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* "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy," the most comprehensive feature-length documentary ever produced on the Star Wars saga, and never-before-seen footage from the making of all three films
* Featurettes: The Legendary Creatures of Star Wars, The Birth of the Lightsaber, The Legacy of Star Wars
* Teasers, trailers, TV spots, still galleries
* Playable Xbox demo of the new Lucasarts game Star Wars Battlefront
* The making of the Episode III videogame
* Exclusive preview of Star Wars: Episode III
How Are the Picture and Sound?
Thanks to a new digital transfer, you've never seen C-3PO glow so golden, and Darth Vader's helmet is as black as the Dark Side.
What's Been Changed?
The rumors are true: Lucas made more changes to the films for their DVD debut. Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) has been added to a scene in Jedi, Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor) replaces Clive Revill with slightly revised lines in Empire, Temuera Morrison has rerecorded Boba Fett's minimal dialogue, and some other small details have been altered. Yes, these changes mean that the Star Wars films are no longer the ones you saw 20 years ago, but these brief changes hardly affect the films, and they do make sense in the overall continuity of the two trilogies. It's not like a digitized Ewan McGregor has replaced Alec Guiness's scenes, and the infamous changes made for the 1997 special-edition versions were much more intrusive (of course, those are in the DVD versions as well).
How Are the Bonus Features?
The bonus features are excellent and along the same lines as those created for The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Each film has a commentary track, recorded by Lucas, Ben Burtt (sound design), Dennis Muren (visual effects), and Carrie Fisher, with Irvin Kershner joining in on the film he directed, The Empire Strikes Back. Recorded separately and skillfully edited together (with supertitles to identify who is speaking), the tracks lack the energy of group commentaries, but they're enjoyable and informative, with a nice mix of overall vision (Lucas), technical details (Burtt, Muren, Kershner), and actor's perspective (Fisher). Interestingly, they discuss some of the 1997 changes (Mos Eisley creatures, the new Jabba the Hutt scene) but not those made for the DVDs.
There's also a sampler of the Xbox game Star Wars: Battlefront, which lets the player reenact classic film scenarios (blast Ewoks in the battle of Endor!); trailers and TV spots from the films' many releases; and a nine-minute preview of the last film in the series, Episode III, Revenge of the Sith (here identified by an earlier working title, The Return of Darth Vader). Small extra touches include anamorphic widescreen motion menus with dialogue, original poster artwork on the discs, and a whopping 50 chapter stops for each film.
"The Force Is Strong with This One"
The Star Wars Trilogy is an outstanding DVD set that lives up to the anticipation. There will always be resentment that the original versions of the films are not available as well, but George Lucas maintains that these are the versions he always wanted to make. If fans are able to put this debate aside, they can enjoy the adventures of Luke, Leia, and Han for years to come. --David Horiuchi
I don't know what happened, but the DVD set I received wouldn't play in our Xbox which we use as a DVD player. Empire Strikes Back was the only DVD in the 4 disk set that worked! Read morePublished 2 days ago by MamaK
It would be perfect if you could find an original blu-ray version but that doesn't seem possible with all the additions Lucas likes to add. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nancie Quinton
I don't own this, and never will until I can get the UNALTERED ORIGINAL versions of the movies. Damn, you'd think this was pretty clearly the way to go, George-George-Georgie-boy! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jasper B.
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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
|Laserdisc Edition? (Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Theatrical Edition))||Be the first to reply|