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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Jay in AMISTAD (1997) - NEW! 2-CD 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition produced by Mike Matessino (2022)   
    Here's how busy Williams was from late '96 to early '98
     
    November 26-27 '96: "Victory Celebration" recorded for Return of the Jedi: Special Edition (film opened March 14 '97) December 1,2,4,6 '96 - Rosewood score recorded (film opened February 21 '97) (unknown date) - Seven for Luck composed for soprano Kathleen Battle intending to debut some time in 1997 in Washington (ultimately debuted July 25 1998 with Cynthia Haymon instead) March 18-21 : First half of The Lost World recording sessions March 24: 69th Academy Awards ceremony ("Best Original Dramatic Score" nomination for Sleepers, lost to Yared's English Patient) March 27,28,29, April 2 - Conducting Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall (includes The Five Sacred Trees) April 18-22: Second half of The Lost World recording sessions (film opened May 23) (unknown date) - DreamWorks SKG logo music composed and recorded (debuted with The Peacemaker, September 23rd) May 23,24 - Conducting Boston Pops at Symphony Hall (includes "A Twentieth-Anniversary Celebration of Star Wars") May 29,30,31 - Conducting Boston Pops at Symphony Hall June 3,4,5,6 - Conducting Boston Pops at Symphony Hall ("The Lost World" concert debut) July 5,6 - Conducting Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood July 12 - Conducting Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at Tanglewood (includes Star Wars celebration) July - Seven Years In Tibet score recorded (film played September 13 at TIFF, then opened October 10) August 5 - co-conductor for Tanglewood On Parade night at Tanglewood August 29-30: Hollywood Bowl "Star Wars 20th Anniversary" concert (unknown date)  Elegy for Cello and Piano composed, and performed at the memorial service by John Williams on piano and John Waltz on cello October 6-26: Amistad score recorded (film opened December 25) December 27-28: Conducting Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at Symphony Hall February 21-23 '98: Saving Private Ryan score recorded at Symphony Hall (film opened July 24 '98) May 22-23 '98 -  Conducting Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall ("Dry Your Tears, Afrika" concert debut)  
    Amistad was recorded almost a year after Rosewood, and only 4 months before Saving Private Ryan
     
    Looks like its another score he would have written while living in Massachusetts for a month for Tanglewood season
     
     
    Looking at this again, it seems crazy that Spielberg was even able to fit in Amistad in between The Lost World and Saving Private Ryan!
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Jay in AMISTAD (1997) - NEW! 2-CD 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition produced by Mike Matessino (2022)   
    I've been assisting Mike on various titles since 2016, so far all of them John Williams titles.  Amistad will be the 20th title released that I contributed something to.  You'll see my name in the booklets under Project Consultant, Project Assistance, Production Assistance, or Special Thanks, depending on the title and what my contribution was.
     
    How I've helped has been different for every project.  It ranges from just proofreading the PDF of the booklet at the very end of things, to being involved before the audio work begins to help make sure everything is accounted for.  In other words: in a perfect world, the material that the studio sends over contains everything recorded, and Mike has time to listen to every take of every cue and assemble a new album containing the the main version of every cue, and every interesting alternate he heard as well.  But we have learned that sometimes what gets provided is not entirely comprehensive, and more up-front work has to be done to track down all the material needed to hopefully make a release definitive.  Also, some projects have very tight schedules, so Mike does not have the opportunity to spend time listening to every single take of every single cue, and instead has sometimes sought my assistance to figure out what music should be attempted to be located and included.
     
    In between those extremes, there could be other things, such as proofreading the official excel file that has to be filed for every title; listening to a first pass mastering of some tracks (or a final mastered album) and providing feedback; having some back and forth discussion about how to present a wealth of material in the best way (WOTW had a lot of this); discussion of track titles; researching dates or articles/interviews about scores; loads of other things.
     
    For the Jurassic Park reissue, Mike brought me on board the project to see if we could make it as definitive as possible.  This led to him making new builds of 2 cues that had been a little different on all prior albums compared to the film (Journey To The Island and Dennis Steals The Embryos), and also a dive into unused takes for a variety of cues to see if anything interesting was recorded that could be included.  For that I relied on the knowledge of some JWFanners who had found differences in the sheet music compared to the final versions of some cues, and made sure they got thanked in the booklet.  In the end, none of the differences seen in the sheet music were recorded, so they all must have been worked out and changed during rehearsals - but it was great to know that definitively.  I then provided feedback on the new mastering, and made some proofreading passes of the new booklet.
     
