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

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  • Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels
  • Directors: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand
  • Format: DVD+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 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,030 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,246 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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839 of 875 people found the following review helpful By Josh N on 14 Dec. 2012
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray

On Blu Ray, this film has never looked better or sounded as sharp in the home. In fact, I daresay that this is the sharpest presentation it has ever had. With this - as with each of the films - there has been some minor tinkering. Lucas said that the original theatrical releases only achieved 30% of what he had originally envisaged : of course, these tweaks must take the films upt o something like 34.2%, overall. Not that it necessarily matters.

The films have never looked better. The inconsistent effects, the occasional, cheap vaseline smudges to hide practical effects, the garbage mattes (that is, transparent plates of low/high contrast used when composing plates in-fame) have been removed. About the only thing that hasn't been fixed is the presence of Jabba the Hutt as a giant CGI blob (it looked bad in 1997, and equally so now). Aside from that, one element that has always bothered me is the presence of under-detailed Death Star trenches : given the limitations of the budget and time for the 1977 release, surely Lucas could go back and add surface detail to the Death Star. The film goes from insanely detailed vistas, to fast moving, featureless surfaces that look exactly like grey painted cardboard. There have been tweaks to effects, some good, some bad (magical rocks, for The Force's sake!), but all, mostly pointless.

By the standards of today, Lucas is still a visionary. This film,and the entire saga, as such, is a brave telling of the heroes journey. Yes, the films are logically flawed, and often the contents can be balderdash : then again, anyone who expects every character to be the personification of considered sanity in the midst of a space battle is expecting more than I, or Han Solo, am capable of.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Leafhelix on 2 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
I've been reading, with growing amusement, the furious reviews of others who are getting very hot on under the collar because various bits have been changed and added and the classic trilogy has been tinkered with. I first saw Star Wars in 1977 when I was five and then spent the rest of my childhood pretending to be Luke Skywalker. Now I watch the films with my son (who want to be Darth Vader)and though they have changed, the magic is still there, It really doesn't matter how many stormtroopers where there in the original and how many were pasted in at a later date. These are timeless pieces of swashbuckling adventure, like the Adventures of Robin Hood or the Crimson Pirate before them. I think the problem with Star wars is that the phenomonal success has pushed the films to a level of importance which they were never intended to reach. To truly enjoy these films and to realise there wonder, I look at my sons face as Darth Vader questions the rebel by squeezing his neck or when the century ships sweep onto the falcon and the music gives you gooosebumps.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By TheBunet on 4 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
What numpty created the disc holder? The second disc covers the third, which would be ok if it was set up like the Bourne trilogy steelbook, but they have put in an extra piece of plastic which I assume is to stop the second disc rubbing on the third. This only hinders you removing the third disc so you have to prise the third disc up from the underneath.
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186 of 212 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Greer on 13 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
I picked this up because I thought that Lucas was finally allowing people to choose whether they wanted to watch the original versions of these movies or the so-called enhanced versions. From the outer box it would seem so. However, this box contains a nasty and mean spirited surprise.
Yes- the new versions of the film are in Dolby Digital sound, anamorphically enhanced picture and THX mastering. However,the original versions are in a matted 4:3 format (ie not enhanced for a widescreen tv)and are in basic (and I do mean basic) stereo soundtrack. It looks like somebody filmed it in the cinema on a camcorder.
This is a bit like a photography book which has one half printed on high quality colour paper stock and the other half printed on yellowing newsprint.
There is absolutely no reason that the original versions cannot be displyed with the same level of picture and sound as the new versions and even if Lucas cannot be bothered bringing the sound up to 5.1 there is absolutely no excuse for not making the dvds anamorphic for widescreen tvs.
The only conclusion is that Lucas does not trust the public to make their own mind up. He wants to ensure that people think 'Gee they have really improved these clunky old movies' rather than 'Why did they ruin the simplicity of these films by jamming them up with lots of unnecessary CGI effects'. The way he is doing this is by making the discs of the old stuff as bad as possible.
Lucas deserves a rasperry for this. I am sure I will enjoy watching the new versions despite myself but this is a bad way to treat your fans and customers.
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