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Info & Releases: The Un-Official Dark Jedi Laserdisc Preservation Mega-Thread

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Now that Dark Jedi is back among us doing more Star Wars projects, I have been looking back at previous work that he has been involved with. Unfortunately, there has been no single thread with each project having one all of its own. Hence here is a mega-thread listing all current and previous projects with all known links to those threads.

For those not around in 2005 and 2006, Dark Jedi was a very prolific preservationist capturing most if not all different US NTSC Laserdiscs, the Japanese Special Collection as well as a couple of Pan & Scan US NTSC VHS tapes. The full list is below.

The Very latest project…
 

Star Wars Original Trilogy Theatrical Edition’s Info, ALL versions! (SEE FIRST POST FOR INFO AND AVAILABILITY)

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Star-Wars-Original-Trilogy-Theatrical-Editions-Info-ALL-versions-SEE-FIRST-POST-FOR-INFO-AND-AVAILABILITY/topic/10550/
 

The original projects

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/russdawson/gtf/dvd/OTHERS/dj.html

Dark Jedi First Issues Collection (3)
Source - The 1982/1985/1986 CLV Extended Play set

Dark Jedi Standard Play Collection (2)
Source - 1985 CAV Standard Play set

Dark Jedi Special Widescreen Edition (4 inc incredible shrinking ratio Ep 4)
Source - The Special Widescreen Edition set

Dark Jedi Pan and Scan (3)
Source - 1992 US NTSC Pan and Scan set

The Dark/Sega Special Collection Transfer Project (3)
Source - 1993 Japanese NTSC Special Collection set

The Dark Jedi Special Collection UnSubbed Letterbox (3) - never released
Source - 1993 Japanese NTSC Special Collection set

The Dark Jedi Special Collection UnSubbed Widescreen (3) - never released
Source - 1993 Japanese NTSC Special Collection set

Dark Jedi Definitive Collection (3)
Source - 1992 US NTSC 1993 Definitive Collection Boxset

Jedi/Feta Definitive Collection (3)
Source - 1992 US NTSC 1993 Definitive Collection Boxset

The Dark Jedi Faces Transfer (3)
Source - 1995 US NTSC Faces set

The Dark Jedi Faces “Fullscreen Edition” VHS Transfer (3)
Source - 1995 US NTSC Faces “Fullscreen” VHS set

Dark Jedi Star Wars Trilogy '97 Special Edition (4 inc Bonus DVD)
Source - 1997 US NTSC Special Edition set

Jedi/Feta Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition (4 inc Bonus DVD)
Source - 1997 US NTSC Special Edition set

The DARKSVN Special Edition (1)
Source - 1997 US NTSC Special Edition set

Dark Jedi Special Edition VHS Fullscreen
Source - 1997 Special Edition VHS Fullscreen set

 

attempting to preserve my copies
http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/attempting-to-preserve-my-copies/topic/1957/

97’ SE laserdisc transfer set including extras…
http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/97-SE-laserdisc-transfer-set-including-extras/topic/2708/

SW “pan & scan” “def. collection” @myspleen
http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/SW-pan-amp-scan-def-collection-myspleen/topic/3163/

some specs on my releases
http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/some-specs-on-my-releases/topic/3076/

star wars 97 se trilogy “fullscreen”
http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/star-wars-97-se-trilogy-fullscreen/topic/4006/

“FACES”
http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/FACES/topic/3424/

The Official Dark/Sega Special Collection Release Thread (Not an SE Transfer)
http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/The-Official-Dark-Sega-Special-Collection-Release-Thread-Not-an-SE-Transfer/topic/3138/

Special Collection : UnSubbed Edition
http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Special-Collection-UnSubbed-Edition/topic/4323/

SIX fantastic brand new preservation projects…
http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/SIX-fantastic-brand-new-preservation-projects/topic/3780/

Star Wars Trilogy JSC “Take 2” (3) (work in progress)

Source - 1993 Japanese NTSC Special Collection set

Star Wars Trilogy 97 SE “Take 2” (3 or 4) (possible project)

Source - 1997 US NTSC Special Edition set

Star Wars Trilogy JSC “Take 2”

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Star-Wars-Trilogy-JSC-Take-2/topic/10521/

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If anyone has DarkJedi's ESB Standard Play and ROTJ "First Issues" discs, could you send me a PM and work out a trade or something?  Those are the LDs that have the original theatrical mixes of each of those films (at least, as far as I can tell) and they're not time-compressed like the ANH/ESB Extended Play discs are (the "First Issue" discs of those).

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Damn Russ,now there is a trip down memory lane,and that list is getting bigger LOL.

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dark_jedi said:

.......and that list is getting bigger LOL.

 

 That is why I thought I would take this chance to re-introduce everyone to your work and get all the threads/projects listed in one place.

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ChainsawAsh said:

If anyone has DarkJedi's ESB Standard Play and ROTJ "First Issues" discs, could you send me a PM and work out a trade or something?  Those are the LDs that have the original theatrical mixes of each of those films (at least, as far as I can tell) and they're not time-compressed like the ANH/ESB Extended Play discs are (the "First Issue" discs of those).

