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Old 05-01-04, 11:33 AM
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Star Wars Trilogy Import opinions?

I'm sure this is probably an existing thread, but I can't find it... in short, I know the "updated" version of the Trilogy is coming this fall to DVD, but I, of course, want the original version.

I've seen a number of asian imports on eBay that don't appear to be bootlegs... is there any opinion on which of these is worth it? I can't find reviews anywhere...
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there is no such thing as an "asian import" of Star Wars. They are all bootlegs and this is not the forum to discuss. Luckily, I do have great originals on ...

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If it's on DVD it's a bootleg. There are no legit DVDs of the original series.
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Yeah, there's a reason you couldn't find a thread about an "authorized" DVD of the OT
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No originals...but damn happy I got the newest bootlegs with an ANAMORPHIC transfer. Short of a dual-layer set, this is the best they've looked.
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Star Wars DVDs - Reviews

Star Wars DVDs - Reviews - Part 2

STAR WARS Original Trilogy On Dvd?

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Old 05-01-04, 04:25 PM
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Thanks for the input! Sounds like 5-star for me... I thought they were legal imports because eBay hasn't cracked down, as they normally do for bootlegs...
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Originally posted by gorgo99
Thanks for the input! Sounds like 5-star for me... I thought they were legal imports because eBay hasn't cracked down, as they normally do for bootlegs...
I believe the 5-star has Dolby 2.0 sound, but there are versions out there with 5.1 sound and retains the 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
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Originally posted by NaturalMystic79
I believe the 5-star has Dolby 2.0 sound, but there are versions out there with 5.1 sound and retains the 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
You don't want ANY of the imports. You want the newest anamorphic versions. Any 5.1 versoins of the original trilogy are a fake 5.1.
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Originally posted by digitalfreaknyc
No originals...but damn happy I got the newest bootlegs with an ANAMORPHIC transfer. Short of a dual-layer set, this is the best they've looked.
You ungainly bootlegger. Where did you get these?
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Originally posted by digitalfreaknyc
No originals...but damn happy I got the newest bootlegs with an ANAMORPHIC transfer. Short of a dual-layer set, this is the best they've looked.
How can a bootleg ripped from a Laserdisc be Anamorphic??
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It can be encoded into a 16:9 mpeg, I did that with my LDs.
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Originally posted by digitalfreaknyc
You don't want ANY of the imports. You want the newest anamorphic versions. Any 5.1 versoins of the original trilogy are a fake 5.1.
I see. Thanks for the headsup. I so want the OT on DVD but I am leary of getting it off of ebay, if the quality ends up sucking. I'm just going to probably wait until September and get the SEs. At least it will have extras, DD 5.1 sound and anamorphic. I'll just close my eyes during the "enhanced" scenes and when Greedo shoots first.
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You...you...Star Wars OT bigots...you...

Get over it already! The original '77, '80, and '83 cuts will never be available again on any format. The originals don't exist anymore.

Besides, once the reviews come out on the Sept. set, you'll be running out to get it just like the rest of us.
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Old 05-01-04, 07:29 PM
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The anamorphic OT Star Wars DVDs that I have seen are as good as they will ever look. They seem to be dead-on accurate copies of the laser discs --- unlike the SE five stars that had gamma issues, etc.
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I am curious to know: When a movie is ported over from Laserdisc onto DVD, is it a direct digital transfer, or is the analog image transmitted by the Laserdisc player simply being recorded onto DVD?
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Have you seen the Italian import? Guido shoots first.

Thank you, I'll be here all week.
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