Posted August 21 2011 - 09:28 AM
Carlo, I haven't seen these discs yet, but I think the answer to your question is clear.
The cuts of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi are the same ones you saw in 2004. It's clear that Lucasfilm and ILM spent a lot of time working on those transfers to do color correction, glitch fixes and anything else they could do to make the special editions look as good as they could in high definition. From what I understand about the sound mix, the same applies to the audio end.
Given that these are the cuts on the discs, you'll see the same simultaneous firing by Greedo and Han from 2004, and the same changed sequence of getting Vader back to his Star Destroyer from 1997. I agree that the latter change really messes with what was a great score cue by John Williams, but if I want to see the version I prefer I can always put on the 2nd disc from the 2006 DVD.
BTW the swapped surround channels were a deliberate choice, but not one Lucasfilm is likely to repeat. The new mix will not have this problem.
The 8% figure applies only to Phantom Menace.
The comment about HTF being sheep-like is an unfortunate phrase. Adam is presenting verbatim what he was told by the Lucasfilm people at this promotional event. We can disagree with their statements or take issue with them, but all Adam has done is take the time to bring their statements to us. His evaluation of the rest of the material is honest - he's fine with how the menus lay out and with the extras that have been included. Calling that sheep-like is really going too far for me. Steve, I understand you were just summarizing what someone on another forum was saying, but I honestly don't agree with that assessment. People on that forum are coming from a position that would expect Adam to have been hostile at this event and would want him to grill the Lucasfilm people about why Lucas won't do something we know he won't do. The short answer is that the original theatrical release versions will not be on this set. The other response likely from Lucasfilm as to why they will not be on this set would be "asked and answered."
I'm looking forward to this set. I see it as a supplement to the pre-existing 2004 set. If the original versions were ever to be made available in high definition, I would likely pick them up, but I don't see that happening for quite a long time.
And I appreciate Adam taking the time to both attend this event and to compile the information for us to see here. This took a full day of his time and I appreciate that he did it.