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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 Whether Empire or Jedi have been archived this way is anyone's guess.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.
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#83267
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Dreaming of the *ultimate* LD transfer
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Heavy is good. After my 704 went south on me, (a cheap tiny little spring fell off the side changing gizmo the laser pickup rides on) I looked around at what could still be bought in DVD's atomic wake. One Pioneer model I almost bought open box was mind bogglingly light! I had lurid visions of it flying off the shelf trying to get an LD up to speed.
It pains me to think Pioneer went cheap ass before they gave up LD for good.
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#83158
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Dreaming of the *ultimate* LD transfer
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It's a 1984 vintage Pioneer PR-8210. The old gas tube lasers are kind to discs with light rot/speckling, and the only Discovision title I have is actually watchable with it. (But a total mess on a modern machine.) It's also the luckiest player around, having survived the Northridge quake in '94 that trashed my 701. (Pays to be heavy and have big rubber feet!) It's worth it's weight in gold to me, so I'm not going to tempt fate by modding it!