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Squealing thank yous of rapturous joy [May. 4th, 2007|12:29 pm]
Zoethe
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I love love love love LOVE my sis-in-law, suzieboz. She may have been late with my birthday prezzie this year, but she could not possibly have chosen better:

The Star Wars DVD with the original version of the movie that started it all.

Now, some of you may remember that theferrett had finally put his foot down and absolutely refused to fund George Lucas in one more blatant attempt to get us to buy his movies. It's not that he didn't want to own the original version of Star Wars; no, he was (and remains) infuriated that it had been released with poor stereo sound rather than the quadraphonic sound in which the original movie was made. He is convinced that the "high quality sound edition" will be coming out in just a few years, and by the gods he was going to wait.

I lack his discipline, and looked upon them piningly whenever we were in the DVD section of a store. But you know how there are just times when it's not a good idea to take things into your own hands and override your partner? Yeah, I could just tell that this was one of them. I might ignore his wishes and cut my hair short, I might insist that we go out on an evening he'd prefer to stay in, but this was a matter of principle. And you don't mess with the principle.

That doesn't mean, however, that I can't accept them as gifts! I was really hoping that my whining and pining would yield results at Christmas. Alas, no Star Wars was forthcoming. And then I stopped seeing them on the shelf.

My heart broke just a wee little bit. I know Ferrett stands strong in his conviction that they will be released yet again, but me? I live in fear.

And I'm a junkie. I know this. Step One may be acknowledging that you are powerless against your addiction, but Step Two is wanting to change. I don't want to change. I like my addiction. I've purchased The Holy Trilogy at least three separate times. I'm okay with that. I was willing to go four, with the real possibility of five looming in the wings. I am comfortable with who I am.

But it appeared that it was not to be. Not only did I not buy this edition, it looked like I wasn't even going to own this edition.

And then a manila envelope arrived in today's mail. And with it came a new hope!*

Because I am, of course, a completist. I want Empire now. I even want Jedi.

I still can't buy them for myself, of course.

But Mother's Day is coming up....

(And Sue? Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!)


*Possibly the worst pun I've ever made.
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2007-05-04 04:58 pm (UTC)
There might be a more relavent comment later, but right now I'm still reeling from that pun. Words fail. Fo'real, j0.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-04 06:04 pm (UTC)
[bows]
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2007-05-04 05:04 pm (UTC)
Told you, I did. The original DVDS, great they are. Jedi should be bought if for no other reason that to return Sebastian to the BAC.

As for another release with "real" sound? It'll probably be only available in Blu-Ray or HD-DVD, which means you'll have to buy new hardware.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-04 07:03 pm (UTC)
Jedi should also be bought to remove the awful Muppet scream.

Good point about the hardware!
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2007-05-04 08:33 pm (UTC)
The muppet scream?

I know about the scream that was added to ESB:SE...what was added to Jedi?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-04 08:42 pm (UTC)
In Jabba's palace when one of the musicians goes all big-mouth muppety into the camera. It's horrible.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2007-05-07 12:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me of that abomination. There are so many ways in which the original Jedi is superior to the SE, and the entire Jabba sequence is one of them. Lapti Nek kicks the other bit to the curb.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-07 02:30 pm (UTC)
Sorry to create you pain.
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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2007-05-04 05:37 pm (UTC)
You're more than welcome. Even though Adam couldn't figure out WHY there was another copy of that in the house and when I told him that I got it for your birthday he echoed Ferrett to the nth degree. I told him to shut it!

Yes, mother's day. You have 2 children.....Works out well doesn't it?

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-04 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yesssss. The plan is swelling in me now!
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[User Picture]From: clodia_risa
2007-05-04 06:30 pm (UTC)
I know exactly how you feel. Due to principle, I really didn't want to buy the trilogy, but I really wanted to own it, just in case Lucas wasn't lying about this being the only way to get the original movies. Fortunately my mother got all three of them for me for X-Mas.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-04 07:08 pm (UTC)
They are getting exceedingly "thin on the ground" out there. I'm nervous.
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[User Picture]From: wdomburg
2007-05-04 10:16 pm (UTC)
On the plus side they still seem pretty widely available on-line. Even if traditional retail outlets dry up there are dozens of sealed discs for sale in the Amazon marketplace, Half.com and eBay (and usually at below retail).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-05 02:55 am (UTC)
Oh, good to know. Thanks!

(Now I just need to convince someone to buy them for me!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-04 07:11 pm (UTC)
Surely not quite that long! Or, maybe...yeah. Wow.

That was purchase #2.

