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If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: February 11, 2019 07:57PM
If this was a few years back, I would have bought the Blu-Ray. However, I don't think our BD player even works anymore, nor do we plan to buy another. I'm thinking of a digital download, but then I'm likely locked into whatever service that has it. I'd probably go with Amazon.

And then there's a matter of which version to get. Some say to get the pre-2011 version. I'm not a purist. This is mainly for the family to watch.




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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: February 11, 2019 08:01PM
Laserdisc transferred to DVD.

Or just download the deconstructed editions.



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: gabester
Date: February 11, 2019 08:07PM
I am a purist - there's only one version that you should get:

[en.wikipedia.org]

Alternately, if you have some kind of PVR/DVR just record them and rewatch them?

If you buy them as a digital download you might as well just "rent" the stream instead, you'll save a few bucks up front, and if you don't think you'll watch them often you don't have to worry about their availability on different services going forward.

I'd be VERY surprised if Disney didn't pull this and all their other content back from other services' availability and hide them away in their own walled garden service in the coming months. Then we'll have the joy of having Disney content only available for a limited time from their vault, whenever they choose to let you watch it.

Technically, if you own a copy in some format, this should be legitimate:

[cord-cutters.gadgethacks.com]



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: February 11, 2019 08:16PM
I was looking at the Despecialized Edition, but didn't see an easy way to play them without burning a disk. Though, it seems like I could just download the MKV? That said, the kids will probably want to watch them at some point and I'd like to make that easier than using a computer and VLC.




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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: February 11, 2019 08:18PM
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M A V I C
I was looking at the Despecialized Edition, but didn't see an easy way to play them without burning a disk...

You haven't got a way to play video to your TV from a computer yet?

No HDMI cable/adapter? No Airplay? No Chromecast? TV won't play MPEGs from a USB flash drive?



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: February 11, 2019 08:22PM
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M A V I C
I was looking at the Despecialized Edition, but didn't see an easy way to play them without burning a disk...

You haven't got a way to play video to your TV from a computer yet?

No HDMI cable/adapter? No Airplay? No Chromecast? TV won't play MPEGs from a USB flash drive?

I do, but I want something that will be easy to use with a remote - either Windows Media Center or the Fire TV Stick. I may have set up MCE to to play MKVs. I'm trying to find a download link for the despecialized edition.




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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 11, 2019 08:31PM
....they run them on TNT..........all the time......wait for the next marathon and then record.....



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: February 11, 2019 08:33PM
I don't have TNT, just basic cable.




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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 11, 2019 08:36PM
.....local library.......has the DVDs for the entire series....borrow and then ********.......



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: February 11, 2019 09:07PM
My son still watches the non-special editions on the DVD set. If you have a Roku with a USB port, it will play mp4s and mkv files. DL and put on a usb stick, and ta-da...



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: February 12, 2019 12:10AM
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gabester
I'd be VERY surprised if Disney didn't pull this and all their other content back from other services' availability and hide them away in their own walled garden service in the coming months. Then we'll have the joy of having Disney content only available for a limited time from their vault, whenever they choose to let you watch it.

Precisely why it is so important to own the actual physical media.



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 12, 2019 12:12AM
....read that years ago they sold air rights to Turner so they are not getting them back in the near future......



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: Carm
Date: February 12, 2019 12:30AM
I have this edition on DVD I purchased on eBay.
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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: February 12, 2019 07:47AM
IV, V, VI, Rogue One, maybe The Last Jedi. Just skip the prequels. They suck and bring nothing to the experience.



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: 3d
Date: February 12, 2019 08:19AM
I know you said you wanted streaming, but are you sure you don't want to just own the physical discs?
$8-10 on eBay for original trilogy on DVD.
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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 12, 2019 08:29AM
iTunes collection.

Very happy with it. Updated as new material becomes available; I believe they've gone through at least one video quality update. All at no additional fee.

Ditto re/ROGUE ONE (a household favorite) and SOLO (which is more fun than you've heard).

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I'd be VERY surprised if Disney didn't pull this and all their other content back from other services' availability and hide them away in their own walled garden service in the coming months. Then we'll have the joy of having Disney content only available for a limited time from their vault, whenever they choose to let you watch it.

