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#1423885
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The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
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Australia & New Zealand

 

1992

 

^ note the ‘1992 FoxVideo inc’ copyright blurb on the base of the box set.

 
Above images from ‘RARE Star Wars VHS VIDEO Original First release Box Set’ ebay listing: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264019190134

 
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #297​: Australian 1992 VHS Set’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_VEKf9igeM - an 8 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

 

1995 (and also in 1996)

 

Original Star Wars Trilogy - Buy It Now Or Lose It Forever (1996)(Australian advert):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6NPIN_OTLw - a 30 second trailer at the Bamptonoid youtube channel

 
 

My Star Wars VHS Collection’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWN_idlfZjc - a 4 minute video at the VHS/DVD/Bluray Previews Australia youtube channel.

 
 

It seems the boxset with Vader on the cover was full screen; the box set with Yoda on the cover being widescreen:-

 

 

 

1997

 

 

 

 

2000

 

 

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#1423709
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The <strong>random YouTube / Vimeo etc video finds</strong> thread for the Original Trilogy
Time

“Inside The Star Wars Empire: A Memoir” by Bill Kimberlin’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB-nVCcde7U - a 17 minute video at the Bill Kimberlin youtube channel
 

The blurb…

‘“Inside The Star Wars Empire: A Memoir” by Bill Kimberlin. My twenty years working for George Lucas and the third of the original Star Wars series…“Return of the Jedi.” This is the inside story.’

 

^ A most intriguing watch - especially around 8 minutes in - with Bill Kimberlin talking about that George didn’t want a duplicate master of the prints made for the Original Trilogy before work started on the 1997 Special Edition… that the 1997 Special Edition was, according to Lucas, “this is going to be original version - what I am doing now” (aka ‘The Final Cut’ as later described by George).

Bill Kimberlin does also later state there are other prints of the unaltered theatrical version of the Original Trilogy still in existence.
 

There are also some quality and rarely seen photos featuring in this video - well worth a viewing.

Bill Kimberlin comes across as a very interesting guy - his book Inside The Star Wars Empire: A Memoir is probably a decent read too…
 

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#1423660
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The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
Time

An Index for ‘Box Sets from around the world’ posts in this thread…

 

Hopefully this thread may come up with a few unknown / rare variants of the Original Trilogy box set releases out there - as most of the releases in here are so far are simply from the US or UK.

It’d be great to have some input and info included from some of the Australian & New Zealand, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Czech releases - and any other box set releases from countries around the world too…

Especially if any box sets out there are something a little different to the usual and well-known US & UK releases.
 

So if you have any info, know of any good sources of information - or have a collection yourself that you’d like to share - then please do…

Countries featured so far:-

Norway - by ZkinandBonez (and many thanks to him)
Australia & New Zealand
Netherlands
Germany (all credit to benduwan)
France
Italy
Spain
 

^ or just scroll down 👍
 

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#1423581
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The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
Time

Miscellaneous

 

Videos and other sources of information which contain material across the various box set releases - and maybe differing regions around the world (and not just ‘by the year’ as above)

 
 

My Star Wars Home Video Collection Part 1 - Pre-Special-Edition VHS European Releases’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f5hSeLkN6k - a 13 minute video at the Petr Harmy youtube channel

The blurb…

‘Showing you my Star Wars video collection - Part 1: Pre-Special-Edition VHS European Releases.’

 
 

My Star Wars Home Video Collection Part 2 - Special-Edition and Prequel VHS European Releases’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDhDq0m20Tc - a 13 minute video at the Petr Harmy youtube channel

The blurb…

‘Showing you my Star Wars video collection - Part 2: Post-Special Edition VHS.’
 

Harmy also has a Part 3 and Part 4 of his ‘home video collection’ on DVDs, blu rays, laserdiscs and single film video releases.

 

 

Star Wars Trilogy VHS Box Sets’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epLYhVtRa_E - a 10 minute video at the CinemaniacSeventy7 youtube channel.

^ The video covers both the 1992 ‘Special Letterbox Collector’s Edition’ - and 1995 ‘ISD Executor’ VHS boxsets.

 

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#1423576
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The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
Time

2000 (containing the 1997 Special Edition)

 

An advert for the 2000 release of the Original Trilogy boxset on VHS:-

Star Wars Trilogy VHS Commercial (2000)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVPmE4CQcg0 - a 1 minute trailer at the Galactic Voyage youtube channel

 

 

Some images of the 2000 OT Box Set and also the tapes within:-

^ more info on this set can be found at the SWonVideo.com website - by Video Collector

 
 

Some images of the 2000 Widescreen OT Box Set and also the tapes within:-

^ more info on this set can be found at the SWonVideo.com website - by Video Collector

 
 

Image of the 2000 OT Box Set and the contents:-

 

 