I still have them.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-05 12:12 pm (UTC)
I passed on the THX pan-and-scans, having seen the letterbox light. And then I refrained until the SE DVDs.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-06 06:24 am (UTC)
You are a sick, twisted man.

That's why we all look up to you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-07 05:18 pm (UTC)
Hero worship can happen on discrete levels.
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[User Picture]From: badspock
2007-05-04 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yah, I have to second minch there....lessee, how many versions does the Mayday have?

1)Hologram Cover Boxed set vhs
2)THX VHS set
3)Super-death laserdisc set with all the extras
4)Special Edition VHS Widescreen
5)Special Edition VHS regular edition (bought on the cheap for the send away 3PO toy. Note that if one puts these sets side by side, you get a full pic of Father's face.)
6)DVD Boxed Set of New, improved Special Editions (bought for us by the wife)
7)The latest DVD release with the original cuts

Note that that doesn't include my taped-off-HBO set from before I could afford to buy 'em!

Then we have Episode I...

1)VHS Boxed Set
2)DVD

Episodes II and III, all I have are the DVDs.

I also have 2 VHS bootlegs of Ep I, a VCD 2-disc bootleg of Ep II, and THREE boots of Ep III-the infamous "Backstroke of the West" version on VHS, the work print with timecode (and slightly off aspect ratio) on 2-disc VCD, and a DVD complete with menus.

I am WAYYY too geeky to live! (And you don't even WANT to know how many different versions of the comic adaptations I've dropped my hard earned money on LOL)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-04 07:30 pm (UTC)
I feel so much better now. Thank you for out-geeking me.
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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2007-05-05 03:25 am (UTC)

Outgeeking

I have a bootleg Star Wars Holiday Special DVD.

OH stop everybody!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-05 12:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Outgeeking

You fool, you fool.

(So do we, of course.)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-05 01:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Outgeeking

Heh, forgot to add that to the list.

Do ya have the Ewok movies, he queries? Droids? Clone wars even? (I lack all those on DVD, sadly....I need to stop buying comics and get out there and donate to the Lucas fund some more!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-05 01:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Outgeeking

Do not have Ewok movies [shudder] or Droids, but do have Clone Wars, which are the best thing that came out of the prequels.
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[User Picture]From: badspock
2007-05-05 01:54 pm (UTC)
Heh, not a one. All opened, all watched (save for Special Ed. pan & scan set-that was only opened to take out the proof-of-purchase for the sendaway)

BTW, if I came off as trying for one-upmanship here, I apologise...it just struck me as funny how many times I actually went back to the well on these films.

Also, would ya buy the Holiday Special if they released it on DVD? I would, but then, GEEK as seen above LOL.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-05 01:57 pm (UTC)
I would, too. But it will never happen.
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[User Picture]From: badspock
2007-05-05 02:01 pm (UTC)
I just realized-you replied to that immediately, so are obviously online right now....are you and Ferret doing Free Comic Book day? Reason I ask is, I'm gonna be at York Comics on Pleasant Valley and York roads, and it would be cool if we happened to run into each other!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-05 02:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know it was free comic book day! If we went, we'd be going to John and Carol's at Kamm's Corners. I didn't even know about York Comics.
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[User Picture]From: badspock
2007-05-05 02:10 pm (UTC)
Ah. John and Carols is like a sister store to York. The owners have sort of their own lil' comic mafia goin on.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-05 02:40 pm (UTC)
As it is, I'm now racing out of here to work - the joy of entepreneurship!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-05-04 08:18 pm (UTC)
Try Moosebutter.com for a new taste treat. (Sorry, I don't know how to do actual links) They sing wonderful songs about Star Wars, Harry Potter,and other geeky stuff, in gorgeous harmony!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-04 08:44 pm (UTC)
Looks interesting - I will keep an eye out for them!
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2007-05-04 11:24 pm (UTC)
Junkies unite. ;) My parents have no idea why I own three versions of the SW trilogy, but I know the next time one comes out, I'll fork up the dough. Doesn't matter if there's nothing new on it; doesn't matter if it's a marketing gimmick; doesn't matter if it says "GEORGE LUCAS OWNS YOUR SOUL" in day-glo letters. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-05 02:56 am (UTC)
Sistah! I have a twin okay, much younger sistah!!!

;-)
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2007-05-04 11:53 pm (UTC)
Did you see Clerks 2?

How did you feel about the debate about *the* trilogy between SW and LotR?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-05 02:57 am (UTC)
No, I haven't seen it! Now I must.
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2007-05-05 04:00 pm (UTC)
It's hilarious.... :D
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