They will, eventually. They can't for the time being re/Turner (through 2024). Everything else is going to be Disney+ exclusive.

Most everything else is coming home, per se. Can't blame them; want some more return on that $4B investment.

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Precisely why it is so important to own the actual physical media.

Was in the same boat for years but after the multiple editions, continual format upgrades, I decided I was done with it. Sold them all & got the full iTunes spate when it was on sale (when they first dropped). As noted above; very happy with it & no regrets. YMMV.







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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 12, 2019 09:07AM
....but who shot first......??



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: DavidS
Date: February 12, 2019 11:45AM
I have the original trilogy VHS box set I'll be happy to sell you. winking smiley
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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: bhaveshp
Date: February 12, 2019 02:56PM
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M A V I C
I'm thinking of a digital download, but then I'm likely locked into whatever service that has it. I'd probably go with Amazon.

You haven't heard of Movies Anywhere?

All my digital movie purchases are available across iTunes, Amazon, Google, Vudu except for Paramount releases (I believe it was the one studio holdout).

As this was pioneered by Disney (Disney Anywhere), I think this will stick around for quite a while.

Of course at some point Disney will do a 4k re-release of the Star Wars Franchise... so you'll all have to rebuy again.



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: February 12, 2019 03:58PM
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M A V I C
I'm thinking of a digital download, but then I'm likely locked into whatever service that has it. I'd probably go with Amazon.

You haven't heard of Movies Anywhere?

All my digital movie purchases are available across iTunes, Amazon, Google, Vudu except for Paramount releases (I believe it was the one studio holdout).

As this was pioneered by Disney (Disney Anywhere), I think this will stick around for quite a while.

Of course at some point Disney will do a 4k re-release of the Star Wars Franchise... so you'll all have to rebuy again.

At the time of my post, I had not. Looks like that will solve that one issue, though it looks like you can't convert discs to digital copies via Vudu.




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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: February 12, 2019 04:16PM
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iTunes collection.

Very happy with it. Updated as new material becomes available; I believe they've gone through at least one video quality update. All at no additional fee.

Is that any different than the collection from Amazon or Google?




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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: February 12, 2019 05:44PM
In the VHS Hans shots first.
Are any DVD versions true to this?




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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: February 12, 2019 06:35PM
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Bernie
In the VHS Hans shots first.
Are any DVD versions true to this?

Yes, but.

The bonus disc in the 2006 individual movie DVD releases contain the original theatrical versions--but those discs kind of... suck. They aren't full-resolution (not even 480p), but rather letter- and pillar-boxed digitizations of the Laserdisc releases. If you absolutely have to have official DVDs, that's the only way to go. But honestly I don't recommend them.

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Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: February 12, 2019 07:22PM
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Will Collier
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Bernie
In the VHS Hans shots first.
Are any DVD versions true to this?

Yes, but.

The bonus disc in the 2006 individual movie DVD releases contain the original theatrical versions--but those discs kind of... suck. They aren't full-resolution (not even 480p), but rather letter- and pillar-boxed digitizations of the Laserdisc releases. If you absolutely have to have official DVDs, that's the only way to go. But honestly I don't recommend them.

The only reason I retained the DVD set after upgrading to the Blu-ray set.



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 12, 2019 08:06PM
.....way back when there was no dvd versions [ member when George Lucas did nothing for years and years ].......there were people on Ebay selling bootleg transfers......still have mine.....



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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: DavidS
Date: February 12, 2019 08:43PM
I have a SVCD version of the original trilogy that my wife bought me one year before the Dvds came out. It was an official release in some foreign country in the Far Easr. They have Han shooting first.
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Re: If you were going to buy the Star Wars movies, which edition would you get and where would you buy it?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 13, 2019 08:32AM
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M A V I C
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Zoidberg
iTunes collection.

Very happy with it. Updated as new material becomes available; I believe they've gone through at least one video quality update. All at no additional fee.

Is that any different than the collection from Amazon or Google?

I don't have either the Amazon or Google version, so I do not know. I'm happy with what I've got, however, and it satisfies the craving to watch the series from time to time.

The collection via iTunes (web page): [itunes.apple.com]

FWIW, I bought it when it first went on sale as a collection; I think I got it for $49.99



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