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Old 12-09-2011, 14:44   #1
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[Blu-Ray Review] Star Wars: The Original Trilogy

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George Lucas' space saga finally debuts on high-def. Geoff reviews the UK Blu-ray....

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Old 12-09-2011, 14:44   #2
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i've got a bad feeling about this
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Old 12-09-2011, 14:53   #3
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Nice to see a review of the disc and not just the changes.
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Old 12-09-2011, 16:06   #4
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I'm not really a fan so I shouldn't really be here (but what the hell). I saw the films playing at HMV Oxford Street in the weekend & thought the picture looked rather harsh (no better than DVD, I thought), & I could see the matt boxes around some spaceships. Film restoration & scanning ect has come on a long way since 2004. They're making a lot of money out of this, why not re-scan the cut negatives (a wet gate scanner would cure almost all of the marks) & work from the new scans, & be a bit more tasteful & restrained with the DVNR.
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I'm not really a fan so I shouldn't really be here (but what the hell). I saw the films playing at HMV Oxford Street in the weekend & thought the picture looked rather harsh (no better than DVD, I thought), & I could see the matt boxes around some spaceships. Film restoration & scanning ect has come on a long way since 2004. They're making a lot of money out of this, why not re-scan the cut negatives (a wet gate scanner would cure almost all of the marks) & work from the new scans, & be a bit more tasteful & restrained with the DVNR.
It seems to be a case, at least as far as the picture goes, to get the films out there with little regard to the actually quality. Real shame and it's a dead cert that these will be reissued in the next couple of years featuring brand new restorations.
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Nice to see a review of the disc and not just the changes.
There's been so much waffle on the internets already about the alterations, I didn't see the point in ranting about them again.
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Based on your review, I'm surprised you give 8 to both video and audio. You don't seem to imply that they are worthy of such a high score.

Also, there can never be enough ranting about the alterations. ;)

Either way, I will not be purchasing Star Wars on BD in the way they are currently presented.
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Old 13-09-2011, 16:16   #8
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I'm aware that the scores seem a little contentious, given what I've written. But these are the best looking and sounding versions of the films to date, and some of the issues stem from the original sound and picture elements so it seems harsh to give them a low score for the sake of it.

I'm not gonna change my scores now, because then I'd be just as bad as Lucas with my revisionism!
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Haha... true, and when you put it like that I can completely understand your reasoning.

Anyway, I enjoyed reading your review.
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Re the picture quality of the BD's - I think this release reinforces the argument that the films would have been better if they had been remastered versions of the original releases.

I'm not talking about the latest round of Lucas tinkering, but the fact that the now 14 year old CGI from the Special Edition looks absolutely appalling in HD. My TV is only 32" 1080P and the effects work in the Mos Eisley scenes in A New Hope look like something out of Jumanji. I can only imagine how bad it must look on 50-60" sets!
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Mos Eisley isn't all that bad compared to the digital Sarlacc beak in Jedi.
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Ah. So it is. Christ.
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According to the review no Dutch subtitles are included, but the Dutch release includes all the audio tracks and subtitles listed in the review including Dutch subtitles. Did the review forgot to mention them?

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The Dutch subs are indeed on there, no idea how I missed that, sorry.

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You're very harsh on Return of the Jedi IMO. I love all three of the originals. You seem to even prefer Phantom Menace to it. Really?
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You're very harsh on Return of the Jedi IMO. I love all three of the originals. You seem to even prefer Phantom Menace to it. Really?
I've given them both the same score, 7/10. Jedi just edges out Episode I because of the wonderful finale, but they both have some major flaws. Jedi marked an obvious shift from Lucas wanting to tell stories, to Lucas wanting to shift as many toys as possible. Jedi is more like the prequels than anyone will care to admit...
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I agree with Geoff on this one. I thought Jedi was a mess back in 1983 and it hasn't grown on me. Even at the time you would find people arguing about which was better between Star Wars and Empire but few people would venture the opinion that they liked Jedi the best. It looks like a lot of set-pieces hastily tacked together with some desperate attempts to tie up various loose ends. Some of the set-pieces are marvellous but it doesn't feel to me like a properly thought-through film.
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