*** Official HTF REVIEW & Discussion Thread: Star Wars Trilogy, pt. 2

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  1. sergioArrizeta

    sergioArrizeta Auditioning

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    I have noticed that on the case, the 4 DVD pack of the recently
    available Star Wars collection DVD, says that it supports Dolby
    Digital EX.

    Last time my home theater system tried to play a Dolby Digital EX DVD
    no sound was available and then I chose the Dolby Digital ES option
    and it work.

    It seems my system does not support the DD EX configuration. My system
    also supports DTS.

    I have ordered online the DVD collection and now I am afraid it won´t
    work!! I saw no DTS signs nor Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital ES!!!! Do
    I have to buy a new home theater system????!!!
     
  2. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins HW Reviewer
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    I'm affraid a moderator is going to close this thread since they seem to be anal about everything even slightly related to a certain film being centralized within one thread... so hopefully I can offer some help before they do so.

    First off there is no such thing as "Dolby Digital ES". This is Dolby Digital EX which is a matrix 6.1 format (5.1 discrete channels with a 6th center surround matrixed into the surround left and right). There's also DTS ES which can either be 5.1 w/ matrixed center surround or 6.1 discrete. Standard Dolby Digital is 5.1 w/ no center surround information of any sort.

    Regardless of whether your system can play Dolby Digital EX recordings fully (requiring a Dolby Digital EX capable receiver and 6.1 or 7.1 speaker setup), you should still be able to play all Dolby Digital EX recordings in standard 5.1. Dolby Digital EX is completely backwards compatible with equipment only capable of Dolby Digital 5.1. If you are having problems playing back a disc it is most likely NOT due to the fact that it is Dolby Digital EX encoded.

    Telling us what equipment you have (receiver mainly, and speakers as well) can help up to point out any possible problems or setup errors.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  3. sergioArrizeta

    sergioArrizeta Auditioning

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    Thank you very much for your clear explanatin. My equipment is from a company that went out of bussiness. A Golden Theater pre-amp and a amp. It decodes Dolby Digital and DTS. It was made in late 1999 by Solo Electronics.
     
  4. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins HW Reviewer
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    Well, it sounds like you'll only be able to playback in 5.1, but you shuoldn't have any problem playing any of the formats out there since they are all backwards compatible.
     
  5. GregK

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    I don't think the thread will be closed, but most likely will be moved to the Receivers/Separates/Amps section, as this sounds more like a hardware related issue.

    Two quick questions:

    1) Are you currently using a surround back speaker or speakers? Or do you currently just have left and right surround speakers?

    2) If you do not have a center back speaker, in the Dolby EX mode did you have a loss of audio only in the surrounds, or was audio absent from all of your speakers?
     
  6. sergioArrizeta

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    I have two front speakers, one central speaker and two rear speakers. The Star Wars DVD havent arrived yet I will answer you as soon as I get the chance to try them. [​IMG]
     
  7. WilliamG

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    I got The Trilogy for my birthday this past Tuesday, and this color thing bothers me a little. (Boy, is that anal or what!:b ) If you've got 'em, you know that Chapters I/II have really nice gold banding for the cover art, and the just-released trilogy (Widescreen, of course) is in silver.
    Anyone know of the reasoning behind it? I thought that it would be uniform across the board.
    Yes, I know- you must think I have too much time on my hands (I really don't!), but the display of the discs on the shelf woulda been sweeter!

    (oh- I performed a search on this forum for the subject, but nothing came up.)
     
  8. Travis Brashear

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    Um, to subtly differentiate the original trilogy from the current one...next?
     
  9. Rob T

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    The colours were also the same for the VHS release of the SE version of the movies a few years back.
     
  10. Ric Easton

    Ric Easton Cinematographer

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    If yer really anal, and a bit of a do it yourselfer try these. All the spines are the same... kind of a gold color but slightly different than the originals.

    Ric
     
  11. WilliamG

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    Travis-
    It just seems like they all oughta to match, is all. [​IMG]

    Rob-
    OK. I didn't know that. Learn something new every day, huh?!

    Ric-
    THANKS! That's some great stuff! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I makes no sense as far as people buying them to match. It just causes confusion, figures Lucasfilm seems to be out to lunch, those Lightsabers effects on the dvds look horrible.
     
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    By the way, it's actual colour is platinum, which is in fact worth more than gold, hence that's why Lucas/Fox used platinum for Widescreen and Gold for Pan & Scam. Case cleared. That's all I want to say.
    [​IMG]
     
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    So sorry; please forgive me- I misspoke.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    So you can tell the good trilogy from the bad one.
     
  16. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    This thread is part 2 of the Official HTF Review and Discussion thread for the Star Wars trilogy on DVD. Part 1 can be found here in the archive.

    M.
     
  17. Dharmesh C

    Dharmesh C Supporting Actor

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    I thought the documentary was a disappointment; where's the gritty details on the ESB shoot? It's all glossed over [​IMG]
     
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    Dharmesh, I believe there was A LOT of stuff left out of this set. That's according to Kevin Burns, director of the doc. I'm sure it is being saved for the inevitable next set, be it DVD or HD disc.
     
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    Yeah, I guess. I wish they'd go easy on the actual film clips, it's get boring fast!
     
  20. Grant H

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    Anyone think when these puppies hit HD, every bit of Star Wars will actually be in color?[​IMG] Or would a proper 5.1 mix AND color picture be too much to hope for?

    I expect the two Star Wars threads will be revived after Christmas when more people are exposed to the audio, video, and stutter glitches.

    There is a lot to enjoy on this set, but for all the unfinished bits and plain 'ol errors, it will always be the :Star Wars Trilogy HE" to me as in "Holdover Edition."
     

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