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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Mar 10, 2012
While I like the original Star Wars Trilogy, I think it's massively overrated. I think it's overrated because when you get down to it, it's a pretty simple "good vs evil" tale merely told in an imaginative universe, though people still insist that it's the best creation in the sci-fi genre (though it's best to classify Star Wars as space-fantasy or high tech-fantasy). It's GOOD, though that's as far as I'll go with my praise.  I honestly would have given this a 4, but Return of the Jedi's ludicrous actions pushed this down to a 3.

Now if you want top-tier sci-fi cinema, check these movies out:

Blade Runner
2001: A Space Odyssey
Solaris (1972 Tarkovski film, not the 2002 remake)
Total Recall
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March 11, 2012
I adore the original theatrical cuts of the Star Wars trilogy, have viewed the lot innumerably and (at a reserved estimate) will likely do so thirty times each again, but unlike so many devoted SW fans, this brand of space opera really is not to everyone's taste, and shouldn't be! Despite their flaws (and there are many), they represent fundamentally good filmmaking in the context of extremely imaginative production design. Unlike the excellent titles cited in your list (especially Kubrick's and Tarkovsky's contributions), I don't regard SW as sci-fi; it's a high-tech fantasy.

Some more suggestions:
Conquest of the Pole
Demon Seed
Prince of Darkness
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
(both versions)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Ghost in the Shell
The Day the Earth Stood Still
A Clockwork Orange
Dark Star

James Whale's Frankenstein
12 Monkeys
The Thing

Not all of these are great films, but not one of them isn't of some notable interest. If I could remember more titles without aid of reference, I'd add them!
March 12, 2012
That's a great list you got there, Robert, and thanks for the complements on my recs. High-tech fantasy is a better way to put it, I just said it was sci-fi because there's a lot of people that I've bumped into that consider Star Wars sci-fi. I should probably make an amendment to my QT about what Star Wars really is in terms of genres.
March 12, 2012
Scotman -I can't believe that my memory neglected that one, and I'm rather fond of George Pal. Thank you. Have you seen When Worlds Collide or The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao? Pal had a wonderful kitsch imagination!

RabidChihuahua - Either way, yours is a very engaging summation of your opinion regarding this phenomenon, and anyone who reminds me to see Stalker again (after nearly a decade since my last viewing) deserves a medal. Thanks!
March 10, 2012
yeah....this trilogy did not have the same effect on me when I was a kid. Good fantasy adventure mix with sci-fi.
March 10, 2012
Thanks for chiming in, dude. Funny thing is I actually would have given this a 4 had it not been for the disappointment with Return of the Jedi.
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Remember you are in a galaxy far, far away and throw out anything you knew before.
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Why would anybody watch these movies on full screen rather than widescreen? There's a lot more image in the widescreen versions. If you don't have a widescreen TV, watch the widescreen version on your computer. Don't sacrifice your viewing experience. Also, the bonus disc is worth getting, which this set doesn't have.
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Looking forward to seeing these on blu-ray! With the special effects in the Star Wars saga, this should be a real treat.
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One of the most exhilarating and influential trilogies in the history of motion pictures, George Lucas's sci-fi spectacular continues to capture the hearts and minds of individuals throughout the world. This release contains the STAR WARS trilogy (episodes IV-VI) in one glorious package.

First up is STAR WARS; George Lucas's stunning sci-fi masterpiece, and arguably one of the most inventive and entertaining films ever made. As the adventure begins, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), an impulsive but goodhearted young man who lives on the dusty planet of Tatooine with his aunt and uncle, longs for the exciting life of a Rebel soldier. The Rebels, led by the headstrong Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), are fighting against the evil Empire, which has set about destroying planets inhabited by innocent citizens with the Death Star, a fearsome planetlike craft commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) and the eternally frightful Darth Vader (David Prowse, with the voice of James Earl Jones). When Luke...
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 25, 1977; May 21, 1980; May 25, 1983
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
Runtime: 388 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd.
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