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Info Wanted: The best audio, and differences between the many audio tracks available?

Thanks for the info there. Just looking at the dialogue differences topic there is really confusing to me. I almost would need a pie chart showing which versions have which 😄. For example you mentioned the 85 version has stuff from both of the previous different theatrical mixes. But I’m not sure how to determine what lines exactly would be “missing” from this version for example, out of all the possible lines of dialogue. Ditto for comparing any other versions to eachother. Is this info laid out in a more comparative/less confusing way like that anywhere?

One other question, about these audio mixes from the laserdisc being lossless. On Harmy’s 2.5 release of ANH, both the 85 and 93 mixes are 320kbps ac3. Does that count as lossless? The 5.1 70mm is about 1536kbps and 35mm stereo is 640kbps dts, for comparison.

And thanks again, it’s really interesting learning about this stuff.

Star Wars theatrical versions not coming in 2015

Since Disney owns SW now and George is letting go, I think we’re in a better place than ever to hope for this. I do think we’ll see the original trilogy restored and released on blu-ray and internet digital release someday.

JJ Abrams recently has been restoring the 70s horror movie Phantasm, just because he’s a big fan of it. With somebody like him around, I would not be surprised if somebody like him cares enough to lobby for getting the original trilogy restored and released.



This is a subtle one, but this shot just jumped out as fake looking to me. Part of that will be because of the higher clarity, but I think the way this shot is much brighter and higher contrast than the laserdisc makes this matte painting stick out like a sore thumb.

Here’s how it looked on laserdisc:

I think the lack of shadow on the ship now is the main thing I’m noticing, especially in that darker bit in the middle which isn’t dark anymore. Anyways, thanks for the great work on all this!

Info Wanted: The best audio, and differences between the many audio tracks available?

Much thanks for the detailed info there! And thanks for including the sequels, I forgot to mention those.

My guess is the 93 audio track is the only one I’ve heard in a long time, so it would seem the changes didn’t bother me.

I just looked at this wiki page,

but it was kind confusing to take in some of the details listed there.

Other than a C3PO tractor beam line, are there any notable dialogue differences between those various A New Hope audio tracks? And sounds like the main reason you dislike the 93 track is added sound effects?

The 85 mix does sound like a fun option, since that would be what I heard on VHS as a young lad. Any notable things in the comparison battle between that and the 77 stereo or 6-channel track? Quality and content wise? I’m very wish-washy on what to go with, but it is fun to have so many options.

The main thing I noticed on a quick comparison is I think the dialogue might come across stronger/better in the 93 mix, which could be a thing in it’s favor.

Info Wanted: The best audio, and differences between the many audio tracks available?

I was looking for a recommendation on which audio track to listen to, and it occurred to me I guess I’m also curious about them in general. And for the record it’ll come out as stereo on my setup, since I play it on my computer sent to my HDTV, which does have 5.1 speakers. But I like the stereo audio anyway.

I was just looking through the topic for Harmy’s terrific Despecialized edition searching for posts mentioning audio, and I saw one say “wrong topic really”, so figured I’d make a topic for it.

So I’ve always enjoyed the laserdisc version’s audio, in fact until just now when I got into the Despecialized edition, I’ve only been watching the ol’ laserdisc rips for the past 12 years or so. I don’t actually know but I assume these used the 93 audio track?

Also a post from that topic said this: “the general public will probably be happy with Disney’s 81 crawl/93 audio upmixed”, which made me guess maybe the 93 track is the crowd pleaser anyway?

But I see the 70mm 6-track version is the default, and I saw a post saying it sounds great. And the other two top contenders for me I think are the 77 35mm stereo mix, and the 85 laserdisc mix.

So as an English speaker just looking for a track that will sound great, which will be in stereo anyway, what is the best track for me? Just the one with the best dialogue clarity and presence, overall nice sounding, oomph, etc?

And are there any interesting differences between the many available options? After just sampling a couple scenes and trying out all these tracks, to me it sounds like the 93 one boosts the dialogue a bit, and I guess it’s the track I’m used to. But I’m open to trying new things! =D Thanks!