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Star Wars Trilogy (Special Edition) [Gold Box Set] [VHS]
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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.
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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TL;DR: If you want original films that are unaltered buy this product .http://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wars-Trilogy-Episodes-DVD/dp/B001FVKUA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453324447&sr=8-1&keywords=star+wars+2008
For Star Wars IV: A New Hope (Limited Edition):
ASIN number: B000FMH8UI
manufacturer code(on base of spine): 3391901001
For Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (Limited Edition):
ASIN number: B000FMH8US
manufacturer code(on base of spine): 3392001001
For Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (Limited Edition):
ASIN number: B000FMRYNE
manufacturer code(on base of spine): 3392101001
All three of these 2 disk set versions (that you can find on Amazon also) include the original pre-remastered (han shoots first etc) films as well as the remastered versions.
I hope that clears things up for fans like myself that were having a hard time working out where the actual original film versions were!
I've always been okay with the special editions of these movies but the BD versions have even more tinkering, trying to blend these films with the prequels. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Return of the Jedi, a great film but spoiled by these changes - Darth Vader yells no as he tosses the Emperor into space, presumably to hark back to the "nooooo" in Revenge of the Sith. Even more annoying is the ending of that film which has an incredibly poorly judged song which seems completely out of place and unnecessary scenes of planets seen in the prequels also celebrating the demise of the empire. The music doesn't even sync with the dancing of the little bears - moreover, Darth Vader's ghost is that of young Anakin seen in the second two prequels, whereas I much prefer the older Vader. After this scene I really started hating George Lucas and I think the anger he has caused editing these films even more is entirely justified.
If these changes are to get us to fork out for the prequel trilogy then extra reason to not give these changes any credit.
Still this is Star Wars and is an essential purchase to all nerds like me.
Four stars (minus one for the BD edits)
Lucasfilm won't say anything until the official press launch but to judge by some of the more informed comments being made around the net it does look as though the Obi-wan/Vader fight onboard the Death Star (from A New Hope) has been redone to bring it more into line with the pace and zip of the lightsabre battles of the prequels. The CGI Jabba The Hut from ANH has almost certainly been redone and many of the effects from all three films have either been replaced or cleaned up. Additionally, in The Empire Strikes Back, Ian McDiarmid as the Emperor may have been digitally added into the scene where Darth Vader communicates with the Emperor. But most controversially of all (at least for the fans) actor Hayden Christenson - who plays Anakin Skywalker (Luke's father and Darth Vader to-be) in the prequels - may also feature as the aged and horribly scarred Vader in the scene from Return of the Jedi where he is finally unmasked by Luke.
Now whether this and numerous other rumours (such as the one about the Han/Greedo scene having been properly restored) turn out to be true or false, well, we'll just have to wait and see. One thing I do know, this DVD release is NOT the 1997 Special Edition. No way. I know that 100%. I'm not saying the above changes are definitely going to be in there either but that's increasingly what it looks like. So if you're a fan brace yourself for some major surprises because George hasn't quite finished tinkering with his story just yet.
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The films are obviously great, the extras on this box set are really good, especially the two & a half hours empire of dreams documentary.Published 2 days ago by Robert Klyn
Quality product at a great price i wanted to update my original trilogy(now known as 4,5&6)this fits the bill and very compact design very pleased.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
However I hate the additions and changes Lucas made just to make it fit with the prequels better.
I was informed that this was the original, unaltered edition. It is not. You need to buy the one that is from 1979.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Crystal clear picture and sound for the classic original trilogy. Would be five stars but the updated added bit shouldn't have been done. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer