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Info Wanted: Attack of the Clones vhs preservation - has anyone done this?

Attack of the Clones VHS (U.S. release) had an exclusive featurette called “Star Wars Connections” with R2-D2 and C-3PO.

I checked “the usual source” but there doesn’t appear to be a preservation of that VHS tape or that featurette. By the time that VHS came out, I already had a dvd player and Attack of the Clones was the first Star Wars movie I did not get on VHS and got it first on DVD.

Has anyone done a preservation of this vhs tape or, more specifically, at least that featurette?

The Phantom Menace - Theatrical version scanned in 4K (a WIP)

ZigZig said:

So, in agreement with my wife (obviously), I decided to have fun with this money, in order to turn this ordeal into something positive! But it becomes clear that the Phantom Menace is an expensive adventure 😃

In more ways than one, my friend!
Stay well.

Did anyone else want to see raging Anakin in episode III return to settle the score with Kitster and Wald?
“Make fun of my podracer now!” wipes them out like he did the sandpeople, and the younglings…

A New Hope audio corrected?

As the 4K discs have now been released (at least in the United States where I live), and the movies available on Disney+, I had a thought I have not seen addressed yet.

For the dvd release (2004) of A New Hope, I believe the rear channel audio was reversed. Has the audio been corrected for the 4K and Disney+ releases? I have Disney+, but have not yet watched A New Hope, other than to see Greedo exclaim, “Macklunkie!”

May the Force be with you.

Info Wanted: Which version of the Original Trilogy preservations to watch?

ChainsawAsh said:

The sound options are pretty much the same on 4K77/83, except that they use newer versions of hairy_hen’s 5.1 mixes, and 4K83 has the optical stereo mix recorded from the print itself included, too.

So it does. Thank you for the correction.
Mine are from the blu-ray .iso which plays much smoother on my system than the .mkv file. I couldn’t recall which audio options were available on them.

Info Wanted: Which version of the Original Trilogy preservations to watch?

I am pretty much in agreement with many of the posts above.
My preferred version is 4K77, Empire Strikes Back Despecialized and 4K83.
The one thing I would add, I LOVE the way the sound options are done on the Despecialized editions.
I love that you can choose from the mono, 35mm stereo mix (the most familiar one) and then Hairy_Hen has created an approximation of the 70mm six track mixes.

I love having the options, but Hairy_Hen’s six track approximations are awesome. They were bigger and boomier and it was like seeing the movies again with a new exciting element. If you have the sound equipment to take advantage of them, they are worth watching just to experience those tracks.

I am not sure how the stereo track on the blu-ray versions of 4K77 and 4K83 compare to the ones on Despecialized. Not sure what the sources are.
But, the Despecialized gets points in it’s favor at least for those tracks. The good news is, you now have options available to see the movies.
May the Force be with you.

Info Wanted: Which trailers accompanied the actual Star Wars movies?

Yes, I took notes at Rise of Skywalker last night.
At an AMC IMAX in Indiana my trailers were as follows:

AMC Stubs
The Call of the Wild (Harrison Ford)
James Bond - No Time to Die
Bad Boys for Life
Top Gun Maverick
IMAX films to the fullest
3D gear up
Onward (Pixar)
the following in 3D
Black Widow
AMC Prime Pre show Coca Cola
IMAX Countdown

Help: looking for... Lego Star Wars The Resistance Rises DVD

I do have that R2-D2 Beneath the Dome mockumentary dvd. I just didn’t include it as it is obviously farce. And yes, I omitted the Holiday Special. But it’s out there to be found, just not an official release.

Thanks for the info about Duel of the Skywalkers! I’ll check my dvd when I get home.

Are we allowed to give out links or plugs on this site?
I apologize if no. On Youtube, look up “From the Star Wars Home Video Library.” There are so many videos by Nathan P. Butler, he gives in detail reviews of them all. Primarily U.S. releases, though he has branched out to a few other countries as well.

