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12.21.2011

One of the big "Lucas meddling" changes in the new Star Wars trilogy 3D re-release is that the puppet Yoda from the first film is being completely replaced by the all CGI version we saw lightsaber fighting in the other two movies.

Now, he's taking center stage in this brand new poster for the film which you can see below. Yes, it's Russian. They like Star Wars over there too.

I don't know, for as far as CGI has come in recent years, I think this is sort of a shit rendering of Yoda. The textures look wonky to me, and though it's probably better than that putrid puppet, it still leaves something to be desired.

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7:13PM on 12/23/2011
The only thing I hate about the changes is that they are an obvious step down in quality from ILM's usual work. CGI Jabba in Star Wars looks so terrible it makes the whole film unwatchable for me, especially in combination with the other "improvements." I can't even imagine how bad it will look blown up on the big screen.
The only thing I hate about the changes is that they are an obvious step down in quality from ILM's usual work. CGI Jabba in Star Wars looks so terrible it makes the whole film unwatchable for me, especially in combination with the other "improvements." I can't even imagine how bad it will look blown up on the big screen.
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6:10PM on 12/22/2011
Regardless of what everyone on the internet thinks, this will make money. It's coming out in February with pretty much no competition at the box office and it's a freaking Star Wars film. Children still like the movies and they have a whole fan-base built around the Clone Wars cartoon. The older generation might having called it quits but the newer generation is waiting in the wings to give Lucas their cash.
Regardless of what everyone on the internet thinks, this will make money. It's coming out in February with pretty much no competition at the box office and it's a freaking Star Wars film. Children still like the movies and they have a whole fan-base built around the Clone Wars cartoon. The older generation might having called it quits but the newer generation is waiting in the wings to give Lucas their cash.
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9:01AM on 12/22/2011
3BE3AHblE BONHbl?? WTF???!!

BTW this will bomb
3BE3AHblE BONHbl?? WTF???!!

BTW this will bomb
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9:42AM on 12/22/2011
Its in Russian.
Its in Russian.
7:02AM on 12/23/2011
i know man, just found it funny that's all, maybe i'm the only one here
i know man, just found it funny that's all, maybe i'm the only one here
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8:19AM on 12/22/2011
This kinda crap I expect from Lucas.. he's no filmaker, he's a moneymaker and for that, in a way, I respect the guy.

The thing that makes me sick is the dumb people who keep giving him money really.. for nothing! The Phantom Menace.. in 3D?? Give me a break...

If there were no idiots support this cash-grabbing machine that became $tar War$ then this would stop. Or at least, people with real talent would have a chance to enter this world of vast artistic opportunities.
This kinda crap I expect from Lucas.. he's no filmaker, he's a moneymaker and for that, in a way, I respect the guy.

The thing that makes me sick is the dumb people who keep giving him money really.. for nothing! The Phantom Menace.. in 3D?? Give me a break...

If there were no idiots support this cash-grabbing machine that became $tar War$ then this would stop. Or at least, people with real talent would have a chance to enter this world of vast artistic opportunities.
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5:39AM on 12/22/2011
$#!TBRIX
$#!TBRIX
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3:10AM on 12/22/2011

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Should it bomb- ABSOLUTELY

Will it bomb?- Eh, probably not unfortunately. Maybe people now a days are smart enough to wait for the good star wars movies to come out in 3-d (episodes 3-6) than shell out money for this crap.

And as for the poster, doesn't matter who or what's on it. The only way I'll see this film is if they replace all of Anakin and Jar Jar's dialogue with a better voice, Morgan Freeman or maybe Mark Hamill perhaps.
Should it bomb- ABSOLUTELY

Will it bomb?- Eh, probably not unfortunately. Maybe people now a days are smart enough to wait for the good star wars movies to come out in 3-d (episodes 3-6) than shell out money for this crap.