    For Amistad, I was not brought on board until after Mike had already assembled and mastered the album, but I provided feedback on volume levels - I can't remember if this was before or after he had sent it to JW for approval.  For one track that needed a new title, Mike used one of my suggestions for it.  I gave feedback on the excel file.  Much later, I contributed something else I won't reveal just yet, and proofread at least two passes of the booklet.  I also chose the samples that will be posted on Tuesday, and assisted with the official press release wording.
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Jay in AMISTAD (1997) - NEW! 2-CD 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition produced by Mike Matessino (2022)   
    ANOTHER WILLIAMS/SPIELBERG MASTERPIECE...
     
    RELEASE #4
     
    AMISTAD: 25th ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED LIMITED EDITION (2-CD SET)
    LLLCD 1612
    Music by John Williams
    Limited Edition of 5000 Units
    RETAIL PRICE: $29.98
     
    ORDERS BEGIN TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2022 AT 12 PM PST
     
    In celebration of John Williams‘ 90th birthday and the 25th Anniversary of the acclaimed feature film AMISTAD, La-La Land Records, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Geffen Records present AMISTAD, a special 2-CD remastered and expanded release of Academy Award-Winning composer John Williams’ (E.T., SCHINDLER’S LIST, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) original motion picture score to the renowned 1997 big-screen historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Djimon Hounsou. Maestro Williams’ masterwork encompasses the depths and heights of human experience, unleashing unforgettable moments of anguish and uplift as it supports the film’s true chronicling of the 1839 African slave ship revolt abord the La Amistad and its subsequent landmark U.S. court case. 

    A breathtaking fusion of orchestral Americana with African percussion rhythms and vocal chanting, this important John Williams score finally gets a definitive release with this deluxe 2-CD presentation, meticulously produced, edited and mastered by Mike Matessino, in consultation with the composer and director. 

    Remastered in high resolution from studio master elements, Disc One and Disc Two of this program features the film Score Presentation, which expands the original 1997 soundtrack album by almost double its length, including cues not used in the film. The score presentation is followed on Disc Two by 50 minutes of bonus tracks including source music, concert arrangements, and alternates - some of which offer completely different approaches than the film versions. The exclusive, in-depth liner notes are by writer Jeff Bond, with the packaging’s elegant design by Jim Titus. This is a limited edition release of 5000 units. 

    TRACK LISTING:
    SCORE PRESENTATION 1:45:04
    1 Introduction And Retribution 4:40
    2 July 4, 1839 4:04
    3 Steering East 1:27
    4 The Capture 5:00
    5 Introducing John Quincy Adams 5:15
    6 Meeting Of The Minds 3:58
    7 Counsel Meets Client 1:36
    8 The Ship Remembers 5:32
    9 Visiting Adams 1:32
    10 What Is Their Story? 3:44
    11 Learning To Count 1:57
    12 Tale Of The Lion’s Tooth 5:48
    13 The Capture Of Cinqué 4:03
    14 The Crossing 4:41
    15 Tales Of Horror 7:40
    16 Discovering The Bible 5:05
    17 Prisoners’ Song 1:33
    18 The Letter To Massachusetts 2:09
    19 Cinqué’s Legal Mind 2:26
    20 African Violet 5:33

    Disc One Time: 78:10
     
    DISC 2 
    SCORE PRESENTATION CONT’D
    1 Adams’ Address To The Court 7:21
    2 Adams’ Summation (Film Version) 3:01
    3 The Verdict 5:10
    4 Liberation Of Lomboko: Dry Your Tears, Afrika 2:17
    5 Going Home 2:05
    6 Dry Your Tears, Afrika (Reprise) 3:37
    7 The Long Road To Justice 3:19

    ADDITIONAL MUSIC 49:53
    8 Cinqué’s Theme 4:13
    9 Introduction (Alternate) 1:12
    10 The Capture (Alternate) 5:02
    11 Harbor Tavern 3:05
    12 Cinqué’s Theme (Solo Flute) 2:07
    13 Meeting Of The Minds (Instrumental Version) 3:45
    14 The Ship Remembers (Alternate) 5:26
    15 What Is Their Story? (Alternate) 3:33
    16 The Crossing (Alternate) 4:23
    17 Tales Of Horror (Alternate Excerpt) 3:19
    18 Discovering The Bible (Alternate) 5:11
    19 Cinqué’s Memories Of Home 2:39
    20 Going Home (Alternate) 2:06
    21 Dry Your Tears, Afrika (Alternate) 3:35
     
    Disc Two Time: 76:50
     
    Total 2-Disc Time: 2:35:00
     
    This is a CD format release.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/lalalandrecords/posts/pfbid02C5KU3xb3nP4WCT7WxYTaESVxuT8ft2jsQpkeBUvMYQbwm9BhcWkYhFUiDFJKFUn4l
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Thor in New Podcast Series: The Complete John Williams Television Music Walkthrough   
    This has taken me a whole year to prepare and produce, decades if you count the research and accumulation of material. But I thought it was the appropriate time to create now, as a tribute to my favourite film composer in his 90th birthday year.
     
