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Star Wars Trilogy (Special Edition) [Gold Box Set] [VHS]


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  • Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
  • Directors: George Lucas
  • Format: THX
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 11 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 371 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (767 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RUWN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,536 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first three Star Wars films reworked as creator George Lucas had intended. Using state of the art technology, Lucas and his team cleaned up the prints, updated the special effects and added new footage to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the original film's release. The stories tell of the adventures of a band of fearless rebels who try to take on the might of the awesome Empire, led by the evil Emperor and Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Throughout their quest, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2D2 and C3PO meet terrifying foes, new allies and bizarre creatures. In 'Star Wars' on discovering a secret hidden inside a droid that his family have bought, young farm hand, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) becomes involved in a battle between the forces of light and the evil Empire. Along the way he meets up with a Knight of an ancient order (Alec Guinness), a roguish space pilot (Harrison Ford), a beautiful princess (Carrie Fisher) and an evil tyrant. In this remastered version of George Lucas' space epic, the special effects have been enhanced using modern technology and the famous missing scene between Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt (and other smaller scenes) have been added. In 'The Empire Strikes Back' after the destruction of the Death Star, the rebels led by Luke (Hamill) and Leia (Fisher) are on the run from the vengeful Empire. Holed up on an inhospitable ice planet the Rebels are soon discovered and must flee across the galaxy. Luke decides to visit an old Jedi Knight while Han and Leia become involved in a game of cat and mouse with Vader and a host of bounty hunters led by Boba Fett. Whilst 'Return of the Jedi' is final part in the remastered trilogy. With Han (Ford) still being held captive by Jabba, his friends Luke, Leia, Lando, Chewbacca, R2 D2 and C3 PO plan a rescue mission. After that, the intrepid group must make another assault on the new, more powerful Death Star and Luke must face his destiny in the guise of Darth Vader and the Emperor.

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

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616 of 642 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Neil Goodacre TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2007
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "martin_mcgrath01" on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Woods VINE VOICE on 22 April 2008
Format: DVD
I can't really begin to do justice to how much I absolutely adore the original 'Star Wars' trilogy but they rank among my favourite movies and still have the power to sweep me away on a fantastical tide of pure excitement and escapism. This first release on DVD only featured the Special Edition versions of 'Star Wars IV: A New Hope', 'Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi', which has bizarrely had many fans up in arms over their sentiment but, quite frankly, who cares? None of the changes have altered the effect of George Lucas' finest work, though admittedly Han Solo DID shoot first! In fact, one change even improves things, with Ian McDiarmid now appearing in place of Clive Revell as The Emperor in 'Empire Strikes Back'. Any criticism over Lucas' tinkering boils down to nitpicking in my humble opinion. All that Star Wars goodness is baked right in, so just immerse and enjoy yourself in that galaxy far, far away!

The magic of the original films is still gloriously evident, no matter how many times you watch them. The story is simple but captivating, the characters engaging and memorable and even the 'unique' dialogue works a treat. The effects, while a little dated, remain fabulous and still make you feel as though you're in a different universe. And Darth Vader has got to be the best damn movie villain of all time! I still tingle when I hear the immortal line, "No! I am your father..." WHAT? No way!

'Empire' is arguably the best of the trilogy, feeling slightly edgier than the other two, but all are great films and the 'Star Wars' experience is best viewed as one epic saga, rather than three separate stories. Forget the bloated CGI of the so-so prequels, forget the additional Stormtroopers and revisit cinema's greatest feat of escapism. A truly wonderful collection that any 'Star Wars' fan should want to own.
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