The Dark and Light Sides of the Force

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Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 2001, 21:06
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Enough is enough. Like the rest of you, I too am sick and tired of being treated like a second class citizen. I have already filed my complaint with Lucas Arts, and I implore all readers to do the same.


Enough is enough. Like the rest of you, I too am sick and tired of being treated like a second class citizen. I have already filed my complaint with Lucas Arts, and I implore all readers to do the same.

The Dark SideR It is true that, as Go2Mac reported yesterday, the Star Wars DVD discs are not read properly by Apple’s DVD Player. Initially, I thought it was a conspiracy against all Apple users, and indirectly a compliment to Apple’s software technology. Just imagine — a company as big as Lucas Arts fears losing control of its digital media. So they lash out at iMovie and Final Cut users, not allowing us to view the Star Wars universe on the only true consumer DVD editing tool on the market. Cool, huh?

We can put our fears to rest. Yes, there is a technical glitch. Apple’s DVD player freezes on the “FBI Warning disclaimer” at the beginning of both discs. It fails to find menu links that allow you to explore the remainder of the discs. This was probably a minor packaging oversight by the DVD manufacturer. There is a solution.

The Light Side
Once you find the disc going nowhere, press “stop.” You will then see a dialogue box stating that “… the disc will not resume play, and must start from the beginning.” Press “OK.” Then press “play.” The disc will then begin playing linearly from beginning to end.

This is not an optimal solution to navigate through the disc. Still you can skip forward and backward to adjacent scenes to bypass or review what you’ve missed.

I hope this glitch was an accident; otherwise, they left a back door open for all those terrible Apple users. Now they’ll never get to keep a DVD on the store shelves. Oh dear!

PS.: We are still locked out of the secret Web site though.

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