While the changed shots in the ESB special editions bother me less than the other two films, I still prefer to watch the original version if given the option.
The VHS Faces Cassettes, yeah all i could afford was the pan and scan not the more ritzy widescreen boxed set. And i had the earlier non THX Star Wars set, which i preferred to watch Star Wars on because the 1995 release had the smashing glass in the detention block which i never liked. The one i watched the most on tv and on tape was the 85 sound mix.
I didn’t get a laserdisc player or the definitive collection til around 2005. About ten years too late for it to mean anything but by that time they were cheap enough. Then i got some of the fan made DVDs and the rest is history. All the way up to the release of the GOUT DVD’s and 4K77 hitting the net. Buying the awful Disney 2020 4K Special Edition watching it once and putting it on the shelf.
I’ve bought the OT three or four times at this point. I can’t bring myself to hand Disney any more money for yet another box set unless they are willing to release a proper 4K remaster with decent HDR color grading and a good Atmos mix.
As it is right now, their Dolby Vision color grade is just awful and the current Atmos mix they did is pretty hit-or-miss in certain scenes. There’s also noticeable compression in some scenes because Disney insist on publishing their 4K releases on 66GB discs rather than 100GB discs.
I had the 2006 GOUT DVDs and before that I had the 1995 “Faces” VHS release of the original trilogy. GOUT was the primary way I watched the movies for about 6-7 years until I discovered Harmy’s Despecialized around 2013.
When 4K77 was released, I had mixed feelings about it. Personally, I think it looks great on my projector in a dark room, but I never really liked the way it looked on TVs. My favorite way to watch the original trilogy now on modern 4K HDR OLED TVs are the D+77, D+80, and OTD83 releases.
This is a great digital presenatation of the laserdisc which I owned many years ago. The Dolby Digital EX soundtrack is one of the best from the laserdisc years. The pod race and Darth Maul duel still sound incredible. Thanks!
Is there any way I can get just the the Dolby Digital EX track so that I can mux it into my copy of the movie?