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Why Have the Blu-rays Gone Backwards??

Discussion in 'Disney/LFL' started by adamclark83, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. adamclark83

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    Ever since Disney just had to buy Lucasfilm, why have the Blu-rays taken a step backwards?

    For the TV shows:

    From excellent DTS-HD (TCW 3-5) right down to old-age Dolby Digital 5.1 (TCW: Lost Missions, Rebels 1-2)

    For the movies:

    From more than 3 hours of detailed extras (commentaries, 2-3 documentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, trailers, TV spots, photo gallery) for the PT and OT to only a small selection for TFA with 1 documentary, a handful of featurettes and a few short deleted scenes that ran for just under 2 hours?
     
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    It's standard practice these days sadly to do bare bones releases for the initial home video release and then up the extras to get fans to double dip down the road. I'd complain, but George practically helped invent this concept with SW, so fan enablement of this practice in the past has done nothing to dissuade the suits from pushing t further and further until we stop buying (And I'm not accusing as much as admitting here. I've lost count as to how many versions of each film I've owned over the years but I'm sure the OT at least is in double digits at this point). Those blu-rays with all the features were the (exaggerated for effect) 763rd release of the first 6 movies. I would assume after the trilogy is complete we'll get a more comprehensive box set in similar vein to the OT and PT box set. And I'm sure we'll all run out to the store to buy it.

    As for the sound track, I'm with you there. My guess was that those who budgeted out the release either didn't think the higher quality mix would make a dent in sales on a kids cartoon home release (children's movies and TV shows, outside of classics, frequently see low-rez audio tracks). Or, if you want to play nice, maybe they were matching the original release mix to stay true to the intent of the creators of the show who likely mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 for the netflix/DXD releases which wouldn't have had capacity for a HD sound mix.
     
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    Yeah a lot of it has to do with padding their bottom line which is why there were exclusives and things like that for TFA's release...also they probably didn't do the sound thing because most people with a simple sound system and a television would hardly notice it unless they have movie theaters in their houses... ...
     
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    The only problem with that is that Disney have said for TFA, they're not holding back extras for a future release. With the PT DVDs, you didn't need to double dip as they were perfect the first time.
     
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    I think its semantics. They may not have made any special features that they are specifically holding back. But that's never stopped a studio from going back years later with new interviews, documentaries, restored extra scenes. They could add stuff like footage from the premiere, features on cultural impact, score only tracks, script to screen or animatic to screen features.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not endorsing this in any way. Those initial PT releases were an exception because George didn't really focus on holding back extras to milk the trilogy for more money (he could just release a new SE for that). I'm just saying its just the way its done these days. I have no doubt that over the next 20 years we'll get 5 or so releases of the new trilogy with slightly changed or additional features each time until we have a full compliment of features and have all spent hundreds of dollars on every version that comes out every few years.
     
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    Episode 7 blu ray extras was a big let down for me.
     
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    Well, here's a new updated list of what I would've put on the release (may not be complete):

    Disc 1
    - Commentary with J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan.
    - Dolby Atmos

    Disc 2

    Documentaries:
    - Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
    – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary.
    - 30 Years On - With contributions from cast and crew, a look at how the galaxy has changed since the fall of the Empire and rise of the First Order.

    Featurettes:
    - The Force Awakens at Star Wars Celebration (2015) - New heroes, villains and returning favourites, watch the entire one-hour segment of how the new movie was presented to fans of all ages.
    - The Force Awakens: World Premiere - The long wait is finally over as you get a glimpse of the Red Carpet for the premiere of the new movie.
    - The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie's script.
    - Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
    - John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens.
    - ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider's look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie's visual effects.
    - Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others.

    THE FIRST ORDER
    - Characters -
    With contributions from cast and crew, meet the newest villains determined to rule the galaxy.
    * Kylo Ren
    * Captain Phasma
    * General Hux
    * Supreme Leader Snoke
    - Ships -
    Bad guys always get the coolest ships so take a look at the latest vehicles of destruction including the return of the fearsome TIE fighter and dreaded Star Destroyers.
    * TIE Fighters
    * Special Forces TIE Fighter
    * Landing Craft
    * Kylo Ren's shuttle
    * Star Destroyers

    - Weapons - From the new stormtrooper blaster rifle to Kylo Ren's cross-guard lightsabre, take a look at some of the new dealiest weapons.
    - Costumes - To rule the galaxy, you have to look the part, from the new stormtrooper armour to Kylo Ren's helmet.

