Burbank, CA (September 29, 2004)–When consumers watch the Star Wars Trilogy DVD, they’ll be treated to a presentation that was developed using groundbreaking, new DVD mastering and quality control (QC) processes. THX reportedly spent more than a year working on the Star Wars Trilogy project, which included developing new techniques for mastering films to DVD.
The improvements, according to the company, have resulted in a sound and picture experience that sets a new standard for presentation excellence in the DVD format. The Star Wars Trilogy four-disc set was released by Lucasfilm Ltd. And Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment last week. Each film has been mastered to DVD by THX Digital Works, and has received the highly coveted THX Certification.
“When Star Wars was first released in 1977, it set a new standard for moviemaking and the expectation for the DVD release is equally high,” said David Dancyger, general manager of THX Digital Works. “Our team of skilled technicians worked closely with Lucasfilm and ILM to develop new DVD mastering and QC techniques, delivering a DVD experience that surpasses anything achieved to date in the DVD format.”
The digital mastering and THX Certification processes started with the transfer of each title from its original film elements to high-definition (HD) video masters. THX then began applying advanced QC processes to ensure that the sound and visual integrity of the films were maintained as they moved through the DVD production chain. As the films moved through mastering, compression and disc check, THX analyzed the presentation frame-by-frame to ensure the color palette and integrity of the image remained true to George Lucas’ original vision for each film.