Star Wars: Trilogy - Episodes IV-VI
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Star Wars: The Original Trilogy on Blu-ray+DVD Combo feature Star Wars Episodes IV-VI.
The STAR WARS saga concludes with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, aided by an unforgettable assortment of courageous characters, lead the Rebellion to bring balance back to the Force!
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
In this installment, Luke Skywalker and his friends have set up a new base on the ice planet of Hoth, but it is not long before their secret location is discovered by the evil Empire. After narrowly escaping, Luke splits off from his friends to seek out a Jedi Master called Yoda. Meanwhile, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and C-3PO seek sanctuary at a city in the Clouds run by Lando Calrissian, an old friend of Han’s. But little do they realize that Darth Vader already awaits them.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
(4 years after Episode IV) In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader in a final climactic duel before the evil Emperor.
Blu-ray Only Bonus Features: Audio Commentary for Each Movie from Archival Interviews with George Lucas, Cast and Crew
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The reviews for both sets are merged together... that is why you are seeing people claim that it has the original unaltered versions, and people complaining they do not. THIS set that I specifically clicked on to make this comment on is on the 2004 release which DOES NOT CONTAIN THE ORIGINAL UNALTERED VERSIONS. The box image is silver and has Darth Vader's mask on the box. This set ONLY contains the SE along with a 4th bonus disc of making of features and trailers and a sneak peak at episode III. If you want the trilogy set that contains both the SE and the unaltered versions but no bonus features, make sure when purchasing from Amazon, that the picture is a picture of Darth Vader and Luke clashing with light sabers and the box has a lot of blue coloring. It also says IV V VI along the bottom. Scroll down to DVD info and it should say release date: 2008. THAT is the version you are looking for.
If you place an order on the Trilogy with the Silver box with Darth Vaders mask on it, you are going to get the 2004 release of the trilogy and that's probably not the one you want... This review is going to appear on both sets though... So make sure before you buy, that you are on the correct trilogy page. Check the picture. Check the release date.
There are plenty of reviews of the actual product so I'm not going to go into that. Just wanted to clear up some confusion.
There are no longer copies available from retail that have the original cuts included anymore. They're out of print. There are no bluray editions and no current editions with the old cuts. You can still find the ones with the original cuts but be prepared to pay a hefty price.
Not how I didn't say "ruin." Some of these additions--particularly in the first film--do affect the pacing (I'm thinking of the Jabba scene in Episode IV), and can be jarring.
George: You caught lightning in a bottle not once, not twice, but THRICE. You should've left these alone, man!
But at the end of the day, you get DVD and BluRay versions of Star Wars, Empire, and Jedi. You can't go wrong.
With that said, the treatment of the theatrical versions here is...lacking, to say the least. I knew what I was buying, and truth be told was largely replacing (or at least backing up) bootleg versions that I purchased a few years ago, since my particular copies had trouble running properly on some players. The visual and sound quality of this release is actually about the same as those bootlegs (being that they come from the same 1993 laserdisc masters) with a major difference: the bootlegs were actually anamorphic! The way they are now, they won't quite format correctly on a widescreen TV (or computer screen), and lose some potential resolution as well regardless of the TV or screen. That said, these are still pretty serviceable versions, but the quality is lacking compared to many DVDs of similarly aged films. The high-quality restoration the "Special Edition" versions received isn't the only thing that makes the theatrical masters look a little bad.
Also lacking in this set is the extras. None of the extensive documentaries, theatrical trailers, and other goodies from the initial Special Edition-only set are present here; only the commentary tracks from that set still survive, along with the new and fairly dubious extra of a demo for a Lego Star Wars video game (ironically, my bootleg versions also contain a number of extras, again making them seem superior). The commentaries are pretty interesting, if a little dry, and seem to have been recorded with each person talking separately and then edited together, as they never make conversation or play off of each other. There are some cool factoids to learn though, and they are certainly worth a listen.
Ultimately, considering the price and the presence of both versions of each film, this is a pretty decent set, just not a great one. By all rights the theatrical versions should receive at least an anamorphic transfer (not a difficult or costly thing to do by any means) and at least some minimal cleanup compared to 1993 standards, and the removal of extras (now no longer available on any DVD set still being manufactured) is just baffling. Hopefully, in the Blu-Ray age we'll finally get a release that shows the original versions the respect they deserve and reintegrates all the extras from before. Just don't make us buy any movies with Jar Jar in them to get the originals, and I think I'll be pretty happy.