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Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Widescreen Edition) (1983)

Mark Hamill , Harrison Ford  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • 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 (466 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00076SCPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,093 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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Single-Disc, Widescreen Edition from the Box Set released in 2004

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137 of 159 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the Dark Side 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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86 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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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187 of 242 people found the following review helpful
By Troy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First off, I already have the special/altered movies on dvd. IF I bought this latest release, it would only be to obtain the ORIGINAL theatrical release (with all the matte lines/primitive technology). The original version is all that I'm missing from my dvd collection & my only motive to purchase a new release.

DVD has a maximum resolution of 720x480 dots on the screen; did Lucas take advantage of that improved hi-res technology for this "first time on dvd" original theater version?? NO of course not. He's giving us the original movie in laserdisc resolution:

540x320

(analog letterboxed). That's only *50%* the pixel resolution that DVD can offer!!! What a royal ripoff. Are we fans supposed to be happy about getting an inferior-quality print of the original movie? Fat chance. The original movie was recorded with 6-track surround & on hi-resolution 70mm film <---- THAT'S what we want, not some inferior 540x320 blurry picture from an old 1980s laserdisc.

Get with the program George.
You should have released the originals in hi-resolution 720x480. You should have taken advantage of DVD's full potential, not dump some inferior/blurry/lo-resolution video on us.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
2004 Version? Already got 'em.

"Fun", non-anamorphic 1983 version? Don't want it.

Thanks George!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At least the crowd-surfing Imperial Stormtrooper is gone September 17, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I suspect the reviewers who assert that the longtime fan base should be satisfied with the DVD transfers of the original theatrical versions because "this is the way they looked back then" never saw any of the original trilogy in 70mm with 6-track magnetic stereo sound on a 65-foot screen. Apparently they're not aware that DVD is a low-res medium compared to film. The fact is, the 1977-83 trilogy looked and sounded better in theatres, way back when, than in any home-video transfer since--including the 2004 "Special Edition" DVDs that restored (or approximated) the original color palette and cleaned up each frame along with adding George Lucas' can't-leave-well-enough-alone second thoughts to many scenes. So the argument that digitally remastering the original versions to 16x9 anamorphic would be "tampering," and thus something the "purists" should object to, is disingenuous. Transferring movies from one medium (film) to another (digital) is inherently an act of tampering. So by doing as little as possible in bringing the original cuts to DVD, Lucas wasn't being respectful to those original versions. He was saying that he didn't think the original cuts were worth a high-quality presentation on DVD.

Well, the rumors are flying that better-looking transfers of the originals will eventually show up when a 30th anniversary edition of the '77-'83 trilogy is released on DVD. Having bought (and parted with) the 2004 boxed set and having just bought the separate issues of the "before" and "after" versions, I'm not sure that springing for that eventual THIRD reissue of these movies on DVD is in the cards. This DVD of the circa-'83 "Jedi" is certainly watchable, if not as vivid as the 1997/2004 version on Disc 1 of this set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars well done
As close to the original as a digital copy could be made.
Published 14 days ago by D. R. Lundy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Deal, Buy with confidence!!
Published 15 days ago by Tabb Prissel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great no problems
Published 21 days ago by Larry T Schmitt
5.0 out of 5 stars star wars 6
This was a re-purchase of a dvd that I had purchased before...it is humorous and pretty good at that. Yay Luke!
Published 1 month ago by Richard M.
3.0 out of 5 stars I like it, but I wish it was a little ...
I like it, but I wish it was a little more heavy duty. It doesn't really chop as well as much salad as I'd like it to, but it does work on smaller things, such as parsley.
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Feik
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Star Wars
This is the only copy that I can find that has the original Star Wars. It is great to find a copy left with out all the horrible added stuff.
Published 1 month ago by kyle eggers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great collection verison of Star Wars orginal movies and worth purchasing through amazon. Best Star Wars movie with the saving of Ainkin from his DarVader life and the rest of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward Kirven
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Luke is Back and Boy He's Mad
"Luke, I'm Your Father." Well, hell, that didn't work out as planned! Luke sends his droids, R2D2 and C3PO to rescue emprisoned Hans Solo, you know, Chewbacca's sidekick, from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars - third movie in the series
Star Wars - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983). Rated PG. DVD Running Time: 2 hours, 14 mins. Widescreen. 20th Century Fox.
Directed by Richard Morquand. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing original
Im so glad I now own a copy of the limited edition version of Jedi.!! This is the theatrical version we all remember that was the classic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Stein
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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 5 posts
a question about special features before buying
Commentary track on disk 1
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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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