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Star Wars Prequels Media Movies

It's Official -- Star Wars on DVD 646

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the years-and-years-in-the-making dept.
savagexp writes "There's yet to be an actual press release, but according to DVDFile.com, 20th Century Fox and LucasFilm have confirmed that The Original Trilogy will arrive on September 21st in a four-disc set. More info can be had here."
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It's Official -- Star Wars on DVD

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  • by Tet (2721) * <slashdot.astradyne@co@uk> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:48AM (#8237103) Homepage Journal
    Bah! I knew it wouldn't happen, but I was still hoping against hope that he'd allow the original versions to be released, rather than the special editions. Ho hum. I'll probably still buy them anyway. At least I still have the real versions on VHS. Maybe I'll see if I can rip them myself...
    • by chia_monkey (593501) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:55AM (#8237210) Journal
      Let's not forget about who you're talking about. Remember when the first trilogy was released on VHS? And then the widescreen edition. And then the digitally remastered edition. I'm sure they'll just release this, wait a year or two and then release the "classic" edition for people clamoring for it and they'll make loads of money yet again.
      • > Remember when the first trilogy was released on VHS? And
        > then the widescreen edition. And then the digitally remastered
        > edition.

        I remember it as:

        1. Original trilogy full screen
        2. Original trilogy with THX re-mastered sound, full screen (I think the three movies had the stormtrooper mask, Yoda, and Darth Vader)
        3. Then re-mastered trilogy, full screen (in the gold box)
        4. Then re-mastered trilogy, wide screen (in the silver box)

        I imagine Peter Jackson saw the above and was a bit inspired when h
        • by finkployd (12902) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:09AM (#8237387) Homepage
          Peter Jackson at least came clean ahead of time and told everyone exactly what he was going to do and why.

          Finkployd
        • Peter Jackson's actually been pretty reasonable with his DVD editions of LOTR. One fullscreen, One widescreen, and One Collector's Multi-disc widescreen for each of the three movies. Although he did stagger it, so if you wanted to see it ASAP on DVD you had to buy/rent the single disc version a month or two before the Collector's edition was released.
        • by Chibi (232518) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:18AM (#8237487) Journal
          I imagine Peter Jackson saw the above and was a bit inspired when he released Lord of the Rings several times.


          New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson have been very upfront about their release plans for the Lord of the Rings movies. Saying they are doing the same thing as Lucas is inaccurate... at least so far. Plenty of people thinking they will put out some form of mega-collector's set after the final (extended) movie comes out. But, up to now, they have been very fan-friendly in terms of their openness regarding the release plan.

        • by Moryath (553296) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @11:57AM (#8238942)
          Face it; at the end of RoTJ, NOBODY IN THE GALAXY was supposed to know what was going on.

          The Second Death Star had been destroyed. Whee. The Imperial Fleet was defeated. Whee.

          The Rebels were victorious. Oh joy.

          We forget two very important things:
          #1 - People fear change almost as much as they hate oppression (look at Iraq / Islam in general; a bunch of seventh-century savages they remain, even while claiming to overthrow governments in the name of their "freedom").

          #2 - The Rebels were a minority in the galaxy, whose population mostly just wanted to be left alone.

          It's been explored in the novels and elsewhere; during the time of the Empire, there were a few planets in rebellion, but mostly it was just business as usual. Unless you got the attention of the Imperial government, you did business the same way you'd done it under the Republic.

          If you joined the Imperial Forces, chances are you did it because of a slick recruiting plan and promises of good wages / adventure -- hey, Luke was about to join up before Obi-Wan came along, wasn't he? For that matter, the officers of the Imperial Navy might have feared Vader, but the grunts were happy enough as they were, obviously.

          Therefore, having a LOCALIZED celebration on Endor made sense. There were a bunch of Rebels present, because they'd won the battle, and there were a bunch of Ewoks around because they were indigenous.

          Showing celebrations elsewhere? Yeesh, people. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO CELEBRATIONS ELSEWHERE.

