Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983 & 2004 Versions, Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)
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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
- Disc 1:
- **Widescreen Feature (Enhanced Trilogy Version)
- **Commentary by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, and Carrie Fisher
- **Easter Egg - Credit Roll
- Disc 2:
- **Widescreen Feature (For Both Versions Full Screen and Widescreen) - original theatrical movie version in dolby 2.0 surround
- **XBox Playable Game Demo
- **Lego Game Trailer
Top Customer Reviews
Well, um...I don't think any fan was dreaming about this particular release.
The original release version of Return of the Jedi (the only reason to buy this set as most all fans will already have one of the previous Special Edition releases) is relegated to bonus material on disc two. Ouch! But wait, it gets worse.
George Lucas, the champion of pristine presentation in the theatre and at home has released the film that made him a legend in the state of the art of technology circa 1993.
Yes, that's right. This transfer is from the laserdisc release of '93. Even worse the film is not anamorphic like just about every other modern day DVD. What does that mean? Well a non-anamorphic DVD has a low visual clarity and the image won't fill a widescreen TV. To make a movie anamorphic takes very little time and money. That Jedi is not anamorphic shows a disregard for the film that is disturbing.
Star Wars fans expect these landmark films to be treated just like many other films (Vertigo, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Snow White, etc.) that have gotten detailed restorations that cleaned up dirt, grime and audio ticks and presented the films in today's state of the art. This is the release most fans were dreaming of. A release that showed the film some modicrum of respect.
George, the fan base you have worked so hard to woo over the years is fed up with your shoddy treatment of these films.
Here's why you should boycott this release:
1. The picture & sound are intentionally presented in mediocre quality. These DVD's are transferred from the exact same videotape used to create the laserdisc release in 1993. That means a non-anamorphic, muddy, letterboxed picture that will have to be zoomed in to fill widescreen TVs or computer monitors. Lucasfilm refuses to fulfill the basic minimum standards of a current DVD release and make a new transfer. The quality of this DVD presentation will not live up to that of such timeless classics as Caddyshack II & Ishtar.
2. It's overpriced. If Lucasfilm is only willing to toss out these beloved films in this shoddy version, and they are unwilling to spend any time or money at all on their release, that is their right. They should charge accordingly. As bootleg-quality laserdisc transfers, these DVD's should sell for $5-$10, tops. Incredibly, Lucasfilm is charging $90 retail for these three movies! That's almost twice the cost of the (still available) box set with the exact same Special Edition discs!
They're trying to justify the cost by bundling the unaltered movies (the only reason to buy this version) with the Special Edition movies, but they must know it's a sham. Anybody who is willing to pay $90 ($60 @ Amazon) for the Special Edition DVD's has already bought the existing box sets.Read more ›
A brilliant final installment of the electrifying Star Wars saga and it went out with a bang on this one. Directed by Richard Marquand (The original director was going to be David Lynch) and written by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas with a story from Lucas, this one has been considered the weakest of the classic SW trilogy and i don't see how. Sure the Ewoks went there to be cute and cuddly but are quite likable critters they are, i love how it introduces Jabba The Hutt which is a fan favorite and how it brings back cool characters like Yoda (Voiced by Frank Oz), Lando (Billy Dee Williams) and more as it's a visual effects feast for the soul and eyes that brings the galactic civil war to an end and who can't resist Leia in that bikini? Yowser.
This 2-Disc DVD contains the same audio commentary from the boxset on the remastered 2004 special edition and finally the unaltered theatrical cut of ROTJ with no changes and the original sequences as intended for the theatrical release. Kudos to Lucas for listening to his fans for having the un-special editions on DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, of course it was great. My young grandson had no idea what Star Wars original movies were like.about. He loved it and so did I after seeing it many times.Published 11 days ago by Jolie
I love it! But My time for this movie already passed lol. When I was 11 years ago It is was the best muvie ever! Read morePublished 14 days ago by yoannis
What is there to say bad about any Star Wars? The correct answer is nothing! There are many universal truths included in each film especially about how energy works and that we are... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Hollywoodwriter85
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