STAR WARS home video timeline -- need help!!

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  1. Patrick Mirza

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    I'm in the process of finishing up my Star Wars on home video timeline.
    I just need to know what the hell this VHS set is!
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    Anyone know anything about this set?? I've never even heard of such a thing!
    The only box sets I know that were associated with the 1st THX remasters were the LD "Definitive Collection", the VHS P/S bundle and the VHS WS Edition
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    Can anyone tell me more about this VHS "Definitive" set?
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  2. DannyS

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    I have it! :) What do you need to know?
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  3. Frank L

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    Whoa... cool, a Star Wars home video timeline? Let me us know when you finish it, I'm very interested in it.
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  4. DannyS

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    It was released christmas 1995 in the UK in stricly limited numbers.
    It cost me £80.
    It comes in a sturdy metal tin embossed with the imperial logo and exector name and numbers. (similar to a black box recorder)
    It contains the 3 original untouched movies in widescreen.
    On each tape of the films are numerous extras, makings of , animatics, sound design, pop videos.
    the 4th tape is from star wars to jedi.
    The set comes with a limited edition certificate, script book for all three films with time coding. 3 art prints of the covers used for the standard "last releases". and various matte painting prints. It also comes with a "programme" listing the full contents af all videos.
    If you need that I'll mail you the running order.
    On ebay it did once go for around £500. that was a few years ago now.
    This is so damn rare I haven't seen it on ebay, or anywhere else for that matter since.
    The video's I suspect are VHS versions of the laserdisc box set that arrived around the same time in 9 discs with a book (george lucas the creative impulse).
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  5. Patrick Mirza

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    Crap! So this thing isn't from the US?!?
    My timeline is only for US domestic releases...oh well...
    Thanks for all the info anyway Danny!
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    And why couldn't all that neat stuff have been included with the USA Definitive Collection box set? I want it - except that it's tape.
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  7. DannyS

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    the actual distribution for this is unknown to me, all I can say is that mine is a pal uk set. Whether or not it was released anywhere else is unknown to me.
    The Facehugger ALien case box set is another mystery.
    My Brother owns that and it's a pretty lovely thing,
    4 tapes, booklet, art stills, certificate, t shirt, badges
    all wrapped up in a moulded face hugger carry case. wonderful!
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  8. DannyS

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    jsut out of curiosity.. where did you get the picture of the box set?
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  9. Matt Butler

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    I can tell you about the bottom set. Its a w/s set released in Aug of 95. It was advertised as the last time the classic trilogy would be released. Its also known as the first THX certifed VHS release. Theres no extras; just the 3 films in w/s. The covers are the Vader, yoda, and stormtrooper half face for each film.
     
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    I too have this set. I guess it might have only been in the UK but I kept the 'press bit' (which has that image you showed) which was stuck inside the cellophane underneath.
    It claims 'only 20,000 will be produced worldwide' and mine is number 09934.
    However, I pre-ordered mine at HMV Manchester (where I was at uni) but after they came out there were some still sitting around - I think the price put people off.
    It is a good set and was the 'special' version of the THX release.
    In the UK Star Wars has been released in the following forms:
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    4:3 was out retail in '87. The W/S versions followed in about '91 or '92. - white spines
    Then in '94 there was the Digitally Remastered versions (both 4:3 and 2.35:1). These had black spines with silver writing and new covers. I think Star Wars had the proper UK poster but Empire and Jedi had crappy ones. Empire (4:3) had the 'Gone With The Wind' poster but corrected to include Lando and some other stuff.
    In '95 they then released the black tin and the THX boxed sets (both 4:3 and 2.35:1), billing it as the last time we would get the original Star Wars trilogy on video.
    The last two sets have been the Special Edition versions. The first lot (in '97 I guess) had silver (sorry, platinum) in Widescreen and gold for 4:3 coloured sleeves, sat inside a black vader helmet outer casing.
    Obviously the most recent set was designed to match the style of the Phantom Menace stuff.
    Phew. Hope that helps. I can scan in the covers for you of the the first two sets of widescreen ones.
    Theo
     
  11. Andrew Walsh

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    I believe the first widescreen version of the trilogy came out in 90 in NA. It was in a blue box with a hologram on the front, and came with the Star Wars to Jedi tape as well. It also had an edited version of the Lucas book whose title escapes me.
     
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    The year was actually '92. I rememeber it specifically because my wife & I were married in August of '92 and I remember reading in the September '92 Starlog about the impending release. Best Christmas Gift I ever gave myself...
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    I hope Lucas does something like this for the DVDs.
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    I don't think we have anything to worry about there. Given what he's done on VHS already, we can look forward to MANY different DVD releases of Star Wars in the coming years...
    And, we'll probably buy em all too...
     
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    I was just looking at an old rental copy of Star Wars I inherited, catalog 1130. Was this the first issue or a later one? I also have Jedi and Empire and all seem about the same age.
    Never mind, these are Hi-Fi Stereo.
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