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Star Wars: Revelations Available Online 382

Lemming Mark writes "Panic Struck Productions have just released their first Star Wars movie, 'Revelations.' The movie has been produced on a not-for profit basis by a team of volunteers and is available for free download. Despite its humble origins, the production appears extraordinarily professional. The film is over 40 minutes long, complete with space battles and lightsaber fights -- need I say more? See more details at the official site, or jump straight to the download mirrors." (As promised last month.)
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Star Wars: Revelations Available Online

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  • Torrents (Score:5, Informative)

    by maotx ( 765127 ) <maotx&yahoo,com> on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:01PM (#12265319)
    jump straight to the download mirrors

    Or better yet, jump straight to the torrents. I'm getting ~500KB on both of them. I'd probably get more but my cap is set at 4mb/sec.

    Quicktime []

    Windows Media Player ions_film_large.wmv.torrent []
  • by GlassUser ( 190787 ) <slashdot&glassuser,net> on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:02PM (#12265323) Homepage Journal
    You know it's sad when you kill the list of mirrors, before a single comment.
  • Subtitles? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jaxdahl ( 227487 ) on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:06PM (#12265338)
    Are there any subtitles for this, or is anyone willing to make them for a deaf person like me? Subtitle Workshop []
    • Re:Subtitles? (Score:3, Interesting)

      by NanoGator ( 522640 )
      "Are there any subtitles for this, or is anyone willing to make them for a deaf person like me? Subtitle Workshop"

      Is there a such thing as an .AVI (well any playback medium, really...) with subtitles?

      The directors cuts of the Star Trek movies have a subtitle commentary from Michael Okuda, an artist for the various versions of the franchise, who talked about some of the interesting little things that went into the making of the movie. I'd like to see Revelations with a commentary describing how they did
      • Re:Subtitles? (Score:5, Informative)

        by jaxdahl ( 227487 ) on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:21PM (#12265426)
        If anyone were to make subtitles for this, it'd be best to make them in .srt format -- supported by many media players such as BSPlayer. It's also easily convertible to subtitle tracks for inclusion on a DVD.
      • Re:Subtitles? (Score:2, Informative)

        ".AVI with subtitles"

        Not unheard of, but an .mkv ( file might be a bit more suitable for the job.

      • Re:Subtitles? (Score:3, Informative)

        by rale, the ( 659351 )
        There are a number of formats that support both multiple audio and subtitle streams in the same file. The most popular two would be ogm [] and mkv [].
        • OGM and MKV are interesting, but very much non-mainstream. If you want mainstream with subtitles and multiple audio tracks, go with MP4 [], which is a derivative of QuickTime's .MOV and what most apple software now produces.
      • Re:Subtitles? (Score:3, Insightful)

        by forkazoo ( 138186 )
        quote: Is there a such thing as an .AVI (well any playback medium, really...) with subtitles?

        Absolutely. I believe QuickTime supports subtitles and multiple audio tracks. I absolutely know that ogg supports them, because i have downloaded ogg's "From The Wild," which I could watch in Japanese, Japanese with English subs, or in English Dub (with or without subs). I didn't need to deal with an external subtitles file, it was right there in the ogg, all I had to do was select which track I wanted.

        So, the
    • by Anonymous Coward
      I don't need subtitles since my ears work so I haven't actually used them. During the lightsaber scenes, do they have text that pops up saying "vrrooaaaooow! KSSSHTTTT! VVVVVVOOOOO!"?
    • Re:Subtitles? (Score:5, Informative)

      by Sinvat ( 97338 ) on Sunday April 17, 2005 @10:11PM (#12265704)

      I'm posting the dialog for use in subtitling. The made-up languages are quite difficult to understand at times. []

