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New Sound System for STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE Confirmed!!!!

Published at: Oct. 15, 1998, 11:20 a.m. CST

Well, looks like I was right, and so was my spy. Imagine that... had to be a fluke... eh? Well here's the article that appeared in VARIETY today!

By gosh, Variety confirmed your rumor about a new sound system with Phantom Menace! In case you haven't already been e-mailed 1,138 times today, here it is again.

Regards,

Robert the Robot

Fresh 'Star' sounds Lucas, Dolby bow new digital tech with 'Wars'

By ANDREW HINDES, ERIC J. OLSON, October 15, 1998

Lucasfilm THX and Dolby Laboratories will launch a new theatrical digital surround sound technology, Dolby Digital-Surround EX, with the release of director George Lucas’ upcoming “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace,” next May 21.

The new system, which will be unveiled Tuesday at the ShowEast exhibitors convention in Atlantic City, was co-developed and is jointly-owned by Lucasfilm THX and Dolby.

It employs a 6.1-channel theatrical surround sound format, adding an additional rear center channel to the 5.1-channel format currently used in most theaters. The speakers, which are positioned along the sides and rear of the theater, are wired to create more realistic sound effects that are smoother and more accurately placed than existing systems, according to a statement issued jointly by the two companies.

Real world sound

Gary Rydstrom, Oscar-winning sound designer and director of creative operations for Skywalker Sound (Lucas Digital Ltd.), was responsible for spearheading the development of the new technology. “I wanted to develop a format that would open up new possibilities and place sounds exactly where you would hear them in the real world,” he said.

Added director and Skywalker Sound founder George Lucas, “This new surround technology provides filmmakers with a powerful new creative tool for producing realistic soundtracks.”

The new format can be adapted to all existing 5.1 digital systems by installing the new Dolby SA-10 surround adapter, which will cost theater owners less than $5,000, according to Dolby sources. In some cases, the installation of an additional speaker also will be required.

In addition to Lucas’ new “Star Wars” film, two more pics are already slated to use the technology: DreamWorks’ “The Haunting of Hill House” and Sony’s “Memoirs of a Geisha,” directed by Stephen Spielberg. Ironically, Spielberg is a part owner of DTS, a competing 5.1 digital system. Sony subsid Sony Cinema Products Corp. is the maker of SDDS, another rival system. SDDS, an eight- channel system, uses five speakers behind the screen, two surround channels and a subwoofer.

Eyeing upgrades

But in response to the THX/Dolby announcement, Sony Cinema Products Corp. VP Bill Meade said his company would consider adding an additional surround channel to the SDDS system if there was a demand from filmmakers.

“We would like to look at the market and see where filmmakers want to go,” said Meade, a former Dolby exec. “To the extent that this is viable you can certainly look to us to address this need with our products.”

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  • Oct. 15, 1998, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Non-misleading title

    by Matt J

    Maybe this "new" sound system IS the "Phantom Menace"... - A great excuse to jack ticket prices up again... - A great opportunity to hear TWO movies at once (see last post)... - Another opportunity to cover plot holes and bad acting with REALLY LOUD NOISE!!!

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 11:47 a.m. CST

    New sound system!!!

    by Matt Hensley

    Will this new sound system be used on the other prequels as well??? And will THX become obselete soon???

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 11:49 a.m. CST

    YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS

    by Fox Mulder

    AS QUTOED FROM ABOVE "Another opportunity to cover plot holes and bad acting with REALLY LOUD NOISE!!!"----------------------- Exactly that is exactly it fro example over the weekend i attended a matinee of RONIN and the movie was so-so with lots of action and the sound turned up to over 200 decibels...maybe not but it was really loud....instead of disliking the film it hought it was cool because it made my ears ring and left my q-tips a nice tinge of red when i cleaned my ears.....i love loud--- cars, jets, women screaming my name in exxxtasy and so on.......what was that i can't hear you let me turn up my hearing aid----Fox

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 12:05 p.m. CST

    WHy stop at 6 speakers?

