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Star Wars Episode 3 Play-By-Play In Pictures 443

Posted by timothy
from the ok-there-are-like-these-people-right-with-lasers dept.
jflint writes "Here is a site with over 80 screenshots (claiming more to come) that shows the story line of the upcoming Star Wars Episode 3. Some of the screenshots have French subtitles in them." These shots -- especially the space battle scenes -- certainly make it look more worthwhile than the two prior episodes.
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Star Wars Episode 3 Play-By-Play In Pictures

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  • Over 80 fairly high resolution screen shots and the editor didn't think to change the links to a handy mirror before we all hammer the server? Luckily it appears to be coping so far.
    • by buro9 (633210) <david@NoSPAm.buro9.com> on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:58AM (#11754345) Homepage
      You know... this should really be made part of the editors task.

      If a news story is screenshots... especially if it's 10+ high res... tar + gzip them all and make a torrent somewhere.

      Then sure, post the source... but more importantly... post the torrent link.

      This happens way too often not to be something that could be done.

      What about a slashdot tracker? Have rules on things only being addable by editors, and they can only do so via submitting a story.

      Isn't this what it's about? Damn... where's that Slashcode site again? Sounds like the time to merge Blog Torrent and Slash together.
      • Hate to say this, but this is the sort of thing Roland does.
        However everyone bitches at him for it.

        Mirrordot seems quite good at handling the load (theres a link lower in the comments)
      • by Kwiik (655591)
        lesse.. Slashdot deliberately mirroring possibly copyrighten material without permission from the copyright owner. I don't know about you, but I like having a place to visit at work so often that I become unproductive and get fired, plus find a new job through some dumb karma rating + low user ID anomaly.
      • Look at the URL, "http://www.tpu.fi/~t4jlaaks/ep3/". Looks like a free home page. Obviously it's going to be offline the moment this goes live, with 88 photos, each about 150k.

        Mirrordot [mirrordot.org] got it all. Slashdot is never going to do anything about this; it's been in their FAQ for about 4 years as something to think about. They don't fact check, spell check or dupe check, so expecting them to cache a page somewhere is just wishful thinking.

      • I really don't think it's that simple. By mirroring the entire series of images elsewhere they would have likely surpassed fair use rights, and opened /. to law suits.

        I don't see a creative commons release on that page.
        • But google manages to cache sites just fine. As long as slashdot respected requests to remove caches/mirrors, as google does, I don't see them having a problem.

          You could just as easily argue that slashdot could be sued for aiding and abetting DDOS attacks.
  • Massochist (Score:5, Funny)

    by bigtallmofo (695287) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:48AM (#11754268)
    Putting 80 screenshots of the upcoming Star Wars movie on your web site at this point is like asking to be DDoS'd.

    You have to feel sorry for the ISP hosting that site and every ISP in between.
  • This looks totally badass.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Hi George! How's the ranch?
    • I'm hopeful. If this one is as much better than Attack of the Clones as that one was better than The Phantom Menace, then it should be on par with Return of the Jedi. (AotC + (AotC-TPM) == RotJ) If George manages to pull that off, then I'll be content.
      • the terrible acting and awful dialogue in the "love scenes" (ugh) between Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen in the second movie. They were so, so, SO BAD.

        AoC could have been only slightly worse than RotJ if it wasn't for those, but Lucas went and fucked it up, sadly.
        • Very true. That was indeed a horrible low point of the movie. However, I really, really dislike TPM, so I still consider AotC a significant improvement as a whole.

          As an aside: I don't really blame Hayden and Natalie for the acting. With those lines there's really very little they could have done to make those scenes bearable. Even the best actors (which, admittedly, they're not) need something to work with.
    • by zrk (64468) <spam-from-slashd ... t ['ud.' in gap]> on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @01:00PM (#11756535) Homepage
      I bet you could take 80 screenshots of either of the 1st two movies and make them look great, too.
  • by bircho (559727) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:48AM (#11754272)
    Slide 81: the server fall in burning lava. The imperial march begins to play. The END!
  • by Xpilot (117961) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:48AM (#11754273) Homepage
    Correction, there was a site with over 80 screenshots (claiming more to come) that shows the story line of the upcoming Star Wars Episode 3. But after Lucasfilm's agents posted it to /. it is no more. Clever fellow, that George.

