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Star Wars Uncut Project Complete

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the she's-got-it-where-it-counts dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "In 2009 we discussed the Star Wars Uncut Project, a crowd-sourced effort to re-create the entirety of Episode IV as series of 15-second clips filmed and submitted by fans. Well, it's done at last, and CmdrTaco has written his review of the two-hour film. He says, 'A great number of shots demonstrate technology well beyond what was available when the original Star Wars was made. Other shots are stylishly animated in CG. Others are rotoscoped in mediums from chalk to pencil to marker. There’s also a plethora of stop motion, claymation, and even some puppetry to go around. [A] few shots are only slightly modified from the originals, but those are the rarity, and generally done to pull off a specific joke. ... It's a glorious achievement.'"

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cant wait (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796337)

until the copyright U.S. gov't troll arrests them all for illegal profits.

Re:cant wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38797349)

You know, there is a possibility of take downs. Several of the clips do use the original audio. I doubt that even the MPAA would care, but there is that possibility. I know if I was doing one of those clips I would not have used the original audio to be safe. I do believe copyright is necessary, but should only be about 15 years tops (no renew option). If we were to get rid of it altogether, all films would be as professionally done as this one. This was funny, interesting, and all that - but ONLY because it was a crowd sourced version of something we all know and love. If it was an original work, I would have dumped it after 1 minute. It certainly made me think...

Re:cant wait (3, Insightful)

LoyalOpposition (168041) | about 2 years ago | (#38798271)

I do believe copyright is necessary, but should only be about 15 years tops (no renew option).

Why is that? Seriously. Do you believe that authors and inventors would no longer create writings and discoveries if there were no copyright? I imagine that ancient Rome's monopolies on copyright were quite below par, but I doubt there would be many people claiming that there was no art in ancient Rome.

Or, look at it another way. The beneficiaries of writings and discoveries are the people who read the writings and use the discoveries. (That's interpreted loosely: obviously, one doesn't read a painting.) The copyright monopoly is part of the price we pay in order to do that. In the same way that I want to pay as little as possible when I buy a gallon of gasoline, I want to pay as little as possible when I read a writing. We shouldn't be looking at the most length for copyright monopolies, we should be looking at the least. In fact, I've seen reference to studies purporting to claim that two years is plenty long enough for a copyright in contemporary times.

I really think that the reason things have gotten so turned around is that our legislators and artists have conspired against us. By that, I mean that copyright owners have given large amounts of money to legislators who promote strengthening of copyright, and the legislators have in turn passed copyright laws that give much more profit to copyright owners who are then able to give large amounts of money to legislators. In fact, I've read that the original copyrights were for that very purpose. Monarchs granted letters of patent to their supporters.

I would like to see copyrights reduced to two years. I would also like a return to the previous requirement that a copyright notice appear on the writing. In fact, I would like to see a requirement that current contact information appear so that it would always be possible for people who want to copy to negotiate a license. If the contact information goes dead, then so does the copyright.

I would also like to see patent reduced to two years. I would also like it to be limited to things that can't be reverse engineered. Patent declarations tell us how to make something, and is part of the payment an inventor makes to receive a monopoly. If it's obvious how to make something then the payment is worthless.

I would also like to see trade secret eliminated entirely. Why are we paying the monopolists if we can't ever get the benefit?

I would also like to see trademark weakened considerably. However, I'm not sure how to do that. Maybe allow each company only a single trademark? And it has to refer to the company name somehow? The reason I'm suggesting this is that it's supposed to give consumers confidence that the quality of the product is sufficiently high, and that it's not being counterfeited by a lower-quality producer.

Finally, I would like to see free unicorns and rainbows. Frankly, I think I'll see the latter before I see the former, so long as the conspiracy of monopoly continues.

~Loyal

Re:cant wait (3, Interesting)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38799129)

I've said it before and I'll say it every time. A year from the first day of sale is more than enough. Damn near every medium you hear of (books, movies, games, etc.) makes it money in the first few weeks. A saying in the game and movie industries is that if you don't turn a profit by the end of the sixth week then it's a flop.

Re:cant wait (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#38797987)

Isn't fair use under 30 seconds? So individually perhaps the videos may not violate copyright law, but I am unsure on the final product.

Early reviews (5, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#38796355)

Early reviewers say that the result is worse than the original, but much better than the Special Edition.

Re:Early reviews (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796449)

It's utter garbage. Terrible fanservice even for the scifi con crowd. Sure there are diamonds in the rough, but there are better ways to spend 2 hours of your life.

