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#96025
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Close Enounters Of The Third Kind - theatrical version on DVD?
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IIRC, the only new scene shot was the interior of the Mothership. (Richard Dreyfuss was brought back in to shoot his reactions during the production of 1941.) Everything else were scenes that didn't make it into the 1977 cut originally. The ironic thing is that the Special Edition is harder to see these days. Spielberg has disowned it, claiming the new ending was something the studio forced him to add before he could recut the film. (And he recut it again in the 90's!) The weird thing is the last couple times CE3K has been on TNT it's the special edition. Steven should have had the term copyrighted as it's been abused so much in the past decade!
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#95711
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Ewok Films
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The poster art for both films are pretty nice. From the style I think they were done by the same artists who did the posters for the original trilogy. The artwork on the Japanese "Battle For Endor" laserdisc cracks me up though. It has a Han Solo-esque type fellow brandishing a blaster, standing with Wicket, Teek and Cindel. Someone apparently thought Wilford Brimely wasn't going to be a big draw.
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#95535
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Ewok Films
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Good luck trying to fit them into the larger continuity though. Wicket has learned to speak english (galactic standard?) in the second film. Therefore, it can't be set before Jedi or else he would have used it with Leia after she won his trust. And if they are set after Jedi, shouldn't there be a lot of broken Imperial hardware lying about? Not to mention trooper helmets being used as drum sets? My head hurts now...
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#95252
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Anniversary Editions
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There was a big Lucasfilm sanctioned 10th anniversary con held in Los Angeles in May of '87. All three films were screened there. I still have my "The First Ten Years" shirt. Thinking about wearing it to ROTS in May.
Believe it or not, Spaceballs was being promoted there. Dark Helmet's costume was on display.
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#94000
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The Official babyhum Release Thread
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That Horizon show sounds very similar to an episode of the PBS series NOVA, a 1985 VHS recording of which I've rediscovered in sorting out all my old tapes. Is it possible that it's the same show slightly changed for opposite sides of the pond? The only downside to my recording is that it was broadcast with "open captioning", which means the normally invisible closed captions are "burned in" and can't be removed.
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#93124
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Do they even exist anymore?
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My understanding is the Library of Congress' print is an original. (No Episode IV.) The American Film Institute is supposed to have a print as well. Whether Empire or Jedi have been archived this way is anyone's guess. It wasn't a case of outright neglect of the film elements (as has happned to other films) it's that the film stock used was pretty lousy and not stable as time passed. It's not just family vacation photos that were screwed over by Kodak getting cheapo back then.
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#91225
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Another Q for you audio experts - Stereo vs. Dolby Surround
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I had a linear stereo VCR (With Dolby noise reduction) long before I had a hifi deck. The linear tracks on every stereo movie I had from that time were stereo. I'm guessing that a mono vcr or playback through the antenna outputs simply downmixed the sound? (Damned annoying that modern decks don't have linear stereo playback for older tapes.)
Some studios didn't want to pay extra for the use of the Dolby Surround logo, which is why a lot of older video titles simply say "Stereo Surround" even though the movie has a Dolby track.
I was puzzled back in the 80's as to why old four channel quadraphonic amps were flying out of local thirft stores until I learned some early home theater buffs were getting them to decode the surround tracks off of laserdiscs.

Originally posted by: Neil S. Bulk
Mono compatible on VHS tape meant it had a mono linear track in addition to the stereo hi-fi track.

Anytime a matrix Dolby Stereo soundtrack was transferred to a stereo video format, the surround track was carried over, simply because of the way Dolby encoding works. Every stereo signal has an out-of-phase component, which is how Dolby Stereo was encoded.

Neil


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#90680
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MP3 of mono mix?
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Many thanks for making this available to us. It's interesting to hear the obvious dialog differences as well as the more subtle things. I still wonder to this day if the audio recording I once had of the HBO airing of Star Wars in '83 was the true mono mix.
Another source of the original stereo mix is the early '80's Japanese CLV full frame LD. It's not time compressed like the domestic version.