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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the Ches-ko-ba-tuta-creesta-crenko-ya-kolska! dept.

mechanicjay writes:

While a bit pop-culture and light hearted, it's an indelible part of every geek's soul, so perhaps it's worthy of a front page discussion:

Over at Movie Pilot, Alex Rosenhiem puts forth a compelling argument for preservation of art and of shared cultural experience and why that matters. He couches it in the context of revisionism as applied to the Han/Greedo Cantina scene, long a source of nerd rage, countless arguments and is even it's own meme. The moment is a pivotal one for the development of the Han Solo character, but more importantly Rosenhiem argues that Art, Star Wars included, gives us access to the past and where we were at a certain point in time when we first experienced it.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:13PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:13PM (#21128)

    Yes, there was a DVD set made of the original 3 films. Each came with a "bonus disc," which was supposedly the theatrical version. In fact they were just ripped from the Laserdisc. They look good enough -- way better than the VHS copies I watched 100+ times as a kid.

    That set is out of print and goes for a fortune online. I bought it at Walmart like 7 or 8 years ago from the clearance bin. *shrugs*

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  • (Score: 2) by edIII on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:15AM

    by edIII (791) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:15AM (#21344)

    Laserdisc can and does exceed the vast majority of DVD videos produced.

    It was the Cadillac of home entertainment, and only well produced Bluray is even capable of beating it today.

    They could pull those rips from Laserdisc because the quality was so good, and you won't see artifacts from digital compression on a Laserdisc. Sound wasn't half bad either, but nothing compared to the digital sound you have on DVDs and Blurays. That was probably remastered.

    If anyone has the Laserdiscs today you could play it with a high end Laserdisc (my family still has the best one ever produced) and watch Star Wars as it was meant to be seen.

    Not that abomination Lucas produced with new CGI to make some more money.

    P.S - I hate digital video because the content producers are too damn cheap to make a quality encode, and the average consumer player is crap and can't handle a good encode anyways.

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    • (Score: 2) by evilviper on Wednesday March 26 2014, @10:37PM

      by evilviper (1760) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @10:37PM (#21787) Homepage Journal

      Laserdisc can and does exceed the vast majority of DVD videos produced.

      You're completely wrong. LaserDisc has, at best, about 2/3rds the resolution of a DVD. Add to that DVDs typically being anamorphic, while laser discs were letter-boxed, and you're losing even more picture.

      I've seen good transfers from Laser disc, and they're a significant step below the quality of any DVD you can buy.

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