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Star Wars Trilogy Bonus Disc (2004) (2004)

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  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 236.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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A unique behind the scenes look at the classic trilogy.

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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By Kurgan
Back in 2004, this disc was included as the only "bonus" extra in the Original Trilogy's first DVD release.

Sadly, that release was not only a tampered with set (modified even more than the 1997 Special Editions), but it was poorly restored, featuring odd colors and sound gaffes on the English and Spanish tracks of A New Hope. The 2004 box set was also packaged in a rather flimsy cardboard case that was easily damaged, leaving piles of dented and wrinkled cases on store shelves.

Despite these flaws, the highlight of the set for most was the "Bonus Materials" disc, which became a sought after item after it was nixed for inclusion in subsequent sets (the 2005 "Limited Edition" rehash and the 2006 2 disc sets).

For folks who wisely waited, now you can avoid any of the awful box sets and buy this disc seperately.

To long-time fans, this set contains some things of interest including the longer version of the "Empire of Dreams" documentary, which, despite including many "revisionist" statements by Lucas and his crew, is quite informative. It spends most of its time on the events leading up to the success of the first movie, and speeds quickly through the rest of the trilogy and the phenomenon that would become the Star Wars franchise to the present day. The other docos are interesting as well.

The disc features extensive picture galleries and nearly every trailer of the three original films ever released (though the quality varies widely).

It's great to see these unaltered.

The menus are pretty and show us some effects inconsistent with the 2004 versions, indicating that more care was taken with this release or else a very different team handled it than handled the "restoration" of the special editions mark II.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bonus Materials for original trilogy October 3, 2011
This disc features the excellent documentary "Empire of Dreams" which also appeared in a heavily edited and truncated form on American television in 2004 when the disc first appeared. Running at 2 hours and 30 minutes this is without a doubt the best of all the "Making of..." documentaries covering the production of the Original Trilogy.
Sold as part of a box set I have held onto this disc keenly aware that it was very unlikely that this disc would reappear when the series arrived on Blu-ray (time has proven me correct on this prediction).
Now this disc sits with the 3 theatrical release non-anamorphic DVDs (that appeared two years later as bonus materials to the individual releases)in a 4-disc Blu-ray case (with a custom cover) sitting alongside the Blu-ray series which I opted to begrudgingly purchase due to the presence of the 3 OT documentaries.
Incidentally this disc also features the 15 minute "The Birth of the Lightsaber" and the 19 minute "The Characters of Star Wars".
If you can find anyone willing the part with this DVD I would recommend purchasing it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a stand alone documentary January 29, 2008
This disc was the best part of the terrible 2004 DVD release of the Star Wars Trilogy, which did not have the theatrical cuts of the movies. Empire of Dreams is, for anyone interested in either movie history in general or Star Wars in particular, will lose themselves in this feature-length journey through the creation of a cultural phemon. Other specials on the disc are not as spectacular, but they don't have to be. In contrast to the vast omnibus of Empire of Dreams, the short docs on Lightsabers and such were a welcome shift.

I would recommend buying this separately, then the 2-disc version of the original trilogy (yes, I know the transfer is not anamorphic, but you can get it to fit on a widescreen tv by fiddling with the settings: it's not perfect, but it's the best we've had) Anyway, watch this if you can, it's easily worth it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary September 12, 2009
By Joker
The Star Wars Trilogy Bonus Material DVD is really good. Plain and simple. It is an excellent set of documentaries that discusses the making of the three movies (episodes IV, V and VI). I especially enjoyed the features on A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. George Lucas and many of the actors from these movies discuss what went on behind the scenes and tell lots of neat little stories. It's interesting to hear how A New Hope almost never came to be, and how the crew had to hurry up and finish the movie in a short period of time with many obstacles standing in the way of progress. Other features talk about the evolution of the light sabre, the characters of Star Wars, the special effects, interviews, and behind the scenes footage. If you like the whole Star Wars saga, then you'll love this DVD. Definitely worth the money. It is 236 minutes long (3 hours and 56 minutes).

I have the 4-DVD Star Wars Trilogy that features episodes IV, V, and VI and this disc called Bonus Material. This set was released in 2004. These are the movies that were not the exact theatrical releases from 1977, 1980, and 1983. Modern computer technology was used to slightly alter and make these movies closer to what Lucas had originally envisioned them to be back in the late '70s and early '80s when he couldn't do some of the things he wanted because of smaller budgets and the non-existence of computer generated images. At the same time, there no doubt was an effort made to have these movies be more in line with Episodes I, II, and III as far as the look and technology goes. Unfortunately, I think this was the wrong approach to take. Lucas should have made episodes I, II, and III using episodes IV, V and VI as a reference point or an example.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars STAR WARS BONUS DISK!
I WAS ENTERTAINED BY A BONUS DISK TO VERY OLD movies that I saw 50 or so years ago! Now I live near the REDWOOD FORREST featured in one of those movies! FUN TO WATCH! Read more
Published 24 days ago by carl smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2004 Making of Star Wars Documentary
I have been a Star Wars fan since 1977, specifically a bigger fan of ILM, and this in-depth documentary EMPIRE OF DREAMS is a must see and must have for anyone who loves and has an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luis Gutierrez
3.0 out of 5 stars Bonus material
Standard bonus material; nothing particularly cool. The feature on the production of the movies is fairly long. The light saber short was the best.
Published 1 month ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy purchase for the Marketplace price
Well, first off, I shouldn't even be REVIEWING this DVD, because 1. It's just a Bonus Disc from the original Star Wars Trilogy DVD Box Set and 2. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom Reagan
1.0 out of 5 stars not what was advertised as movie
not at all what i was expecting. the description wasn't clear, it was kind of misleading. didn't want this disc, wanted the actual movie!
Published 7 months ago by Linda Powers
1.0 out of 5 stars Bonus disc only
This is not what I thought it was. This is only a bonus disc, not three movies on a disc. Very dissapointing.
Published 9 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars The documentary alone is worth the price!
The Empire Of Dreams is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen and I have seen March of the Penguins! Read more
Published 10 months ago by B-man!
2.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Trilogy Bonus Disc
I was disappointed that it was only the bonus Disc, I thought it was the trilogy and bonus Disk. That the written description been clearer, i would not have bought it.
Published 10 months ago by Teri Erickson
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories!
Awesome, but can tell where all the added features were placed. The quality is very good and its basically what we remembered of the original.
Published 11 months ago by Ufasaha
5.0 out of 5 stars i have already rated this package disc
i said this was a great honor to have the original star wars by george lucas and i already said how i love anything from him and i also said that his daughter katie lucas has... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sonya m.
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