    THE RESISTANCE
    - Characters
    - Meet the newest and returning heroes determined to fight the First Order.
    * Rey
    * Finn
    * Poe
    * Han Solo
    * Leia
    * Luke Skywalker
    * C-3PO
    * BB-8
    * R2-D2
    * Chewbacca
    - Ships
    - Take a look at the heroes new ships from Han Solo's cargo freighter to the return of the X-Wings and iconic Millennium Falcon.
    - Weapons - Luke's original lightsabre, Rey's staff and Chewbacca's bowcaster. Just a few of the weapons the heroes will use to fight the forces of evil.
    - Costumes - From the return of Han Solo's iconic look to C-3PO's red arm, take a look at how the galaxy's bravest heroes will be saving the universe in style.

    PLANETS

    Jakku
    - The Real Jakku: Filming in Abu Dhabi
    - Cast and crew offer insight in filming in the desert.
    - Meet Unkar Plutt - Simon Pegg talks about his role as Rey's boss.
    - Battle of Jakku - Star Wars experts discuss the battle that led to the massive graveyard of ships.
    - Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favourite in the Star Wars universe.
    - Meet Lor San Tekka - Max Von Sydow discusses his mysterious character Lor San Tekka.
    - Deleted Scenes

    Takodana
    - The Real Takodana
    - Cast and crew give their opinions on filming in this exquisite location.
    - Creating Maz - Lupita N'Yongo long with memebrs of the cast and crew discuss bringing Maz Kanata to life.
    - The Castle Flags - Discover the different oragnisations represneted by the flags outside Maz's castle.
    - Rey's Vision - Take a look at filming this pivotal scene and what clues it could hint at for Rey's future.
    - FN-2187 vs FN-2199 - Take a look at the fight choreography and interviews with John Boyega and stunt performer Liang Yang for this confrontation.
    - Deleted Scenes

    D-Qar
    - The Real D'Qar: Filming at Royal Air Force Station - Cast and crew discuss filming at this site in Berkshire.
    - Nien Numb Returns - A look at the return of this adored character.
    - Deleted Scenes

    Starkiller Base
    - The Real Starkiller Base: Filming in Iceland - Cast and crew reveal what it was like filming in Iceland.
    - "It's Another Death Star" - It uses the power of the sun to destroy planets. Take a look at the First Order's ultimate new super weapon.
    - The Name's Trooper... Stormtrooper - Along with cast and crew, Daniel Craig talks about being a stormtrooper.
    - Death of a Legend - Probably the most poignant scene in the whole movie, go behind the scenes of the killing of an icon.
    - Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
    - Deleted Scenes

    Anch-To
    - The Real Anch-To: Filming at Skellig Michael
    - Learn more about Skellig Michael, the island used as an anicent Jedi temple.
    - Return of the Jedi - Crew members along with actors Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley discuss filiming the pivotal scene of Rey meeting Luke.

    Additional Extras:
    - Photo Gallery
    - Outtakes

    - Trailers - Teaser (1:00), Theatrical Trailer 1 (2:00), Theatrical Trailer 2 (2:30), Japanese Trailer (1:53), LEGO Version
    - TV Spots
     
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    a featurette about Lucas's plans before the sale would have been nice .
     
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    Yes it would have. Thanks.
     
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    I agree. I wish they had a director cut addition with the director letting us know his thoughts as we walk through the movie. Or a version where they have cool pops ups of information about characters and scenes like I have seen in other movies.
     
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    Pop-up Factoid Track.
     
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    What?
     
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    Small windows with interesting facts about the scenes being watched. Yaqngie was talking about them.
     
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    Ohhhh. I had the same question, Astromech!
     
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    I guess the blu-ray didn't have the same appeal has before.
     
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    I wouldn't even call it an appeal...it's done to build demand so a newer release will have new stuff that the old bluray does not causing the demand to be satisfied and then the cycle repeats itself causing Disney to literally rake in the cash
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    Thanks for pointing out the obvious but how is that what disney does, different to what Lucas did. There were many changes over the years and to get the original cut you need to buy a special pack that was way overpriced.
     
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    Indeed, I just miss the days when DVDs came packed with special features. Say you will about the Prequels, but their original DVD releases had some of the best and most illuminating special features ever. Sadly this practice has been discontinued with the advent of Blu-Ray :(.
     
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    From what I remember there were only like 3 releases and only two of which actually had any special features. That special pack was probably over priced partially because Lucas was reluctant to release them. i wouldnt call the changes "many" for the bluray features though.
     
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    It seems everyone here has forgotten the 3D blu-ray is due to be released on November 15. In addition to the 3D blu-ray the set will include 3 other blu-ray disk and a DVD. I figure one of those will be the 2D version of the film but what is on the other 2 disks? I figure it's going to be all the stuff we were waiting for on the original release back in April.

    http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Star-Wars-Episode-VII-The-Force-Awakens-3D-Blu-ray/64238/
     
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