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Star Wars GOUT DVDs - is it still worth buying them?

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So I was thinking when I am able to buy something I would wanna buy the Star Wars 2006 DVDs with the bonus GOUT DVDs for my collection. Is it worth it ? (I already watch the despecialized editions just think it might be cool owning them)

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Having owned them since 2006, I would say it’s not worth splashing out on the GOUT DVDs these days if your main aim is to watch them. Back then when I still had a 22 inch CRT TV, the image was acceptable albeit a little disappointing. But on a 40 inch LCD TV (probably classed as rather small by today’s standards), the deficiencies of the GOUT are much harder to ignore. The resolution is pretty poor since these DVDs are non-anamorphic and there is plenty of motion-smearing.

But if you are a collector, then the GOUT is an important release and worth having.

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I think the prices aren’t as crazy now as they once were. The full screen sets often go for much less because people think the bonus GOUT disc is also pan and scan. It’s not! 😉

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I’ve had a quick look at the 3rd party prices on Amazon: if you want the GOUT new, the UK prices seem to be much lower than in the US. The UK GOUT is in letterbox format (non-anamorphic widescreen) like the USA GOUT, but will be PAL rather than NTSC. And as far as I know, the 2004SE discs (i.e. non-GOUT) in the 2006 UK release will always be in anamorphic widescreen; I don’t think the pan & scan option was ever available in the UK for these discs.

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Weird. The 2006 release of the GOUT is the last time I watched Star Wars. Back then it was on an older flat screen TV, some sort of 30-something inch. Truth be told, I have no real idea about the quality. At the time, I was so beyond Lucas having ruined the film for me, I paid little attention to the quality. I should give it a look one of these days. Considering the fact that Disney and/or Lucasfilm have done fuck-all to release it properly, it’s entirely possible I’ll go the rest of my natural life without ever seeing again what was my favorite film in the 1970s.

Well played, Mr. Lucas.

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There are black bars or borders all around the image if you try and watch it on a 16:9 HD set. You have to use the zoom button. Just like if you were hooking up your laserdisc player to your HDTV with rca cables. Not to mention it is the bad remix from 1993 with the smashing glass in the detention block when they shoot out the cameras. And a not very well defined image in postage stamp size at that. With the DVNR motion smearing which was never corrected. I assume that maybe at least the frames are progressive and not interlaced like the laserdisc, but i could be wrong.

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Anchorhead said:

Weird. The 2006 release of the GOUT is the last time I watched Star Wars. Back then it was on an older flat screen TV, some sort of 30-something inch. Truth be told, I have no real idea about the quality. At the time, I was so beyond Lucas having ruined the film for me, I paid little attention to the quality. I should give it a look one of these days. Considering the fact that Disney and/or Lucasfilm have done fuck-all to release it properly, it’s entirely possible I’ll go the rest of my natural life without ever seeing again what was my favorite film in the 1970s.

Well played, Mr. Lucas.

You should download one of the fan preservations. They’re much better quality than the GOUT.

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For your collection, to have and to love then yes add them. You’ll be very happy just having them.

RiK

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