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Have the Disney+ versions of the OT been released on DVD in North America?

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Does anyone know if the new Disney+ versions of the OT have been released specifically on DVD in North America / NTSC Region 1? Last I heard the current DVDs were still the same as the releases put out under FOX, and you can only get the Disney+ versions on 4K / Bluray / streaming. Anyone know if that’s still the case?

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That’s unfortunate. I wonder how easy it would be to use the existing Blurays to create a downconverted burnable DVD ISO? Would that fall under the category of “preservation” (since those particular versions are not available on that particular format)?

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Yeah, I do. I’m one of those weirdos that has a full on retro setup in my basement, with old school gaming systems like Atari and such going into an old Trinitron CRT. Laserdisc, VHS, etc… The most modern thing I have down there is a DVD player!

I have nearly every official version of Star Wars ever released down there, with the exception of the latest Disney versions. I know I can always go upstairs and watch them on my big(ish) screen TV, but my OCD really wants DVD versions in my basement collection too. I know… I have issues. :p

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Jason confirmed that the 2020 edition is available on DVD in UK and other PAL territories.

I have amended my post and stand corrected.

Can anyone confirm whether the US stand alone DVDs are repressings or the new master?

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JadedSkywalker said:

All the official DVD releases worldwide appear to be the 2019 reissue of the 2011 masters.

No mate - they are not.

(Though it is a very easy to make such a mistake - as some retailers did so when dispatching orders to customers given the similar artwork and release dates between the two releases. There is a little more about it in here. It is very confusing.)
 

I can’t say for certain but i believe if the 2020 version is on DVD its probably a bootleg.

No mate - they are the official releases.

 

There are 2019 Skywalker Saga (the ‘Maclunkey’ Special Editions) officially released and available on DVD:-

www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Skywalker-Complete-Boxset/dp/B082WXXG7F (the 9 disc box set)

https://store.hmv.com/store/film-tv/dvd/star-wars-the-skywalker-saga

www.zavvi.com/dvd/star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-complete-box-set/12433528.html

 

There are a few reviews of the 9-disc Skywalker Saga DVD box set up on youtube too:-

‘Star Wars - Die Skywalker Saga - DVD Box Set’ (the German release of the 9-disc Saga DVD box set):-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI3AA2vzMIg - 4 minute video, from the The Unknown YouTuber666 youtube channel.

A 5-minute UK review, at the Hectic Tazmania youtube channel, can be found here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD-Cx6fjR_g

 

The 2019 version (the ‘Maclunkey’ Special Editions) are also available individually to buy on DVD (as with 4K/UHD and blu ray):-

SW: www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Guerra-las-Galaxias/dp/B0857YG5L7
ESB: www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Episode-Empire-Strikes/dp/B0851MHJKT
ROTJ: www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Retorno-del-Jedi/dp/B0857YJBM5

 

Astroboi2,

I don’t know if there are official NTSC releases of the 2019 ‘Maclunkey’ Special Editions available to buy in North America.

However, IF you were happy to have an official PAL version on DVD of the 2019 ‘Maclunkey’ Special Editions on import… and also have a multi-region DVD player (or a DVD player that can be made multi-region)… then this may be an option:-

www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Skywalker-Complete-Boxset/dp/B082WXXG7F (circa $57?) - maybe cheaper at other places too?
 

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I don’t know if there are official NTSC releases of the 2019 ‘Maclunkey’ Special Editions available to buy in North America.

However, IF you were happy to have an official PAL version on DVD of the 2019 ‘Maclunkey’ Special Editions on import… and also have a multi-region DVD player (or a DVD player that can be made multi-region)… then this may be an option:-

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Skywalker-Complete-Boxset/dp/B082WXXG7F (circa $57?) - and maybe at other places too?
 

Thanks for the info oojason (and everyone who has responded thus far)!

I think the biggest issue would be the CRT TV that I’d be playing them on. From what I understand (and I could be wrong) even region free discs may have playback issues on a CRT because of the frame rate differences between NTSC and PAL. They would play, but be unwatchable.

