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Star Wars Blu-ray Review

Posted September 12, 2011 10:51 PM by Webmaster

Star WarsThe moment is finally here. On Friday, George Lucas' epic Star Wars saga will make its debut on Blu-ray in HD for everyone to enjoy. So the question on everyone's mind naturally is, does the Star Wars Blu-ray release live up to the high expectations? Luckily, Blu-ray.com's own staff reviewer Casey Broadwater has the answer in his comprehensive Star Wars Blu-ray Review.

While the new Star Wars video transfers/restorations represent "an exponential leap in picture refinement, integrity, and clarity from previous DVD releases" and for the most part look wonderful, the first two Star Wars prequels, especially The Phantom Menace, leave some to be desired. The good news is that the original Star Wars trilogy doesn't disappoint. Casey concludes "I can't imagine these three films looking much better than they do here. I suppose it's possible, but I'll leave that for Lucas to figure out."

As for the audio, it's good news all around. "I don't even need to write up separate audio reviews for each of the films. You know why? Because these lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1 surround tracks are perfect."

To summarize Casey's thoughts about the Star Wars Blu-ray release, "The films have never looked or sounded better—Episodes III-VI are particularly impressive—and they come with a fantastic collection of special features." and is highly recommended.

For more details and plenty of Blu-ray screenshots, read the full: Star Wars Blu-ray Review.


Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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The Wizard
  Sep 15, 2011
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Woot! My complete saga showed up a day early. Thanks Amazon!! Wait is finally over!!

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Lopan
  Sep 15, 2011
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Yeah I got mine in the mail today too. I just finished watching Episode I.
cbal75
  Sep 15, 2011
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Your Amazon.com order of "Star Wars: The Complete Sa..." has shipped!‏

sean1198
  Sep 16, 2011
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just got mine tonight at midnight and A New Hope looks and sounds amazing
wookieaz
  Sep 16, 2011
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Just scan through Episode I. Its looks and sound amazing. Sadly enough one of the biggest blunder they made was the end with Darth Maul, how his light sabre magically switch hand as Obi-wan leap over him to kill him. Yet its the one scene they never even fixed.
Russell22
  Sep 16, 2011
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I bet you all the money in the world, George will later on re-do the prequels in special editions, for a start the fx in places is looking shonky ( the banking clan member in ep 2 anyone?) some of the CG characters are looking cartoonish now and that last shot in ep 2 with all the clone troopers and star destroyers up above just looks like a shot from the clone wars cartoon now.

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Lucy Diamond
  Sep 16, 2011
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Just got mine!!!!

WilliaBe
  Sep 16, 2011
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Just got my Complete Saga. Man it looks good. Wish the working day would just end already!!!!
potterD
  Sep 16, 2011
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Can't wait to pick up the saga on blu ray. Glad it got lossless master audio but why not 7.1 support? Its StarWars on freakin Blu-Ray, could have done a little better than 6.1!
Thank You
  Sep 16, 2011
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The set-up of the menu's is horrible. For example, in order to watch all of the Episode I Deleted Scenes, you must click through or back about 25 times. Whoever did this Blu ray set didn't put much thought into the functionality. The content is split up between planet for each movie.

things should have been grouped together. All of the Deleted Scenes in one spot. All of the interviews in another.

And the lack of deleted scenes that were on the DVD is really apparant.

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Scarriere
  Sep 16, 2011
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I've only read the first paragraph and believe this may be the best review I have ever read.
PretyHateMachin
  Sep 16, 2011
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Picked up mine at 8 a.m. from Target. I got the very last copy, their entire shipment apparently went missing and they only had 3 copies on hand. They had no lithographs either... slightly disappointed about that, but I am going back this afternoon to check again. Other than that, the films look GREAT! Episode III is the best looking of the prequels, and surprisingly, the originals look much better than the 3 prequel films. Despite the changes, I am happy to own the complete Saga on blu-ray. I have my weekend planned out... 2 films per night starting tonight! My son is going to watch the Saga for the first time. He is 4-years old. He sat through the original unaltered version of Star Wars last night and loved it!
wonka
  Sep 16, 2011
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Evenly though I feel this is a box of lies You can buy them separately for $29.99 at "Toys R Us" today, maybe all week. Don't give this man more of your hard earned money than you need to.
PretyHateMachin
  Sep 16, 2011
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Did anyone else have any issues with episode 3 loading? It was taking forever (3-4 minutes), so I ejected it and tried again and within 2 minutes it loaded... maybe something was up with my player, but it still took the longest to load of all the movies.

