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I’m new here, so sorry if the topic I’m bringing up has been discussed at length here already. I tried searching for a thread to add to, but couldn’t find one that seemed fitting enough.

My question is, what are the major concerns with the 2006 DVD releases of the Orignial Theatrical Editions? I’m speaking of the ones that were released in the 2disc sets where disc one was yet another release of the 2004 DVD Special Editions, and the 2nd Bonus disc was the Original Theatre versions.

There is much talk about how the original versions aren’t available, and I understand that there isn’t a blu-ray or digital release of the OT theatrical editions, but aren’t these DVD’s very close in content to what we could possibly expect should the OT theatrical editions actually get modern format release?

What was it about these particular DVD’s that just didn’t suffice for a satisfying original theatrical release for fans?

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Hi Farquh,

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You may find some topics related to what you are looking for on the 2006 dvd release (and others) listed in this Index Thread, here:-

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Farquh said:

I’m new here, so sorry if the topic I’m bringing up has been discussed at length here already. I tried searching for a thread to add to, but couldn’t find one that seemed fitting enough.

My question is, what are the major concerns with the 2006 DVD releases of the Orignial Theatrical Editions? I’m speaking of the ones that were released in the 2disc sets where disc one was yet another release of the 2004 DVD Special Editions, and the 2nd Bonus disc was the Original Theatre versions.

There is much talk about how the original versions aren’t available, and I understand that there isn’t a blu-ray or digital release of the OT theatrical editions, but aren’t these DVD’s very close in content to what we could possibly expect should the OT theatrical editions actually get modern format release?

What was it about these particular DVD’s that just didn’t suffice for a satisfying original theatrical release for fans?

To put it bluntly, they were unremastered and sourced from outdated 1993 non-anamorphic widescreen Laserdisc masters, pretty unforgiving even for 2006 standards.

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Thanks.

So it is just the quality of the production of those 2006 releases that people have been disappointed with?

But, as far as content is concerned, those 2006 releases at least have all of the unaltered, non special edition updated effects and visuals, correct?

Prior to the 1993 laser disc releases, nothing (aside from the Episode IV and English language labels on the Death Star computers that I understand was done in 1981) has been done to the original theatrical editions that these 2006 Dvd’s wouldn’t reflect?

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Not sure what you mean by the Death Star computer screens. If you mean the English being changed to a Star Wars language on the tractor beam screen that was done in 2004. Yes the ‘Episode IV A New Hope’ was added to the crawl in 1981.

The 2006 bonus DVD of the first film is basically the 1977 film with the 1993 LD mix which had subtle differences from the original audio. I believe subtle audio changes were made to the other two films in 1993 but don’t quote me on that. Nothing visual as far as I know was changed with the last two films.

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That’s what I was talking about.

Thanks for the help!