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Steven J Kirk
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 - posted February 07, 2019 05:55 PM      Profile for Steven J Kirk   Email Steven J Kirk   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Available for some time around the Internet, some clever people produced this 'despecialised' version of STAR WARS, as it was in 1977. There is a documentary about it on YouTube:


Made from various sources including laserdisc, this is good colour and quality and as close to the original experience as we are likely to get. It is currently available on 'Internet Archive' as 'Star Wars 1977.' Search for that or here is the direct link. It is 720p and requires a one third stretch as given by a widescreen television. This is the direct link:

https://ia600700.us.archive.org/24/items/Popcornarchive-starWa rs1977_z15in/Popcornarchive-starWars1977_z15in.mp4

You may need Quicktime. Right click over the image ( if it works correctly ) and select download video as...

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Rodney Bourke
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This Documentary on You Tube about how George Lucas keeps cutting and adding to the Original Star Wars is interesting.

And the American Film Registry still is waiting from Lucas Films original Print of Star wars.

Trying to get a Good original 1977 Star wars Print is hard to get even on VHS or Laserdisc according to the Documentary, but getting the best 1977 Print they need to look at a Derann Super 8 Star Wars Print. Amazingly they have not lost there Value and seem to fetch over $1000 Aust on ebay when they come up from time to time.

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted February 20, 2019 11:36 AM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The really neat thing is, if you can find it (which I did), there IS an ORIGINAL 1977 STAR WARS out there on super 8 scope!

it's actually a "cineavision" scope print, and it was taken from an original 1977 print (before all the corrections and it states no, "episode 4" but just, "It is a period of civil war").

The Derann print, whiel lovely, is taken from a later 1982 re-issue and has the "episode 4" and the other changes up to that time on it, so it isn't actually the 1977 original.

Fortunately, this 1977 version was printed on L.P.P. film stock and while the color isn't quite as rich as the derann re-issue, it is more than passable. There aren't many of these "77" versions out there! They are as rare as "hens teeth" [Smile]

"All these moments will be lost in time, just like ... tears, in the rain. "

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Rodney Bourke
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Hi Osi

that's interesting you say L.P.P. is the only true Star Wars Print in Super 8.
I looked at ebay Australia, USA and UK for a 1977 alternative copy of Star Wars on VHS, Beta and Laserdisc and the earliest copy I could find was 1980,s and I thought the SW Special Edition in 1997 was were all the changes happened turns out George Lucas did them, 1997, 1980 & 1981. Which makes sense because thats when all these Video Rental Shops opened in the early 80's. But if a true 1977 copy exists out there on Tape or Disc let me know.

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