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Original and Special Editions Trilogy - Definitive,
This review is from: Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Theatrical Edition) (DVD)
This box contains the previously released "limited edition" 2-disc sets, now in 3 slim-line cases, which means you get STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and RETURN OF THE JEDI in both the original theatrical versions (for the first time on DVD!) and the re-worked "special editions" from the mid 90's.
I purchased these mainly for the original theatrical versions and my comments relate to those versions only.
The Original Theatrical versions are in their original 2.35:1 Widescreen aspect, letterboxed within a 3x4 screen format - not anamorphic - which is clearly indicated on the packaging. You can view this "full-size" on your 16x9 TV by setting your DVD player's HDMI output to 3x4/pillar-box if necessary, and then setting your TV to "zoom" so that the screen is filled side to side with the picture. There will be slim black bars on the top and bottom, just as there are on anamorphic DVD's with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
Even with the zoom in effect, the picture is crystal clear and the color great. I'm using an upconvert DVD player with HDMI output (1080p), and a 50-inch plasma HD television. Some have said in reviews that the picture quality is poor, even "VHS quality", but that's totally false. I've read that the originals here were taken from the laser-disc masters done in the early 90's; well, they look great however they were sourced. The sound is Dolby 2.0 Stereo (as indicated on the package) and sounds excellent. I get some center-channel and sub-woofer action as well as the stereo music and sound-effects on my system.
If a blu-ray/HD version is ever issued, that will be great and an improvement; but this is the only way to get the original films on DVD at this time, and they look great, so this set is essential for fans who saw these movies in theatres when they were released between 1977 and 1983 and want to see them once again in their original glory.
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Initial post: Sep 19, 2011 4:45:25 PM PDT
K. Spenrath says:
Sadly the Blu-ray versions do not contain the originals.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 8:22:43 AM PDT
Zack H. says:
I find it totally implausible that Lucasfilm would even think about including the original theatrical versions in their 1993 laserdisc masters state on Blu-Ray, honestly..given how much hesitation Lucas put forth before they were actually put on DVD in the first place.
However, Blu-Rays don't depend on the anamorphic enhancement and max out @ 50gb of data (compared to 8.5gb DVDs), so maybe there's a workaround after all. They could easily include these versions, if they really wanted to and your player would be able to upconvert them to 720p or 1080i/p (hopefully all on one disc, I'd love that convenience).
Posted on Jul 6, 2012 4:22:46 PM PDT
It's called 4x3, but some people know very little about what they are talking about.
Posted on Dec 12, 2012 6:46:46 PM PST
Derek J. Perez says:
I completely agree. It took years to obtain, but this set is more than worth the $100. Beats the old VHS tapes from 1995 that are scratched from watching 1,000,000 times. Clear picture, great sound, and NO ENHANCEMENTS! Ladies and gentlemen, THIS IS STAR WARS!
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