Star Wars Series 4K Blu Ray Transfer Slip Ups?

thrawn4000

Novice Member
Hi:


I have watched the 4K Blu Ray versions of Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. I noticed some audio issues such as the audio cutting out or getting distorted in various points of the films. As far as I can tell I was not having playback issues with either my 4K disc player or the discs themselves. I purchased a second copy of one of the movies and it appeared that the audio issue occurred at roughly the same point. I suspect that the audio issues are studio related since I understand there were difficulties getting these older films transferred for 4K release. However, I could not find any confirmation about the audio issues on the Internet from review articles about the films.


I do not have the exact points in the films that I can list, but I will provide as best as I can the rough points where I noticed the audio issues.

A New Hope:

- During one of the Death Star trench run scenes toward the end of the film, it appeared the audio was briefly cut out.

The Empire Strikes Back:

- During the portion of the film from when the Luke vs Vader lightsaber duel in Cloud City starts up to the point shortly after Vader exits his shuttle on his command ship after his return from Cloud City, it appeared that the audio at some points was either out of sync or distorted (I am sorry I am not an expert on audio terminology).

Return of the Jedi:

-During the opening crawl, there is possibly a little audio distortion. In the Ewok village scene where Luke, Han, and Chewie are hung over the fire, when Luke tells C3PO to use his magic before C3PO is shown floating in the air, the audio appears to briefly cut out. Lastly, as the film transitions from the ending celebration scene to the end credits, it sounded like the audio was slightly distorted, but I am not sure.

Also, I may have caught a possible issue in one of the sequel films.

The Rise of Skywalker:

The image possibly briefly blacks out when the Emperor begins shooting lightning into the spacecraft battle above his fortress.


My only other question is about studios transferring films to digital media disks like DVD, Blu Ray, and 4K Blu Ray. Over the roughly 20 years that I have watched films on disk, I noticed during playback on a few films that the image briefly freezes, the image has digital pixelation artifacts, or the image briefly blacks out. I did not notice any playback issues during those moments and the movies continued as normal. Would I be correct in assuming that some of these films will have glitches or errors, like the ones I just mentioned, from their transfer processes from film or whatever media they are stored on to their digital platform destinations such as DVD, Blu Ray, and 4K Blu Ray due to reasons such as technology limitations or issues with equipment involved with the transfers?

I suspect that there may have been slipups by Disney or Lucasfilm during the audio mix for the films' 4K transition, but I would like to get confirmation that this is or is not the case.

Thanks in advance.
 

pj

Well-known Member
definitely not the case, the audio on these discs have been scrutinised unlike any other soundtrack in the galaxy and there would have been a shout of recall if there was even a slightest blip, i can't think what you are hearing in the OT but the cut out in rise is 100% intentional
 

Fillius

Well-known Member
Hi:


I have watched the 4K Blu Ray versions of Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. I noticed some audio issues such as the audio cutting out or getting distorted in various points of the films. As far as I can tell I was not having playback issues with either my 4K disc player or the discs themselves. I purchased a second copy of one of the movies and it appeared that the audio issue occurred at roughly the same point. I suspect that the audio issues are studio related since I understand there were difficulties getting these older films transferred for 4K release. However, I could not find any confirmation about the audio issues on the Internet from review articles about the films.


I do not have the exact points in the films that I can list, but I will provide as best as I can the rough points where I noticed the audio issues.

A New Hope:

- During one of the Death Star trench run scenes toward the end of the film, it appeared the audio was briefly cut out.

The Empire Strikes Back:

- During the portion of the film from when the Luke vs Vader lightsaber duel in Cloud City starts up to the point shortly after Vader exits his shuttle on his command ship after his return from Cloud City, it appeared that the audio at some points was either out of sync or distorted (I am sorry I am not an expert on audio terminology).

Return of the Jedi:

-During the opening crawl, there is possibly a little audio distortion. In the Ewok village scene where Luke, Han, and Chewie are hung over the fire, when Luke tells C3PO to use his magic before C3PO is shown floating in the air, the audio appears to briefly cut out. Lastly, as the film transitions from the ending celebration scene to the end credits, it sounded like the audio was slightly distorted, but I am not sure.

Also, I may have caught a possible issue in one of the sequel films.

The Rise of Skywalker:

The image possibly briefly blacks out when the Emperor begins shooting lightning into the spacecraft battle above his fortress.


My only other question is about studios transferring films to digital media disks like DVD, Blu Ray, and 4K Blu Ray. Over the roughly 20 years that I have watched films on disk, I noticed during playback on a few films that the image briefly freezes, the image has digital pixelation artifacts, or the image briefly blacks out. I did not notice any playback issues during those moments and the movies continued as normal. Would I be correct in assuming that some of these films will have glitches or errors, like the ones I just mentioned, from their transfer processes from film or whatever media they are stored on to their digital platform destinations such as DVD, Blu Ray, and 4K Blu Ray due to reasons such as technology limitations or issues with equipment involved with the transfers?

I suspect that there may have been slipups by Disney or Lucasfilm during the audio mix for the films' 4K transition, but I would like to get confirmation that this is or is not the case.

Thanks in advance.
Are there any scratches on the disc, no matter how minor?

The reviews I saw on Amazon of the boxset said that the cardboard sleeves can scratch the discs. So even if you have been careful, they might have been damaged.
 

thrawn4000

Novice Member
I did have the Skywalker Saga Box set, but returned it after several of the discs had playback issues. I instead purchased the individual box sets and noticed in the original films that the audio playback was also messed up.
 
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Indiana Jones

Moderator
As others have said these discs have been thoroughly examined across multiple forums/sites so I would say any issues you are experiencing are a player/setup issue and not a fault with the discs.
 

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