I realised as part of hacking together this mega-thread that the main web-site resource I used to help out with sourcing the Dark Jedi preservations - davisdvd.com -  shut down over 3 years ago. However, using the magic of Google and a site called web.archive.org I found it again and the links are below

http://web.archive.org/web/20060206031246/www.davisdvd.com/misc/ep4.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20050924185548/www.davisdvd.com/misc/ep5.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20050924185726/www.davisdvd.com/misc/ep6.htm

So, to answer ChainsawAsh, both the Ep4 and 5 Standard play laserdiscs were the first laserdisc releases that were not time compressed and also the last release which had the original theatrical soundtracks prior to the 1985 DigitalSound re-mastering.

From what I can make out, the Ep6 audio on the First Issue is the same as that used right up to the remastering for the Definitive Collection ie, the First Issue, the Special Widescreen Edition, the Japanese Special Collection and 1992 Pan and Scan

 

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That's what I thought.

I'm not even sure if ROTJ was remixed in 1985 (or 1993 for that matter), and I can't seem to get a straight answer on it.  My assumption would be that there is a 1983 (theatrical) mix and a 1993 (Def. Coll./"Faces") mix, but no 1985 remix.

Then again, it could be that the 1983 (theatrical) mix was never released on home video, and the only ones we have access to are the 1985 and 1993 mixes of Jedi.

Sadly, no one really seems to know.

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http://rapidshare.com/files/255794977/ESB_80.rar.html
that's the AC3 track from dark_jedi's CAV ESB preservation (1425-84) Standard Play.
Believed to be the same Dolby Surround mix heard in cinemas.

Dark, I have a question about this one.
(I know it was a long time ago, but this question doesn't require too much memory ;)
Is this set from your personal collection, or did you borrow the LD from somebody?
If yours, and if you still have it, will you please tell where were the discs were pressed?
I'm guessin' the cover probably says "Printed in USA" but what about the discs themselves?
Do disc labels say "Manufactured in USA" or "Manufactured in Japan" or something else?
Thanks

However, in practice you must take into account the “fuckwit factor”. Just talk to Darth Mallwalker…
-Moth3r

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Darth Mallwalker said:

http://rapidshare.com/files/255794977/ESB_80.rar.html
that's the AC3 track from dark_jedi's CAV ESB preservation (1425-84) Standard Play.
Believed to be the same Dolby Surround mix heard in cinemas.

Dark, I have a question about this one.
(I know it was a long time ago, but this question doesn't require too much memory ;)
Is this set from your personal collection, or did you borrow the LD from somebody?
If yours, and if you still have it, will you please tell where were the discs were pressed?
I'm guessin' the cover probably says "Printed in USA" but what about the discs themselves?
Do disc labels say "Manufactured in USA" or "Manufactured in Japan" or something else?
Thanks

 

I will have to get them out,but yes I have ALL the LD's I captured,they were all my personal LD's,special thanks to Russ for helping me acquire some of them.

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Thank you much, Darth Mallwalker - downloading right now!  Still wish there was an uncompressed WAV of this (and the 1985 ESB) floating around ...

And I still can't figure out if there was a 1985 remix of ROTJ, or if the 1983 theatrical mix was ever released on LD/VHS ...

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ChainsawAsh said:

And I still can't figure out if there was a 1985 remix of ROTJ, or if the 1983 theatrical mix was ever released on LD/VHS ...

 

 I think this one will remain a mystery. My best guess is that as ROTJ was made with Digital Sound and the first release on Laserdisc has Digital Sound so I think they may be the same. By the time that ROTJ came out ANH and ESB had already had the 85 Digital Sound treatment.

I would also guess that those theatres that were THX capable in 1983 had a different mix to the one that more basic theatres had but that basic mix is what the Laserdisc got.

PM sent........

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Still interested at at least some stills from the SE widescreen preservation, if anyone who has a copy would be nice enough to supply some.

A Goon in a Gaggle of 'em

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My old 97 SE set was 4:3 letterbox widescreen,the new set if I do it will obviously be anamorphic.

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I have some new samples and screens in the JSC "Take 2" thread if interested.

Keep in mind to,once this Trilogy is done,I am onto the 97 Special Editions.

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I woke up today and decided that it was "Update an old post and bump an old topic for an old pal day"

Consequently, I have updated Post 1 which is a subtle reminder about what DJ has done over the years. Much of what we now take for granted around here has had DJ somewhere in the middle doing a lot of hard work.

Should he ever come back here, I welcome him. He will also be a better man than me as I would not be back!!

If he does not come back then all those over many years who have done what they have done to trigger the events of the last few weeks have finally won.

Congratulations.

Well done.

Your work here is done.........

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I thought that more people might have had more to say.

Maybe the proverbial cat has got their proverbial tongues...........

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I know that this is a REALLY old thread but I found my Dark Jedi DVD’s that have been in hiding for 10+ years!

I’ll start uploading the sets I have to “the organ” site.

Long live Dark Jedi!

FIRST UP

Jedi/Feta Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition (4 inc Bonus DVD)
Source - 1997 US NTSC Special Edition set

“My skill are no longer as Mad as the once were” RiK

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I feel like a n00b just posting on an old thread about something I should already have, but I’m pretty sure the 97SE I have for VisComp isn’t Dark Jedi’s upscale. Can someone help me in getting these?

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doubleofive said:

I feel like a n00b just posting on an old thread about something I should already have, but I’m pretty sure the 97SE I have for VisComp isn’t Dark Jedi’s upscale. Can someone help me in getting these?

I think I’ll just stick with GKAR, thanks!

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