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Pre-ANH bootleg telecine - a widescreen version

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Most of you will know about the original theatrical bootleg, you may even have seen a DVD transfer from The Starkiller or MeBeJedi.

However, there is also a much rarer bootleg, which not many people seem to know about. I don't think I've ever seen it mentioned on here. Unlike the other one, which is pan and scan (except it's not actually "panned"), this one is in letterboxed widescreen. The audio is mono, but appears to be a fold-down of the '77 Dolby Stereo mix rather than the actual mono mix.

I've recently got hold of a copy of this (thanks very much to the person who sent it me). My source was a DVD-recorder transfer from VHS - so pretty low quality. I've IVTCed it and carried out a bit of cleanup, the final encode was a 2-CD XviD AVI file for convenience. I will be posting this on the newsgroup within the next few days. More of a curiosity for reference than a serious release, this is only for you if you thought the quality of the GOUT DVD wasn't bad enough, or if you enjoy comparing frame counts.


Technical Specs

RUNTiME.........: 2:00:26
ViDEO...........: 672x288 23.976
ViDEO ENCODE....: XviD 1516kbps
ASPECT RATiO....: 2.35:1
AUDiO...........: Mono 48kHz
AUDiO ENCODE....: MP3 VBR 101kbps
ARCHiVES........: 100x15MB
DiSCS...........: 2 CD

Screenshots

Original Crawl:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Moth3r/Pre-ANH%20Bootleg%20Telecine%20-%20Widescreen%20Version/Clipboard01.jpg

Original starfield:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Moth3r/Pre-ANH%20Bootleg%20Telecine%20-%20Widescreen%20Version/Clipboard02.jpg

The "famous burn marks":
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Moth3r/Pre-ANH%20Bootleg%20Telecine%20-%20Widescreen%20Version/Clipboard03.jpg

I've lost R2! (One of about twenty-odd video dropouts)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Moth3r/Pre-ANH%20Bootleg%20Telecine%20-%20Widescreen%20Version/Clipboard04.jpg

Original subtitle placement:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Moth3r/Pre-ANH%20Bootleg%20Telecine%20-%20Widescreen%20Version/Clipboard06.jpg

Final shot:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Moth3r/Pre-ANH%20Bootleg%20Telecine%20-%20Widescreen%20Version/Clipboard07.jpg

End of the reel:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Moth3r/Pre-ANH%20Bootleg%20Telecine%20-%20Widescreen%20Version/Clipboard08.jpg

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I wouldn't mind seeing a copy of this if only to get the original subtitle placement.

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Wow, that's pretty great. Interesting, at the very least. I do hope it'll get past the newsgroups, since I don't have access.

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I, too, would love to get my hands on a copy of this, but don't have newsgroup access. If torrents go up (or if someone's willing to burn and send) could someone let me know? I'll gladly redistribute any copy that I get.
George Lucas, October 1979: There are essentially nine films in a series of three trilogies. I have story treatments on all nine.
George Lucas, February 1999: I never had a story for the sequels.
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Does this version have the shot with Luke throwing the grappling hook and missing?
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If someone is willing to send me a copy of this, please PM me. I already have the bootleg in P/S, but would love to have it in Widescreen.
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Originally posted by: Darth Lars
Does this version have the shot with Luke throwing the grappling hook and missing?


I've got it - it also has the Biggs and Luke on Tatooine scenes.

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TheCassidy,

I hope that was a bad joke.

Cause otherwise you're about to get flooded with PMs.

EDIT: "flooded with PMs" pun was unintentional, but left in on the off-chance that someone might spit a drink out of their nose.

You know of the rebellion against the Empire?

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Have any of the released versions had the PG rating card at the end? Seems like a must for a true 'theatrical version' =)
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Not a big Star Wars fan, but definitely wouldn't mind seeing this pop up in a torrent.
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I say again: Is there anyone who can send me a copy of this? Please PM me.
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Originally posted by: Sluggo
Have any of the released versions had the PG rating card at the end? Seems like a must for a true 'theatrical version' =)


lol thought the same when I saw it, I miss that thing

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"I say again: Is there anyone who can send me a copy of this? Please PM me."

Damn man, just go to the newsgrouops and download it like everyone else, I say again?

Thank you very much for this Moth3r,another nice rare gem.

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Gee, I wish I could. But I have a 56k connection, so it'd take me months to download.
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Unfortunately, Rogers cable in their infinite wisdom, decided to drop Usenet access this past January. If I could get it from the newsgroups, I gladly would.
George Lucas, October 1979: There are essentially nine films in a series of three trilogies. I have story treatments on all nine.
George Lucas, February 1999: I never had a story for the sequels.
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Originally posted by: ZigFried
Gee, I wish I could. But I have a 56k connection, so it'd take me months to download.
Or just over 58 hours.

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A download that long would only be about 500 MB. The bootleg is probably 4.7 GB just like every other DVD torrent, unless proven otherwise...
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You need to read the entire post....at the top you'll discover the file size....1.5GB

According to this page it should take you about 62 hours.....

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Reading can be fun:
Originally posted by: Moth3r
... the final encode was a 2-CD XviD AVI file for convenience.
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Two CDs = 2 x 700MB = 1400MB.

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Oh. Well in that case, I might actually take a crack at it.

So where can I download it?
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a.b.starwars

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