    by John McLame

    Why stop with just an extra rear speaker? I want a speaker under each seat, so when Yoda passes gas, it feels like I am actually passing gas. When Queen Padme gets wet at the site of Anakin, I too get wet. Now that would be impressive.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Oooooh! They added an extra speaker.

    by Schmilsson

    William Castle would've been proud. This is the biggest stinker of a gimmick since Sensurround.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 12:11 p.m. CST

    You guys are nuts!

    by Agent Davis

    Get your heads out of your respective asses, guys! This is going to be great! Anyone who has a home theatre system at home (like myself) will tell you it sounds 1000% better than just a tv! Lucas obviously has great ideas for a rear speaker and I'm sure it will sound incredible! I've always wondered why someone hadn't created one before, and I personally can't wait. Besides think of the possibilites for scary movies.....!!!

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 12:19 p.m. CST

    The definitive version

    by FlashUK

    We've all bought ten copies of starwars because we know how important it is to hear the dialogue that was only present in the first video release (or whatever) but now most of us will see TPM in a theatre not equipped with THX let alone the new technology. How many different experiences are there going to be? Dolby A Dolby SR Digital THX DTS SDDS Mono ...

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 12:29 p.m. CST

    ...

    by Matt Hensley

    THX 1138, I get it. Lucas has stated that theatres with the top of the line sound system will be the only ones to show it. I would presume he was hinting that only theatres with this new sound system will be able to show it.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 12:38 p.m. CST

    RELAX!!! THIS IS A GOOD THING!!!

    by DJezEL

    Why does anyone have a problem with this? Lucasfilm has pushed the envelope of technology in the movies like no one else has. Obviously, they saw a way to make digital sound even better, and I'm sure that the results will be astounding. And, quite frankly, George Lucas doesn't need our permission to do anything, or our approval, for that matter. I, for one, can't wait.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 1:12 p.m. CST

    I almost creamed

    by George Lucas Jr

    My whole life is complete now. I can hear a SW movie with 1 more speaker!! I will drop out of college so I can see the movie 50 times a week for a few months. (of course I must play D&D in between. Geesh...Why is there so much hype over this movie? I never understood my SW was so good. The plot was weak and the acting was laughable. Sure the FX were good back then but modern TV shows have better now. People have said how Lucas' stuff has gotten bad since he put Ewoks in Jedi. Everything I 've heard of Phantom Menace (ripped off Batman title) makes it seem really boring and dumb. Now Lucas want's theaters to install his speaker system (wonder who gets that $$). People think it's going to break records. Sure the first week will be big but then people will realize it is just another silly SCI-FI movie.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Father Geek is censoring like hell

    by FATHER GEEK

    Right here and now !!! Every other post gets deleted ! I witnessed it ! Father Geek you censoring bastard keep your dirty hands off the internet.... your site will die and go down and then you white trash bastards will have to eat used tampons again !! f u

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 1:37 p.m. CST

    bad sound=god movie

    by Knarry Howles

    Whow whow whow, now HK really showed us how wrong we all were when we disbelieved that 'new sound system' rumour......not !! First, in the original scoop, Harry said it's going to be a bass speaker, which did not make any sense because bass, especially sub-bass, can not be located by the human ear. As for an additional speaker, it might improve sound quality, but that is not what we asked for, did we ? I mean why does Lucas improve the sound systems ? That shouldn't be first priority...I mean make a decent movie and you won't even need a cool sound system to make it shine. It's just an additional gadget. The worse the movie is, the more it's 'incredible sound' is stressed. I personally prefer a good story to a boomin' sound system any given day. Second, Harry, OK you proved _one_ prequel rumour that your site had first half-right (remember talking about the speaker being a subwoofer?), but that's like one out of twenty _very_ doubtful rumours. I mean confirm the other 19 and you're set. Btw...anyone remembers that pathetic fish mask which turned up on AICN first ? Wasn't that ridiculous ? bye

