George Lucas names Star Wars Blu-ray release date
A long, long time to wait
All six Star Wars movies will be released on Blu-ray, George Lucas has confirmed, but not until October... 2011.
The release will bundle all six films into a single box set, the Skywalker Supremo said this weekend at a gathering of fanboys in Florida.
Why wait? Lucas doesn't appear to have said, but the wait gives him plenty of time to make the tweaks and adjustments he always seems to make when any of the movies have been re-released on tape and disc.
Here, for example, are the many changes made to just one of the movies, the original Star Wars, later re-branded A New Hope.
Lucas did say that the archives will be raided for even more scenes deleted from the original three movies. ®
To get the original trilogy in a non-fucked-about-with version, seeing the size of the Blu-ray disc you could easily include both version.
Star Wars wasnt shot in 70mm.
Star Wars were all shot on 35mm negative (except for the last two prequels which were digital).
The effects shots were shot on defunct Vistavision cameras which allowed different optical effects to be used.
The original negatives suffered from poor color retention and are in bad way. Nothing that time and money cant fix however.
Unfortunately, Lucas scrimped on the HD transfers done for the DVD boxset. He only gave limited time to Lowery digital and only scanned them at 2K maximum rather than 4K.
The real bummer (but actually no great loss) is that the last two digital movies were shot at around 1080p fixed. So in effect they can never be improved going forward.
Lucas really makes some daft decisions. I still feel he's a chancer that got lucky with one (quite frankly not that original) idea and has been riding the wave ever since.
I suppose we're all entitled to our own opinion and, Doug 14, your opinion is somewhat echoed throughout this forum. However, while there are grown men (and women) alive who claim that their religion is Jedi (please, DON'T get me started on this one!) and wander around dressed like Friar Tuck with a glowing sword, there will be countless numbers of Star Wars Special edition re-releases flying off shelves quicker than a modified YT1300 Correllian Freighter from Docking Bay 94. Love it or hate it, SW will keep Lucas' money-well well-stocked for many generations to come.
For the record, as an avid SW fan (who ISN'T a f**king Jedi!) I'll be buying the box-set and adding it to my ever-growing collection (cue: downvotes...) </sigh>