    A complete walkthrough of all of his television music (with the available material and data that we currently have), presented as a podcast series over multiple parts. I hope you tune in and follow it. I will start working on Part 2 soon.
     
    http://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-73-the-complete-john-williams-television-music-walkthrough-part-1-24th-international-edition/
     
     

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    Madmartigan JC got a reaction from BB-8 in John Williams at Tanglewood On Parade (August 2, 2022)   
    Harry Potter may not have "ridden" Fawkes, but the bird certainly DID take him for a fly (and Ron and Ginny and Lockhart).
    "Fawkes leads the way to the Chamber tunnel; he carries Harry, Ron, Ginny and Lockhart back up the pipe." (From Potter Wiki)

    So, I guess the old man IS right in a way, and it's some of you younger nitpickers who are getting more forgetful. 


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    Madmartigan JC got a reaction from Darth Mulder in John Williams at Tanglewood On Parade (August 2, 2022)   
    Harry Potter may not have "ridden" Fawkes, but the bird certainly DID take him for a fly (and Ron and Ginny and Lockhart).
    "Fawkes leads the way to the Chamber tunnel; he carries Harry, Ron, Ginny and Lockhart back up the pipe." (From Potter Wiki)

    So, I guess the old man IS right in a way, and it's some of you younger nitpickers who are getting more forgetful. 


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    Madmartigan JC reacted to rpvee in John Williams at Tanglewood On Parade (August 2, 2022)   
    Here’s a clip of that moment:
     
    https://imgur.com/t/johnwilliams/2uxTZ30
     

    You’d be surprised. No doubt, the man is a genius, but these scores are just jobs. He isn’t a trivia detailed nerd about things like that. He’s certainly mixed up bits of trivia during concert speeches before, frequently about what happens in which Star Wars film. Plus, I don’t think he would fake a moment like that.
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to rpvee in John Williams at Tanglewood On Parade (August 2, 2022)   
    He definitely doesn’t consult anyone beforehand. One of my favorite concert memories seeing him was at Carnegie Hall earlier this year when he was introducing Across the Stars. He couldn’t remember which Star Wars it was from, even going so far as to say he hadn’t looked it up prior, so I held up two fingers right in front of him, and he looked at me with a laugh and announced it’s from Episode II. Then he looked at me and asked if it was the movie “associated with Natalie Portman, I think - is that right?”, which I confirmed. Just casually confirming Star Wars trivia with John Williams from the podium at a legendary venue. Even better, it’s in the radio broadcast! Life highlight right there.
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to BB-8 in John Williams at Tanglewood On Parade (August 2, 2022)   
    Harry Potter riding Fawkes
     

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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Bellosh in Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 45th Anniversary Edition La-La Land Records   
    this score is one of the few scores that i have to listen to from beginning to end.  i never ever listen to this score in single cues.
     
    it's always ''ok lets have a close encounters listening experience'' when i throw on this score.
     
     
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Marc in War Horse MUSIC Discussion Thread   
    Couldn't resist playing that exquisite piano solo from the last cue on the horn
     
     
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Not Mr. Big in J.K. Rowling didn't like JW because the music didn't sound English enough? Fact or fiction?   
    I would trade Geisha for a JW GOF.  Not huge on that score.  
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Datameister in Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 45th Anniversary Edition La-La Land Records   
    I'm thrilled that these are getting re-released! I listen to both CE3K and ET quite a bit. Fantastic releases of fantastic scores. I admit I usually listen to my own chronological version of the CE3K release, but the presentations on that album are strong. And I literally can't think of a thing I'd change with ET. I'm glad more people will be able to enjoy these!
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Jay in Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 45th Anniversary Edition La-La Land Records   
    It's a re-issue of the 2017 2-CD setwith a slightly modified booklet and new catalog number.
     
    Limited to 5,000 copies.
     
