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Star Wreck Released as Download

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the satire-and-parody-make-the-world-go-round dept.

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Arto Rantala writes "After seven years of production, Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning, the Finnish Star Trek / Babylon 5 parody movie, was finally released on DVD a month ago and is now available for download. In spite of its practically zero budget, the film has a hilariously captivating story, top notch CGI and even a couple of performances from professional actors. Download it now and buy the DVD if you like it! I know I did. You can also obtain it directly from the .torrent"

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Please use this link for the torrent (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694540)

Please use http://www.starwreck.com/torrent/star_wreck_itp_su btitled_xvid.torrent [starwreck.com] to get the torrent. That will serve the file from the fastest server depending on load and your location.

Ask Slashdot (3, Interesting)

Stavr0 (35032) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694675)

Is there an Azureus plugin that would automatically block peers that aren't in my side of the pond? Seems to me that it's ridiculous for the packets to start in Finland, cross the Atlantic, then back to other european countries. Perhaps not as drastic as block, but at least traffic shape/prioritize by physical proximity. (Yes I STFGoogle)

Re:Ask Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694838)

Yes, I've often wondered if an improvement could be made by grouping via network proximity. However - I think it should be done in the tracker. It can even be done without changing the client, figuring out which nodes the other nodes should be told about to minimize long-distance internet traffic. This also means a node can't "cheat" and use international bandwidth anyway.

As far as I understand, this would be almost trivial with an IP6-based implementation, since the IP6 address space is literally a massive binary tree - nodes with numerically similar addresses are likely to be physically close to each other on the network.

Re:Ask Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13695242)

Really, who cares? As long as the bandwidth between two peers is good, does it matter? Ping time isn't an issue, because you're never gonna get a torrent in real time.

Other than it seems silly to you that your information is coming from halfway around the globe, and possibly back, is there *ANY* other reason that blocking distant peers can be considered a good thing? I really, really doubt it, because the 600ms round trip is infinitesimal compared to the time to download the whole load.. I'm sure that a torrent over Internet2 with peers on the opposite sides of the globe works just peachy, but not at all different than The Internet, just much faster.

What is a normal torrent flux (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695209)

I see I have ten seeds in 30 peers. My DSL connection is typcially rated at 650Kb.sec up 280Kb.sec down. I'm seeing about 6 to 14KiB/sec torrent download rate with an average near 9KiB, and 12 to 50 KiB/sec upload rate with an average near 39KiB.

when I look at my internet connection's packets I see lower values: 3 to 8 KB/sev and 8 to 50KB/sec

I'm about 30 minutes into what looks like a 13 hours download.

is that good for the download rate? I would have expected more upload rate, higher than or at least on par with the upload rate.

is the apparent difference bwteen torrents KiB and the KB on my internet something to do with headers and compression?

Re:What is a normal torrent flux (3, Informative)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695313)

KiB = 1024
KB = 1000

Creative Commons license (2, Informative)

karvind (833059) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694546)

Please note that movie is released under Creative Commons license [wikipedia.org] . I wonder if they will release it in US ? May be not. different copyright laws etc

Re:Creative Commons license (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694847)

Please not that the so-called "license" endorsed by this Creative Commons lobbying group has absolutely no legal force whatsoever. The copyright laws of your jurisdiction apply to this work just like they apply to all others.

Re:Creative Commons license (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694956)

That's correct. The Creative Commons license is nothing more than a non-binding promise on the part of the creators not to enforce their property rights over their work. It's severable and revocable at any time, which means it's literally not worth the paper it's printed on.

Creative Commons is a fraud.

CC licenses are valid, like free software licenses (1)

free2 (851653) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694955)

Most CC licenses are similar to long time existing software licenses like the GPL, LGPL, BSD, Artistic, Aladdin...
So CC licenses are likely valid wherever these software licenses are valid too.
And the possibility to release something as "Public Domain", which is not a license, exist everywhere in the world.
AFAIK, CC licenses were writen by US lawyers like Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law Professsor:
http://www.lessig.org/ [lessig.org]

Re:CC licenses are valid, like free software licen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694988)

CC-licenses are valid and legal in the countries they have been accepted in. The list of countries can be found here:
http://creativecommons.org/worldwide/ [creativecommons.org]

Re:CC licenses are valid, like free software licen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13695178)

You are totally wrong. The page to which you linked simply lists the country-specific licenses that have been drafted. In no country is any Creative Commons license a legally binding document. It's just, as another commenter pointed out elsewhere, a non-binding promise not to sue from the author.

