Greetings. I have come for the bounty on this memory. 😄
This is my first post here ever and I’m not actually sure whether I’m posting in the right section, or if the topic’s title is appropriate.
I remember when Star Wars was first broadcast in Portugal, in 1991. I was a kid, and I don’t really know why I was so excited, because by then I had already watched it in a rental VHS tape, at home. The first home video release in Portugal’s from 1987, followed by ESB and RTOJ in '88. Maybe I was excited because back in 1991, TV was still kinda pretty big thing. And people talked about what movies were on TV and people still got excited about the trailers during commercial breaks leading up to it. Or maybe I have a vague idea of being excited about it… because it it was broadcast in the public national channel… in widescreen! Which seemed odd, as not a lot of movies were, except some classic ones, mostly westerns.
So I did some digging some time ago. And I found evidence, some screenshots and newspaper clippings. And it turns out… my memory is correct!
I’m not entirely sure but from what I seem to have gathered reading this forum, it doesn’t seem like TV broadcasts in the US or other places in Europe were anything but full-screen 4:3 in that era. Odd, right?
So ever since i started thinking about this, it’s become like an itch i can’t scratch. I only have a few pretty horrid screenshots i gathered online. But i started obsessing about them. And one day I started comparing it with all the other versions / preservations I have. And guess what, what i find even weirder is that one of the only 3 screenshots I have displays a slightly area on top of the picture, not seen in any of the other versions I have.
So I’ve uploaded a couple images. https://imgur.com/a/BSfMP
If you care to look, from top to bottom: portuguese TV, then Bluray, a Laserdisc preservation I was able to download from public torrent sites (i don’t know from which LD this is, or year, whether the first Japanese, or US, or a later remastered one), and finally, TN1’s SSE.
On the scene at Ben’s place, you can clearly see that the scan is different. On the other captures, not so much.
Anyway so I thought that if anyone in the world would be interested in talking about this, well I guess there’s no other place than here!
All the best. 😃