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For the first time ever and for a limited time only, the enhanced versions of the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi will be available individually on DVD. Plus, these 2-Disc DVD's will feature a bonus disc that includes, for the first time ever on DVD, the original films as seen in theaters in 1977, 1980 and 1983.
The 2006 limited-edition two-disc release of George Lucas's epic space fantasy Star Wars is not only the first time the movie has been officially available by itself on DVD. It marks the first-ever DVD release of Star Wars as it originally played in theaters in 1977. What does that mean exactly? Well, for starters, the initial title crawl proclaims that this is just Star Wars, not Episode IV, A New Hope. Second, the film is without the various "improvements" and enhancements Lucas added for the theatrical rerelease in 1997 as well as the DVD premiere in 2004. So no more critters and droids scurrying around the port of Mos Eisley when Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi first arrive, no meetings between Han Solo and Jabba the Hut and between Luke and Biggs (extraneous scenes that were cut in 1977), no enhanced explosions during the final reel, and--most importantly to some fans--no more of Greedo shooting first in the bar. Instead Han is free to be the scoundrel and not even let Greedo squeeze off a shot.
What do you lose by watching the 1977 version? Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound, for one thing (only 2.0 Surround here). Digital cleanup for another--Tatooine looks like it's been coated with an additional layer of sand cloud. 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 Star Wars, however, is not anamorphically enhanced (sometimes referred to as "4:3 letterbox"), so on a widescreen TV it 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 in this set. But chances are good that they already picked up the trilogy edition of all three films, so their decision to buy the 2006 two-disc edition depends on how much they want the original film. The official LucasFilm stance is that this is an individual release of the 2004 version of Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope, and the 1977 version of the film is merely a "bonus feature." Common speculation is that the only reason the original versions are seeing the official light of day at all is to undercut the booming black market for the laserdisc version. Star Wars fans will have to decide for themselves if that's worth the purchase. --David Horiuchi
The only new thing about this release is the steelbook cover. That's it. It's the same disappointingly altered version of Episode 4 that we got stuck with last time. Read morePublished 2 days ago by John S. Harris
My 8 year old son was mesmerized when watching for the first time last weekend.Published 2 days ago by Angie B
I have watched Episode IV since I was 11, most likely one bajillion times and I still want to watch it now! But I have to admit, I have a bad feeling about this ....Published 6 days ago by xdad314
These are the same old mediocre transfers from 2011 with all of the horrible changes made over the years. We want the ORIGINAL THEATRICAL VERSIONS that started it all.Published 6 days ago by matt potts
Bring back the originals! I want to see Han shoot first as god intended.Published 6 days ago by Austin Riggs
No theatrical edition = no purchase. Even if you gave these out for free I wouldn't take one. Also, Darth Vader is not the focus of Episode IV, why is he on the cover? Read morePublished 7 days ago by P. Jarvi
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so eat your words 3 years later :) it`s coming out this september
Jul 11, 2011 by turkish | See all 11 posts
|I want to buy the originals, not the modern edits.||
I agree. I think an ideal box set of the original trilogy would have included both the enhanced as well as the untouched 70s versions of each movie. Oh well... perhaps the next time Lucas releases yet another box set version of the trilogy he'll include both, and (like a lemming) I will buy that... Read More
Feb 5, 2007 by Brian Howell | See all 7 posts
I'm fine with these releases. From the screenshots and .avi samples I've seen posted on the internet, I think they look great. My only issue with these releases is that they're forcing the buyer to purchase the shoddy 2004 version, increasing the overall disc price. They should've just released... Read More
Sep 6, 2006 by Pawn | See all 20 posts
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A Galaxy Class star ship can lay waste to an entire planet by itself. Star Destroyers have no transporter technology. Star Ship phasers and photo torpedoes would cut through a star destroyer like butter. And Star Ship shields could withstand the power of the planet killers pure anti proton... Read More
May 9, 2010 by P. Reynolds | See all 8 posts
|Wait....Is the scene with Jabba in the original release with a different...||
The scene with Jabba was filmed, with a human actor, for the 1977 release of Star Wars but it was never used and it never appeared in the theatrical release (I was 10 and saw it many times). Some folks are saying that it was in the original release (with the human actor) but it never was.
May 10, 2007 by Kasper Von Deutschland | See all 4 posts
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