Re:Creative Commons license (1)

rekrutacja (647394) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694965)

Which one? Creative Commons License means nothing - or worse, it may mean that sharing is prohibited (CC Sampling License says that).
 

Re:Creative Commons license by-nd-nc (1)

free2 (851653) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695050)

The license is "Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Finland" And non-commercial copy is indeed allowed (provided you keep the authors names). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd-nc/1.0/f i/ [creativecommons.org]

holy canolly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694547)

i bet you that this will be the biggest torrent pool ever!

Re:holy canolly (1)

JLF65 (888379) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695266)

Currently about 1000 seeds and 3600 leachers on the high-res subtitled torrent.

Is the torrent legal? (0, Troll)

Phosphor3k (542747) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694550)

Or is slashdot promoting piracy? It would be nice to see some info in the summary.

Re:Is the torrent legal? (4, Informative)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694569)

Well, according to a post a few posts up, the movie is under a Creative Commons license, hence, it is legal.

Re:Is the torrent legal? (3, Interesting)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694570)

RTFA ... or even RTFCs.

Re:Is the torrent legal? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694571)

The torrent is legal. In fact, it's official.

Re:Is the torrent legal? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694575)

The movie is released under a Creative Commons license and the .torrent is on the official web site, so yes, it's legal.

-Arto

(posted anonymously to avoid the karma)

Re:Is the torrent legal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13695091)

Well not only that, but perfectly obvious that the torrent is hosted on www.starwreck.com. It isn't like they tried to hide it or anything. Some people such as the poster of this comment's grandparent are just idiots.

Is this an even or odd number movie? (2, Interesting)

Brent Spiner (919505) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694553)

I wonder who plays "Data."

Re:Is this an even or odd number movie? (1)

phulshof (204513) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694620)

"Info" is played by Antti Satama.

Definately an even numbered movie. (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694660)

hehee. They should have named it "Star Wreck 2" as an injoke.

Re:Definately an even numbered movie. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694667)

It's actually Star Wreck 6

Re:Definately an even numbered movie. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694947)

this movie must be great! 6 is better than 2!

Re:Definately an even numbered movie. (1)

WNivek (839434) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695380)

It's actually Star Wreck 6

Indeed it is. [starwreck.com]

Re:Is this an even or odd number movie? (1)

HatofPig (904660) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694970)

Are you guys even paying attention to this guys user name?

Re:Is this an even or odd number movie? (1)

whiteranger99x (235024) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695352)

I did...as well as yours :D

It's a pig hat! It's a hat made of pigs! Do I NOT dapper in my pig hat?!

Of course, if that's not where your username was inspired by, disregard this message :)

Ah bittorrent.. (5, Funny)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694556)

Bit Torrent makes for a very strange comment: "Hey! Cool! This link is slashdotted!"

Re:Ah bittorrent.. (2, Informative)

norttipertti (167435) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694583)

Oh go ahead and try.
Pal of mine, who works at Magenta spent last night setting up seeds and taking care that there's servers in Finland, UK, US and whatever.
He did mention that finnish server has had as much traffic in last 14 hours that it usually has in a year :)

Re:Ah bittorrent.. (2, Informative)

Stavr0 (35032) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694598)

702 seeds, 650 peers. Sweet.

magnet:?xt=urn:btih:6SKRD75AVN2WBVX3MU4KKK27Y4UH3T UP

Re:Ah bittorrent.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13695136)

Holy ****... there's now 921 seeds, 2895 peers... 3816 total users. That's far and away the biggest swarm I've ever seen!

My review (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694562)

Those crazy finns have done it again! My review of the movie: ** 1/2 stars out of 5. Special effects are very nicely done, but the story is kind of dull. Acting is not very good either, but this I can understand because it's an amateur movie. And I didn't find it even funny. Is it just me? I don't get that type of humor.