    Available to purchase Tuesday, August 9th, 2022, at 12:00PM PST.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/lalalandrecords/posts/pfbid02PNKyv1VFyTHt6TqhZWKBk4zKeMjntUnA7igVZz3tcCLJ4GcyM9pzHVdFhya25UEl
     
     
    The track list and samples are available in the page for the 2017 edition:
     
    https://lalalandrecords.com/close-encounters-of-the-third-kind-40th-anniversary-limited-edition-2-cd-set/
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Jay in Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 45th Anniversary Edition La-La Land Records   
    "Watching The Skies" is used in the film, was not included on the OST or 1998 release, and then finally debuted on the LLL set:
     

     
    "Stars And Trucks" is partially heard in the film, was partially included in the original OST album track "Nocturnal Pursuit", actually was on the 1998 Arista CD (woops) and is on the LLL set on disc 2.  Spielberg cut some of the footage it was meant to score from the final film, but the deleted footage was later released on home video
     

     
    "The Dark Side of The Moon" is not used in the film, but how it might have been intended to be used is heard from 2:59-end of this video
     

     
    "The Approach" is the original cue Williams recorded for the "Barnstorming" scene that later got completely replaced by the "Barnstorming" cue instead.  It's pretty damn cool.
     
     
     
    As for the source music, he wrote "Eleventh Commandment" for when "The Ten Commandments" is seen on a TV (rather than using actual audio from that movie), "TV Western" for a deleted scene where a western was shown on a TV, and "Lava Flow" for the scene where a Looney Tunes cartoon is seen on a TV (rather than using the actual audio from the cartoon)
     

     
    All videos made by @Holko and found in this brilliant thread.
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    Madmartigan JC got a reaction from ZenLogic101 in RESTORED ISOLATED SCORE: Star Wars Saga (Unused Music Restored To Picture)   
    I love the work you've done, ragoz350! Painstaiking fan work like yours never ceases to amaze me. It gives us such insight into the evolution of these works as we will never be able to grasp from any official source.
     
    One more fact that I'm often surprised by is the existance of these leaked JW manuscripts. I have looked for those online without any luck. I am aware that it's copyrighted material, and therefore its improper to ask for them in these forums... However, any clue as to how one may make oneself acquainted with such treasures will be greatly appreciated.
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    Madmartigan JC got a reaction from Jay in RESTORED ISOLATED SCORE: Star Wars Saga (Unused Music Restored To Picture)   
    I love the work you've done, ragoz350! Painstaiking fan work like yours never ceases to amaze me. It gives us such insight into the evolution of these works as we will never be able to grasp from any official source.
     
    One more fact that I'm often surprised by is the existance of these leaked JW manuscripts. I have looked for those online without any luck. I am aware that it's copyrighted material, and therefore its improper to ask for them in these forums... However, any clue as to how one may make oneself acquainted with such treasures will be greatly appreciated.
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    Madmartigan JC got a reaction from BrotherSound in RESTORED ISOLATED SCORE: Star Wars Saga (Unused Music Restored To Picture)   
    I love the work you've done, ragoz350! Painstaiking fan work like yours never ceases to amaze me. It gives us such insight into the evolution of these works as we will never be able to grasp from any official source.
     
    One more fact that I'm often surprised by is the existance of these leaked JW manuscripts. I have looked for those online without any luck. I am aware that it's copyrighted material, and therefore its improper to ask for them in these forums... However, any clue as to how one may make oneself acquainted with such treasures will be greatly appreciated.
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to ragoz350 in RESTORED ISOLATED SCORE: Star Wars Saga (Unused Music Restored To Picture)   
    The Force Awakens.
    6m56,6m56R,6m56R Ext - "Preparing for the Mission"
    [6m56B],6m56BRv1 (+New Ending) - "Kylo's Rage"
    6m56C - "To Lightspeed"
     
    Among the TFA cues there are several that have the same number 6M56. These cues were written for the film sequence, beginning with the Resistance team's preparation for departure, and ending when Han, Finn and Chewy infiltrate the base. Apparently the filmmakers weren't sure of the order of these scenes (and they did move them around all the time), so these slots were not numbered.

    Here I have made "partial" mockups of only the first three cues. They (6m56, 6m56B, and 6m56C) were written for an early editing in spring 2015. JW also wrote 6m56D Ice Landing and 6m56E Ren In Cockpit in early August (after the first cues were recorded), and William Ross wrote 6m56F Hey! in October.

