Latest Star Wars DVD News (From Celebration II)

Kajs

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Well, at a Q and A with Rick McCallum at Star Wars Celebration II, several DVD questions were asked and answered...
From what was said:
Attack of the Clones DVD has been in production for a year
Definately no Ep. 4-6 DVDs till after Ep. III
George has a lot of behind the scenes footage he wants on the "A New Hope" DVD
George "may" tinker again with 4-6 for the DVD release, but he did mention he didn't know if the original version will be included as well, but at least he knows its wanted...
Other than that, 10+ minutes of new footage was AWESOME! Visually the best looking movie I've ever seen! Especially when digitally projected!
And yes, we all saw Yoda in action!!!
 

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but he did mention he didn't know if the original version will be included as well, but at least he knows its wanted...
That's a little reassuring to know. I hope he includes the original theatrical versions with the clean-up that was done for the THX definitive collection Laserdiscs but with the new Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (EX would be ok too
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Definately no Ep. 4-6 DVDs till after Ep. III
Well, that's disappointing. Not surprising, but still disappointing. I wish Lucas would release bare bones Star Wars Trilogy DVDs now and then blow us all away with the Super Deluxe Ultimate Definitive Edition after Episode III.

To all those internet bastards who bitched about "Luca$" always re-releasing umpteen different versions of Star Wars on home video: Congratulations. It looks like he listened. Thanks. Thanks a whole %&@*$! lot. :p)
 

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So, Attack of the Clones DVD ETA October-November somewhere in there? I pretty much figured he wouldn't bother with Episodes 4-6 till after 3, oh well, I'll just have to settle for Laserdiscs.
 

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I hope they include the 70mm version of Star Wars that included Luke missing the first throw of the rope. Thats the movie I waited in line for three hours to see, when I was only 8 years old!
 

Joseph Bolus

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Definately no Ep. 4-6 DVDs till after Ep. III
See ... I still can't accept this.

This means that there will either not be another release of the OT to the Home Video market in any form until around 2006, or that that there will be another release to VHS with DVD excluded.

Since the last release of the OT to the home market was in November 2000, that means the home video market would go 6 years without any kind of release of the OT, and that this would be the same 6 years in which it would be in the highest demand (due to the prequel trilogy releases.)

WOW!!

I can't see either one of those scenarios as being viable.

If, for example, there's a release of the OT in, say, November 2003 or 2004 to VHS only, that would be a total joke, since by that time it's estimated that DVD sales would be outpacing VHS by a factor of 4-1.

No release at all to the home market between November 2000 and November 2006 would also be a joke since the bootlegging that would occur just prior to the release of Episode 3 in 2005 would probably be in the millions.

Lucas would be well served to go ahead and release the '97 OT's ,in basic form, one more time to home video before 2006, and that release should also include the DVD format, IMO.
 

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Well, I guess this just means that I'll have to watch my old laserdiscs of Star Wars, or better still, make an archival backup on DVD-R (for personal use, of course).
(I knew Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro would come in handy.
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- Steve
 

Joseph Bolus

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Well, I guess this just means that I'll have to watch my old laserdiscs of Star Wars, or better still, make an archival backup on DVD-R (for personal use, of course).
Well that's great for you Steve, but what about all us poor souls that came over to DVD from VHS Widescreen?

By 2005, just before the arrival of Ep.3, we'll be straining to view our dropout-riddled analog 4:3 LBX transfers on our nice HDTV's. The mind reels in horror at the thought!

(BTW, I haven't as yet found any confirmation of the "No OT DVD's until after Episode 3" quote above. Many sites have reported the ATC DVD news alluded to, but none have reported that quote. Not that I doubt that it was stated, I would just like to see it in print somewhere. Neither "THEFORCE.NET" nor "THE DIGITAL BITS" reported that, for example.)
 

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Well, I see the OT VHS all over the stores, it's obvious they held some back that "accidently" didn't get sent in
No WS version tho

I keep thinking that I'll be able to be able to create my own personal use versions of the films if both original and SE versions are released on DVD, a "perfect" edition which has the best of the SE, with the horrific parts excised (GREEDO!)
In any case, I'm pretty sure that Lucas will put the original version out in 2005, maybe not at retail, but at least through the web site.
 

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I don't get how people think that GL can release a bare bones 4-6 on DVD. THese movies were made 25 years ago and a lot of work will need to be done so that they will not completely suck on DVD. With all of the work that is being put into Episodes 2 and 3, GL can't possibly put the time into the first 3 untill after Episode 3 DVD is finished. I, for one, am completely willing to wait untill 2005/6 for Episodes 4-6 if it means that they will look and sound as good as we have become accustomed to on DVD.
 

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Richard, it's not as if GL himself would do the restoration/remastering job...
 

Ken Stuart

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Richard Travale :

Your common sense and maturity are totally out of line in an Internet Forum, and especially in a Star Wars DVD thread.

However, most of the 35-year-old babies who read these SW threads will probably forgive you if you now whine, in an suitably infantile tone of voice:
I want my Star Wars DVDs now !!
 

Michael St. Clair

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Did they say definitely no D-VHS original trilogy for the next 4 years?

As far as no DVD for (logically, approximately) 4 more years, all they are doing is guaranteeing widespread piracy.
 

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