Monday, October 13, 2008

My speculations on Star Wars in Blu-ray

When I bought my PS3 back on April 14, 2008, after Blu-ray defeated HD-DVD, I started buying motion pictures in Blu-ray format. However, Lucasfilm's Star Wars saga is not yet released in this HD format. The films would be remastered into perfect HD quality.

Here are my speculations concerning the Blu-ray version. For changes to Revenge of the Sith, for the portrayal of Luminara Unduli on Kashyyyk, Faye David should be replaced with the original actress Mary Oyaya. For the portrayal of Stass Allie, Nina Fallon and Tace Bayliss should be replaced with Lily Nyamwasa (who is found to be the canon portrayal of the character) [Nyamwasa was very disappointed about Fallon stealing her role in the film]. New Order 66 footage would be added, such as the deaths of Luminari Unduli on Kashyyyk and Barriss Offee on Felucia, scenes that were unshot for the theatrical version. The ending would be extended, adding Yoda's entry to Dagobah onto it.

For the original trilogy, further visual enhancement treatment by Lowry Digital would be done to make it look more in line with the prequel trilogy. Some newly shot footage, such as of planets that were previously covered in the prequel trilogy, might also be made. A New Hope would be the main focus for the enhancement. Luke's lightsaber in the Millennium Falcon scene, which appeared to be green, should be color-corrected to blue. The models would be replaced with computer graphics counterparts. The closing shot may have added footage of how Darth Vader survived the Battle of Yavin, resulting in footage of Coruscant. The original trilogy soundtracks would also be re-scored to sound in line with the prequel trilogy soundtracks. For Return of the Jedi, Kashyyyk would be added to the Victory Celebration footage. Aside from the Lowry Digital visual enhancement treatment, minor changes would be made.

There would also be a trivia track telling deeper into the story, and one telling the behind-the-scenes trivia, including changes from the previous versions of the films, references between the trilogies. Aside from English (as on the DVD), subtitles would also be available in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. New audio tracks aside from the ones included on the DVD would include the English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel, French 5.1, Spanish 5.1, and Japanese 5.1.

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