- 2.0 Stereo (1977, 1981 35mm Theatrical, early laserdiscs)
Also on rental videos before 1985. I have the first rental UK video from 83, it claims it's stereo but the sound is actually mono. (not the mono mix, but the stereo mix in mono)
The stereo mix was folded down supposedly to mono on the first issue rental betamax tape, but the vhs was in stereo. I have also read that there was a vhs version that was rare that had the stereo folded down into mono, but have not been able to prove that claim, as i believe by this point in time most if not all vhs releases that were stereo were also mono compatible.
But both of these claims could be erroneous since there is a lot of wrong information on the internet, especially on wikipedia and imdb where anyone can post.
As far as i know the theatrical empire 35mm audio is only on the CAV full frame laserdisc of empire that did not have digital sound.
Jedi is the same in 93 as the 35mm cinema release in 1983 I believe, except they went back and removed the limiting. Its strange on the empire sound effect missing though because i was reading an article with a guy who worked with burrt in 1993 and he claimed the only differences on empire and jedi was that there was no limiting applied, as in the went back to the master the tracks were derived from and used that as a base for the 1993. Star Wars on the other hand had a fresh remix done in 93, and has seven mixes if you include the destroyed editions of 1997 and 2004 which i don't to me there are only 6, despite the changes the 1997 is authentic to the original three mixes, the 2004 is an abomination. Which was not a deliberate creative decision the us dvd's were rushed, while the foreign 5.1 mixes don't have the swapped channels supposedly or the dialed down music at the end.
They could have been honest and done a recall like warners did for superman, or universal did for back to the future, i can remember back to when lucasfilm was on the cutting edge of technology and put out quality products. These days they out out substandard dvd's years after the market was already there for them with bad colors, bad sound, bad updated cgi, and then release the originals in non anamorphic.
They were late to DVD and pretty much underperformed, not in terms of sales but the dvd's were lazily put together and rushed, when they did not need to be they had years between 1997 and 2004 to get it right.
Now they are dropping the ball on blu ray, the star wars trilogy on blu ray in any form is completely a non issue to lucasfilm when they can just reprint the same bad dvds from 2004 five times over and call it a day.
Just like the soundtrack releases for empire and jedi were completely unacceptable in 1997, but still no recall for fucked up quality control or a new release without the poor mixing, swap audio channels and worst of all the clean up they did on jedi completely ruined the soundtrack. Dnr so harshly applied the dynamics are gone from the music, the sound quality ruined because lucas wanted a clean sound free of clicks and pops.
Sony just re-issued rcas non fixed releases twice instead of doing what fans of john's music deserved and going back and doing a newly transferred release from the elements available free of any problems.