    1.1. 6m56 Preparing for the Mission (written no later than March 19)
    The cue is for the scene of the Resistance team preparing for takeoff and the last dialogue between Han and Leia.
    The dialogue was originally longer: a couple of lines were cut from final movie, remaining in the novelizations (and the sync hint confirms it):

    But more importantly, there was a deleted further scene where Leia gives Finn the lightsaber (according to the leaked shot list), Han and Co go aboard, and the Falcon takes off.
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    Interestingly, this is the first written cue featuring the March of the Resistance. The video starts in the middle of the previous cue (6m55R, I just like that buildup). 6m56 starts at 0:37. There is also one cut bar at 0:36, but I was lazy to reconstruct it.


    1.2. 6m56R Preparing for the Mission (no later than June 11)
    There are changes in the second half of the cue. The beginning of the dialogue now has Leia's theme added to Han and Leia's theme. Only the shot of Falcon taking off is left from the last part of the scene: JW wrote an "optional" ending to it, alternatively suggesting to just hold the last chord until then.


    2.1. 6m56B [Kylo's Rage!] (probably March/April)
           6m56R Ext (no later than June 19; recorded)
    6m56B was originally a short cue, played when Kylo discovers that Rey has escaped. That said, the scene of Rey's escape itself was apparently without music.
    However, the scene was later split: the Rey's escape was placed before the Resistance scene, but Kylo comes to the empty chair after that scene. So JW decided to "join" 6m56B cue to 6m56R (since they weren't recorded yet), while removing the first 4 bars of the original cue. And this is how the cue was recorded (and leaked). JW also added a low string crescendo at the end of the cue.


    2.2. 6m56BRv1 Kylo's Rage! (no later than October 10)
             6m56BRv1 New Ending (no later than October 12)
    The story of this cue was continued when filmmakers decided to place the scene with Kylo before the Resistance scene as well, and added (or asked to write music for it) a short scene with the "charging" of the weapon on the planet. So William Ross wrote an addition to the old cue (and made slight changes to the old material), and seems to have made more than one version of it, but only the first is available.
    Later, JW himself decided to rewrite the last bars of the cue, writing a "new ending", which was recorded. This video includes both endings.

    Later, 1m2A was written based on this cue, which is heard at the beginning of the film.

    3. 6m56C To Lightspeed (probably March/April; fixed on June 15)
    The numbering isn't chronological here, as 6m56D Ice Landing must play earlier. Perhaps the Falcon landing scene wasn't ready yet, so JW skipped it.
    The main part of this cue is for the deleted scene where the X-wings are commanded to activate lightspeed. The scene was officially released, but JW worked with another edit where there was no footage of the X-wings taking off, but there was dialogue with Leia, who was told that the Falcon had landed (according to the novelization and the hint in the sketch).
    Nevertheless, the first bars of the cue are used in the film instead of the opening of 6m58 The Bombing Run. Also the first half is heard in the released deleted scene, but it isn't synced properly. 
    The cue only lasts 52 seconds, but there's a lot going on in it!

     
    Bonus: in "unfixed" version of this cue the underscoring of the planet's wide shot was a little different: instead of quiet flute chords, flute trills were used, accompanied by "something like a high wind machine". Also further string pizzicatos are missing. 
     

    ragoz350 · 6M56C - Old fragment
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    Madmartigan JC got a reaction from ConorPower in LA Phil's Sound/Stage Episode "John Williams Celebration" Releases July 8   
    Loved every second of this. Can't get enough of Williams talking, I wish it was much much longer.
    Also, beautiful performances, brilliantly filmed and recorded (How come I'd never realised before that there was a piano in Princess Leia's Theme?)
    Simply wonderful.
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to Joni Wiljami in LA Phil's Sound/Stage Episode "John Williams Celebration" Releases July 8   
    There is also a wonderful celeste part in the second part of the flute solo. Mystical colour.
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    Madmartigan JC got a reaction from aj_vader in LA Phil's Sound/Stage Episode "John Williams Celebration" Releases July 8   
    Loved every second of this. Can't get enough of Williams talking, I wish it was much much longer.
    Also, beautiful performances, brilliantly filmed and recorded (How come I'd never realised before that there was a piano in Princess Leia's Theme?)
    Simply wonderful.
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    Madmartigan JC got a reaction from enderdrag64 in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    Here's a new interview with Natalie Holt on Obi Wan:
     
     
    Source: https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2022/07/natalie-holt-interview-trb-transcript.html
    You can also check out the link for some transcribed highlights.
     
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    Madmartigan JC reacted to OMATRES in John Williams Playmobil   
    Today I received a very special present...
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