And as for the poster, doesn't matter who or what's on it. The only way I'll see this film is if they replace all of Anakin and Jar Jar's dialogue with a better voice, Morgan Freeman or maybe Mark Hamill perhaps.
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10:24PM on 12/21/2011

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No.
Because there are too many stupid people in this world that are going to go out and see it, while proclaiming it that there is nothing wrong with the movie itself. I look at it this way, if there's nothing wrong with the movies, then why does Lucas keep fucking with them (I mean besides the obvious cash grab)?
No.
Because there are too many stupid people in this world that are going to go out and see it, while proclaiming it that there is nothing wrong with the movie itself. I look at it this way, if there's nothing wrong with the movies, then why does Lucas keep fucking with them (I mean besides the obvious cash grab)?
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6:43PM on 12/21/2011

Now I like the prequels.

And I am for sure going to go see all six films again in 3D, but this poster is god awful. That's not even the same (BETTER LOOKING) CGI Yoda they used to replace the horrible puppet Yoda in The Phantom Menace for the blu-ray release.

I'm convinced this isn't a finalized poster. They can do MUCH better than this, and Yoda doesn't even have any eyebrows. If they release the final product like this, then shame on them.
And I am for sure going to go see all six films again in 3D, but this poster is god awful. That's not even the same (BETTER LOOKING) CGI Yoda they used to replace the horrible puppet Yoda in The Phantom Menace for the blu-ray release.

I'm convinced this isn't a finalized poster. They can do MUCH better than this, and Yoda doesn't even have any eyebrows. If they release the final product like this, then shame on them.
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5:52PM on 12/21/2011
Cool poster. Star Wars in 3D...Im in!
Cool poster. Star Wars in 3D...Im in!
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4:16PM on 12/21/2011

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Anyone that pays to see these god awful movies (at 3D prices no less) in theaters again is a moron. I don't know what else to say. I think another re-release is an insult.
Anyone that pays to see these god awful movies (at 3D prices no less) in theaters again is a moron. I don't know what else to say. I think another re-release is an insult.
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10:08PM on 12/21/2011
Tell em' Steve Dave! People complain about remakes, reboots and sequels, but Star Wars continues to go back to the theaters, they're putting the same fucking movies back in theaters! For a longer run than three day releases like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future etc. Fuck.
Tell em' Steve Dave! People complain about remakes, reboots and sequels, but Star Wars continues to go back to the theaters, they're putting the same fucking movies back in theaters! For a longer run than three day releases like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future etc. Fuck.
4:06PM on 12/21/2011
This isn't a movie poster, it's a photo shoot for the cover of US Weekly.
This isn't a movie poster, it's a photo shoot for the cover of US Weekly.
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3:21PM on 12/21/2011
To be fair, to render out a cgi model that big for poster size would break apart its textures. There are likely photoshop fixes in it.
To be fair, to render out a cgi model that big for poster size would break apart its textures. There are likely photoshop fixes in it.
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6:45PM on 12/21/2011
That's what I'm thinking.
That's what I'm thinking.
3:21PM on 12/21/2011
Thanks, George.
Thanks, George.
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3:14PM on 12/21/2011
god i hate you lucas asskissers that stick up for him no matter what. this is Z grade, shit CGI.
god i hate you lucas asskissers that stick up for him no matter what. this is Z grade, shit CGI.
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2:29PM on 12/21/2011

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HELL NO!!
HELL NO!!
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1:58PM on 12/21/2011
I'm all for this. The Yoda puppet in Episode 1 looked so bad. It looked more like Yoda's retarded cousin.
I'm all for this. The Yoda puppet in Episode 1 looked so bad. It looked more like Yoda's retarded cousin.
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1:48PM on 12/21/2011
Looks good. Now if only the story line could overhauled in the same manner...
Looks good. Now if only the story line could overhauled in the same manner...
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1:46PM on 12/21/2011

In Soviet Russia...

