How Many Times Have You Bought Star Wars? How Many Times Will You?

Discussion in 'Industry News' started by Iria, May 7, 2006.

  1. Iria

    Iria New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2004
    Messages:
    7,250
    Likes Received:
    51
    Trophy Points:
    0
    [font=verdana,helvetica]Source: TechDirt[/font]
    [font=verdana,helvetica]__________[/font]
    We've noted in the past that a big part of the entertainment industry's business model (and part of the reason they're such big fans of copy protection) is that they want to get you to buy the exact same content over and over and over again. This clearly annoys many customers. Just yesterday, in our discussion about the MPAA's bogus numbers, someone in the comments complained about studios releasing so many different versions of a DVD, so that fans get annoyed. They buy the basic version when it comes out. Then there's the special edition, the director's cut, the Criterion edition and so on. Tony Gentile points us to a story at E-Online about people buying Star Wars movies again and again every time it's released in a different format or version (in this case, the announcement that the theatrical versions will now be released on DVD). Gentile wonders when people will realize that they're buying the exact same thing they already have over again.
     
  2. Zelig

    Zelig Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2003
    Messages:
    3,185
    Likes Received:
    45
    Trophy Points:
    58
    I've bought the original Star Wars trilogy once, DVD wide-screen, and don't plan on buying it again.
     
  3. calidan

    calidan Frozen in Carbonite

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2003
    Messages:
    1,401
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    0
    So, you bought the boot leg DVDs off of eBay?
     
  4. Alistair

    Alistair Spoos

    Joined:
    May 9, 2002
    Messages:
    435
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    28
    What about his statement suggests he got anything bootleg? I really don't see anything that suggests that.

    Anyways I intend to buy the full set once they release all 6 in a nifty package. George Lucas is going to milk Star Wars for all its worth and then some.
     
  5. calidan

    calidan Frozen in Carbonite

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2003
    Messages:
    1,401
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Because the originals are not on DVD but only by buying them on eBay. The ones that came out have been changed again since the special editions came out. If you need proof watch "Return of the Jedi" on DVD and then watch the special edition on VHS. There is a difference.
     
  6. niceguyrichy

    niceguyrichy c c c COFFEE

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    9,548
    Likes Received:
    1,037
    Trophy Points:
    138
    going to..!?? :lol:

    I too am waiting for the complete box set, don't see the point buying 2 lots of 3.
     
  7. niceguyrichy

    niceguyrichy c c c COFFEE

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    9,548
    Likes Received:
    1,037
    Trophy Points:
    138
    splitting hairs :rolleyes:

    he prob only meant the 3 films released first, not whether they were remastered or not :)
     
  8. Zelig

    Zelig Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2003
    Messages:
    3,185
    Likes Received:
    45
    Trophy Points:
    58
    Sorry for not being specific enough, that is indeed what I meant.

    I've never even owned a VCR, so have never paid much attention to anything released on VHS.
     
  9. Pluvious

    Pluvious Elisha = hottie

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2003
    Messages:
    1,318
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ha.. funny.. I rebought so many movies because of this stupid tactic. Luckly the last seven or so years I've finally learned that I don't NEED to own these movies and collect them. I can just rent them when I want.. same with video games. (PC games I still buy)

    Regarding Star Wars. I bought each Star Wars movie #1-3 on laser disc and then bought the $250 Ultimate box set (big black box with picture book). These where all in CAV format and where only about 30 min a side. Since then I've bought the 3 new ones on DVD, but won't be buying anymore more of Star Wars sets again. Lucas is beating that horse hard because I just read yesterday that he's bringing out the #1-3 orginals on DVD again. (not the 'fixed' versions)
     
  10. craig5320

    craig5320 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2002
    Messages:
    9,682
    Likes Received:
    226
    Trophy Points:
    88
    I had the originals on vhs taped off tele, I have the special edition gold box set on VHS which i bought like 7 or 8 years ago when it came out.

    I haven't bought any versions since, as I'm just waiting for a 6 movie boxset, which i'm sure will be on the way in the future. Then I'll buy that. I never buy the special's if i have the basic.
     