Dr. Manhattan
  Sep 16, 2011
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Everybody,

Be sure to check the discs if you get a copy. A buddy of mine got it first thing this morning and noticed he had 2 copies of "Attack of the Clones" and no "A New Hope". George wants to double down the crap and take away one of the good ones apparently.

andylynch
  Sep 16, 2011
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@dJ_kwest ---> I 'm 41, and also saw the original in the theater (along with the others when they came out) and you are exactly right. I honestly wonder how many of the online posters claiming "he molested my childhood" saw the films when they originally ran? Or watched them on VHS with crappy sound on a 4:3 TV? My kids who are 4 and 5 are going to love these - they may love stuff I don't like (the song and dance number does suck, but I can see my daughter laughing her a$$ off at it while she's young and that's OK - she's a kid), but they'll get the bigger picture and will grow to love the movies if they want to.

A lot of these posts seem like a teenager who got a free Mustang for his birthday and is throwing a tantrum because it doesn't have the right floor mats. But that's just my 2 cents.

rollinwith26s
  Sep 16, 2011
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I HAVE MINE NOW. The packaging is the nicest packaging on a home video release I have ever seen...now to go and watch them.

tacomaprime
  Sep 16, 2011
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Mine will be waiting on my doorstep for me when I get home from work! Can't wait!
wonka
  Sep 16, 2011
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I agree with lynch I seen Empire and Jedi during the original launch, but I can't Deni my kids the NOOOO trilogy, to see it with such a great picture and sound and on a Hugh ass screen. Like so many others that are in there mid 30's and above I watch this on a 19inch TV that occasionally had a green tint to it and loved every minute of it. Maybe these movies are supposed to evolve on every new format that comes out, kind of like a music band thats been touring for 30 or 40 years the odds that all the original members are still in it are pretty slim but still manage to hold on to the feel some how,but for $29.99 at Toys R Us I 'll have to buy.

joedog
  Sep 16, 2011
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VOODOO - you nailed it on the head with the following statement. I agree wholeheartedly. Add to the list boring shot compositions, static characters who sit around and talk too much, and an overabundance of C.G.

"VOODOO:
The prequels ruined Star Wars plain and simple.... It was like if after 40 years we got a Beatles reunion album and Ringo sang lead on all the new songs.

The prequels were by far the biggest disappointment in the history of cinema. I get mad when I think how good these films could have been. Instead we got Jar Jar Binks + his poop jokes, a flying R2D2, the corniest scene in the history of film when C3PO loses his head, Darth Vader looks and acts like a Backstreet Boy, some of the worst dialogue since Ed Wood's last movie...Shall I go on?

The original SW films are timeless classics...The prequels are an embarrasement."
marshmeli
  Sep 16, 2011
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I have the original trilogy on the way, would love the special features that comes with the full set, but know I will never watch the 3 newer movies and think its a waste of money for me...

NeoMaximuz
  Sep 16, 2011
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Finally got my set. Now I better hurry and finish up my work to get out of here!

Born2BeBlu
  Sep 16, 2011
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Overheard the nitwit in front of me at Best Buy today (where the price is $79.99) bragging he's buying the individual trilogies separately to save money....at $39.99 each. I didn't have the heart to tell him to do the math...and everything he's missing out on special features-wise.

mbm358
  Sep 16, 2011
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Bought mine at Best Buy at 9am. Had a gift card, made it easier on the wallet YEAH!
Just finished Ep IV (gonna watch them in that order,,prequel is still a sequel...just my opinion.) Awesome picture throughout, detail galore.....sound system was thundering when they arrive at Alderan....."impressive"... sound change on Obi Wan's first encounter not too upsetting: rather fit right in. Packaging is beautiful.......Gonna take a breather & start Ep V this evening..................everyone enjoy...this is what bluray was made for...........
toonloon
  Sep 16, 2011
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I FOUND ONE! I finally found an Easter Egg! I'm sure smart arse will say "I already knew that", but I've been googling for days how to find the Easter Eggs and I've found the Boba Fett cartoon from the Holiday Special

bobbylee
  Sep 16, 2011
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Mine just came in the mail ; watching it as I type.It looks and sounds amazing If you're unsure about buying this don't be .I've never seen these films look and sound this good.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Brucey
  Sep 16, 2011
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Bluray Freak said:
What you "UOT purists" fail to see is that these movies belong to George Lucas, they are his "art", so he can do what-the-hell-ever he wants to them.

"If you don't like it, that's just too bad.

