Episode IV: A New Hope In the review by High Def Digest it was stated that the coloring of the escape pod lid was fixed from blue to black. This is the scene in which storm troopers find the pod that R2D2 and C3PO escaped in, occurring at about 15min 20sec. It appears to still be very blue from what I have seen. Has anyone noticed this also. Just wondering if it is my setup or did the reviewer at High Def Digest get it wrong. Other things that I thought lessened the overall video presentation was : 1. the edit of Han Solo dodging Greedo's laser blast (it was just amateur in execution) 2. when they find out that Leia lied about the location of the rebel base, Darth vader speaks to the admiral and seconds later when he stops talking his hand is gesturing as if he is still speaking (way out of sync) 3. Han Solo walks over Jabba's tail in the hanger before escaping in the Millenium Falcon with Luke and Obi Wan (once again the digital manipulation of this edit is rough and stands out). 4. What is with the green flashes of light as the light sabers clash during the duel between Obi Wan and Darth Vader. This does not happen in any of the other films. It should have been corrected.
I Still enjoyed the movie very much despite these flaws.
2. when they find out that Leia lied about the location of the rebel base, Darth vader speaks to the admiral and seconds later when he stops talking his hand is gesturing as if he is still speaking (way out of syn) ======================= This is nothing new. It's been that way since the first release in 1977.
I changed my Panasonic plasma display settings from "Dynamic" to "Cinema," and most of the matte lines went away or were a bit more muted, especially in Episode 4. There are some very obvious mattes all through Episode 6, though.
Coressel, you should try a Calibration DVD/Blu-ray to set up the picture settings on your TV. One of my displays is a Panasonic plasma and I can tell you the Dynamic or Vivid mode is way too hot on most of the picture settings. Here's a disc recommendation:
Still how come I never notice them in any other movies? They stick out like a sore thumb in Empire and Jedi. Seems Mr. Lucas should have spent a little more time making sure things like this didn't show so bad in these HD presentations. Instead he wastes time adding in unnecessary rocks, howls, eyelids, and NOOOOOs... What a hack!
Like I said, no other movie I have ever watched on my TV have I been able to see this kind of thing, and I watch my fair share of sci-fi epics that definitely use these same kind of editing techniques. I'm not saying that my brightness isn't bit high, as it is the same TV I use for gaming & as my computer monitor. But these squares are VERY noticeable to me, to the point that I believe they will still be noticeable no matter how my TV is set up. I am also not the only person to have noticed this. I have to ask, have YOU seen these movies they way they are on this set? If not I implore you to do so, and tell me if YOU see the editing squares or not.
Also, considering the amount of CGI he has added into the original trilogy, it's kind of ridiculous that the editing squares can be seen at all, no matter how high my brightness level is. The prequels use many of these same techniques according to the bonus features and no editing is noticeable. As a matter of fact The Phantom Menace looks absolutely flawless on my TV the way it is currently set up. Just seems to me that no further restoration was done to the original trilogy for this HD release, just more added unnecessary bullcrap!
I'm very disappointed with the problems that get ignored, and the non-problems that are always being "fixed". Like why did it take this long for the Wampa arm to get fixed, but tons of unnecessary CGI crap was/is added constantly.
Never use the Dynamic setting. It has pretty color, but it is incorrect. You can burn a Blu-ray calibration disc to a DVD. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=948496 Some players will not play Blu-ray content on a DVD though. Make sure all enhancement settings are off on your TV.
The original episodes were pre-CGI and the special effects were done using stop motion and traveling mattes. The traveling mattes were very noticeable in the original 35mm film releases, the Beta, Laser disc and DVD versions. I have only looked at episodes 1 and 2 so far and I have not seen the travel mattes faint outlines. Some parts looks like they were redone in CGI. Oh well, George said he was never satisfied so he tweaks these films when he can. The last release of the DVD set corrected some problems and added new stuff. I don't find adding new things bad.