  • Ah! Mirror! Quick! (Score:5, Informative)

    by REBloomfield (550182) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:48AM (#11754274)
    Mirror [mirrordot.org]

    Dribble. Can't wait....

  • Cannes (Score:5, Funny)

    by caitsith01 (606117) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:49AM (#11754278) Journal
    Can anyone else not believe that this will be opening Cannes? Do the French just have a very strange sense of humour, or do they perhaps intend to get revenge for recent US foreign policy decisions by allowing Lucas to make Hollywood look utterly ridiculous in the most public way they can?
    • Clearly, their revenge will be complete when, at Cannes 2006, in a final stroke of revenge against Germany, for deeds now long past, Uwe Boll's next movie, Bloodrayne, opens with much fan fair at Cannes, billed as an exhbition of German cinematic excellence.
    • Re:Cannes (Score:5, Interesting)

      by LarsWestergren (9033) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @10:24AM (#11754920) Homepage Journal
      Roger Ebert on Godzilla (1998):
      "Going to see "Godzilla" at the Palais of the Cannes Film Festival is like attending a satanic ritual in St. Peter's Basilica. It's a rebuke to the faith that the building represents. Cannes touchingly adheres to a belief that film can be intelligent, moving and grand. "Godzilla" is a big, ugly, ungainly device to give teenagers the impression they are seeing a movie. It was the festival's closing film, coming at the end like the horses in a parade, perhaps for the same reason."

      Does it have any significance that SW3 is first though? The canary in the mine perhaps?
    • Re:Cannes (Score:5, Interesting)

      by El Cabri (13930) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @01:21PM (#11756783) Journal
      A New Hope opened Cannes in 77. It seems like a proper closure to me, that the last Star Wars to be shot opens Cannes. And by the way, the opening movie is not part of the competition. It is often a popular movie, often from Hollywood, and has nothing to do with the artsy offering that acutally runs for the prizes.
  • More worthwhile... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Snaller (147050) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:49AM (#11754280) Journal
    ...because after all blowing shit up is so much more important than dialog...
  • by Linker3000 (626634) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:49AM (#11754281) Journal
    1) Hero has Web site
    2) Hero posts hires picture son site
    3) Site is mentioned on /.
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    .Spoiler alert...
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    4) Site crashes in the end
  • Mirrors (Score:3, Informative)

    by rezitoz (23727) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:50AM (#11754288)
    Try http://www.mirrordot.org/ [mirrordot.org] for working images.

    direct link [mirrordot.org]
  • Spoiler: (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:50AM (#11754291)
    You hate George Lucas but you are going to line his pockets all the same. Resistance is futile.
  • planet-lab mirror (Score:4, Informative)

    by GrAfFiT (802657) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:51AM (#11754292) Homepage
    http://www.tpu.fi.nyud.net:8090/~t4jlaaks/ep3/ [nyud.net]
    Hopefully, this time, it works.
  • by TrentL (761772) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:51AM (#11754296) Homepage
    Were did the shot of Anakin all burned up come from?

    BTW, I saw these pics last night when Boing Boing linked to them first, like so much of what appears on Slashdot these days.
    • by Warlock7 (531656) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:56AM (#11754338)
      That image came out back in March. It appeared in "Star Wars Insider". There's a much better shot here [aintitcool.com].
      • by ajs (35943) <ajs&ajs,com> on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @09:31AM (#11754516) Homepage Journal
        Well, that's a full-body shot, but a much worse picture.

        Overall, these are very impressive shots, and I have to say, I'm looking forward to this. None of what I hoped for is in it (in terms of really turning the plot back on itself and getting creative), but it looks like a lot of fun, and a good cap to what I think was a fairly slow-to-build initial pair of movies (no, I didn't hate them, and I do think that they were at least as good as Jedi... teen romance and cute aliens are just guaranteed to turn off most SF fans no matter what else you have to offer).
    • I saw these pics last night when Boing Boing linked to them first
      Well the mirror has gone into critical meltdown as well so I can't see them. But I need to know this: Any Jar-jar in there?
    • by tm2b (42473)

      when Boing Boing linked to them first, like so much of what appears on Slashdot these days.

