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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 Horiuchi
Let me speak clearly from a technical stand point so I don't bore you all with complaints about what George Lucas has done to disgrace his movies. Read morePublished 2 days ago by paulicious21
I saw these movies as a kid and i enjoyed them as much back then as i do now. These are classic sci-fi movies. They are great.Published 2 days ago by hpfreak
Star Wars 4-6 came out 30+ years ago. They were fun movies in their day, and worth the price of admission. I liked them enough to buy a copy of each on VHS tape at one point. Read morePublished 3 days ago by S. Mayo
Sooo glad I found this. Went to see New Hope at the theater when it first came out. Will always be a Star Wars fan.Published 3 days ago by Lorie L. McCarty
Great movie! Must see! Will not buy movies from Amazon, though, that are unavailable in 3D if the theatrical release had 3D option. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tim A
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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
|George Lucas has permanenly altered star wars and won't release the old...||
...or replace the charred remains of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru with a couple of dead people looking rather peaceful....
Jan 7, 2011 by Captain Chaos | See all 14 posts
|Difference between this and the 2013 discs?||Be the first to reply|