Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Chewbacca
A long time ago… in a galaxy far, far away… It is a period of civil war and the galaxy has been overrun by the powerful Galactic Empire, led by Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). As the Empire’s evil influence expands over the far-reaches of space, a small rebel alliance bands together to attempt to overthrow Vader and his cohorts. The attack begins with the Rebels stealing building plans for the Empire’s new, state-of-the-art war machine, the Death Star – a ship so massive and powerful that it has enough firepower to destroy entire planets. A promising young pilot named Luke Skywalker (Hamill) leads the Rebel insurgence in the attempt to bring back to the universe. The original “Star Wars” trilogy follows young Skywalker, a Rebel spy of confused ancestry named Princess Leia (Fisher), an outlaw space pilot named Han Solo, and his furry friend, Chewbacca, in their journey to bring down Vader and finally restore balance to a powerful and mystical energy called the Force.
Why you will like it:
– “The Ultimate Trilogy”: With all the talk these days of “Jurassic Park” being “the ultimate trilogy now on Blu-ray,” the original “Star Wars” films remind us what the REAL ultimate trilogy is. “Star Wars” was so incredibly ahead of its time when it was originally released in 1977 that it’s a wonder that some of the movies that have come out 30 years later are so pathetic. George Lucas and company did some good work with the original three movies.
– Dang you, electronics department: Despite it’s expensive price tag, this is one trilogy that you need to have for your Blu-ray collection. Admit it. You’ve caught yourself staring at the wall of 60-inch TVs in the electronics department as the “Star Wars” movies have been playing the last month and a half. They’ve restored and cleaned up the image quality of the films and they’ve never looked better. Heck, the Salt Lake City DVD Examiner was just happy not to be watching them on VHS.
Why you won’t like it:
– Say “cheese”!: It turns out that the Rancor in Jabba’s dungeon in “Return of the Jedi” isn’t the only cheese monster in the trilogy. For viewers who haven’t seen these movies since their teenage years, prepare to be awakened to the awfully cheese-y acting of Mark Hamill. It’s actually pretty funny, though, as you and your loved ones will be re-enacting such classically whiny Luke Skywalker quotes as, “Ben… Yoda… Degobah System… Yoda…” and “…But I was going to the Toshi Station to pick up some power converters!” all night long.
– Purists, beware!: For one reason or another, the folks in the production studios have decided to alter a few parts of the original trilogy. Whether it be purely out of a desire to connect the original trilogy to the three prequel films or otherwise, there’s some strange stuff going on in a couple parts of these movies. Check out this site for a better understanding of what changes have been made: http://screenrant.com/star-wars-bluray-changes-benm-131712/ [Editor’s note: The saddest change is that the awesome song at the end of “Return of the Jedi” isn’t there anymore. Watch the movie and you’ll know what I’m talking about. You can’t go wrong with singing Ewoks… So why change??]
– I find your lack of bonus features disturbing…: As much as the commercials you’ve seen for the “Star Wars” Blu-ray set touts the unseen footage, deleted scenes, and interviews with George Lucas, unless you purchase the “Complete Saga” edition of these discs, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The stand-alone boxed set of Episodes IV-VI includes audio commentary with cast and crew, which can optionally be turned on as you’re watching the films, but… at least the first time around, nobody’s going to want to do that unless they’ve already seen the movies 15 times in the last three months… and… nobody’s done that.
When all is said and done, these slight alterations and the lack of bonus features shouldn’t be enough to deter “Star Wars” fans from checking out the original movies on Blu-ray. Asthetically, this baby is practically perfection. The mere fact that you can finally have these films in high definition and don’t have to dust off the VCR to have your movie marathon. The original “Star Wars” trilogy is a must-have on Blu-ray. Hardcore fans can up the ante and pay for the 9-disc set if they really want the bonus features, but otherwise, the stand-alone set makes for an intense movie marathon. Call up the guys. And don’t forget the Oreos. You may also be interested in: “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999), “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” (2002), “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (2005).
Blu-ray bonus features:
– Audio in English, English Descriptive Audio, French, Spanish, Portuguese
– Subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Nederlands, Portuguese, Suomi, Svenska, Norsk, Dansk, and commentary for audio commentary in so many languages that your mind will be blown like the planet of Alderaan.
– Optional audio commentary for each movie
Directed by: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand
Studio: Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox
Running times: 121 minutes, 124 minutes, 134 minutes
MPAA rating: PG for “sci-fi violence and brief, mild language/sci-fi action violence”
Costars Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker (in robot form), Frank Oz (in Muppet form), Billy Dee Williams
Blu-ray release date: September 16, 2011
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