      Oh, don't exaggerate, it's only a small percentage.

      No FSF/GNU/GPL manifestos, no "apple just updated their software again for the third time this week" messages, no permanent floating "the evil of the RIAA" flamefests. None of those "broken record issues" that we've been over a bazillion times. No incompetent "editors" who know neither correct spelling nor grammar, nor what stories have been posted in the la

  • by waterlogged (210759) <crussey@@@hotmail...com> on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:52AM (#11754303)
    It was as if a million acks cried out at once and were suddenly silenced.
    .
    .
  • The pics are on the webserver of a polytechnic in Tampere, Finland. The webserver is on its knees already, and the user don't have a permission to keep this material on the server for sure. I guess they're not going to be there for long. =)
  • Looks, sure. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gowen (141411) <gwowen@gmail.com> on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:53AM (#11754312) Homepage Journal
    These shots -- especially the space battle scenes -- certainly make it look more worthwhile than the two prior episodes.
    Well Episodes I and II look worthwhile if you don't have to listen to the dialogue.
  • ..where we can kill servers from anywhere in the world.

    (Maybe if he didn't have EIGHTY FRIGGIN SCREENSHOTS ON THE PAGE, it wouldn't have died so fast. But what do I know?)
    • by JudgeFurious (455868) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @10:55AM (#11755194)
      The power to kill servers anywhere in the world is insignificant compared to... um, no wait that's pretty damned significant actually. Sorry, nevermind.

      Plus to the best of my knowledge Slashdot doesn't have an open exhaust port somewhere with a big neon "Place Torpedo Here" sign next to it so apparently we ARE the ultimate power in the universe.
  • Looks really good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by chrisgeleven (514645) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:54AM (#11754322) Homepage
    I saw these pictures last night, so I beat the /.

    The movie looks really good.

    I'm not concerned about the movie's looks or story though...Star Wars is always at the top with those. For the most part, everyone has to agree that the story line for the first two prequels outside of a few annoying pieces is actuallly pretty good.

    What worries me most is the dialogue...that is where the first two prequels failed and where the original trilogy got everyone hooked.

    Let's hope that problem is fixed.
    • by Laur (673497) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @09:15AM (#11754445)
      For the most part, everyone has to agree that the story line for the first two prequels outside of a few annoying pieces is actuallly pretty good.

      This is Slashdot, where anyone will disagree with you about anything! That being said, many people (myself included) think the story line of the first two were great big piles of steaming crap.

    • everyone has to agree that the story line for the first two prequels ... is actuallly pretty good

      We have to, or else what?
    • Re:Looks really good (Score:2, Interesting)

      by tehanu (682528)
      To put it another way. I am a girl who used to obsessively read trashy romance novels. I went with a non-geek girl who could barely remember the original series to see Episode 2. Both of us cringed at the "romantic" dialogue. When it's worse than novels with titles like "Passion's Dawn", you know you're in trouble. Oh yeah, and Anakin sucks. Sometimes I watch shows just because the guy is cute, even if he's not such a good actor, but Star Wars Ep 2 - there are some things that no amount of good looks
  • another mirror (Score:5, Informative)

    by jacoplane (78110) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:55AM (#11754328) Homepage Journal
    nerdfilter.com [nerdfilter.com]
  • by rf0 (159958)
    the force wasn't with him this time

    Rus
  • by gowen (141411) <gwowen@gmail.com> on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:58AM (#11754347) Homepage Journal
    It's a Play-by-Play is it?

    Now, why do I hear Chris Berman's voice going:
    Anakin is on the edge of the lava pit.
    Obi Wan is forcing him back ... back, back, back, back, back ... gone.
  • Luke - What is it Obiwan?

    Obi - I sense a cute little server at its last breath, while millions of caffeine filled geeks armed with mouseclicks, on its deathly downward spiral. And then silence prevailed.

    Luke - What?

