Star Wars Trilogy

5 x LaserDisc, CLV/CAV, Widescreen, THX, Special Edition

Main Details
Identifying Codes
Catalog Number 4102985
Barcode 086162410260
  • 5 x LaserDisc Description: CLV/CAV, Widescreen, THX, Special Edition
Language English
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned)
Territories United States, Canada
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Colour Color
Audio Dolby Surround (Digital), Mono (Analog Left), Dolby Digital (Analog Right), Stereo
Run Time 408 min.
Colour Encoding NTSC
Notes For unknown reasons - and making a mockery of the THX LD programs so-called "standards" - the Special Edition transfers in this box set have incorrect aspect ratios. Star Wars is only 2.21:1, instead of the correct Panavision ratio of 2.39:1, while Empire and Jedi's aspect ratios are both 2.28:1 - better than Star Wars, but still short of the original Panavision framing.

In addition to being the very last release of the original three Star Wars films on LD, this LaserDisc set is the only home video release to present the Special Editions of all three films with the same picture and discrete digital soundtracks used for the theatrical releases. All later editions on DVD and Blu-ray are altered to various degrees and don't represent the theatrical prints.

As a technical side-note, these are the only LaserDisc's of the Star Wars films to be encoded with Faroudja Lab's Super NTSC process which produces greater color resolution, reduces chroma noise and eliminates most of NTSC's artifacts such as dot crawl and flickering rainbows on closely spaced diagonal lines. While Super NTSC produces improved picture quality with all types of comb filters, when a Super NTSC LaserDisc is decoded with an advanced Motion Adaptive 3D comb filter, color resolution of up to 160 lines horizontally and 480 lines vertically with no loss of vertical, horizontal or diagonal luminance resolution is possible.
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