With that being said, please stop with the comments such as "I will only buy/watch the original trilogy in its original form" because IT NO LONGER EXISTS. Lucas himself has stated that the original prints are in such sad shape that it's nearly impossible to release them any longer. The sooner you get it through your thick skulls, the better. I, as well as others, are fed up with the constant whining--the world doesn't owe you a damned thing so give it up already! "

@Blurayfreak
- The biggest misconception being perpetrated by Lucasfilm is that the 'Original Trilogy' no longer exists because the 'Original Prints' were in bad shape. Where do you think the footage came from to master the 'Special Edition?! It is from the same print as the 'Original Theatrical' version, only Lucasfilm added CGI to it, re-colorized and processed the hell out of it digitally. 90% of the 'Original Theatrical' version of Star Wars IS the 'Special Edition', it's not like they re-filmed the whole movie or something. All Lucasfilm would have to do is re-time (change the colors, etc.) the 'Special Edition' back to the way the original was and recut a handful of scenes back to their original state and voila you would have the 'Original Theatrical ' version of Star Wars. Lucasfilm HAS all the resources to do this but refuses to.
SonOfArathorn
  Sep 16, 2011
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Can anyone really watch the OT and say it's any better than the prequels as far as acting, writing etc, go? The answer, if we are honest with ourselves, is no. They're campy, corny, cheesy and any other synonym that starts with C. But I think that's why we still love them. People give the OT way too much credit. Mark Hammil is no better or worse than Hayden Christensen....

Ok.... maybe I'm wrong on that last part. But I'll out his whine about going to pick up power converters next to anything Anakin said in the prequels.
Thank You
  Sep 16, 2011
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Hayden's acting is about on par with Luke's acting.

They are great kids movies that happen to draw in adults.

My only complain with the set so far is that they don't allow me to throw out my DVD versions. All of the special features should have been moved over. no excuse for that.

Everything is a slice of perfection.
Hull Blackwell
  Sep 16, 2011
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if you live in Canada....I just bought it at London drugs for $69.99 .....I couldn't say Nooooooooooo!!!!

MEMDB
  Sep 16, 2011
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Eh, 6.1 still sounded good on my 7 year old receiver. It sure had a major workout with handling the sounds of the movies. I had watched Episodes I through III and noticed a few things that Lucas took out mostly a few sound effects that were removed and some that were added into the 2nd film. I think the CGI Yoda in Episode I was a nice touch because it did seem a bit out of place with Episodes II and III. The picture was definitely a huge improvement and the sound was amazing! Episode III was definitely louder than my DVD version I had to pump that DVD all the way just to enjoy the sound.

Am I the only one who thought Episode II's lightsabers sounded the best and sounded like total crap in Episode III? I would of thought Lucas would of added more bass to them in III but disappointed he didn't.

Tomorrow will be watching the Original Trilogy but I'm a bit scared to cause I feel I might be witness my childhood memories go up in flames by watching this.

tacomaprime
  Sep 16, 2011
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im not a fan of the way the blu rays slide into the holders. gonna have to get cases to put the movies into.

johnknoesel
  Sep 16, 2011
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Just my own 2 cents here, for the complete saga the packaging stinks. Cheap and flimsy nothing but crappy pressed paper with pretty pictures. Not very good for storing the discs. I could not even get the disc out of the slip. I already new that the picture and the audio was going to be phenomenal and that we would not be disappointed there but the packaging is a sad joke. I am going to wait for the individual releases.

vassillios
  Sep 16, 2011
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Anybody else noticing audio hiccups during A New Hope?

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squirrel101
  Sep 16, 2011
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was it me or did they kinda "fix" the Greedo scene so that they almost fire smultaneously, the Obi wan deal just sounde like someone screaming but i quickly forgot about it, something funny is i didn't realize my dvd set was the one with the unaltered original trilogy til bout a week ago...lol i bought the TRU set @ lunch for 30$ so i'll finish the other 2 later.

spf781
  Sep 16, 2011
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Vassillios,

I came across at least a dozen audio dropouts on A New Hope. Hopefully, I can just exchange that disc at Best Buy instead of the whole set.

Blue_Baron
  Sep 16, 2011
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The movie feature discs (SW I-VI) will not play on my PC with Cyberlink 7, but the bonus discs play fine. I read online that you have to upgrade to Cyberlink 11 in order for them to play.

How crappy is that? I don't want to shellout a 100 bucks just so I can watch these movies.

spf781
  Sep 16, 2011
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Tried playing ANH on my PC to see if the audio dropouts were the same on another player and came across that same issue, Blue_Baron. To Cyberlink (and Lucasfilm), I have a few choice quotes from "Scarface" for them.

This is ridiculous. And to be honest, I didn't think "A New Hope" looked all that great on blu-ray. Way to blow it, Lucas! Can't wait to see how you f' up the Indiana Jones series!

