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#1 Posted on 18.6.02 1533.41
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I haven't checked for quality yet as I've only looked at the DVDs on my laptop... I can vouch that I got ~something~ though, which is usually what people are worried about.

The picture looks a little dark and the menus leave something to be desired. It's not that bad though. It may be the gamma on the LCD screen that is to blame - Blade was almost unwatchable on this monitor as well.

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#2 Posted on 18.6.02 2315.28
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Mine finally arrived yesterday. Not everyday I get a registered letter with Malaysian stamps, n'est pas? They come with professionally done labels (with copyright notices, too...in your face, Lucasfilm!), perfectly suited to the standard DVD clamshell case...but no cases. Thank God a local video store clerk hooked me up.

The weird thing is, these DVDs revert to 2-channel audio by default. If you want Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, or DTS audio, you'll have to change your audio selection.

Brief observations after watching 'em in part on my Kenwood receiver system:

A New Hope: Video was pretty good, although the chroma can go kind of flat here and there through most of the picture. By the time they get to the Death Star run, though, the video's perfect...and the surround sound audio is darn good. I can't decide if it's better in Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS, though.

Just a couple of glitches I noticed: a brief stutter when the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star for the first time, and when Greedo confronts Solo...eech. The "yes" in "Yes, I'll bet you have" gets muted, and the laser bolt exchange video looks horrid.

The Empire Strikes Back: The video can get a little overexposed in some Hoth battle scenes, but the chroma stays strong. However, the surround sound audio leaves much to be desired here. Loud sounds often get taken WAAAYYY down, and never brought back up. For instance, the first orchestra hit when the "STAR WARS" title and fades into oblivion is all screwed up...a pattern they'd repeat far too often. Sadly, I'd have to recommend plain ol' 2-channel stereo audio on this one.

Return of the Jedi: Video seems good. Audio is mixed well...definitely better than TESB.

Remember, I haven't yet sat down and watched all 3 movies all the way through. But I guess I can't hold too bad of a grudge about the audio...after all, it's frickin' Star Wars on DVD! Besides, these are foreign third-party DIVX rips of 1997 laserdics (where was Dolby Digital and DTS technology really at then, anyway?), which are themselves remakes of 1977, 1980 and 1983 movies.

So until George gets off his well-paid butt and gives us marks the Lucasfilm official box set we all crave, this will do quite nicely. Thank you, Third World ripoff artists!

Here's how to order, courtesy of fellow weiner Spaceman Spiff:
http://movieshop.topcities.com/dvd.html
(EDIT: The site E-mailed me with this addy also: http://hotdeals.at/vcdisc)

In case they move again...he got the addy from the "Star Wars on DVD...Finally!" thread on this site:
http://www.rebelscum.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=forum;f=9

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#3 Posted on 19.6.02 0745.55
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Yay me! ::points to self::

Yeah, the menus can best be described as "minimalist".

And did you catch the rating on the back?

Rated R for "Language, Sexuality, and Some Drug Content"

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#4 Posted on 20.6.02 1623.32
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Today I recieved my copy of Star Wars Episode IV: The New Hope. I didn't get the Special Editions, but rather the cheaper (and better!) $30 originals. Just to be clear on that.

I haven't had much time to go through my copies yet, but the menus are nice and strange. I especially like how some pictures don't match up to the particular scenes that they're supposed to be indexing to. Many of the graphics just aren't "true" to Star Wars either, not that I'm too anal about recieving things like this from Malaysia.

One of the things I'm not sure Spaceman Spiff mentioned was that these three discs have a few special features that are quite nice. They must have been taken from the LaserDIscs, because I remember hearing those had interviews on them.

In any case, the trailers are probably the most interesting aspect of them. Finally, I can see the trailer for Revenge of the Jedi that I never actually got to see while it was in the theaters and stuff like that. The best, though, is the original trailer for Star Wars that had has the voiceover guy who sounds completely out of place with all of the unfinished footage. The lightsabers being all white and some of the other FX looking unpolished.

I didn't realize how much I missed voice overs in trailers talking about how I'd be on the "edge of my seat" looking at the jaw-dropping special effects. Great stuff.

I watched some of Episode IV. I see some of the "dark picture" that was alluded to above, but it wasn't really bothersome. It appears as though it's better than VHS, which was all I asked for, George!

I'll let you guys know what I think of Return on the Jedi and Empire Strikes Bach.

Having Malay subtitles is an interesting convenience I'll have to take advantage of.

EDIT: I stumbled across this while watching "The New Hope." When Uncle Owen is barking orders at Luke in regards to 3P0 & R2, the subtitles read "Just prepare Those new druids for tomorrow."

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#5 Posted on 26.6.02 0901.49
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I got 'em pretty soon after ordering them. I think they look great and the guys really tried to make something of them. If Lucas decides never to release them in original form I'll be more than happy with these...
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