    Obi - Server got slasdhotted you little wimp!

    Luke - Oh Ok! Want some coffee?

    Obi - Sure. These long flights give me such a headache.

    - moderated +/-5 Weird
  • by screwballicus (313964) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @09:01AM (#11754366)
    While wasting time pondering whether the original site will ever succeed in coming back up, feel free to amuse yourself by refreshing the page's hit counter [freelogs.com].

  • by nwbvt (768631) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @09:02AM (#11754374)
    "These shots -- especially the space battle scenes -- certainly make it look more worthwhile than the two prior episodes."

    When the first one came out, everyone was so excited. People were camped in front of movie theaters for months, and you could easily get the impression that this was going to be one of the best movies of all time.

    Then they saw Jar-Jar and the rest is history.

    When the second one came out, people were once again excited. Yeah, they remembered how horrible the first one was, but this new Star Wars promised to be much better! Less Jar-Jar, a new Anakin, and an improved storyline.

    Then everyone realized that while it might be better than the first one, that isn't saying much.

    Now they release a few pretty pictures from the third one and once again, you have people saying it "look(s) more worthwhile". Sigh. Hey look, someone wrote the word gullible on the movie theater ceiling!

  • by limabone (174795) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @09:10AM (#11754410)
    I don't know if you remember the trailer for The Phantom Menace, but it had the Duel of the Fates song in the background and that trailer was amazing! After 20 years or whatever since Return of the Jedi, it made my knees week. That alone is proof that you can take a crappy two hour movie and turn it into an awesome 1 minute commercial.
  • *Spoiler* (Score:5, Funny)

    by Walkiry (698192) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @09:12AM (#11754425) Homepage
    **ATTENTION SPOILER***





    Palpatine is actually a bad guy.

    *Shock*
    *Horror*
  • Fair warning: (Score:5, Informative)

    by GrandCow (229565) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @09:23AM (#11754483)
    I saw these last night, and this is about the biggest spoiler you can possibly see for the movie. Almost every scene is pictured, along with a description of each scene.
    • Re:Fair warning: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by badasscat (563442)
      I saw these last night, and this is about the biggest spoiler you can possibly see for the movie. Almost every scene is pictured, along with a description of each scene.

      SPOILER ALERT!

      Annakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader! Senator Palpatine becomes Emperor Palpatine! Queen Amidala gives birth to Luke Skywalker and Princess Leah!

      Seriously, the entire plot of this movie was either spoiled nearly 30 years ago in the FIRST Star Wars movie, or it should at least be pretty obvious by now (no, QUEEN Amidala w
  • by vjmurphy (190266) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @09:24AM (#11754485) Homepage
    Let's see:

    * Battling droids, been there, done that.
    * Fighting in front of the old guy, ditto
    * Hand getting cut off, check
    * Stupid names, got it
    * Holograms, yep
    * Space battles, uh huh
    * Yoda fighting, did that

    So, why should I spend my money on this? I already know how it will end and since Lucas is writing the dialogue, I already know it'll be bad. The special effects are common as dirt these days.

    I think I'll give it a pass.
  • I didnt even see the second until it was TV and I was bored shitless of it.

    Fuck you Lucass you shill hack.

  • Contradiction (Score:5, Insightful)

    by WormholeFiend (674934) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @09:47AM (#11754652)
    If the website guy is correct and Vader forcechokes Padme, who dies giving birth, it contradicts Return of the Jedi when Leia tells Luke she vaguely remembers her mother, being sad and all that stuff.

    Way to go, George.
    • teh PLOT HOLE!!!11!!~eleven!!
    • Re:Contradiction (Score:5, Informative)

      by will_die (586523) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @10:12AM (#11754806) Homepage
      That is not a problem.
      You are thinking that it was thier actual mother instead of Leia being given off to some other people like Luke was.
      This also explains how Leia is from Alderan instead of Naboo, and why she has the name Organa.
      The plot holes could come in that Darth did not know he had children(RTJ). If he chokes her while giving birth that kind of destroies that.
      Before I am marked too high a geek, the only reason I know that is because I walked the movies over the weekend.
      • Or that, as a child, Luke was unkowingly using the Force to see things that happened elsewhere.
        Concentrate...feel the Force flow. Yes. Good. Calm, yes. Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future, the past. Old friends long gone.
        He simply could have had visions of his mother, and reconstructed those as memories.
    • Re:Contradiction (Score:3, Insightful)

      by dswensen (252552) *
      Don't worry, that will be fixed in the next edition of the Original Trilogy. Lucas will take that line out, or make a CGI Leia who says something else.

