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Star Wars on DVD

So, yes, we did rush out and buy it. You must understand, my husband has seen the first one 47 times. That's not an exaggeration. We let him play Star Wars Trivial Pursuit once, and we will never, ever bring it out with company again, because it's just rude to have four other people watching as the host answers every question. :þ

I do wish George hadn't inserted CGI critters in there here and there; it's distracting. Nevertheless, it was good to see the original again. And how the heck did I not realize until now that Threepio is Aunt Pittypat in space? C'mon, don't tell me you can't imagine the android Southern belle saying "R2! My smelling salts!" Hee. :)

More to come. I haven't been posting 'cause I've been feeling so puny with this sinus infection. I'm to the stage where I'm coughing so hard that I sound like Chewbacca: grooonk! grooonk! Bleah. Least I can breathe now.

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jasondemotte
Sep. 21st, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
I bought it as a gift for my roomate's birthday today, watched A New Hope this evening and I'm watching the special features disc right now. Yeah the CGI can be a bit distracting (though they did improve the CGI Jabba lots compared to the original Special Edition A New Hope), but watching it again reminded me how much I love these movies and it would take a lot for Lucas to take that away.

Also the DVDs are worth it for the high quality picture alone, I'm not exactly a videophile and I'm barely aware of the quality in picture on DVDs, but this one his so clear and sharp for a movie that's over 25 years old. Especially compare it to the teasers and trailers for the movies, yeesh. All together I'm happy with the set and I'll gladly buy my own set whenever Mike and I go our seperate ways.
tagplazen
Sep. 21st, 2004 11:09 pm (UTC)
Dude, I feel for you, my head cold leveled me. Tea with scotch and honey is my grandmother's sworn by rememdy. I'm not sure how effective it truly is, but I usually end up not caring and weeping to Mabel Thomas cds when I do it, so that's a good one.
twr
Sep. 22nd, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I want to get the Star Wars DVDs, but I'm a bit annoyed by the whole special edition-esque aspect of them. I'll probably still get them.

However, I *do* have the original edition on DVD. Some enterprizing netzien ripped the movies from laser discs and reauthored them to fit on a DVD-R. It's pretty sweet, although you can tell it hasn't been digitally enhanced (though it still looks very good).
pointedview
Sep. 23rd, 2004 08:59 am (UTC)
That's neat that someone has preserved the originals that way. They're so much more organic than Eps I, II, and the coming III, IMHO.

mumpish
Sep. 22nd, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC)
I hope someone posts an exhaustive list (not just the "big five") of changes in this edition. We also got it yesterday, and watched all the documentaries other than the long one, plus EpIV. One subtle change I did notice, the one instance of visible English in any of the films ("Power Level" on the tractor beam control) has been replaced with Empire-write. I'd love to know what other subtle changes I'm not noticing.

As for the big changes, the Jabba scene in EpIV is nicely re-worked. Greedo and Han firing simultaneously works for me, as an unexpected and workable compromise. I haven't seen the other two yet, but replacing Boba Fett's voice with Temuera Morrison and old-lady-Palpatine with Ian McDiarmid makes a lot of sense.

What troubles me are the remaining two big changes, which I haven't seen yet. If I understand it correctly, the new Vader/Palpatine conversation in EpV gives away the secret of the film, a full 60 minutes before the climactic scene. While I'm sure there's no one left alive who doesn't know Vader is Luke's father, that's no reason to change the order of revelation.

And finally, old glowing Anakin has been replaced by young glowing Anakin?!? How the hell does that work? Has Ewan McGregor replaced Alec Guinness in the glowing Obi-Wan scenes? No? Then how the hell did Anakin get eternal youth? This is a worse flaw than Qui-gon's body not disappearing, frankly. There's also been some muttering about Anakin's eyebrows, but I admit I don't understand that.

To end on a positive, the new, cleaned up prints are amazing. They have never looked better.
jasondemotte
Sep. 22nd, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
I've heard it argued (by non-oficial message board types) that Anakin takes the form he had before he fell to dark side. It kinda makes sense, that his force energy form would represent him at his light-side prime.
mumpish
Sep. 22nd, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC)
It seems like a lot of the charming continuity and crew/equipment errors have been removed. Examples from EpV: Han's vest no longer appears and disappears repeatedlyh in the scene before carbon freezing - it's now consistently a white shirt, no vest. Another one, when Luke casts Vader from the ledge and then jumps down after him, you can no longer see his head pop up again as he bounces on the trampoline.

I'm not sure how I feel about that.
hehutalks
Sep. 24th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
Haven't been able to watch mine yet, but I'm hoping the classic blooper of Luke calling out "Carrie!" instead of "Leia!" when he returns from destroying the Death Star is still intact.

I suspect it won't be, however.
pointedview
Sep. 24th, 2004 12:43 pm (UTC)
*blinks* Holy Hannah, it's you. How are you? I've added you to my LJ Friends list.
hehutalks
Sep. 27th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
I'm kind of like that relative no one knows is alive or dead. When you least expect it, I show up for Thanksgiving dinner - usually asking for some sort of pie that you stopped making the previous year since no one else ate it.

Mmmmmm. pie.

Life's ok. Drop me an email at the well-rounded address (use my first name instead of the old prefix) and we'll get all caught up.
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