D23: Kenobi, The Mandalorian & More

D23: Kenobi, The Mandalorian & More | Green Card Back

This weekend marks Disney’s bi-annual D23 expo, the mouse’s very own media promotions and launch event. With the Disney + streaming service launching in the US in a few short months this event has been set up all about that – and for Star Wars fans this promises to be very exciting indeed…

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The Phantom Menace Hits 20

Episode I: The Phantom Menace at 20 | Green Card Back

A long time ago…

Cast your mind back to mid-May – hasn’t the time flown since then?

Well, way back in 1999 that same period of time we’ve just traversed felt endless. While our US friends celebrated this milestone back in May it’s today, July 16th 2019, that marks 20 years since the UK release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace!

For a film that’s been mired in disdain for the last two decades it sure has been great to see the outpouring of love over the last few months. We’ve seen re-appraisals, month-long retrospectives and a general consensus that informed viewers reached years ago – The Phantom Menace¬†isn’t perfect, but it is a bold, ambitious and creative first chapter for the saga. It’s brim full of ideas even if it does fall a little short of its potential due to some flaws in the execution.

At the time you would have been forgiven for thinking that George Lucas had made something far, far worse.

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Star Wars: Scene 38… Re-Imagined

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From the breathtaking finesse of the Theed Hanger Duel in The Phantom Menace to the epic theatrics of Anakin vs Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith, there’s no doubt that the Prequel Trilogy introduced a greater level of visual spectacle to the Star Wars saga.

If you remove the rose-tinted glasses, at 42 years old A New Hope is starting to show its age – and nowhere is this more obvious than in the rematch between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader.

Slow and stilted, for years we convinced ourselves that this was due to it being a duel between an out-of-practice old man and an amputee cyborg. Yet from Yoda vs Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones to Vader’s onslaught in Rogue One, it’s increasingly hard to countenance that Kenobi’s final fight was restricted by anything other than available film production techniques.

This is where VFX artist Christopher Clements, better known by his YouTube handle FXitinPost, has come to the rescue…

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NYCC 2018 Black Series Reveals

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Hello there!

Straight up, it feels pretty much like Hasbro planned this year’s New York Comic Con Black Series reveals on the theme of figures that *I* wanted to see – even if I didn’t know it before I saw them. 9PM Sunday was the point at which I should have told the big H to get out of my brain, but to be honest if this many great looking figures is the payoff for their sly mind-reading techniques then they can rootle around in there for as long as they like…

So what’s gotten me so excited? Glad you asked. Click on through to find out!

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Anakin vs Obi-Wan

There are few scenes in the Star Wars saga more pivotal than that of the duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith. It was a scene that fans had waited decades to see, the key piece of Skywalker’s transformation into the fearsome Darth Vader. In-universe the sense of tragedy is palpable as a friendship ends and the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. It’s a huge moment in the Skywalker story, and the maestro John Williams delivers a suitably epic score.

What I love the most about Anakin vs Obi-Wan, besides the marching re-contextualising of the Battle of the Heroes theme, is how the tension builds and breaks into a full, lush rendition of the Imperial March. Williams understands how to tell stories as well as Lucas, and the sweep of Darth Vader’s theme underscores the raw power of Skywalker.

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We all know it doesn’t last. Kenobi gains the high ground and the rest is history (at least from a certain point of view). But in that moment we get a taste of the uninhibited power of Darth Vader, and that’s in large part due to the incredible work of¬† John Williams.

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