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A great collection that does this trilogy full justice,
This review is from: Star Wars Trilogy Episodes I-III (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
Before I had purchased this collection, I had recently bought the Original Star Wars Trilogy Collection in the same type of volume, with three Blu-Ray discs and three normal DVDs. And I must say, I was really amazed with that one: they took movies as old as those and made them look almost like a movie released nowadays without taking away any of it's originality. And considering that the prequel trilogy was released more recently and already had amazing CGI and effects, I expected quite allot from this volume. And I wasn't disappointed in the least.
The original DVD releases for each of the prequel trilogy episodes are of pretty high quality in themselves. But here, on Blu-Ray, the quality, picture and sound are just outstandingly amazing. There is no "digital noise" to be seen here, a problem which really bugged me with there previous releases: especially in the first episode, which had the most room for improvement regarding its quality. And even the third episode, which is of the highest quality standards, makes the original releases look like nothing. Allot of the color and hazing problems of the first two episodes (the third one didn't' need any fixing up in this area) have been fixed and updated and now look more vibrant and sharp than ever. Also, several CG mistakes have been fixed, such as the two-headed pod race announcer's hand going striate through his jacket. And several cool deleted scenes have been re-inserted, such as each of the pod racers from episode 1 being introduced by the announcer to the crowed. Other updates include several of the really puppet-looking aliens (like the terrible, cross eyed stone-faced puppet of Yoda) have been replaced by CG versions of them that look just awesome. And the sound quality...in one word, AMAZING! The sound has been balanced quite well, so that you won't need to be constantly turning up the volume significantly at the scenes with more dialogue and turning the volume down drastically at the really intense action scenes. And the sound effects have been greatly enhanced and are just so amazing that it's nearly mind boggling. Especially in the 2nd episode, which has, by far, the great sound effects of the whole saga. This film really deserves the highest honors on it's sound.
The only real problem that I have had with this is the lack of bonus features, a factor that I also had a problem with in the other Blu-Ray + DVD release of the original trilogy. The only bonus features that are included here are two different commentaries for each movie: for each one of the movies, one commentary with George Lucas and the crew, and the other one being compiled from archival interviews with cast and crew. And while both of the Audio Commentary tracks are quite interesting, it just isn't enough. Now I know that the reason for this is because the makers want everybody to buy the more-expensive Complete Saga on Blu-ray release, which has three discs filled with bonus features. But I still think that this volume could really benefit with at least a few more bonus features (or at least make it an option to view the unaltered version of each film) that would give it a much greater value.
On the physical qualities: the volume comes in a pretty nice slipcover that won't wrinkle or fall apart easily. The case is quite strong and will close up without any struggle and won't fly open if it's simply dropped. But it's still pretty easy to open it manually without any difficulties. It comes, as you probably already know, three Blu-Ray discs and three normal DVDs. The Blu-Ray discs are much thicker and more scratch resistant than normal DVDs, making them more protected if they should fall into the wrong hands (or, in other words, SMALL hands). They also don't bend easily and won't crack under any great pressure. The DVDs are just like normal DVDs, but as you might have figured out as to what I said above, the quality of the prequel trilogy films on them are of much higher quality than any previous DVD release of the prequel trilogy that I have seen.
Overall, this is a great volume that will benefit any Star Wars lover's collection. Even though it may not have all the bonus features that the Complete Saga release has, it has its own advantages: the fact that it comes with both Blu-Ray and DVD discs gives it a better traveling value: you can use the Blu-Ray discs for watching in your own living room, and use the normal DVDs for on the go when there are usually no devices for playing movies that support Blu-Ray. The movies look just amazing and the sound quality is of the highest standard. And the DVDs are of the highest quality as well: nowhere near as good as the Blu-Ray discs, but defiantly the highest quality DVD release of all of the prequel trilogy films. A great collection that is worth the money. Star Wars lover or just a regular film watcher, this is sure to please and to be enjoyed by all.
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Initial post: Feb 23, 2014 10:02:12 PM PST
BOB SZVETICS says:
I agee with you about the lack of special features on the back to the future bluray box set there are tons of features almost 3 hours why on these star wars blurays theres just audio commentary not even the trailers to the films and even on the super duper bluray box set they dont even have the empire of dreams feature which was on the dvd box set. i think 20th century fox SUCKS.
Posted on Apr 9, 2014 4:29:55 PM PDT
When you say the DVDs in this set are better quality than the DVDs from the original 2-disc sets, what do you mean exactly? Is the image slightly zoomed in on for The Phantom Menace like it was in the original DVD or did they fix that?
Is Yoda still a puppet in the new DVD version of The Phantom Menace or is he CGI like in the blu-ray?
I want to buy these movies on DVD but I'm not sure if I should get the 2-disc special editions or this 6 blu-ray disc set and I'd like to know as many differences between the DVD releases as possible. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2014 11:25:32 PM PDT
BOB SZVETICS says:
the dvds is a copy of the Blu-ray discs except no audio commentary
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2014 7:16:31 AM PDT
Yep. All the fixes done to the Blu-Ray editions are also applied in the DVD copies.
Posted on Jun 1, 2015 4:52:36 PM PDT
Good K. says:
So I have been looking for a month to purchase this franchise since I have never seen them, and I keep coming across the Star Wars: The Complete Saga BLU RAY. Is this what I should buy? or should I purchase this trilogy and another trilogy? I am just so confused with all these editions that im just about ready to give up. Please help me pick out what versions to purchase! thank you so much
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2015 1:56:54 PM PDT
It depends on what exactly you want. If you care about having lots of special features, then the Complete Saga Blu Ray is probably what you want. If you want the 2004 special edition versions, I think they're only available on DVD. If you want the 2011 special editions, in which George Lucas made further changes, such as Darth Vader saying "No!" right before he picks up the emperor and saves Luke in Return of the Jedi (which he didn't say in the 2004 version, and obviously didn't say in the original unaltered version), then the blu ray is fine. If you just want the blu rays and don't care about what changes Lucas made, I don't think there's a reason to purchase the trilogies separately.
Posted on Dec 14, 2015 2:37:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2015 2:48:46 PM PST
Luckily, i bought the original DVD's of episode I and II back in the day, with 2 discs, special features. I had to go to ebay recently to buy Episode III in the matching version to the DVD's i already had. I see that Amazon also has ep. III now also. You have to pay a premium price for that version.
Posted on Dec 28, 2015 2:50:04 PM PST
Hi, my nephew wants the 3 movies that came out last, he wants to watch them to catch up be fore he goes to see the new movie out now, which 3 dvd's do I need to get? What are they each called? I'm so confused with what came out when, I know the original 1970's one but am trying to find the last 3 that were put out & the name of each or if they have them all together of the 3 in a set. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2015 3:29:41 PM PST
The last three Star Wars movies that came out are called "Episode I: The Phantom Menace", "Episode II: Attack of the Clones", and "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith". The ones from the late 70s/early 80s, are called "Episode IV: A New Hope", "Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back", and "Episode VI: Return of the Jedi". The new Star Wars movie is called "Episode VII: The Force Awakens" and it takes place after Return of the Jedi. It's not necessary to watch the three most recent movies (Episodes 1-3) before watching The Force Awakens. But if your nephew wants to watch them before he watches the new movie, then episodes 1-3 are the ones he should get.
Posted on May 4, 2016 6:28:53 PM PDT
Can anyone tell me how these are packaged? Are the blu-ray in one plastic disc case, and the DVDs in a separate disc case? I am interested in keeping the bluray for myself, and giving the DVD copies to someone else, but I don't want awkward holes or jewel cases for either of our sets, if possible.
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