Re:My review (4, Informative)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694772)

oh p155 off... I've just finished watching it and have been in fits of laughter... you must have had you sense of humour extracted some time ago... there are several very deep in jokes in it... I especially liked the bit where Pirk and the Babel 13 captain were fighting each other in what appeared to be a tunnel... rather reminiscent of an early star trek episode where one protagonist was locked in eternal combat with his opposite from the anti-matter universe... and Pirks' female bridge officer... hmmm... seriously hot, those legs just seem to go on forever... especially when she's pulling her boots up most of the time...

Re:My review (1)

st1d (218383) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694969)

The part about Pirk (as the "ultimate wrecky" being a virgin was a nice touch too. So realistic. :)

Re:My review (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13695284)

Some of the humour requires that you understand both Finnish and English language(*. In some parts it also helps if you don't live in the USA. Some jokes also require that you actually understand the Finnish culture. You also need to know about Startrek and B5 and you should also first watch the previous Star Wrek filmns they have made.

But I'm a Finn and I didn't find it very funny either. But as entertainment it was better than many Hollywood films I have seen. And I don't usually like Finnish films (even I'm a Finn myself).

(* For example when they say "Kakun pala" in the film. They actually mean "that was easy", and it is translated as "peace of cake". But the difference is that "Kakun pala" means food in Finnish, it doesn't mean "that was easy". But the translation "peace of cake" means food, but it is more often used to mean "that was easy". It's not a very funny joke, but it is still a joke. (Don't expect it to be funny if you have to read this to understand it.)

Plot Summary (from IMdB) (5, Informative)

dorkygeek (898295) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694573)

Plot Summary for
Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (2005) (V)

The future looks bleak for Captain Pirk. Originally from the far future, he traveled back to save the world, but was shipwrecked on the 21st century. The world of the past is a dangerous place and he is finding it difficult to convince the ladies he is, in fact, an intergalactic space hero from the future. To make things right Pirk comes up with a questionable plan to save mankind's future...

This Torrent Should Work Well (2, Informative)

TheComputerMutt.ca (907022) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694578)

Seeds: 22 Connected (708 in Swarm)

Re:This Torrent Should Work Well (1)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694933)

530 seeds and over 2000 peers here - but give it a coupla hours to hit it's peak. Mark my words: 2500 people is peanuts for this swarm. ;)

Re:This Torrent Should Work Well (1)

st1d (218383) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695006)

Agreed. I picked it up before it hit the torrents, and download from their site was only 14kbs. Normally I'll torrent something and share it for a couple hours, but I think I'll contribute my mediocre bandwidth for the weekend. It's worth it, if for no better reason than to inspire others to offer their talents and skills in a similar way.

Re:This Torrent Should Work Well (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695201)

976 seeds, 3068 leechers.

I'm only connected to one leecher uploading at about 1.8b/s with no limit on the torrent- so I'm guessing they don't need my upload much-- but every bit helps.

Finnish? Comedy? (2, Funny)

arivanov (12034) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694581)

Gotta see it to believe it. Unless the creators of the movie are the only finns with a sense of humour in all Finland or members of their Swedish minority...

Re:Finnish? Comedy? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694597)

Finnish humour maybe difficult to understand outside finland, but that's better than swedish, who have no humour at all, unless swedish language is considered "humour"

Re:Finnish? Comedy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694603)

I'm a Finn and even I didn't find this movie funny. It's too easy for my brains.

Re:Finnish? Comedy? (1)

phulshof (204513) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694655)

Well, as long as you're familiar with Star Trek and Babylon 5, this movie is hilarious. Otherwise you'll probably not get most of the cracks they throw at you. I've been laughing quite often throughout the movie, and I don't speak a word of Finnish (the English subtitles are quite capable of transmitting the spoken humor though).

Re:Finnish? Comedy? (1)

acid_zebra (552109) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694677)

Having seen it some time ago I can vouch it has its moments. (note: I am dutch, I don't know how that influences things)

Blunt, not subtle (hey, it's Finnish), it still manages to make fun of both ST and B5 and geeks in general in a good way, and the special effects do not completely suck and at times the carnage is quite impressive. YMMV of course but I had a good time.