          You think the entire galaxy would have just cheered and shouted and gone "Whee, the Emperor's gone! Yay!"???

          Fuck that. They'd have been hand-wringing, worried about who was restoring/keeping order with the StormTroopers now out of a job. Planetary governors would alternately have been quelling civil distress and working on plans either to take over territory or work their way into positions of power in the new government. Smugglers wouldn't have given a flying fuck, except that the unrest made it easier for them to slip stuff into ports undetected.

          That's the reality. On Endor, and maybe a few other Rebel bases, there might have been a party. Mon Calamari perhaps, given what the Emperor did to them.

          Coruscant? The seat of the Emperor's power? FUCK NO. Coruscant wouldn't have been cheering. The other planets shown? Likewise.

          "Yub Yub" and the original party scene make sense. The Special Edition bullshit is just that, BULLSHIT, and completely ignores the realities of the universe Lucas constructed in the first place.
        • by cubicledrone (681598) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @12:49PM (#8239611)
          Return of the Jedi is actually pretty good once Lucas purged the "Yub Yub" song.

          They needed it for Phantom Menace.
      • I'm sure they'll just release this, wait a year or two and then release the "classic" edition for people clamoring for it and they'll make loads of money yet again.

        Or they could release both versions on the same release. Recently, I bought the Pink Floyd "Directors Cut" of Live at Pompeii and it has the original and the directors cut versions. I have other dvds that have widescreen and 4:3 versions.

        Plus, there are only like 20 or so minutes of different footage, so it would fit on one disk easily.

        Bah,
    • Funny that you mention ripping. I knew that he'd never release the original movies on DVD, so I've been copying my "Definitive Collection" laserdiscs onto DVD via my PC. The end result is pretty good. Very little loss of quality. I'm sure it would look better if I had a nicer LD player for output. Too bad Lucas has to shove the crappy special editions out to the public. Sad to see a once celebrated franchise become the biggest joke out there (well, maybe a close second to the Matrix sequels). :-)
      • by tuffy (10202) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:13AM (#8237429) Homepage Journal
        I knew that he'd never release the original movies on DVD, so I've been copying my "Definitive Collection" laserdiscs onto DVD via my PC.

        This has been done, and a nicely transferred version is floating around the internet already - complete with high resolution covers and a "bonus" DVD full of extra material. The quality isn't ideal (the transfer is for 1 single-layer DVD per film) but it's widescreen, better than VHS and the best version of the originals we're likely to get.

      • by glesga_kiss (596639) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:28AM (#8237624)
        As another poster has mentioned, this has already been done. There are multiple unofficial digital version of the movies. The ones I have are:

        Original triology, SE on German DVD with 5.1 German audio and 5.1 upmixed (from 2.0) English. The original English 2.0 soundtrack is also available. Verdict: Very good, but all text is in German, including scrolling start. English 5.1 isn't real 5.1 unfortunately, but the German is.

        Original trilogy, SE on DivX. Sound is prologic, one disk per movie. Verdict: A keeper until the offical DVDs are out.

        The Phantom Menace Phantom Edit. A rip of the VHS version, minus as much Anakin and Jar-Jar bullshit as possible. Verdict: Worth checking out. Available in mpeg2, DivX and VCD. I kept the mpeg4 version I found on e2k.

        The Phantom Menace Peoples Edition. A DVD rip including several deleted scenes. Verdict: Worth a look, educational purposes.

        Finally, a someone I know made proper DVDs from his own LD-cap, supposedly very good but I never got to see it.

        Fuck Lucas. Like the RIAA, he has learned that missing a business opertunity costs. We want DVD, you don't give. We go elsewhere and your products are forever tainted. Combined with the poorish recent movies, Lucas has almost succeeded in making Star Wars suck.