A couple of video reviews on the release of the 2000 Original Trilogy box set:-

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #12: The Final VHS Trilogy (2000)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=639xdq3sO7o - a minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

 

Retro Unboxing - Star Wars Original Trilogy 2000 VHS Box Set!’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNo8FUiZKv8 - a 6 minute video from the zachfernandez92 youtube channel

 

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#1423575
Topic
The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
Time

1997 (The 1997 Special Edition)

 

The STAR WARS Trilogy “Special Edition” (VHS T.V. Commercial) 1997’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9Yhn1OGhx0 - a 30 second trailer at the Movie Dawgs youtube channel

 
 

The “Watch Carefully” (not-at-all patronising!) 1997 SE VHS advert : ‘Star Wars Special Edition VHS Promo - 9/13/97’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WLlnlSw6fM - a 20 second trailer at the Nintendementia youtube channel

 

 

Some images of the 1997 Special Edition Box Set and also the tapes within:-

^ images taken from the 2015 article Collectibles from the Outer Rim at StarWars•com

 

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #11: The Special Edition Trilogy (1997)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQynR4pfcLE - a 30 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #167​: UK Special Edition VHS Day 1 Goodies’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waIVeruhaTY - a 9 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #298​: 1997 Press Kit VHS’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2cQdqdjguE - a 6 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

 


 

1997 Special Edition - ‘Limited Edition Collectors Set’

 

 

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#1423574
Topic
The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
Time

1995

 

Star Wars 1995 VHS release Trailer’ - aka the ‘One Last Time’ trailer:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKr5R1VNPjI - a 90 second trailer at the wyatt8740 youtube channel

 
 

Retro Unboxing - Star Wars Original Trilogy 1995 VHS Box Set!’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ciic00Yi5k - an 8 minute video at the zachfernandez92 youtube channel

 

 

A ‘One Last Time’ poster:-

 
 

Some images from the 1995 OT VHS ‘Faces’ box set release:-

^ more info on this 1995 VHS ‘Faces’ box set can be found at the ‘Star Wars On Home Video’ website, here:-

• SW: http://www.starwarshomevideo.com/2018/12/star-wars-usa-vhs-1995.html
• ESB: http://www.starwarshomevideo.com/2018/12/the-empire-strikes-back-usa-vhs-1995_13.html
• ROTJ: http://www.starwarshomevideo.com/2018/12/return-of-jedi-usa-vhs-1995.html

 

 

Original Star Wars Trilogy - Buy It Now Or Lose It Forever (1996)(Australian advert):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6NPIN_OTLw - a 30 second trailer at the Bamptonoid youtube channel

 
 

Star Wars Trilogy (1995) THX VHS Release - In-Store Promo Reel’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz5MXcV6uPM - an 8 minute video from the Scully youtube channel

 
 

Another ‘One Last Time’ poster:-

 
 

Some images from the 1995 widescreen OT box set release:-

 

 

Some images from the 1995 full screen OT box set release:-

 

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #244​: UK THX Remastered VHS Sets’ (1995):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQ0M9Suywc - a 22 minute video from the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #347​: UK 1995 VHS “Cardboard Box” Set’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjBOlLaWME4 - a 5 minute video from the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #10: The THX Remastered Edition (1995)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvjPpYDP6j8 - a 9 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

'From the Star Wars Home Video Library #10.1: THX Remastered Edition Widescreen Variants (1995):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVyiZTlhNwI - a 13 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

A few images of the THX Remastered Edition Widescreen VHS boxset and the contents within:-

 

The rear of the box set - with message from George Lucas:-

 

 


 

1995 ISD Executor VHS box set

 

ISD Executor Star Wars VHS Box Set Review’ (1995):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKIWGE_1Aic - an 8 minute video at the JJ Model Making youtube channel

 
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #56: ISD Executor UK VHS Set (1995)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_OcvxOUbLs - a 13 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

A couple of images from the ‘ISD Executor UK VHS Set’ and the contents within:-

 

Info: Star Wars Executor Boxset VHS (1995) - a 2005 OT•com thread, by Jedikev
 

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#1423573
Topic
The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
Time

1992

 

An advert for the 1992 Widescreen Collection on VHS:-

'Star Wars Trilogy The Widescreen Collection 1992 Promo Trailer:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Riipp7KLfO4 - a 3 minute video at the The1970Ghostrider youtube channel

 
 

Some images of the 1992 UK Star Wars Trilogy Special Widescreen Edition Box Set and also the tapes within:-

^ more info on this set can be found at the SWonVideo.com website - by Video Collector

 

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #297​: Australian 1992 VHS Set’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_VEKf9igeM - an 8 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

Star Wars Trilogy VHS Box Art’ (1992):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmFp8DDhUmQ - a 3 minute video at the wigglyboots youtube channel

 

 

A few images of the widely available 1992 OT VHS Box Set:-

^ note the 1992 copyright legalese on the base of the box set for ‘Fox Video’.