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 1:39 p.m. CST

    sound

    by John Nep

    Whow whow whow, now HK really showed us how wrong we all were when we disbelieved that 'new sound system' rumour......not !! First, in the original scoop, Harry said it's going to be a bass speaker, which did not make any sense because bass, especially sub-bass, can not be located by the human ear. As for an additional speaker, it might improve sound quality, but that is not what we asked for, did we ? I mean why does Lucas improve the sound systems ? That shouldn't be first priority...I mean make a decent movie and you won't even need a cool sound system to make it shine. It's just an additional gadget. The worse the movie is, the more it's 'incredible sound' is stressed. I personally prefer a good story to a boomin' sound system any given day. Second, HK, OK you proved _one_ prequel rumour that your site had first half-right (remember talking about the speaker being a subwoofer?), but that's like one out of twenty _very_ doubtful rumours. I mean confirm the other 19 and you're set. anybody remembers that fish mask ? haha

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Retarded?

    by Whatever you want

    "Your Retarded"? I'm sure you mean "You're Retarded" you retarded fuckup. Go piss on a sparkplug. Illiterate dumbshit. Go take a few grammer and English classes before you decide to show the world what a fool you are. I guess your big statement just turned to shit huh? What the fuck is the world coming to? Next thing you know, women will want to vote..........

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 1:45 p.m. CST

    All of you-

    by Jarar

    Are the biggest bunch of whiny bitches I've ever seen. Christ, so what if there's a new sound system. Can't you people just enjoy movies anymore?

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Grow Up

    by Louie Sipher

    Enough with the comments bagging on Lucas... Progress is quite frequently incremental and sound systems are no exceptions. I am tired of idiots on the net tearing down shit they have very little knowledge of... Grow Up!

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Sound System

    by Ian

    Well its nice that they have this new sound format coming out. I guess they wanted to drum up something a little better than what is currently available in the home-theater market. My question is this, how will they get this new sound into current 5.1 home decoders when this new sound format is 6.1? Will we be forced to upgrade again, with yet another component, or two, or three?

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 2:28 p.m. CST

    censorship neccessary

    by Greg Solo

    This is one of those rare cases when censorship is neccessary. It's fancinating how people love to hate at any chance they get. Just give them a subject and the right to respond. So there's one more speaker. Don't worry it won't cost anything extra. Don't lose sleep. We'll see if we notice a difference when we see Ep1. If not...uh...who cares. And now onto things that matter...

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Listen up dorks..

    by Hairy Gnolls

    First of all, who gives a shit how good this new sound system is if theaters won't pick up the $5000 dollar tab. Many of the theatres around me are Sony, and if SDDS won't carry the new system, who gives a rat's ass? Second, if Lucas really will not allow theaters not equipped with this new system to show the film, then he is a low-rent, blackmailing sonofabitch. It's the fan's he would be screwing, more so than the theater owners. Many would have to wait months to see it, and those fortunate enough to be near a theater showing it will probably pay higher ticket prices (someone's got to pay for the five-grand gizmo). Third, hey you dumbfucks! 'Grammer' is the guy who plays Frasier on T.V. (you know, that electronic box-thing where everyone on it is more attractive and interesting than you). 'Grammar' is the English term. Dat's my too sents...

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 2:41 p.m. CST

    THE GREATEST EVER

    by bib fortuna

    STAR WARS___NOTHING BUT STAR WARS NOTHING BUT STAR WARS ALL OF THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Theaters With Bad Sound

    by DArtangnon

    Come on people, too many theaters had horrible sound. Film makers would spend time and money making it sound just right, then at the theater, it sounds like a couple of bad 6x9 car stereo speakers are hidden behind the screen. THX is a stamp of approval stating the theater meets certain criteria (go to www.thx.com for the whole story). This way when you go to a THX certified theater, you know you are hearing what the film maker intended you to hear (which can still be crap but at least you know they wanted it that way). Going to a movie in a theater is an experience. They sound can bring you further in or it can push you away. I'd rather be enveloped by the sound and enjoy the experience than be destracted by the sound of a blown speaker they haven't gotten replaced yet (been there). On the geek thing, I think the talk back feature has brought more of them out (along with the trolls) than the premiere of any movie could.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 3:24 p.m. CST

    More Sound?

