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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Star Wars: Not Anamorphic

Bad news for Star Wars fans.

As we all know, George Lucas is finally releasing the original, theatrical versions of the original trilogy to DVD.

But, today, it was learned that the films will NOT be in anamorphic widescreen. They will be in just plain ol' regular widescreen.

(Tech note: Anamorphic widescreen is the format of choice for DVDs. What this means is, when you buy your fancy, widescreen HDTV in the not-too-distant-future, those black bars on the top and bottom of the screen will melt away, and the picture will fill the whole screen. Regular widescreen is when they put black bars on the top and bottom of the picture. Play a regular widecreen DVD on a HDTV, and it'll be in the middle of the screen, with black bars on all sides.)

The anamorphic widescreen process just creates a higher quality picture.

Needless to say, people are pissed.

This is leading everyone to believe what people have feared since this was announced: that the films will have absolutely 0 digital restoration work done. That, they just won't look as purty as the official DVDs that came out a year and a half ago.

So, anger abounds towards Lucas in the fan community.

But they're still gonna buy the discs.

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