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Here's a pun-splattered heads-up to all you Star Wars fans out there. In about two hours' time news will reach us from a secret server located on the distant planet Bespin that Maythe4thbewithyou will prove a good day for the Lucasian franchise. There's a countdown and everything! The gimmicky website created in honour of the …

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  1. Mark C Casey

    Meh

    So, it'll just be the crappy star wars prequels with the horribly redone originals?

    You know fine, please clean up the image to correct for things like faded colour and damage to the film itself.

    But, please.. don't re-edit the film or add bits. It's worst in the first film, where Lucas changed Han Solo's character by shooting after Greedo (yes I went there), adding a horribly done Jabba scene and the horrible, horrible cg bits or where the random droids move perfectly horizontally across the screen filling it as Luke and Obi Wan arrive at Mos Eisley.

    Who am I joking, he'll just release the shitty versions. But, honestly I bought them once on VHS and that's enough. If they aren't the original versions, why bother?

  2. irish donkey
    Thumb Up

    Applause

    just what I thought

  3. mafoo
    Coat

    or..

    ...they are going to digitally replace all the characters with ewoks...

  4. WonkoTheSane
    Coat

    @ Mark C Casey

    The Jabba scene existed all along.

    Under the CGI slug is a now deceased Irish actor named Declan Mulholland,

    delivering the same lines that the subtitles showed, while wearing a hideous fur waistcoat.

    It's Boba Fett who was never there. Proof? I gots proof:-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itWq71Y5-B4

    (Mine's the one with a lighsabre in the pocket)

  5. Mike Richards Silver badge

    I thought...

    Lucas had said that the special editions (the ones with all the CGI buggeration) were the definitive versions of the movies and that the original ones would never be released?

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  7. Ammaross Danan
    FAIL

    The real rip-off

    Even though the originals were "digitally remastered" and had extra CGI and such, there's still one problem with the Blu-Ray version: the original film was still shot in crappy standard-def. The video recording sucked then and will still be like up-converting a VHS to 1080p. Fortunately, the new Eps 1-3 may actually come out in better quality, but die-hard "I must have a blu-ray player due to the superior image" people will be woefully disappointed when they realize if it wasn't shot in high-def, you don't get high-def quality automagically from Blu-ray.

  8. NoneSuch

    @WonkoTheSane

    If you are who I think you are then Shad says "Hi".

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @WonkoTheSane

    yes the scene was there all along...

    But, it was cut out because it didn't work, and it was then replaced with all of greedo's dialogue. Putting it back in just means Han gets told all the same stuff twice.

  10. I am the Walrus

    RE: crappy standard-def

    I think you'll find the originals were shot on 35mm film and that when digitized is 4k (i.e. 4096x4096 pixels) in size. Most likely at 32bit colour depth as well. Therefore there will be no issue with resolution or image quality when digitally remastering from the original stock. Especially when the target output is 1920x1080 pixels with H264 encoding for a TV (10bpc colour) or computer (8bpc colour) viewing.

    Just my 2c.

  11. The Fuzzy Wotnot
    Stop

    Give it rest George!

    Anyone remember when the VHS boxsets came out? There was a gold and silver edition, FFS! Not to mention the Our Price (remember them? ) VHS boxset. How many DVD box sets have there been since then too?!

    Give a rest George, you've got enough money, how about getting off your arse making some genuine original SciFi fare? Something genuinely new and exciting? If not, then how about remaking THX-1138? I don't like remakes as a rule but I reckon that could really benefit from the modern makeover.

  12. Jedit
    FAIL

    Gold and silver VHS

    The gold and silver VHS Star Wars boxes weren't any kind of attempt to rip off the public. The gold box contained the original versions and the silver box contained the Special Editions. Of course if you wanted both you had to buy both, but it's not like they forced a double-dip on anyone (see: Rings, Lord of the).

    Also, Lucasfilm cannot be blamed for the punny URL. The assemble fandom have unofficially been celebrating Star Wars Day on May the Fourth for a good few years now.

  13. markfiend

    Re: Gold and silver VHS

    I thought one set was widescreen and the other set pan-and-scan?

  14. Si 1

    Gold and Silver

    Wasn't Gold the Pan 'n' Scan version while the Silver were the Widescreen ones?

  15. Cunningly Linguistic
    Headmaster

    Nope, other way round...

    ...Gold was widescreen, silver was pan & scan.

  16. LuMan
    Headmaster

    Nope, not silver.

