Sometimes, there are great atrocities to the nerd culture that just can’t be undone. Things like Catwoman, The Spirit, and Star Trek: Nemesis that are engrained in our culture so deeply, that it’s hard to forget they existed due to how bad they were. That’s where YouTube movie analyst machine Belated Media takes us for a trip down memory lane that doesn’t make us hate being a geek.
He has taken the recently rejuvenated Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace and broken it down to show all of its flaws. Unlike the hundreds of other YouTubers who have done the same, Belated Media has gone the extra step in explaining what would make this film good, and how they can fix these things.
Of course, it’s a bit too late to actually take back things like the death of Darth Maul or the casting of Anakin Skywalker, but it’s still nice to think of what could have been if Phantom Menace was actually good, and didn’t suck so hard with junkyard owners who were immune to Jedi mind tricks, or Jar Jar Binks’ pure existence.
So take a look at Belated Media’s massive analysis of the film after the jump, and join us on the journey of what it would have been like had George Lucas not completely sold out and only cared about making toys that kids everywhere would one day throw out.
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With Valentine’s Day hitting on Tuesday, it only makes sense that the box office would reflect that feeling of love we’re smelling in the air. It looks like guys and gals together made sure Valentine’s Day won the weekend, as Screen Gems’ The Vow starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams managed to take the weekend with an estimated $41 Million.
In a very close second, the Denzel Washington vs. Ryan Reynolds flick Safe House brought in an estimated $39 Million, which wouldn’t be bad if the film’s budget wasn’t a total of $85 Million. Right behind that one was another financial conundrum, Dwayne Johnson’s Journey 2, which cost about $80 Million and only only netted $27 Million here in the states.
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Much like Dick Dastardly strapping Nell to railroad tracks once a week, George Lucas is at it again and re-releasing the complete Star Wars trilogy in theaters again, now in glorious 3D.
The last time, when Lucas released the original trilogy with “a few minor changes” like Greedo shooting first, and shoehorning Ghost Anakin into Jedi. Now that the fans have calmed down from that whole mess. Lucas feels that converting all six movies in a whole new dimension is just enough to stay topical. From THR.
Starting with “Phantom Menace,” Lucasfilm would use several higher-end conversion houses to work on the project. By late winter or early spring in 2012, the exhibition industry should have all the 3D screens anyone could want for such a release.
At present, pics are limited to 2,000-2,500 3D locations owing to an insufficient installed base of projectors and screens. Movie theaters are adding 3D screens at a clip of 500 a month in the U.S. Foreign exhibitors also are pushing into 3D as quickly as possible now that financing for the installations is flowing.
Also pushing the timetable is a potential breakthrough in 3D TV technology. With Samsung penetrating the market with 50,000-plus 3D-equipped sets and Sony recently sending its version to market, the home-viewing experience could be primed for 3D DVD versions of the films by the time the new 3D theatrical releases have run their course.
To sum up: much like he has in the past, Lucas is sacrificing what most thing consider the “holy trilogy” in order to progress modern technology. Boo for SW fans, yay for fans of entertainment technology. Expect to see the new releases mid 2012.