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What do you lose by watching the 1983 version? Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound, for one thing (only 2.0 Surround here), and digital cleanup. 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 Jedi, however, on a widescreen TV 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 Return of the Jedi, and the 1983 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
It's almost as if Lucas is saying, "see I was right about how bad these things looked".
I missed the Laserdisc version and didn't buy anything else on VHS, but then came the DVD release of the trilogy (the extended versions of the film).
Overall, this is a pretty good release of one of the greatest movie classics of all time.
The Star Wars original trilogy is a huuuuge classic, and i think every person in the galaxy should see these inspired cool space action movies..... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Fluminense
Now if only Lucas would leave them alone and release the Theatrical version properly.Published 20 days ago by DG
this is the last all the story, where you find the real true of the complete story, one of the best story of all time end for maybe continue in the future. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Renni Sixx
Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi is the final installment of the original Star Wars trilogy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Desertman84
Lost this movie in my last move and was heartbroken but found it on Amazon. This movieis so fun to watch and full of action. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diana
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The non-anamorphic original theatrical versions look fine on a regular TV. The bit-rate on the discs is high (typically around 7-9) so the motion is good, although the prints don't appear to have been cleaned up at all so they have that 'old film' look, i.e grainy, fluttery, and with... Read More
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I completely agree!
The first time I saw the "Special Edition" I was game for what I thought would be minor "improvements". Instead I ended up confused, and I felt like crying at the lame ending. The music's all wrong at the end and at Jabba's Palace; young Annikin ghost at... Read More
Mar 15, 2007 by Angel Rowe | See all 5 posts
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Commentary track on disk 1
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Thank you, Ronin. I was considering starting a discussion on this very issue elsewhere on Amazon; I still might, but the fact that this one is already up may alter my decision one way or another. What DOES give people the idea that they can--that they SHOULD--review products that have not been... Read More
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