Help: looking for... Lego Star Wars The Resistance Rises DVD

There are physical releases of many Star Wars Lego episodes, but not all of them.
The Yoda Chronicles, Episodes 1 and 2 were released to dvd. The New Yoda Chronicles dvd I believe featured 4 episodes which would have been #4, 5, 6 and 7. There was no release of episode 3 of the Yoda Chronicles.
I also believe that the episode “Duel of the Skywalkers” has not been on any physical media (please correct me if I am wrong), but is available on iTunes.

As for the Resistance Rises episodes you speak of, I don’t think they’ve had a physical media release. Same for the Lego All-Stars shorts on Disney+.

There was a dvd released with season 1 of Forces of Destiny, but it was almost a stealth release, done as a bonus disc with some holiday edition packages of the movies last year. No physical release for season 2 of Forces of Destiny.

There are also some web shorts, Galaxy of Adventures and Roll Out which don’t have physical releases. Both of those are animated short series.

I don’t know where those Blips animated shorts on Disney+ came from. I never knew or heard of them until I saw them on there. No physical media release of those I am aware of.

I own all the physical dvd and blu-ray releases. I recently got season 1 of the Resistance animated series. Seasons 1 and 2 are both on Disney+ (and in high def). With the advent of the new streaming service, I am curious what the future of home video releases will be. I don’t know if the missing Lego episodes mentioned above, and season 2 of Resistance will ever see the light of day.

I saw just the other day at my local bookstore they had the dvd with the two Ewoks television movies. It was $20 and I already own a copy.
Disney+ lacks both the ewoks tv movies (The Ewok Adventure (aka The Caravan of Courage) and The Battle for Endor), and it also lacks the old animated Droids and Ewoks cartoon series.

May the Force be with you all.

Star Wars Holiday Special - WHIO 1st Gen VHS Preservation (Released)

JonathanArthur19 said:

Anyone have a download link?

Typically are on Myspleen.
It is my understanding invites to that site are closed.
Perhaps someone can help you out.

Also, sometime after this first generation vhs recording was unearthed, someone actually discovered the tv station master tape! If the best version is the one you are looking for (in terms of picture and sound quality) then you’ll want to look for the Editdroid version which is the tv station master tape or the Zion hybrid which I believe has had some additional tweaking to it.

Help: looking for... the 2 Ewok Movies and the Holiday Special in HD or Blu-Ray

Rikter said:

In all honesty since it was a limited release, so we would have to know how many screens it showed on and I would estimate 3-5 so there may have only been that many copies of each film. I have a suspicion that for the DVD’s they may have used the Lucasfilm archives 35mm’s for the DVD transfers.

So I wonder if the VHS and laserdiscs are sourced from the broadcast tapes? Damn I can’t really remember them that well so I’ll have to watch them in the next few days. I’ll transfer the MPG’s to my TiVo and find the differences based on the interwebs information as I do not have the official DVD’s.

I have the official DVD release of these two movies and the picture was pretty good. I do not know what the source was, but it was fitting for DVD standard definition.

As mentioned above, I also have copies of these two movies which my dad recorded directly on VHS tape on the nights they aired and since ripped to dvd format. They are mostly uncut. They have the original title card and many, but not all, of the commercials intact. Both movies are complete, but missing the end credits, which ran after the last commercials. The quality of my recordings is obviously lesser because they were recorded onto VHS tape (on the 6 hour setting as I recall) before being ripped). I don’t know how to upload to “the organ,” but I’d happily make them available for anyone who’d want to upload them to share.

If you are interested in watching the best quality though, the official dvd release is the way to go and it sounds as if yours is probably also going to be superior to my recordings.

Help: looking for... 'Batman' - 1943 Full Version?

It’s been some time since I pulled these gems out and watched them. I seem to recall the 2005 version had a missing part. It was like a chapter preview for the upcoming chapter, so it wasn’t like you were missing part of the story (maybe at the end of chapter 2, it was a preview for chapter 3?).

I can’t speak to the new release, but the 2005 version of the 1943 serial was unedited, which is probably pretty amazing in today’s age. It was World War II propaganda and contained some language and references which would be considered flat out racist by today’s PC standards. You just have to keep in mind the time it was released and it’s purpose. Lots of wartime stuff portrays the enemy in an unflattering light.