  • Finally! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Jad LaFields (607990) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:48AM (#8237107)
    Now to just wipe the memory of the two new films completely from memory...
  • HDDVD (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mal3 (59208) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:48AM (#8237111)
    Lucas was going to wait longer, but realized if he did it would have to be released on HDDVD and he'd lose the opportunity to sell it to you twice.
    • Re:HDDVD (Score:3, Funny)

      by Fishstick (150821)
      According to Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn, both the studio and Lucasfilm arrived at the September 21st date to gain maximum exposure during the holiday season: "We sold about 17 million VHS 'Star Wars' units during two fall release periods in '95 and '97," he explained. "With that in mind, we designed our release strategy to pick the best release date that had the most gentle sales curve decline on home video."

      translation: we are waiting until the best possible moment to extract the maximum
    • Re:HDDVD (Score:4, Insightful)

      by SlashdotLemming (640272) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @11:04AM (#8238091)
      Lucas was going to wait longer, but realized if he did it would have to be released on HDDVD and he'd lose the opportunity to sell it to you twice.

      He can only sell it to you twice if you choose to buy it twice.
  • Not a democracy? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RobertB-DC (622190) * on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:48AM (#8237117) Homepage Journal
    From the article:
    So what are the faithful to do if they don't want to watch the altered 1997 editions of the trilogy? Either give in, or don't buy. "We realize there's a lot of debate out there," says Ward. "But this is not a democracy. We love our fans, but this is about art and filmmaking. [George] has decided that the sole version he wants available is this one."

    So you say it's not a democracy? That George "Artist" Lucas can do what he damn well pleases?

    Perhaps Lucas has forgotten that he's in the marketplace -- where democracy indeed rules, and the cash register is the ballot box.

    My vote will be for the version where Han shoots first. For me, it *is* about "art and filmmaking". Both of which were evident in the original, absent from the remake, and forgotten in the prequels.
    • Re:Not a democracy? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by mahdi13 (660205) <icarus.lnx@gmail.com> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:56AM (#8237227) Journal
      Perhaps Lucas has forgotten that he's in the marketplace -- where democracy indeed rules, and the cash register is the ballot box.
      Maybe you forgot who made the movies...?
      It has nothing to do with politics, the final product is George's choice...not yours

      Don't like it, vote by not buying it
    • by Metryq (716104) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:59AM (#8237273)
      "Perhaps Lucas has forgotten that he's in the marketplace -- where democracy indeed rules, and the cash register is the ballot box."

      Have you been to the cinema lately or watched any TV? The voting public is not terribly critical, which is why crap keeps selling. The public is buying it.

      Remember Sturgeon's Law: 90 percent of anything is crap.
    • by Dogtanian (588974) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:16AM (#8237467) Homepage
      Perhaps Lucas has forgotten that he's in the marketplace -- where democracy indeed rules

      Yeah, right.

      Listen, I know there are many people out there who think that the marketplace and democracy are the same thing. They're wrong, and so are you.

      Democracy; various flavors, but the intention is that what the majority of people want, they get. This means that if the country votes for a government-controlled socialist utopia, it's democratic, and when another country invades and forces a market-based economy upon them, it's not (or vice versa).

      Marketplace; people have money and goods. Money and goods are exchanged at the highest perceived benefit to both parties. Those with more money have more buying power. Those with goods/rights can do what they like with them. Those with no money or goods/rights have no power.

      Do you understand? Two separate concepts. Until the people in such-and-such a country vote for a law that says George Lucas must release the original Star Wars trilogy on DVD, there's nothing "undemocratic" about his decision (in the sense that we are discussing here) like it or not. The democratic USA (*) (and most other countries) has passed laws which allow whoever holds the rights to do pretty much what the hell they like with the Star Wars movies.

      And while I'm here, I'll point out that liberty is also different to capitalism *and* democracy, regardless of bluster to the contrary.

      (*) You can argue the toss about the effectiveness of US democracy, but that's another topic altogether.
  • by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:49AM (#8237127) Homepage Journal

    Please bear with my rant..

