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Star Wars Trilogy Bonus Disc (2004)

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A unique behind the scenes look at the classic trilogy.

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  • Directors: George Lucas
  • Format: THX, Color
  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FAGGWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Kurgan on May 20, 2007
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on 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 18 people found the following review helpful By Joker on September 12, 2009
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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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