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.: The XØ Project - Laserdisc on Steroids :. (SEE FIRST POST FOR UPDATES)
The official release sounds so half assed

This release will only be available for a limited time: from September 12th to December 31st. International release will follow on or about the same day. Each original theatrical version will feature Dolby 2.0 Surround sound, close-captioning, and subtitles in English, French and Spanish for their U.S. release. International sound and subtitling vary by territory.

I'm looking forward to the lpcm from ld which my reciever can use dts neo 6 on, whereas with a dolby stereo track I can only get pro logic which sounds crappy (Denon 3801)

With all the resources at LFL you would have expected them to put more effort into it, time will tell I suppose....
Any truth to this?
Originally Posted by Larry Sutliff
This was just posted on the Classic Horror Film Board by David Colton, editor of USA TODAY:

Original Star Wars back: Han Solo shoots first! (Again...) We're reporting tomorrow that Lucas is releasing the three ORIGINAL Star Wars films -- without the digital tweaks and effects -- on DVD after all. And, once again, Han Solo will be shown shooting first.

I had a bit of this wrong in the original posting, so lemme try again:

-- As we all know, in the original STAR WARS, Han Solo pulls his gun and shoots Greedo in the Cantina scene.

-- When the film was restored and digitally tweaked for a new theatrical run, Lucas added a moment where Greedo fires first, misses, and then Solo shoots Greedo. As if it was self-defense.

-- Fans objected, and when the film hit DVD in 2004, Lucas tweaked it yet AGAIN, and this time Solo and Greedo shot simultaneously.

-- In the upcoming DVD (due in September), the original scene is back. Greedo warns about Jabba, Solo tries to wave him off and then pulls his gun and shoots Greedo dead.

By the way, the story says the transfer of the 'original' version will not be as pristine and scrubbed as the restored DVDs. In fact, at one point there was talk the originals no longer existed.

Anyhow, once we publish (in USA TODAY), tomorrow, I'll post the entire story.

'That's the idea.'

A link to the original source:
***The "EditDroid" Trilogy DVD Info and Feedback Thread***
I'm sure I've asked this before and had an answer, but will either (or both) Zion’s + MBJ Xo project releases be anamorphic?
How about Moth3r's? Obviously it's no benefit to 4:3 viewers but makes a difference to those with 16:9 sets. Subtitle zoom & 14:9 zoom do NOT give the same thing.

High Def will start trickling in at the end of the year in the uk, there are already a few sets available mainly dlp rear projection, the situation is confusing at the moment with plasmas, lcds, projectors being sold as hd compatible but not actually being HD native. They just take the HD image and scale it down. Then there are all the different resoloutions and hdcp problems etc etc.
Should be more interesting nearer the time.
***The MeBeJedi feedback thread ***
Bit of a long post this, but I hope you get a chance to read it MebeJedi

Sad to read you are ditching the anamorphic widescreen version,
It's obvious that not many people on this board have a widescreen TV as there display device because of all the crap that’s spouted off.
I'm worried that this influenced your decision to drop the 16x9 version, do you have a widescreen TV/display yourself?
I know that 4x3 screens are the norm in the US and only really HT enthusiasts seem to have them
However here in the UK the majority of people now have 16x9 sets (4x3 was ditched a few years back, you never see them in shops, only portable versions really)
In real life 4x3 letterbox would be the worst possible solution for viewing on these screens, the satellite channel TCM broadcasts their films this way as a sort of "mock widescreen" and you end up with a tiny rectangle (the film) in a black square (4x3) in the centre of the screen.
On my set (Toshiba (one of the best TV brands in the UK, along with Panasonic) you have to "stretch" the picture to 16x9 ratio then zoom in again.
Practically, a 2.35.1 anamorphic DVD will not fill the whole of a 16x9 display, but you will get thinner black bars and no loss in picture quality than you would if it was non anamorphic AND certainly MUCH BETTER quality then if you stretched out a 4x3 letterbox picture using the TV settings.

This is not a slight against you Mebejedi, it’s just the input of someone who watches and enjoys home cinema (scrutinizing a picture on a computer screen does not count as home cinema ) on a widescreen display and who is one of many many people who would appreciate a release that would really do the film justice on our equipment. I suppose it's a bit of a selfish argument in that respect.
I'm just sad that it looks like I'll have to purchase the Lucas release now, I think yours was the only one offering anamorphic and 5.1....

Anyway, I wish you all the best with your project whatever you decide to do,


Bootleg DVDs
Originally posted by: ChainsawAsh
Might I suggest:

Buying/renting the official DVDs and using the transfers as reference for balancing your LD transfers. I'm not saying use the transfers replacing the SE scenes with the LD scenes, I'm saying color-correct/grade the LD transfer using the DVD as a reference.

Maybe rather than use VE on laserdisc use DVE on DVD, it might end up looking better.

That's not a very good idea, well it is in theory but there have been numerous reports on another forum ( that colour levels aswell as the sound levels are way off, at least in certain parts.

I agree that best thing to do would be to calibrate the LD with something like Video Esentials, but I would also think thats now expensive and hard to find