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Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Cult Movies and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Richard Marquand

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Star Wars Episode VI- Return of the Jedi

  • May 2, 2011
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Well folks, I've finally finished my Star Wars sextuple feature and plan to move on to Indiana Jones or The Matrix soon, probably during the weekend. And boy did I finish with a good movie. Return of the Jedi definitely does not reach the greatness of the first two films, and definitely has some silly stuff in it. However, it is very entertaining and ends on a truly heartwarming note, making it a fitting end to a classic series. It also has the same great action and a wonderful story sprinkled with strong performances.

Most of the action in Return of the Jedi takes place on the Forest Moon of Endor, but the movie starts on Tatooine with C-3PO and R2D2 going to Jabba the Hutt's palace to rescue Han. However, Princess Leia has beat them to the punch and Han is now free from his carbonite prison. However, Leia is captured and put in the infamous metal bikini (which Jabba has on standby?). Well, they escape and formulate an attack on the new, not-yet-operational Death Star (which happens to be orbiting around the Forest Moon of Endor). Luke also has to deal with a final confrontation with Vader and deal with the Emperor trying to turn him to the dark side. Lando also transforms from spineless weasel to brave leader, as well as Darth Vader softening up to the ultimate vulnerable moment at the end of the movie.

I feel that this is kind of necessary to talk about before I get on to the good stuff about the movie. The ewoks are definitely childish, and make the movie seem much more childish than it needs to be. However, I somewhat have a weakness for them just because they are so damn cute. They do drive me nuts, and the movie could have easily been done without them, but they certainly didn't ruin the movie. In fact, when I first saw the movie, I loved the Ewoks, but upon a second viewing that has changed.

The film still tells it's story quite well and I think that this one actually gets the most character development done, as opposed to the second film which got the most story done. The romance between Leia and Han also is developed a bit more, and is far less corny than the romance between Anakin and Padme in the prequels. I think that's mostly because Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are better actors and they have much more chemistry than Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman. Plus, I already told you guys about my affections for Han Solo in my review of the first film, so I don't wish to go into too much detail. It also shows the softening of Darth Vader and how much he truly cares for his so, which I enjoyed seeing. In fact, the unmasking of Darth Vader is one of my favourite scenes in cinema history. All in all, this film has more character development than the first two, but that's the only thing it does better than the first two movies.

The special effects are still top-notch, as are the other two films. The only major difference is that the cityscapes are better than the ones in the previous movies, especially Cloud City at the end. I really enjoyed the action sequences, especially the one in the forest on the bicycles. The final battle between Luke and Vader is also fantastic, and everything in this movie is overall entertaining, being more similar in tone to the first film. Usually the last entry in a series is the darkest, but this one is very light-hearted and fun, but with the serious issue of turning over to the dark side still prevalent. Some may not like that, but I found it very enjoyable and it made for one hell of an entertaining movie.

I have said in my reviews of the first two films that I consider this entire series essential viewing, and I will say that again. Everyone should watch these movies because they are truly the best science fiction has had to offer. I know that it's no 2001: A Space Odyssey or Blade Runner, but these are the best science fiction films I have ever seen and I'm glad I took my March Break to view the best science fiction series of all time. If you haven't seen these movies, stop wasting time and see them now. All in all, I love this series. 'Nuff said.

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review by . January 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Jabba's Palace scene is pretty shoddy, with a bunch of fake-looking puppets and costumes. It only became worse with the new "special edition" musical number. However, skip this, and the rest of the movie is awesome. Great space battles over Endor, and a spine-chilling Emperor. Also, the revisions after the first 44 minutes (or Jabba's death) are pretty much for the better.
review by . September 11, 2006
When I normally review a film or book, I try to include a short summary about what the film is about. However, for RETURN OF THE JEDI I'm not going to do that. RETURN OF THE JEDI is viewed by most fans as the weakest film in the original trilogy. There are a lot of people who hated and still hate the Ewoks (I think partially because Ewoks were originally supposed to be Wookies and partially because a lot of fans saw the Ewoks as just another way George was marketing the "final" Star Wars film to …
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The 2006 limited-edition two-disc release ofReturn of the Jediis not only the first time the movie has been officially available by itself on DVD. It marks the first-ever DVD release ofJedias it originally played in theaters in 1983. What does that mean exactly? The film is without the various "improvements" and enhancements George Lucas added for the theatrical rerelease in 1997 as well as the DVD premiere in 2004. So Sebastian Shaw reclaims his spot as the man behind Darth Vader's mask, and we don't see the otherworldly celebration (including the Gungans) at the end of the movie.

What do you lose by watching the 1983 version? Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound, for one thing (only 2.0 Surround here), and digital cleanup. But for home-theater owners, the biggest frustration will be from the non-anamorphic picture. On a widescreen TV, an anamorphically enhanced (16x9) picture at a 2.35:1 aspect ratio will fill the screen with the exception of small black bars on the top and bottom. The original edition of Jedi, however, on a widescreen TV will have large black bars on the top, the bottom, and the sides unless you stretch the picture (and distort it in the process, especially considering the substandard picture quality). If you're watching on a standard square-shaped (4:3) TV, though, you won't notice a difference.

Yes, it's true that serious home-theater lovers who want spectacular sound and anamorphically enhanced picture can always watch the 2004 version of the movie also included...

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Director: Richard Marquand
Genre: Cult Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
Runtime: 134 minutes
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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