Star Wars Saga DVDs

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  1. Alex cosmo

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    Well, there is a lot of nostalgia out there for the original Star Wars, but there's also a basic dislike for cartoon dinosaurs getting pasted into 70s movies! Anyway, I've been wondering how visible those matte boxes would even be with a modern transfer? I always thought they were only noticeable on VHS/laser because of the limitations of home video.
     
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    Certain things change your perspective on this. I realize that my 5 week old will never care about the original edition. The Special Edition would be around 15 years old on the eventual great day that I play it for him and I doubt he will love it any less.
    For myself, I have only watched the Special Edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind up until the blu-ray release. The original was nice to see, but to me the SE "is" CEOT3K.
     
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    i can barely remember what i had for breakfast let alone an experience of a movie i watched 12 years ago when SE 1997 remastered was released, lol.
     
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    When I saw the SW SE in 1997 I was blown away that Boba Fett appeared in the new Jabba sequence outside the Millenium Falcon. I thought "Aha! That's why he showed up as a toy in 1979 a full year before the release of ESB." It was very compelling to me that he was always there on Tatooine and I contemplated what it meant story-wise for his character and all sorts of things. Then when I learned that he never was in that shot when it was filmed in the 70's and that he was just digitally composited into the film my inner film snob instantly took over and I hated that his character was "cheapened" by reducing him to a Tatooine homebody who just did whatever Jabba told him to do. I'm such a hypocrite, lol.
     
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    I think this issue includes another, complex aspect, which is the preservation of cultural heritage, to which I count those 3 films. For me, the alteration of them is not only altering "cherished memories", but also altering history. When George Lucas says that the originals are not his preferred versions anymore, trying to bury them in hope that new generations will forget them, for me, it has some creepy Orwellian tone to it ("we've always been at war with Eastasia").

    The 1997 and 2004 versions are a forgery. Like a 300 year old book, hand-written in ink, with pages torn out which have been replaced by new pages, re-written on a computer. I think this is the most appropriate way to describe how CGI creatures and scenes fit into a film, which was made more than 3 decades ago, in a whole different time period. If CGI would have been as available back then as today, George would have made those films in a totally different way. Films are always a product of their time. If Lucas laments about how his vision was compromised back in 1977, then I would just answer that the limitations and stress put on him resulted in the creation of one of the most famous films ever created. Some people work much better under those circumstances, despite not enjoying the actual experience.


    If storytelling is the most important part of filmmaking (which I agree), then why is there any need to change a film which obviously got a phenomenal response from the audience? Why fix something which more than obviously was never broken?

    I always have the feeling that this talk about "those were never my preferred versions" is not the whole true story. That there were also other motivations to change those films.


    One could do such a great special edition Blu Ray of Star Wars by exactly adressing all those interesting and compelling points you mentioned here. By releasing both versions and address the change of attitude, storytelling and filmmaking in the extras:

    - The special effects: 1977 vs. 1997, practical effects vs cgi
    - Thr origins of ILM, perhaps including this footage: (genuine home footage of ILM from 1976 , 77 and 78)
    - The restoration of the trilogy
    - Beloved flaws and bloopers
    - Filmmakers which were inspired by Star Wars

    Again, I don't need a restoration of the original version from the original negatives. Lucasfilm just needs to find the best source materials they have in their vaults and just doing a straight HD transfer from them. Everything with all flaws, grain, etc. It should just look authentic.

    Then can do it, as they have proved with the 2006 DVD, which has the original opening crawl transferred from original film elements for this release.


    Of course. The 2006 DVD at least has the original crawl. Do you, by any chance, know what sources were exactly used to make this happen?

    Thanks for your participation, Van. Your contributions and thoughts here are priceless. Don't take it too personal when people complain too much. We all love you. ;)
     
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    The 1996 book "Industrial Light + Magic: Into the Digital Realm" by Mark Cotta Vaz and Patricia Rose Duignan www.amazon.com/Industrial-Light-Magic-Digital-Realm/dp/0345381521/ref=sr_1_1 details the 1997 re-releases and how the Original Camera Negative was not up to the archival spec everyone had hoped. A few scenes were scanned at high res for the addition of new digital visual effects, but most was restored without digital scanning by using traditional optical means. Does anyone have a good source of info on how the 2004 editions were restored - were all scenes scanned at high res from OCN or from 1997 dupe elements? Any word on what elements the upcoming Blu-Ray editions will be sourced from? Time for a brand new 8K scan of all OCN? I know there was talk of Star Wars in 3-D, as well.
     