Oh wait, I've already seen "Crystal Skull"
Tshoffie
  Sep 16, 2011
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normally i dont post alot but i felt i needed to in this Case because as an original fan of Star wars it pains me to see all these new generation of fans bashing the older fans for asking for something that in my opinion should not have had to been Asked for Lucas should give the fans what they want and i speak i think for my entire generation when i say that They owe us the original Trilogy on blu ray in the highest possible picture and sound in the original theatrical cuts that are not tainted by Lucas's Changes...ive seen some people make the comment that why would we wanna deprive ourselves of a rare oppertunity to relive our childhood memories...well because thats just it these are not the versions of the films we grew up on. i dont think its to much to ask to get the unalterd original trilogy on blu ray...Simply put Lucas is basically telling the original fans that he doesnt give a crap about us anymore..and before anyone says a thing think about this..Lucas's at the time of Star wars was needing a hit his first few films failed and to be honest werent very good...in fact he got very lucky indeed because of a change of leadership at fox because noone at the time wanted to make star wars...well anyways to make a long story short if it wasnt for US original Fans that went to the movie theaters countless times to see Star wars and to make it the success it became Lucas's film Career would most likely have ended and hed be out somewhere shining shoes for a living... if it wasnt for Us the Orginal Fans making Star wars a success with the money we spent on it there would never have been Empire Strikes back or Return of the jedi or any merchandising .. let alone special editions of the films and a series of really lame prequels...now im not gonna sit here and bad mouth people because they grew up with the special editions or later versions.. but i do feel that us Older Fans Deserve some respect and that we Deserve to have the best looking and sounding Copy of the unaltered Original Trilogy
Tshoffie
  Sep 16, 2011
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@brucey


Not to mention if im not mistaken there are several prints of the original trilogy unaltered in the smithsonian institute as well...
archetypally
  Sep 17, 2011
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I had an orgasm when Wicket's eyes started blinking, the buildup was just too much! I didn't mind most of the changes, i get why George feels the need to change the movies all the time, he is trying to compensate for all the steaming piles of crap that is most of the two trilogies. I love the movies even though literally volumes could be written about what is wrong with them. But sadly they are not meant for us. Like at the end of Return of the Jedi, it makes no sense why it has to be the young Anakin, and the other two are still old. But try telling that to George who is surrounded by an ocean of ass kissers. Alec Guinness knew all along that the movies were shit and he had his dignity intact by convincing George to kill his character off so he didn't have to spout all the atrocious garbage that George is a master at writing. If i could have been the writer of all 6 films, 95% of the story would have been different to suit my needs, i think that applies to a lot of us. For example one thing is that even though the story is almost entirely about Anakin Skywalker, i would have made most of the prequel trilogy about him as an adult and all the bad ass things he was up to before A New Hope. Would have shown him as a child for maybe ten minutes, another ten minutes as a horned up teenager, and 85% of the last two movies would have been about Darth Vader and the Emperor and all the horrible things they do to the galaxy and Republic, I would have spent most of Revenge of The Sith, about 90% of why he chose the Dark Side and he would be the greatest villain ever. Instead this trilogy is all about a stupid little kid in the first one who could not hurt a fly, a whiny little teenage bitch in part two, and a whiny twenty something with nothing to show about being a true bad ass except for killing a bunch of kids and a bunch of stupid lizard people. Yuck! Not cool. In my imagination i have written something to substitute all 6 films and in my universe Darth Vader is the ultimate power in the universe, not some scrotumless little bitch who joined the Dark Side "to save the one he loves" but then two seconds later he goes and chokes and kills her.

bladerunner1
  Sep 17, 2011
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Got the set last night, first impression the packaging is TERRIBLE. The cover sucks bad, looks like a bible story graphic but that's not my main problem with it..no that would be the inner packaging and how the discs are housed. They are a pain in the ass to get out and once you do free them don't be surprised to find remnants of cardboard on the discs themselves so be sure to check for that before you stick cardboard into your player. I watched Ep4. It is basically the DVD from 2004 shown in its native resolution, no more no less..same problems that disc had, the colors are still jacked, green tint, blacks crushed, soupy grain in certain scenes etc. This bothered me more than the 'additions' this time around. Get this thing re-timed (color), and it would be serviceable. The resolution is pretty good for the most part. (3.5/5 pq for now, get the colors right easily 4.5)
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dsp
  Sep 17, 2011
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I'm pretty sure that the copies of Episodes IV and V in the National Film Registry are the original unaltered versions, much to Lucas' chagrin.

The original unaltered versions will never go away, no matter what this guy says or does.
blame_thatcher
  Sep 17, 2011
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LOL at the Lucas fantrolls voting down any comment that criticises their lord and master.
Tshoffie
  Sep 17, 2011
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@bladerunner i guess that means we can all expect him to make people double or triple dip because if the films look and sound the way you say then odds are hes gonna re release them again in a few more years with more alterations and probably alittle bit better packaging and picture and sound... I for one have waited this long for the unaltered Versions of the film to be done properly on blu ray i can wait more

