 10th April. Prices and trailers have been revealed...
Update: Yesterday, it was revealed that the first six episodes in the Star Wars saga are to be made available to buy digitally for the first time.
The movies will be made available worldwide on the same day - that's the 10th April - along with a clutch of new and old features to accompany each film.
Disappointingly, we'll be getting the later, digitally-modified Star Wars films rather than the original theatrical release.
It's also fair to say that the prices won't please everyone, either; a quick look on Xbox Video reveals that the full set's going for £69.99, while the individual films will set you back £13.99.
In the Us, the prices are $89.99 for the set and $19.99 per episode; if Google's calculator's correct, that makes the American set cheaper than »
The worst kept secret in Star Wars for the year so far, is now official, as Disney has officially announced the release of the entire Star Wars saga (so far) on digital platforms, with all new bonus content for fans to enjoy! Come inside to learn what's coming with these new versions.
We all knew this was coming. We've heard rumors about it for the last year or so, and the special "Digital Release Commemorative" toys starting hitting shelves last month. Even last week, fan site Yak Face spotted ads and online information for the Star Wars films on digital...so it was only a matter of time before Disney made it official. Tonight they have, revealing all six Star Wars movies will be available on all digital platforms (Vudu, iTunes, Amazon, etc) this Friday. Best of all, they're coming with brand new features.
In case you're wondering, yes, these »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Announced via a trailer, and a subsequent press release, during tonight's Ncaa National Championship game, Lucasfilm and Disney are set to release the Star Wars franchise on digital HD for the first time. The collection, which Amazon has priced at $89.99 will include all six previously release Star Wars films this Friday, April 10. amz asin="B00VJ04TH0" size="small"The move brings the long-guarded franchise into the modern era in advance of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. "It's only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we're very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time," Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement of the six films being available for digital purchase. "Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, »
- Brad Brevet
The entire “Star Wars” saga will be available for digital download beginning Friday, April 10 — a development sure to excite fans of the films and allow filmmakers to rev up anticipation in advance of the Christmas Day release of the seventh installment, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
All six films in the series and bonus features will be accessible in digital HD for viewing on a variety of devices, according to an announcement by Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox.
Fans will be able to buy the films — beginning with “The Phantom Menace” and continuing through “Return of the Jedi” — either individually or as a set. They will be available through multiple retailers, including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Amazon, Xbox Video, PlayStation Store and Verizon Fios.
After purchase, all of the films, except Episode IV, will be available in customers’ accounts at Disney Movies Anywhere. Rights to “A New Hope, »
- James Rainey
While it is not the answer to their prayers that "Star Wars" fans have been hoping for, there is big news tonight. "Star Wars: The Digital Collection" will be available for purchase in the digital world for the first time on April 10th. This may not be the exact version that fans continue to vocally demand the most frequently, but it does give fans a new way to watch their favorite films, and it also will come with a slew of new extra features. Here's the official information, straight from Disney. As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox today announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, »
- Drew McWeeny
The opening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” presents one of the most iconic action sequences of film history. From the sparse, but calculated, way Steven Spielberg introduces our hero, Alfred Molina’s brave young Satipo (just kidding, I was referring to Harrison Ford’s Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones Jr., of course), to the endlessly referenced, ripped-off and parodied boulder chase, the opening of one of the most influential blockbusters of all time has a lot of details to be scrutinized. That’s probably what our friends at Cinefix must have thought, since they put together a simple, yet informative, deconstruction of the scene as part of their “Art of the Scene” series. The first half of the eight-minute video focuses on the project’s inception and pre-production process, which, even for the casual fan, will be more than familiar. However, once the sequence’s bizarre Scrooge McDuck connection »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Director Niell Blomkamp’s new sci-fi epic Chappie opened this weekend. The film tells the story of a robot who is given artificial intelligence by his inventor, but he must learn the ways of the world just like a child. However, his innocent mind is being molded by gangsters and violent criminals.
Photos: 'Pacific Rim' and 7 Giant Robot/Monster Mashes
It’s still to be seen if Chappie will go down as a classic in the robot sci-fi genre, but if it whetted your appetite for artificial intelligence movies and android action scenes, here are nine of the best robotic heroes and nine of the craziest robotic villains in cinematic history.
9. Gigolo Joe from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Played by: Jude Law
This is one of Law’s greatest roles. Gigolo Joe is a mechanical male prostitute on the run from authorities after being framed for murder. Joe is a highlight »
With the end of the first season/series in sight I find myself in a contemplative mood regarding the crew of the Ghost. Though the action, character interaction and ‘Star Wars feel’ have been great, I’d like more. Specifically my craving for progression and explanation beyond Ezra. Sure he’s the main character and the one for the target audience to relate, but there are others I’d love to know more about. I’m looking at you Hera and Sabine. Maybe I’m expecting too much, laying my adult ideas over a kids show. But there are more episodes coming so patience is probably the main requirement.
‘Vision of Hope’ is bursting with references to not only A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, but also The Clone Wars. I didn’t feel as »
- Chris Cooper
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