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What Special Edition changes (if any) did people like?
The only changes I cared for were the cell block perspective being fixed and the change of the Ewok celebration music at the end of RotJ. I always wondered why the cell block corridor ended in a white area, and the fix looks more appropriate. As for the Ewok music, I never liked the "Yub Yub" music, even as a kid. I think the newer music fits better (NOT the added CGI bs, just the music), and the editing to incorporate it was also well done. Apart from these, none of the changes actually improve the films whatsoever. I did not include error corrections, since they are not really alterations, just fixes of past mistakes. I know everyone has a differing opinion on this subject; these are just my personal views.
DVD Printing
I've found the only way to do it cheaply is to use a consumer grade printer that will print directly onto discs. They tend to be a bit clunky, but it's a better choice than applying labels to the discs, and are much cheaper than the higher quality alternative, which is buying something like a Bravo II disc publisher. I have one of these printers myself, and the print quality is fine for home use. I haven't had any significant problems with it. There is a 3rd alternative, which is buying a thermal printer, but they are not cheap either.
Video and Article: Rep Won't Let Customer Cancel AOL Account
AOHell is one of the WORST companies ever created. Back in the mid 90's when they were new (V 1.0 software), they used to charge $3.95 per HOUR of usage. They did not have a monthly fee, it was solely an hourly rate. Because of those outrageous fees, many people including myself created fake accounts. All you had to do was obtain a "cert", which was the registration number used to sign up. After obtaining the cert, you entered in fake personal info, selected "pay by checking acct", and as long as you entered in a valid routing number, the account would last from 1-3 weeks before it was shut off. Apparently the bank account validation was not anywhere nearly as sophisticated as it is today. At that time, they offered 20 free hours, and $50 of advance hourly credit, which was more than enough for one fake account. Eventually I found a cert which could be used over and over, and used it until they finally switched over to a monthly fee instead of hourly fees. I canceled my service around the time of 3.0, and have never gone back (I know better now!).
For Sale: Star Wars LD Collection

I have some Star Wars LDs that I am looking to sell, I have too many LD sets as it is, so some need to go.
Here is what I have:

1982 Star Wars P&S (20th Cent. Fox Video)
1984 TESB P&S (CBS Fox Video)
1992 ROTJ 2 LD P&S (CBS Fox Video)
1981 Making of SW/SP FX: TESB (Discovision)
1989 Special Widescreen Trilogy set (Includes 1992 corrected ANH rerelease)
1995 Faces THX Set

The jackets are in good shape, with some wear from age, none of the discs have any damage or significant scratches.
I’d like to get rid of these all as one lot, so please PM me with an offer and if it is acceptable, I will get back to you. I can accept Paypal, Neteller or cash as payment.

Info & Help: Looking for... Raiders Of The Lost Ark - on HDTV
Originally posted by: zombie84
Considering the title is not available for retail in HD I'd say this falls into the same category as fan-preservation.

My own "preservation" effort was Ong-Bak, and my thread discussing it was locked. I fail to see the difference between better video and better audio (as well as being the original cut) in judging what is acceptable. There is nothing fundamentally different between this proposition and mine. I don't want to be self indulgent here, but my concerns were just shelved by the management, and it's frustrating. To be honest, I'd like to see this come to fruition, but if the rules aren't obeyed by everyone, they're meaningless.
The Official Lucasfilm Response
I don't post here much, but I felt compelled to offer an even handed observation regarding this DVD release.
Basically, it provides LFL with several different marketing opportunities, as well as serving other interests simultaneously. I've come up with a checklist of various factors and points related to why this is happening:

1. It (mostly) quenches the demand for the OOT on DVD
2. It curbs the piracy of the OOT by making a legal product available, and thus less likely for consumers to buy copies (ebay), at least while it's in print.
3. It allows LFL/Fox to yet again resell the same SE versions during the 2006 Xmas shopping season, while using a "limited edition" sales pitch, just as was done with the 2005 SE box set.
4. By releasing these films NOW, as opposed to say next year, they are capitalizing on the tail end of the red laser DVD marketability. If they had waited until next year, when blue ray discs are more commonplace, their sales would likely be stunted, and they would encounter more criticism for releasing it onto standard DVD, instead of a blue ray DVD.
5. By releasing the OOT as bonus material, instead of as the main product, it relieves LFL of any real responsibility or motivation to put any effort into the DVDs. Their justification is that it's only bonus material, and not what Lucas intended, so digging up LD masters and transferring them is minimal in terms of effort and expense, and maximum in terms of profitability. Someone else pointed out that Lucas' ex-wife is entitled to a percentage of profit when something related to the OOT is released, so by doing it this way, it skirts the issue. I don't know if this was part of the motivation, but if this is true, then it was likely part of the decision.
6. It allows LFL to permanently wash their hands of the OOT, because they can now simply point to the upcoming release and say, "It's out if you want it".

From LFL's point of view, this is a win-win situation, because what everyone was clamoring for IS being released, albeit not in the form most expected. Personally, I am disappointed that no real effort is being made for these releases, but am also glad that they ARE finally being released in some form. Anyone can tell you that a 1993 video master -> DVD is going to look a lot better than an LD capture -> PC -> DVD would ever look, despite the fact they won't be anamorphic. Personally, I hate the way the SE versions look, with the over processed video feel to the films, the excessive grain removal and oversaturated color scheme, the audio mixing and saber coloring problems, and horribly dark picture. I'd rather watch a 10+ year old LD master anyway instead of the "restored" versions. I'm sure that once the DVDs go out of print, they will be pirated/altered in huge numbers. In an earlier post in a different thread, I predicted this would eventually happen, so it's no shock-I just wasn't expecting it so soon. I hope this can answer some of the questions as to why this is going down the way it is.