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Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [Blu-ray] [1977] [Region Free]

Mark Hamill , Harrison Ford , George Lucas , Irvin Kershner    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (703 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels
  • Directors: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (703 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AQCAZE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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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

Product Description

Disc One--Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Audio commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
  • Audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew
Disc Two--Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Audio commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
  • Audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew
Disc Three--Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Audio commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
  • Audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew


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538 of 563 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Aware!! 14 Dec 2012
By Josh N
Format:Blu-ray
Please be aware that several product pages lead to this strain of reviews. I have seen reviews claiming that there set did not contain the original unaltered versions as they had read in reviews and as such were dissapointed. Multiple versions of the original trilogy lead to this string of reviews, the Blu Ray set released in 2011 does not contain the unaltered versions. The DVD trilogy release from 2004 does not contain them either it is only the remastered copies. If you are looking for a trilogy that contains the untampered originals then insure that the eproduct you are buying was released in 2008, and that the picture on the front cover is one of Luke and Darth Vader with lightsabres clashed with a blue light coming from behind them. All other versions do not include the originals, that for any die hard fan are must owns! However there are plenty of reviews here on the content, I just wanted to clear up that issue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal FX 27 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The most wonderful films ever have finally been released on DVD!
Many people complain about the extra scenes that Lucas has added in for these, such as a scene between Biggs and Luke before the attack on the Death Star (mk.1). These scenes add to the storyline and cause other scenes to make more sense.
The effects are outstanding. When the originals were released they had the best sci-fi battle scenes to date, and I still firmly believe that this is so. No scenes using models have rivaled these, and since the use of computer animation has taken over, there has been a jump down in quality - the battles are more realistic in episodes four, five and six than in the newest two. The reason for this is that you can see that the vehicles are not real and merely computer animations. With the originals they used models, so the image is 100% real, just maybe a bit smaller than you would imagine. Aditionally, the land battles are as jerky as they should be. Any vehicle will move wildly over rough terrain, and even with the best computers working on it, CGI technology still gives a flowing effect. Much of this also applies to everybody's favourite green Jedi, Yoda - although I admit the fight in episode two would have been a little tricky with a puppet.
This all cumalates to make fantastic pictures. Good, solid storylines with the most original and unexpected twist ever dreamt of, acting from the best actors around - Alec Guinnes, Harison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill (poor guy), James Earl Jones and Frank Oz, and amzing effects.
These ARE the best films ever.
Buy them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it! 15 May 2007
By Neil Goodacre VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The biggest shame about this release is that, despite more modifications and improvements, the scenes added in for the Special Editions are still rubbish. In Episode IV, for example, Han firing first told us everything we needed to know about his no-nosense character. But now, where he and Greedo fire at the same time, we're left thinking that he's just jammy and completely un-skilled. Great. And the scene with Jabba. Why anyone ever thought to pick this up from the cutting room floor is beyond me.

Episode V seems to have been the least mucked-about with, and some of the alterations to cloud city are actually improvements. Episode VI still works well, although the ridiculous sing-song in Jabba's palace spoils the former half of the film. Also, why is the young Anakin there at the end? Surely Vader turned back to the good side when he killed the Emperor, so the last time he was good was as an old man. Pfft... Who can tell what goes through uncle George's mind some times...

Now, I would give the films 4 stars. 5 stars for the films, -1 star for the messed up scenes. Where this boxed set gets its fifth star back is with the fourth disk. There is a lot of footage on here that I haven't seen anywhere else and it is almost worth splashing out on the box for this disk alone.

So there you have it. Three of the world's best movies, made not so good but saved by the bonus features. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars 'Special Edition' Trilogy 20 Feb 2004
Format:VHS Tape
As far as I can remember I have always had a copy of the Star Wars movies in the house, My Parents (mum especially) are avid fans and I was bought up on the Star Wars Phenomenon. Try and imagine that when 'a New hope' (Star Wars IV) was seen for the first time at the cinema, people were blown away by the sheer size of the movie, it's Special FX, sound and Music. WOW. Still today we we can marvel at the work that George Lucas, Rick McCallum and the entire cast and crew put in to make these three masterpieces. Some of the cast have carried and had successful careers in the Film industry thank to starring these movies.
Although I feel a little let down by the last two movies (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones), this due to a few reasons, I can'y turn my back on what is a 'magical' experience when I watch these three movies. If you've never watched Star Wars before, WHY NOT? do yourself the favor and do it today.
Some people might criticise Lucas for 're-making' the Trilogy, call it what you want, but it was his way of finishing the project and adding just a little more to an already amazing Trilogy. Plus it gave many people my age (who were too young at the time) a chance to see these movies on the Big Screen for the first time.
My favorite Movies of all time.........
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