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The Star Wars Saga Rewatch Thread (Saturdays, Oct. 21 to Dec. 9)

MMarston

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As many know already, The Last Jedi is opening two months from now, showing on the evening of December 14. So, in the interest of gradually getting hyped and because there's inevitably going to be a flurry of L/RTTPs anyway as we get closer to that date, some of us at StarWarsGAF (okay, it's mostly my idea) are going to watch one live-action SW movie every Saturday until the new movie comes out.

Or until the thread dies. Whichever comes first.

Read below on how all this is going to work.


General FAQ

So what's the plan?
As mentioned, we basically watch one movie of the saga every Saturday and discuss that film as such, whether it be about Anakin's shitty decisions or George Lucas's shitty decisions. Whenever possible, we will also try to be doing synchronized viewing chats on Discord too. The times and links to those rooms will be provided at a later date.
UPDATE: We'll just communicate using the thread for the synchronized viewings. Saves us the trouble and doesn't segment the community. Will provide times later on.

I'm new to SW and want to get into these as well. Can I join?
Yes, you sure can. Just know that given the age of most of these films and how much they're talked about here on GAF, there won't be any rules for spoilers whatsoever. If everything goes according to plan though, most discussion should be about the movie of the week. Also you should probably be aware of the next bullet point.

What order of films are we watching?
Let's face it, you wanna get the prequels out of the way and at this point, most of uswon't be that new to series either. So on that note, we are going to be watching in story chronological order. Aka we are watching these from left to right.


So just to reiterate, that's I (10/21), II (10/28), III (11/4), RO (11/11), IV (11/18), V (11/25), VI (12/2), VII (12/9). Of course, no one can stop you from deviating from that, but it would be ideal for discussion to around that schedule.

Wait, what about The Clone Wars movie?
What about it?

Which versions of original trilogy movies are we watching?
Ah yes, this dilemma. Well, the baseline is the 2011 Special Editions, since those are obviously the most easily accessible for most people. This is particularly for whenever those Discord sessions happen just for consistency's sake. That said, you're free to watch those despecializations, 90s VHS tapes, or the Adywan stuff that you have, however you please.

Where can I watch?
Netflix, Blu-rays, Movies Anywhere, etc. Whichever option is the most available to you of course.

I want to watch/read other stuff from the current canon EU. Can I get any help?
Yup, feel free to visit the OP of the SW community thread to get a broader lowdown of what's there in terms of books, comics, etc. Some other things that might interest you: this visual chart of the canon timeline, and if you are planning to get into TCW in your spare time—especially if you plan to binge watch it between 2 and 3—this episode guide.

Special thanks to the Star Wars OT for indulging me in this mess.

Anyway, Episode I should be first up next Saturday, October 21. Hope to see some more of you in the Discord session if I ever end up setting that one. Also looking forward to the treacherous hell fire of hot takes that will no doubt envelope this thread into oblivion as we move forward.

Also, Porgs.
 

Meowster

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Chronological order is the best way to do this as a rewatch.

Who wants the last movie they see before TLJ to be Rogue One lol?
 

Oozer3993

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All the most sophisticated, civilized fans will be watching the objective best versions of each film:

The Phantom Menace (Theatrical Cut)
Attack of the Clones (IMAX cut)
Revenge of the Sith (Workprint)
Rogue One
A New Hope (1981 Re-release version)
Empire Strikes Back (Super 8 home release)
Return of the Jedi (1997 Special Edition)
The Force Awakens
 

Surfinn

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I am in total agreement of getting the PT out of the way.

If you have NEVER seen SW, yeah, it's not the best way to watch, but let's face it

99% of us who are doing this have seen them all

Aww no clone wars. Understandable but awww.

I've never seen it.
 

TheXbox

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All the most sophisticated, civilized fans will be watching the objective best versions of each film:

The Phantom Menace (Theatrical Cut)
Attack of the Clones (IMAX cut)
Revenge of the Sith (Workprint)
Rogue One
A New Hope (1981 Re-release version)
Empire Strikes Back (Super 8 home release)
Return of the Jedi (1997 Special Edition)
The Force Awakens
What was up with the AOTC IMAX? I can't even remember if that's the one I saw, but I know there are some differences, or something? Like, Lucas made some changes after the film was in theaters? I really have no idea.
 

Cross-Section

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What was up with the AOTC IMAX? I can't even remember if that's the one I saw, but I know there are some differences, or something? Like, Lucas made some changes after the film was in theaters? I really have no idea.

They trimmed a bit from some of the romance scenes.
 

rrc1594

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I can't wait to post about how low-key EP III is really underappreciated and the third best SW film.
 

Mr Cola

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Will take part, hopefully we can do a tfa rewatch before tlj aswell
 

Oozer3993

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What was up with the AOTC IMAX? I can't even remember if that's the one I saw, but I know there are some differences, or something? Like, Lucas made some changes after the film was in theaters? I really have no idea.

Due to the limits of the IMAX format at the time (I believe movies on the format couldn't be more than 2 hours long), the movie had to be cut down. Here's a list of the cuts and changes. Interestingly enough, this is not the only divergent, officially released cut. The traditional film release was missing a shot that the digital version (and all subsequent home releases) had: a closeup of Anakin's new robotic hand clasping Padme's hand during their wedding.

 

Lord Fagan

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The really fun part is when half of the gaffers in the thread just watch whatever Star Wars they want in whatever order, and this just becomes another Star Wars thread where we argue about the correct way to watch these films.



It's Machete Order, by the way.
 

TheXbox

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Due to the limits of the IMAX format at the time (I believe movies on the format couldn't be more than 2 hours long), the movie had to be cut down. Here's a list of the cuts and changes. Interestingly enough, this is not the only divergent, officially released cut. The traditional film release was missing a shot that the digital version (and all subsequent home releases) had: a closeup of Anakin's new robotic hand clasping Padme's hand during their wedding.

THEY CUT THE SAND LINE?

Holy shit, man. This is a revelation.
 

Surfinn

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It's called a rewatch, after all.

I'm new to SW and want to get into these as well. Can I join?
Yes, you sure can. Just know that given the age of most of these films and how much they're talked about here on GAF, there won't be any rules for spoilers whatsoever. If everything goes according to plan though, most discussion should be about the movie of the week. Also you should probably be aware of the next bullet point.

Maybe read the OP

Where's the Holiday Special on that running order

Man I've only seen this once

It was a horrifying experience.
 

sphagnum

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If anyone is interested in getting into the new canon, there are a lot of books and comics (not to mention the two cartoons, though you wont have time for those unless you seriously binge watch) that you can explore inbetween movies.
 

purseowner

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Am I the only person who likes Return of the Jedi more than Empire Strikes Back?

Like, I fully acknowledge that Empire is the tighter, more cohesive film, and Jedi is a tonal mess in parts, but I love it for it. Also Ewoks.
 
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If anyone is interested in getting into the new canon, there are a lot of books and comics (not to mention the two cartoons, though you wont have time for those unless you seriously binge watch) that you can explore inbetween movies.

Is there a list out there of what is actually canon now? I'd really like to check some of this out. I used to love the old EU back in the day but i gave up once I heard they were starting fresh.
 

Kyoufu

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Am I the only person who likes Return of the Jedi more than Empire Strikes Back?

Like, I fully acknowledge that Empire is the tighter, more cohesive film, and Jedi is a tonal mess in parts, but I love it for it. Also Ewoks.

I love ROTJ. I don't get the hate for it tbh. It makes me tear up every time without fail and all the Luke/Vader/Emperor scenes were perfection.