i was almost 8 in 1977, and went to a theater to stand in a LONG line that wrapped around the buliding to see a new movie with my family that didn't sound all that interesting to me. it was one of the few 70mm theaters in the country, and i didn't appreciate that until later in life.
that movie changed my life. period.
i bought them on VHS. i bought them on laserdisc. i bought them on DVD. and, now, finally, i have them on blu-ray. just the RUMOR that these movies would one day be released in hi-def prompted me to buy my beloved PS3 a little over 3 years ago.
my daughter is 7, and inherited my love of star wars (and then some!). over the past couple of years, we have watched all 6 movies, and all episodes of the clone wars TV show (and the theatrical release), over. and over. and over. and over. i've loved everything star wars since that first day the star destroyer flew over my head and blew me away.
now, 35 years later, i see this entire universe of movies and tv shows through her eyes, and i guess i 'get' it. i'll go to my grave saying 'Han shot first!', but i understand that the movies are aimed at the me of 35 years ago, not the me of today. i'm grateful to mr. lucas for providing a conduit for me and my daughter to bond and enjoy something equally, a bond we will probably carry throughout our lives.
having watched the movies so MANY times the past couple of years (usually 2 a week, she picks at random), i could see and hear all the differences, and i am completely and totally thrilled to have these films on blu-ray. the pod race scene has always been a favorite, but now it absolutely brings down the house as my THT sub threatens to blow the windows out of the living room.
one change i do applaud is the replacement of puppet yoda with CGI yoda in the phantom menace. i always hated the facial features and over-emphasized lips on episode 1 yoda, and i greatly prefer the new and improved version.
all in all, these are the movies that got me into home theater in the first place, and i love them as much now as i did back then. maybe more. i saw all the original trilogy films in the same 70mm theater, and to me, they have never looked or sounded as good as those experiences, until now.