Month: March 2017

Fan-Made Trailer sells Rogue One on VHS

Source: ScreenRant.

As technology has continuously evolved, so has the way moviegoers watch their favorite films at home. These days, the dominant forms are Blu-ray disc and digital HD, allowing fans to relive all the greatest moments in the clearest video and audio quality. Watching a blockbuster in the theater can still be an experience like no other (especially if it’s in IMAX), but few things are better than watching a modern tentpole like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on a widescreen TV from the comfort of one’s own living room. With everything available, there’s never been a better time to design a home theater system.

Of course, it wasn’t always like this. In the early days of home media, VHS was the top choice, placing the film on a video tape (or possibly more, depending on its length). Obviously, the format is now defunct and hasn’t been produced for a number of years, but those who grew up with VCRs can still be nostalgic for their old school charm. It’s for this reason YouTube user Damien Kazan Filmmaker has created a fan-made trailer imagining a VHS release for Rogue One. You can watch it below.

There’s great attention to detail here, as the short clip is even presented in the classic “pan and scan” aspect ratio that fit the older 4:3 televisions that were in many home entertainment systems before HD became in vogue. Little touches like the tracking effect and standard definition quality add to the teaser, and it comes across as a touching homage to a bygone era. The project is quite similar to the VHS advertisements that were released for the original trilogy, complete with voice over selling the merits of the film to appeal to viewers.

One interesting thing about this trailer is that when Rogue One is shown in standard definition, the footage looks like even more of a recreation of the settings and vehicles from the original films. The masters at ILM worked tirelessly to ensure there was a strong amount of visual consistency between the spinoff and A New Hope (even though four decades separate them), and the action sequences here appear to be pulled right out of one of the first movies – even though Rogue One was made with modern CGI and revolutionary camera techniques to craft a new sense of realism.

Obviously, Rogue One will never see the light of day on VHS, but this is still a fun video to check out as fans gear up for the Blu-ray release next week. And another proof how much creative some Star Wars die-hard fans are when they try to homage and show their love for the space saga.


Bug or cheat in Star Wars Commander on Windows?

Many Star Wars Commander players already seen this: your base or some squadmate base is attacked by a rival and you/he won the battle, but what would be a victory changes to a defeat when the game Battle Log is showed. Many of us always thought to be a cheat, someone using some kind of artifice to change the log of a battle to have a victory and not a defeat.

Today, my level 10 Empire base was attacked by player drusses heroes from The_Resistance squad, and according to the replay, I won the battle for 43% of damage, but the Battle Log shows that was a defeat for 73%.

Watch the video of the replay here (audio doesn’t available).

And see all the prints:

1) The Battle Log of the attack

2) The replay starts with 1m52s

3) just 1 sec to finish the attack, I have only 43% of my base destroyed – a victory!

4) the Battle log shows that was a defeat for 73%? How???

5) he used a LAAT (Low Altitude Assault Transport) that is not showed in any moment of the replay

Analysing the battle log, I saw the troops he used and there is the LAAT (Low Altitude Assault Transport) that is not shown in the replay. Why? And analyzing the replay, I can see that has a lag of 8sec, where the replay starts with 1min52s, instead the 2min usual. Just a few secs later, we can see he uses Luke’s lightsaber defense for awhile following by a HWK-290 that just hit an aparently empty space at the ground.

After that, he comes toward my base with all his troops, flag drop and Droidekas, but where are my donations??? My squad center was full of speederbikes, but I don’t see anything there to defend my base. The replay ends with only 43% of damage, what would give me another victory. But the battle log shows he won by 73%. How???

See by the replay he doesn’t touch my safehouse, but at the end he got all my CB (or 2.172 CB, less what was in the last Trade Port). How???

Some months ago, I sent a ticket to Disney about another replay showing a victory and the battle log showing that was a defeat, and what was the Disney Support Team response? They say that is a bug, a replay error because something gets wrong in their servers at the moment of some attacks, what gives a replay with errors and incomplete details that doesn’t is the real attack. The real result of the attack is what is in the game Battle log, and we can’t trust in what we are seeing in the replays. This is confuse? Yes. And hard to believe? Yes.

Well, I’m tired of see things like that happening all the time, with me or some squadmate that share similar replays. I saw many players reporting cases like that, what makes many of us think can be some kind of cheat. But this was the first time I resolved analyze all evidencies and now I got a conclusion.

After watching the replay some times, I have the conclusion that Disney Support Team is right – at least at this time.