Mirrors (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694584)

The movie is released under Creative Commons, as you can see from the site itself.

So if you can, mirrors would be greatly appreciated. We have a fast setup, but there are a lot of people downloading the movie.

-Rigi, the Star Wreck webmonkey.

Re:Mirrors (1)

TheComputerMutt.ca (907022) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694618)

...there are a lot of people downloading the movie.
You don't say? [tehsource.com] (The current "swarm" view in Azureus)

Re:Mirrors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694754)

'Asteroids' in color!

Re:Mirrors (4, Informative)

maswan (106561) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694811)

Here's a mirror, only has the highres content right now, since the torrent was way faster than the plain http download. But it will get there eventually too.


http://ftp.acc.umu.se/mirror/media/StarWreck-InThe Pirkinning/ [acc.umu.se]


Feel free to hit that, we can handle the load. :) If you need to offload your servers, you can provide http redirects to that host, once we have the wmv properly downloaded too.

/Mattias Wadenstein

Thanks (1)

JamesTRexx (675890) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694927)

...for that link. Seems the only thing limiting my downloadspeed at around 400 KB is the speed of my wireless network. :-)

Thanks (1)

francisew (611090) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695288)

Your server is providing a great speed.

Bittorrent was giving me 0.2 kB/s... Now I have 370 kB/s. It has actually download 50 megs since I started typing the reply.

Thanks!
Francis

Re:Mirrors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13695002)

Well, I seeded for a while.. actually completely forgot about it and pushed more than I intended:

| speed: 0 B/s down - 849.4 KB/s up
| totals: 541.4MB down - 7.7GB up

Oops. Oh well.. my bittorrent karma is good :)

Wheres the Babylon 5 factor? (2, Insightful)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694592)

All I read looks like pure Star Trek spoofage, except it the Slashdot article.

Tell me I'm not downloading this for nothing...

Re:Wheres the Babylon 5 factor? (1)

arivanov (12034) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694606)

The screenshots show an omega class destroyer being blown up into bits by a wing of Enterpise V class starships. None of which are too scale. Either the destroyer is 10 times bigger then it should be or the ships are 10 times smaller then they should be. Further to that there are two screenshots that look like spoofs of the Babylon 5. One looks like the opening "C&C window" shot and another one looks like a spoof of the Ivanova "Mayday" message with the twist that Ivanova looks like Ozzie. Looking at the screenshots I have some doubts that I will waste my bandwidth on downloading it...

Re:Wheres the Babylon 5 factor? (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694629)

Like it's so hard to take on a B5 ship with a Trek ship. Omegas don't even have real gravity generation let alone shields or a torpedo or anything.

"We're under attack, lets beam ourselves to the planet to save ourselves... Wait, we don't have that either. Oh look, they're just showing off with that maneuvering, if theres time left I'm going to kill myself to spite them!"

I'm insulted that it was even brought up in the summary if thats all there is...

Re:Wheres the Babylon 5 factor? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694736)

You sir, need a girlfriend.

This post contains a spoiler. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694805)

If you've seen the movie, the trek fleet goes through a wormhole to the B5 dimension where the laws of physics apply, and trekkie tech doesn't. I.E. no shields for you, Pirk!

Re:Wheres the Babylon 5 factor? (2, Interesting)

phulshof (204513) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694632)

It has plenty of Babylon 5 factors in it as well. It's basically a Star Trek (Emperor James B. Pirk) vs Babylon 5 (Captain Sherrypie) movie. I found it to be a great movie, with some hilarious cracks and very nice space battles.

Re:Wheres the Babylon 5 factor? (2, Interesting)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694657)

First- yes solid B5 in the movie.

My one geeky disappointment is that the starfleet didn't take advantage of their superior maneuverability and the B5 heavy ships limitations (B5 big ships are japanese-like and have "BIG GUNS" that fire forward only.) It would have been nice for them to take advantage of that weakness.

Re:Wheres the Babylon 5 factor? (1)

JLF65 (888379) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695322)

They did. There were many scenes where the Star Trek ships came at the B5 ships from above and the sides to get out of the line of the heavy guns. But remember that B5 ships follow REAL physics - they can use thrusters to simply pivot about their center to point whichever way they need. The Star Trek ships using Star Trek rules could not turn that fast, so the B5 ships had the advantage in turning, but were virtually stuck at one point in space about which they pivoted.

