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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Limited Edition)
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|Format||Full Screen, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC|
|Contributor||Harrison Ford, Richard Marquand, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher|
|Runtime||2 hours and 14 minutes|
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For the first time ever and for a limited time only, the enhanced versions of the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi will be available individually on DVD. Plus, these 2-Disc DVD's will feature a bonus disc that includes, for the first time ever on DVD, the original films as seen in theaters in 1977, 1980 and 1983.
The 2006 limited-edition two-disc release of Return of the Jedi is not only the first time the movie has been officially available by itself on DVD. It marks the first-ever DVD release of Jedi as it originally played in theaters in 1983. What does that mean exactly? The film is without the various "improvements" and enhancements George Lucas added for the theatrical rerelease in 1997 as well as the DVD premiere in 2004. So Sebastian Shaw reclaims his spot as the man behind Darth Vader's mask, and we don't see the otherworldly celebration (including the Gungans) at the end of the movie.
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
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 4.48 Ounces
- Director : Richard Marquand
- Media Format : Full Screen, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 14 minutes
- Release date : September 12, 2006
- Actors : Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams
- Dubbed: : English, French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000FQVX78
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
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Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2020
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Even though Return of the Jedi was released 16 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace, George Lucas intended it to be part of a six-film cycle, very much as J.R.R. Tolkien intended each volume of his Lord of the Rings "trilogy" to be part of one single novel. It clearly ties up all the events from both Prequel and Classic Trilogies, leaving it to authorized novelists to continue the Star Wars story in the Expanded Universe books and graphic novels.
As the film opens, it is a dark time for the Rebellion. Imperial forces under the command of Jedi-turned-Sith Lord Darth Vader (Dave Prowse, voice of James Earl Jones) have defeated the Rebel Alliance at Hoth and elsewhere. The Emperor (Ian McDiarmid) has ordered Vader to capture Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and turn him to the Dark Side of the Force before the boy becomes too powerful and destroys the two Sith Lords. To achieve this goal, Vader uses every means at his disposal -- the Imperial Fleet and bounty hunters -- to capture Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and use them as bait to lure Skywalker to Cloud City on Bespin...and into a carefully laid trap.
Luke manages to escape, but now Han is frozen in carbonite and in the clutches of the vile Tatooine gang lord Jabba the Hutt. And as he, Leia, Chewbacca and new ally Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), they are unaware that Palpatine has ordered the construction of a second, more powerful Death Star. If the Empire completes this planet-killing space station, the Rebellion is doomed.
The first half of Jedi focuses on Han's rescue from Jabba's Palace on Luke's home world. It starts out subtly, with C-3PO (clueless as ever) and his feisty astromech counterpart R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) being "given" as a gift to the Hutt as a token of goodwill by Luke, who hopes -- against evidence to the contrary -- that Jabba will see reason and negotiate. Then, a bounty hunter called Boussh arrives with Han's Wookiee pal Chewbacca, but later, when Han is thawed out in an abortive rescue attempt, it is revealed that Boussh is really Leia in disguise and she is forced to wear a skimpy outfit (later made famous in an episode of "Friends") and chained to the slug-like crime lord.
The film finally becomes full of action once Luke arrives at the palace to get his friends out of this mess. His first attempt to use his Jedi powers seems to fail, but later, at the Pit of Carkoon -- the nesting place of the awful Sarlacc -- the young Jedi uses the Force and his new lightsaber to help destroy Jabba and most of his minions. Han, Lando and Leia have some of their best moments in this sequence, with some of the best lines going to Ford's roguish smuggler-turned-Rebel-hero:
Luke (to Han): Han!
Han: Luke! How we doin'?
Luke: Same as always.
Han: That bad, huh?
Han: I think my eyes ARE getting better. Instead of a big black blur I see a bright blur.
Luke: There's not much to see. I grew up here, you know.
Han: You're gonna die here, you know. Convenient.