    • Just curious, are there any commercial theaters that show every recent release with subtitles? It would be wrong of our society if such a thing didn't exist, as it is quite easy to produce. It is standard for TV, right?
  • by ravenspear ( 756059 ) on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:07PM (#12265343)
    Except for the acting. :(
  • Lil SW Joke (Score:5, Funny)

    by ikkibr ( 848955 ) on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:09PM (#12265350) Homepage
    Obi-Wan and Luke were both very hungry after their long speeder trip to that wretched hive of scum and villiany, Mos Eisley. They settled themselves in a cantina and ordered a big dinner of noodles, rice, sweet and sour dewback, and other oriental style goodies.
    The food soon arrived and they set to. Obi-Wan handled his chopsticks deftly, quickly and securely picking up a noodle here, a prawn ball there. He soon sat back satisfied, and let out a quiet burp.
    Luke, on the other hand, was in a right state. He just couldn't get the hang of the sticks, and had dropped far more food on the table and down his front than he had managed to get into his mouth. He sat, surrounded by rice and noodle debris, still as hungry as when he started.
    Seeing his pupil in such distress, the Jedi Master leant over to dispense some of the wisdom of his years.
    Use the forks, Luke he whispered, Use the forks.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:10PM (#12265354)
    I am sure the internet shall sense a disturbance in the force....
  • Question (Score:4, Funny)

    by bman ( 84104 ) on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:12PM (#12265364)
    Anyone have a torrent of the torrents?
  • I dunno (Score:5, Funny)

    by m00nun1t ( 588082 ) on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:19PM (#12265416) Homepage
    The last amateur star wars film I saw with light saber fighting in it wasn't so good...
    • Re:I dunno (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      You mean 'Attack Of The Clones'?
    • Re:I dunno (Score:3, Funny)

      by DiveX ( 322721 )
      Speaking of which, whatever happened to Ghyslain? Last I heard the parents were going to sue someone, the kid was being laughed out of all the different schools he attended, etc. It was the best me-me this side of "All Your Base".
      • Re:I dunno (Score:3, Interesting)

        by cgenman ( 325138 )
        Last I heard he was being given a cameo in Episode 3.

        Of course, we'll have to see if Episode 3 is a step up for him...
        • Last I heard, there was a petition to give him a cameo in Episode 3 but Lucas refused.
        • According to he got over $3000 worth of stuff from people who donated online out of sympathy. At least he didn't spend much time or money doing what he did. I just finished watching revelations and it totally sucked. My torrent is still sharing, but I now question if that's a service to the community or not. :)
  • by CaptainPotato ( 191411 ) on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:32PM (#12265497) Homepage
    ...I don't understand why people are complaining about the quality of the acting - after all, I thought that there were many complaints about the acting in the official films?

    This is, of course, unless the acting in this make Jar Jar Binks look like a classically-trained Shakespearean actor...
  • revelation: (Score:5, Funny)

    by porky_pig_jr ( 129948 ) on Sunday April 17, 2005 @09:42PM (#12265543)
    Darth Vader discovers that he's really not for profit, changes his name to Gnu/Vader, and establishes the PanGallactic cult of RMS.
  • Here you all go: e. mov.torrent
  • It seems that the servers holding the .torrent files are overloaded. Funny. But is there any reason why one could not post the contents of the .torrent file as a comment on slashdot? Is it binary?
    • Torrents are binary data. They are small, around 30k, but they nonetheless cannot be posted as-is. If someone were to try uuencoding it, chances are 99.9999% that Slashcode (the automated parsing system used for comments here) would mess it up.
      • Oh yeah... one more thing. A hex dump of the file would not necessarily be huge. Consider that in hexadecimal, each byte is represented by two alphanumeric characters. Knowing that a char is 1 byte and assuming that there are no spaces or other separators in the "encoded" output, the resulting file would be "human-readable" and exactly twice as large.
  • After (Score:2, Funny)

    After seeing the poster they did up for it, who cares what the actings' like? Those two women are hot, that third one in the upper-left...not so much. EVELATIONS_OFFICIAL_POSTER.jpg []
  • during her second 'vision'.