    My copy says it's actually Platinum, widescreen. The gold versions were 4:3 IIRC.

    I've got the original widescreen (individual) videos, which are noted as being in 'Letterbox' format!

  17. Stevie Silver badge

    Hiss Whoosh Hiss Whoosh

    I find your lack of faith disturbing.

  18. Goat Jam
    Headmaster

    THX-1138 Makeover

    Hasn't he already done that? It was his first attempt at doing a CGI makeover.

    See the "Directors Cut" DVD

    http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s3295thx.html

  19. Arctic fox
    Grenade

    I'll get the three original movies on blu-ray but.....

    .........Darth Lucas can get stuffed if I am parting with a penny piece for those three abortions/computer game advertisements he called prequals.

  20. Ken Hagan Gold badge
    Unhappy

    The 4th isn't with me...

    Doesn't render properly on Opera 11.10. (The countdown is not centered and so the left-hand side is clipped by the browser window.)

  21. Def Silver badge
    FAIL

    May the Fourth is officially "Thtar Warth Day".

    Doesn't render properly in Opera or IE9. Just continuously refreshes a blank page in IE6. Seems to work in Firefox, but who uses that POS these days?

    I can only hope that whatever is announced is better quality than the website announcing it.

  22. Elsie
    FAIL

    Gotta agree with the others

    Lucas has had money out of my wallet at the box office and through video and DVD sales. He can stuff a Rancor where the sun don't shine if he thinks I'm coughing up again.

  23. sebacoustic
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    worth it?

    I've made it to 43 and i am a techie of sorts, but I gave watching the Star Wars films a miss so far.

    One attempt at doing so, during university-pals' all-night video session, failed at the "too-stoned-to-keep-awake" hurdle.

    I guess it only appeals to to the under-12s or those who want to re-live being under 12.

  24. Stef 4
    WTF?

    Seriously

    You belittle Star Wars fans as 12 year olds, and then say you never got round to watching them because you spent your university years in a drug induced coma? That's a real mature approach.

  25. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Happy

    Well...

    But you have to admit that seeing the original Star Wars [aka. Episode IV] in a lousy 70's movie theatre on a Saturday afternoon while being < 10 (though under adult supervision) was PRETTY FRACKING COOL.

    I didn't understand the story though. Didn't matter.

  26. The Dark Lord

    I've already bought the first three twice

    ... and that's enough, thanks.

    The more I watch them, the more I come round to Alec Guinness's way of thinking.

  27. Spotfist
    Coffee/keyboard

    Blaaah

    " If not, then how about remaking THX-1138?"

    He already did, the copy I bought last year has been CGI'd to the max! not that there was much to add really... perhaps a THX-1137 needs to be released as a prequel, maybe add some comedy to the mix... someone with big ears and an annoying voice? I making gold right here BABY!

    Also I REALLY hope George isn't reading this post :( If you are George then... It's a joke right, It would suck big time so stop thinking about it!

  28. Wize

    Thought they had already been remastered to blu-ray

    And there was talk of 3D version coming next (may already be out) which left me wondering how they were going to 3D the sections that were done from a single camera on a set.

  29. defiler Silver badge

    Milked this one dry, methinks...

    It's been years since I've watched Star Wars. Used to love it, but it's been ridden roughshod over so many times in an attempt to squeeze every last penny from its value. I honestly think Lucasfilm sees the movies' fans as piggy banks to get shaken up every time they need a quick cash injection.

    I for one will not partake, *unless* there's an option for the original unadulterated versions to be shown. I want "A New Hope", "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of The Jedi". I want them cleaned up, but unedited from their original cinema releases. I don't want spurious CGI. I don't want "deleted scenes". I don't want "extra footage", "extra action", Jar Jar Binks, Greedo shooting first or *any* of that shit. Clean it, give me a DTS soundtrack, and leave the rest of it the hell alone. That's the only way any of my money will go anywhere the shrivelled teat of Star Wars now.

  30. IsJustabloke Silver badge
    Stop

    I refuse to enoble a simple forum post!

    You can stop calling it a "A new Hope" for a start.

    Its "Star Wars" geddit?

  31. Dayjo

    Hayden Christenshite

    Will it be the version that made me shout at the tv at the end of ROTJ?

  32. Captain Save-a-ho
    Megaphone

    Shouty, shouty, shouty

    No DOUBT! By far, the BIGGEST travesty in all the special editions. Why didn't he just map Hayden Christenshite over David Prowse when they removed Vader's helmet?

