Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Theatrical Edition)
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Disc 1: Star Wars: A New Hope WS Disc 1 Disc 2: Star Wars: A New Hope WS Disc 2 Disc 3: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back WS Disc 1 Disc 4: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back WS Disc 2 Disc 5: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi WS Disc 1 Disc 6: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi WS Disc 2
The Star Wars trilogy had the rare distinction of becoming more than just a series of movies, but a cultural phenomenon, a life-defining event for its generation. On its surface, George Lucas's original 1977 film is a rollicking and humorous space fantasy that owes debts to more influences than one can count on two hands, but filmgoers became entranced by its basic struggle of good vs. evil "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," its dazzling special effects, and a mythology of Jedi Knights, the Force, and droids.
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
- Disc 1: Star Wars: A New Hope Widescreen Disc 1
- Disc 2: Star Wars: A New Hope Widescreen Disc 2
- Disc 3: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Widescreen Disc 1
- Disc 4: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Widescreen Disc 2
- Disc 5: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Widescreen Disc 1
- Disc 5: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Widescreen Disc 2
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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.
However overall it was really nice, and the digital enhancement from when they went from film to disc was very well done. Only other thing worth noting is that the instrumentals can get VERY loud where as the talking is still quiet. This can be a little annoying if your not ready to adjust your volume between scene changes. (This might be a setting on the disc you can change, I haven't really poked around).
Hands down the worst thing to ever happen to these movies? That horrible "NOOOOO!!!!" from the end of new trilogy was added to one of the final scenes in Jedi.
If you're a Star Wars fan, do yourself a favor and don't buy this.
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