Laserdisc? '06 Bonus (GOUT) DVDs?
I never had LD growing up back in the day, just VHS until I got my dual VHS/DVD player. I vowed never to get the SE and when I heard about GOUT I was determined to just watch on VHS, fan edits, and the like.
So they want amateurishly-bad color grading and DNR'd-to-hell PQ. Interesting.
That might be the take of someone with a discerning eye, but I think the majority of people watching Star Wars at home want it to look as close to a present-day release as possible. That's why most people still put up with the SE, after all.
I'd say that this is the LAST thing they would want
I'm just going to respectfully disagree and point out that the vast majority of people who watch the original trilogy watch the SE version on BluRay, DVD, and television, as opposed to VHS and fan edits like some of us. They hate the altered product and bitch about it, rightfully so, but they prefer *NEW* and shiny, the same way most people wouldn't be driving around in classic vintage cars, even if there were enough to go around.
Fang Zei said:
Unless Disney were to suddenly reverse GL's policy and make that the next/final version of the SE (which ain't gonna happen)
Why not? Lucas's SE is just a director's cut. There are countless films that have been released as studio versions and separate director's cuts. If Disney were smart, they would go back to releasing the original studio versions in perpetuity, and just rebrand the SE as Lucas's director's cut.
Fang Zei said:
I don't want to pay extra for what would technically be an altered version of the OT. I would never watch it.
Nearly everyone on this forum would buy the prequels, all of the SE's, and Ewok action figures ... if it meant that somewhere inside that box was BluRay of the OOT. I suggest finding the largest demographic of Star Wars watchers and riding their coattails might be the best way to get your hands on one.
Fang Zei said:
Besides, there are a lot of movies on blu-ray with effects that haven't been cleaned up and no one seems to mind. I think people realize a movie is a product of its time and don't let themselves get distracted by effects that look a little wonky today.
Some people mind, some people don't. It would just make sense for Disney to please everyone with as little cost and effort expended as possible. A disk or set that provides an updated OOT as well as a classic OOT would do just that.
The differences between those two versions would be so insignificant as to not even be a viable option. I mean if you're going to have the OT really restored with matte lines and everything. Then some other version where the only difference is that the effects were digitally composited. It's really such a small difference that it's barely worth it to put it there. If there are options they'll probably be one of the SEs.
The problem is though that people -- in general -- don't like the SEs. They like the sleek look, but the nonsense changes and fake CGI have alienated many long-time fans as well as turned off potential new fans. If Disney sticks with the SEs, they are providing an inferior product and not maximizing what they've got.
The two versions I described might not seem that different, but fans have "sticky" tastes. Small differences can mean a lot.
The best approach for Disney is to provide an official version:
1) "cleaned up" OT
2) along with OOT (what everyone here wants)
And also provide the SE's as Lucas's director's cut.
Then everyone is happy, including everyone here who wants the OOT.