    Can't get past it.
  • by fsck! ( 98098 ) <jacob.elder@ g m a i l . c om> on Sunday April 17, 2005 @11:11PM (#12266093) Homepage
    I have to reconsider my stance on keeping BitTorrent legal.
  • Bittorrent (Score:2, Interesting)

    by I kan Spl ( 614759 )
    It's interesting to see bittorrent working on such a large scale type of thing. Notice that the webserver hosting the .torrent files have gone down, and as of now 1338 (darn it I'm # 1338) people are downloading it sucessfully. While it is true that it is going to take me 2 hours to get it all, I remember the days of old 56k modems when a 200mb download would take 2 days, so this is fast enough for me.

    For those of you going slower then about 30K down, make sure you have holes [] poked in your firewalls.
    • as of now 1338 (darn it I'm # 1338) people are downloading it sucessfully
      And I bet your girlfriend likes '70'. That is, she would if you actually had one.

      I keed, I keed!

  • Riddle me this...

    I'm downloading this right now with bittorrent, and my upstream is 2-3 times more than my downstream! I thought Bittorrent worked on the principle of "I give you 1kb, you give me 1kb back" so shouldn't my downstream be at least equal to my upstream? I've only downloaded 131MB, but I've already dished out 346MB to other peers.

    And yes, I do have the ports opened in my firewalls.

  • by realmolo ( 574068 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @12:22AM (#12266444)
    The acting is terrible. The plot always centers around a couple of dorky Jedis. Because even the fattest nerd can fit into the robes.

    The effects are always good, but haven't we learned by now that the effects are not what makes for good Star Wars movies? It's the characters. Specifically, it's Han Solo.

    Without someone as cool as Han Solo, Star Wars is just lame. The new movies lack anyone to fill that role, and so do all the fan films. The ultra-serious Jedi are fucking boring.
  • While good.. the cinematic quality isnt quite there

    for instance.. voices are echoey an comm-like when they shouldnt be, for isntance in the entrance to the great hall.

    The acting's generally ok... but the woman playing the emperor's hand person over/under acts, I cant quite tell, but she's definately the most "off" of all of them. Vader's voice is a tad off.. and so are some of his actions, like the force choke, it was too quick.. it didnt linger.

    The holographic effects are good, as are the space /ship e
    • I may have spoken too quickly on the audio problems, I noted the bitrate of ~ 15.5k/sec= 128 kbits/sec

      That may account for some of the odd audio.... but still, thats what MP3s normally come at and i've not heard that much distortion in normal clips i've encoded at those rates.. so I doubt that that's mostly at fault.

      Other things I failed to note the first time around..

      The fight in the caves, the very first one, before the evil gal reveals herself (good girl vs yellow sabre). I couldnt tell if it was a
  • by iCEBaLM ( 34905 ) <icebalm&icebalm,com> on Monday April 18, 2005 @01:40AM (#12266836)
    The acting, yes, is not the best however is on par with most of anikin/amidala from Ep1/Ep2. I thought Liam Neeson in Ep1 really brought it out there and Ewan McGregor was great support for Neeson but in Ep2 there was.. nothing.

    Anyways, the lightsaber scene between the two chicks was horribly choreographed, why would a jedi whip out a second light saber only to swing them both in unison? I thought the one male jedis fight was pretty good, but it seemed like the only one, and it was too short.

    These jedi seemed to have a lot of emotions including love between jedi? Did these guys who wrote this thing ever watch any of the movies at all? The only sane guy out of the "good" crew was the one who wasn't a jedi. Being a jedi, wouldn't the two be able to sense the general alignment of the other? The whole trust fight at the beginning is odd. If my sister, who was a seer jedi, knew another jedi and trusted him, why would I, also being a jedi, not trust him, especially if I could just sense his feelings? It makes no sense. Plot = swiss cheese.

    Could have been better, had potential, blew it.
  • by TheHonestTruth ( 759975 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @01:58AM (#12266921) Journal
    Keep the dorks BEHIND the camera. The effects are great for fan fic. The acting is worse than a high school production. I too am a nerd, but damn, the acting is HORRID. Please, dear MIT students, just make the characters CG. They'll be more endearing.