The replay is wrong, because if he really used the LAAT, this was at the beggining of the attack, and put troops right inside my base at the bottom corner where there is a little space where both Dekas range can’t cover up. The only way to bait my SC troops is come through the walls, and this wake up my donations and they gone out of SC and killed his dropped troops, falling in the baiting. As the replay eats 8sec of all the beggining of the attack, we can’t see that, what created a replay out of sync with the real attack. This explains why he used Luke’s lightsaber to protect him from something we don’t see (my donations) while he kills all of them with the HWK-290 attacking an apparently empty space.

From there to the end, all the replay shows only a part of the real attack, what at the end would be a victory by 43% (only the part that was recorded by the game servers to create the replay) and not the real result, showed in the Battle Log, the he really kill my donations and had a win by 73%…

If there are cheaters in this game? Yes, I believe they are, and they can make changes in the game platform for the own benefit. But I also know there are lots of bugs and errors all the time, and all those who play SWC for too long as I play already know this.

Well, I want to know if someone else has a similar case to report, and your opinion about what I said here. Do you think the replays are really wrong or still thinking this can be a cheat?

This post is a reply to another post published in the Star Wars Commander Forum. See my original reply here.

Rogue One alternate ending revealed

Entertainment Weekly had the chance to interview Gary Whitta, who wrote the first draft for Rogue One, about what was altered in the film.

A different ending – how the Rebel heroes survived…

Once there was a way to get back home — at least for Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story filmmakers have said they always intended to kill off the entire Rebel team during their heist of the Death Star plans on the tropical world of Scarif. But in the very earliest script – before getting the go-ahead for that sacrificial ending – they came up with an escape plan.

“The original instinct was that they should all die,” screenwriter Gary Whitta tells EW. “It’s worth it. If you’re going to give your life for anything, give your life for this, to destroy a weapon that going to kill you all anyway. That’s what we always wanted to do. But we never explored it because we were afraid that Disney might not let us do it, that Disney might think it’s too dark for a Star Wars movie or for their brand.”

So in the original treatment by John Knoll, and in the first script by Whitta, a few of the key heroes survived the final battle. But the creative team still wanted their noble sacrifice.

“You have the darkness that’s in the undercurrent of the story at that point, but you still have the rightness of why they’re doing it,” says director Gareth Edwards. “It doesn’t feel depressing. It feels like you want them to succeed at any cost. It’s a sport where the clock is ticking, and they need to just dive across the finish line. You do whatever you need to do to get there. It’s a gauntlet that they’re handing to Princess Leia. You get that moment where the crowd feels like it can cheer at the end.”

Gary Whitta said despite very casualties on both sides, Jyn and Cassian did survived in the early script.

So that argument had to be made to the Lucasfilm brass: the heroes would succeed in stealing the plans, but they should pay the ultimate cost for that victory.

“We were still scratching the itch that they all needed to die. Chris Weitz [who wrote another draft] thought we were right,” Whitta says. “They finally went off and fought for it. We told them, we feel they all need to die, and [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and everyone else said to go for it. We got the ending that we wanted.”

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus. Jyn was an enlisted Rebel soldier instead of a street criminal recruited on a spy mission.

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus.

“In fact, some of the toys that are sold still say Sgt. Jyn Erso,” Whitta says. “That’s who she was, she was a sergeant in the Rebel Alliance. By the time we changed that, some of the toys were already in production. I have a Sgt. Jyn Erso on my desk, even though she’s not a sergeant in the film.”

She still commanded a strike force with a Cassian Andor-type character (“He was called something different back then,” Whitta notes) and the security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

The reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

So did everyone live to fight the Empire another day?

“I didn’t say everyone made it off. Kaytoo always died,” Whitta said. “Jyn did survive. ‘Cassian’ also survived. There were a lot of casualties on both sides, in both versions of the scripts.”

It never got anywhere near being shot, but here’s how the survivor ending to Rogue One would have went down:

The Death Star emerges from hyperspace to lay waste to Scarif and protect the Empire’s secrets by destroying the special weapons facility along with the Rebel incursion.

But this time there was no last-second broadcast of the plans from a satellite tower. Jyn and Cassian were to escape the surface of the beach world carrying the data tapes.

In the early version of the script, Jyn and Cassian escape from Scarif, what explains why they were seen in the Rogue One trailer running across the beach with the Death Star plans.

“A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface,” Whitta says. “The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. The ship-to-ship data transfer happened off Scarif.”