bladerunner1
  Sep 17, 2011
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^
Prolly not, he thinks it looks great as is and will most likely re-release the same product in the future. He hasn't listened to the griping about the transfer issues thus far, and he seems to be getting kind of 'pissy' about the whole thing. He hates those of us who question him. Basically he hates the old timers who made him rich in the first place. Btw, i only watched the one film and i didn't comment on the sound. I will though. 5/5 fantastic.
MannyWC
  Sep 17, 2011
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@NicWhit- yea i also found a glitch on episode2 where anakin has his mom in his arms...yea rite there lol. i thought maybe i just had a bad copy. well, i went back to best buy to exchange it & it did the exact same thing in the exact same time of the movie. WTH is going on????? other than that im pretty excited about having these movies on blu ray. hopefully they'll do sumthing these glitches so we can move on with our lives...damn, i just sounded like one of them die hard star wars fans that just can't get over the changes of these filmslol. ppl let it go

G@zz@
  Sep 17, 2011
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I see some of you are having issues with the USA versions to with regards to audio drop outs. Lots of people in the UK are having issues with the UK versions too.
pharvey3232
  Sep 17, 2011
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Anyone know anything about the supposedly THX Media Callibration these disks have built in them? I cannot find anything in the documenation regarding this. Also using a Samsung 7 series, I was wondering what mode it would need to be set on??
archetypally
  Sep 17, 2011
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So far I am not impressed with A New Hope, noticed an audio drop out at the exact 37:00 mark. Come to think of it i don't think i have ever heard an audio drop out on ANY blu-ray movie till now! Also noticed on Return of the Jedi that you can see the green screen on the scene where Luke is using his light sabre on the barge to shoot back the lasers to Boba Fett. This is totally ridiculous that with all the billions of dollars at George's disposal these movies would be so poorly constructed. I am disgusted really. Another one of my favourite movies came out for the first time on blu-ray a few days ago, Poltergeist II and it never had any audio issues or colour timing issues with that film which came out in 1986 and furthermore they cleaned up the picture and remastered it but they never changed the original version whatsoever. In comparison to that A New Hope is barely a step up from the dvd version. And why the eff are there any audio drop outs! Aren't there any humans working at mastering these effing blu-rays, just the monkey ass kissers apparently. George Lucas you suck and i think movies converted to 3d should all be banned since they look like shit. Everyone should all boycott those upconverted 3d movies for sure. I know I will be.

HigTone
  Sep 17, 2011
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Just finished watching Episode II and there were quite a few audio hiccups. Very disappointed considering they came from a THX Certified mastering studio. I will be calling the number at the end of the credits to see what they will do about it (not expecting much there). I am a huge fan and went to see Star Wars in the theatre a number of times in 1977 and have since gotten over the 'tinkering' of GL. But, in today's technological world, there is NO excuse for audio issues in this type of release. Why wouldn't a human sit down and watch each disc in its entirety before signing off on reproduction? I just don't get it and it is a sad day indeed.

cynatnite
  Sep 17, 2011
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After reading eveything that's been said, I'll just wait a bit longer before popping down the money for this set.
Mark Alan Thomas
  Sep 18, 2011
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I hope these sad Lucas-haters never get what they want and die angry…over a movie.
Mark Alan Thomas
  Sep 18, 2011
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HigTone, you got a defective disk. That’s all. No need to get all melodramatic and end-of-the world about it.

rollinwith26s
  Sep 18, 2011
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So is there a list of when these audio problems occur in the movies? I didn't notice anything wrong with mine but I want to make sure. I am kind of retarded when it comes to audio and I don't notice a lot of things until people point them out to me. Thanks.
archetypally
  Sep 18, 2011
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I had a problem with audio drop outs on the A New Hope disc but it turns out it wasn't the disc after all! So I returned/exchanged the disc for nothing. The problem is with the firmware update. Stupid me, i will know better next time. Although for my panasonic dmpbd80 there hasn't been a firmware update since august 2010. So before you freak out as i did just wait for the firmware update and then it should be fine. The disc played fine on a playstation at the store and it played fine on my neighbor's panasonic dmpbd50. There should be a new firmware for my blu-ray player soon. I imagine there will be all sorts of problems for many people since blu-ray is inherently messed up in forcing people who are techno doofuses (not meant to offend but most people can barely turn on a blu-ray player much less keep up with the updates) to figure it out for themselves.