 

Images of the tapes and cover art used for this set can be found at the ‘Star Wars On Home Video’ website:-

(note: all 1990 set releases have ‘CBS Fox’ on the spine - the similar looking 1992 set releases have ‘Fox Video’ on the spine)

^ from http://www.starwarshomevideo.com/2018/12/star-wars-usa-vhs-1992.html
 

^ from http://www.starwarshomevideo.com/2018/12/the-empire-strikes-back-usa-vhs-1992.html
 

from http://www.starwarshomevideo.com/2018/12/return-of-jedi-usa-vhs-1992.html
 

^ more info on this 1992 VHS box set can be found at the SWonVideo.com website - by Video Collector

 

 


 

1992 ‘Special Letterbox Collector’s Edition’ VHS Boxset:-

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #8: Special Letterbox Collector’s Edition (1992)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku9Yap04Okk - a 13 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

A couple of images for the content from the 1992 ‘Special Letterbox Collector’s Edition’:-

 

Wookieepedia Page for the 'Star Wars Trilogy: Special Letterbox Collector’s Edition box set.

 

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#1423572
Topic
The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
Time

1990

 

An advert for the 1990 box set release of the Original Trilogy on VHS:-

The Star Wars Trilogy - 1990 VHS collector’s promo’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-BE9DKuAyY - a 5 minute video at the Jason Leggett youtube channel

 

^ A HD restoration of the above video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRxWzNJd-pI (by John Allegretti)

 
 

A 35 second trailer for the 1990 box set release of the Original Trilogy on VHS:-

Star Wars Trilogy VHS Gift Pack Commercial 1990’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYxomgL7bqQ - a 35 second video at the 90s Nostalgia youtube channel.

 
 

Some images of the 1990 OT Box Set and the tapes within:-

(note: all 1990 set releases have ‘CBS Fox’ on the spine - the similar looking 1992 set releases have ‘Fox Video’ on the spine)

^ more info on this set can be found at the SWonVideo website - by Video Collector

 
 

Some more images of of the 1990 OT Box Set and the tapes within:-

^ The Academy Awards accomplishments featured on the wing sections - obviously do not appear on releases from 1997 onwards.
 

^ Note the 1990 copyright legalese for the CBS / Fox Company - despite having 1988 legalese text located at the top of the box.

The 1988 copyright legalese at the top of the box is only for the term ‘Star Wars Trilogy’ - first used for the 1988 3-tape set release. Yet many people likely mistake this 1990 release as being from 1988 - as 1988 appears on the first line of text.

 

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #7: The First VHS Boxed Sets (1990 - 1992)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhKwVDA8SEU - a 14 minute video from the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

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#1423571
Topic
The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
Time

1988

 

An advert for the 1988 set release of the Original Trilogy on VHS:-

 
 

The first ‘set’ release of the Original Trilogy on home video tape.

Yet this was not really a box set release - more a ‘set’ release - in that it was the 3 separate Original Trilogy films bundled together with a piece of card wrapped around the 3 cassette tapes boxes.

1990 box sets are often mistaken as this 1988 ‘set’ release… as the 1990 box sets have a 1988 copyright logo and ‘legalese’ blurb on the underside for the ‘Star Wars Trilogy’ - despite being released in 1990. See Nathan Butler’s video linked for an explanation with further details.

It is the distinctive ‘wavey Trilogy’ text in the ‘Star Wars Trilogy’ (as seen in the poster above) that is the easiest way to tell this is the OT VHS set from 1988.

 
 

 
 

A couple of insert cards from the 1988 Original Trilogy set; a promo card, and a Lucasfilm Fan Club application & quiz:-

 
 

A few images of the 1988 Original Trilogy display case - as was seen in stores at the time:-

^ taken from an ebay listing for the 1988 cardboard display - the tapes shown in the display are NOT from 1988; they are from 1990.

 

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #100​: Star Wars Trilogy 3-Pack’ (1988):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cEf_gqrE04 - a 22 minute video from the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

 

 

 

1989

 

Some images of the rare 1989 UK Original Trilogy VHS box set release…

 

 

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#1423570
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The Original Trilogy <strong>box set releases</strong> on home video tape: 1988 to 2000…
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Some basic info for the many box set releases of the Original Trilogy on video tape from 1988 to 2000…

 
Hopefully this thread will be of some help for anyone who has a box set copy of the Original Trilogy on VHS and wants to know a little more about it - or is a little unsure of the origins of the release - and may require a little assistance in identifying it.

Also, that this thread may come up with a few unknown / rare variants of the Original Trilogy box sets out there - as most of the releases in here are likely to be from the US or UK. It’d be great to have some input and info included from some of the Australian & New Zealand, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Czech releases - and any other box set releases from countries around the world too.
 

