Namtar here … (to inform the entertainment uninformed)
Fans are lukewarm about picking up the latest edition of the Star Wars saga on Blu-Ray. Perhaps they’re more excited than I believe. In spite of this, executive producer/director George Lucas is releasing his famous sextet of films on September 16th just in time for Mexican Independence Day.
Lucas (The Emperor) has made more changes to the films, which will probably upset the purists, while making the general Kool-aid drinkers pleased as punch. The technical and audio enhancements will only add to the viewer’s experience. “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace” will finally contain the entire film image from its digital transfer, meaning that none of the picture is lost from the original file to the DVD, as it was when this chapter in the saga was first released on the DVD format. The image quality has been mastered from the original digital source material. The unnecessary edge-enhancement and color-timing issues, which made some of the lightsabers on display in the 2004 releases look washed out, have also been corrected.
The original three films will be released with their changes. Hardcore fans have been clamoring for the original uncut trilogy of films for years, but they will still have to wait. The films will be in the set, but with the signature Lucas enhancements.
Lucas has included some “surprises” with additions to the films. What are these “surprises?” You’ll have to wait for September 16th to find out. Here is what the website The Digital Bits had to say about these changes.
“These should probably be best considered new 2011 versions of these films, and not the 2004 DVD versions. All the fixes and corrections alone justify this in my opinion, but there’s another reason too… and you can probably guess what it is: Once again, George Lucas has apparently added a few new “surprises” into these films. I don’t know what they are and didn’t get to see any of them on Friday, but I was assured that there will be “new things to notice” when we watch the films. I think we can safely assume that one of them will be the new all-digital Yoda in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.” Way back when “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith” was released on DVD, ILM digital effects supervisor Pablo Helman confirmed to me that the puppet Yoda in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” was replaced with a digital version to better match his appearance in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.” In fact, the “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith” DVD extras includes a clip of the “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” digital Yoda. However, this Blu-ray set is really the first opportunity we’ll have to see it in full. What the other changes to these films may be, I have no idea, but I suspect there will be no lack of blog posts on this very subject within hours of the first discs becoming available to fans.”
The nine disc Star Wars Blu-Ray saga will be available in stores on September 16th. You can also buy your copy at Amazon.com.
Finally, I am sure there will be a slew of new toys and other merchandise connected to the Blu-Ray release featuring humans, aliens, and spaceships that have never been seen in the “Star Wars” universe before. I can hear the ringing of cash registers and the swiping of credit cards now.
Is Lucas broke?
Sources: movieweb.com, thedigitalbits.com