Pochita
  Sep 18, 2011
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just finished watching Attack Of The Clones and i am shocked on how much James Cameron stole from this movie for Avatar.......
Sarum
  Sep 18, 2011
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Is it just me. I thought that the OT was the worst blu-ray transfer I have ever seen. The colours are still terrible, there are still blocks around a lot of the ships, vehicles. It justs looks like the DVD. I was expecting so much better from Lucasfilm but it seems that they just didn't bother their arses. A few new bits have been added which didn't need to be and the less said about Vader at the end of 'Jedi' with a stupid 'nnooooooo' the better. Episodes 1 and 2 where better even though they could of been a lot better. I was impressed with the new Yoda in Ep 1. Not watched Ep 3 yet but i'm hoping that they have changed the big mistake with Obi Wan holding the wrong lightsaber when being chocked by Anakin.
Anyway, at the end of the day, a disaster of an effort putting the OT on Blu-ray and I'm so disgusted with them for doing such a poor job and seems that they where out just to make money..
OhDamaso
  Sep 18, 2011
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Eh...I'm just going to wait. When the individual sets are $20 each I'll probably pick them up, whenever that will be. I just don't care enough right now. I'd probably watch half the movies once and they'd sit on my shelf forever anyway. Judging by what people are saying here about the PQ, they're not run-out-and-buy right now anyway.
Mike dk
  Sep 18, 2011
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My girlfriend and I have been watching the "old" trilogy during the last 3 nights and enjoyed them all. They still hold up quite well but I can imagine the younger generation being dissapointed by the primitive speciel effects. I would rate the picture quality as the following;
Star Wars - 4/5
The Empire Strikes Back 4,5/5
Return of the Jedi 3,5/5

Sound overall is excellent!

Tonight we start on the "new" trilogy"

Gosszilla
  Sep 18, 2011
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While I must admit that I really bought this set more for the special features (rare deleted scenes) --I cracked a smile and had a good laugh at the new Krayyt Dragon howl that Kenobi makes! It is just so over-the-top and silly with all the enhanced echo and reverb mixed in glorious 6.1 sound!

tablosser
  Sep 18, 2011
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I just bought STAR WARS the Complete Saga on Blu-ray and it looks and sounds so bloody AWESOME! It's like being 9 yrs old all over again, watching Star Wars for the very first time! I own them on VHS, DVD, and now Blu-Ray and I couldn't be happier! With-out a doubt the best Blu-rays I own! I even think the addition of NOOOOOOO by Darth Vader at the end is a welcome addition, it makes the scene work much better, it makes the transition from the dark side to the light side much more Dramatic. I personally love what George Lucas has done with his Master piece! Now I still believe the Originals theatrical versions should have been included with this box set, not that I would have ever watched them. Just like I don't watch the theatrical versions of the Lord of the Rings any more, the extended versions being so much better. I watch my blu-rays on my 55 inch Samsung, LED, in company with my Marantz, Boston Acoustics, and Velodyne Home Theater... It's going to be a EPIC STAR WARS WEEKEND! Life is so Good! Thank you George Lucas!!!

brainofj72
  Sep 18, 2011
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Wow, I can't believe the reaction this is getting. PQ is very, very disappointing. I and II are full of DNR, and massive EE plagues IV-VI to the point of being distracting. Not to mention the hideous artwork and light features.

spf781
  Sep 18, 2011
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If this has been mentioned before, my apologies in advance. From what I have been reading around the internets, it appears these audio dropouts are being encountered by those with a Denon Receiver (myself included). Based on what I had read, I went and switched my audio output on my PS3 to Linear PCM. And what do you know? No more audio dropouts. Watched Empire and Jedi over the past two days and didn't encounter a single issue. ANH no longer exhibits the issues either.

So until some sort of official fix is offered up, you may want to give this a shot if you haven't done so already.

kong73
  Sep 18, 2011
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Am I the only person in the world still waiting for their copy from Amazon!!
OhDamaso
  Sep 18, 2011
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@brainofj72...people like to make themselves think the PQ is awesome to justify their purchase.
bashman1
  Sep 18, 2011
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I also encountered 12+ audio drop-outs in Episode IV. And about the same in Episode II. I didn't write them down but the Episode IV ones were most notable as they were during big scenes with special effects. The same spots as everyone else I would guess.

I wasn't keeping track of the other movies but I think only 1 or 2 per movie in the rest. III, V and VI were not really affected at all and those are my favorite ones so not as much of an issue. But something they should've caught in QC.

I do have my 120GB Slim PS3 running in Bitstream mode. I will try as spf781 suggested switching to Linear PCM.

My PS3 has the latest firmware so hopefully a future update will fix this. I like my receiver showing when I am in DTS-HD MA format, etc. on the display screen. It doesn't do that with Linear PCM or with the larger model PS3s.

There is supposedly no sound difference but I prefer bitstream for the above reason.

Too bad Lucasfilm, etc. didn't let us know about the issue as it would've made my marathon much more enjoyable. Time to try it again with the fix! At least we don't have to worry about getting new discs.

Great reviews from everyone and the site. Obviously Audio was basically a 5.0 for all 6 movies. Video quality was a huge improvement over the DVD. Especially III and I thought the II PQ was better than some of the reviews made it out to be. The OT wasn't a quantum leap over the DVDs but as reviews are saying they will never look better on home media untill they rescan the films using 4k+ rather than the master used to make the DVDs.