1988 saw the the very first 3-film ‘set’ release for the Original Trilogy - though technically not a ‘box set’; as it was simply the three individual films wrapped together by a piece of card.

2000 saw the last box set release for the Original Trilogy on home video tape (which contained the 1997 Special Editions).
 

Surprisingly, it would be another four years before a DVD set of the Original Trilogy would be released - with yet another bout of changes made to all three classic OT films for the 2004 DVD box set release (and with even more changes still to come in 2011 for the blu ray box set, and more alterations in 2019 for the 4K / UHD / Disney+ release)…
 

The Index:

1988 & 1989 - link
1990 - link
1992 - link
1995 - link
1997 - link
2000 - link
Miscellaneous - link
An Index for ‘Original Trilogy Box Sets from around the world’ posts in this thread - link

 
 

Just for clarity, this is a thread for ‘3-in-1’ box sets releases around the world - and won’t contain any information on the ‘single film’ releases of the Original Trilogy on home video tape - or the laserdisc box set releases (of which althor1138’s superb ‘Star Wars Laserdisc Preservations’ thread is a must-read for anyone interested in those).
 

More info on the many various Original Trilogy releases for other formats can be found in the…

The Home Releases and Formats of the differing versions of the OT films

section of An Index & Help Thread for Original Trilogy Discussion.
 

As ever, if you see any mistakes or broken links please let us know - or have anything for inclusion to the above info too. 👍

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#1423493
Topic
<strong>Star Wars: Detours</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread
Time

Star Wars: Detours: Animated Series Finally Set to Release on Disney+ After 9-Year Purgatory’:-

https://www.thevulcanreporter.com/exclusives/star-wars-detours-disney-plus-release
 

From the article above…

‘While we do not know when Disney plans to release the series on its streaming service, we do know that around 52 episodes and specials have fully finished production. It is likely that Star Wars: Detours is planned as a surprise release on May 4, 2021.’

 
Probably best taken with a pinch of salt until verified elsewhere or officially announced - though good to see previously unreleased Star Wars content see the light of day (I think…)
 

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#1423486
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The Original Trilogy on Betamax (Beta)
Time

 

‘Okay grandpa, just what is Betamax?’ - I hear some of you young whippersnappers ask…

 
Betamax (also known as Beta, as in its logo) is a consumer-level analog-recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video, commonly known as a video cassette recorder. It was developed by Sony and was released in Japan on May 10, 1975.

The first Betamax device introduced in the United States was the LV-1901 console, which included a 19-inch (48 cm) color monitor, and appeared in stores in early November 1975. The cassettes contain 0.50-inch-wide (12.7 mm) videotape in a design similar to that of the earlier, professional 0.75-inch-wide (19 mm), U-matic format.

Betamax is obsolete, having eventually lost the ‘videotape format war’ to VHS. Despite this, Betamax recorders were not discontinued until August 2002. Betamax cassettes were available until March 2016, when Sony stopped making and selling them, alongside MicroMV.

^ information and image is taken from the Wikipedia article for Betamax - to which more in-depth info can be found in the link.
 

 

 

 

 

 

An introduction to the Original Trilogy on Betamax

 
Continuing on with some of the more obscure and oft-forgotten formats that the Original Trilogy saw releases for a long time ago… on CED, on VHD, on Video8, on V2000, on VCD, and on Super 8 formats…
 

Betamax.
 

1982 was the year Star Wars was released on home video (VHS, V2000 & Betamax) - a full five years after the release of Star Wars at the cinema.

VCRs did existed as far back as 1975 - and many people did ‘record’ the showings of Star Wars on TV onto a blank tape when the film was eventually aired on tv back in 1982 in the US (via PPV; something which only half a million people could access at the time).

Yet very few people had VCRs due to the considerable cost at the time - especially in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Later, the Trilogy was shown on US network TV - 1984 for Star Wars, 1987 for Empire Strikes Back, and in 1989 for Return Of The Jedi.

In fact Star Wars was still running at some cinemas in the US fourteen months after being released on home video (in 1982).

This was a time when rentals made up the vast majority of the videotape market, and it would be several more years before Star Wars was available to own at a price which many fans may have been able to afford (in 1982 to buy Star Wars on tape was circa $80, and a VCR could cost circa $600).

Not to mention that home video viewers were still only able to view more than half the picture that had been seen on cinema screens - as Star Wars was cropped (‘panned and scanned’) to fit the dimensions of 4:3 TV sets.

Though Betamax was considered by many to be superior to VHS in quality, it lost out in the ‘format war’ - and the last release of Betamax for the Original Trilogy was in 1986 for Return Of The Jedi (in the UK & US). Betamax never saw a ‘box set’ or ‘3-film set’ release of the OT - as VHS did get in 1988 with the ‘Star Wars Trilogy 3-Pack’ set (links to a 22 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel).
 