    When I read of the Star Wars DVD release I immediately thought of the speech Gordon Gekko give the board of Teldon Papers in the movie Wall Street (1987) [imdb.com]
    "The point is, ladies and gentleman, is that greed -- for lack of a better word -- is good. Greed is right. Greed works."

    Years after the DVD has become ubiquitous they decide to release the original 3 on that medium. It was only a few years ago that they released the VHS set to the consumers.
    Lucas "found some time" in his schedule and "was willing and eager to make it happen."
    Wow! Thanks, George! The story makes it sound like they're doing us a favour! Yeah right. The only favour is to their bank accounts. The tide of cash flowing in from the "Official VHS set" has slowed to a crawl. They want the consumers to re-purchase the same stuff on a new format. George didn't "[find] some time", the market studies indicated that this is the right time to release the DVDs.

    Thanks but no thanks George. After the embarassment of Episodes I & II and your blatant milking of the franchise you've lost a big fan in me. I'd only buy the set if I could guarantee that my money buys the exact slice of pizza you choke on.

  • Press Relase Link (Score:5, Informative)

    by Icepick_ (25751) <icepick AT netfamine DOT DOT com> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:49AM (#8237129) Homepage
    http://www.starwars.com/episode-iv/news/2004/02/ne ws20040210.html

  • by signe (64498) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:50AM (#8237136) Homepage
    It's not the original Star Wars trilogy. It's the version that Lucas ham-handedly put together in 1997. It definitely won't be on my list of must-have DVDs, regardless of how much I would love to own the original trilogy on DVD.

    Greedo did not shoot first.

    -Todd
    • there were rumors [theforce.net] floating about in regards to changes Lucas was supposedly making for the DVD edition. I guess we'll have to wait and see if it actually happens.

      Mike
      • by signe (64498) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:52AM (#8237940) Homepage
        Well, as is noted on that page, it sounds like more of a wish list than something that was leaked from ILM or the Ranch. If it ends up being accurate, I might consider the DVDs. But I'm not holding my breath.

        Frankly, Lucas and his people know what bothers so many fans, with regards to the remastered trilogy. I can't believe that they're so oblivious that they don't know by now. So if they really were going to change the Cantina scene back, don't you think they'd let people know, or at least drop large hints, in order to raise the hype around the DVD release more?

        -Todd
    • I'll buy this as quick as i can, before he adds jar jar in a new release!

      this is the best you'll be able to get
    • by jcoleman (139158) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:03AM (#8237326)
      The words "get over it" come to mind. You remind me of the guy on Mr. Show that wore a scarf in summer and complained that wax cylinders were the only true way to appreciate recorded music.
      • by TheWickedKingJeremy (578077) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:20AM (#8237513) Homepage
        Um, some people like viewing the movies they grew up with in their original state - not "enhanced" with bad CG dancing scenes or politically-correct changes that make no sense in the context of the scene.

        In the grand scheme of things, Lucas f-ing up his original Trilogy is small potatoes... but in the context of a Star Wars article on Slashdot - you have to expect some bitching about the Greedo scene ;)
      • by sg3000 (87992) * <sg_public@noSPAm.mac.com> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:24AM (#8237562)
        > You remind me of the guy on Mr. Show that wore a scarf in
        > summer and complained that wax cylinders were the only true
        > way to appreciate recorded music.

        Slow-witted guy eating donut: "You wanna watch the new Star Wars movie?"

        Guy wearing scarf: "Oh, puh-lease! The new Star Wars movies blow! People were not meant to see movies with good special effects. People need to see strings, rubber suits, and that shit."

        Digs out worn VHS copy of the original Star Wars movie.

        "What is that?"

        "This, my friend, is the only version of Star Wars I will touch," he says while lovingly stroking the VHS tape.

        "Is it the THX remastered version?"

        "No! I just -- it's the original Star Wars movie on VHS. It allows me to watch the only decent movie ever committed to celluloid."

        "Celluloid?"

        "Yessss!"

        "Does it have computer effects?"

        "Jesus! Just watch. It's so pure it hurts ..."

