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#1369492
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Info: Mike Verta’s 4K Restoration - May 2020 Livestream
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StarkillerAG said:

In my opinion, the original Star Wars will only be released after George Lucas dies. Disney clearly wants the original versions to be released, but they will never have the guts to go against his wishes while he’s still alive. After he dies, they’ll probably still hold off the release for a few years in order to avoid seeming insensitive, but after a while they’ll release the original.

After dumping his final production Strange Magic and blowing off his ideas for the sequels, I have doubts that they are really that considerate of his wishes.

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#1369489
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Info: Mike Verta’s 4K Restoration - May 2020 Livestream
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As always, restoring the film is pocket change compared to what is spent on other Disney properties. Lucas was the only one saying it would be costly, because he never wanted to do it in the first place. Disney has spent money on restoring Song Of The South, and that will be released on video when Walt’s head is defrosted. They’ll make their money back on a OOT restoration.

Lucas sold the moisture farm to Disney and essentially retired. What wrathful act is he going to do if the OOT was released? TP Disneyland?

And imagine being the guy who ran the negative through that chemical bath! Not sure I could live with myself if I’d partially destroyed Star Wars. I felt guilty tossing a silent B&W Ken Films SW reel my old projector chewed up. 😉

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#1368967
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The Shining - 35mm print opportunity (a WIP)
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It would depend on what aperture plate was in the projector at the time? I got to see it on 35mm back 2006, and while technically framed for the 1:85 screen in the theater, the extra picture info was faintly visible above and below the screen.

The airliner in flight shot on the 4K is cropped where previous editions have not.

Here’s a 35mm frame for you. Not the exact one, but pretty close.

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#1368553
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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timdiggerm said:

I do think it’s pretty easy for people in the video-enthusiast camp (i.e. you care a lot about compression artifacts) to overestimate how much bigger the average consumer market (people who care a lot more about ease of access) is. Why would Disney continue to release physical media?

Perhaps they’ll care when people start hitting their friendly local neighborhood data caps. Not everybody in the country has fiber optic lines. A Frontier technician once told me it would take an act of congress to get the copper lines replaced in my old neighborhood. Internet speeds were abysmal for streaming there.

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#1368409
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The Shining - 35mm print opportunity (a WIP)
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Laserdiscs were always dual channel regardless of the audio track. There was no 1.0 mode like DVD or Blu Ray. A mono track could be put on one channel to accommodate a commentary on the other, but a viewer would have to manually select either track or both would be heard at the same time. The addition of digital sound to the format in the mid 80’s allowed for four mono tracks, (two digital, two analog) but this was rarely done.

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#1368329
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Star Wars Original Trilogy - Video 8 format
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Sony was able to get studios to release quite a lot on Video 8. There were even Disney titles. Two SoCal electronics stores I used to haunt back in the 90’s carried a bunch of them. It might have gone hand in hand with being an official Sony dealer. I can’t seem to find any domestic CBS/Fox titles on Ebay though. ROTJ would have come out well within the time frame of of Video 8 releases.
It can be tricky to search for Video 8 titles as a lot of Super 8 gear gets lumped into the results.

I briefly considered Video 8 titles as an alternate source for PCM tracks that can’t be found on Laserdisc, but Sony never seems to have made a 8mm deck with a digital out jack.

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#1368137
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Broom Kid said:

Haha! I was pretty surprised to actually see it on Disney+ when I was scrolling thru the other day. I thought for sure they were going to try burying the evidence of it ever having existed, but there it was! And it turns out the only thing I actually remember about the movie is John Byner voicing Gurgi (munchies and crunchies!)

Oh wow, just checked - apparently it’s available in 4K HDR10 there. I didn’t even know until just now.

It’s been on DVD twice.

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#1366762
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The 2 Ewok Films - '<strong>Caravan Of Courage</strong>' (aka 'The Ewok Adventure'), &amp; '<strong>Battle For Endor</strong>'
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I paid around $40-50 for a factory sealed copy of one of them on ebay well over a decade ago. It was a gap in my SW LD collection I wanted to fill. It’s all supply and demand with Laserdiscs. And going by sold ebay listings, demand is high. I doubt they were pressed in the same numbers as the OT or Phantom Menace.