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This review is from: Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I-III) [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
I'm not going to waste my time or yours talking about the story lines of this Star Wars trilogy - if you're thinking of buying this set on Blu-ray then you are doubtless wondering whether it's worth replacing your DVD's or, dare I say it, VHS copies. Well, I am not going to keep you in suspense - yes it is worth replacing them all with this Blu-ray package. As you would expect from a Lucasfilm product, the quality of these discs is superb but not entirely faultless. With an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 each film comes on its own 50GB disc, and each has been impeccably remastered. Images are crisp and colours impressively vivid. The breadth of detail is sometimes breathtaking as the eye is taken across sweeping alien city-scapes, each epic image remaining pin-sharp to the visible horizon. Blacks are deep and full of detail, and only once, in Episode Three - Revenge Of The Sith, were there very brief signs of colour banding, but so quickly over that they weren't enough to spoil my enjoyment of the film, though just enough for me to down-grade these Blu-rays from 5 to 4 stars. The audio too is impressive with thunderous, rumbling rocket motor sounds emanating from the sub-woofer and clear dialogue throughout. Each film too has memory re-start options which take you back to where you left off viewing previously. In fact the only area which lets these discs down, other than the afore mentioned colour banding, are the extras - or the lack thereof. Basically all you get is an audio commentary for each movie and archive interviews with cast and crew - none of which I have bothered watching, so can't comment upon.
In conclusion then, to take full advantage of the quality and detail this Blu-ray collection has to offer, you really do need to watch these films on a big screen. I fear, ladies and gentlemen, that in this case size really does matter. I watched them at home on my 42 inch screen and I felt it too small, especially surveying those oh-so-sprawling cityscapes, to enable me to take in the detail on offer in its entirety. Despite the paucity of extras, you do get a lot of movie-magic for your money with this boxing, which in my view does make it a set worth having.
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