I now have 37 tapes, a LITEON DVD recorder and a brand new LG Nicam Stereo VHS Recorder so I am now ready to go.
The tapes I have are............
1986 Jedi - Fullscreen
1988 Trilogy - CBS FOX All Time Greats Collection - Fullscreen
1989 Trilogy - Fullscreen
1991 Trilogy - Special Widescreen Edition - Widescreen
1994 Trilogy - Digitally Remastered - Fullscreen
1994 Trilogy - Digitally Remastered - Widescreen
1995 Trilogy - One Last Time - Fullscreen
1995 Trilogy - One Last Time - Widescreen
1997 Trilogy - Special Edition - Fullscreen
1997 Trilogy - Special Edition - Widescreen
2000 Trilogy - Special Edition - Fullscreen
2000 Trilogy - Special Edition - Widescreen
2000 TPM - Fullscreen
2000 TPM - Widescreen
2002 AOTC - Fullscreen
Some of the above are identical so there is little point (at first) in capturing them all. The current plan is to do the Early Release, the Digitally Remastered Release and the Special Edition Release in both Fullscreen and Widescreen. I am also planning an extras disc of all the interviews, trailers and Making of's from the tapes.
There is one compromise that I am having to make and that is that I am using 2 hour mode on my recorder and the PAL Jedi is (generally) 126 minutes long so I will not initially be able to get all the credits on the disc.
I will be recording the last few minutes and will look at splicing the credits together later.
There are also no plans for any menu's but that may also change in the future.
So far, two things have already come to light which are a suprise.
Firstly, it is well known that the PAL movies are shorter than the NTSC movies by 4% due to the different framerate.
For some bizarre reason, the 1991 Trilogy Special Widescreen Edition films are approx 4% longer than the other releases I have.
Star Wars 118 mins and 122 mins
Empire 119 mins and 125 mins
Jedi 126 mins and 132 mins
It is almost as if there is some type of framerate compensation to make the films play for the same length of time as the same as the theatrical and NTSC versions.
Has anyone got any ideas on this one??
Secondly, on the 1995 Trilogy - One Last Time - Fullscreen and Widescreen release, Empire and Jedi only, there is no Fox logo and fanfare. Instead there is the crappy blue CBS FOX logo. This is very wrong!!!
See for yourself here (29Mb)
I will post any other issues as I find them.
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