    by diva

    While any effort to improve technology should be applauded, I can not figure out the need for improved sound in a theater. I love movies, but I find myself missing many simply because they are too loud in the theater. I am fortunate enough to have a drive in near by so I can guage my own level of volume.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Dolby Digital 6.1

    by Rob

    The .1 designation in Dolby Digital is the LFE Effects channel. If this new format adds a regular surround channel, it should be 6.1, not 5.2. If it was going to be an added sub, then it would make sense to be 5.2. (by the way, i have dual sub's in my home theater coming out the mono sub output on my dolby digital receiver and it still only qualifies as 5.1. it stands for channels, not number of speakers. I hope this helps. By the way, yamaha has a propriatary (sp?) way of adding another pair of effects channels into their highest end receiver by combining information coming from botht the front and rears in the 5.1 signal. In the way they call it 7.1. two main fronts, one center, two sides, two rears and one sub.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 4:11 p.m. CST

    THX, Lucas, and this whole mess

    by Larry Davis

    First of all, jack off to all you complaining about the loudness of theatres today. I have never seen a film in a THX house that wasn't absolutly perfect. In order to get the certification, not only do acoustical designs and equipment have to be up to spec, but the system has to be MAINTAINED and operated under certain guidelines. The problem comes from older theatres that upgrade an analog processer from 10 or 15 years ago with a digital processor. I know, I've was a projectionist for 4 years, working in both mono, stereo, stereo-digital, and THX houses. George Lucas is the god of sound, as far as I'm concerned. And no, I don't think that theatres without the new channel will be precluded from getting TPM. As I see it going down, THX houses will get them first, with or without the new channel. Call it a reward to progressively minded theatre companies that spend the dollars to keep their systems certified. How does it feel now, Cinemark, to have let your certifications lapse? THX really is where it's at. AMC claims that 8-channel SDDS is just as good, but I wasn't impressed. Give me THX any day. By the way, I do think that anything near $5000 is outrageous for what seems to be little more than a sound card.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Hypocrites

    by Quint

    All right, I bet those many morons who do nothing but bitch to Harry to put up something Star Wars if he hasn't posted anything about it in... 3 and half minutes are some of the same people who bitch about the importance of the new sound system. Piss off. You know you'll be in line, so don't even pretend to be offended by anything that Lucas does. If you guys see Phantom Menace at any point (Those that are yelling about the technology covering poor plot and acting) then you are doing nothing by contradicting yourselves in the long run. So, unless you are 100% absolutely, positively not going to see Star Wars, then you might have the right to speak out against the technology, even though it is after all Sir Lucas' choice, not yours. One more thing: He's doing this for the fans, you idiots. He wants to make sure we, the audience, have the best experience while watching his film that we possibly can. Just a reminder from everybody's favorite sailor. -Q

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Why Dolby Surround EX is Better

    by karl

    For people who proclaim to be such big movie fans, those of you whining about how the new Dolby EX format is "just a gimmick" don't seem to know dick about motion picture surround sound technology. The reason for adding a new independent rear set of speakers to the surround array is to make up for a very real inherent drawback of 5.1 surround systems like Dolby Digital, DTS and SDDS (As someone else stated, THX is NOT a surround format. It is a certification process for theaters with playback systems and sound isolation that meet Lucas Digital Services' strict criteria). In a movie theater equipped with 5.1 systems, sound cannot actually pan from the front to the rear of the auditorium. This is because all the surround speakers along the sides and back of a theater represent just two channels of information (left array, right array). The result is that all you hear is a diffuse, generalized "rear" channel sound image, a front-to-side/rear effect without the accurate localization that you would experience in real life. This is a compromise that had to be made because of the need to cover so many seats in such a big area. With Dolby EX, sound designers can now place sounds at the front, side and rear of the theater independently, making for smoother and more realistic movement of sound and the ability to create an increased sense that your are "there." Those of us with home theater systems using surround processors from Lexicon, Citation, Meridian, etc. have enjoyed this front-channel, side-surround, rear-surround feature for years,and let me tell you from experience that it GREATLY enhances the experience of any movie you're watching. Will Dolby EX make turn a shitty movie into a better movie? Absolutely not, and I don't recall anyone saying it would. But on a good film, it can help to enhance that "suspension of disbelief" that makes going to movies like Star Wars so much fun. Think of it this way: If you had a choice to listen to your favorite music through a transistor radio or a top-notch home stereo system what would you choose? It's still the same music either way, but there's no doubt which version will be more enjoyable. Improving theater sound is no different. I don't really don't understand the negativity here. Exactly what kind of no-life loser do you have to be to complain when someone offers to give you something better than you had before? If it's not going to cost you more at the box office, what is there to whine about? It's a win-win situation, so just sit back and enjoy the movie!

