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#291173
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//RETURNING TO JEDI\\: NTSC & PAL DVD
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I am currently watching Building Empire for the first time (actually had it for a while without knowing) and decided to see if a sequel had been made. Obviously it has, but the torrents for this one seem to have dried up. Can anyone 'assist' me please? I don't fancy the Rapidshare route at 90KBs (although that's considerably better than the 4KBs torrent)...
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#246075
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You've Failed, Your Highness.
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Originally posted by: Invader Jenny
I think that the original line was, "You failed, motherfucker." To which Luke jumps up and slices off the Emperor's head which lands on the ground before Luke does. But Lucas thought it would scare children.


Nah, he originally morphed into Mace Windu and released a load of poisonous snakes. Snakes on a Star Destroyer, now there's an idea for a sequel. 'What we got here is a load of motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' Star Destroyer!' Sometimes I scare myself...
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#245712
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First Impressions of the OOT ...
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While Steven Spielberg went down the dark path to egomania with the 2002 release of E.T., he at least had the good sense (and common courtesy) to step in at the last minute to ensure that the original version of the film ended up on DVD (at least in the US). I was quite impressed by that. He didn't have to do it, as it would have sold on reputation alone. I'm thankful he gave people the choice, because the AE sucks compared to the original.
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#245306
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How Lucas can satisfy the fans.
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Originally posted by: 88keyz
For years this forum has been built upon the basis of preserving, and distributing (as much as its swept under the rug), the OOT and now that GL has given us the best available release of the OOT out there are we thanking him?



Do you honestly think this is the best version that could have been presented? It's not, and they've said as much themselves. The only reason we didn't get a better release (cleaned up and anamorphic) is because Lucas wasn't willing to spend the necessary cash. Indy got a decent release. Back to the Future got a decent release. Hell, even Blade Runner is finally getting a decent release. Star Wars is about the only major title not to have quality versions of the original theatrical releases available (even the theatrical cut of Superman is due out soon).
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#245023
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First Impressions of the OOT ...
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Originally posted by: Raul2106
Think about how each new release gives everybody new things to talk about. Really it is quite an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. I love all of Star Wars that is why I do not like to see people who don't hate the 2004 editions being attacked. Originaltrilogy.com is a site that is devoted to film preservation. It's a beautiful thing. DVDActive, particularly their site administrator gave the OOT a favorable review yet bashed everybody who said there was nothing wrong with the release being non-anamorphic. I stuck up for another person who was simply pointing out that no matter what people are always going to be unhappy with Lucas. I perfer the OOT but enjoy the 2004 editions too. Now we can at least legally choose which version we want to watch. It's great having both.



Actually, I was only involved in an argument with one person, and it wasn't about him saying there was 'nothing wrong with them being anamorphic'. If you're going to come onto this forum and start bad-mouthing me, at least get the facts straight. His argument was that restoring the films and/or giving them 16:9 enhancement is tantamount to altering them, which it clearly isn't. This is what he actually said:

"...you know, there is no bigger SW fan than I am (I have a complete room dedicated to my Star Wars toys, er, memorabilia) but nothing drives me insane more than the internet fanboy that is never pleased. First you whine and complain that you want the original unaltered versions on DVD, and when you get them you complain and complain some more because they are not to your exact specifications...if I were Lucas I'd be resentful towards some of the fans as well because he can never seem to win. "Give us the unaltered, original films!" you cry, but then when they come out: "We want it remastered! We want it anamorphic! We want 5.1 digital mix!" Look, you wanted a 70's quality product in terms of technology and that's what you're getting...hell you could even argue you're getting even more seeing as they're the 1993 LD editions.

Look, it all boils down to this: STOP FREAKING COMPLAINING!"