Re:Wheres the Babylon 5 factor? (2, Informative)

znark (77857) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694656)

All I read looks like pure Star Trek spoofage, except it the Slashdot article. Tell me I'm not downloading this for nothing...

Not to worry. You could almost say there's more B5 spoofage in this movie than any Trek-related stuff. (The previous installments of the Star Wreck series have been pure Trek spoofage, though.)

In Pirk's words... (5, Informative)

WWWWolf (2428) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694633)

"Did that ever take a *damned* long time." People have waited this movie for years, it was out in the midnight local time and Slashdot publishes an article full 23 hours later. Is this still News for Nerds? Get some priorities! =)

Anyways, enjoy the movie - I pre-ordered the DVD and I've only watched it three and half times, but even based on such flimsy conclusions I can say I seriously think this thing just rules, one of the best scifi special effect movies I've seen, parody or not.

What I find it interesting is that the website also has the .srt subtitles *and* a fairly detailed explanation from the translator on the intricacies of the translation - I sure hope this will make fan-provided translations a little bit better. Right now, I'm waiting for them to release the kind-of-promised SW:ITP soundtrack. This movie has some damn good music.

Re:In Pirk's words... (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694680)

You know... if you used the srt files to change some "twinklers", etc. the result could kick ass.
---
There were a couple rough spots in the subtitles that need correcting.

Re:In Pirk's words... (1)

ichigo 2.0 (900288) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694869)

If you mean changing twinklers to phasers, then you are incorrect. It's supposed to be like that because it's a joke, not an incorrect translation. :)

Re:In Pirk's words... (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695183)

I recognize that it is supposed to be like that because it is a joke- but it is really weak as a joke- it seemed more silly than funny. Changing the weapons to standard names would strengthen the piece for me and make the other humor stand out more.

Re:In Pirk's words... (1)

ultranova (717540) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694939)

"Did that ever take a *damned* long time." People have waited this movie for years, it was out in the midnight local time and Slashdot publishes an article full 23 hours later. Is this still News for Nerds? Get some priorities! =)

I submitted the story at 10 in the morning (local time) and got it promptly rejected. A more paranoid person might think that Slashdot (or at least some of the editors) had been paid to make sure there was no other sci-fi movie stories near the one announcing Serenity's opening, but not me ;).

Re:In Pirk's words... (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695029)

Slashdot publishes an article full 23 hours later. Is this still News for Nerds? Get some priorities! =)

even Groklaw got it hours before slashdot... ;)

What the hell... A review (no major spoilers) (4, Interesting)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694635)

Overall rating a 6 (8 if you are familiar with Startrek AND Babylon 5).

Technically the movie was very good. The sound quality was good and the special effects were solid. There were a few spots I think could use polish- for example with the ship takes off the first time it goes straight up- I think a little tilt would have been used in the real series. But the quality was pro level in my opinion- "B" movie, not "A" movie- but pro.

Costumes. The costumes were pretty solid but one of the lower parts of the movie. This makes sense and you have to spend -real- money to buy fabric. This is probably one of the limiting factors of non-big budget productions going forward. You can simulate the sets, you can get actors cheap, but you have to spend real money on things like costumes, chairs, etc.

Production Quality. It was decent but suffered from having a small cast. You would see scores of starships but then only 20-30 people. I think some crowd scenes could be digitally multiplied to make them more effect.

Tone. This is where the movie is uneven. It can't decide if it wants to be serious with humor or outright parody. Some parts are excellent, tense, serious and then it will veer sharply into stupid things that would not happen in real life. On the other hand- a lot of other scenes were much more like what WOULD happen in real life than you typically see in movies. The tone may be required to avoid lawsuits since parody is protected.

Acting. To be honest- there is a lot higher quality acting than you might expect. Some of it is that the actors already know the character they are playing so they don't have to make it up. I think some actors play multiple roles. There are at least a dozen major characters in the movie and ALL are distinct and stand out (which is quite a feat in a 2 hour film). None of it felt "wooden". A fair amount of it was a bit overblown.

