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Question: Was Doom II (the game played in the Ultimart) ever ported to an arcade machine? I think it would be difficult to produce a real coin-op version of the game (a lot of custom hardware and programming - I don't think any arcade hardware could support Doom back then). Making a prop would be easy by sticking a PC with a TV monitor (to prevent flicker) in a cabinet mock-up, or even just run a pre-recorded tape of someone playing Doom and just have the actor mime it.

Chosen answer: No, Doom II was never available in a commerical arcade cabinet. It must have been specifically designed for the movie.

Ral0618

Question: Can anyone point me in the right direction to find the "island" sound versions of the various songs played throughout the movie? (like somewhere over the rainbow) I have the soundtrack, but it doesn't include all the songs.

angelus tumultuor

Chosen answer: A complete listing can be found on the IMDB page for the movie. Specifically if you're looking for "Over the Rainbow", that was performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343660/soundtrack).

Ral0618

Question: I've seen the French version of the film, and the opening credits have been taken out. Can someone please tell me why this might be?

Chosen answer: Because none of the English-speaking cast 'appear' in the film, as all of the voices were redone by French-speaking actors. As such, the original credit sequence is pointless, and it would have been a lot of work to redo the credit sequence for every single different language that the film had to be redubbed into. Hence the choice not to have one.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I understand that most living Elves are really old by human standards and are immortal, but I have a few questions about the elf "life-cycle." First, ARWEN is the last Elf born but how old is she? Second, how do Elves reproduce and how often? Given their ages, wouldn't an elf child be a super-incredibly rare event such that most humans would never live long enough to see one? Third, when ARWEN weds ARAGORN, she has presumably given up her immortality. How does that work? Is it a biological change or a decision made by the gods - the ones who created the Undying Lands for the Elves? Fourth, would ARAGORN and ARWEN's son have merely human-like mortality or would he be somewhat superhuman - perhaps live longer? I am reminded of the half-god heroes of Greek mythology. I know Tolkien was fascinated by Norse mythology (dead Rohan Kings go to "their father's" like Vikings). Does Tolkien ever explain the elf life-cycle and the logistical problems associated with immortality?

Chosen answer: Hmm, lot of questions. Okay, here goes. (1) Arwen was born in T.A. 241, making her 2778 years old at the time of the War of the Ring. However, there is no evidence in any of Tolkien's writings that she was the last Elf born in Middle-earth. (2) Tolkien never really goes into Elven reproduction, but there's no indication that the basic mechanisms aren't pretty much the same as humans (after all, elves and humans have bred successfully on several occasions in the history of Middle-Earth, so it's fair to say that the plumbing presumably interconnects). Elves don't reproduce terribly often - in 2401 years of marriage, Elrond and his wife Celebrian only had three children. Celeborn and Galadriel only had the one child in at least six thousand years of marriage. Arwen is only six generations removed from the first elves who awoke at Cuivienen, eleven thousand years before the events of the films. So, yes, it's fair to say that elven children would be pretty rare, enough so that most humans would never have encountered one. (3) Arwen's family are not pure elves - without going into complex lineages, her father, Elrond, is roughly half-elven. Elrond's father and all his descendants were given the option by the Valar to choose whether to be counted among men or elves - Elrond chose elvendom, his brother, Elros, chose to be counted amongst men, founding a bloodline that would eventually lead to Aragorn. So, basically, it's a mystical thing. (4) Eldarion, Aragorn and Arwen's son, will have a normal lifespan for a human of his bloodline (i.e. About two hundred years). His mother's former status as an elf shouldn't have any effect. The elven lifecycle is basically the same as humans, just very, very elongated - despite the prevailing view to the contrary, elves are not actually immortal. While they live long enough that humans think of them that way, Tolkien stated that they do age, just incredibly slowly, making a natural death an eventual possibility for an elf (after tens of thousands of years). Plus, of course, they can be killed in combat or accidents, being arguably less resilient than a human in that respect. So, between that and the very slow population increase, there's no real problem with overpopulation or anything like that.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I'm almost certain that the first time I ever saw this film on video (I never did see it during its theatrical release) there was no mention or use of the remote mini-guns that the Marines placed outside their "sanctuary", but I've since seen those guns in action. Does anyone know if there are several cuts of the video version in circulation within North America (Canada specifically), or import versions that would be different?

Chosen answer: In the original theatrical release, the sentry guns are mentioned in passing when Hicks inventories the weapons that survived the crash of the first dropship. This reference was deleted in the original VHS release. When the movie was first brodcast on network television, the sentry gun scenes were added (as well as some other scenes including one near the beginning involving Ripley mourning the death of her daughter). As far as I know, up until the Special Edition DVD release which also includes those scenes, that was the only version which contained the sentry gun scenes and the network (I think it was ABC) would brocast this altered version from time to time.

Diana Lucas

Question: Is what Andy Dufresne says about victims biting down when they have sudden brain injury true? Or is he just making it up so the sisters won't stab him?

Chosen answer: It's true.

Grumpy Scot

Answer: It's not true. But he came across as educated and convinced them it was true...He further put reluctance into them by basically saying "try it and see what happens..."

Show generally

Question: What is the name of the short Texan guy Karen hates and who plays him?

Chosen answer: "Beverly Leslie", played by Leslie Jordan. www.imdb.com/name/nm0430074.

