Star Wars [Blu-Ray] [Region Free] (English audio)

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Star Wars [Blu-Ray] [Region Free] (English audio)

Star Wars [Blu-Ray] [Region Free] (English audio)

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We already knew that Disney's streaming service was going to launch with an entire slate of Star Wars films – including the all-new The Mandalorian TV show – but it's come as a complete surprise to find all the films (prequels, sequels and spin-offs included) streaming in 4K with the premium Dolby Vision HDR format supported. I first saw Star Wars on the second week of its first UK theatrical run, it was a cold, grey day in early January 1978 and my dad drove the family up to London. My first overriding memory of this trip was seeing two Stormtroopers in the window of a shoe shop. I remember queuing outside Odeon Leicester Square, standing at the doorway entrance looking at the lobby cards proudly displaying tantalising images of what was to come. I remember being amazed at the size of the cinema (we were sat in the circle, towards the left quarter as you view the screen), never before had I seen a screen so big, and the theatre was so ornate with plush red seats. Then the lights went down and that iconic score from John Williams started, prefacing the opening crawl and that giant Star Destroyer coming from overhead. I was sold. And so too was a generation. Note that each film includes 3 discs: A movie 4K disc, a movie Blu-ray, and a Blu-ray Bonus disc. The 4K discs are all-region. The Blu-ray Discs are coded for Regions A, B, and C.

Star Wars was shot using a combination of Arriflex 35-III, Panavision PSR R-200, Panavision Panaflex X and Panavision Panaflex cameras on 35mm film, and has been newly scanned with 4K resolution for this release. It should be noted that the latest ‘Special Edition edit’ has been the source for this scan, it therefore contains much of the colouring inherent to that release. The disc presents a native 3840 x 2160p resolution image in the widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio, and uses 10-bit video depth, High Dynamic Range, and is encoded using the HEVC (H.265) codec for HDR10. We reviewed the Region free UK Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Star Wars on a Panasonic 65DX902B Ultra HD 4K TV with a Panasonic DMP-UB400 Ultra HD Blu-ray player. We are all familiar with the issues that the previous Blu-ray release had, well you can pretty much banish that disc from your collection, as this new scan blows it away. Conversations: Creating a Universe – 8 minute feature, new for this release, with Joe Johnston (from ILM) and Roger Christian (a Star Wars set dresser and a second unit director) who meet and discuss their time on the franchise at the Skywalker Ranch. Deleted/Extended Scenes – Excised scene titled: Tosche Station, Old Woman on Tatooine, Aunt Beru's Blue Milk, The Search for R2-D2, Cantina Rough-Cut, Stormtrooper Search, Darth Vader Widens the Search, and Alternate Biggs and Luke Reunion.More details on The Rise of Skywalker 4K UHD release and the rest of the Skywalker saga are available at StarWars.com. The eight earlier films and The Rise of Skywalker will all hit shelves in 4K UHD on March 31, with The Rise of Skywalker also available in 4K UHD a few weeks earlier on March 17 via the Movies Anywhere streaming service. It’s here! Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 will be a day long remembered, as it marks the arrival of Disney and Lucasfilm’s complete Star Wars Saga on the new 4K Ultra HD format—all 9 Skywalker films and the two Star Wars Story anthology films as well.

Much has been said and written about George Lucus’ most successful film, so it’s somewhat difficult to bring something fresh to a review. So, instead of going down tried and tested routes, I thought I’d bring something unique: my own Star Wars The 4K disc of The Last Jedi is newly authored—it no longer includes Dolby Vision HDR (per Disney’s new norm). All of the Blu-rays in the set are newly-authored discs—they are not the same as those released previously. The Last Jedi movie Blu-ray now includes the Score-only version of the film and its Bonus Blu-ray now includes the Meet the Porgs retail exclusive featurette. Most (but not quite all) of the previous Blu-ray special features are included in this set. Most of the previous DVD special features are not included—and of course, the original unaltered theatrical cuts of Star Wars, Empire, and Jedi are not included.

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