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Which version of The Phantom Menace should I buy. I only have a 1080p TV and no 4k blu ray player

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Hello star wars fans. I only have a 1080p TV and no 4k blu ray player. Was wondering which version of phantom menace to pick up? Right now I only have VHS. Is there any particular version that is best for watching the film. Likely the one with the highest picture quality without having too much DNR.

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2001 DVD release, and the 2011/2015 BDs. 2015 is just a repackaging of Episodes 1-6 from 20th Century FOX. If you care about bonus features too, both releases. It’s what I have, the 2001 DVD release, and 2015 1-6 plus bonus discs BD set.
Still going to have DNR baked in, unfortunately. 4K99 I have no clue which stage it’s at yet, but that’s entirely different.
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35mm scan, tho you would need to get the blu-ray set first.

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Darth telly said:

35mm scan, tho you would need to get the blu-ray set first.

Wouldn’t having the DVD be totally fine with getting the 35mm scan after? Myself, I have both already, 2001 DVD release and 2011 BD set which is the 2015 re-packaging, but not the scan yet.

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AdmiralWasabi10191 said:

Darth telly said:

35mm scan, tho you would need to get the blu-ray set first.

Wouldn’t having the DVD be totally fine with getting the 35mm scan after? Myself, I have both already, 2001 DVD release and 2011 BD set which is the 2015 re-packaging, but not the scan yet.

You can own any or every home video version, but it will never change the legality of downloading copyrighted material. The whole idea hinges on selective enforcement, lax oversight, and “getting away with it.”

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JF_Sanderson said:

AdmiralWasabi10191 said:

Darth telly said:

35mm scan, tho you would need to get the blu-ray set first.

Wouldn’t having the DVD be totally fine with getting the 35mm scan after? Myself, I have both already, 2001 DVD release and 2011 BD set which is the 2015 re-packaging, but not the scan yet.

You can own any or every home video version, but it will never change the legality of downloading copyrighted material. The whole idea hinges on selective enforcement, lax oversight, and “getting away with it.”

True.

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The best the film has ever looked on home video is the 4K. Any of the blu ray’s are fine for 1080P. I personally wish we had the theatrical cut on the 4K disc i don’t care for the added scenes.

I have the 35mm grindhouse and it is very soft looking. I don’t think we will ever have a version of the movie that is perfect. the digitally shot scenes like the midichlorian test stick out like a sore thumb.

I think they may have sharpened the blu or 4K but i’m not 100% sure. But it certainly is sharper looking in the scenes that aren’t dvnr waxy.

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Just watched the commentary track and found out that the midichlorian test scene and Anakin asking where Padma is were both added in later. They really stick out as Jake Lloyd is a lot older and the lighting does not seem as good.

They also said that Darth Maul hitting the laser generator beam with his lightsaber was added in later. However, that is one of my favorite scenes in the movie, and is very on brand for Darth Maul.