Originally Posted by dvdmike007
Just finishing Jedi now.
Right I was not going to post this here as I was expecting a lot of flack (I posted it elsewhere).
But I borrowed the actual UK set from a friend, no rips no MKV's just actual discs. (He went on holiday Monday and got his in the post Saturday, so he is not missing out much)
Watched on a 50" isf calibrated THX rated plasma, and listened to in 5.1 lossless.
But my (kind of) review of the set:
Focusing on PQ
The OT movies are in places, Sky shots for example plagued by frozen grain.
This being typical of a Lowry restoration I expected that, they improve over the 2004 Dvd's but offer little over the HDTV broadcasts bar better compression and some better resolution of the added grain.
Is it the best the films have looked on home video? Yes but looking at even low budget fair like The Evil Dead there is no way they should look this close to a HDTV broadcast with half the bitrate.
Some issues with the 2004 transfers have been fixed, but many others have not, Hoth is still blue and there are still contrast problems.
The PT fairs better but 2 + 3 also share contrast issues, 3 comes off the best however with the pure CGI moments looking amazing.
TPM is a mess, one of the worst DVD's that THX have put their name to has been rescanned and would have blown away any previous version including HDTV (That always looked low resolution and with a pink cast) if not for the DNR added.
People are saying that this was to bring it into line with the other PT films, but there is no reason to remove detail on what could have been the stand out transfer of this set.
Extras I feel are a mixed bag, great documentary's like The Beginning and Empire of dreams are missing, and what is left is a hodge podge of things that feels thrown together.
The deleted scenes (the few that were not already on youtube) are great to see and deserve a place on the set.
The vintage making of's are ok for what they are but I didn't watch much of them past a few mins.
The spoofs is weird, I was thinking they would be in chronological order, or some kind of order but they are kind of just one after another and nothing I had not seen before.
This could have been the release to end all releases to show other studios how it could be done, but with releases like Bridge On The River Kwai, Taxi Driver, Rocky Horror and even The Evil Dead showing how amazing period film based productions (on any mm size) this set can look distinctly low rent and needed to be so much more.
I would also like to add that I am a fan of Star Wars, a huge fan so before the accusations of we hating Star Wars come in.
I have seen / owned Star Wars on every format bar CED, VCD and 8mm, traveled 30+ miles to see the SE's in Dolby AC3 as my local cinema was only Dolby Stereo!
I have seen 70mm blow ups of the movies, and know them by heart.