View Full Version : whos going to see EII tomorrow?

10-31-2002, 04:00 PM
already got my tickets, going to the carnegie science center at 6:45, tickets were 15 bucks, comes with bantha tracks #0, i think thats the number, pop and popcorn. its gonna rock!!!

10-31-2002, 04:42 PM
Got my tickets too. Going to see it in Lincolnshire IL. Near Chicago. It's great, the theater is about 15 minutes from where I live. I'm very excited :crazed: !!

10-31-2002, 04:47 PM
I am planning on heading to DC to see it at the Smithsonian. Will probably see it in 2 weeks. It is only playing there on Fri and Sat nights.

10-31-2002, 06:47 PM
I'll be at the Colorado Springs IMAX tomorrow. Really looking forward to it.


10-31-2002, 10:46 PM
Metreon in SF tomorrow afternoon....only I just learned they started showing it tonight already! If only it wasn't a 2 hour drive...oh well, tomorrow's soon enough....

11-01-2002, 09:42 AM
just a few hours away from starwars like ive never seen it before!!

11-01-2002, 11:01 AM
I'm going at 1:30 this afternoon.

11-01-2002, 11:53 AM
After reading how much was butchered from the film, I'm glad to stick by my original plan to never see the film on IMAX. Some of the cuts are just horrible. I'll just wait and watch it on DVD in 11 days or less. ;) :D


Jar Jar Binks

11-01-2002, 02:40 PM
I saw "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back" in 70mm on a HUGE screen. That required NO butchering. I like a few of the things they axed from the IMAX version. I can live without it. Bring on the DVD!

11-01-2002, 04:45 PM
What has been taken out of the IMAX version?? If they touched anything I am not going.

master jedi
11-01-2002, 05:16 PM
Originally posted by Jon
What has been taken out of the IMAX version?? If they touched anything I am not going.
Sorry dude but they had to. I've included an list of cuts and changes I found over at theforce.net.

AOTC IMAX Cuts and Deletions
Wed, Oct 30, 02 07:02:42 AM EST

John Doe chimes in:

Listen, I've gotten to be pretty good friends with our local IMAX Projection Manager. He did a quick run-through just to make sure the film was assembled correctly, and he passed along the following pre-Halloween goodies for me to share with you. He advised that it's a tighter, leaner and better movie, and these are just his best recollections since it all goes by so fast!
Here's a list of some of the changes he noticed:

- The "Sound of Music" meadow scene is gone. The whole thing, including the Shaak-riding scene.
- The library scene has been completely removed.
- Part of Anakin and Nat's first arrival on the island resort has been cut out. He thought that the part where Anakin touches Padme's back was not in there, but adv'd that it went by quickly, so he may have just missed it.

- The fireplace scene was shortened (just a bit, he thinks - we'll have to check this!)
- The conveyor belt scene seemed shorter to him - it seems that Nat got to the molten container faster.
- The end credits are markedly different: after the initial cast credits, it switches from rolling credits to FULL-SCREEN WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF WORDS credits (non-rolling) for the technical credits. He also notes that the soundtrack has been edited to fit, and interestingly, it ends with a fade out of the love theme (which I think is a great change).

- The Coruscant chase appears to be 100% intact, according to him.
- He noted that it appears that Lucas may have done a lot of digital recompositing to fit the IMAX screen. For example, the scene where Anakin is talking to the Jawa, remember how the orig scene was spread across the entire frame? Well, it looks like the middle has been digitally reduced so that the effect is still the same, even though the screen is not quite as wide an aspect ratio.

- Running time: 1:59:36 (approx).

In general terms, he feels that this movie is *much* more intimate - you are allowed now to be drawn into the details, of which there are so many that George put in that it's hard to believe! For example, using the same scene as above (with the sandcrawler), he said that you can actually see Jawas moving around *inside* the crawler now, and that the incredible level of detail is consistent from scene to scene. He also said that a lot of the close-ups really have a way of drawing you closer to the characters - you can see the tears well up and roll down Anakin's face in the confession scene, for example.

The Kaminoans are apparently just *spectacular* in their details. It just goes on and on - you can see the hairs on Nat's arm and every single one on Yoda's head, etc. The background details become functional instead of just being "background" - he says that you'll probably spend more time watching them than anything else, because we've never been able to see them this clearly before!

He did note that there was some tiny amount of pixelation due to the resolution of the digital cameras used to capture the original stock. But, he said that it was only in a few places, and that the DMR process really took care of most of it. You really don't notice it unless you're looking right at it. He also noted a couple of spots where the picture is digitally panned, but he said that in the few instances where this occurred, it looks 100% natural, looks great, and you'll never notice it, again, unless you're looking for it.

And even though he didn't have a chance to run the sound at the level he's going to have it set at for the showings, he adv'd that it's just *amazing* in it's clarity. Ah.... uncompressed audio.... So, I just thought you guys might like to know about this. :)

Thanks for the scoopage John Doe! Just 2 more days for fans to experience Star Wars in a whole new way.

My sister will be having her baby any day now and since she lives in Independence Missouri then I just might stop by the Imax in Kansas City. Or I might go to the Imax in Apple Valley Minnesota plus my other sister lives in Egan. Either one I go to it'll be a two for one deal.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-01-2002, 06:09 PM
It sucks they had to cut out scenes, why couldn't they have an intermission halfway through so they could change it to part 2? I know it would take some time, but the intermission could be half an hour. Oh well, I'll see it sometime . . .

11-01-2002, 06:33 PM
They can't change reels, because they are huge. There is a picture floating around here of one, but I don't know where. But there is no way they can actually remove the reel and change it for part 2. So it was either butcher the movie, or not show it at all. I think I would have went with not show it at all. ;) :D


Jar Jar Binks

11-01-2002, 06:51 PM
I just got back from the IMAX screening of Episode II. I plan an in depth review of each of the cuts, what they kept, what got tossed and why I enjoyed it so much better than the original. Unfortunately, I don't have the time at this moment. But within a day or so, I'll be back.

But suffice it to say, I truly believe that somebody at the Ranch is paying attention to what we say here and elsewhere. Almost all of the cheesiest and most useless stuff was cut resulting in a film that flows much better and makes far more sense.

What can I do to convince them to give the IMAX treatment to Episode I? ;)

I went mostly to get Bantha Tracks #0 (which is cool by the way) and left with more than I expected. Many thanks to the IMAX editing team. :)

11-01-2002, 08:39 PM
Well, I'll admit that the scenes cut or "trimmed" don't bother me that much. Maybe it will go a little better, nothing important or anything I personally liked a whole lot seems to be missing. So I'll check it out and see. Thanks for the info.

11-02-2002, 12:41 PM
I went and enjoyed the experience a lot:) Would love to see ALL the SW movies on IMAX...in fact I told my husband that the IMAX screen and sound is what I wanted in my living room. He said "no kidding" :)!!

Pics here. (http://www.twinsuntimes.com/toyforce/imaxaotc.htm) There is also a link to the entire Bantha Tracks #0 in case you didn't get to see this one.

Bantha Tracks #0 PICS (http://www.twinsuntimes.com/toyforce/banthatracks.htm)