Makeup. The costuming for Dwarf was a bit weak- and the costuming for a non alien was cheesy (a choice they made for a nose joke I think). Info was well done. General costumes are solid. The females looked pretty hot in some cases (but tall thin in a short black leather skirt is going to work in most cases).

Action Scenes. These were very weak. Probably the weakest part of the film. I guess hollywood stuntpersons deserve a lot more credit than they get. I can understand- actors just can't hit and be hit without hurting themselves or getting hurt. Stuntpeople mitigate injury through training and they still get hurt.

In Jokes. This is where SW rules. They really have a lot of fun poking jokes at the characters- even to the point of using them to advance the plot. Some are dead on, some are stupid, some misfire. But a lot more hits than misses.

Plot. The plot is very well thought out- much better than many "A" hollywood movies. It has plenty of twists and turns. You don't know what to expect at any given time. I won't give much away but it is NOT just about a bunch of CGI ships flying around fighting- they ADVANCE the plot with those battles, but the plot is about characters and character conflict.

Ending. The ending was solid- and well I won't say more but apparently there are some mistaken data assumptions.

---
There are MANY hollywood films out that I would not watch for free. This movie, I would have happily paid 6 bucks to see (maybe 7).

Re:What the hell... A review (no major spoilers) (3, Informative)

psavo (162634) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694794)

Yeah, just watched it and I mostly agree with your review.

I'd gather that DVD version is better visually, I'm not a hifi junkie, but those xvid artifacts were hideous. DVD may also have better resolution to look for those easter eggs (communication system.. ;) and other funnies.

It was so very weird to watch the movie and recognize so many places. B5-alike station features a hall, walkways and auditorium from my school, Tampere University of Technology [www.tut.fi] .

It has its rough edges, but it's funny, even the most basic wooden-leg-jokes (checking malfunctioning blaster..). And damn, it's a full 2 hour movie packed with things like that.

Re:What the hell... A review (no major spoilers) (3, Informative)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695052)

Well, even Xvid cant do magic, and for a 100minute movies, they could at last have mde it 700MB to fill a whole cd (that would have impreved things quite a bit already).

Re:What the hell... A review (no major spoilers) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694841)

I was also quite impressed. good review. And, you could see B5 AND Startrek in one production. Great (although I like B5 better). This film, I hope, will inspire other people to share their talents over the Internet. Thank you to all of you, software programmers, artists, and other philanthropists.

Re:What the hell... A review (no major spoilers) (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694871)

" Overall rating a 6 (8 if you are familiar with Startrek AND Babylon 5). "

And further: 9 or 10 if you also happen to be Finnish. Seriously. It was a fantastic movie from my point of view.

Re:What the hell... A review (no major spoilers) (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694899)

Totally agree here. The "6" applies to business majors and soccer mobs who never watch sci-fi to begin with.

Re:What the hell... A review (no major spoilers) (2, Interesting)

ak_hepcat (468765) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694977)

okay, i'm about 2/3rds done watching it now.

I have to say.. AMI bios and Finnish Linux bootscreen. Nice.

Re:What the hell... A review (no major spoilers) (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694982)

WHO designed this weapon!?!?

hehehe about fell out of my chair.

w00t (1)

legallyillegal (889865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694681)

another legal, legitimate use for p2p! take that you copyright cocksmokers!

Tip: use the torrent for maximized download (2, Informative)

Kultamarja (226210) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694722)

Please use the torrent file for maximized download. The servers are a bit crowded at the moment. There are several servers in New York, London and in Finland servicing the website and the direct downloads. However those servers typically have only a FE-network interface (100mbps) so it gets pretty crowded in an instant.

However right now at the time of this post it's almost midnight in local Finnish time (EET) so downloading from the Finnish servers might be the fastest direct download link ATM. Lots of fins are either partying/boozing or sleeping at the moment, or have downloaded the movie earlier today.

