Is there any update on the project? I been living off my letterboxed VHS tapes for too long!
After watching the GOUT Empire, I am as giddy as I was after I saw the trilogy for the first time. For a while I let the alterations get in the way. Hopefully, the eventual blu-ray release will mean that the circle will finally be comeplete. In a perfect world we will see a Blade Runner-esque complete release with wonderful anamorphic transfers of all versions. Fingers Crossed!
I recently bought the Empire GOUT Disc. I noticed the various instances of ghosting and these murky white blobs around all spacecraft. Is all this caused by the digital video reduction thing put on the "Definitive Collection" laserdiscs? What exactly is that thing anyway? The disc is certainly watchable-even blown up to 16:9. It's marginally better than my old tape set (Those were unfortunately fullscreen). For people wanting the original versions this is about as good as it gets at the present. Something occurred to me: Isn't there a better transfer of the Trilogy? What ever happened to the "One last time" 1995 THX release? Or maybe, gasp!, go back to the original negatives that had to be restored back in 1997 in order to do the first Special Edition!
I think he likes his films, but is never "satisfied" with the result. THX-1138 even has a CGI enhanced "Special Edition"! THX was phenominal! Why mess with it? If you have a few nags, it is understandable to patch them-yet not detracting from the overall experience. If only George followed Ridley Scott's lead. Scott enhanced Blade Runner for the final cut, but didn't feel the need to perfect every little thing. i kinda get this feeling that Star wars has become a sort of chore for him. It doesn't ever stop, thus there is a sense of: "Well, while I'm here I guess I better replace Han with a fish-man."
How do these compare with the 2006 Bonus Discs?
There is a major difference in the 97 SE and the 04 DVD SE. While I may not agree with all of the 97 changes-they are at least palatable and more importantly: understandable. (Save for Han and Greedo in the Cantina)
The 97 SE are still my preferred versions of ESB and ROTJ. (I like to watch the original version of ANH.)The 2004 SE is an abomination.
George. Why didn't you tell me? Why didn't you tell me you had gone back and redone the OT again? I bought your 2004 boxset and then felt like the biggest chump in the world. My VCR thanks you for keeping it alive ever since.
I first experienced Star wars in 1997. Thse are treasured memories for me. While I do not agree with all of the changes, they are understandable. The 2004 dvds are an abomination. They are garishly overdone, and their only redeeming quality is the fantastic Lowry digital restoration-couldn't they have been given acess to the original masters? For me it goes:
97 ANH (Although I now prefer the theatrical)
97 Empire (Long live the real Boba Fett!)
97 Jedi (100% Hayden free!)
I hope the project is coming along smoothly. This has totally made my day. If these are completed, all I can say is: eat your heart out George!! The 97 SE's live on!!
This may have been answered before:
I'm completely new to this: how and where do I find good versions of the 1997 SE's? I used to have the tapes. Is there a good source online or elsewhere? These were my first introduction to the Star Wars world, and I would like to see them again instead of the atrocious 2004 versions.