The Audio Preservation Thread

I’ve browsed the thread with great interest.
Does anyone have a laserdisc rip of the soundtrack from Highlander?
I recently got the 30th anniversary blu-ray. Some of the sound effects have been muted down:

There seem to be a few changes which are documented in various forums.
I’m curious about a couple things.

  1. Is this 30th anniversary set mixed as it was originally presented? (I suspect not)
  2. I know this film has different cuts, not sure which are available on laserdisc.

I read, a few pages back, a request for Star Trek the original series. Put me down as interested in that if they ever turn up!

I really wish studios would give us original mixes along with the latest they’ve presented for their blu-rays.

Can't be Bothered: justifying Rey's power vs Luke's

I haven’t read all the replies here yet, but I read The Last Jedi novel.
The novel seemed to indicate that Rey was tapped into the Cosmic Force while Luke uses the Living Force.
I think (according to the novelization anyway), that we are dealing with a different aspect of The Force and thus, different abilities and strengths(?!?).

I’m not saying I agree, I’m just saying, for the moment, that’s the closest to an explanation I’ve seen.

4K77 - Released

I pop back in from time to time.
I noticed on the usual source, there was a color corrected version 1.4 (by Sanjury) of 4K77 (saw one for 4K83 as well).
Before I’d burn a physical copy rather than mkv, are these considered “final” versions or is anyone still tweaking them?

I may get the blu-ray .iso anyway as the 4K83 mkv file started to stutter quite a bit near the end of the movie.
Amazing, just amazing to see the work that’s been done on these and it makes the kid in me very happy to see them in their original form! Thanks all who contributed and shared.

Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)

pittrek said:

If I understood the TOS situation correctly, or in other words if the people in the comment sections under those videos were correct, the Blu-rays are not source from the ORIGINAL negatives, as the promotional material suggests, but from new internegs created in early 80’s for syndication. That’s why they include unified opening credits (originally each of the first 13 episodes had slightly different opening credits) and fixed some of the effects scenes, like the planet shots in The Naked Time.

This is funny. I’ve seen many Star Trek posts get hijacked and go into a discussion of Star Wars, but rarely the other way around!

I was curious about the Star Trek original series as well. I did some digging and found that there are some audio on the blu-ray set which is not entirely. I was kind of surprised some enterprising (no pun intended) fan had not taken the audio from the laserdiscs and set it to the blu-ray picture or something.
I don’t know exact episodes, but I know some of the opening credits there is dispute about which music played. There is a found effect of a phaser rifle being thrown in “Where No Man Has Gone Before” and one of Spock’s lines in “The Trouble with Tribbles.” There may be others as well, maybe some musical cues were messed with and they added some ship engine noise for the DVD release. Anywhere, I have the set and enjoy it, but there are purists who would love to have the original “night of broadcast” audio and that doesn’t truly seem what was provided. I will end my Trek discussion on this Star Wars thread so as not to run afoul of the moderators. Feel free to PM me to continue the discussion if you feel the urge.

Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)

I haven’t yet seen the 4K77 project, but I read the thread where Hairy Hen upgraded his 70mm soundtrack recreation.
Just curious, any plans for a possible version 2.8 to include the new soundtrack, or will that be saved for a later change?

Personally, I was blown away by the previous version and that’s why Harmy’s is my current go to version to watch. I can’t imagine an improvement, but I have faith in Hairy Hen.

Restoring the wondrously disastrous <strong>Star Wars Holiday Special</strong> (Released)

Sounds like you may already have it.
The Editdroid version is the broadcast master.
I am fairly certain the Zion Hybrid version (mentioned above) was taken from that source and a little editing was done to improve it, and the commercials were added back in.
Both those versions have threads on this forum which go into greater detail.

Preserving the...<em>cringe</em>...Star Wars Holiday Special (Released)

Oldfan said:

Is there a studio master version of this that exists out there? I’m confused. I have the Zion Hybrid v2, the Gormaanda Hybrid v2, and the Editdrid, all on the organ. Is there one I missed?

