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Watch & Listen: Opening of 'Star Wars' Will Never Be the Same Again

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April 10, 2015
Source: The Verge

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In case you didn't hear, the entire Star Wars saga is available on digital home video right now. And while there were rumors swirling yesterday that the digital edition of Star Wars switched back one of the most contested changes in the Special Edition cut of the first film, the fact that Greedo shoots first in the cantina instead of Han Solo, it turned out not to be true. However, there is one particular change in these new versions of the Star Wars films that will have fans, a little bummed. But it's a change we have to get used to, because this is how Star Wars films will be opening from now on since moving over to Disney. Watch!

Here's the opening of the new digital editions of Star Wars now (via The Verge):

20th Century Fox

Notice anything missing? The iconic 20th Century Fox fanfare is no longer part of the Star Wars opening due to Lucasfilm now being situated at Disney. The musical cue had become such an iconic part of the Star Wars saga that it was included on all the soundtrack releases of the motion picture score, and it even used to play over the Lucasfilm logo before cutting to "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." But now, in place of the 20th Century Fox opening, Lucasfilm has repurposed some of John Williams score from Star Wars as their own fanfare, much like Marvel Studios now has their own opening musical cue.

Honestly, this is a nice touch, but it's just not nearly as powerful as that Fox fanfare we've gotten used to. But we'll all be very familiar with this new fanfare soon, because The Verge says this will be how every Star Wars film from now on will open, with one exception. 20th Century Fox still holds the distribution rights to the original Star Wars (Episode IV), so the 20th Century Fox fanfare will still accompany that particular installment of the Star Wars saga. But all the new films, beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will have this Lucasfilm fanfare preceding it. Again, we'll get used to it, but I'll personally miss the Fox presence.

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Reader Feedback - 59 Comments

1

I sure am glad I still have my non remastered VHS trilogy.

Brian Sleider on Apr 10, 2015

2

I know people who would pay good money if you converted those into digital files.

ed on Apr 10, 2015

3

The original movies were officially mastered to Laser Disc which was digital. Therefore, the original movies WERE captured digitally and haven't been lost to VHS hell. They aren't even hard to find if you know where to look.

robross0606 on Apr 10, 2015

4

Laserdisc is analog video and digital audio.

anakinbrego on Apr 11, 2015

5

True, but analog is actually *better* than digital at least mathematically. What I was really saying is that Laserdisc is not magnetic storage so it doesn't degrade further over time. Moreover, they did later do a transfer of the Laserdisc to DVD. My point is that the content is out there and it is FAR more pristine than "VHS".

robross0606 on Apr 11, 2015

6

Same here, classic vhs is the only way to watch Star Wars.

Xerxexx on Apr 10, 2015

7

Crazy to think that those copys of the movies are dead. That VHS is the last form to see the original trilogy.

Brian Sleider on Apr 10, 2015

8

The original movies were officially mastered to Laser Disc which was digital. Therefore, the original movies WERE captured digitally and haven't been lost to VHS hell. They're out there floating on the Net and aren't even hard to find if you know where to look.

robross0606 on Apr 10, 2015

9

Thats cool and I did not know that. But those files would not be legal. I guess I was saying that its crazy that those versions will never again be released for sale.

Brian Sleider on Apr 10, 2015

10

Never say never. Unlike Lucas, Disney will behave rationally where money is concerned. I think they will release them eventually.

robross0606 on Apr 10, 2015

11

My kingdom for HD original, original trilogy.

Brian Sleider on Apr 10, 2015

12

The Laserdisc and later DVD releases were only copies of the VHS, not an actual remaster from the source or anything. As you can see by the lousy picture quality.

bumboclot on Apr 10, 2015

13

Owning the 9 side laserdisc edition I can attest that it is crappy quality. Still, great to have the original version around. I was never a fan of any of the special editions.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Apr 10, 2015

14

Yes, it is not up to par with the subsequent "Special Edition" remasters which were not just transfered but restored. Nevertheless, it is the best digital version we have right now and clearly superior to VHS. And, yes, I have both to compare.

robross0606 on Apr 10, 2015

15

Where did you learn that rubbish? They weren't REmastered, but they were mastered. And NOT from the VHS. It was transferred from the original BEFORE it was restored for the "Special Edition". But they were absolutely NOT "copies of the VHS". I don't think you remember how bad VHS looked. The LaserDisc version is 10x better than the VHS.

robross0606 on Apr 10, 2015

16

LaserDisc is not digital, at least picture-wise.

Andreas on Apr 11, 2015

17

True, though analog is technically *better* than digital at least mathematically. What I was really saying is that Laserdisc is not magnetic storage so it doesn't degrade further over time. Moreover, they did later do a transfer of the Laserdisc to DVD. My point is that the content is out there and it is FAR more pristine than "VHS".

robross0606 on Apr 11, 2015

18

Granted, the LaserDisc is superior to VHS, but does not compare to Blu-Ray or even a decent DVD transfer. As far as degrading goes, quite a few LaserDiscs experience laser rot over time and due to the analog nature, scratches will influence picture quality far greater compared to Blu-Ray/DVD since there is no error correction

Andreas on Apr 11, 2015

19

Okay, okay. We're super totally WAY off topic because everyone has to prove me wrong. FINE. But I have the originals in DIGITAL and it looks pretty darn good. NOT VHS. They're out there and they came from somewhere. Where did they come from? Laserdisc -> DVD -> Digital. End of story.

robross0606 on Apr 11, 2015

20

You're confusing things. LaserDisc is not a mastering format. Digital Videotapes (not VHS but professional systems like D1 or Digital Betacam) were at that time the masters from which LaserDiscs or DVDs were produced.