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 7:56 p.m. CST

    I don't know who I hate worse...

    by YellerDog

    ... the people who constantly bitch about the quality of movies on these boards or the people who bitch about the bitching about the quality of movies. Just stay on the dammed topic, people!

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Goddammit

    by Devin C

    Awwwww, christ! Now it's a sure bet that my theater will never _never_ NEVER SHOW THIS FRIGGIN MOVIE!!!! First I hear that Lucas is only going to send out the film to large pop. cities (500,000+) which actually rules out all of Alaska, and now there's this godawful new sound system. Our theater is THX certified but it doesn't seem that way. They just turn the volume way the hell up and hope no one can tell the difference. Anyone who lives in Juneau AK can verify me on this one. And these theaters were only built about 3 years ago. I say again: GODDAMMIT!!!

  • Yes I admit I did indulge in some bitching about whiners, but at least 90 percent of my post contained information that was very much relevant to the subject at hand. Can you say the same about yours?

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 11:22 p.m. CST

    THX just a standard, or is it more than that?

    by Legion

    Ok, just a simple question for those of you that seem to think that THX is just a quality thing that must be met. It is that, in regards to VHS, DVD, Laserdisc media. As well as for hardware such as speakers, and amps, as well as for DVD, and Laserdisc players. ...BUT... It is also a sound scheme, if you will. I own the Pioneer VSX07-TX amp. Its got Dolby Digital and its even got the little THX logo on the front, and it does kick ass as far as amps go. My question, to get back to the point is this. It (the amp) has different surround processors built into it. Dolby Pro-Logic, Dolby Digital, and so forth. It also has a THX Home theatre mode that is a completely different selection. :-) It can be activated regardless of input signal, whether it be AC3, Pro-Logic, Stereo, or even mono. It's a different sound processor entirely. Not just a quality thing that must be achieved.

  • Oct. 15, 1998, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Lawsuits against Lucas

    by Rufus Excalibur

    Hey Lucas has stole the idea about his "new" sound system from Sony Labs!!!! Yes, I read about in "What Hi-Fi" this month!!! There are bound to be lawsuits!

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 12:47 a.m. CST

    People...take a pill...

    by Indy

    I think both sides of this arguement need to chill. First, so the fuck what of there's a new sound format. Everyone and their mother has a sound format these days. Lucas wants to make a few extra bucks...so what. I personally do not feel this new system is going to make a lot more difference. I think people are blowing it way out of proportion. Either way, for god's sake calm down and clean out your drawers... Indy

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 12:53 a.m. CST

    George Lucas == Bill Gates

    by Bivith

    The parallels are there, I think you'll agree.

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 1:48 a.m. CST

    SPFX

    by Miguel

    George Jr., if you think current TV effects are better, then you must never have seen Babylon 5. Why does everyone assume that because something was made twenty years ago that it's creaky. 2001, a thirty year old flick, has more convincing effects than some of the current "state of the art" effects being done today. With the Star Wars films at least I believed that they almost really did take a camera and shoot real Star Destroyers out in space. With todays effects I can't help but think a lot of times that I'm looking at a CD-ROM game.

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Uhhhhh...

    by Kane

    ...wow. What a marvel this talk back feature is. Maybe Harry thought it would incite some interesting dialogue between fans of film - I'd have to guess that was the original intent. People, when you make a retarded post like 98% of these seem to be, do you sit back and actually believe you're NOT a complete fuckwit? Of course, if you DIDN'T think so, you'd perhaps include your REAL e-mail address, like I've done. So if you're reading this, think about it. Don't waste our or YOUR own time, for that matter. You've got better things to do like not dating and secretly detesting yourself.