Re:Early reviews (3, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#38797005)

Such as.. commenting on Slashdot? This is a really unique arts project, and it's probably worth watch through just for the laughs.

Re:Early reviews (2)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#38798141)

I've watched an hour so far, and it's surprisingly watchable for such a mish-mash! There have been plenty of comedy moments, and some awesome ideas/styles :)

I wouldn't recommend it to those who haven't seen the original a few times, but that's unlikely around these parts!

Re:Early reviews (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796463)

I realize you were joking, but to be honest, it's a really cool idea that produced something completely and totally unwatchable. I made it through less than five minutes, and that was extremely painful.

Re:Early reviews (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#38796689)

I realize you were joking, but to be honest, it's a really cool idea that produced something completely and totally unwatchable. I made it through less than five minutes, and that was extremely painful.

Well, the first thought that came to my mind was "wait, this is not unlike Plan 9 from Outer Space with two actors alternating for a single character"...only this is even worse. ;)

Re:Early reviews (1)

Niedi (1335165) | about 2 years ago | (#38796897)

So then I guess I don't need to be THAT upset that youtube blocked this video in Germany due to licensing issues with the music :/

Re:Early reviews (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38797159)

i 'watched' it while doing something else and quite a few times i would look up and quite enjoy
the movie (both because of humor and impressive re-interpretations)

Re:Early reviews (4, Interesting)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | about 2 years ago | (#38797313)

I realize you were joking, but to be honest, it's a really cool idea that produced something completely and totally unwatchable. I made it through less than five minutes, and that was extremely painful.

I personally had the exact opposite reaction. I thought it would be completely unwatchable, but once I started watching it, I couldn't stop, because it was awesome.

I plan to watch it again with a group of friends.

You watched it wrong! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38797795)

/comical hat=on
You watched 5 minutes, and expected what: brilliance?

To be honest, the first 15 minutes WAS abyssmal. Honestly, it really did take a bit for it to get going.

No, you should watch it to see how creative, or generic people got with which scenes. Overall, the clips were over the entire spectrum of production. Ranging from, 'dear lord what idiot chose those 10 seconds' to , 'wow, that section was just as good as the original'. For that concept anyways...

I would fast forward a bit though. There are gems to be had, but they're few and far between.
/comical hat=off

Re:Early reviews (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38797851)

Yeah, I had a hard time watching the Star Wars Christmas Special too.

Re:Early reviews (3, Funny)

funkatron (912521) | about 2 years ago | (#38798465)

I realize you were joking, but to be honest, it's a really cool idea that produced something completely and totally unwatchable.

So it's art!

Re:Early reviews (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796919)

People whine about the revisions, yet the originals themselves are full of annoying crap like ewoks, not to mention an incestuous luke.

Re:Early reviews (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#38797073)

I don't see why they didn't bother redoing episodes I,II, III. by redoing everything... I think Fan Fiction of what happened would be a better story then the Cannon version. Even if it does mean that Skywalker will befriend some quite backroom guy who wants to be a writer to join him on his amazing adventures, heck that is still better then Jar-Jar.

Re:Early reviews (2)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about 2 years ago | (#38797423)

Episode I:
"So who is this pilot, master?"
"His name is Skywalker. He's an ace for the Republic, amassing an incredible array of kills. We're to award him a medal."
"Sending two Jedi is a great honour."

Then the two Jedi meet the adult Anakin, realize he's force sensitive and off the charts, so they start training him in secret. Darth Maul kills Liam Neeson.

Episode II:
Anakin falls in love, Jedi council encourages the marriage. Padme gets assassinated and then Anakin finds out there's a Sith way to bring people back. He goes to Korriban, learns from the Sith there, and brings Padme back.

They have two kids, the Jedi have to kill Padme and the kids because they're all Sithy. Obi-wan fakes the kids deaths instead.

Episode III:
Darth Vader goes on a Jedi-hunt.

Re:Early reviews (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | about 2 years ago | (#38797581)

Uh-huh.... Thus demonstrating that it's still impossible to reconcile Episode IV with Episode V and all the crap that followed without rewriting Episode V. And, of course, all the other crap that followed.

Or, we could just turn our attention to a prequel that's not doomed to utterly suck [imdb.com].

