Monday, October 24, 2005

Star Wars IV in 168k

Data expands to fill available space right? So when you had a 1k Sinclair ZX81 it didn't take that long, but with the 16k RAM pack it took a little longer to fill. Then it was easy to fill 48k on the Spectrum. Next thing and, despite the apocryphal story linking this to Bill Gates, we did indeed breach the 640k a PC came with. A 1.44MB floppy disk didn't last much longer. A 4Gb iPod can only store 1000 songs. Now 10Gb doesn't seem so much because that is barely the contents of 3 DVD's. My last PC came with a 200Gb hard drive and I have already filled over half of it (and I haven't ripped a fraction of my CD's yet).

So it is refreshing to see something go the opposite direction. Forget your DVD, Dobly Digital 5.1, Progressive Scan, SCAD, 12 disc special edition. This is the first* Star Wars film in less than 200k. Clicky Clicky to take a look. Wait for it to say "Foldsfive Presents" - that is the beginning. I figure that if you have read all that geeky crap you are the sort of person who will appreciate it. I'm guessing most people will give up at "16k RAM pack" :-) I should say that the GIF/film/idea is courtesy of the excellent but hugely politically irreverent B3ta Web Site.

* Don't try arguing The Phantom Menace is the first Star Wars film. Just don't.

13 comments:

Ricey said...

Mr Ports - you could try making your own mini Stars Wars film with these....

http://riceyrecounts.blogspot.com/2005/10/two-of-my-favourite-films-combined.html

Tony C said...

As everyone knows the so called 'prequels' don't count anyway...

Darren said...

The prequels were, in my opinion, better than the original three movies. And 'The Matrix' is a load of crap.

Mr Ports said...

Ha ha ha. I know that you really believe that Daz, but it does come across as quality flame bate.

Ian said...

The so-called 'prequels' were terrible, over-bloated talk-fests, with a teensy-weensy bit of action.

What's worse... they gave the ending away in 1983!

Tony C said...

We all know Daz's movie radar is a little faulty. :o)

Daz chap....they were rubbish! Honest!

And the Matrix is brilliant. The sequels however aren't...

Mr Ports said...

Come come boys. Settle down. The Star Wars prequels arn't bad, they were just unable to live up to the preposterous expectations set by their fore runners. Nothing could have lived up to that. On top of that, we saw the first films as kids and are then judging the new ones in our late 30's early 40's. Not really fair.

As for the matrix sequals, they were excellent science fiction films. The problem is that most people who went to see the Matrix aren't particualrly fond of SciFi. The Matrix appealed to a broad cross section of folks due to it's excellent special effects, wild action and interesting premiss. In a way The Matrix appealing to such a broad view based made the sequals the victims of it's success.

Darren said...

I stand by my comments. Watch the original 'Star Wars (A New Hope)' without the overbearing sense of nostalgia - the script is terrible and so is most of the acting. Don't get me wrong, all three of the originals were great movies, I just happen to prefer the three new ones.

As for 'The Matrix'... I look at it this way - I've watched 'Blade' and 'Armageddon' countless times and I could watch them again right now. When I first saw 'The Matrix' I thought "well, it was okay but nothing great". When I got the opportunity to watch it a second time I got 30 minutes into it and really couldn't be bothered to watch any further.

Would anyone like to agree or disagree that 'The Shawshank Redemption' was just about the best movie ever made?

Mr Ports said...

OK, I'll bite. Shawshank is indeed an amazing flium. Tom Hanks pretty good, Morgan Freeman is stunning.

Ricey said...

I'll have to bite as well (and maybe stir), Shawshank falls in the same category as it does for Darren with Blade (but not Armageddon), I would watch it back to back for a day. But I would put a few others in there as well, Snatch, Green Mile, Snatch, Oceans 11 (new), Snatch, Italian Job (old), Snatch, any Bond with Sean Connery as the man himself, and of course Snatch. Some might say there are a few stinkers in there, but I don't care.

Darren said...

Ports, Tom Hanks wasn't in 'Shawshank', it was Tim Robbins. The Hankster was in the other Frank Darabont-directed Stephen King-penned prison drama 'The Green Mile'.

Ricey, isn't there a smutty joke that starts with "have you seen Guy Ritchie's Snatch?"... and then mentions his wife. Can't remember how it goes now... (snigger).

Mr Ports said...

Doh! School boy error :(

Darren said...

Yep, imagine getting that on quiz night... full of confidence you scribble down 'Tom Hanks' and the error costs you 1st place. The shame... ;o)