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Sean_J

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If I bought the Star Wars trilogy on EBAY in VCD format---Is it an OFFICAL format..., is it a bootleg version???

Please help.
 

Jeff Kleist

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There is an official VCD set of the Star Wars movies. However, they are all Pan&Scan and sourced from PAL masters so they're subject to speedup (I think the official Hong Kong discs are sourced from NTSC, but since they're all P&S I never bothered with any of them)
 

Oscar

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I would buy those VCDs if they werent in Pan and Scan, and if they have 5.1 surround sound and bonus features
 

Dave H

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I wish the VCDs would be in OAR, as well. I would pick them up - better than having them on VHS only.
 

rutger_s

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Jeff,

Video CDs can have surround sound. Its either MPEG surround or Dolby Surround but VCDs can't have Dolby Digital or dts 5.1 surround sound.

Also, the Hong Kong releases are made from new NTSC masters, albeit they are pan & scan.

The official releases...

DeltaMac Limited - Hong Kong

VideoVan Limited - Malaysia

If you don't see those names and logos on the packages, you have bootlegs. Also, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace HK release had four postcards included in the package.
 

Adam Lenhardt

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I got the Malaysian set for the Episode II preview (didn't want to give Lucasfilm money for yet another VHS version.) I'd stick with the widescreen VHS, if I were you. They're a nice set, but Star Wars is a picture where you really need widescreen (not that others aren't, but these make full use of the anamorphic frame, like Moulin Rouge.)
 

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