    Shame on all you sheeple that will purchase this rereremake shite.

  33. Thomas 18
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    Reclaim your dignity George

    Add an option to play the original cinematic version of the original 3. Oh wait that would be like admitting failure wouldn't it.

  34. Tom 13

    There seems to be a theme here.

    But I'll join in anyway: If Mr. Lucas releases the first three as originally seen in theaters, I'll buy the set. Otherwise, no dice.

  35. Shaun 2

    lol

    well that appears to have died within the first two minutes :)

  36. MJI Silver badge

    They are late

    14:00 BST it starts - it is 13 hours late

  37. K Silver badge

    FAIL...

    may the 503 Error be with you aswell Mr Lucas!

  38. Rostron

    Meh

    So the countdown finished and the website promptly collapsed with a bang. Less than stellar.

  39. TheresaJayne
    FAIL

    well this is what i got

    Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Host 'domU-12-31-39-16-C1-2C.compute-1.internal' is blocked because of many connection errors; unblock with 'mysqladmin flush-hosts' in /afs/foxfilm.com/content2/maythe4th.starwars.com/html/includes/connect.php on line 25

    Did not connect to host. Sorry, you can tell them it was error: Host 'domU-12-31-39-16-C1-2C.compute-1.internal' is blocked because of many connection errors; unblock with 'mysqladmin flush-hosts'

  40. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Pint

    Do people still remember the DEC WARS spoof?

    "You've had your chance, Vadic. Now I would like the princess to witness the test that will make this workstation fully operational. Today we enable the -r beam option, and we've chosen the princess' $HOME of /usr/alderaan as the primary target."

    "No! You can't! /usr/alderaan is a public account, with no restricted permissions. We have no backup tapes! You can't..."

    "Then name the rebel inode!" Tarchive snapped.

    A voice announced over a hidden speaker that they had arrived in /usr.

    "1248," she whispered, "They're on /dev/rm3. Inode 1248, /mnt/dantooine." She turned away.

    Tarchive sighed with satisfaction. "There, you see, Lord Vadic? She can be reasonable. Proceed with the operation."

    It took several clock ticks for the words to penetrate. "What!" _LPA0: gasped.

    "/dev/rm3 is not a public filesystem," Tarchive explained. "We require a more visible subject to demonstrate the power of the Are-Em Star workstation. We will mount an attack on /mnt/dantooine as soon as possible."

    As the princess watched, Tarchive reached over and typed "ls" on a nearby terminal. There was a brief pause (there being only one processor on board) and the viewscreen showed, ".: not found." The princess suddenly double- spaced and went off-line.

  41. Anonymous Coward
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    Lucas fails.

    And, on the appointed hour, did the website joyously known as MayThe4th FAIL at even being up when the deadline was reached... and there was much griping on the interwebs.

  42. Ben Naylor
    FAIL

    Clever marketing...

    All it does is redirect to the main Fox site, with no mention of Star Wars at all.

    That's if it loads at all....

  43. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Wow!

    Oooh! Now it excitingly redirects to the fox movies home page. Thrilled, not am I (or some such pseudo Yoda nonsense).

    Thanks for nothing George (again).

  44. StuCom
    FAIL

    It's broken! Wah!

    I think someone pulled the plug. The domain is currently redirecting to fox movies.

    But who would have anticipated the high demand?

    It's not as if star wars is popular, is it?

  45. The Commenter formally known as Matt
    WTF?

    Wasn't expecting that

    A few mysql connection errors, then forwarded to http://www.foxmovies.com/?CO=uk-en with a big xmen advert.

    Was not what I was expecting!

  46. NightFox
    FAIL

    Note to Self

    Don't use data centres on Alderaan

  47. Eponymous Retard
    Happy

    Back in the day...

    ...I remember going to see all three movies (the good ones, not the shit ones) as a blissfully happy 8-ish year old with a mate and his Gran (Gawd bless her, probably not quite as much fun for her).

    In order to relive the halcyon days of my not-misspent-enough youth, I would like to add myself to the increasingly long list of people who would actually pay for a minimally interfered with copy of the original cinematic releases.

    Don't make us beg, George.

  48. Mike Hanna

    @NightFox

    Haha

    Sworking again

  49. The last doughnut
    Coat

    Someone had to say it ...

    These aren't the DVD's you're looking for.

  50. jai

    exactly how many...

    ...Bothan's died to bring us this news?

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