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    Jerome, thank you for the link to that fabulous restoration information. It was a terrific read!
     
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    Thanks Jerome, a fascinating read !
     
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    i echo the sentiments. great read, i read that long while ago, forgot to thank you for the link =)
     
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    I'm not sure I agree with that article as much as others here. By the end It seems that either the writer doesn't quite get the concept of 1080p resolution or he does and he's just using deception to launch into an anti-Lucas tirade.
     
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    So you think 1080p resolution is acceptable as an archival negative resolution? I find this strange, considering that the 35mm originals should resolve roughly 5 times that resolution, and considering double the resolution of 1080p has been the standard for film scanning since the days of Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park.
     
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    No I just don't like this guy's hypothesis that Lucas elected to scan them at 1080p as being part of some sort of sinister plot to link them to the prequels. Its overeditorializing at its most absurd.
     
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    That's the "most absurd"? Then you need to read more editorializing! (I read the article, there's really nothing about a "sinister plot" ).
     
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    Not to change the subject, but the Godfathers movies were all changed when remastered, to match the tone and look of the third (that's my opinion), so there's a precedent to filmmakers changing the look of a film, to make for a coherent whole of a saga.
     
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    http://uk.bluray.ign.com/articles/108/1084415p1.html
     
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    hmm not surprised that IGN are reporting this as they are sponsoring this event.

    Still good to know that it's coming out in 18 months time.

    Time to start saving perhaps
     
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    I think the sound mix on Star Wars is more dated than the actual effects work, they tried fixing this but i still feel the dynamic range is just not there for that film and there is only so much they can do.

    I sure would love to see Han shoot first again but know it's unlikely to happen and i would also like the original menacing Boba Fett voice in The Empire Strikes Back as the Australian voice is not at all menacing, indeed thats my main gripe with Empire. I know why they did it but for me i would have much preferred they change the Australian actors voice on Attack Of The Clones than change the menacing voice in Empire.

    George has made a huge amount of money and a business empire from Star Wars and it would be great if he gave the fans the original films with lossless Dolby 4.0 channel sound mixes as well as his updated vision. Sure restoration would be needed to bring the originals up to scratch but they are a part of history and blu ray would be a great way to preserve them for film fans and its not like George is lacking a few million to do the job right. Yep it won't happen but it should.

    For the record i actually like the new updated effects and have only a few issues listed above but i do still think the original versions are a part of film history and should undergo a restoration and be released as "extras" on a new blu ray release sometime in the future.
     
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    I am not a fan of the remixes, either. Not so much from the "historical" or "preservationist" perspective, but from the perspective of a fan of John Williams' brilliant score.

    IIRC, Ben Burtt was the "brains" behind the modern remix done for the special editions - and it's clear he's a "sound effects" guy, not a "sound" guy. He's so in love with his effects, he bumped the levels up to such high levels in places, that the score was practically lost.

    I remember it being particularly noticeable during the final Death Star battle of ANH. There were several shots (I think one was when the x-wings first start their trench runs - but I can't be certain) where the score originally swelled to the forefront in such a way as to perfectly emphasize the emotional gravitas of the scene at hand. With the newer mix, the music was practically gone, and all you hear is a "whoosh" of the x-wings or something to that effect. Bummer.

    Regardless, I find myself growing more and more apathetic to the question of "Which version will be released?" or "What changes are done this time around?". I simply don't care about it all that much any more.

    I look forward to sitting down with my boys in a few years (they're only 2 now) and watching the movies - whatever form they're in. I won't bother trying to explain to them how "Originally Han fired first" or "Cloud city never had so many windows." Whatever - it won't matter to them in the least, and by then, it won't matter to me either.

    Just my $.02.
     

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