^ information mainly sourced from the The history of the 1977 film on VHS and Beta article at the superb Episode Nothing site.

 

 

Some online videos re the Original Trilogy films on the Betamax format…

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #4.1: ANH VHS vs. Betamax (1982 - 1987)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVKHVBmF_wE - a 20 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #3: ANH on VHS and Betamax (1982 - 1983)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM8Q9EJTziw - a 16 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel.

 
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #88: Early ANH Tapes Revisited(including Betamax):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esy-5LOaARA - a 15 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel.

 
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #210​: Betamax Video Rental Library Editions’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeaxLj0Je8s - a 9 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel.

 
 

'From the Star Wars Home Video Library #341​: ‘Revenge Of The Jedi’ - Trailer Beta Cassette:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHuLGpM4Tso - a 5 minute video at the Nathan Butler youtube channel.

 
 

The Starship Review - Ep. 6: Star Wars Trilogy on Betamax(all 3 tapes are rental copies from an old video store):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EXCzLfSpkw - a 4 minute video at the JPFAN5 youtube channel.

 

 

Betamax Cover Art for just some the Original Trilogy releases (as found on the superb www.starwarshomevideo.com)…

 

^ image from the 1982 USA release of Star Wars: www.starwarshomevideo.com/2020/01/star-wars-usa-1982-beta.html

 

^ image from the 1984 release of Empire: www.starwarshomevideo.com/2020/01/the-empire-strikes-back-usa-1984-beta.html

 

^ image from the 1986 release of Return Of The Jedi: www.starwarshomevideo.com/2020/01/return-of-jedi-usa-1986-beta.html

 
 

More cover art and info for further variances of the Betamax releases (including rental tapes) - as we all as releases such as ‘Caravan Of Courage’, ‘SPFX: Empire Strikes Back’, and ‘The Making Of Star Wars’, can be found at:-

http://www.starwarshomevideo.com/search/label/Betamax

 

Rare cover art and info for a 1986 Norwegian rental copy of ‘Return Of The Jedi’, can be found here:-

https://www.swonvideo.com/beta/vbetarotjno.htm

 

An image of ‘Star Wars: Droids’ being available for rental on Betamax…

 

 

A few more informative videos on the Betamax releases for other Star Wars releases…

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #21.4: The Making of Star Wars and SP FX: ESB on Betamax’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrlRAQW8u48 - a 3 minute video from the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #211​: Betamax Making of Star Wars (1980)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWYfzXphu3U - a 5 minute video from the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

Clip - Star Wars & the Optical Printer (1986) BETAMAX’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g4RMM8COW0 - a 12 minute video from the Edutainment Edutainment youtube channel

 
 

Reviews & Information:

 
SWonVideo.com Page for Star Wars Betamax releases - by Video Collector
StarWarsOnHomeVideo Page for Star Wars Betamax releases - by projectcclarke
Holocron Vault: Betamax Info - check the 1982, 1984 & 1986 pages for OT Betamax info
The SW CAD: Betamax Info - at the SW Archive Database
DavisDVD•com’s Information Pages on OT Betamax releases (and other formats) - SW : ESB : ROTJ : Misc
Star Wars comes home: The history of the 1977 film on VHS and Beta - 2014 article at Episode Nothing
From the Star Wars Home Video Library #143​: The Empire Strikes Back 1984 Preorder Form - video from Nathan Butler
Star Wars on Betamax and VHS? - 2010 forum discussion on Rebel Scum
Collectibles for the Outer Rim: VHS releases - 2015 article at SW•com (listed in here for info)

Flashback 1975: The VCR Is Born - 2018 article at Sound & Vision
30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Monumental Decision About Betamax - 2014 article at Slate
Betamax: Tidbits - at the Beta Info Guide
How Betamax Was Going to Change Your Life, According to Sony - 2015 article at Mental Floss
1975. The 1st ever Betamax VCR. The Sony LV-1901 - article at Rewind Museum
The rise and demise of Betamax - 2020 article at CultRFace
Betamax is dead, long live VHS - 2015 article at The Guardian
Betamax is dead - 2015 article at EW
A Product of Genius: A Eulogy for Sony Betamax (1975 – 2016) - 2016 article at Flashbak
RIP Betamax — Sony officially kills analogue video format after three-decade fight with rival VHS - 2015 article at EP
5 things you may not know about the Betamax - article at LegacyBox

 
 

OriginalTrilogy•com threads related to the OT on Betamax:

 
Info Wanted: anyone done a OT betamax and from star wars to jedi preservation? - 2005 thread, by skyjedi2005

Info Wanted: Anyone ever do a Betamax transfer of the Oriignal Trilogy as a preservation? - 2009 thread, by skyjedi2005

Theater Performance Preservation - 2010 thread, by none

Theater Performance Edition: Empire Strikes Back betamax bootleg preservation. (Released) - 2013 thread, by Video Collector

Theater Performance Edition: Return of the Jedi betamax bootleg preservation (Released) - a 2013 thread, by Video Collector

PAL Betamax question… - a 2005 thread, by SilverWook

Slightly OT: Betamax tape surgery question… - a 2005 thread, by SilverWook
 

^ There are also mentions of Betamax releases in some of the Videotape threads in the ‘The Home Releases and Formats of the differing versions of the OT films…’ section of the An Index & Help Thread for Original Trilogy Discussion.

