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Why weren’t there DVD releases in 2000?

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There were VHS releases of TPM and the OT in 2000, so why no DVD releases at the time?

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Most likely George’s revisionism. The cut of TPM on DVD differed from the version on VHS plus some of the DVD features were created for the DVD. Lucas likely wanted to make some last minute adjustments before oking the DVD. As for the OT Lucas wanted to wait til the PT was complete before releasing them on DVD. The only reason he caved in 2004 was studio pressure.

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Was the HD format war still a thing maybe? Just guessing they didn’t to create multiple releases.

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crissrudd4554 said:

As for the OT Lucas wanted to wait til the PT was complete before releasing them on DVD. The only reason he caved in 2004 was studio pressure.

  • I wonder when the OT would have been released on DVD without studio pressure.

  • I wonder if, before the sale to Disney, Lucas preferred that the Star Wars movies be released to theaters every seven years and never be released on VHS/DVD, but studio pressure got in the way with both formats.

Mocata said:

Was the HD format war still a thing maybe? Just guessing they didn’t to create multiple releases.

No HD formats existed until 2006, and HD TVs were rare in 2000.

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In 2000 DVDs were still pretty niche and very expensive, that was like the golden age of VHS. In 2001-2002 the market began to change quickly and the releases of PS2 and Xbox as DVD players helped a lot.

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It was a confusing time, with no domestic Laserdisc release of TPM either, yet one could buy the Japanese pressing or Video CD online.

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SilverWook said:

It was a confusing time, with no domestic Laserdisc release of TPM either, yet one could buy the Japanese pressing or Video CD online.

That’s interesting.

I wonder what 2001 OT DVD releases would have been like.

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darklordoftech said:

SilverWook said:

It was a confusing time, with no domestic Laserdisc release of TPM either, yet one could buy the Japanese pressing or Video CD online.

That’s interesting.

I wonder what 2001 OT DVD releases would have been like.

From my oft-wrong memory… it also took some persuading from those around Lucas to even get an OT DVD set in 2004 released - it seemed it was a response to the many DVD bootlegs of the Trilogy on DVD being easily available in the Far East - and also available to import quite cheaply on many independent online shops back then… for a good price. In the early 2000’s the ‘Look’ and ‘Five Star’ bootleg versions, amongst others, were not too difficult to find and acquire around the rest of the world.
 

Edit: An old website, by an old friend of this one, from around that time-frame, may shine some more light on the subject…

Prillaman’s Star Wars DVD Reviews site - http://www.prillaman.net/starwarsdvdreviews.html
 

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I find that answer vague and unconvincing.
 
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DVD’s were still new during that time period. Now if I remember correctly, the DVD was technically invented in 1995. But most countries didn’t have them. Mainly because, the cost of DVD’s were expensive and other platforms like VHS or LaserDisc were also still available and people had already adjusted to them. Plus they were still making improvements to make them more versatile. Anyway, the worldwide release for the DVD in 2000 was the right move considering the year 2000 was a new millennium. The new era of technology.

I am fond with anything that’s got to do with Star Wars. But, I have particular interest in Red label soundtracks on CD for the OT and White label (Promo) soundtracks on Lp for the OT. I also interest in TPM home video releases.