No. The Editdroid is sourced from a station master tape. I believe the Zion Hybrid v2 is taken from that same source, but someone spliced the commercials back into it and also did some editing work (I forget what and don’t want to mislead you, but I recall it was aimed at making the picture slightly better). I’m not familiar with the Gormaanda Hybrid. But, no, I don’t think there is one you are missing.

Info Wanted: Which trailers accompanied the actual Star Wars movies?

I thought this might be fun. It maybe, sort of, fits into historical preservation.

Starting when I saw The Force Awakens, I’ve noted which trailers accompanied the Star Wars movies in the theaters. Maybe some day, if someone was really feeling nostalgic, you could watch those trailers, followed by your favorite theatrical version of Star Wars. It adds a little bit of historical context.

I have the trailers which accompanied The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi.
Online, I found a list which accompanied The Phantom Menace.
Does anyone know, or can it be determined, which trailers accompanied Star Wars (original theatrical run), The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi (the original THX intro), Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith? The Clone Wars animated movie?

For fun:

The Phantom Menace (I found this online and vaguely from memory, not from my own notes):
Fight Club
Titan A.E.
Anna and the King
The Beach

The Force Awakens trailers (3D IMAX screening):
Kung Fu Panda 3
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The 5th Wave
Independence Day: Resurgence
X-Men: Apocalypse
The Jungle Book (live action)
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Finest Hours
Star Trek Beyond (this trailer drew funny a comment and laughs from our crowd during the motorcycle stunt scene, though the movie itself wasn’t bad)
Captain America: Civil War

Rogue One trailers (3D IMAX showing):
Transformers: The Last Knight
Fast & Furious 8
IMAX (put on your 3D glasses now)
Spider-man: Homecoming
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2
IMAX (get ready to watch a movie)

Rogue One (2D viewing):
War for the Planet of the Apes
Kong: Skull Island
Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2

The Last Jedi (IMAX opening night fan event):
Jurassic World 2
Alita: Battle Angel
Ready Player One
Incredibles 2
Avengers: Infinity War
Coca Cola commercial
The Last Jedi Opening Night

  • interview with Rian Johnson
  • John Williams conducting the score
    IMAX countdown

The Last Jedi (2D showing):
Avengers: Infinity War

Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set (Released)

MusicallyInspired said:

Just got my blank BDRs today in the mail (from Japan, HTL, BD50, ink-jet printable) so I started burning my ISOs with ImgBurn as directed. It went through Star Wars just fine and I tested it and it works great. I started burning ESB and I get an error half way through saying:

“Failed to Write Sectors 10171008 - 10171039 - Reason: Invalid Field in CDB”

Doing a bit of research I discovered this means the burner and the ISO basically have a difference of opinion on the ISO size or something. Is this just a bum burn/disc? Will this happen again? I only ordered 5 discs and I need at least 4 for the 4 BD50 ISOs provided in this 6 ISO collection. If I try again with another disc will the same error occur? I guess my real question is, is it something wrong with the ISO or the disc I was using?

I had some issues with IMG Burn the first time I tried to do it as well. I contacted tech support and they suggested the following:

Your log shows the drive running into issues when burning the discs and reporting lots of ‘Write Errors’.

I can’t really comment on why the ones that burnt without an error weren’t then able to be verified. Each time it’s just saying the drive is empty. Is the disc actually still in there when you abort the operation? If so, the drive must be unable to reinitialise the disc after the tray has been ejected and reinserted - That isn’t a good sign.

There’s pretty much just one option you could enable that may or may not help matters. Try enabling the ‘Perform OPC Before Write’ option in the settings. If your discs aren’t quite what the drive’s firmware is expecting for that MID (MEI-T02-001), that may help it fine tune the laser power for the ones you’re using.

You also have the option of updating to a newer firmware release and seeing if that improves things.

I was able to update my drive’s firmware and used the settings suggested, I don’t think I had a bad disc write since.

May the Force be with you.