With more Betamax discussions in the ‘Original Trilogy Preservations - VHS / Videotape, CED & Laserdisc sourced’ of the An Index Of Projects & Help Thread for Star Wars Preservations thread.

 

 

An old postal competition where the 1st prize was a 50" tv, betamax recorder and copy of Star Wars on Betamax:

 

 
 

A magazine advert from 1975 for a Betamax recorder…

 
 

Wookieepedia blurb : https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars_home_video_releases

 
 

About the Betamax format as a whole…

 

How Sony’s Betamax lost to JVC’s VHS Cassette Recorder’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddYZITaxlTQ - a 4 minute video from the engineerguy youtube channel

 
 

Betamax: Old Technology Returns Once More’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4YbM_PVZcM - a 35 minute video at the CCGFilms youtube channel

 
 

Obligatory Wikipedia Page for the Betamax format: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betamax

Techopedia for info on the Betamax format: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/32378/betamax-beta

VHS vs Betamax - The Difference: https://kodakdigitizing.com/blogs/news/what-is-the-difference-between-betamax-and-vhs

Total Rewind article on Betamax: http://www.totalrewind.org/betamax.htm

 
 

As ever, if you see any mistakes or broken links please let us know - or have anything for inclusion to the above info too. 👍

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Anyone know what this Star Wars crawl title font is?
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I can’t quite remember for certain - though think for the first six Star Wars films it is a variant of ‘Franklin Gothic Medium Condensed’ (probably in ‘Bold’?). It is also sometimes known as the ‘Univers’ font?

For the Sequel Trilogy… I think it was changed to ‘News Gothic’.
 

The ‘Typesetting, Font & Logo Artists’ section of the…

Original Trilogy Film Crew & People Behind The Scenes: Profiles, Info & Links…

&

The ‘Star Wars font, crawl & logo information’ section of the…

An Index & Help Thread for Case Covers, Disc Labels, and Fan Art
 

threads may contain a more certain answer.
 

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#1422761
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Star Wars UK TV Broadcast dates
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‘A day long remembered: Star Wars comes to television’

^ a 2016 article at the excellent Episode Nothing blog - with a few images and advert videos from the time.

It also chronicles the early US TV appearances - and also quotes from Lucasfilm seemingly not happy and also not wanting Star Wars to be on tv…
 

‘Star Wars on TV: how Britain’s TV Times celebrated its arrival on the small screen’

^ another 2016 article at the excellent Episode Nothing blog - with more images and advert videos form the time.

As well as The TV Times’ Star Wars comic strip!
 

and from the same quality blog…

‘A 1977 interview with Mark Hamill from Blue Peter - and what it reveals about Star Wars’

 

A couple of BBC articles from 2001 re the 1997 Special Editions being shown on satellite TV in the UK for the first time:-

Sky wins Star Wars (15th February)

Satellite TV feels force of Star Wars (3rd April)

 

A 2002 article from The Guardian on the first showing the 1997 Special Editions on terrestrial UK TV:-

Star Wars takes ITV over to the dark side (11th September)
 

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The Original Trilogy on Super 8
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‘Okay grandpa, just what is Super 8?’ - I hear some of you young whippersnappers ask…

 
Super 8mm film is a motion picture film format released in 1965 by Eastman Kodak as an improvement over the older “Double” or “Regular” 8 mm home movie format.

The film is nominally 8mm wide, the same as older formatted 8mm film, but the dimensions of the rectangular perforations along one edge are smaller, which allows for a greater exposed area. The Super 8 standard also allocates the border opposite the perforations for an oxide stripe upon which sound can be magnetically recorded.

Unlike Super 35 (which is generally compatible with standard 35mm equipment), the film stock used for Super 8 is not compatible with standard 8 mm film cameras.

There are several varieties of the film system used for shooting, but the final film in each case has the same dimensions. The most popular system by far was the Kodak system.
 

^ information and image is taken from the wikipedia article for Super8 - to which more in-depth info can be found in the link.

 

 

An introduction to the Original Trilogy on Super 8

 
Continuing on with some of the more obscure and oft-forgotten formats that the Original Trilogy saw releases for a long time ago… on CED, on VHD, on Video8, and on V2000 formats…

Super8.

Only ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Empire Strikes Back’ saw Super 8 releases - unfortunately ‘Return Of The Jedi’ had no such official release… until Derann in the UK won the rights to release 20th Century Fox films on Super 8… and then released ROTJ circa 1989.
 