I mention region free discs specifically because I thought I once saw a review of that 9-disc DVD set that claimed it was actually region free (unfortunately I do not have region free player in my basement setup, so a region free release would be my best option… if it weren’t for the possible NTSC vs PAL issue).

At any rate, it’s odd that the “powers that be” decided that North America shouldn’t get the latest versions of Star Wars on DVD, while many other countries have. From what I understand, DVD is still technically the biggest selling physical format when it comes to movie media.

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Not very odd at all. Japan got a Laserdisc release of Phantom Menace even though LD was dead in the states. Same with Revenge of the Sith which got a VHS release in some countries but not the US. All depends on on the markets and what format is doing the most business in them.

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crissrudd4554 said:

Not very odd at all. Japan got a Laserdisc release of Phantom Menace even though LD was dead in the states. Same with Revenge of the Sith which got a VHS release in some countries but not the US. All depends on on the markets and what format is doing the most business in them.

Yeah… I suppose that’s true. I stand corrected.

Funny that I didn’t think of that Phantom Menace LD example. I even own that one!

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I stand corrected on everything but the North American releases. Which i’m only waiting for someone to confirm if its not the 2019 FOX DVD. The A New Hope DVD says on the back cover 2019 DVD release Buena Vista.

Its under ten bucks but i have the 2011 blu ray already.

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JadedSkywalker said:

I stand corrected on everything but the North American releases. Which i’m only waiting for someone to confirm if its not the 2019 FOX DVD. The A New Hope DVD says on the back cover 2019 DVD release Buena Vista.

Its under ten bucks but i have the 2011 blu ray already.

Yeah… I thought I heard something about the North American DVDs being the FOX discs straight up… just with new labels. Perhaps clearing out old stock that was already pressed?

But these have been out for a while, so maybe they’ve started pressing new stock with the current Disney versions by now. I might check my local stores and see if I can find it for cheap and see what I get!

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The US release was very weird a few years ago. In September of 2019 they re released the 2011 version both on individual DVD and Blu-ray (with the current covers). Then in March 2020 the 2019 Disney Plus version was released on 4k/Blu-ray combo individual or saga (either 4K or Blu-ray with the same covers of the individual DVD or Blu-ray re release of the 2011 cuts. It’s confusing. I still see the DVD release of the individual DVD release in Walmart or target here in the states not sure if they have been updated

One day we will have properly restored versions of the Original Unaltered Trilogy (OUT); or 1977, 1980, 1983 Theatrical released versions (Like 4K77,4K80 and 4K83); including Prequels. So that future generations can enjoy these historic films that changed cinema forever.

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pat man said:

The US release was very weird a few years ago. In September of 2019 they re released the 2011 version both on individual DVD and Blu-ray (with the current covers). Then in March 2020 the 2019 Disney Plus version was released on 4k/Blu-ray combo individual or saga (either 4K or Blu-ray with the same covers of the individual DVD or Blu-ray re release of the 2011 cuts. It’s confusing. I still see the DVD release of the individual DVD release in Walmart or target here in the states not sure if they have been updated

It’s really frustrating. I don’t have a 4K screen, but I’d prefer to have the 2019 versions, and they’ve made that needlessly difficult unless you pay the extra money for 4K.

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The Star Wars remasters were made widely available digitally and on Disney plus. In a boxed set exclusive for Best Buy at a ripoff price of 250. And each individual 4K/Blu release combo. I think those are a good deal only if the digital copy hasn’t expired.

At least they are available to non 4K people. Indiana Jones remaster is a 4K exclusive, Blu-Ray is a repressing in the USA, i cannot speak for other territories.

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Nevertheless, each of those options involves either streaming, buying an enormous box set I don’t want, or buying a 4K disc I have no use for.

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I found the remastered BD discs through an eBay auction, and just slotted them in my complete saga set, since to my knowledge the new Prequel discs weren’t tweaked at all.

Well, aside from the new Lucasfilm logo and the 3D TPM changes…

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