    • by Neurotoxic666 (679255) <neurotoxic666@h o t m ail.com> on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @11:01AM (#11755246) Homepage
      That'll be fixed when Lucas releases the next version of Episodes IV, V and VI :P
    • Re:Contradiction (Score:3, Interesting)

      by fiannaFailMan (702447)

      If the website guy is correct and Vader forcechokes Padme, who dies giving birth, it contradicts Return of the Jedi when Leia tells Luke she vaguely remembers her mother, being sad and all that stuff.

      Other people have replied to you and said that she was talking about her adoptive mother on Alderaan, but that's incorrect. Luke specifically asked her about her biological mother. Leia's response was that she only recalled images and feelings. Sounds to me like her 'memories' came through the Force, so i

    • Re:Contradiction (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Bloomy (714535)
      Another spoiler I read said that Leia was born first, and Padme got to hold her. This left the imprint that Leia remembered in Return of the Jedi. Padme died while giving birth to Luke, which is why he had no memory of his mother. The medical droids working on Padme couldn't exactly determine her cause of death, implying she died of a broken heart, which is the sadness Leia remembers.
  • You can fool me once. You can fool me twice. You can ... oh well, nevermind.
  • by mbbac (568880)
    I only saw the first 5 frames on that site and I was already bored.
  • Mirror (Score:3, Informative)

    by magnifor (858562) <bary...nl@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @12:43PM (#11756328)
    Mirror [super-baris.com] Enjoy. :)
  • Padme dies? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Peale (9155) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @02:14PM (#11757403) Homepage Journal
    Okay...Leia and Luke were talking, and Leia stated she had memories of their mother.

    If she died at their birth, how can they have memories? I suppose memories of the womb, but come on...
  • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland@@@yahoo...com> on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @02:56PM (#11757871) Homepage Journal
    there are droids..and some light sabers.
    I'm going out on a limb here, but probably some spaceships as well.

  • by Morpeth (577066) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @03:37PM (#11758336)
    This is not flamebait - seriously Lucas won't get anymore money from me. After the recent last two films, I'm done with him, he takes solid actors and gets the absolute worst from them.

    He writes horrible, truly horrible dialog, and I don't even find the plot/storylines that interesting anymore. Rehashed, recycled.

    His characters are paper thin cutouts, the recent ones especially. I mean h*ll, I don't rememeber their names, let alone care if they die in the film(s).

    Peter Jackson redention of Tolkein on the other hand... now he understands characters - passion, heroism, comraderie, fear, self-doubt, you name it. While his film was a grand epic, visual feast, some of the most memorable moments to me where moments between characters not just the wonderful special effects and battles.

    • When a dying Boromir calls Aragorn "my brother... my king."
    • A despairing King Theodan at his only son's burial. And later his dying words to Eowyn about his pride and love for her.
    • When an exhausted Sam picks up Frodo to carry him the last hundred yards up Mt. Doom
    • With everyone bowing to him - King Aragorn at his own coronation, bows to the Hobbits, tells them to stand and says "you bow to no one"

    Now THOSE are great moments... Lucas is fluff an eye candy, nothing more. I loved Star Wars once, he's since turned into a empty film making, and a marketing tool to sell cheap toys.

  • by MojoStan (776183) on Wednesday February 23, 2005 @08:24PM (#11761198)
    Here is a site with over 80 screenshots (claiming more to come) that shows the story line of the upcoming Star Wars Episode 3.

    From the IMDb.com news story 'Star Wars' Bosses Warn Websites Again [imdb.com]:

    Movie bosses financing forthcoming prequel Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith are threatening to take legal action against internet sites that leak pictures and plot details.

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