A must buy for Star Wars fans even with the glitches. Extras are awesome too with a lot of new footage.

timcat4843
  Sep 19, 2011
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I want to purchase the Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) on BD for $39.99 from Amazon.
Actually I only want the "Empire Strikes Back."
My question is are the episodes iv-vi the same as the ones found in the expensive Star Wars: The Complete Saga package?

spf781
  Sep 19, 2011
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@timcat4843,

Yup. The discs should be the same ones found in the 9-disc set. I think the only extras on those discs would be the audio commentaries.

timcat4843
  Sep 19, 2011
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Thanks!

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Yeha-Noha
  Sep 19, 2011
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I was in college when it first came out on the big screen in 1977. The rest is history. Then after 2001, I just couldn't get into them anymore. I don't know. It's like having outgrown them or something. Kinda hard to explain. I used to love the episodes and knew the stories well. But I just have no desire to watch them. Apathy I suppose. Is Blu-ray the cure? Hope so, only if I can find them as rentals first. One step at a time. I enjoyed reading the reviews. Wish I could be more excited about it. Darn!
BluDude81
  Sep 19, 2011
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I like the packaging save that the discs have to be slid on a cardboard surface to take it in and out. Stupid... I'v only checked out New Hope so far but here's what I have found: I LOVED the additional texture and depth in high def, but some colors and still were off. When R2 and C3PO were first walking around in the desert, the sand looked as if it kept changing unnatural hues of orange, brown, and yellow. Very strange indeed... I also had problems with audio dropping out as well, but I haven't done my latest firmware update yet either so maybe that's part of the problem. I'd just press pause, and then play and it would be back. All in all, pretty good. Although I haven't explored into the prequel set yet. I hear there are a lot of problems on those.

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Lucy Diamond
  Sep 19, 2011
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Upon first listen to the lossless master audio track:

Little bit of pre-chode.


And.

I cried a little.

Utterly f'n amazing.

As far as all the BS about the nooo in Jedi:

It lasts 2.72232 seconds. Big whoop. I don't feel bent over and I'm not the least bit sore.

Mr. Joshua
  Sep 19, 2011
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Very disappointed in how these movies look and sound. I guess George is going to give us the good stuff after he does the 3D treatment. I'm kinda over it now... These movies had so much potential. It all really started to suck with Episode VI. Ewoks I never liked. Gosh if Christopher Nolan could just get his hands on Star Wars...

Episode I should have been Obi finding Anakin and training him.
Episode II should have been the clone wars and Anakin hunting down the Jedi Knights and turning into Vader.
Episode III should have been Vader and The Emperor ruling the galaxy.

It just doesn't make sense at the end of Episode III they are building the Death Star and in Episode IV the Death Star is fully operational like 20 years later.... Hmmmm just doesn't work for me.
archetypally
  Sep 19, 2011
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re: Mr.Joshua
Thanks for your comment. I have said in other posts that Star Wars is mostly for children because children are not logical and have no reasoning abilities yet. So for a child, spectacle is enough. A logical progression or evolution of a story line and character arcs are the basics for thinking adults. All the shit that Lucas tried to throw at us to tie the two trilogies together just don't work. And even within the Original Trilogy there is no consistency. For example the triangle between Han/Leia/Luke in A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back and then the reveal that they are twins in Return of the Jedi. So apparently George is a proponent of incest? Married your sister? No problem. Another major plot hole is at the end of Empire Strikes Back when Obiwan says that boy is our last hope and Yoda says no there is another. Another example of no logic or consistency within the OT. If there was consistency then at the end of Revenge of the Sith, Obiwan would not have been aware of the twins. So in general there is proof that no thought was put into the series for logical progression between not only the original and prequel trilogies but also within the original trilogy itself. So your example that at the end of Epi III the Death Star was just in the process of being built by the Ants at Geonosis no less, then at the beginning of Star Wars supposedly 20 years later in Lucas' ridiculous time line it is not even fully operational yet, so what the hell was going on in the 20 years between the two Episodes? Nothing apparently. Don't even get me started on how the two actors between them don't mix. At the end of Episode III Obiwan is about 32/35 years old then 20 years later he would be 52/55 years old yet clearly Alec Guinness looks about 75 years old. George Lucas you suck!

Captainhawk1
  Sep 19, 2011
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Call me crazy but there is something I noticed on Ep. IV that I went specifically looking for: is it just me or do Han and Greedo shoot damned-near simultaneously now? When I watched it at normal speed, it looks like they are shooting at the exact same time. When I watched it frame by frame it appears that Greedo shoots a millisecond earlier, now as opposed to the SE versions where it was clear that Lucas changed it to make Greedo shoot first. I gave the DVD set to my wife's cousin last month so I have nothing to refer to but I'm pretty sure about this. If not, it's damned tighter than I thought and I've been whining about nothing for way too long.

