Whine season opens early this year

No review copies of the new DVDs? The ‘piracy’ excuse seems kind of silly – there’s little (reported) that hasn’t been seen before, and has probably been illegally avaliable via all the usual suspects for years.

Of course, savvy fans – apparently not the bloggers at EW, at least before the fanboy hoards got to them – already know the transfers of the ‘originals’ are straight from the ’93 laserdisc masters and thus not going to be as good as the 2004 editions.

Popwatch’s second point/theory is something to ponder – are these stopgap DVDs? We do have that 2007 box set rumor.

Or, y’know, they’re just doing this on the cheap. It does seem strange seeing how much LFL loves to court publicity. And it makes me wonder if there’s something else on the discs. (Damn that Kool-Aid!) A preview of the animated TV show? The box set? Jar Jar in carbonite? Only LFL knows for sure… But don’t hold your breath.

This week on StarWars.com

Another exhaustive look at the differences between the original movie and the 2004 DVDs, this time focusing on Empire Strikes Back. Also check out 1980: The Empire Theatrical Experience.

Artist Lawrence Noble is profiled. I want that ESB fan club poster!

New stuff from Hasbro, including a really cool Sith Starfighter I can’t recall ever seeing before.

What’s the Story, Round 6
Road Trip in Seattle
Original Trilogy Lenticular Posters
Drawing LEGO Lando and Chewbacca
New VIP blog: Mike Quinn