Posted August 17 2011 - 08:44 AM
My biggest concerns (aside from the seeing the original theatrical versions released) is correcting the horrible color of Episodes IV-VI. There were numerous artifacts. The most Glaring was a green blob of sand when C-3PO is waving to the Sandcrawler. In general I found Episode VI to be too red. The explosions, so nice and bright in the official DVD's of the Original Theatrical Versions, are often tinged pink. The lightsabers were a horrible mess. Luke's lightsaber in Episode IV was green when it should be blue. All the sabers in the older 3 movies should have been properly matched so that the colors and brightness were consistent with how they look in on the Original Theatrical Version DVD's and Episodes I-III. In Episodes V and VI, the sabers seem dull and not as bright as they should be. I've seen some screen captures so I know some work was done, but I would really like to see captures of the sabers in all 6 movies to see if they are consistent and the right color. My biggest concern is that the skin tones, light sabers, droid colors, starscape, and sound mix, are consistent across all 6 movies. One general gripe, is that so much effort went in to fixing Episodes V and VI, but many of the errors in Episode IV remain untouched (R5 next to R2 when he shouldn't be, the Jawa with human arms, The moving restraining bolt). And the sound, Ben Burtt put so much effort into the mono soundtrack to make it perfect and most of those tweaks have never been transferred to the stereo/surround tracks. Beru's voice is a big one, but there are others. And finally, a note on film restoration. I am an avid viewer of TCM, so I am aware of what source material is necessary to restore a movie from various sources. I wrote a letter when the DVD's were coming out about it and got a response that the original negative had been re-cut so they couldn't. Every time I think of that answer, I hear crickets chirping. Old films are more often than not restored from prints. We know the prints exists. One of the reports on the 1997 Special Editions mentioned a technicolor print of Star Wars used to color correct the deteriorated negative. What fans want are high quality transfers of the best prints available, complete with the original soundtracks. If Lucasfilm won't release them, let another company, like Criterion, release them. The Blu-Ray set of Blade Runner, complete with the fresh 1080 transfers of 4 different older versions, including the workprint, really call into question everything Lucasfilm has to say about not releasing the originals. We want them. We will buy them. I bought a second copy of the films just to have them on DVD. I will do it again on Blu-ray. I was able to get my hands on what I would call the perfect (although low picture quality and fan produced) version of the original Star Wars on DVD. It has both the 1977 opening crawl and the 1981 ANH crawl, it has the mono track, the stereo track, the recreated 6 channel track, the 1990's surround track (which has several lines missing in the stereo track re-added), plus the isolated score. That is the sort of disc we are looking for. With care taken to make it good. The care TCM takes to make the old movies watchable. The care that has been lacking. And to quote George Lucas himself, "I am very concerned about our national heritage, and I am very concerned that the films that I watched when I was young and the films that I watched throughout my life are preserved, so that my children can see them." For those of us who loved the Star Wars Trilogy before 1997, he has taken away 3 films that won award, were groundbreaking in their special effects, and were loved by millions. He really needs to consider the Star Wars Saga as 9 movies and release them as such. I would also prefer the Theatrical version of Episode I. I never liked the extended pod race sequence. Multiple version of movies can be incorporated into the same disc. Blade Runner has 3 versions on one disc (1982 US, 1982 European, 1992 Directors) with no noticeable drop in quality. Deleted and alternate scenes can be included in the film with optional programming (one of the X-men movies had this on DVD). There are all sorts of options that were possible on DVD and are equally possible on Blu-ray. George Lucas' preferred edition of the movies should be the default, but they have been changed so many times that it would be nice if each of those versions was an option. For me that would be the ideal collection. Six discs, each containing the first and the latest versions of the movie and the menu options to let let you enjoy it the way you remember it. I don't see that happening, but I'd settle for it on a separate disc, a nice transfer (most of the artifacts cleaned up) that is as carefully done as any other movie that has no negative. The beauty of some of those old films TCM shows in HD is truly amazing. If the interpositives or internegatives remain, perhaps they would offer a better transfer, but even an original print, freshly transferred in HD, would be better than the joke that was released on DVD. What I am most hoping for is a version of Episode IV on disc that I can enjoy watching. I haven't been able to properly enjoy it on my HDTV because the Special Edition DVD has so many flaws, especially with the color, and the Original Edition DVD is of such poor quality.