Darth Vader was still in pursuit and began attacking Jyn’s shuttle as the Rebels tried desperately to transfer the information from the data tapes to Leia’s vessel. Finally, Vader was successful in breaching their shields and destroying the craft.

Darth Vader watches the Tantive IV running away with the Death Star plans just some minutes before he starts to pursuit the Princess Leia ship as we seen in A New Hope.

The audience would have been left fearing the heroes were dead. But as Vader’s Star Destroyer ventures off to chase Leia’s Tantive IV, we would have remained focused on the shuttle fragments floating in the vastness of space.

“They got away in an escape pod just in time,” Whitta said. “The pod looked like just another piece of debris.”

This echoes a similar trick from The Empire Strikes Back, when Han Solo allows the Millennium Falcon to drift away from a Star Destroy disguised in a plume of garbage – unaware that also camouflaged in that detritus was Boba Fett’s Slave I.

Don’t like that ending? Neither did the creators. That’s why they begged to change it.

About Jyn and Cassian, Gary Whitta said that “we decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended.

“The fact that we had to jump through so many hoops to keep them alive was the writing gods telling us that if they were meant to live it wouldn’t be this difficult,” Whitta says. “We decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended. We were constantly trying to make all the pieces fit together. We tried every single idea. Eventually, through endless development you get through an evolutionary process where the best version rises to the top.”

Source text: EW. Source for animated gifs: Tumblr.

Rogue One director explains how Darth Vader’s Big Scene evolved

Source: ScreenRant. Animated gifs: Tumblr & Tumblr.

One of the many reasons fans were excited to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year was the return of Darth Vader. The franchise’s most iconic villain had a small, but significant, role in the spinoff, including what many viewers consider to be one of the best action sequences in the entire series. During the movie’s closing moments, Vader boards a Rebellion ship and completely annihilates all the soldiers in his path in a last-ditch effort to retrieve the stolen Death Star plans (watch the full scene here). If this is to be the Sith Lord’s final time on the big screen, it was one terrific way to bow out.

Shortly after Rogue One‘s release, it was revealed that the big Vader moment was actually part of the extensive reshoots that took place last summer. It seems crazy to think about the film without this key scene, but it originally was not part of the plan. Now, director Gareth Edwards has explained how the sequence evolved into what viewers saw in the final product.

In an interview with Fandango, Edwards revealed that the initial idea was far less awe-inspiring than seeing Vader cut through hapless Alliance troops, crediting editor Jabez Olssen with coming up with the concept:

“He arrives and obliterates the Calamari ship, and then the blockade runner gets out just in time and he pursues the blockade runner. And then Jabez was like, ‘I think we need to get Darth on that ship,’ and I thought, yeah, that’s a brilliant idea and would love to do it, but there’s no way they’re going to let us do it. It’s a big number and we had, what, like three or four months before release. Kathy [Kennedy] came in and Jabez thought, f**k it, and pitched her this idea, and she loved it. Suddenly within a week or two, we were at Pinewood shooting that scene.”

Several will undoubtedly be happy that this section was heavily altered during Rogue One‘s development, as it would have been highly disappointing if Vader did not get involved in the action at all. From the beginning, it was expected he wouldn’t be a main character in the proceedings, but if all that was shown was his interaction with Director Krennic and his late arrival to the space battle over Scarif, many would have wondered why Edwards bothered to bring Vader back. Witnessing a display of Vader’s Force powers via something shot like a horror film was a great treat for the fans and redeemed the villain following his infamous “No!” moment in Revenge of the Sith.

It is funny to consider that this was added in so late, but it goes to show that filmmaking is a very fluid process where inspiration can strike at any moment.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits Blu-ray April 4, 2017.

Rogue One Blu-ray copy leaked online

star-wars-rogue-one-blu-ray-cover-artThe release date for the Digital download still is 24th March and April 4th to buy the Blu-ray edition in stores, but as happened to The Force Awakens last year, a Blu-ray copy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leaked a few days before the official release dates. Since yesterday, many copies of Rogue One are already available online for download on Internet.

Leaked Blu-ray copies of major movies before the official release dates are nothing new. It could not be different with Rogue One, the first standalone film based on the Star Wars saga that was the highest grossing of last year. The available copies are in several formats as AVI, MKV and MP4, and sizes as 720p, 1080p and 1920p, it seems to have been ripped  directly from the movie’s Blu-ray and have excellent quality.

