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Astroboi2

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#1460758
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Question about the 1982 Rental VHS of Star Wars
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I’m pretty sure the rental-only VHS copy I have uses the “plastered” logo too. I only remember that because it’s the same as on the original CAV laserdisc, and I remember thinking how that disc and the rental VHS seemed identical as far as the transfer went (whereas the original CLV is slightly different).

I’d normally double-check it to be sure but my primary VCR has been acting up lately. I do have a backup machine but it’s not currently connected. Maybe sometime later this week I can get that hooked up and confirm that for you… unless of course Rikter beats me to it.

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#1459030
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What is your main way of watching the Original Trilogy?
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I’ve had a few drinks, and now it’s time to bump an ancient thread :p

I think my preferred way to watch the OT these days is on laserdisc. I’ve manage to collect all of the various American releases along with the Japanese Special Collection editions, and I seem to gravitate to a bit of a mix & match approach.

For Star Wars, I definitely prefer the widescreen U.S. Technidisc pressing. I adore the colors… and the lack of any aspect ratio problems or DVNR issues is also a plus.

For Empire, I really like the JSC. Now, don’t get me wrong, Star Wars and Jedi also look great on the JSC releases, but the lack of english subtitles when the aliens speak is a bit of a deal-breaker. Fortunately there isn’t any alien-speak in Empire, so there’s no issues with that one. Basically this just looks like a slightly sharper version of the CBS/FOX Video release.

And finally for Jedi, I actually prefer the Faces / Definitive Collection versions (blasphemy!) The DVNR issues that really plague the first two films of these releases aren’t nearly as evident in Jedi… at least to my eyes. Perhaps there was less video noise to be reduced in the first place?

There’s also the original P&S CAV editions of Star Wars and Empire that I’ll watch from time to time (along with the original P&S CLV version of Jedi, since they never made a CAV version of that).

And of course, I do enjoy and appreciate the various preservations and restorations, like Harmy’s versions and 4K77 (still gotta check the D+/OTD versions)… but I seem to always end up falling back to the old laserdiscs when I’m in the mood to just watch the movies. They just feel right to me.

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#1457061
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Have the Disney+ versions of the OT been released on DVD in North America?
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JadedSkywalker said:

I stand corrected on everything but the North American releases. Which i’m only waiting for someone to confirm if its not the 2019 FOX DVD. The A New Hope DVD says on the back cover 2019 DVD release Buena Vista.

Its under ten bucks but i have the 2011 blu ray already.

Yeah… I thought I heard something about the North American DVDs being the FOX discs straight up… just with new labels. Perhaps clearing out old stock that was already pressed?

But these have been out for a while, so maybe they’ve started pressing new stock with the current Disney versions by now. I might check my local stores and see if I can find it for cheap and see what I get!

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#1457008
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Have the Disney+ versions of the OT been released on DVD in North America?
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crissrudd4554 said:

Not very odd at all. Japan got a Laserdisc release of Phantom Menace even though LD was dead in the states. Same with Revenge of the Sith which got a VHS release in some countries but not the US. All depends on on the markets and what format is doing the most business in them.

Yeah… I suppose that’s true. I stand corrected.

Funny that I didn’t think of that Phantom Menace LD example. I even own that one!

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#1456951
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Have the Disney+ versions of the OT been released on DVD in North America?
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I don’t know if there are official NTSC releases of the 2019 ‘Maclunkey’ Special Editions available to buy in North America.

However, IF you were happy to have an official PAL version on DVD of the 2019 ‘Maclunkey’ Special Editions on import… and also have a multi-region DVD player (or a DVD player that can be made multi-region)… then this may be an option:-

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Skywalker-Complete-Boxset/dp/B082WXXG7F (circa $57?) - and maybe at other places too?
 

Thanks for the info oojason (and everyone who has responded thus far)!

I think the biggest issue would be the CRT TV that I’d be playing them on. From what I understand (and I could be wrong) even region free discs may have playback issues on a CRT because of the frame rate differences between NTSC and PAL. They would play, but be unwatchable.

I mention region free discs specifically because I thought I once saw a review of that 9-disc DVD set that claimed it was actually region free (unfortunately I do not have region free player in my basement setup, so a region free release would be my best option… if it weren’t for the possible NTSC vs PAL issue).

At any rate, it’s odd that the “powers that be” decided that North America shouldn’t get the latest versions of Star Wars on DVD, while many other countries have. From what I understand, DVD is still technically the biggest selling physical format when it comes to movie media.

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#1456889
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Have the Disney+ versions of the OT been released on DVD in North America?
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Yeah, I do. I’m one of those weirdos that has a full on retro setup in my basement, with old school gaming systems like Atari and such going into an old Trinitron CRT. Laserdisc, VHS, etc… The most modern thing I have down there is a DVD player!

I have nearly every official version of Star Wars ever released down there, with the exception of the latest Disney versions. I know I can always go upstairs and watch them on my big(ish) screen TV, but my OCD really wants DVD versions in my basement collection too. I know… I have issues. :p

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#1456829
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Have the Disney+ versions of the OT been released on DVD in North America?
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Does anyone know if the new Disney+ versions of the OT have been released specifically on DVD in North America / NTSC Region 1? Last I heard the current DVDs were still the same as the releases put out under FOX, and you can only get the Disney+ versions on 4K / Bluray / streaming. Anyone know if that’s still the case?

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#1314083
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<strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> — Official Review and Opinions Thread
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For me, each trilogy exists in it’s own universe. The Luke, Han and Leia from ROTJ are not the same Luke, Han and Leia from TFA. And I’m also the kind of person who generally rates a movie based on what’s in that movie itself, without being as concerned about what came before or after… or what details a novelization might reveal.