Shay

Question: There is a short scene with a group of African-American youths on a staircase playing this dice game where they throw the dice and take money, or something along those lines. This game has been featured in many other films. What is this game called, and what exactly do you do in it?

Chosen answer: This is almost exactly like the casino game 'Craps'. Except you are only trying to roll your original number. If you roll a '7' before your original number then you lose. If you roll your original number before the '7', then you win. The other crap rules usually do not apply.

Deezul

Question: Why does Terry Benedict call Rusty by the name of Robert Charles Ryan, is that his real name? Or who is this Robert Charles Ryan?

Chosen answer: Yes, that is his real name. Rusty is just a nickname or short for his whole name.

Toolio

Question: In the French version of the film, the names Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow do not appear in the beginning. Can someone please tell me why this is and what other versions (Germany, Italy, etc.) if so, have this occurrence?

Chosen answer: The actors' names do not appear because the actors do not feature in any of the international versions where the voice track is dubbed rather than subtitled. As only their voices are used, not 'live action' performances, the non-english language releases are essentially different movies with a totally different cast list.

umathegreatstationarybear

Question: In the Return of the King movie, after Arwen has a vision of her unborn son, she rides back to Rivendell to ask her father whether he saw a son in her future. He explains that he saw death. She argues that that is not a certainty and then asks him to reforge Narsil (Isildur's Sword) for Aragorn. She then sits down and drops the book she was holding. What book was she holding and what is its significance?

Chosen answer: The book contained the exact information about the legend that she was pointing out to Elrond. When he balked, she sat dejectedly and let the book fall from weakened fingers.

scwilliam

Question: What is up with that pig thing in the window? Does it have anything do to do with anything?

Answer: That's Jodie. In the book and the supposed "true" story, the Lutz' daughter said Jodie could appear to her in any form he wanted, but usually looked like a pig.

Chosen answer: According to the book (and you can take that for what it is worth), one of the characters saw a pair of glowing red eyes in a window. Later they went outside and found pig tracks in the snow. That is what this scene is trying to convey.

Guy

Question: If George Lucas had a false page in the script to fool everyone into thinking that Obi-Wan killed Luke's father, then how did he get round the scene between Luke and Vader later (where Luke actually calls Vader 'Father')?

Chosen answer: Everything after the false ending page was hidden from Mark Hamill and the rest of the cast. The scene where Luke calls Vader "father" was filmed after Hamill had already found out the real truth that Vader is Luke's father.

Mark English

Question: How did Toulour know the security code to the warehouse where Ocean stored the stolen paintings?

Answer: It was mentioned that he had them under surveillance the entire time. Safe to assume he was always aware of where his paintings were. But taking them back early on would have ruined the con he was trying to pull off on Ocean's crew.

Chosen answer: Toulour is a master thief so he manipulated his way into gaining access to the warehouse.

Toolio

Answer: I always assumed it was because Ocean had broken into Toulour's own vault to give them back. Yet another time Ocean outfoxed him.

Question: Is the naked student who claims to be just a lust object for nerds a reference to a movie, and if so, which one?

Chosen answer: It is from "American Pie". She is a parody of Shannon Elizabeth's character Nadia, who was a foreign exchange student and appeared naked in the film.

weetie21

Question: Could anyone tell me the species of the following Jedi: Shaak Ti, Kit Fisto, Eeth Koth, Barris Offee, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Plo Koon and Luminara?

Chosen answer: Shaak Ti is a Togruta, Kit Fisto is a Nautolan, Eeth Koth is a Zabrak (the same as Darth Maul), Ki-Adi-Mundi is a Cerean, Plo Koon is a Kel Dor and Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee are both Mirialans.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: At the Academy Awards, LOTR won for Best Visual Effects for each of the 3 films. One of these recipients was Joe Letteri. Can someone please tell me what is he credited for? (e.g. Jim Rygiel was visual effects supervisor).

Chosen answer: Joe Letteri is also credited for visual effects supervisor.

angelus tumultuor

Question: Who is the actor that plays the character of Dorian when he has the Mask on? I looked on IMDB and there's a character by the name of The Figure, is that him?

Toolio

Answer: Garret Sato plays Dorian with the mask on. He is uncredited.

Chosen answer: It's the same actor (Peter Greene) in the Mask as out of it. While there's a listing for a character called "The Figure", played by Robert O'Reilly, that appears to be from an online version of the script that includes a sequence that was cut from the finished film.

angelus tumultuor

Question: When Keira Knightley finds out that Andrew Lincoln loves her on the video, he gets really awkward and says something along the lines of 'I've got to go somewhere for lunch.' Then he pauses and says, 'It's a self-preservation thing' and walks out. When he says that does he mean the eating (ie his lunch) or the video (so he at least can look at her sometimes even if he can't have her)?

Chosen answer: He refers to the fact that he is usually not very nice to her and pretends not to like her. That makes it easier for him not to show his love, which is important because otherwise he would spoil the friendship with her husband.

nightline

Her question is more about the disparity between his behavior towards her and this video which shows he's felt very differently from how he's acted. The video of her (close ups of just her) was meant only for him.

Question: Who is the guy who looks through Cindy's window at the beginning of the movie and says 'wrong set'?

Chosen answer: That whole scene is a spoof of the show "Dawson's Creek". The guy is James Van Der Beek, who played Dawson Leery, the title character.

Grumpy Scot

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