What's the best way to watch the non-special versions of the original Star Wars movies? Is it worth getting the laserdiscs?
My wife is obsessed with Star Wars, but like a lot of fans, hates the special editions and prequels. She had an old VHS box set that she watched all the time, but our VCR doesn't work anymore. I got the idea in my head that it would be awesome to surprise her for her birthday with the original trilogy. I like Star Wars well enough, but I don't have the childhood connection to it (my first exposure was the special editions). She loves it, on the other hand, and she's the kind of person who never buys anything for herself. She'd love this.
Googling around, I discovered the 2006 DVDs
with the special and original editions. I also see that a lot of fans don't like this version because it's not anamorphic widescreen.
Then I came across this AskMe thread
, and wondered if I should go all out and get a laserdisc player. Since the 2006 DVDs seem to go for $80+ on ebay and Amazon, that's not a far cry from ~$100 for a used laserdisc player and box set. If I'm going to do this, I may as well go all in.
So I guess my questions are:
1. Would there be much appreciable difference between the DVD and laserdisc versions?
2. What does non-anamorphic mean, exactly? Does it just mean that you need to press the "zoom" button on your remote (and presumably get sightly worse video quality)? How would that compare to the laserdisc experience?
3. Would there be any problem connecting a laserdisc player to our newish HDTV? It has HDMI, component, and composite inputs.
4. The most readily available laserdisc version seems to be the 1993 Definitive Collection. What's the difference between it and the 1995 version
5. If I were to buy a used laserdisc player, what should I look for? Certain brands/models that hold up over time?
6. Is there an easier way to do this that I'm not thinking of? I browsed around on fanedit.org, and unless I'm mistaken, all the fan recreations are essentially working backward from the special edition, right?
I'm not much of an AV geek, so I hope my questions make sense. Thanks a lot.