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Single-Disc, Widescreen Edition from the Box Set released in 2004


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Product Details

  • Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (585 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00076SCPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,412 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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170 of 199 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Aguilar on September 11, 2006
Format: DVD
So after waiting 11 years or so, we finally get a re-release of the original version of Return of the Jedi in all it's unaltered glory. Just as fans have been dreaming about since the advent of DVD.

Well, um...I don't think any fan was dreaming about this particular release.

The original release version of Return of the Jedi (the only reason to buy this set as most all fans will already have one of the previous Special Edition releases) is relegated to bonus material on disc two. Ouch! But wait, it gets worse.

George Lucas, the champion of pristine presentation in the theatre and at home has released the film that made him a legend in the state of the art of technology circa 1993.

Yes, that's right. This transfer is from the laserdisc release of '93. Even worse the film is not anamorphic like just about every other modern day DVD. What does that mean? Well a non-anamorphic DVD has a low visual clarity and the image won't fill a widescreen TV. To make a movie anamorphic takes very little time and money. That Jedi is not anamorphic shows a disregard for the film that is disturbing.

Star Wars fans expect these landmark films to be treated just like many other films (Vertigo, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Snow White, etc.) that have gotten detailed restorations that cleaned up dirt, grime and audio ticks and presented the films in today's state of the art. This is the release most fans were dreaming of. A release that showed the film some modicrum of respect.

George, the fan base you have worked so hard to woo over the years is fed up with your shoddy treatment of these films.
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110 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Carl J. Jonard on May 26, 2006
Format: DVD
This could very easily be an ecstatic 5-star review. The original, unaltered Star Wars trilogy, finally on DVD with no droid & alien cartoon antics, no Hayden Christensen's face on Sebastian Shaw's body, no videogame-quality Jabba the Hutt, the original Academy Award-winning special effects, the music we remember... This should be a red-letter DVD release for Star Wars fans. Sadly, it is not.

Here's why you should boycott this release:

1. The picture & sound are intentionally presented in mediocre quality. These DVD's are transferred from the exact same videotape used to create the laserdisc release in 1993. That means a non-anamorphic, muddy, letterboxed picture that will have to be zoomed in to fill widescreen TVs or computer monitors. Lucasfilm refuses to fulfill the basic minimum standards of a current DVD release and make a new transfer. The quality of this DVD presentation will not live up to that of such timeless classics as Caddyshack II & Ishtar.

2. It's overpriced. If Lucasfilm is only willing to toss out these beloved films in this shoddy version, and they are unwilling to spend any time or money at all on their release, that is their right. They should charge accordingly. As bootleg-quality laserdisc transfers, these DVD's should sell for $5-$10, tops. Incredibly, Lucasfilm is charging $90 retail for these three movies! That's almost twice the cost of the (still available) box set with the exact same Special Edition discs!

They're trying to justify the cost by bundling the unaltered movies (the only reason to buy this version) with the Special Edition movies, but they must know it's a sham. Anybody who is willing to pay $90 ($60 @ Amazon) for the Special Edition DVD's has already bought the existing box sets.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mcmurrak on July 26, 2006
Format: DVD
Or anything else Star Wars for that matter.

It's time to show George that he no longer rules the universe as he once did. And the only way to do that is to hit him where he'll actually notice, his pocket book. He obviously doesn't listen to anything or anyone else.

Why shouldn't you buy these Original Trilogy (OT) DVDs?

First, the movies won't be anamorphic. To quote Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits web site, "Anamorphic enhancement is the widely accepted industry standard for the presentation of widescreen films on DVD". Is it really that bad that the movies won't be anamorphic, well not really, but it's symptomatic of the reasons for George releasing these movies. He's only doing it because he's feeling forced to do, but he's not going to be nice about it, so no anamorphic print. Very lame. And besides, that process really doesn't cost all that much to begin with.

Second, according to George these movies will be from the best source material available, baloney. They are from the Laserdisc masters, which for the time, were great. But compared to today's movies they are sub-par. Lucasfilm says there are no longer any valid "source material" copies of the OT because he had them all destroyed when they release the "Special Edition" version. Again baloney. Many copies of the original movies do exist in private collections, film history archives and other places that he cannot destroy. Anyone of these could be used to create an true cleaned up OT version. I still have my copy of the Star Wars: The Definitive Collection release and it's an okay print, but with a little cleaning up it could be fantastic.

Third, he says he doesn't want to allocate the resources to the cleanup. Fine.
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How will the original versions look on a regular TV?
The non-anamorphic original theatrical versions look fine on a regular TV. The bit-rate on the discs is high (typically around 7-9) so the motion is good, although the prints don't appear to have been cleaned up at all so they have that 'old film' look, i.e grainy, fluttery, and with... Read More
Oct 22, 2006 by Neal Vincent |  See all 5 posts
The songs! It's all about the SONGS! Don't let them be lost to time!
I completely agree!
The first time I saw the "Special Edition" I was game for what I thought would be minor "improvements". Instead I ended up confused, and I felt like crying at the lame ending. The music's all wrong at the end and at Jabba's Palace; young Annikin ghost at... Read More
Mar 15, 2007 by Angel Rowe |  See all 8 posts
a question about special features before buying
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How can you give a star rating to stuff that isn't out? MORONS
Thank you, Ronin. I was considering starting a discussion on this very issue elsewhere on Amazon; I still might, but the fact that this one is already up may alter my decision one way or another. What DOES give people the idea that they can--that they SHOULD--review products that have not been... Read More
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