If the cost differential of $8 doesn't even register, then 4k is the way to go. 4 Stars

Just imagine…

A series of nine feature films, produced during a 42 year period, and the final film is actually the finale. How did that work out?

With J.J. Abrams back for the event, presumably attempting to create a tale which not only (sort of) wraps everything up, but brings back favored characters, and crams so much storyline and explanation into a 142 minute film, it’s actually a decent film.

With those nine now available in 4k from Disney, I decided to pick and choose the ones that I felt could actually be viewed again. There are a couple that, for me, don’t fit that mold.

I have yet to see how the two HDCAM productions look up-rezzed to 4k. Those are HD-900F (Attack of the Clones), along with the Sony HDC-F950 (Revenge of the Sith). But Rise of Skywalker, works nicely, along with some HDR that actually functions via projection.

What I wanted to know about this film, and 4k, was that even though it was shot on film, and completed as a 4k DI, was there enough true 4k information to warrant a 4k release.

The answer that I came up with is a definite “maybe,” going hand-in-hand, with how the prospective viewer is set up technically.

If the cost differential of $8 doesn’t even register, then 4k is the way to go.

If you don’t have Dolby Atmos, the Blu-ray, which is another one of those situations in which the 4k has Atmos, but the BD does not (it’s DTS-HD MA 7.1), then except for upgradability, Blu should be just fine.

If you have a 4k projector, then it’s $8 well spent, as while the majority of the shots are nowhere near 4k resolution, there are details that peek out in 4k – sometimes in places that might not be expected. And the value is there.

For those ever faithful to the Star Wars ethic, this set, along with those not in the actual series, may provide the push (economy willing) to make the move into 4k and Dolby Atmos, and Atmos is great on this production.

Image – 5 (HDR10) – plays well with projectors

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

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RAH

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I have the Best Buy 4k box set and I did sample some of the films and even though the image is a little darker compared to the old Blu-ray's I saw improved clarity and colors. I did pay a nice sum of money as I did with the Laserdisc box sets years ago but happy with the results.
 

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I have the Best Buy 4k box set and I did sample some of the films and even though the image is a little darker compared to the old Blu-ray's I saw improved clarity and colors. I did pay a nice sum of money as I did with the Laserdisc box sets years ago but happy with the results.

The "Definitive Collection" LD set was $250 in 1993, with only 3 movies and many fewer extras!

$250 in 1993 would be about $448 now!
 

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I have yet to see how the two HDCAM productions look up-rezzed to 4k. Those are HD-900F (Attack of the Clones), along with the Sony HDC-F950 (Revenge of the Sith).
Based on the 4K presentation on Disney+, not great -- though Revenge of the Sith fares a little better than Attack of the Clones when the HDR is applied. But the difference between The Phantom Menace and those two is night and day.
 

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Based on the 4K presentation on Disney+, not great -- though Revenge of the Sith fares a little better than Attack of the Clones when the HDR is applied. But the difference between The Phantom Menace and those two is night and day.

So it sounds as though what buyers are actually getting in 4k is HDR, and possibly some new extras.
 

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Technically, there's no new extras on Episodes II and III. A couple of things are new to disc but they were available when Star Wars was first sold digitally and Episode III has a featurette that was a starwars.com exclusive when the movie was new.

“Then, where’s the beef?”
 

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Based on the 4K presentation on Disney+, not great -- though Revenge of the Sith fares a little better than Attack of the Clones when the HDR is applied. But the difference between The Phantom Menace and those two is night and day.

Not much you can do about it. Lucas, grain hater that he is, wanted the most high tech cameras available at the time to make II and III. Unfortunately "high tech" in 2001-2004 meant brickwalled at 1080.
 

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“Then, where’s the beef?”
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I tried watching Return of the Jedi last week, and it was so 'weak' I took it out and put on something better. Really, most of the saga is not worth pursuing. IMHO :)

Yeah, there are basically three good Star Wars movies. Maybe three and a half if you count the last 45 minutes of Rogue One.
 

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I tried watching Return of the Jedi last week, and it was so 'weak' I took it out and put on something better. Really, most of the saga is not worth pursuing. IMHO :)

Yup. George Lucas should have called it good at the end of TESB. Everyone loves a happy ending.
 

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I tried watching Return of the Jedi last week, and it was so 'weak' I took it out and put on something better. Really, most of the saga is not worth pursuing. IMHO :)

And yet here you are, taking the time to post in a Star Wars thread that concerns the 4K release of The Rise of Skywalker, not Return of the Jedi. ;)
 

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I tried watching Return of the Jedi last week, and it was so 'weak' I took it out and put on something better. Really, most of the saga is not worth pursuing. IMHO :)

Gee, I wish I'd read your insightful post before I bought the 9-movie set, watched it over 4 days and enjoyed the heck out of it.

If only I'd known all these movies I like aren't worth pursuing I could've saved myself all that time and money! :rolleyes:
 

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I’d put Jedi in the middle tier of “mostly watchable but not really very good” SW movies along with Sith, The Force Awakens, and Solo. Empire, New Hope and The Last Jedi are the only ones that I’d objectively call “good.” I’d add Rogue One if I’m being generous. Clones, Menace and Rise of Skywalker are awful and basically unwatchable.
 

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Gee, I wish I'd read your insightful post before I bought the 9-movie set, watched it over 4 days and enjoyed the heck out of it.
I'm going through the movies and all the special features so I'm only up to ROTJ. Seeing the on-set footage and the documentaries made back at the time of the movies has been a nostalgic joy.