DVD’s most anticipated day since the September 1997 national rollout has arrived, but many reviews have posted audio glitches in Star Wars Episode IV ranging from odd audio cues to garbled dialog. Lucasfilm has issued the following statement claiming the audio issues to be deliberate.
“We are always impressed with how closely fans listen to the many different sound mixes we have made for the Star Wars movies over the years. It is flattering to know that, indeed, the audience is listening. Consequently, each mix comes out differently and any changes that you hear on the all-new Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX tracks on the Star Wars Trilogy DVD set are deliberate creative decisions. We can confirm that there are no technical glitches as reported.”.
Deliberate or not, fans should be aware of the audio differences.