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#68233
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Yeah, I know...double post.


Just read a fairly glowing review of the new DVD set on MSNBC:

"...he has tweaked some of the story beats to better mesh with later “Star Wars” incarnations, including the insertion of current-day actors. This will mean little to casual viewers, but is certain to set the geeks atwitter."

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It's all quite surreal when you take into account the GL quote on the OT.com frontpage. Colorizing a B&W movie, while atrocious, is arguably not as bad as changing dialogue, adding new scenes, and replacing one actor with another. Lucas has apparently gotten over his prior fear of colorizing, because, in addition to everything else "special" about the new DVDs, he's super-colorized his own work. Weird. I should buy him the new colorized Three Stooges DVDs for Christmas.

And digitally add in more stooges.
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Originally posted by: RowMan
Originally posted by: Original Vision

So are the menus custom-made by whatever hack happens to be selling them, or are they largely constant among the different versions? Or are there just too many "other" versions out there to know what is what?


I have never seen those menus before. It's possible that someone did their own version from scratch or they just added their own menus to a previously done version found here.

On this site, the two versions most widely available right now are the TR47 and Dr. Gonzo versions, but some promising others are on the way. The original TR47 is barebones with no menus. This was originally done to dedicate all of the disc space to the audio and video only. It is standard 4:3 widescreen with the original PCM audio from the laserdiscs. The original Dr. Gonzo version has more bells and whistles like anamorphic 16:9 widescreen, full (and very professional looking) menus, an additional audio commentary track, and even an easter egg. But because of the extra stuff, video quality suffers slightly, and audio quality is a little degraded. It's a trade-off.

Still, other versions are coming down the pike that may improve on these two previous efforts, but the TR47 and Dr. Gonzo versions are generally the best ones to date.


Word. Thanks for the recap.

I originally thought I'd just stroll online and find me some OT DVDs. Now it's clear that unless the buyer and the seller are fairly knowledgeable and halfway honest, you won't know what you're gonna end up with.


Kinda like that honeymoon package to Syria that I bought. *Research! Research!*


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#67921
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Originally posted by: Echo3
but I'm sure that if I bought it I'd then find out here that it was manufactured in Bangalore by chimpanzees using fullscreen VHS tapes.
There really is no way of telling what version that is... the poor spelling in the ad doesnt inspire confidence. I dont even bother with ebay anymore. THe best versions are right here.


So are the menus custom-made by whatever hack happens to be selling them, or are they largely constant among the different versions? Or are there just too many "other" versions out there to know what is what?
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#67899
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BTW, someone brought this up a while back but I don't recall a specific reply. Does anybody recognize this version (based on the menus and whatnot)?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6327080681&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT

It looks somewhat snazzy, but I'm sure that if I bought it I'd then find out here that it was manufactured in Bangalore by chimpanzees using fullscreen VHS tapes.

Thanks.
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Whew. I deserve a medal or glowing orb or something for reading all of the preceding 91 pages.

First I'd just like to say that all of your work (MeBeJedi, Zion, the "supplier" for TR47) looks fantastic. This is exactly what I've been wanting to do ever since learning about the new "official" DVDs, and here you are way ahead of me. The truth is, from reading the specifics of your work over the last bazillion pages it's clear that I probably could never do this to the standard that you guys have.

I was never a Star Wars "freak" or fanboy or whatever, but I loved the OT as they were some of the first movies I remember seeing and I was in the middle of Lucas's/Kenner's prime demographic during the ROTJ commercial years. Great memories. And while I hated the Speacial Editions, Star Wars was never important enough to me to warrant making my own version off of an old Laserdisc.

But...now I have a son, and it horrifies me that he, at the tender age of six or so, should have to see a trilogy in which Greedo shoots first (or at the same time, or at all, or whatever), the Emperor has to tell Vader that Luke is his son (thus ruining it for anyone who actually watches the films in their rightful order), a music video from Fraggle Rock breaks out in Jabba's Palace, and a scraggly-haired kid who Luke has never seen before appears at the end of the series. I could go on, of course, but...I'll stop...I'm getting upset.

Anyway, thank you guys for all the work you're doing. You've made me excited about Star Wars for the first time in twenty years.