        Screen zooms in to a rubber suited alien flopping around a dingy sound stage threatening a young Harrison Ford. A man in a metal robot suit starts prat-falling on the scene.

        The fact is, the new Star Wars movies are just as good as the old ones. Complainers were just 20 years younger when they saw the originals.
        • by jcoleman (139158) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:37AM (#8237737)
          Oh, if only I could mod this up. :) David Cross is a comedy genius.

          It's not like Lucas went back to your childhood and stole your teddy bear, people! I don't think Greedo should have shot first, and I agree with leaving Han's character as a rogue who did what he had to to stay alive. But damn, get over it already.

          It's HIS movie, he can do as HE pleases with it. He is not screwing you. He is not raping your childhood. He is not having sex with your mother while you watch, helplessly duct-taped to a chair.

          Stories evolve, folks. You just happened to see the rough drafts.
          • It's HIS movie, he can do as HE pleases with it. He is not screwing you. He is not raping your childhood. He is not having sex with your mother while you watch, helplessly duct-taped to a chair.

            Did I miss something? I believe the parent poster simply stated that he probably won't be buying the revised DVDs...
        • by Scrameustache (459504) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @11:48AM (#8238771) Homepage Journal
          The fact is, the new Star Wars movies are just as good as the old ones. Complainers were just 20 years younger when they saw the originals.

          Nope, I worked in a day camp in 2000, one of the kids asked why guys my age loved Star Wars so much, he'd seen episode 1 and didn't see what all the fuss was about: Its not that good he said.

          I explained he was right, episode 1 isn't that good, and the reason guys my age loved Star Wars so much was that the original were
          1. Much better than the prequels
          2. released in an age when SW had the best SFX ever seen, it was revolutionary. Episode 1 had SFX that were pretty much the same as every other movie released in the 90's. Jurassik Park gave the SFX push that A New Hope had given (go rent Logan's Run to compare SFXs).

          And that was a 10yr old, exactly the target audience for a kid-friendly poop-joke infested flick like Ep1.

          Its not just the rose-tainted glasses of nostalgia. Lucas lost it.
  • mmm..... (Score:5, Funny)

    by freerecords (750663) <{slashdot} {at} {freerecords.org}> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:50AM (#8237137) Homepage Journal
    these are not the dvds you are looking for...
    • Re:mmm..... (Score:5, Funny)

      by Em Emalb (452530) * <ememalb AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:04AM (#8237331) Homepage Journal
      Screw Star Wars quotes! My personal fav from the sci fi genre:

      Dark Helmet: Who made that man a gunner?

      Maj. Asshole: I did, sir. He's my cousin.

      Dark Helmet: Who is he?

      Col. Sandurz: He's an Asshole, sir.

      Dark Helmet: I know that. What's his name?

      Col. Sandurz: That is his name, sir. Asshole, Major Asshole.

      Dark Helmet: And his cousin?

      Col. Sandurz: He's an Asshole too, sir. Gunner's Mate, First Class, Philip Asshole.

      Dark Helmet: How many Assholes we got on this ship, any how?

      Everyone: Yo!

      Dark Helmet: I knew it. I'm surrounded by Assholes. Keep firing, Assholes!
  • *snore* (Score:5, Insightful)

    by HarveyBirdman (627248) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:52AM (#8237164) Journal
    Someone needs to invent a new SF franchise.
    • by MS_leases_my_soul (562160) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @11:07AM (#8238137)
      FireFly is the answer. You have a kick-ass writer/director who is more than willing and able and actors who have already put in some amazing acting. You have a plotline that grabs you by the gut and pulls you along for a ride.

      I warn everyone who has not seen Firefly yet -- if you get the DVDs and start watching them, you will go one half of the best ride of your life. It will be like getting on the world's greatest rollercoaster (with 10 loops!), making through the first 3 loops and having the rollercoaster stop in the middle of the ride. You will love what you get and be disgusted that there is not more.

