Scott saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and he was a bit disappointed. He thought it was "stitched together" as a story, and he didn't think the Dolby Cinema was as good as he's seen before. He also thought it was too damn loud. The deep black of space was simply missing. So it was disappointing. But he does say that JJ Abrams and his team did a great job incorporating footage of Carrie Fisher that wasn't used in the last two films so that it worked rather seamless. Scott also said that the music was virtually nonstop throughout the entire film.
This week is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars and on Home Theater Geeks, Scott had as his guest one of the original sound recorders/designers for the film, Mike Minkler. He talks about the first use of front to back panning in sound and how George Lucas was very particular on how the film would sound in theaters.
Yesterday, Scott saw Rogue One and without giving away any spoilers, he said you want to wait until the very end. Don't leave. Scott saw it in Dolby Cinema because that's how it was color graded, and he thinks it's the best way to see it. High Dynamic Range for best picture quality. The problem is that AMC in Burbank showed it in 3D Dolby Cinema, and Scott hates that. It was still well worth seeing, though. If you can see it in 2D Dolby Cinema, do that.
Scott says that AVS broke the news this week of a possible title for Star Wars Episode VIII: Forces of Destiny. The news came from European Union copyright and trademark filings that were discovered by fan watchdogs.
Leo says that when he hooked up more than one Onkyo and Denon AV receiver device to his Plasma TV, it stopped working. But when he bypassed it, it worked again. Could it be a bad cable? Scott says swapping out the cable is a good first step. Scott says that Onkyo has a history of HDMI issues, but the Denon one is intriguing.
Scott says that there's a movement underway to be able to watch movies in virtual reality. But that comes with it's own set of problems, chief of which is the sound, which would require a head tracking system to change the ton of the audio as you move around. And that would also mean a processor intensive issue.
With the upcoming new Star Wars films, toys are starting to come out and the biggest one so far is the new BB-8 droid toy, a remote controlled rolling droid that you can control with your smartphone. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings. BB-8 is more than a toy - it’s your companion. $149.99 with Amazon Prime.
With the release of the new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, Dickie D thought it would be fun to highlight some cool Star Wars themed gadgets for the kitchen.
Star Wars: BBQ Tongs: Vader's Lightsaber. Bring the Dark Side to your BBQ with Lord Vader’s very own BBQ tongs! Retail price around $40. Available in retailers such as: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, F.Y.E., Hastings, Hot Topic, and Thinkgeek.
All six Star Wars movies have been launched in digital HD yesterday. The entire collection costs $89.99, and is available in iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Disney Direct. Leo says not to get it from Disney, however, because it doesn't own the first movie "A New Hope." However, Disney has a new service called Disney Movies Anywhere, which gives you access to the movies in any of the digital stores. Leo recommends against buying it from Amazon though, because that doesn't work with the Disney Movies Anywhere service.
Scott saw Big Hero 6 in Atmos, and it was completely immersive. The sound was coming from everywhere. The Hobbit is also coming. And the new Star Wars trailer is out, although it doesn't tell you very much.