Re:Early reviews (2)

Zaphod The 42nd (1205578) | about 2 years ago | (#38797813)

What about IV is impossible to reconcile with V? I'm just curious, not trying to say you're wrong. Did you mean the 4th and 5th movies made? (I and II ?)

Inconsistencies between IV and V (1)

mbessey (304651) | about 2 years ago | (#38798657)

The most obvious problem is that in Episode IV, Darth Vader killed Luke's Father. In Episode V, it's "revealed" that Darth is Luke's father. It's not "impossible" to reconcile, but Obi-wan saying "what I told you was true, from a certain point of view", is an obvious attempt to wallpaper over this inconsistency. Best case, it just makes Obi-wan look like a liar and untrustworthy.

Another issue comes up when Obi-wan's ghost and Yoda are discussing Luke's running off to save his friends at Cloud City:
Yoda: Told you I did. Reckless is he. Now, matters are worse.
Obi-Wan: That boy is our last hope.
Yoda: No. There is another.

Seriously? Obi-wan doesn't remember that Luke has a twin sister?

Anyway, those are just off the top of my head. Nothing like the horrible plot holes ewhen you try to connect the prequels with the original movies, but not great for movies that were made one after the other, a couple of years apart.

Re:Inconsistencies between IV and V (1)

Zaphod The 42nd (1205578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38799077)

The way I interpreted it was, he was trying to avoid Luke following in Anakin's footsteps. So he made up the story that his father was this great jedi who was killed by Vader. Yeah, it was a bit of a retcon, but hey, in the original draft Darth Vader was Grand Moff Tarkin, so whatever. (Also, he probably should have seen coming that this was going to inspire him to dedicate his life to slaying Vader, thus putting him up to join the dark side just as much, but I guess that was Obi-wan's plan)

Yeah, Obi-wan (and especially the droids, given the unnecessary insert they got in I, II, and III) seem to kinda fail to remember some important stuff.
But that one could just be that Obi-wan hadn't considered that the female daughter of Anakin could also grow to be a powerful jedi to balance the force. Sexism on Obi-wan's part, maybe?

It wasn't part of the prophecy that Anakin's children would be powerful and would be able to confront him; the prophecy didn't have to do with someone's children or Anakin in particular at all. It could be anybody. After all, they thought it was Anakin himself originally. So with Anakin proven not to be the savior, it could be anybody. Their best candidate was Luke, he seemed to be a powerful natural jedi like his father, so it seemed obvious he would be the one. With him gone, the search is more or less back to 0, it could be any child.

Yeah, I can come up with about 2,000 plot holes between I and III, but IV, V, and VI the problems seem pretty minor, fixable certainly with a little lee-way. I was curious though if you'd found some glaring problem I hadn't yet :)

Re:Early reviews (4, Funny)

jd2112 (1535857) | about 2 years ago | (#38797951)

Early reviewers say that the result is worse than the original, but much better than the Special Edition.

So, Han and Greedo shoot at the same time?

Re:Early reviews (1)

gnalre (323830) | about 2 years ago | (#38798705)

Early reviewers say that the result is worse than the original, but much better than the Special Edition.

But still better than Red Tails

Don't get attached...Lucas will just re-cut it (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | about 2 years ago | (#38796401)

Next edit will replace everything with bad CGI, have a crying Han Solo beg Greedo for his life, and feature an extended 3D sequence of an aged Jar Jar Binks dancing a jig and flipping off the camera.

Re:Don't get attached...Lucas will just re-cut it (0)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | about 2 years ago | (#38796499)

All while snorting mountains of cocaine off of dead hookers, because why not? Can't make it any worse...

Re:Don't get attached...Lucas will just re-cut it (4, Funny)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | about 2 years ago | (#38796733)

All while snorting mountains of cocaine off of dead hookers, because why not? Can't make it any worse...

I always wondered what led to the creation of the Holiday Special.

Re:Don't get attached...Lucas will just re-cut it (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | about 2 years ago | (#38797237)

All while snorting mountains of cocaine off of dead hookers, because why not? Can't make it any worse...

I always wondered what led to the creation of the Holiday Special.

Bad acid. We'd already eaten up all the good stuff in the early 70's, all that was left was Orange Barrel.

Just one question (4, Funny)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 2 years ago | (#38796421)

Does Han shoot first?

Re:Just one question (4, Informative)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | about 2 years ago | (#38796563)

Does Han shoot first?

