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Revenge of the Sith Bootleg DVD from 2005? - (Not Backstroke of the West)


Hi, so I was wondering if anyone knew a thing or two about a Revenge of the Sith Bootleg DVD that was NOT the Backstroke of the West leak. I bought a DVD when I was kid, when the movie was still in theaters, I checked the date when these files were made, it says June 7th, 2005.

A few things to note:

-The aspect ratio is 2.35:1 Theatrical.
-There is no timecode on the top like Backstroke. The image is unaltered.
-The subtitles are NOT broken. They are actually very accurate to the dialogue and have their own font.
-The Audio sounds very loud. Like it’s a bit compressed but it’s very loud when you hear it, like it comes from a digital audio mix. But it’s clearer than Backstroke’s.
-Video quality is decent, but it’s noticeably better than Backstroke’s with more detail and more saturation.
-There is a main menu with its own image and music. It has some music from the film’s OST. There’s a fake THX Logo button and a button for StarWars.Com. There’s a Chapters menu.
-Yes, that one transition in the theatrical cut, the screen wipe from 3PO in the cockpit to Anakin’s hand is there.

Has anyone else uncovered a similar Bootleg DVD?

I’ve attached an imgur gallery to show some screencaps.


The version called “Star.Wars.Episode.III.Revenge.of.the.Sith.INTERNAL.DVDRip.XviD” has a .nfo creation date of 2005-06-04, which would be a few days before the version you have screen capped. The video framing/quality of the screencaps looks similar to the INTERNAL version which was a two .avi set. A few days later the variation : “Star.Wars.Episode.III.Revenge.of.the.Sith.INTERNAL.NTSC.DVDR” was released, and that’s my guess for the version you’ve got.

The INTERNAL variation was often identified as a DVDRip as the quality was superior to the CAMs which came out in the first month of the movies release. The official DVD didn’t come out till November, so not certain if they were starting to produce the DVDs and a copy leaked or the source of this variation was one of the digital theaters. The latter seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

The INTERNAL.DVDRip.XviD.nfo file explains it this way:
Quote : “We aren’t going to say where the source came from, for obvious reasons. BUT we will say this, it isn’t a TC. You can tell by the way the craft lands, the vibrations etc. It’s not a retail though, it ain’t far off.
Shouts out to Georgey boy.”


Wow! Okay, this is a lot of information. I was always curious but I guess this explains it, although, the video quality is inferior to DVD retail, but it’s interesting. I definitely think this comes from a digital transfer. This was actually the version I saw ROTS (apart from the theater) as a kid, so thanks for clarifying!