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RiffTrax Discussion => Individual RiffTrax Discussion => Star Wars Ep1 Phantom Menace => Topic started by: Monkey King on March 13, 2007, 02:11:46 AM

Title: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: Monkey King on March 13, 2007, 02:11:46 AM
Since my family was really, really slow to upgrade, we ended up getting Episode I on VHS back when it was released, so that's the copy I watched when I fired up the Rifftrax. The syncing went really out of whack somewhere in the middle, and I figured out why: they trimmed the VHS version. That's not really surprising, but it's interesting what parts they chose to trim. Specifically, they cut out a big chunk of the Neverending Pod Racing Sequence, and one of the gratuitous CG shots from Coruscant. I noticed the second one because it's the very shot Mike complains about. Apparently even Lucasarts thought those scenes ran too long.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: David on March 13, 2007, 02:52:08 AM
Since my family was really, really slow to upgrade, we ended up getting Episode I on VHS back when it was released, so that's the copy I watched when I fired up the Rifftrax. The syncing went really out of whack somewhere in the middle, and I figured out why: they trimmed the VHS version. That's not really surprising, but it's interesting what parts they chose to trim. Specifically, they cut out a big chunk of the Neverending Pod Racing Sequence, and one of the gratuitous CG shots from Coruscant. I noticed the second one because it's the very shot Mike complains about. Apparently even Lucasarts thought those scenes ran too long.

I thought they added pod sequence crap to the DVD version. That would fit their MO.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: Sharktopus on March 13, 2007, 08:06:33 PM
The original VHS release from 1999 is the same as the theatrical release, but the DVD is an extended special edition, the biggest addition being an even more god-awful boring prelude to the podrace.  Star Wars: Ep I: Alternate Versions (http://imdb.com/title/tt0120915/alternateversions)
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: DeadlyCinema on March 14, 2007, 07:13:41 PM
Plus, take in account that DVD's have a tendency to switch layers around halfway through films. It's only a second long, but that might've been a reason the VHS was out of sync with the Rifftrax.

Matthew
myspace.com/deadlycinema
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: Sharktopus on March 14, 2007, 07:26:56 PM
I watched Top Gun on VHS, and the drift was negligible. The movie was still gay, and Mike and Bill were still funny.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: BathTub on March 15, 2007, 05:02:01 AM
Plus, take in account that DVD's have a tendency to switch layers around halfway through films. It's only a second long, but that might've been a reason the VHS was out of sync with the Rifftrax.

Matthew
myspace.com/deadlycinema


The rifftrax mp3s do not take anything like that into account.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: Monkey King on March 16, 2007, 04:59:11 PM
The original VHS release from 1999 is the same as the theatrical release, but the DVD is an extended special edition, the biggest addition being an even more god-awful boring prelude to the podrace.  Star Wars: Ep I: Alternate Versions (http://imdb.com/title/tt0120915/alternateversions)
I guess that explains it too. Geez, 22 minutes... It's like Lucas just wanted the pod-racing sequence, and then had to wrap a movie around it to justify the effort.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: Sharktopus on March 16, 2007, 09:49:19 PM
The original VHS release from 1999 is the same as the theatrical release, but the DVD is an extended special edition, the biggest addition being an even more god-awful boring prelude to the podrace.  Star Wars: Ep I: Alternate Versions (http://imdb.com/title/tt0120915/alternateversions)
I guess that explains it too. Geez, 22 minutes... It's like Lucas just wanted the pod-racing sequence, and then had to wrap a movie around it to justify the effort.

That sounds about right. His first draft was probably the podrace, JarJar, and maybe some lightsabers.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: Teaflax on March 19, 2007, 07:27:41 AM
The movie was still gay

It didn't strike me as very homosexual at all, but maybe I don't read as much subtext into it as others do.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: Sharktopus on March 19, 2007, 02:36:27 PM
The movie was still gay

It didn't strike me as very homosexual at all, but maybe I don't read as much subtext into it as others do.

You didn't detect the copious homeroticism dripping from Top Gun? I guess you're lucky.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: 6079SmithW on March 27, 2007, 08:02:16 AM
The movie was still gay

It didn't strike me as very homosexual at all, but maybe I don't read as much subtext into it as others do.

You didn't detect the copious homeroticism dripping from Top Gun? I guess you're lucky.
You're crazy. What's gay about topless, sweaty beach volleyball, spread-legged, nearly naked affirmations of affection in the locker room, and bars full of men singing together?
Title: SW ep1 VHS
Post by: cfkane on September 22, 2007, 10:58:57 AM
Hey, longtime fan of the site and the show before it.

I own the VHS edition of The Phantom Menace, but not the DVD. Will the riff for Episode 1 work for the VHS version?
Title: Re: Submit your questions here!
Post by: Junkyard on September 22, 2007, 11:28:51 AM
(I know you didn't ask me, but YES. That's how I first saw it.)
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on September 22, 2007, 02:16:01 PM
Getting back on topic, yes Top Gun is gayer than Senator Larry Craig at a Wham concert.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: AmandaGal on September 22, 2007, 03:21:51 PM
The original VHS release from 1999 is the same as the theatrical release, but the DVD is an extended special edition, the biggest addition being an even more god-awful boring prelude to the podrace.  Star Wars: Ep I: Alternate Versions (http://imdb.com/title/tt0120915/alternateversions)
I guess that explains it too. Geez, 22 minutes... It's like Lucas just wanted the pod-racing sequence, and then had to wrap a movie around it to justify the effort.

I think it was all for the video game. "Hey, if we add this it'll make the video game seem fun."  Sure, if fun = boring and worse than death.
Title: Re: SW ep1 VHS
Post by: Pak-Man on September 22, 2007, 08:12:25 PM
Hey, longtime fan of the site and the show before it.

I own the VHS edition of The Phantom Menace, but not the DVD. Will the riff for Episode 1 work for the VHS version?
Episode 1 doesn't have as much pod-race on VHS as it does on DVD, and that throws the riffing off. If you resync aftter the podrace, it stays on track for the rest of the movie (I think)
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: Ouroboros on November 22, 2007, 12:01:22 AM
I watched the VHS version yesterday. First it went like minutes out of sync
somewhere in the middle of the pod race. Then later it did it again, shortly after they arrived at Coruscant.
Title: Re: Fun with the VHS version
Post by: Zandrax on March 23, 2008, 01:11:22 PM
There is the "Air Bus scene" that was reedited back into the movie.