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Star Wars Episode III Reportedly Prereleased

Postby SlyckTom » Wed May 18, 2005 11:01 pm

In 2002, Attack of the Clones was prereleased approximately two weeks before its theatrical debut. It was most likely leaked a bit earlier, floating around elite access hubs before trickling down to the Newsgroups and P2P networks. George Lucas, the director and writer behind the Star Wars franchise, was reportedly furious over the prerelease.

To avoid a similar pitfall, George Lucas placed copies of Episode III under very tight security. It seems this tactic helped keep his latest work "Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith", away from Internet proliferation up until literally the last few hours before its official release.

However, it appears it was never a question "if" Episode III would make it online; rather it was a question of "when." According to the comment section on the Usenet indexing site Newzbin.com, the final installment was released in its entirety just over two hours ago. Members of Newzbin.com also mention the release is decent in video quality, considering the amount of security surrounding the film.

"Great early release...I gives much props on this one," and "Sound quality is good, picture is worse than most vcds" were comments used to describe this release.

According to commenters on Newzbin, the copy is a "workprint" version. Workprint movies are only meant for studio viewing, and not intended to be watched by the general public. <a href=http://www.afterdawn.com/glossary/terms/workprint.cfm target=_blank>Workprints</a> may have several minutes of audio or video edited out or other portions added that will not make it to the final version.

"ViSA" is the release group responsible for this prerelease.
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Postby lordfoul » Wed May 18, 2005 11:06 pm

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Postby SlyckChuck » Wed May 18, 2005 11:08 pm

Sigh, the last film. Still pumped up about it. Thx for a good article Tom.
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Postby JaKo30 » Wed May 18, 2005 11:09 pm

grrreat!!!
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Postby dakiller » Wed May 18, 2005 11:10 pm

well now that didn't take long....the hunt begins

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Postby Psycho Ced » Wed May 18, 2005 11:12 pm

lord foul : your the f###ing best! :twisted: :arrow:
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Postby lordfoul » Wed May 18, 2005 11:15 pm

I aim to please. a.b.dvdr
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Postby Psycho Ced » Wed May 18, 2005 11:17 pm

Thanx
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Postby NickC » Wed May 18, 2005 11:25 pm

Was it really required to mention Newzbin.com so many times in that article though? Just think of the flood of media attention that site will get now, from n00bs, MPAA, and everyone else who visits here.

Anyone else think that was a bad idea ?
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Postby dakiller » Wed May 18, 2005 11:27 pm

Newzbin.com isn't exactly a secret......
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Postby Psycho Ced » Wed May 18, 2005 11:28 pm

I guess someones is going to bed late tonite!
Expect your articles late tomorrow!
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Postby countrypirate » Wed May 18, 2005 11:31 pm

cool can't wait to watch it might be a late night :wink:
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Postby puzzlepants » Wed May 18, 2005 11:37 pm

Apparently this has been floating around for a few days as a non-scene release. It definitely should have been released as an SVCD instead of as a DVD-R. ViSa just picked this movie up and saw that nobody else had released it. I've seen a rumor that the group used Ulead to finalize this release. For those of you not in the know, that's a complete joke.


From the screen caps I've seen so far, it looks like the AR is a little bit off, and apparently it's been nuked in some places for this. Other than that, the release is fine. It big ass counters in it, but the colors are nice and its very sharp.

No interest in Star Wars though...BSG all the way!
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Postby lordfoul » Wed May 18, 2005 11:55 pm

Stretching the pixel ratio to 1.78 sets the movie to proper AR. In videolan:
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Postby Doobie » Wed May 18, 2005 11:56 pm

The reviews are in: This cow pie doesn't stink as much as Episodes I and II. Am I the only one who thinks that if Lucas couldn't get over his arrogance by insisting that he himself directs these films, that he should have left the original trilogy alone?
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Postby dakiller » Thu May 19, 2005 12:07 am

Cowpie or no...
how is it arrogant to want to direct your own movie based on your own vision.... :?:
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Postby Psycho Ced » Thu May 19, 2005 12:15 am

True! It was his masterpiece and legacy!
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Postby SlyckTom » Thu May 19, 2005 12:19 am

Personally, I think Eps I and II are fine additions to the original trilogy. I particularly like Esp I. I say kudos to George and I cant wait to see Esp III...
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Postby Kujo » Thu May 19, 2005 12:29 am

Episode 1 was a piece of crap (Jar Jar Binks was the worst CGI/character in the history of cinema), and Episode 11 was better, but not by much, so it still sucked. Episode 3 easily appears to be the best of the 3. That is what the reviews are saying as well. I don't plan to download this pre-release version if it is a workprint. I may see the film in the theatre or wait for a proper SVCD release.
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Postby Psycho Ced » Thu May 19, 2005 12:41 am

I liked all starwars episodes. But everyone has the preferences, you can't please everyone.
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Postby notbob » Thu May 19, 2005 12:59 am

Psycho Ced wrote:I liked all starwars episodes. But everyone has the preferences, you can't please everyone.


after years of soul searching, i was finally able to admit lucas is a hack.

he is far too reliant on effects, stereotypes/stock characters, and not nearly focused enough on story and plot. the one most agree is the best (esb) was directed by someone else. lucas has a vision, but it needs a lot of cleaning up and editing by an independent party to make it work.

look at the toys--there are hundreds of characters, and only about 12 ever even do anything to further a plot. the rest are all situational-something to look at until the next fight breaks out

sure, these movies aren't supposed to be high art, but so many people puff up their importance it's sickening. if lucas would have had today's technology in 1977, all 6 movies would suck. look how he has already screwed up the original trilogy in the last decade

i think a dvdr is the perfect metaphor for episode 3. they could have used an avi, as the quality is crap, but they decided to use a big bloated dvdr instead. the quality is shit, but it's really BIG!

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Postby dakiller » Thu May 19, 2005 1:09 am

it interests me how even detractors of this series tend to agrandise it.....

it is meant as entertainment...not some answer to the universe,imbuing it with more importance or vilifying the director for not meeting ones own personal vision is absurd.

As with most cinema you like it...or you don't,beyond that ........
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lol i liked spaceballs , better

Postby tater » Thu May 19, 2005 3:36 am

the movie with john candy,anyone else will admit watching the movie.
a little satire till i can go see epsode 3 at least
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Re: Star Wars Episode III Reportedly Prereleased

Postby mpfenton » Thu May 19, 2005 4:02 am

SlyckTom wrote:"Great early release...I gives much props on this one," and "Sound quality is good, picture is worse than most vcds" were comments used to describe this release.


Why bother downloading if it's that bad?
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Re: Star Wars Episode III Reportedly Prereleased

Postby Vulture » Thu May 19, 2005 4:47 am

mpfenton wrote:
SlyckTom wrote:"Great early release...I gives much props on this one," and "Sound quality is good, picture is worse than most vcds" were comments used to describe this release.


Why bother downloading if it's that bad?
Because you never know until you get it. And it saves a £5 cinema ticket.
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