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Star Wars Trilogy Includes Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of The Jedi
The Star Wars trilogy had the rare distinction of becoming more than just a series of movies, but a cultural phenomenon, a life-defining event for its generation. On its surface, George Lucas's original 1977 film is a rollicking and humorous space fantasy that owes debts to more influences than one can count on two hands, but filmgoers became entranced by its basic struggle of good vs. evil "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," its dazzling special effects, and a mythology of Jedi Knights, the Force, and droids.
In the first film, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) gets to live out every boy's dream: ditch the farm and rescue a princess (Carrie Fisher). Accompanied by the roguish Han Solo (Harrison Ford, the only principal who was able to cross over into stardom) and trained by Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), Luke finds himself involved in a galactic war against the Empire and the menacing Darth Vader (David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones). The following film, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), takes a darker turn as the tiny rebellion faces an overwhelming onslaught. Directed by Irvin Kershner instead of Lucas, Empire is on the short list of Best Sequels Ever, marked by fantastic settings (the ice planet, the cloud city), the teachings of Yoda, a dash of grown-up romance, and a now-classic "revelation" ending. The final film of the trilogy, Return of the Jedi (1983, directed by Richard Marquand), is the most uneven. While the visual effects had taken quantum leaps over the years, resulting in thrilling speeder chases and space dogfights, the story is an uneasy mix of serious themes (Luke's maturation as a Jedi, the end of the Empire-rebellion showdown) and the cuddly teddy bears known as the Ewoks.
Years later, George Lucas transformed his films into "special editions" by adding new scenes and special effects, which were greeted mostly by shrugs from fans. They were perfectly happy with the films they had grown up with (who cares if Greedo shot first?), and thus disappointed by Lucas's decision to make the special editions the only versions available. --David HoriuchiSee all Editorial Reviews
I am not a collector. In fact I threw away two trilogy VHS boxed sets. One was a version where they had done a lot of improvements to the originals such as Hans' conversation with... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Andre L.
I saw these movies when they came out. They are real good for everyone.Published 4 days ago by Jose Rivera
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|PG-13 rating for the original series?||
Probably due to an update of the rating system.
I don't think there was a PG13 when the original came out.
Sep 15, 2011 by Charles | See all 7 posts
|Information reThe Star Rating and Reviews on This Blu-Ray Set||
I had read where Lucas had finally conceded on this issue and would release BOTH versions of the original trilogy, with the special edition being released on DVD & Blu-Ray as a set and individually THIS year, then following suit with the original NEXT year. I'd have NO objections to... Read More
Jul 29, 2011 by Derwin White | See all 3 posts
|why the low price from third party sellers? where do they get them?||
Maybe they're trying to undercut Amazon. If the product is available brand new directly from Amazon, why would anyone choose a less reliable third person vendor charging more? I like to support small businesses, but I'm just looking at reality. It's my experience that third party vendors can only... Read More
Jul 9, 2012 by John M. Kertis | See all 3 posts
|ok, so is this NOW the Original Theatrical Cut in bluray?||
No, these are the special editions. These are not the 'original' original films. Many sources have said this and over 1,000 reviewers have stated this on Amazon. Hope this helped.
Aug 11, 2011 by Austin Murphy | See all 8 posts
|Say it isn't so! George Lucas to release 3D Versions of all 6 Star Wars...||
Freakin 3-D can suck it. I am with you bring me my orginal star wars on blu ray and I will be happy. I want to see Han Solo kill guido the orginal way in beutiful high def. I don't want to see Hayden christiansen as Ankin at the end of Jedi I want to see old ass Anikin. Quit screwin with the... Read More
Oct 1, 2010 by Patrick K. Ditty | See all 12 posts
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