the 2004 set was a con nowhere on the box was it stated it was the special editions, and the copyright dates on the back all read 1977, 1980 and 1983. Plus it was labeled as the original star wars trilogy and was advertised as such. No mentions of the 1997 special editions or 2004 cuts anywhere.
I know a bunch of people who brought their sets back to best buy for a full refund as it was false advertising. They got their money back and said they would never give Lucas another dime of their money.
Hell the movies are being aired without mention of them not being the original versions or special editions on spike tv. They may trick some young kid who was not born back in the seventies, but clearly their con job never got past me.
The kid who said the gout was the original unaltered movies is a moron. If they were unaltered they would be anamorphic with beatifully pristine technicolor and the original sound mixes.
They were not. The 1993 set was digitally scrubbed by dvnr and formatted for 4:3 television sets with a resolution no greater than 480i, though the laserdisc picture was 380 lines interlaced. The sound mix was completely new and was none of the three mixes on star wars from 1977.
Star Wars was modified when it was retitled Episode IV: A New Hope, and a new digital sound mix was created in 1985.
The 35mm mix was only ever available as far as i know on the fox rental tape from 1982 and the 1985 CAV laserdisc release. So it was availble for what three years until it was buried. And the rental tape and the laserdisc can have rot issues. My tape has tape rot, and my laserdisc laserdisc rot. Even the backup dvd i have of the 1985 CAV authored by darkjedi on dvdr has rot set in.
The mono MIX and the 70mm six track stereo mix with monaural surrounds have never been made commercially available. Although the mono mix was lovingly restored by Belbecus he did not have access to the masters but a pal itv recording and a nstc bootleg of the theatrical cut of the movie from 77.
Someone tried recording the 70mm in the theater but the results are less than spectacular as you can imagine.
The original mix on both the 35mm and 70mm prints was derived from a 4 track master. with home audio equipment you can listen to the 35mm mix and decode the surround information. It is a very nice mix and only limited by the reproduction of the 1985 laserdisc audio fedility. Which is crap in comparison to how it would sound on a brand new pristine print in a properly set up theater .
The 35mm does not have the heavy bass and boom that the 70mm had or the similar bass heavy 1997 theatrical editions which were released in dts 6 track.
Indiana Jones fans and star wars fans had their childhoods raped by Lucas and Spielberg, lol. Just wait til next year when Gene Roddenberry rolls in his grave and the trekkies childhoods are raped by jj abrams.