      Still, if people continue to buy the DVDs and word of mouth continues to spread, there is still the movie in the works and hope for SciFi or someone else to pick it up. Fox should be smart enough to put it into production again as long as they are getting paid.
  • by Apreche (239272) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:53AM (#8237179) Homepage Journal
    I really would like to own all the star wars movies ever in one giant dvd box set of super awesome. I don't even like eps 1-3, but the geek in me must own them. However, there is one problem.

    GREEDO SHOOTS FIRST!

    FUCK THAT.

    I know it's super nerdy to complain about it, but I'm not willing to pay for a copy of the movie if that's the way it's going to be. Solo is supposed to kill him in cold blood.

    Lucas, if you want my cash you're going to have to release the real deal. Spielberg, you too. I didn't buy none of your walkie talkie E.T. shit. Good thing I still have the real deals on VHS. But still, DVD would be nice.

    Man, I am such a freakin' fanboy sometimes.
    • Cold blood? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by ArsSineArtificio (150115) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:10AM (#8237396) Homepage
      Solo is supposed to kill him in cold blood.

      I don't get why people say that. In the dialogue, Greedo had just said the he was going to enjoy killing Solo in a moment, so Han shot first and killed Greedo in self-defense. It's not like Solo sneaked into the cantina, spied Greedo, and shot him in the back.

  • Timing (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Stormcrow309 (590240) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:54AM (#8237186) Homepage Journal

    It probably has to do with the amount of money Lucas is spending on Episode III. He must have a significant burn rate. It also could be an attempt to generate interest after the abysmal response to Episode II.

    • Re:Timing (Score:3, Informative)

      by Dirtside (91468)
      It also could be an attempt to generate interest after the abysmal response to Episode II.
      Episode II grossed over $600 million worldwide. Considering it was budgeted at about $120 million, I think Lucas probably has plenty of cash.
  • Originaltrilogy.com (Score:5, Informative)

    by DeadBugs (546475) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:58AM (#8237249) Homepage
    It may not be too late to visit the Original Trilogy [originaltrilogy.com] website and sign the petition to get the original un-updated version put on DVD. 50,000 have signed up already!

    Well it may be too late, but the fans must be heard!
  • by Jedi Holocron (225191) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:58AM (#8237252) Homepage Journal
    Of course, the big question mark amongst fans has always been whether Lucas would allow the original, unaltered original editions of the trilogy to also be released on DVD. Not possible, said Ward, who confirmed that the upcoming set will feature only the 1997 Special Edition versions of each film. "What George did in 1997," Ward explains, "was [to] make the movie he originally wanted to make."


    This should answer all the questions below. Forget it. I want the original unaltered versions on DVD. Didn't anyone learn anything from New Coke?
    • by 0123456 (636235) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:58AM (#8238008)
      ""What George did in 1997," Ward explains, "was [to] make the movie he originally wanted to make.""

      Which is an interesting comment. While the 'special editions' suck less than the prequels, they do suck almost as bad as the original 'Star Wars' scripts before Lucas read Joseph Campbell's books, so we can conclude from this that if Lucas hadn't been kept in check by the studio he'd have released a 'Star Wars' movie that sucked in 1977 and would have vanished without a trace.

      Of course, having seen the prequels, the fact that Lucas' "artistic vision" sucks shouldn't really be a surprise.

    • Didn't anyone learn anything from New Coke?


      When you finally do release the original product, it's a huge boost [wikipedia.org] with lots of publicity, and you make a lot of money?


      Yeah, I think they might have learned that lesson.

  • by RedShoeRider (658314) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @09:59AM (#8237265)
    ....looks like I'm going to have to take a sick day on Wednesday the 22nd, boss.... *cough, cough*
  • so.... (Score:5, Funny)

    by mrscorpio (265337) <.moc.loopenots. .ta. .yobdedaehowt.> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:01AM (#8237294)
    "There's yet to be a press release..."

    So unofficially, it's official?