Mayhem ensues, but the Rebels manage to escape with their lives. But Luke has unfinished business with his Jedi Master Yoda, and the Rebels have just decoded the data stolen by Bothan spies. The Empire is building a new battle station near the moon of Endor, and the Emperor is supervising the final stages of its construction.....
Return of the Jedi was altered in the late 1990s with CGI graphics to test some of the new digital effects and technology that would later be used in the current prequels, although most of the changes come at the very end, where the victory celebration on Endor is now supplemented by simultaneous parties on Bespin and Tatooine. There is a new musical number that replaces the original version's "Lapti Nek" and the Victory Celebration features new material composed by John Williams.
I got all three originals of the first true trilogy - Episodes IV, V, VI, all separate in their own cases and each with 2 DVDs inside.
DVD Edition, Enhanced AND Theatrical Editions (2 discs per movie), Full Screen Edition (Also available in widescreen)
*Just a note about the Full Screen edition: The "Enhanced" remake version of each movie is indeed in Full Screen but the Original Unaltered/Theatrical Editions on disc 2 (for all 3 movies) is in letterbox only. I had no problem with it, it did not detract or distract while watching and the letterbox aspect ratio has barely more black than the regular modern day Widescreen...So, don't worry about that if you're thinking of getting this. I was so glad to find the REAL movie versions that I would have taken any letterbox size!
Disc 1 - "Enhanced" version (re-release with added scenes & changed musical scenes in Mos Eisley, Jabba's Palace, End celebration sequence on Return Of The Jedi, etc...)
Disc 2 with the original unaltered "Theatrical" version, which is the original as aired in movie theaters in 1977-1983.
It was so great to FINALLY find the edition of the original trilogy with the option of watching it the proper way without all the added CGI animation and re-done music scenes. I agree with another reviewer here that I, too, absolutely DESPISE the re-make of the musical band scene in Jabba's Palace (Return Of The Jedi). The female singer originally was a puppet and there were men under the floor making her "dance" by moving a steel frame and puppet strings. The CGI cheapens the entire scene and the music itself is both awful and extremely aggravating. I remembered the original song ever since I first saw the movies on VHS when I was growing up. What a throwback experience.
The packaging is nice. The front and back covers of the case have the original artwork from the first VHS releases of the films from back in the late 70's/early 80's. There are bonus features included but I don't really care about that stuff; I bought this strictly to have the original unaltered films on demand. The paper inside just has artwork, a chapter/scene list, and a quick description of what commentary & features are included on the discs in addition to the films themselves. Nothing extra on the little paper itself, everything is on the discs. Lucas is a sell-out giving this franchise to Disney; what a mistake. I don't care to watch any of his commentary. There is also a demo of a ridiculous Lego Star Wars game for XBox which I will also never use on my XBox.
These editions were released in September of 2006 and I believe this is the only time they released the originals on DVD so I am glad and lucky to have found them. At approximately $30 apiece, I feel it was a steal to get such a rare hard-to-find edition at such a great price-under $100 for all three films, and two versions each at that.
I highly recommend this particular edition to all Star Wars fans who want the true original experience. For me personally I feel it was best as it was originally shown, with all the physical puppets, original music scenes, and no CGI.
Many dislike the Ewoks but like Sam fisher I believe they bring a perfect balance to the film; on one hand you have Luke prepared to sacrifice himself to save his father, on the other hand you have the empire battling the rebels with their fuzzy fun war veterans!
The Ewoks were definitely underestimated by the empire and plenty of those fellas die during that battle. Plus the space fight to destroy the second Death Star is so much fun! The final Duel of the Saga with Luke and Vader is greatly choreographed and heart wrenching, especially when “A jedi’s fury” kicks near the end. Knowing Anakin’s past makes this trilogy even better and this duel heartbreaking in my eyes.
To put all in all together I’d say you have the perfect Star Wars film but many still say this has the trilogy curse and it’s inferior to the first two but I disagree.
It’s a fantastic film and utterly satisfying finale