The Finnish servers are:

http://www-fi.starwreck.com/ [starwreck.com]
http://www-fi2.starwreck.com/ [starwreck.com]

However it is strongly adviced that you use bittorrent - if you want to get the movie a bit faster ;-)

ED2K Link? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694734)

Does anyone have an ed2k link for this file?

torrent linked in article (1)

XO (250276) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694745)

Using the torrent linked in the article, I'm pumping outbound at over 30k/sec, but my inbound is less than 1k/sec. Seed up, people!

Slow torrent speeds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694861)

We are seeding the torrent as fast as we can. Please try to be patient. And, as usual, remember your speed problems when you have downloaded the whole thing: try to seed it at least until your ratio is over 1, preferably even longer. Otherwise the torrent just won't spread fast enough.

Re:Slow torrent speeds (1)

XO (250276) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694949)

1.3% downloaded, currently uploading at speeds over 80k/sec, and downloading at 9k/sec.

  Sigh.

Same problem here ntxt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694875)

ntxt

Re:torrent linked in article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694881)

Re:torrent linked in article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13695071)

Ah'm givin it all she's got, Cap'n!

This is the reason why RIAA/MPAA hates P2P (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13694789)

P2P software allows small artists to cheaply and easily distribute their work worldwide. RIAA/MPAA fears that some day people will realize that there is a lot of high quality entertaiment outside Hollywood.

DAMN YOU PIRARD (2, Informative)

TheMonkeyDepartment (413269) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694843)

Sorry, the only Finnish Star Trek parody worth spending time on is the Internet classic "DAMN YOU PIRARD [astral.net] ". Anything else pales in comparison.

alas, I've never seen babylon 5 (1)

DohnJoe (900898) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694893)

So although I want to watch this movie, I won't till I've seen at least some substantial part of Babylon 5. That's always the trouble with a parody, if you don't know the original(s) you'll miss all those subtle or even not so subtle jokes...

Re:alas, I've never seen babylon 5 (1)

alyandon (163926) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694917)

I've already watched the movie. You'd only need a passing knowledge of the Babylon 5 series to get most of the jokes.

And you admit that on /. ? (3, Funny)

J_Omega (709711) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695079)

Be very cautious around new people this week.

Some may attempt to revoke your geek card.

Re:alas, I've never seen babylon 5 (1)

st1d (218383) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695104)

Nah, I've never really seen B5, and I got many of them, though granted, I probably missed a good number of other ones. If you've at least seen commercials for B5, you get the idea. Besides, star trek is star trek. More to the point however, there are all sorts of other jokes in it, intentional or not, just from the cultural/subtitles situation. As usual, even well meant translations are usually screwy for the intended native speaker... :)

Get the DVD (2, Insightful)

squoozer (730327) | more than 8 years ago | (#13694919)

but not via a download. Come on, give us a 4GB iso that can be burnt to a DVD and watched like a regular DVD. Sigh. It's not like it's costing them that much in the way of bandwidth as it's torrented. I imagine that it will probably cost more (bandwidth wise) if they decide to release a full DVD version for download in the future because their won't be so many peers.

Seed it! (2, Informative)

gcantallopsr (451114) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695015)

It's funny, and it's legal: don't be greedy and share it. If you have some kind of hosting with pre-paid bandwidth in excess, just use it. I'll be seeding it at 512KB/s (that's 4Mbps) for one week :-D

3D Software? (1)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695172)

I can't find on the web site what software they used for the bridge modeling, though I'm sure someone here knows. What about the ship drawings? It has a 3D Studio Max feel to it.

But given what they had to work with...fantastic.

professional actors? (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695176)

Who says? Do they? Or do others? Most of these fanfilms suffer from totally patheticly inept acting. The graphics are have reached a point where they are usually cool, but the acting is terrible (someone should do a fan movie where R2D2 is the lead!) - and quite often the editing is also awful - it needs to be much tighter - but ooh, its granma/dad/the cute guy next door/the dog who is on and we can't cut here. YES YOU CAN.

The /. effect on BitTorrent (3, Funny)

Dwonis (52652) | more than 8 years ago | (#13695182)

Heh. Slashdot has an interesting effect on BitTorrent downloads:
| status: finishing in 5:54:58 (2.7%)
| speed: 25.8 K/s down - 104.6 K/s up
| totals: 6.4 M down - 26.1 M up
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