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Star Wars on DVD

Post by Spector » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:49 pm

Simply put, after reading some conflicting messages on the subject, can you buy A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi in their original versions on DVD without the additional scenes etc released for the 20th Anniversary in 1997?
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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by koopa42 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:03 pm

I asked this a few weeks back and my mate reckons no :? unless you get some dodgy rip from some dodgy site which is ripped from a dodgy VHS. If you find you can? Let me NOOOOOooooooooooooo!

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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by Matt_B » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:13 pm

You can, sort of. There's the 1993 Laser Disc release, transfers of which are available on DVD as the "unaltered" versions if you hunt around enough.

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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by the_hawk » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:14 pm

I think these ones are the closest you will get on DVD...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Star-W ... rid_pt_1_2

They include the "Original theatrical releases" as bonuses.
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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by the_hawk » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:19 pm

Apparently this be they...

https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=50 ... ET9bVdgYuI

Though I'd take it with a pinch of salt & check before purchasing as there are about a billion versions out & we all know that the quality of product from CEX can be "variable" at best.
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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by koopa42 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:21 pm

the_hawk wrote:Apparently this be they...

https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=50 ... ET9bVdgYuI

Though I'd take it with a pinch of salt & check before purchasing as there are about a billion versions out & we all know that the quality of product from CEX can be "variable" at best.
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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by Spector » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:27 pm

the_hawk wrote:Apparently this be they...

https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=50 ... ET9bVdgYuI

Though I'd take it with a pinch of salt & check before purchasing as there are about a billion versions out & we all know that the quality of product from CEX can be "variable" at best.
Sadly from what I've read elsewhere, the original versions are in crappy 4:3 pan-and-scan format!

Unless someone can tell me I'm mistaken...
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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by SCALEBACK » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:44 pm

Anybody seen the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special?

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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by koopa42 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:47 pm

SCALEBACK wrote:Anybody seen the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special?
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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by the_hawk » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:54 pm

koopa42 wrote:
SCALEBACK wrote:Anybody seen the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special?
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The more he tightens his grip, the more bootleg versions will slip through his fingers.
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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by koopa42 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:31 pm

the_hawk wrote:
koopa42 wrote:
SCALEBACK wrote:Anybody seen the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special?
Beardo tries very hard to bury it doesn't he
The more he tightens his grip, the more bootleg versions will slip through his fingers.
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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by ootini » Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:40 pm

The two disc versions from around '06/'07 had the original theatrical versions on the second disc. Han shoots first, no extra scenes, no disney style musical numbers etc etc.

Incidentally the Return on the Jedi on the main disc for these versions is the one where they stuck in the Anakin form the new movies instead of the old guy at the end. Utter bollix.

The ones with these covers.
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Can't remember if they are original aspect or panscan though.

Utterly criminal that they weren't on the blue rays, which I actually think kill an awful lot of the special effect. The computer generated additional content looks pants, and the resolution is so good that the matt paintings are really obvious.

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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by binaryRooster » Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:05 pm

These are the discs you have been looking for...

Unbelievably the theatrical versions are tucked away on the second disc as bonus features. I do have to say that watching them, you do appreciate how much the newer versions have been cleaned up. There's a lot of noise and dirt onscreen that apparently Lucas' minions went through frame by frame to remove. You can see this in certain scenes where tie fighters seem to have a light coloured box around them as they fly around. I'd still watch them over the bastardised blu-ray versions any day.

I met a 12 year old the other day who told me episodes 1-3 where easily as good as 4-7. I felt like Simon Pegg in that episode of Spaced.

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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by Megamixer » Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:46 pm

Spector wrote:
the_hawk wrote:Apparently this be they...

https://uk.webuy.com/product.php?sku=50 ... ET9bVdgYuI

Though I'd take it with a pinch of salt & check before purchasing as there are about a billion versions out & we all know that the quality of product from CEX can be "variable" at best.
Sadly from what I've read elsewhere, the original versions are in crappy 4:3 pan-and-scan format!

Unless someone can tell me I'm mistaken...
From what somebody on here said last time this topic came up, the theatrical versions on the two-disc special edition DVD's are direct rips of the laserdisc releases with zero effort put into them.
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Re: Star Wars on DVD

Post by paranoid marvin » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:33 pm

binaryRooster wrote:These are the discs you have been looking for...

Unbelievably the theatrical versions are tucked away on the second disc as bonus features. I do have to say that watching them, you do appreciate how much the newer versions have been cleaned up. There's a lot of noise and dirt onscreen that apparently Lucas' minions went through frame by frame to remove. You can see this in certain scenes where tie fighters seem to have a light coloured box around them as they fly around. I'd still watch them over the bastardised blu-ray versions any day.

I met a 12 year old the other day who told me episodes 1-3 where easily as good as 4-7. I felt like Simon Pegg in that episode of Spaced.

It's as if Lucas has tried to make them look and sound as bad as he possibly could, presumably to make people like his new version better.

Full (wide) screen, no 'enhanced changes', cleaned up picture and maybe an optional 5.1 mixed soundtrack; it's really not much to ask. Ironically now that Disney have taken over we are more likely to see this happen. Other than transfer to 3D (and what I've just mentioned) there's not a lot more that Disney can do squeeze more cash out of the original trilogy.
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