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What do you lose by watching the 1977 version? Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound, for one thing (only 2.0 Surround here). Digital cleanup for another--Tatooine looks like it's been coated with an additional layer of sand cloud. But for home-theater owners, the biggest frustration will be from the non-anamorphic picture. On a widescreen TV, an anamorphically enhanced (16x9) picture at a 2.35:1 aspect ratio will fill the screen with the exception of small black bars on the top and bottom. The original edition of Star Wars, however, is not anamorphically enhanced (sometimes referred to as "4:3 letterbox"), so on a widescreen TV it will have large black bars on the top, the bottom, and the sides unless you stretch the picture (and distort it in the process, especially considering the substandard picture quality). If you're watching on a standard square-shaped (4:3) TV, though, you won't notice a difference.
Yes, it's true that serious home-theater lovers who want spectacular sound and anamorphically enhanced picture can always watch the 2004 version of the movie also included in this set. But chances are good that they already picked up the trilogy edition of all three films, so their decision to buy the 2006 two-disc edition depends on how much they want the original film. The official LucasFilm stance is that this is an individual release of the 2004 version of Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope, and the 1977 version of the film is merely a "bonus feature." Common speculation is that the only reason the original versions are seeing the official light of day at all is to undercut the booming black market for the laserdisc version. Star Wars fans will have to decide for themselves if that's worth the purchase. --David Horiuchi
I am just guessing here, but I think I know what's going to happen.
I missed the Laserdisc version and didn't buy anything else on VHS, but then came the DVD release of the trilogy (the extended versions of the film).
On Disc 2 (the original theatrical version), the aspect ratio is 2.35:1 in 4:3 Letterbox format; the only sound options are in Dolby 2.0.
Was really looking forward to this DVD due to the original Theatrical release (Solo shoots first!) and was very disappointed that the original version was not full screen but,... Read morePublished 11 days ago by 2gnthry
arrived quickly, exactly as described... would order again without hesitationPublished 13 days ago by audra donovan
Yes, this item is in excellent condition, thank you very much.Published 17 days ago by Kenneth Rogers
I wish they would put this out (the original theaterical release) in a digital version over Amazon prime.Published 29 days ago by M. Formica
The best movie ever, in Hollywood history. A New Hope started all. Great movie, great story, great Action. Cheap. Hard to find copy. fast delivery.Published 29 days ago by Renni Sixx
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so eat your words 3 years later :) it`s coming out this september
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I'm fine with these releases. From the screenshots and .avi samples I've seen posted on the internet, I think they look great. My only issue with these releases is that they're forcing the buyer to purchase the shoddy 2004 version, increasing the overall disc price. They should've just released... Read More
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|Wait....Is the scene with Jabba in the original release with a different...||
The scene with Jabba was filmed, with a human actor, for the 1977 release of Star Wars but it was never used and it never appeared in the theatrical release (I was 10 and saw it many times). Some folks are saying that it was in the original release (with the human actor) but it never was.
May 10, 2007 by Kasper Von Deutschland | See all 4 posts
|Can't bring myself to buy these, but could you re-master your own versions?||
Yes, it would be possible to rip the video to your computer, and re-encode the video so it is anamorphic. Some people at originaltrilogy.com have already posted about this. However, you won't gain any additional resolution, it should look slightly better already upscaled instead of having to zoom... Read More
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