Blue_Baron
  Sep 19, 2011
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Sorry if this has been posted already, but I don't have time to go through 276 replies.

Here's an interesting article from PC Magazine on Top 10 Worst Changes Made to Star Wars:

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/287832/top-10-worst-changes-made-to-star-wars/1

I agree with some of the changes though...

brainofj72
  Sep 19, 2011
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@Captainhawk1: You are correct. Lucas sped it up. I still hate that Greedo shoots first, but at least it does look more believable now.

Captainhawk1
  Sep 19, 2011
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@ brainofj72, thanks! Good to know, I'm not going crazy. Out of all the changes that's the only one that has really ever annoyed me and though Han should still shoot first because that's the kind of scoundrel he was, at least it's Old West, simultaneous-style now.
caztia
  Sep 20, 2011
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Picked up the Original Trilogy. These movies look and sound amazing. Here's hoping Indy looks just as good..
Shock3755
  Sep 20, 2011
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I watched them all Friday. The sound was AMAZING! I really dont care what was changed, its still Star Wars. People spend to much time and energy complaining about this stuff, most of you are over 30 just grow up please. Anyone else notice in ANH you can see Vaders eyes through the mask? I thought it was kinda funny. :-)
Bigxtek
  Sep 20, 2011
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This is a great collecton. PQ and AQ is great. A odd thing happen with my copy i was down to watching ROTJ and there was no ROTJ. It was a extra copy of one the bonus disc. Im glad Walmart is open 24 hrs.

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mr.hidef
  Sep 20, 2011
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hahaha.....and all the "whining" continues. Nice to see nothing changes. Hint: if they were complaining about the movies back then.....they always will. Hint: Lucas will never release the "original theatrical release" trilogy. why now? Who's gonna pay for that massive expense for a few fanboys?........besides even if he did, you would find something to complain about. Sad though really.....we waited for years for this moment to come......and when it came, all we could hear was "whining"....................:I ....Kudos George Lucas!!! Thank you for finally giving us the HD versions, they truely are awesome!

Morkna
  Sep 20, 2011
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Sound fantastic. Look great. But no matter how many times you watch The Phantom Menace it still sucks. You don't want to believe it does, but you lie awake at night thinking what the f$!k.

RONDALLAS
  Sep 21, 2011
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Bought The Star Wars Complete Saga and must say. THANK YOU THANK YOU LUCAS . A million Thanks.
The series looks amazing. THe sound is out of this world. By far and bar none the best sounding blu rays I've ever heard. I felt like a kid again and was so happy my face hurt from the smile i had on it. Beautiful job.
Yeah I bitched about the changes not as loud as some but you know what. Who cares?
ELDON
  Sep 21, 2011
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FOR THOSE USING A PANASONIC BD-30 PLAYER, DISC 2 (ATTACK.......CLONES) MAY HAVE TWO 1 SEC PIXELIZATION EVENTS. PANASONIC HAS A PATCH. CALL 800-211-7262 AND ASK FOR FIRMWARE UPGRADE 3.0.

joedog
  Sep 21, 2011
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AUDIO PROBLEM FIXED - switch your blu-ray player from bitstreaming to PCM. Audio dropouts disappear. Not an elegant solution because you'll loose the blue HD light, but at least you can watch the movies error free.

Also make sure you have the latest firmware for your player - these discs are beastly. An updated firmware greatly reduced my load times.
jvonl
  Sep 22, 2011
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I've watched IV and V so far. Looks good, sounds great! I'm not seeing the problems others have complained about, probably because I didn't start out looking for them! The Greedo scene is a non-issue for me (they seem to shoot nearly at the same time), and it does not disturb the feel of the scene. Not crazy about the digital special effects that were added years ago, but it's not a big deal. Looks pretty darn good for a 30+ year old series, and I watch them for enjoyment, not to nit pick. Did I mention that the sound is awesome? Crank it up, grab some popcorn, and have FUN! Isn't that what movies are all about, after all? (and the sound is spectacular....)
hijeff1
  Sep 22, 2011
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I haven't finished watching the series yet. I am trying to watch them in order. Ep 1, 2, 3, 4 and now I'm on 5. I know there are alot of purists out there who would say thats the wrong order, but I'm just a fan who has been waiting for the blu ray release. Let me enjoy the movies the way I want to enjoy the movies. With that being said. I LOVE THIS BLU RAY RELEASE!!!! I may not like all of the changes that have been done over the years, but I still love the movies. No complaints from me.

I wonder, how many people complained about this release not being the "original" movie release still went out and bought this release?

luckystriker
  Sep 23, 2011
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Will be waiting for the "classic" (ie the original version of the old trilogy) release I think.


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