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3.0 out of 5 stars Stunning sound, great visuals, but far from complete, 21 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) Ltd. Edition Film Cell [Blu-ray] [1977] (Blu-ray)
First and foremost, this is the best I've seen the original trilogy at home in terms of picture quality, which should be a given really with blu-ray. In Star Wars and Empire particularly there's a superb level of depth and detail which injects even more life into Lucas's idea of a 'used' universe. Jedi wavers a bit, but I've always found that it suffers in comparison, on whatever format - and it definitely picks up in the second half once all the smokey, dark interiors disappear. With the prequels, TPM perhaps isn't as good and appears a bit flat but, by the time you get to Sith, the image is fairly jaw-dropping.

The sound's the thing, though. If you've got the set up for it, they sound absolutely stunning. John Williams' marvellous scores sound better than ever (the chase through the asteroid field is demo material for the sound, I think). The dialogue is clear, the sound effects placed just about right in the mix. When the special editions were released I went to see them in a THX certified cinema, and I think these sound even better than that. During the attack on the Falcon the TIE fighters sound like they're flying around the room

As for the changes, well I understand anyone who's chosen not to buy the set and, in some ways, I wish I'd done so myself. In fact, I lost count of the number of times I ordered and cancelled it before finally caving in and going ahead. I first saw Star Wars in early '78 when my folks took me to Leicester Square to see it on my birthday, and that's the version I want to remember and own. I agree with much of the criticism of Lucas for his constant revisionism. He's messing with my fond childhood memories of these wonderful films, as he is doing so for many, many others, and we all have a right to say so. Having said all of that, the latest revisions (other than the colour timing and such) last barely a minute over the course of the six or so hours of the original films. For me, the more heinous changes had already happened in the special editions, so if you could handle them then you can probably handle this. Ben's new Krayt call didn't bother me in the slightest. Artoo hiding behind rocks - stupid, because the rocks are there in one shot then not in the next (and I suspect this was just added for the upcoming 3-D versions anyway). Vader's "Nooooo" I absolutely hate but, again, it lasts barely a second. Oh, and Han and Greedo now shoot simultaneously, and it still looks stupid.

I reckon most fans probably already know whether they want the blu-rays or not. I'm glad I've seen them and made up my own mind, and I'll definitely get some mileage out of them before returning to my old, unaltered VHS tapes and dvds. And it seems almost inevitable that Lucas will discover seamless branching one day and release the original versions. I hope so, anyway.

For me, this set is visually superb and aurally stunning, but it loses a point for not including the original versions, and another for not including all the previously available extras. It is what it is, and I think there is a lot of entertainment still to be found within. In my opinion, Lucas can tinker as much as he wants, but he should at least give the fans who've made him so rich the choice as to which version of the movies they want to watch. It is this lack of choice that grates with me more than anything else.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2011 21:33:27 BDT
oscar says:
hi there im a bit confused asi ordered one of these on here but there seem to be two versions of this a second one being a limited edition with cells????
can some one clear this up as i did order that one welli though there is only one edition and now i can see two with different prices can some one help please

Posted on 20 Dec 2011 13:46:52 GMT
Ciaran Flynn says:
Oscar, the only difference is, the expensive one as a little film cell with a few notes about it. Not worth the extra money. I got this film cell version thankfully when it was the same price, i dont know why they have added so much. The 9 blu-ray discs are exactly the same. My advice dont buy the special edition, the film strip is worth about 50c

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 11:41:22 GMT
NoReply says:
SW was the second film I saw. I was 6 when it was released My Dad took me to see it and for many years, I didn't realise the film continued beyond Darth Vader spinning out of control at the end as we left the cinema then! At least, that's my recollection, we may not have left and I just don't remember the awards ceremony scene. I can see your point that you feel perhaps cheated that these versions are not as you recall because they have had some minor changes made over the years. The Han/Greedo scene is perhaps the only change that irks me in that the shooting is now politically correct and fair, whereas before, Han Solo was clearly a murderer. That quibble aside, vast majority of these films are exactly as I remember them and I still have my two disc DVD special editions that contain the original theatrical versions (still nerdishly preserved in their retail wrappers).

Posted on 18 Feb 2012 19:14:19 GMT
Ducky says:
Would you be able to help me take a look at the discs and see if they have regions A, B, C on them? Appreciate your kind help.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2012 09:25:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Feb 2012 09:26:03 GMT
Ciaran Flynn says:
Hi Ducky, They are region free. They were released worldwide on the same day so there was no need to regionise (is that a word) them

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2012 18:36:15 GMT
Ducky says:
Many thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2012 05:26:01 BDT
sorry but could someone tell me if this version is in a book style?

thanks

Posted on 5 May 2012 14:44:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jan 2013 15:47:37 GMT
S. Duncan says:
Good review. The thing stopping me buying this collection again is the new bit at the end of ROTJ with Darth shouting "nooo!". For me, this scene is the most important part of ALL the films as it's the total climatic point; Darth realising he was wrong - it doesn't need vocalisation, it was the actions that mattered. It was perfect, my favourite climax to any movie I've seen. If I was the original director, Richard Marquand, I'd be seriously p'd off that Lucas has done this. Lucas might have owned the rights and see it as his creation, but he has clearly lost the plot, even spoiling the last Indy movie by insisting aliens should be in it and that characters should swing in trees with monkeys.

I guess I'll live in hope that one day a version might appear that doesn't have the new ending, we just need Disney to talk to Fox...

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 00:00:23 GMT
This was a Christmas present for me, and I am a bit of a die hard fan of "original" Star Wars. The problem with this is the little things. To my family, who don't quite understand the nerd-dome, they think it's brilliant, mostly because they don't notice or aren't bothered by the changes. I don't know why but in addition to the Greedo-Han incident (which by the way, I think Han should shoot first as it shows the grittiness of his character at the time and makes his transformation throughout the films more poignant), the scene which gripes me the most so far is when they are in the turrets fighting TIE fighters in the first film, and Han says "don't get cocky, kid" there is a pause so it sounds more like "don't get - cocky, kid" in the original. They dubbed it with another that sounds more 'smooth'. I feel those little things really remove from the overall experience for all of us 'purists', but makes little difference, perhaps even better for for casual viewers. Overall I am pleased and really exited to watch these in pure Blu-ray glory, but I agree with Steve, as the ultimate payers of George Lucas's paycheck, should have the option to watch them in their original magnificence.

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 19:26:59 BDT
Dave says:
Rather than the adjustments Lucas has made, I'm more concerned about new technology forcing me to buy Star Wars over and over. The DVD's I have are now starting to look like VHS on my state of the art TV.
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