Force Uses You!
Force Uses You!
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1:41PM on 12/21/2011
CGI yoda is fine. The biggest abomination in film making would be the Darth Vader No, NOoo0o in ROTJ.
CGI yoda is fine. The biggest abomination in film making would be the Darth Vader No, NOoo0o in ROTJ.
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12:18PM on 12/21/2011
My comment is more about that trend of releasing older movies in 3D. I know The Phantom Menace was pretty bad but when I saw the trailer in theater for the 3D re-release, I thought to myself: "Damn! That film almost look good." I'm pretty sure I won't see it in theater, but I'll be there for Episode IV to VI in 3D, just to watch those movies on the big screen. I also saw the Titanic trailer, I haven't seen that film for over 10 years, but the trailer made me want to see it again (probably not
My comment is more about that trend of releasing older movies in 3D. I know The Phantom Menace was pretty bad but when I saw the trailer in theater for the 3D re-release, I thought to myself: "Damn! That film almost look good." I'm pretty sure I won't see it in theater, but I'll be there for Episode IV to VI in 3D, just to watch those movies on the big screen. I also saw the Titanic trailer, I haven't seen that film for over 10 years, but the trailer made me want to see it again (probably not in theater though). I think it says something about the state of movies nowadays, especially if you add the fact that Lion King 3D was a bigger hit than anyone expected. Too many movies suck today.
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12:08PM on 12/21/2011

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All the haters are not doing the math. TPM is made for 12 year olds. All of the current 12 year olds and tweens in the world have never had a chance to see this movie in the theater. If Lion King can make over 100 million on the re-release TPM can do it easily. No adult wants to see Jar Jar in 3D, but their kids do and that leads to big bucks.
All the haters are not doing the math. TPM is made for 12 year olds. All of the current 12 year olds and tweens in the world have never had a chance to see this movie in the theater. If Lion King can make over 100 million on the re-release TPM can do it easily. No adult wants to see Jar Jar in 3D, but their kids do and that leads to big bucks.
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12:50PM on 12/21/2011
Ummm Lion King is a GOOD movie for all ages, this movie is shitty unless you are 10, fat, play video games all day, and have no brain. How come the old Star Wars movies appeal to both then? Stop making excuses for these shitty prequels.
Ummm Lion King is a GOOD movie for all ages, this movie is shitty unless you are 10, fat, play video games all day, and have no brain. How come the old Star Wars movies appeal to both then? Stop making excuses for these shitty prequels.
1:48PM on 12/21/2011
A) - you're ripping on kids who play video games, but your user name is halflife?
B) - Not defending TPM, but The Lion King, like most Disney tripe, blows.
A) - you're ripping on kids who play video games, but your user name is halflife?
B) - Not defending TPM, but The Lion King, like most Disney tripe, blows.
11:57AM on 12/21/2011
The CGI Yoda in Ep 1 Bluray looks really good, unlike this poster.
The CGI Yoda in Ep 1 Bluray looks really good, unlike this poster.
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11:38AM on 12/21/2011

meeeeeeeeeeeeeh

Why God, why?
Why God, why?
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11:37AM on 12/21/2011
Booooo!
Booooo!
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11:26AM on 12/21/2011
Doesn't even look good.
Doesn't even look good.
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11:10AM on 12/21/2011
What'll be next, a CGI Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi?

...well, as long as there's more Slave Leia, on that note...

But seriously?

F A I L
What'll be next, a CGI Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi?

...well, as long as there's more Slave Leia, on that note...

But seriously?

F A I L
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11:04AM on 12/21/2011
While I don't think the 3D re-re-re-releases will fair all that well (well Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones at least), I do think that the switch to a completely digital is better than that creepy yoda puppet they used in the original release of Phantom Menace. Is it as good as the Yoda from Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi? No, but at least it is streamline with the Yoda in the other two movies in that trilogy.
While I don't think the 3D re-re-re-releases will fair all that well (well Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones at least), I do think that the switch to a completely digital is better than that creepy yoda puppet they used in the original release of Phantom Menace. Is it as good as the Yoda from Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi? No, but at least it is streamline with the Yoda in the other two movies in that trilogy.
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