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Kane

    by Admiral Acker Bilk

    I reckon what Harry had in mind when he introduced "talkback" to give people the chance to call other posts retarded, call the posters Fuckwits and then accuse them of being self-loathing social inadequates. I doubt discussing movies really came into it.

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Sound system whatever...

    by jabba the hut

    Don't any of you have a friggin life? Get outside and get some fresh air.. The world isn't going to end over some shithouse sound system... my god, this is a geek underworld, me and my friends wouldn't give a shit about the screen or the sound... why don't you all go and get the Lucas fuckin head transplant thats feeds star wars crap straight into your central nervous system.....!!!!!

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 8:27 a.m. CST

    The new trilogy

    by flc

    I am currently studying a film and media course at university here in England. I have to write an essay on the effect of movies on the general public. I have chosen to write about the anticipation of the new Star Wars trilogy. We are both aware of the huge effect that these films could have and I would like to extend to fellow fans, via you page, an invite to e-mail me at flc@talk21.com to share their views. I am especially interested on their thoughts about what if the movie is completely terrible, or conversely can the new films, no matter how good they are, ever beat the existing trilogy. Please send your thoughts - keep them sensible - to flc@talk21.com Thank you very much Francis Conner

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 12:44 p.m. CST

    In response to Legion. Re: THX

    by karl

    Legion, While you were generally correct in your post about THX, It appears you are bundling several different categories into one and I think some clarification is in order. The term THX is actually used by Lucas Digital Services to cover an array of motion picture sound-related services, each different and independent of the other. They are: THX theater certification which is what I discussed in an earlier post. This is the certification program for motion picture theaters involving theater audio system and sound isolation criteria. There is also a THX Quality Assurance Program that provides moviegoers a way to give feedback on the quality of a film's presentation via a 1-800 number (THX also has volunteer "evaluators" in different cities attend films and submit critiques on presentation quality). You've probably seen this number at the end of the credits of several films. Your Pioneer receiver falls under the Home THX program which seeks to compensate (via proprietary speaker design and post-Dolby/DTS decoding processing) for the very different acoustic characteristics that exist when listening to a movie in the home vs. the theater. The THX processing that's on your receiver is NOT used in THX-certified theaters because the environment is already similar in size and shape to the mixing studio where the soundtrack was assembled. The THX Laserdisc/DTS Quality Assurance program monitors the production of laserdiscs and DVDs to ensure that, throughout the production chain, various quality-control standards are met resulting in consistent quality. Finally, the new THX DVD Player-certification program assures that players carrying the logo meet specific performance standards for DVD playback. While all of these categories share the THX designation, they represent very different approaches to the same goal which is to recreate as accurately as possible, the movie makers' original vision of how the film should look and sound. I hope this explanation helps a bit. As a long-time audio hobbyist and A/V salesman, I know how hard keeping up with all this stuff. Aloha, Karl

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 12:53 p.m. CST

    I AM THE RULER OF YOU ALL!! MWA HA HAA!

    by DwDunphy

    Alright, so the subject has nothing to do with this letter. How else was I going to get your attention? I saw Star Wars: A New Hope (when it was simply Star Wars) in a drive-in theatre with the sound transmitted through our tinny, cheesy AM radio and I loved it. So let George Lucas be as big a gadget freak stereo hound as he chooses to be. As long as Phantom Menace is good, I do not care! I am immortal! I have inside me blood of kings! {dang, I've had way too much NutraSweet today}.

  • Oct. 16, 1998, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Horrible News!!!!

    by Russ Meyer

    I heard that Lucas will only be showing TPM at Skywalker Ranch and at $50 a ticket!!!!! GET OVER IT PEOPLE! Lucas has absolutely no interest in holding back this movie from people and i *highly* doubt that you will have trobule getting in to see it after the first week or two. Did Lucas insist that theatres be equipped w/ THX to show Jedi (the first THX mixed film)??? NO! Obviously THX and Dolby EX theatres will get preference as will any well maintained Digital Theater. (You know remember the Special Editions? you could see those, right?)Just sit back and wait for the damn movie! I'm sure we'll ALL be able to see it.