Two quality sources chronicling the history of the Original Trilogy on Super8 (far better than I ever could) can be found here:-
 

Star Wars comes home: the Super 8 releases from Ken Films - 2013 article at Episode Nothing (a superb & informative blog)

Watching Star Wars on film - 2010 article at the SavingStarWars website - inc ROTJ on Super 8 (by zombie84)
 

A screenshot image of the article linked above can be found below (click on Expand to see the image)

 

 

Some videos with footage from the films on the Super 8 format (and info too)…

 

KEN Films STAR WARS 8mm B&W reel (no sound) HD scan and transfer’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxWtBpt5fLo - a 13 minute video at the Rockensuess Productions/RFI youtube channel

 
 

Vintage Empire Strikes Back Super 8 Color With Sound (both reels)’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7avLx1mfN0 - a 34 minute video at the dartman71 youtube channel.

 
 

The Empire Strikes Back Super8 on Film Viewers’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcoqetVGRqw - a 10 minute video at the Petr Harmy youtube channel.

 
 

Super8 - Il ritorno dello Jedi (1983) - DERANN AGFA SCOPE(Return Of The Jedi):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nutKJsfGNYQ - a 3 minute sample video at the Super8 Cine youtube channel.

 
 

Star Wars Super8 Digest(Side-by-Side comparison video of Ken films in Cinemascope & Cineavision):-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO--jgUD0mQ - 18 minute video at the DotwinMA youtube channel.

 
 

Revenge of the Jedi Teaser Trailer - Super 8mm’ - note Luke’s blue lightsaber in use on Jabba’s Skiff Barge:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNveQK87Bnc - 84 second trailer at the SuperEight youtube channel.

 

 

Super 8 Cover Art for just some the Original Trilogy releases (as found on the superb SWonVideo.com website)…

 

^ image from https://www.swonvideo.com/8mm/v8anhf48b&w.htm - ‘Star Wars, selected scenes, Super8 reel (7 mins), black & white, Ken films USA 1977’

 


^ image from https://www.swonvideo.com/8mm/8mmf64cinemascope.htm - ‘Star Wars, Selected scenes, Super8 reel (17 mins.), Color/sound, Ken films, USA 1977 Cinemascope version’

 


^ image from https://www.swonvideo.com/8mm/v8esbusf63.htm - ‘Empire Strikes Back, selected scenes, Super8 reel (17 mins), Color/sound, Ken films’

& by Video Collector (SWonVideo.com site owner) in this OT•com thread: 70 mm print of the Empire Strikes Back Differences

 
 


^ image from https://www.swonvideo.com/8mm/v8esbusf65.htm - ‘The Empire Strikes Back, Selected scenes, Super8 reel (17 mins.), Color/sound, Ken films, USA 1980’

 


^ images from Info & Images: Return of the Jedi - Super 8mm DERANN - a 2020 OT•com thread

 
 

^ although the image is from Return Of The Jedi - Derann used this as a cover for Star Wars (1977). If anyone has cover artwork or an image for the Return Of The Jedi release by Derann, please let us know 👍

 

 

A few more informative videos on the Super 8 releases for the Original Trilogy…

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #1: Super 8 ANH’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow8AJdgZTAg - a 15 minute video from the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #1.1: Super 8 ANH Update #1’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVgwA23baOM - a 4 minute video from the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #1.2: Super 8 Update #2’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oicd8JHbR2w - a 20 minute video from the Nathan Butler youtube channel

 
 

Reviews & Information:

 
Watching Star Wars on film - 2010 article at the SavingStarWars website (by zombie84)
Star Wars comes home: the Super 8 releases from Ken Films - 2013 article at Episode Nothing (a superb & informative blog)
Remember Star Wars on Super 8mm? - 2008 article at StarWars•com (via the Internet Archive)
Celebrate The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniv. with the Original 35-Minute Super 8 Home Release - 2020 article at MovieWeb
SWonVideo.com Page for Super 8 - includes cover art & info (by Video Collector)
StarWarsHomeVideo.com Page for Super 8 - includes cover art & info (by projectcclarke)
5 Awesome Star Wars Media Collectibles - 2015 article at StarWars•com
The best versions of Star Wars you can buy on eBay - 2015 article at The Verge
Fantastic Fan Made Super 8 Behind the Scenes Video Footage from ‘Return of the Jedi’ - 2012 article at Original Prop
Star Wars: Selected Scenes - Super 8 transfer (with sound) - 8 minute video at the Nick Bontrager vimeo channel

