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Star Wars: The Original Trilogy on DVD

 
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eron



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:16 pm    Post subject: Star Wars: The Original Trilogy on DVD Reply with quote

On September 12, 2006, Lucasfilm and Fox Home Entertainment will release the original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD for the very first time. These editions, which will be packaged with the Special Edition versions released in 2004, will be restored to their original incarnations, and feature Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. Each of the three films will be available individually for the MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) of $29.98.

In anticipation of the forthcoming release of these DVDs, IGN is offering a nonstop barrage of Star Wars coverage, which will appear over the next 13 weeks in five different categories:

* Star Wars Secrets: an ongoing compilation of various details about the franchise that you may not have heard
* Star Wars Speeches: a listing of the best and most memorable quotes from each of your favorite characters in the Star Wars galaxy
* Star Wars Stuff: ruminations on the universe of Star Wars merchandising and media available over the past three decades
* Star Wars Soliloquies: memories and recollections of cast and crew members' favorite Star Wars moments
* Star Wars Substitutions: a detailed list of various changes, revisions and updates to the Star Wars films that will be restored on the forthcoming DVDs

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Tim Livingston



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was talked about in great length on the old site as another way for Lucas to bring money out of the series by exploiting the hardcore fans' cry for the originals. I'm glad I didn't buy any of the movies yet, as I was not a fan of the extras put in the SE for each movie.

That being said, it's a pretty dickish move by Lucas to continue money grub one of the most successful franchises in history, but hey, who am I to judge?

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eron



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim Livingston wrote:
That being said, it's a pretty dickish move by Lucas to continue money grub one of the most successful franchises in history, but hey, who am I to judge?


What else does he have? Really? George Lucas has nothing now. What, Red Tails? Please.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

eron wrote:
What else does he have? Really? George Lucas has nothing now.


He has a shitload of money. These releases will get him additional shitloads of money.

As was pointed out in the other thread, rather than three sets of two-version, two-disc sets for $29.95 MSRP a piece, he could have with a three disc "box" of the three "original movies" for less.

The Trilogy set released... wait... for Christmas of *2005* had a semi-bare bones three-set collection of the 2004 versions of the original movies. That was MSRP at $49.98, which is about $16.66 a pop.

Instead, Lucas is making you pay between $13 (if sold in box form) and $10 (if simply sold at $19.99 single disc form) *per movie* for a version of the movies that you don't fucking want.

That's Lucas - it's about the fucking cash.


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Sean Formato



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you check out some DVD sites, you'll note that absolutely no restoration is being done on the masters, as Lucasfilm is going so far as to use the identical LaserDisc masters. This is very, very bad because they will not take advantage of anamorphic enhancement available on DVD. It's really a very stupid and short-sighted decision.
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