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A couple of decades ago..... at a theater near you....

  • Jul 18, 2010

I just got done talking about the man who was once the epitome of movie villany and coolness, Darth Vader and how his star took a hit after the prequels came out and I couldn't look at him the same way.  Lets take a look at the series that started it all.

The three movies all have different stories but come together under the similar thread of a small and unequpied rebellion facing a tyranical empire with a young man learning a magical power to assist the rebels and a feared military leader on the empires side who wields similar powers for the purposes of evil and later makes it a point to capture and corrupt the young man.  The first story, Star Wars set the story up.  The Empire Strikes Back raised the stakes and strengthened the story lines for the payoff in Return of the Jedi where both sides geared up for what amounted to a winner takes all battle for the galaxy.

Was I entertained?  YES.  Even without an interest in seeing the movie in my preteen years, I happened across the first movie and was mezmorized by what I saw.  I was taken with Empire Strikes Back and even Return of the Jedi with it's eye rollingly bad money makers in the Ewoks, I was entertained.  There was action, laughs, sadness, drama and for the ONLY time in Star Wars, a believable romance that you also care about.  All three movies, even Return of the Jedi for it's faults, fulfilled the hype.

These These movies are as mainstream as they get.  The ENTIRE WORLD knows of them.

Heres where I must tell you this.  If you must watch these, head to the swap meat or a used book or movie store and dust off the VCR cause the Special Editions are the only ones given any real treatment on DVD with the originals being culled from a laserdisc copy for it's only DVD release and it's an injustice to say the least as they suffer from washed out visuals and a muted sound.  The Special Editions are intrusive, cram in cute garbage and unneeded scenes that hurt the movies.  Even Empire which got off pretty easy forces footage from Return of the Jedi into it for a completely pointless sequence.  Don't let a Lucas Apologist tell you otherwise.

For the original un-f**ked with versions, this collection gets a 5.  It's a classic that everyone needs to see.  Young and old alike.  Timeless, classic, fun and action filled.  No the movies are not known for acting and performances but it can slide.  The characters in these movies aren't wooden and speaking in utility dialogue that is colorless and sexless, these AREN'T the prequels.

I wish after knowing what we know now with the prequels that they should have never been made and tarnish these original classic movies.  Yes I did enjoy a couple of the prequels but as i've said they are not going to resonate in the long term as the original movies and they're stories are needlessly complex and poorly written, especially in comparison to the Original Trilogy.  The original trilogy stood on it's own in three movies and much like the Wolverine movie I talked about, it's proof that some stories really aren't worth telling less they only lead to more audience apathy.  I do know people who were diehard Star Wars fans who don't care about the series anymore just because of the new prequel movies, it's how much they're hated by some.

There really isn't anything else to say other then: May the Force be With You.  And watch the original unaltered trilogy.

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July 19, 2010
I am with you. I had issues with this set because of its retouches and changes. You know there's a recent release that had the original theatrical versions but for some reason the transfer was the laserdiscs version. This is one of the best space-fantasy films of all time! oh btw, thank you for the friend invite!
July 19, 2010
The newest release did have the originals but as I said it's a cop out since they were pulled from Laserdiscs and got two sh**s of care put into them cause George Lucas can't stand the old versions for whatever reason, but since the fans SCREAMED for the old versions (which shows how much the SE versions are hated) and he churned them out not wanting to pay attention to them. I can only guess that it's so he can RE RELEASE, AGAIN the old versions and do them right this time.
July 19, 2010
What is your opinion about Lucas' claims that the original movies were unfinished movies? I sure hated the fact that they changed the Anakin in the original to the Anakin from the new trilogy...
July 19, 2010
The same way I think of what James Cameron (a guy who made GOOD special editions and directors cuts) said when he talked about Alien 3 in the directors commentary for Aliens "You gotta make it your own, but not at the expense of what the people want" he said this in regard mostly to leaving Hicks and Newt out of Alien 3. Yeah Lucas MAY have wanted to have Jabba in the old movie but it wasn't neccessary and it kills some of Jabbas mystery (before Phantom Menace really killed it) Ridley Scott was at least smart and said that "Alien the 79 version is still my favorite and it isn't going anywhere" when he was pressed to do something swith the movie in 03 for the re-release in theaters. He saw it as a way to try new things. I do think, the more I think about it that Lucas wants the Special Editions out cause they're flashier and show more crap that can made into comics and toys. I like the toys but don't read the comics I'll be honest but theres only so much a fan can take sometimes. I definetely hate seeing poor Sebastion Shaw drop kicked out of the end of Return to have that whiny pecker from the Prequels in there, no matter how "correct" it may have been.
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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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