Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI)  -
Four-disc set includes:
- Episode IV, A New Hope (Special Edition)--with commentary by George Lucas, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher; Easter egg: credit roll (2 min)
- Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition)--with commentary by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher; Easter egg: credit roll (2 min)
- Episode VI, Return of the Jedi (Special Edition)--commentary by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher; Easter egg: credit roll (2 min)
- Bonus disc: all-new bonus features, including the most comprehensive feature-length documentary ever produced on the Star Wars saga, and never-before-seen footage from the making of all three films
Subitles (all material across all four discs): English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
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George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy is a clever synthesis of pop-cultural and mythological references, taking classic fairy-tale themes, adding more than a dash of Arthurian legend, and providing cinematic high adventure inspired as much by Kurosawa's Samurai epics as by Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. As a result, audiences of all ages can find something to identify with in Luke Skywalker's journey from disaffected teenager dreaming of adventure to Jedi Knight and saviour of the galaxy. He not only rescues a Princess, but discovers she's a close relative. And if there's a lesson to be gleaned from the Skywalker clan, it's that no matter how bad things get in the average dysfunctional family, it's never too late for reconciliation.
Originally released in 1977, Star Wars, the first film, was made as a standalone. Perhaps that's why Obi-Wan Kenobi seems a tad inconsistent in his attitude towards his old pupil Anakin Skywalker, and perhaps also why Luke is allowed to develop a guilt-free crush on Princess Leia. Lucas's story, told from the point of view of the two bickering droids (a device taken from Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress), also borrows freely from Errol Flynn's Robin Hood, as does John Williams's seminal Korngold-inspired music score.
Thanks in equal part to Leigh Brackett's screenplay and Irvin Kershner's direction The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is the most grown-up instalment in the series. The basic fairy-tale is developed and expanded, with the principal characters experiencing emotional turmoil--blossoming romance, mixed feelings and confused loyalties--amid a very real threat of annihilation as Darth Vader's motivations become chillingly personal. Luke's quasi-Arthurian destiny is complicated still further by the half-truths of his wizardly mentors; and swashbuckler Han Solo finds the past catching up with him, quite literally in the form of bounty hunter Boba Fett. The film is graced by more fabulous landscapes (ice, forest, clouds), more unforgettable new characters (Yoda), more groundbreaking special effects (the asteroid chase), and John Williams's finest score.
The difficult third film, 1983's Return of the Jedi, seems schizophrenic in its intentions, hoping to please both the kiddies who bought all the toys and an older audience who appreciated the narrative's epic and mythological strands. The result is a film that splits awkwardly into two. One thread, which might be subtitled "The Redemption of Anakin Skywalker", pursues the story of the Skywalker family to a cathartic conclusion. The other thread, which might be described as "The Care Bears Go to War", attempts to say something profound about primitivism versus technological sophistication, but just gets silly as furry midgets doing Tarzan whoops defeat the Emperor's crack legions.
In 1997 Lucas re-released the three original films in digitally remastered "Special Edition" versions, in which many scenes have been restored and enhanced (some would say "unnecessarily tinkered with"). Despite loud and continued criticisms from fans, these Special Editions are now considered definitive, if only by Lucasfilm. --Mark Walker
Customer reviews (av rating: 4.5):
The Modern Good versus Evil Trilogy : This Star Wars trilogy is a film that defined the late 70s/early 80s period. Groundbreaking sci-fi effects and the characters managed to enter a superhero universe which until then was dominated by either Marvel (Spiderman, Hulk, X Men, Fantastic Four) or DC (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman) characters.
Essentially a tale of Good versus Evil, it set a high standard perhaps too high for the prequels and inevitably 'The Phantom Menace' fell short of expectations even though both 'Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith' did make up for lost ground.
A trilogy which two decades later still packed cinemas with the digitally tinkered versions will still create a similar impact with these recently released DVD versions.
DO NOT BUY THIS. : If you buy this box set you will NOT be buying the Star Wars Trilogy that the world fell in love with during the seventies and eighties.
For a start the films have been re-touched and 'enhanced' several times over - and in a way that, strangely, manages to date what WERE three timeless classics.
And secondly, this box set contains the 'pan and scan' anamorphic versions of the films. This means that, at any given time, you will only be seeing about one third of the image that the filmakers created. The first film was made on a very tight budget by people who went out on a limb to realise a script that they really believed in and they ended up making a hit, redifining a genre and inspiring a generation. SO WHY WOULD YOU, THIRTY YEARS LATER, CUT OFF 30% OF THE IMAGE AND THEN PUT VIDEO GAME CHARACTERS ALL OVER IT?
Get the widescreen version.
Better still, wait until the ORIGINAL originals are available on HD/Bluray.
These beautiful films deserve to be seen in the way the they were intended to be seen by the people who made them at the time they were made.
A good set : I won't rate the movies as most people have seen them, if not make sure you do.
The set is the special editions, not the originals. They're good transfers to DVD and work in 6.1 sound. Each film has a commentary that's interesting and functional, but not exciting.
This set follows the Indy one with 3 film discs and one of extras. The focus is one documentary following the creation of all 3 films. Plus smaller featurettes and trailers.
Sadly it doesn't follow the prequal DVDs with extras for each film. Hopefully they'll do this in future.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... : I honestly don't mean to sound arrogant when I say this but I am utterly convinced that for as long as life on earth exists, no other movie series will be as hugely popular as the Star Wars movies and the truly great thing is, that it deserves every single piece of that popularity. People can hate it and say it is the most overrated thing ever but the absolute fact is, that even if this had never been as popular with casual cinema goers, it would probably still have been huge because it would have had such a massive cult following all around the world.
The original Star Wars trilogy are the most memorable films from my childhood and while they are not my personal favourite ever films, they have definitely not lost any of their magic, even after all these years. No other science fiction film has ever made me believe that there are whole gigantic worlds out there in the same way that Star Wars makes me believe and this is because there are so many characters. DROIDS, JEDI'S, WOOKIES, BOUNTY HUNTERS, EWOKS, STORM TROOPERS and JAWAS are just a few examples. The imagination of the design and costumes of the characters was one thing but to make them all so unique and memorable was incredible, even all the lesser characters that only had brief appearances are absolutely unforgettable, I only need to take a look at my original toy Star Wars figures for more proof of just how diverse they were and still are and in addition to this, I haven't even mentioned the imagination of any of the believable and unforgettable worlds.
Although personally, I do like the sequels, overall they just lack the humour, the emotion, the amount of unique characters but most importantly the entertainment value and magical feeling that I felt with the original trilogy. IMPRESSIVE, MOST IMPRESSIVE.
brilliant : episode 1- all right but is necessary
episode 2- excellent great movie especially when obi,padme and anakin are captured and have to escape
episode 3-wonderfull awsome movie but seems a bit as if it was rushed
episode 4- really good apart from the hole space chase thing at the end
episode 5- really good and fun to watch
episode 6- best in the saga words cant describe
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