Star Wars on Super 8mm - 2017 discussion on Wookieepedia
Return of the Jedi Super 8mm - 2017 forum discussion at starwarsforum•co•uk
Star Wars, Scope Stereo feature - 2019 forum discussion at ReelMagicFilmForum
Derann closing down - 2011 forum discussion at 8mmForum
The Empire Strikes Back 2X400ft Ken Films - 2009 forum discussion at 8mmForum
Return of the Jedi (Scope) - - 2007 forum discussion at 8mmForum
The increasing significance of the 8mm full length ‘Star Wars’ feature prints - 2011 forum discussion at 8mmForum
STAR WARS Derann feature, anyone? - 2019 forum discussion at 8mmForum
Star Wars Trilogy in Super 8 - 2013 forum discussion at 8mmForum
Check Out The 1977 Super 8 Version Of Star Wars! - 2021 article at Pop Culture Retrorama

 
 

OriginalTrilogy•com threads related to Super 8:

 
Info Wanted: has anyone tried a Star Wars Super 8mm to DVD preservation project? - 2005 thread, by segaflip

The Puggo Edition - webpage and screenshots (Super 8 transfers - Released) - 2006 thread, by Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda

Info: Star Wars Super 8 film black & white - any use for people here? - 2007 thread, by StarWarsFan1976

Super 8mm Digest Films and Features anyone else here collect them? - 2008 thread, by skyjedi2005

Star Wars on Super8 (Released) - a 2013 thread, by poita

Info & Images: Return of the Jedi - Super 8mm DERANN - 2020 thread, by marin888

Info: Star Wars Derann Super 8mm Scope/Stereo Sound Feature Film - on eBay - 2014 thread, by JayArgonaut

Info Wanted : anyone done a The Empire Strikes Back Super 8 HD Recreation? - 2016 thread, by Windows7Guy100

Info: Online 8mm Preservations - 2012 thread, by none (also includes Video8 projects info)

Info: ILM 1976-8 Super-8 - David Berry (Released - on vimeo) - 2009 thread, by none

Help: looking for… a quality version of Star Wars | Super-8 | B & W | Silent (subtitled) - 2012 thread, by raphael

 

 

‘An advert placed by the company Leisuremail in the first edition of the British Star Wars Weekly in February 1978’:

 

^ the image above is from the Star Wars comes home: the Super 8 releases from Ken Films article at Episode Nothing.

 
 

Wookieepedia blurb : https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars_home_video_releases

 
 

About the Super 8 format as a whole…

 

The Super 8 Gauge: A Brief Guide’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiasSJkhRQI - a 19 minute video from the Movie Collector youtube channel

 
 

Super 8 | Part 1 | Introduction’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4CF3XDPW-U - a 7 minute video at the Ray Roberts youtube channel

Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf1ZdMRuWqc (8 mins)

Part 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7B5iM5VNMo (7 mins)

 

Obligatory Wikipedia Page for the Super 8 format: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_8_film

‘Live Science’ Page for info on the Super 8 format: www.livescience.com/33332-why-super-8-great.html

Legacy Box Page for the Super 8 format: https://legacybox.com/blogs/analog/super-8-film-format

Guardian article on the popularity of Super 8: www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2011/aug/08/super-8-camera-jj-abrams

 
 

As ever, if you see any mistakes or broken links please let us know - or have anything for inclusion to the above info too. 👍

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#1422694
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Help: Looking for... The PAL VHS Archive Collection
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Mate, if a thread already exists for what you are looking for then please post in that thread - rather than creating new threads.

If everyone created a new thread for projects they are after which already have their own threads… we’d soon sink under the sheer number of threads like this - and the Trash section is already full of similar request threads.

Thank you 👍
 

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#1422535
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Blu-rays included in 4k release same transfer?
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Hi dg91, please give the Fan Edit / Preservation Forum Rules and FAQ a read, mate.

You’ll need to own the official retail release to adhere to our rules if you are going to do a fan edit or two on here. We are not pirates - nor do we buy or sell rips of the official retail releases on here.
 

It may be worth checking ebay, charity / pawn shops, CEX, music magpie, and any online sales etc for a good deal on the 2020 AOTC & ROTS blu rays.

As of right now, the 2020 Skywalker Saga blu ray boxset is up on ebay UK for £39.62 - and there may also be deals for the AOTC and ROTS individually on there too (a very quick look has them available for around a £5er each).

Edit: CEX has the 2020 Skywalker Saga blu ray boxset for £35 (and when the physical shops open in the UK on the 12th April your local CEX may well be worth checking for individual discs as well).
 

Good luck with getting them - and for your edits too. 👍
 

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Help with donations for an old member/friend?
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Hi You_Too,

I’m going to move this into ‘Star Wars Preservations’ a little later today - where it may get more traffic and attention (and also where more members likely remember your contributions on here over the years).

If you’d like me to move this thread back to ‘The Cantina’ just let me know.
 

Having read your and your mother’s plight I can only hope things will turns around for you both soon. All the positive waves coming your way 👍

You’ll always be appreciated on here.

MTFBWY.