Star Wars - Episode IV - A New Hope
AUS Release DTS HD MA 6.1
It had been SO SO long since I saw this that I basically had forgotten EVERYTHING about it, so you can say I hadn't seen it before. I remember very very vaguely some brief part of some scenes. I think I saw it when I was about 4 or 5 years old. Anyway, I was very hesistant to watch it on BD because of all the changes made by Lucas, I was going to track down a Laser Disc rip, or a fan made "hybrid" rip that's as close to the original as possible. But, I need to watch the original 3 films ASAP so I can watch the family guy spin off version, so, when I saw the 3 original films at the video store on Tight Ass Tuesday for $1 a pop, I couldn't resist.
So, as a first time watcher, even with all the hype surround the movie (Expectation Vs. Enjoyment) I have to say that I was mesmerised by it at the beginning. I say "the beginning" because that's when I didn't notice as many "changes". There were a few unnecessary changes that just about made me face palm and shake my head and say "How can a writer/director who is responsible for one of the best/most popular films/franchises of all time, and is a seemingly amazing storyteller with amazing talent (this is what I would have said if I saw the original, unchanged versions all their glory) **** scenes up so bad?" Seriously, it's almost to the point where I would believe it if someone told me that he didn't actually make these movies in the first place.Rather, back in 1973, an alien spacecraft crashed in George Lucas's back yard and he found a completed star wars movie in the wreckage and just went with that.
There are scenes with stuff added into it just for the sake of adding stuff into it, MORE IS BETTER, right? Some are just way to over cluttered, like the scene when
The added CG "things" just did nothing but abruptly jolt me out of the experience; Just as I was being overwhelmed by and sucked into the story, the characters and the nostalgic feeling that this epic adventure bestowed upon me, I would see an extremely out of place CG character float by or a massive alien in the background and I would just be taken out of the experience, they stand out like a sore thumb. Case in point: The Jaba the Hut scene in the middle of the Movie....
I loved the movie, I thought it was great. Well, at least the parts I managed to stay awake for AKA original parts. I fell asleep around 6 times during the movie and it has nothing to do with ANYTHING besides me being jolted out of the story by these VERY out of place additions. And, either the audio suffers the same problem is not mixed very well. For that reason I score it 2/5
for the "new" version and just guessing at how amazing this film would be without all those additions I would score it a 4.5 - 4.75/5
The disc didn't play in my Panasonic BD 60, the unit just threw up a generic error reading disc message. I popped it into my Soniq 302B and it appeared to pay just fine, although there was some rather disturbing skips in both audio and video. Apparently this is an issue with some of the discs (I did a quick google search regarding it). the first 5 minutes of the film skips momentarily about 10 times, which is annoying but watchable. Then it skips again during the jabba the hut/hans solo scene in the middle. But, the big big problem is the whole last 30 mins of the disc skipped so much that it was pretty much unwatchable. I still sat through it to get the jist of the ending but by this time I was so out of the experience I didn't care about the skipping.
Pretty average PQ here to be honest. Nothing really worth talking about. 3.5/5
AQ is a touch better than the PQ, there's some good surround usage and heavy LFE, overall the whole mix has has been reproduced quite well. Still, it's a far cry something you'd want to show off your system with. As mentioned before there are a few scenes where the audio seems off. There seems to be vary dialogue levels in a few scenes and in one particular instance the dialogue, from a female character, sounds a lot more "robust" than the rest... sounded like it had been re-recorded and dubbed recently. 3.5 - 4/5
Overall, if I was a massive fan that was waiting for this film to be released on BD with even half as much impatience as I was waitinf for the lion king, I would be extremely annoyed with the way this film has been treated and Lucas would be on my top 5 list of people I want to punch in the face, right behind Soulja Boy. Thank god that the liong king can be viewed without "The Morning Report".
Edited by brake, 24 September 2011 - 03:25 PM.