See for yourself, at the 49 minute 12 second mark. Here's the time-coded link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezeYJUz-84#t=49m12s [youtube.com]

Re:Just one question (5, Informative)

Alranor (472986) | about 2 years ago | (#38796827)

Han has much nicer boobs than I remember.

Re:Just one question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796945)

Han has much nicer boobs than I remember.

Wait, what? *CLICKCLICKCLICK*

Goddammit, I hate my countrymen (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38797141)

The part starting at 49:30... what he says doesn't correspond to the subtitles. He's using very informal manner of speech so I find it a bit difficult to translate properly but it's something along the lines of "Solo, son of a bitch, you owe me. You haven't paid your debts. Scoundrel! Wanker! Mother of all clows! Minion of a capitalist! Fuck! Hell!".

I kinda like what they're doing: They're obviously having fun, have made an effort and the result is kinda stylish... Very interesting concept to bring some 70s class warfare flavor to the scene about paying debts. Even so, I wish they wouldn't have altered the content so much (=leaving out the mention of bounty hunters seeking Solo and leaving out the offer that Solo could just pay the bounty hunter to get out of the situation), especially when it doesn't make sense (It would make sense for Solo to call the bounty hunter a minion of a capitalist but not the other way around, I think).

That's almost as bad as Solo not shooting first.

Watched it this weekend (5, Informative)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 2 years ago | (#38796471)

Overall, I found it hysterical and very creative. 2 of my favorite parts: After the initial iconic text scrolls off the screen, there appear several Facebook-like comments, one of which is by Alderon_Dude, "Thank god I live on a peaceful planet!" The other is when Obi Won first shows Luke his father's lightsaber, done in a noir setting, apparently done just so he can say, "in a more civilized age" like Humphrey Bogart. There's a few Kill Bill references sprinkled here and there, a scene done like The Big Lebowski, etc. I loved it.

Re:Watched it this weekend (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796575)

It was an interesting idea, but I honestly don't think I can sit though 2 hours of fan service, meta-references, and overly elaborate forced jokes.

Re:Watched it this weekend (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796755)

What, you mean it's like the 2-hour film version of slashdot?

Re:Watched it this weekend (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | about 2 years ago | (#38797753)

True. The whole thing is a half and half mix of creatives and kids in backyards. The bright spots are pretty fun. The burning cardboard Star Destroyer definitely gave me a chuckle as well the trashcan Sand Crawler (literally a model of a massive brown plastic trashcan that someone clearly spent a bit of time on).

More shop vac R2's than you can throw a [insert Star Wars reference here] at.

Link to the project (4, Informative)

sirdude (578412) | about 2 years ago | (#38796505)

Here's the link to the project [starwarsuncut.com]. Very considerate of the OP and SoulSkill to not provide it with the post :S

Re:Link to the project (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#38796737)

Hey, the link doesn't work! What an unfortuante concidence. This happens to me all the time!

Re:Link to the project (1)

sirdude (578412) | about 2 years ago | (#38797641)

Your situation explains why there are so many /.-ers obsessing over FPS rates. They're all wasting away from First-Post-Syndrome, a malaise that is triggered by the need to be the first to access a new /. post in order to experience functioning links.

Re:Link to the project (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38797343)

Or https://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6975129/Star_Wars_Uncut_-_Director_s_Cut.mp4

Blocked in Germany. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796525)

Oh GEMA, how I hate you.

Already blocked for german IP adresses (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796527)

"This video is unavailable in Germany since it might possibly contain music for which the necessary rights have not been granted by GEMA" (my translation).

Re:Already blocked for german IP adresses (2)

devent (1627873) | about 2 years ago | (#38797567)

Yupp. Fuck GEMA. Make sure to never buy any GEMA music, instead you could just pirate the music and give the musicians a donation.

Re:Already blocked for german IP adresses (1)

Mista2 (1093071) | about 2 years ago | (#38798415)

Interesting, as this could be considered fair use, as parody. It's not like anyone is making money off it!

Parody in German copyright law (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#38798659)

To what extent does German copyright law permit parody? U.S. fair use originally developed as a judicial reconciliation of copyright with the First Amendment; is the free press guarantee under German law as strong as the First Amendment?

Cue Lawsuit From Lucasfilms... NOW! (2)

Greyfox (87712) | about 2 years ago | (#38796615)

Does Hans shoot first in this version?

Re:Cue Lawsuit From Lucasfilms... NOW! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796807)

Does Hans shoot first in this version?