  11. niceguyrichy

    niceguyrichy c c c COFFEE

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    9,548
    Likes Received:
    1,037
    Trophy Points:
    138
    i had the gold vhs set :)

    seems to have disappeared with all the moving house malarky though

    we have all the Lord of the Rings dvd's, basics, special ed etc of all three movies, it's something of an obsession :lol:
     
  12. Dark Lord

    Dark Lord Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2004
    Messages:
    5,910
    Likes Received:
    89
    Trophy Points:
    58
    i have 2 sets on VHS. the originals, and the gold edition.

    i may pick this set up on dvd though.
     
  13. calidan

    calidan Frozen in Carbonite

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2003
    Messages:
    1,401
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I remember the first time I got the original trilogy on VHS. I got them on my birthday when I was a kid. Mom and Dad bought them used from a Video Rental Store. This was when it was impossible to buy them new. :bleh:
     
  14. amuro

    amuro New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2003
    Messages:
    147
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    There are way too many movies out there that come in special edition, or Unrated edition, or Extremely Unrated like the annoyingly lame American Pie movies, at least Star Wars movies are worth it specially given the years apart of the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, VHS, Betamax, Vynil Record, etc.

    It all depends on what version you want and what you think over the director whatever...

    I seem to remember that years before SWse there was Basic Instinct VHS and then the version that the censors (big hype) did not want you to see in Basic Instinct The Director's Cut Unrated VHS that was almost like simulated-porn with Sharon Stone.

    I mean what if there is an all of a sudden release of Blue Lagoon, the Taboo edition Unrated where we get to see all that the Director got to see while filming "whats her name" who was on the cover of People magazine, was the hottest chick in the 80s, still looks good today, went out with Michael Jackson and Webster to the Oscars, etc etc.

    I always have agreed with George Lucas in that the movie that he wanted to make was impossible to make and he really pushed it, invested money into it, re-released it altered in 77 at the theaters people back then did not seem to complain when Star Wars was no longer a movie but Chapter 4: A New Hope...

    If only the 70s and 80s Pornographic Industry were as lucky, could you imagine all of the special extended scenes special edition or totally unrated editions...er maybe not the unrated but at least SE, deleted scenes and all that and all the critics, idiots mostly would also be complaining.

    Its not enough we have Comic books doing special edition covers, no ads editions, non Comics Code Authority approved editions were Batman gets a gun and kills someone with it or stabs someone with a knife...

    Then again its not enough we have all these video card makers and vendors selling the 1337 edition, the Crap Edition and the Super Diamond you cannot afford this card editions, yet everbody like to bitch and moan about Star Wars.
     
  15. Pluvious

    Pluvious Elisha = hottie

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2003
    Messages:
    1,318
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The resaon I rebought my favorite Laser Disc's back then .. was they finally starting releasing Widescreen versions. This was before most people where just learning about widescreen vs pan and scan. I rebought, BladeRuner, Predator, Aliens (all) and Terminator series, Die hard.. etc.. The list goes on and on. Like I said.. I got that out of my system long ago and finally matured enough to stop throwing money out the window trying to keep up with the different versions. . Now I just Netflix. :)

    I still, once in a blue moon pick up a DVD.. but only rarely. (I'll be getting yet another version of Bladerunner when it comes out later this year) heheh..
     
  16. calidan

    calidan Frozen in Carbonite

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2003
    Messages:
    1,401
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    0
    What new version of Bladerunner is coming out?
     
  17. OmegaRED

    OmegaRED Relapsed Gamer

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2002
    Messages:
    5,704
    Likes Received:
    186
    Trophy Points:
    73
    I bought the Special Edition VHS set in 97 and am not buying another one.
     
  18. Pluvious

    Pluvious Elisha = hottie

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2003
    Messages:
    1,318
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Looks like I was wrong.. not this year but next:

    http://www.brmovie.com/BR_Special_Edition.htm

    [size=-1]31st January 2006[/size]

    The Digital Bits has reported on an official Warner's press conference:

    "And finally, here's a bit of news that's going to get a lot of you excited (and I made a point to specifically ask about this title, believe me)... Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) is currently on track for release as a multi-disc special edition in time for its 25th anniversary in 2007. The release is far from certain (as usual, there's a lot more that I can't post about this title yet - think of the old saying, "Loose lips sink ships"), but Warner says that work is proceeding, most of the key players are involved and things are "looking good" for release next year. We'll see."
     

Share This Page

visited