Sunday, September 18, 2011

still awesome

This afternoon I took the cellophane off of the Star Wars Blu Ray set and pulled out episode 4 (the original movie) and watched it. I think if you did a graph of which episode from the set was watched first, #4 would be way out in front.

If you're wondering if it is worth doing the upgrade from DVD to Blu Ray, the answer is an unqualified Yes. It's an even bigger upgrade than from VHS to DVD. The picture is so much more detailed, the colors sharper, and the audio portion is much improved, as well.

That said (hmm.. I thought I said "unqualified"), I know George Lucas loves to tinker with his movies so I am not sure if some parts looked and sounded so much better because of his tinkering, rather than it being a restoration of the original. Whatever, the Blu Ray is fantastic.

He did add a few things on top of what he added to the DVD version but none of it is objectionable. I don't think it made the film any better, but at least it didn't make it worse. Of course, this is not the episode with the "noooooooooo!!!" added to it. I might have to set the system on mute when that happens.

Star Wars is simply an amazing, marvelous work of art. I've seen it many times at the theater, then was overjoyed when finally it was broadcast on pay television (was it Select TV back then? Can't remember) although watching it on a 19" television made it lose something in the translation. Then I bought all the various VHS packages, upgraded to the DVD's (and am happy to have the release that includes the original, untampered version) and now here it is on Blu Ray.

I have seen this movie so many times that I find myself actually thinking it is non-fiction.

If you are a Star Wars fan, then like I said above, don't hesitate to get the Blu Ray. It's a no-brainer decision.

Finally - for those of you who like a challenge to do something weird.. here is your challenge for a day. The entire day you have to talk like the Sand People. So when you go to a restaurant or talk to someone on the phone or go to the bank or whatever, you have to sound like the Sand People. Maybe start out practicing at the Jack in the Box drive through window.

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