    Chris
  • by andih8u (639841) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:11AM (#8237412)
    1. Making of the movie 2. Making of the special effects 3. Making of the money with footage of George Lucas hauling bags of cash to bank.
  • Ehhhh (Score:5, Funny)

    by tipo21 (749912) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:12AM (#8237422)
    Ehh wheres is the Torrrent??
  • by Flyboy Connor (741764) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:18AM (#8237482)
    I will buy them when Lucas has finished all three trilogies, and all nine movies are bundled together in the Ultimate Death Star Box, including both the classic and the extended editions, at least three special feature DVDs, and with and without Jar Jar replaced by a pink furry rabbit.
  • USAToday Article (Score:5, Informative)

    by Genjurosan (601032) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:21AM (#8237529)
    Find the article on USAToday HERE [usatoday.com].
  • by 16K Ram Pack (690082) <tim...almond@@@gmail...com> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:23AM (#8237554) Homepage
    I have a Platinum Edition DVD of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and they did some things that could satisfy purists and non-purists.

    There are 3 versions of the film on the disc. Firstly, the original theatrical edition that means that if you want to watch what was first released at the cinema/on VHS, you can. Secondly, a 'work in progress' edition that was shown at the NY film festival - lots of non-coloured images/coffee stains etc. Thirdly, the Special Edition which includes "Human Again" which was a song added for the stage show and added in later (which as an add-on is quite entertaining and works with the rest of the film).

    I imagine these versions were done by setting the film to just use different chapters, so parts could be added at different points.

    Why can't Lucas do that? Give us the improved sounds and visual effects of the Sp. Editions, but give people a choice of Original or Pointlessly Remixed versions of the film.

    PS If you've never seen the Platinum Edition of B&TB, do so. It's a great example of how to make a great DVD set.

  • by Burgundy Advocate (313960) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:27AM (#8237608) Homepage
    The trilogy, featuring the classic franchise films "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," will be released on three DVD discs, with a fourth disc likely to hold a newly made documentary about the "Star Wars" franchise and never-before-seen footage, among several other bonus materials, said Jim Ward, Lucasfilm's VP of marketing and distribution and the DVD trilogy's executive producer.

    Oh please let the bonus materials be a digitally restored copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special! [salon.com]

    Imagine the marketing possibilities! You could promote the touching "Life Day" celebration! Multicultural wookie Goodness!

    If you haven't seen it, go here [x-entertainment.com]. You really need to.

    Have a Very Wookie Christmas! I know if I get this I will!
  • Original rips? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dschuetz (10924) <slash@@@david...dasnet...org> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @10:28AM (#8237623) Homepage
    So, anyone got a source for a nice, MPEG-2, digital audio rip of the original-version widescreen laserdiscs?
  • by metamatic (202216) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @11:37AM (#8238564) Homepage Journal
    I couldn't care less if Lucas finally releases Star Wars on DVD.

    What I want to see is THX-1138 on DVD. His one great movie.
  • by superultra (670002) on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @11:43AM (#8238687) Homepage
    ". . .the original version technically don't exist."

    You can't blame him. I mean how many times have you clicked on "Save" in the File Menu instead of "Save As"?
  • New Coke? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Hadean (32319) <hadean.dragon+slashdot@nOSPAm.gmail.com> on Tuesday February 10, 2004 @11:48AM (#8238780)
    As someone hinted at elsewhere in the posts, Lucas may be pulling an intentional version of the "New Coke" fiasco. According to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]:

    The public were unhappy with the new taste, and even more unhappy that they were no longer able to obtain the original product, and so the company had to backtrack and return to the older formula. However, when they went back to the original formula - now renamed Classic Coke/Coca Cola Classic - demand for the classic taste grew to a greater extent than before New Coke...

    Sounds like something an evil marketer might want to try... Who knows, maybe we'll see Classic Star Wars in 2006, when all of the marketing from the newer Star Wars' is finished and Lucas is scrounging around for something to sell before making Episode 7. G'ah.

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