If you didn't like all of the changes to the original trilogy in the 1997 "special editions," you'll be happy to know that some of them have been toned down for the release onto DVD. Unfortunately, Greedo shoots first and that stupid rock band is still in Jabba's palace. However, the shootout scene is reworked to make it a bit more plausible (well, a bit) and some of the other changes were simply removed (such as Luke's scream when he falls at the end of Empire). The Jabba the Hutt encounter in A New Hope has also been redone to make Jabba look more realistic. The special effects have all been cleaned up and look incredible. It's still so hard to believe they were made 30 years ago. If you can just ignore the Greedo scene and fast-forward over Jabba's rock band, I think this is the best version of Star Wars yet.
A more substantive complaint with this DVD set is that it doesn't include any deleted scenes. I'm not sure why there aren't any deleted scenes included in the Bonus Features, because they are rumored to exist. I would love to see the scenes with Biggs on Tatooine, or wampas attacking stormtroopers. I sure hope Lucas releases them at some point - it would be a tragedy if they simply went to waste.
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Okay, so I know it's a well-worn cliche, but the original Star Wars film really did change my life. I had no idea about the film I was going to see and the opening scenes left me exhilarated and awestruck. People were actually paid to dream up, plan and make this stuff! I can trace so many of my decisions about the things I study and the work I do back to that moment.
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 … more
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 … more
Although tackling the subject of star wars is difficult, it is important to keep in mind the way that it was made- the way that it was hyped, and how George Lucas came to fame. Lucas had only released THX 1138, a futuristic dystopic film starring Robert Duvall; and American Graffiti, about American life. Although both the movies received mild success (and are more recognized now, post-star wars), undertaking the making of a movie on such a scale as Star Wars was unheard of. The lack of funding … more
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.
If you didn't like all of the changes to the original trilogy in the 1997 "special editions," you'll be happy to know that some of them have been toned down for the release onto DVD. Unfortunately, Greedo shoots first and that stupid rock band is still in Jabba's palace. However, the shootout scene is reworked to make it a bit more plausible (well, a bit) and some of the other changes were simply removed (such as Luke's scream when he falls at the end of Empire). The Jabba the Hutt encounter in … more
I am a recent law school grad with an interest in Southeast Asia legal issues. Unfortunately for my checkbook, ever since high school I have been addicted to good books. I have eclectic tastes, although … more
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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...