With that being stated, here’s my quick review of TROS…

I really enjoyed it! The cast were all on point and there were some really striking visuals that stayed with me. It wasn’t perfect (a bit rushed near the end), but overall I left the theatre feeling satisfied… like I watched a Star Wars film.

I definitely liked it more than TLJ. In fact, I think it might be my favourite Disney-era Star Wars film so far! Not as good as the OT movies for sure, but the best thing since IMHO.

Does it do a good job wrapping up the Skywalker saga? Not really (although for me there really isn’t a Skywalker saga). Does it do a good job wrapping up this trilogy? More or less. Is it a good movie in its own right? Yes.

Now to figure out where it fits in my overall ranking!

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#1288495
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70mm print of the pre-SE Star Wars film on Saturday in Academy Theater in CA!
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LexX said:

SomethingStarWarsRelated said:

So was Marcia Lucas there? Did she speak? I wonder if we’ll ever hear from her about the making of ANH…

Yes. The whole panel is on Youtube.

Could someone possibly re-post a link to said panel? I’ve skimmed through this discussion but couldn’t find anything… and my YouTube searches have yielded no results. Thanks!

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#1242769
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Science Fiction or Space Fantasy - what is Star Wars
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dahmage said:

genres are used to provide a classification for a movie, so in my mind they are fluid.

For example.

if you are trying to decide what part of a product catalog to list it in, you will be using one set of criteria, and will probably list it as Sci Fi

if you are talking to a friend and comparing Star Wars to any other sci-fi movie, you are then more likely to reach for more descriptive, specific genres, and will say that Star wars is more of a Space Fantasy than your typical sci-fi story.

Agree 100%

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#1242747
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Science Fiction or Space Fantasy - what is Star Wars
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yotsuya said:

Time setting is immaterial. Steampunk is science fiction set in the past. And you can have Space Opera set in the past (it has been done many times). Just the typical convention is to set it in our future when we have higher tech (or lower in the case of post apocalyptic SF).

I’m actually not sure if I would consider Steampunk science fiction either. But as someone else has stated, I guess it’s all about what definition of science fiction you subscribe too.

Another way to look at this question though. If you were to make seperate lists of the greatest sci-fi movies ever and the greatest fantasy movies ever, which list would you put Star Wars on?

Looking at this way I realize that I would actually put it on the sci-fi list. So even though I initially felt it was more fantasy, I now realize that the sci-fi elements are actually stronger for me.

Wow. I actually changed my mind about this whole thing just now while typing this post. Well… they say a mind that can change is a healthy one! 😃

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#1242015
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Science Fiction or Space Fantasy - what is Star Wars
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DuracellEnergizer said:

Astroboi2 said:

So the tech setting of Star Wars does make it science fiction. Space wizards are typical fare for space opera. The Mule in the Foundation stories, Paul in Dune, Gary Mitchell in Star Trek.

Except that Star Wars doesn’t take place in the future, while those other stories do. That’s the main difference.

So if someone were to write a story about an advanced alien civilization set in the distant past — and for the sake of argument, let’s say there were absolutely no mystical elements present — it still wouldn’t qualify as sci-fi?

Sounds stupid to me.

That’s a good question. I’m leaning towards no, but I’d have to read said story before deciding. I wonder if anyone has written such a thing?

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#1242001
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Science Fiction or Space Fantasy - what is Star Wars
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If science fiction is about how scientific advancements impact humanity, then Star Wars can’t be sci-fi. There aren’t any real humans. It’s just a bunch of aliens… with many that happen to look like humans and happen to speak english. It’s a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, so it’s got nothing to do with us.

Now, if they went the Battlestar Galactica route and said that these were our forefathers who would one day colonize earth, then I would argree that it’s sci-fi.

Not that I really care. Star Wars just belongs in the genre of Awesome.

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#1213829
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<em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — <strong>SPOILERS</strong>
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Just had my second viewing of Solo earlier today, and IMHO it still holds up as a really fun Star Wars movie… and a really fun movie in general. There’s a few parts that drag here and there… and there’s almost enough plot material for two movies (I feel that way about a lot of movies these days though), but overall I left the theater thrilled, wanting more stories with these characters.

The cast in general was awesome. Alden Ehrenreich’s interpretation of the young Han Solo was really fun and worked well for me (sure, he’s not quite a young Harrison Ford, but no one will be… that’s why I call it an interpretation). Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany, and of course, “Childish Gambino” himself - Donald Glover - all delivered spot-on performances that I thoroughly enjoyed watching.

Being a fan of the new Westworld series, I also really enjoyed Thandie Newton’s part… as brief as it was… and Jon Favreau’s voice work for the pilot Rio Durant was also really well done (it made that character come alive for me… again, briefly). Oh… and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s portrayal of L3 was hilarious! I understand why some people find L3 annoying, but I think she’s great! Whether she’s supposed to be a parody or an actual SJW type of character doesn’t bother me either way. She has personality and it’s an interesting dynamic with the other characters.

If there’s only one thing I would really complain about, it would be a technical detail… the brightness… or lack there-of. My first viewing was in 3D which seemed waaay too dark. My second viewing was is 2D, which still seemed really dark, but not as bad. In general I found the movie worked better for me in 2D (which just seems right for Star Wars movies… I’ll save the 3D for Jurassic World).

And now I’ll leave you with a Yoda-style Haiku…

This Solo movie.
Much fun to see it is hmmm?
See it too… you should.