Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI)
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ISBN/ASIN : B0001ZE1OU
Manufacturer : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment|
Release data : 20 September, 2004
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A film legend and a part of modern culture.
A long time ago (21-27 years, in fact) in a galaxy far, far away (well, America) a man began to bring to movie-going audiences the definitive science-fiction/fantasy trilogy of all time. Twenty years later, he decided to play around with his original films, making some improvements but also some horrific mistakes. Seven years later he decided that he'd tinker further in an attempt to use the DVD release to validate his diappointing Prequel Trilogy.
It's good to finally have these truly awesome films on DVD and, as on the Episode I and II DVDs, Lucasfilm have gone to town on presentation, including some of the best-looking interactive menus you'll ever see. The extras DVD is also excellent, with a little something for everyone (not least a playable Xbox game demo!), ranging from a sneaky-peek at the forthcoming 'Revenge of the Sith' (sadly not the theatrical trailer for it though) to the most comprehensive documentary ever made about Star Wars. Obviously, the films themselves (even with the tampering) still rate the five stars that I've given. Also there were two bits of Lucas' tinkering which I liked; 1) we get a glimpse of the EU-based Tibannopolis in one of the Cloud City shots and 2) Naboo has been added to the celebration scenes at the end (to go with the Tatooine, Coruscant and Bespin ones added in the Special Edition).
All the rest of that twit George's tampering. First off, I thought Boba Fett was better off without the New Zealand accent. Then there's the stupid inclusion of the prequel Anakin (Hayden Christensen) in ghost Jedi scene at the end of 'RotJ', I mean, Obi-Wan and Yoda appear as old as when they died, so why would Anakin lose twenty-odd years when he became a ghost eh? Lucasfilm have also completely redone the look of Jabba in the Special Edition scene of 'ANH', unnecessarily making him look more like the Jabba in Episode I (personally, I didn't care about the difference, they should've spent the money on removing Greedo's blaster bolt instead). Finally, and worst of all, they've attempted to make the Emperor who appears in 'ESB' look more like the 'RotJ' Emperor (they were played by different actors originally), but the Emperor they present looks like neither, actually looking more like a Bogglin (a kind of rubber glove puppet) I used to own. Perhaps most appalling of this entire fiasco is the disrespect Lucas has shown for other people's work. He didn't write or direct 'ESB', but is quite happy to wade in an change what is effectively not his movie. Then there's the actors who've had their work unceremoniously removed, like the guy who did Boba's voice or the original Emperor or the chap playing Anakin in the ghost Jedi scene (at least they didn't superimpose Hayden's face onto the one under Vader's helmet, though). All in all, I'd say George Lucas needs a slap before he goes to far and totally ruins some of the best films ever made.
Been Incased in Carbonite for the last thirty years?
Star Wars on DVD.
Unless you have been incased in carbonite for the best part of the last three decades then its a good chance you know what star wars is. The DVD lives up to the high standards lucasfilms have set for the episode 1 and 2 DVDs, animated menus, high persentation etc.
Those of you who have the indiana jones trilogy will recognise the format of the films on three disks and a bonus disk with all the extras. The bonus items included are the usual trailers but it also includes one of the best documentries I've ever seen on a DVD. There are also some feturetes and a scattering of other features.
The films themselves have even had one or two little tweaks, this is the definative collection of the original star wars trilogy. If you don't have this in your DVD collection already, WHY?
Fantastic four disc set!
This is truly the definitive (original) Star Wars boxed set, containing all three of the original, remastered movies and a disc of additional bits and pieces.
First, the films themselves: Lucas could easily have ruined these movies through over use of CGI or other new technology. However, the remastering of each film has been done with due care and attention and as a result they all retain their character and remain unspoilt. They all look and sound properly spruced up, and the occasional deleted scene (remastered, of course) has been reintroduced. Some of the original footage has been augmented very well, for example the explosion of the Death Star at the end of A New Hope is now very 21st century, rather than 1970-something! All this this only adds to the experience of these classic movies.
The fourth disc is packed full of documentaries, original trailers, etc. I usually think these are a waste of time, as they rarely bring us anything new. However in this case the additional disc is well worth having, from it's documentaries on the characters, the plot lines, to the creation of the ligh sabre.... they are all worth a watch a are good fun too. Best yet, the fourth disc has a nice preview - not a trailer, but a preview - of the final, yet-to-be-released film.
Overall I would say that this is an excellent bundle. And a word to the wise... I haven't found this cheaper than Amazon's price anywhere.