  • REVIEW! (Score:5, Informative)

    by ilyaaohell ( 866922 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @02:23AM (#12267019)
    Since everybody else is talking about problems downloading it, let me be one of the first (I think) to write some kind of a review of the movie itself:

    The special effects are more than impressive. The CG modeling is on a professional level. This is particularly obvious in the space battle -- dozens of finely detailed starships flying around in considerably more elaborate flight paths than I've seen in any fan film yet. The camera tracks and follows the ships in a nice theatrical manner rather than 1990s-style videogame CG. Earlier, there is also a very impressive fly-through of a large, futuristic city with nearly as much detail as was seen in the Fifth Element. A sequence seen later on of a spaceship flying towards and landing on a planet is on par with the non-character CGI of the Final Fantasy movie.

    The most strikingly impressive special effects come in the form of blue screen. There seems to be extensive use of real-life sets (which are on par with most television productions), and the camera moves around quite freely (sometimes it's hand-held). The CG effects in the blue screen windows, as well as other little additions (holograms, neon signs on walls, etc) follow the camera movements extremely well. This in itself makes this superior to every other special effects-driven fan film I've ever seen.

    The storyline, as with most fan films, is entirely irrelevant (unless you pay attention to storylines in videogames, of course). The whole point of the story here is to move the characters from one cool location to another (night club, ancient Jedi temple, etc), have them meet up and give them a reason to fight each other. The film heavily borrows elements from movies like "Unbreakable" and recycles plenty of scenes and dialogue from existing Star Wars films, as is common practice among most fan films. Other than that, it feels like a storyline from a Star Wars videogame, only shorter.

    The acting is obviously not going to be that good, and the creaters once again continue the fine tradition of fan film casting by employing chubby, goatee-sporting geeks and goth girls to stand around and attempt to recite the cheesy lines given to them, though some try harder than most to sound convincing.

    The lighting is also very nicely done, matching the CG and real-world sets quite well. On a greyish-yellow planet (all CG), for instance, the characters do not stick out like sore thumbs and generally blend in quite well with their surroundings.

    Light saber battles are not the best. If you want to see how real light saber fights should be done in a fan film, watch "Art of the Saber", whose choerography and combatant skills match those in The Phantom Menace.

    Overall, I'd say that this film is an extremely fine technical achievement. The production design has a very expensive look to it. The ending credits are downright HUGE. This is a fine achievement, and shows exactly what big budget fan films can accomplish. Copyright issues and the whole Star Wars labeling apart, this looks like something that could easily have come from a production company that works for the Sci-Fi Channel. It may not be as impressive compared to the real Star Wars, but it is definitely not any worse than, at the very least, cable television production.
  • by LithiumX ( 717017 ) on Monday April 18, 2005 @04:26AM (#12267383)
    First off, I only watched the first 15 or so minutes (it was late), so this is a point of view based on it's opening. However, what I saw will probably carry through for the entire thing, considering how basic the issues are. First, the special effects. This is a low-budget "home-brew" movie. I'm not going to demand an ILM quality production. It was fairly decent - on a par with many B movies that recieved far better funding (and full time work). Filming Techniques... these leave something to be desired. The camera shots don't look very well planned out, and are by no means dramatic. Not terrible (the camera's not in anyone's face), but between the lighting and the uninspiring shot angles, it's nothing to brag about. Many no-budget independant films with nothing else to show for, do better than this. Writing... ungh. While a lot of movies get by with poor writing by having high production values and a lot of glitz to distract you from the lines, when you're on a shoestring budget you can't hide a lack of a good script. Acting. This is my main gripe. It was bad. I've seen worse on direct-to-video, but I know non-actor friends who can do better than this. And people who say "watch the originals, are they better" are just looking for something to gripe about - there is no comparison. This is like watching someone's live-action rpg played out on a screen. The actors don't really seem to be into their roles, and are doing more posturing and pronouncing than conveying their characters. The glory of net-distributed films is that it allows people with no budget, no particular skill, and no training to put their heart and soul into a production that concentrates on attributes that have no price - imagination, intensity, and good writing. This didn't have any of these things. I'm sure this was a labor of love... and the sheer fact that they finished it is an accomplishment. The sheer fact that they got this many people interested is an even greater accomplishment. The end product, however, is not.

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