• The Best on Blu-ray: Restoring the Star Wars Saga for the HD Generation

      Though the Star Wars movies were created for the big screen, George Lucas and his production team have made efforts to ensure they look and sound as good as possible for their home video releases. With the Saga's long-awaited release on high-definition Blu-ray disc this September, it will be arriving in the best looking and best sounding home video format ever, a release that required meticulous optimization of picture and sound.




      It's not without precedent. The 1993 Laserdisc set saw the inclusion of a new sound mix that took from the best of what had come before. The 1995 VHS release underwent the scrutiny of a then-new THX home video review process. The 2004 DVD launch of Episodes IV, V and VI saw a concerted restorative effort to bring the picture and sound up to the digital clarity that audiences now expect from Star Wars. The unprecedented quality of the Blu-ray experience required even more investment.


      After numerous tests and comparisons of different conversions of the filmed Star Wars movies, the restored high-definition masters were selected as a starting point for artistic preferences. But even with these carefully restored masters, there was still room for restoration to ensure the best quality Blu-ray presentation from these.

      Read the full story at StarWars.com
      Buy the hottest collectibles from: BigBadToyStore.com and BriansToys.com.


      Comments 22 Comments
      1. Beast's Avatar
        Beast -
        Everything Darth Vader says has a "Voiced-Over" effect to it. So not sure about that.
      1. Darth Metalmute's Avatar
        Darth Metalmute -
        Quote Originally Posted by Beast View Post
        Everything Darth Vader says has a "Voiced-Over" effect to it. So not sure about that.
        I know, but for the most part it's believable; movie-related believable.
    • Recent Forum Posts

      TeeEye7

      World War II buffs....

      Indeed! Praise be to Al Gore!

      TeeEye7 2 Hours Ago Go to last post
      OC47151

      What have you watched recently?

      Patton 360 is good. My only complaint about the series was it rushed through late 1944 and the rest of the war too fast.

      The French gov't

      OC47151 8 Hours Ago Go to last post
      OC47151

      Survivor: Cagayan

      It was a good one. Tony is one paranoid dude. Working it way too hard. The lies will catch up with him.

      Next week looks good with Woo (Wooo!!)

      OC47151 8 Hours Ago Go to last post
      DarthQuack

      Survivor: Cagayan

      Fun episode tonight, loved Spencer's reaction at the end.

      DarthQuack 9 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Lord Malakite

      Cosmos (with N.d.G. Tyson)

      Not certain if it'll be back or not for a second season. From what I've read I've been getting the impression that this may have always been intended

      Lord Malakite 9 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Snowtrooper

      What have you watched recently?

      Well.......since you put it that way, then I guess Transformers is one of my favorite franchises as well. It seems like they've made a couple

      Snowtrooper 10 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Tycho

      3 3/4" Black Series wave 3

      I might buy 2 Stormtroopers for myself if I find them.

      Why?

      They never made Lando Unleashed and while Bespin Lando is overdone

      Tycho 10 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Tycho

      ARCHER on FX (or, possibly, better yet, on DVD!)

      I know. That made me laugh. I'm glad that Mama Archer didn't get it because it would be in character that she'd be clueless on that one.

      Tycho 10 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Tycho

      What have you watched recently?

      Watching the Military History Channel, I am watching an episode focused on Patton (Battlefields 360).

      I did not realize that Hitler got the

      Tycho 10 Hours Ago Go to last post
      OC47151

      What have you watched recently?

      I'm waiting for the extended version that's bound to be released later this year. Still need to pick up the extended version of the first Hobbit, too.

      OC47151 12 Hours Ago Go to last post
    Single Sign On provided by vBSSO