It was quite a hostile thing to post, and I took exception to being labelled an 'Internet fanboy' along with everyone else who wants quality versions of the film on DVD (although the irony of it coming from a grown man with a room full of Star Wars toys was not lost on me). If I remember correctly, you then joined and posted that rather rude reply (referring to me as GOULD after I'd expressly requested that people not do it, as I find it disrespectful). It was for that reason that the webmaster banned you, quite independently of me I might add as I hadn't seen the post at the time. I'm told you then tried to join again, this time creating a user name that was designed to insult me, so you were banned for a second time. We then got a load of abusive post reports accusing us of being Nazis, all from the same IP address. Extremely mature.

So please, if you're going to misrepresent me, do it on a site that I don't frequent and/or contribute to.

Oh, and having just found this thread, I'm a lot clearer as to why you felt compelled to back up his flawed argument.
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#241863
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So, this is how the DVDs are going to look...
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Originally posted by: Obi Jeewhyen
Neil, I don't know who you are, but it quite one thing to make verifiable observations about differences in films, merely as a consumer ... and entirely another thing to make definitive statements about product releases of entertainment corporations, as a consumer.

That said, I am also willing to contemplate that retailers broke up the sets on their own. But there is no evidence of that, beyond your word.

Calling people 'delusional' does not help your credibility, in my eyes.


Neil is right. The DVDs have never been marketed or promoted individually before this release. There have been a number of retailers that have broken the boxed sets into individual titles and sold them this way (my local Blockbuster has done so), but they've not been officially offered for sale in this manner prior to these releases. I deal with studios and PR companies daily, and Fox has never treated the films as individual titles before now.
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#241573
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So, this is how the DVDs are going to look...
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A guy I work with on DVDActive made some really nice OT DVDs with lovely animated menus featuring Ralph McQuarie artwork, isolated scores, commentary tracks and PCM audio. Unfortunately his first attempt at getting the video from LD didn't go so well (some strange artefacts, including cross-hatching on the sabers), but I think he's planning on re-authoring them using the official OT discs as a starting point. One other thing to note is that the damn DVDs have that Xbox dashboard update on them again.
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#241564
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So, this is how the DVDs are going to look...
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I've not got the LDs so I can't comment on the wobble on those, but it's definitely there on the DVDs. The film artefacts I'm talking about are numerous pieces of dirt, scratches etc. It's not the worst I've ever seen, but you can see why Lowry need more time than they were given for the 2004 releases if these are anything to go by. The captures are 720x480, so they're not lower res than the DVDs. I just compressed them with xVid to keep the size down. That Moth3r cap looks better than the official release though.

I was trying to do the menus as well, but I'm not a ripping guru and couldn't figure out how to get SimpleDivX to combine all of the vobs into one file. I recombined them with vobedit and tried again, but it still didn't work. It just encoded the first bit of menu animation and left the rest off...
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#241537
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So, this is how the DVDs are going to look...
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I can't access MF.com from work either. Anyway, the clips I uploaded over there are in xVid format and look better than they probably are in the real world. One thing that you can't see from the Star Wars clips is the telecine wobble, which is quite distracting. There's a lot of grain, and many, many film artefacts. On the plus side, the colours are less cartoonish than the 2004 releases and the audio isn't screwed. The sequels do look better than SW does, which is to be expected. Try these links.

Opening Crawl
Han Shoots Greedo
The Chimplady Emperor
Hayden Christensen No More!
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#241356
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So, this is how the DVDs are going to look...
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Bloody hell, Fox really didn't want me to open those DVDs! I don't know about anyone else, but the security stickers on mine were really tacky, and left loads of residue on the cases. I just spent ages using sticky tape to get it off a piece at a time. I'm in work at the moment so the only copy of PowerDVD I have is some useless cut-down Dell version, but first impressions of the transfers are not good. I'll see how they stack up when I get home.
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#238603
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So, this is how the DVDs are going to look...
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I'm a bit pissed off that the German site has copies when Fox UK wouldn't give us (DVDActive) any. The R1 releases are being bought for me, and I should have them early if the retailer's track record is anything to go by, but I'd have liked the chance to do a very early review. One thing I will say about the caps is that they look better than I expected, but resizing screen caps generally hides a lot of imperfections that would otherwise be visible. I'll reserve judgement until I see a full size cap or get the discs myself.