Widescreen Star Wars

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  1. Andrew_Sch

    Andrew_Sch Cinematographer

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    I was just wondering if the original Star Wars Trilogy is available in widescreen VHS. I ask because my friends have threatened to tie me down and make me watch it, which I have no problem with, except that I cannot and will not watch pan and scam. Of course, my friend proceeded to give me some crap about how, "70% of a great movie is better than 0%" and "people have been watching it in fullscreen for years." So yeah, there's my question.
     
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    It is available in at least three different Widescreen Versions.

    THX REMASTERED

    SPECIAL EDITIONS

    SPECIAL EDITIONS (w/ Episode II footage)
     
  3. Jeff Kleist

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    The widescreen versions may be in short supply, didn't they go OOP again.
    And I have to say
    YOU...HAVEN'T...SEEN...STAR....WARS??????????????? ???????[​IMG]
     
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    Hasn't seen Star Wars: Interesting
    Has no problem being tied down by his friends and shown widescreen videos: Very Interesting [​IMG]
    Regards,
     
  6. Travis D

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    At this point, finding a copy of the Widescreen Star Wars on VHS in stores will be impossible. If you want to... Ebay is a good alternative.
    I enjoyed these films for many years in their pan n' scan incarnations before I learned the truth. All I'm going to say without hopfully inciting a riot is, if you can't get ahold of unbutchered versions, get ahold of butchered versions. Just get a version of the movie.
     
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    The best widescreen, original trilogy Star Wars VHS is the THX version that came out in 1995. They have been selling on EBAY for $30-50.00.
     
  10. Rain

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    Evidently, I stand corrected.

    The place where I had seen these tapes before no longer has any widescreen copies.

    I don't really keep track of VHS stuff, so maybe I saw them before they went out of print.

    My apologies. :b
     
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    Check your local Borders. I saw a copy of the widescreen trilogy on VHS there a couple weeks ago. I almost bought it myslef, but my VCR has seen better days and I don't plan on buying a new one until D-VHS becomes affodable.

    J
     
  12. Martin G

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    I know that the local Hastings around where I live has about 4 sets of the WS trilogy.
     
  13. Andrew_Sch

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    Hmm, thanks for this outpouring everybody, I don't know if I remember correctly, but I think my friend, the same one who gave me the spiel about not needing widescreen, said he has the widescreen versions. Anyway, thanks for all the advice, but I'm looking to extend my streak of 0 VHS purchases for my entire life, so I won't be buying. I'll probably be laughed out of the forum for this, but is there a chance any rental place would carry WS SW? On a side note, my mom took some DVDs back to our neighborhood Blockbuster this morning and saw that one of its floor to ceiling windows had been completely smashed. Hey, don't look at me[​IMG]
     
  14. Nick Graham

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    If you have the option, if at all possible, watch the originals (in OAR) before the Special Editions! I hate to say it, but if you can only find the special editions for sale, buy them, but still watch the originals as well, even if you have no choice but to rent pan and scam versions of them.

    (People may flame me for this, but guys, there are many places in this country *like the wastelands of Western Kansas* where seeing the originals in pan and scam is the only option unless you buy a used set on eBay.)
     
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    Hmm. Well you could try Black Star who do video hunts. Of course this will probably be PAL.
    Actually I believe they have a U.S. arm called www.bigstar.com but don't quote me on that.
     
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    Not trying to gloat (well only a little) but do you guy's in the states not have Digital Satellite TV?

    In the UK (gloating beginns) Sky TV often broadcast the original trilogy (unfortunately the SE versions) along with Episode I all in 2:35 anamorphic, they look simply stunning on my 56" rear proj. w/screen tellly, Episode I looks marginally better than the DVD, slightly less resolution but no EE, obviously the DVD wins with the 5.1 vs. surround, although said channel are slowly introducing DD5.1 sound as well, thanks Mr. Murdoc! I bet those three last words are not heard very often, other than in jest!!!
     
  17. Patrick Larkin

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    Hi -- I might as well ask my WS Star Wars question too.
    OK, I managed to get a hold of an older Pioneer laserdisc player. It just has stereo audio outputs.
    I also managed to get these:
    [​IMG]
    3 discs for $42.
    First, did I over pay?
    Second, are they decent ways to watch SW trilogy? Should I have gotten a different version? I believe these are the "THX" versions which are the original versions of the film.
    Third, how long do we think it will be until a DVD set comes out so I can dump these discs while I can still get something for the.
    Thanks!
     
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    Patrick, that is the best possible way to watch the original trilogy on home video. The CAV "definitive collection" has some nice supplements, but too many disc swaps for my taste. The only way you overpaid for the discs is if you think the movies stink. [​IMG] All releases subsequent to these have been the Special Edition versions.
    Regards,
     
  19. Patrick Larkin

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    So, this version is OK audio and video wise? I was unsure of all the different versions...

    Like I said, this laserdisc player just has stereo outputs. I believe this is a Dolby Surround release anyhow so my receiver should be able to get a center channel out of it. What happens with the bass since there is no dedicated LFE channel?

    BTW, what the heck is CAV and CLV? I know nothing about laserdiscs.
     
  20. Jeff Ashforth

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    Patrick,
    You didn't overpay. Those are the last, and IMHO, best releases of the SW trilogy on laser disc. It's ok that your LD player only has stereo outputs, because those discs are only in Pro Logic.
    The Special Editions had 5.1 DD tracks, but they also have Greedo shooting first [​IMG].
    I would hold on to them with both hands in a death grip, as they are likely the only way you will be able to watch the original versions of these films on a digital* format.
    *[edit]I should say "laser-read" format, as LD video is analog.:b [edit]
     

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