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They aren't the originals!,
This review is from: Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD]  (DVD)
PLEASE BE AWARE I AM REVIEWING 'STAR WARS: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY' (THE THREE DISC SET WITH THE TORSO OF DARTH VADER WITH A RED LIT LIGHTSABER)
Call me a sentimental fool, or just a fool - as I'm sure many of you will after reading my review - but I truly believed that this three disc set held the 'original' trilogy i.e. the three original cinematic cuts viewed in 1977, 1980 and 1983.
It doesn't. They are the Special Edition (from 1997) with further added footage by George Lucas.
I was hopeful that he would one day release the original feature films cleaned up and ready for the HD market. I was wrong and should have read the reviews here.
The original films were classics - I have them all in their original form on VHS - and I still love these films but I feel a little bit of sick rise up into my mouth every time I see Han Solo with Jabba in the 'new' Star Wars...it doesn't feel right. Part of the excitement (for me) as a child was not knowing what these characters looked like or where they came from. A computer generated image of Jabba never quite worked in 1997 and with further tinkering it still doesn't work. Further added scenes like Luke meeting with Dak at the rebel base doesn't work - the scene is wooden and weak in my opinion and would surely have been one of the original reasons to leave it out. The long drive through Mos Eisley is pointless and looks computer generated. The computer generated 'extra' x-wing and y-wing fighters make the Death Star battle look more 'even' when surely the battle was about good overcoming evil through sheer will, not numbers.
As I say, I love the films and Star Wars is a 5 star film as is The Empire Strikes Back. The Return of the Jedi still doesn't know what it wants to be - a continuation of the darkness visited in Empire or a childrens comedy with the Ewoks, so I give it 3 stars.
I still keep my fingers crossed that Disney/Lucas may release the originals clean and crisp...
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2014 04:44:57 GMT
Your fingers will be crossed for a while. Disney won't gain the distribution rights to 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'The Return of the Jedi' until 2020. Distribution rights to 'A New Hope' will be held permanently by 20th Century Fox.
I don't mind the changes and it's obvious that there will be more to come. I've managed to collect the original first releases of the films and every re-release since, so I look forward to them being re-released again, whatever editions they may be.
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