Andreas on Apr 11, 2015

21

Truly is. I bust them out every so often and despite vhs cassette issues they are still a blast from the past.

Xerxexx on Apr 10, 2015

22

No. Watch the despecialized edition with mono audio..

Ry on Apr 10, 2015

23

Weird. Seems like it's missing something.

avconsumer2 on Apr 10, 2015

24

Terrible editing job of 2 JW cues. Not sure if that's an indication of things to come. I hope not.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Apr 10, 2015

25

Agreed, with the money that Disney has you think they would have had create something that was His yet reminiscent of the Fox Fanfare. Missed opportunity thats for sure, something as big as that they should try harder.

Tim Tringle on Apr 23, 2015

26

WHO CARES!

Lagoya on Apr 10, 2015

27

Says ADD.

SubSumeYou on Apr 10, 2015

28

You cared enough to read and comment on this post. You lose.

Ethan Anderton on Apr 10, 2015

29

or maybe he just cares about the quality of the news around here? Commenting on something isn't an endorsement of relevance or significance. sometimes it's worth pointing out that something is inconsequential to potentially raise the bar. That's looking doubtful given your response.

SallySpider on Apr 11, 2015

30

Considering the comments on here and the reaction from Star Wars fans in general, it's something people were happy to be notified about and discuss, if only just to accept it and look forward to the future. Therefore, it's a quality story that's relevant, timely and interesting. Thanks though.

Ethan Anderton on Apr 11, 2015

31

so his opinion is invalid?

SallySpider on Apr 15, 2015

32

He didn't give an opinion. He asked "Who cares?" in a way that implied that no one did. And he was wrong.

Ethan Anderton on Apr 16, 2015

33

This is an outrage!

Jay on Apr 10, 2015

34

haha, good one Gay!!

Angry Lester on Apr 10, 2015

35

Where's the Disney castle?

Guest on Apr 10, 2015

36

The Marvel Studios movies don't open with the Disney castle. Based on this evidence, it would seem the same will be true of the Star Wars movies (and other Lucasfilm productions) going forward .....

Edward Curtis on Apr 10, 2015

37

Exactly. Disney doesn't need the castle at the beginning because they get all the money at the end either way.

Outlaw on Apr 10, 2015

38

It doesn't really have to be there. It's a complicated thing in business that even though Disney owns star wars and Lucas films, that doesn't mean that they are Disney now. They are still Lucas films, but their checks are signed by Disney now.

Javier Marcelo Pacheco on Apr 10, 2015

39

Ah, I don't mind it. It certainly isn't anything to go crazy over but it's such a pointless change. Can't they just leave Star Wars the fuck alone.

Azim Abou-Khalil on Apr 10, 2015

40

SMDH.. : (

SubSumeYou on Apr 10, 2015

41

It's 2015, live with change.

Jason Scarpelli on Apr 10, 2015

42

No, that iconic 20th century music goes with it perfectly. It's not the same.

Angry Lester on Apr 10, 2015

43

That's it? I thought the opening scroll was going to be missing or something. Instead of all the writing, it would be narrated by Jar Jar Binks' talking head.

bumboclot on Apr 10, 2015

44

I reckon they will finally release the original cut/edit of the first trilogy in blu-ray soon.

DAVIDPD on Apr 10, 2015

45

This will show my ignorance, but what is different about these releases in digital HD as opposed to them being released on Blu Ray?

LightningB on Apr 10, 2015

46

Can you stream your bluray?

SallySpider on Apr 11, 2015

47

no???

Brad Hughes on Apr 13, 2015

48

Then you just answered your own question

SallySpider on Apr 13, 2015

49

If you know what you are doing yes, Slimsoft AnyDVDHD and other programs can easily make a file that will allow you to create versions for your PC, phone, or tablet, no matter what operating system is on it. I for one can watch The original films as intended without Lucas screwed up special edition crap anytime or anywhere I want to.

Tim Tringle on Apr 23, 2015

50

hahahahahahahahah...the quality isnt the same einstein

SallySpider on Apr 23, 2015

51

People can put them on their mobile devices to watch on the go now. That's pretty much it.

Ethan Anderton on Apr 11, 2015

52

That sucks

PEE Diddy on Apr 10, 2015

53

I have the Letter box trilogy in a special box. I bought it in the early 90's and it was crazy like $100. bucks

PEE Diddy on Apr 10, 2015

54

damn nice buy

red on May 9, 2015

55

Life = over.

cuckoozey on Apr 11, 2015

56

LOL at all the fanboy morons outraged and demanding they change it back. NEWSFLASH: Fox don't own it anymore, Disney do!

Trey Wilson on Apr 12, 2015

57

Why are people upset???? Fox doesn't own the rights to star wars, so they cant use it....seriously?

Brad Hughes on Apr 13, 2015

58

It would be cool of disney to have a mickeyfied hutt palace. That would be cool instead of the traditional castle. Tattooine or jakkar style desert background.

Micheal Shelton on Apr 24, 2015

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