*eye twitch*

Re:Cue Lawsuit From Lucasfilms... NOW! (2)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 2 years ago | (#38797231)

Only an eye twitch?
I just killed three hookers after seeing that line.
I bet he thinks his last name is Olo. :)

Re:Cue Lawsuit From Lucasfilms... NOW! (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about 2 years ago | (#38798191)

Ok, seriously guys, awesome sauce. I hope Lucas doesn't sue you TOO hard!

Who's this CmdrTaco guy... (4, Funny)

MikeTheGreat (34142) | about 2 years ago | (#38796789)

...and why do his posts jump to the front page?
Man, how many more people is Slashdot going to auto-post (I mean, how many more people beyond Ian McAllister and this "CmdrTaco" )?

This is totally unfair

*ducks*runs* :)

Nerds! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796825)

Come on nerds stop wasting your time with this! You are overloading the server and I'm trying to watch it.

The best joke.. (5, Funny)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 2 years ago | (#38796829)

At 6:33 there is a poster in the background:

JOIN STARFLEET
[starfleet logo]
We Don't Choke Minions

Hilarious

Already blocked for US addresses (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796835)

"This video contains content from SME. It is restricted from playback on certain sites."

Fuck you, Youtube. ContentID and your CMS is shit and you know it.

Lame and Dorky! (1)

na1led (1030470) | about 2 years ago | (#38796865)

I doubt I could be amused enough to watch it. If it had some sexy women in it, maybe.

Re:Lame and Dorky! (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 2 years ago | (#38796943)

I doubt I could be amused enough to watch it. If it had some sexy women in it, maybe.

Did that stop you from watching the actual movie? :-)

Re:Lame and Dorky! (1)

na1led (1030470) | about 2 years ago | (#38797101)

The original movie is nothing like this. There is too much switching between odd scenes that it gives me a headache. I skipped through some of it, but could only handle about 10 min of it.

Re:Lame and Dorky! (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 2 years ago | (#38797211)

Woosh! I was implying that there were no sexy women in the movie. Sure Carrie Fisher was cute, perhaps attractive - for a sister, but sexy? (For reference, the women on Serenity in Firefly were sexy.)

Re:Lame and Dorky! (2)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 2 years ago | (#38798859)

If you were 15 back in 1977 - Carrie Fisher was very sexy. Anyone much younger than that has lived through the MTV and Baywatch eras... and may have different views due the media sexuality overload that started in the 80's/90's.

35 years old, get over it! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796931)

Its 35 years old, get over it already!

Seriously the only good sequel was The Empire Strikes Back, and that wasn't directed by Lucas!

And don't get me started on Star Trek was better, it has even more piles of garbage.

Come on virgins, get a life!

Re:35 years old, get over it! (1)

Stargoat (658863) | about 2 years ago | (#38796973)

Oh. Thanks. I was going to watch Star Wars again tonight. But now, thanks to the anon....

You know. Nevermind. I'm too bored to actually finish this post.

Re:35 years old, get over it! (1)

Sentrion (964745) | about 2 years ago | (#38797927)

Sorry dude, but Star Trek and Star Wars will always be to popular SciFi TV and Film what Homer and Shakespeare have been to drama and literature. They set the benchmark a magnitude higher than the previous works and future works are and will be graded by how they compare to these great standards.

What sets Star Trek and Star Wars apart from the classical works of centuries ago of course are the roles played by realistic props, special effects, and theatrical musical scores. John Williams is known first and foremost as the composer of the Star Wars anthem, and achievement that has entitled him to compose the scores of dozens of other top rated films. History will probably remember him as the greatest composer of the 20th century and for making classical orchestra fun again for the masses.

When you watch the latest action packed scifi movie years from now with your grandkids, you will still be able to point out which ideas first came from Star Trek or Star Wars. At some point movies might reach a level of quality such that teenagers would be too bored to watch classic Star Trek or Star Wars, but not any worse than youth for decades have been bored by mandatory school studies in Homer and Shakespeare. But the truth will be undeniable, that these great works introduced new concepts that are still borrowed from today by writers, artists, actors, and producers.

Of course, a movie is just a movie and a play is just a play. Changing the world with real inventions and technology is way cooler, so back to work for me.

Re:35 years old, get over it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38798219)

Except they're mostly crap.

Star Wars.