The site (that is responsible for launching dozens of movies and episodes of TV shows daily, plus everything else you can imagine), since yesterday has already made available several versions of Rogue One to download by Torrent, the most popular P2P sharing from Internet. If you can’t wait until next week to buy your official Rogue One copy, check out now the rarbg page for more download details.

And the people of Tumblr, the most popular Internet fandom site, with thousands of blogs dedicated entirely to Star Wars, of course they have already begun work on turning into gif sets their favorite Rogue One characters and scenes:

May the Force be with you.

Source for all animated gifs: Tumblr.

Why Rogue One deleted scenes aren’t on Blu-ray

Source: Fandango and ScreenRant. Recommended reading: Rogue One 15 moments from the trailers that aren’t in the movie.

Much has been said about the moments from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story we’ve seen, just not in the actual movie. It’s no secret there were a lot of decisions made on this film late in the game, and because of it, there were images and footage that made it into marketing materials but never into the version that arrived in theaters.

For example, what was happening in the scene where a giant TIE fighter rises to confront Jyn Erso mere feet from where she’s standing? And what about the alternate version of that big final battle on Scarif, where Jyn and some of the other rebels actually have the Death Star plans in hand as they’re racing across the beach?

Well, Mos Eisley Chronicles selected five great scenes seen in the Rogue One trailers that were left out of the final cut:

1. “The power that we are dealing with here is immeasurable.” – Director Krennic confronts Darth Vader in a scene inside the Death Star:


2. “The captain says you are a friend. I will not kill you.” – K-2S0 talks to Jyn:

3. “This is a rebellion, isn’t? I rebel.” – Jyn talks to the Resistance members:

4. Cassian and Jyn running across the Scarif beach with the Death Star plans in her hands:

5. A Tie Fighter rises to confront Jyn only a few feet from where she’s standing:
When Fandango sat down with director Gareth Edwards to discuss Rogue One, which arrives on digital platforms like FandangoNOW on March 24 before its Blu-ray release on April 4, they asked whether we’ll ever see that alternate footage, as well as why he decided not to put any deleted scenes on the upcoming Blu-ray.

“There’s not an individual scene that you can drag and drop and put on a Blu-ray,” he said. “There are little things that would come and go during the process of postproduction, but they’re not scenes. They’re more moments within the scenes or a single shot. So it’s impossible to be able to do that, and that’s why the decision was made.”

As for the moments like the aforementioned TIE fighter shot, Edwards explained why we won’t see how that fit into the overall story. “The stuff people talk about, like what they saw in the trailer, they’re not scenes you can just put on a DVD. They’re moments within scenes and threads, and you pull a thread and it all changes. It was changing the whole time. It’s not like there was one version and then there was this other version — it was like this thing that incrementally evolved constantly through all of postproduction and didn’t stop until there was a gun at our heads and we were forced to release the movie.”

When it comes to the TIE-fighter shot, Edwards is remaining quiet about it for now. “Yeah, it’s going to have to remain a myth because it’s sort of the thing where you’re trying ideas out to find the right version of the movie, and at the same time marketing is getting excited about certain shots and moments. Eventually, you’ll see something presented to you and you’ll be like, wait a minute, this shot is no longer in the film.”

Edwards added that we’ll never see an alternate version of that Scarif battle for a pretty simple reason: “The visual effects were never finished on it,” he said. “It’s not like there’s something sitting somewhere. I feel like making a film is like a sport where someone blows a whistle and that’s it — the score is what it is. And the goal is to win. If I could go back and do the film knowing what I know now, the final film would be completely different. I’d probably be willing to make Star Wars for the next 10 years and never let go of it — constantly trying to finesse and find new ideas. But at some point, it stops, and it is the movie. The film that got released, I feel like that is the film, and everything else is just the process of making it.”

Watch the Rogue One Blu-ray release trailer, this time with scenes that ARE in the movie.

Rogue One comes out on Blu-ray April 4, 2017.

Boba Fett Escapes the Sarlacc Pit by Kyle Petchock

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During the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon, Boba Fett fought against the group of Rebel rescuers. He was inadvertently knocked into the mouth of the Sarlacc by Han Solo. Though no one in recorded history had ever escaped from the Sarlacc, Fett was able to escape, though not unscathed. Thanks to his iron will and Mandalorian armor, he was able to fight his way out of the beast’s belly. Back in action, he resumed his work as a bounty hunter. Source: Star Wars Wikia.