  • Ewoks Disney movie
  • Holiday Special
  • Droids
  • Episode 1
  • Episode 2
  • Episode3

Star Trek

  • The Cartoon
  • The Motion Picture
  • Search for the popular character
  • The Quest for God
  • The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek Generations
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Trek Nemesis
  • STNG
  • Deep shit 9
  • Gilligan's Starship.
  • And space is cold, the Vulcan nipples prove it.
    • 4 good movies out of a 40 years franchises do not make them good. They actually make it pretty bad.

      Even Macross has a much better batting record, and its a fucking cartoon. Hell Macross 7 was a better watch than Gilligan's Starship, that's some pretty low hanging fruit.

Re:35 years old, get over it! (1)

next_ghost (1868792) | more than 2 years ago | (#38799251)

When you watch the latest action packed scifi movie years from now with your grandkids, you will still be able to point out which ideas first came from Star Trek or Star Wars.

Except they didn't [vimeo.com].

SOPA (3, Insightful)

gmuslera (3436) | about 2 years ago | (#38796955)

Is a great example on why SOPA, PIPA and all the bunch should not exist. There is a whole world of crazy things like this that could be done and won't because this kind of laws, that could enrich us all (and yes, i saw it). I think that George Lucas approved that this could be done, but there are too much other things that this kind of idea could be applied.

Re:SOPA (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | about 2 years ago | (#38797397)

The laws that limit how much of this can be done are hundreds of years old. There is only so much you can do without the copyright holders permission. PIPA and SOPA are objectionable not because they are protecting copyright holders but because of how they are trying to do it.

Re:SOPA (5, Informative)

Fned (43219) | about 2 years ago | (#38797507)

The laws that limit how much of this can be done are hundreds of years old.

Under the original terms of American copyright, Star Wars would have gone into the public domain six years ago.

Re:SOPA (2)

Zaphod The 42nd (1205578) | about 2 years ago | (#38797957)

Just IMAGINE if Disney hadn't lobbied nonstop to get patent law extended time and again. Star Wars would be in the public licence, and all manner of aspiring directors could make their own episodes set in the universe. Creativity could flourish in the land of the free...

Except that once you become rich, you use your power to make sure nobody else does the same thing. Disney profited on public works when they were getting started and had a hard enough time just doing the animation. Now others can't use their stories to do the same?

The word is Hypocrisy.

Awful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796969)

Just awful. What it achieves that is so incredible, I don't know.
Reading the summary I thought some fans had seriously redone the movie, with actors, costumes, special effects, etc.

But it's none of that. It's bad acting, costumes made out of paper, filmed in bars and dorm rooms. There's even a scene where they printed and glued character faces on beer bottles and shot it in stop-motion.
And don't tell me it's art, it's just what a bunch of elementary/middle schoolers would do if they tried making their own movie.

This thing takes "shitting in a jar and calling it art" to a whole new level.

BLOCKED IN GERMANY (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38796983)

I thought this was user created content?

Unfortunately, this video is not available in Germany because it may contain music for which GEMA has not granted the respective music rights.

Re:BLOCKED IN GERMANY (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | about 2 years ago | (#38797619)

It contains John Williams' original score. I guess they got permission from him or ASCAP/BMI but not from GEMA.

ABD (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38797089)

"I can’t imagine another movie bringing together fans like this"

For what it's worth, a similar fan-made remake of Footloose was released online a year or two ago. Equally ridiculous, although I think participants were assigned a bit more than 15 seconds.

Star Wars Uncut: Special Edition (2)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about 2 years ago | (#38797535)

In the Star Wars Uncut: Special Edition, not only does Han shoot first, he then goes on to shoot George Lucas several times, and then fits Lucas with a Colombian Necktie. Like a boss!

Alternate ending: Han Solo teams up with Boba Fett and Darth Maul to hunt down Lucas and toss him in the Sarlacc, after fitting him with a restraining bolt.

20th Century Fox light sabers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38797865)

The first 20th Century Fox movie I ever saw was Star Wars; so, as a little kid I always thought the spot lights in the into/logo were light sabers.

Goofy but funny (1)

UttBuggly (871776) | about 2 years ago | (#38797871)

I watched the first 30 minutes of this over the weekend.

Having done a few film projects of my own, including a parody of The Twilight Zone, I appreciate the efforts of all involved.

Kudos.

Fair use... (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | about 2 years ago | (#38798441)

...shouldn't even be an issue. Episodes 4-6 should already be in the public domain. And would be, if it weren't for infinite copyright.

I participated in this project (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#38798833)

And if you look closely at the background in my scene, you'll find a disk, a back flap, and a scorpion.

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