Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Star Wars: The Complete Saga

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Director: George Lucas

Cast: George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Hayden Christensen, Harrison Ford

     
 

This extensive release includes all six films in the science fiction juggernaut Star Wars franchise: Star Wars (aka Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope), The Empire Strikes Back (aka Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back), Return of the Jedi (aka Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), Star Wars: EpisodeSee more details below

Overview

This extensive release includes all six films in the science fiction juggernaut Star Wars franchise: Star Wars (aka Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope), The Empire Strikes Back (aka Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back), Return of the Jedi (aka Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
No one can deny the power of Star Wars -- or the "Force," for that matter. The celebrated interstellar trilogy's effects on modern cinema and pop culture are endless, and almost 25 years have bred multiple generations of fans who can give precise directions to the Cloud City at the drop of a light saber. Finally, in fact ahead of promised schedule, George Lucas brings to DVD his original landmark films -- Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi -- digging deep into the Lucasfilm vaults for extras befitting a galaxy far, far away. This box set presents the trilogy in its "special edition" versions -- updated by Lucas with new material and more polished effects in the late '90s. Even if traditionalists balk at Lucas's updating and "re-directing" of the films, the fact remains that the films are no less landmark-worthy here. A nod to 1930s serials like Flash Gordon, the Star Wars Trilogy still offers true, stirring nostalgia and excitement, even if you find the added Jabba the Hutt scene disappointing, or think that the Wampa just plain looks weird. Fans can still thrill to Mark Hamill's turn as plucky Luke Skywalker, pilot-turned-mysterious Jedi, and the rest of the mainstay cast, including heartbreaker Harrison Ford and perfect-princess Carrie Fisher. Inspiration from Hollywood westerns, Eastern culture (a Jedi is a samurai and Yoda is Buddha!), and classical mythology cannot be digitally erased, maintaining the original Star Wars Trilogy's stance as the greatest sci-fi actioner of all time.
Barnes & Noble - Ben Wolf
Fans waited 16 years for this latest entry in George Lucas's epic space opera, and the payoff was big. Advances in digital imaging technology gave Lucas the tools to bring his most extraordinary visions yet to dramatic life. Episode I: The Phantom Menace -- an action-packed intergalactic adventure -- introduces an eye-popping parade of new aliens (such as loopy amphibian Jar Jar Binks) to populate future installments, as it begins the backstory to the phenomenally popular Star Wars trilogy. Brave Jedi Knights Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor join forces with young Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) to save her civilization from invaders, setting the stage for political intrigues to come in future episodes. The film also sets sci-fi history in motion by bringing Queen Amidala face-to-face with prodigious Jedi-to-be Annakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), a sweet boy with the darkest of destinies. From its breathtaking Pod Race to the exhilarating light-saber battles with the villainous Darth Maul, The Phantom Menace dazzles with its technical wizardry and whets the appetite for Lucas's next adventure.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Writer-director George Lucas's fifth entry in the Star Wars saga (actually the second, chronologically speaking) is by far the richest since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. The overall production value and special effects are spectacular -- that's par for the course -- and the narrative thrust and emotional resonance far surpass that of Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It picks up the story ten years after the action in the previous film, as Annakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), now a Padouin apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), is impatient to become a full-fledged Jedi knight and find his long-lost mother. Meanwhile, he is assigned to safeguard Senator Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), the former queen whom he has loved since he was a young boy. Separatist forces led by the sinister Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) threaten the peace of the galaxy, and a full-fledged war seems imminent. Lee offers strong, charismatic villainy with Dooku. It's a trait sorely missing from the previous film, and film buffs will enjoy it as a reference to the cold presence of the late Peter Cushing, Lee's former Hammer Studios costar, in the original film. For the Star Wars universe, Attack of the Clones is a stirring, powerful movie and an important turning point in the saga. It's also a major crowd-pleaser for fans of Yoda and Boba Fett alike. Among the supplemental features on the double-DVD set is a detailed commentary featuring Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, sound editor Ben Burtt, and effects supervisor Rob Cohen. The disc also affords several informative documentaries: "From Puppets to Pixels," describing the evolution of character animation; "State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode II," including never-before-seen animation effects; and "Films Are Not Released, They Escape." There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gallery of poster art, and other incidental materials.
From the Producers
The Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray Disc set collects all six films on nine discs in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound and 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives. The comprehensive collection also features numerous deleted, extended and alternate scenes, new documentaries, and a cross-section of the countless Star Wars spoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades. Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, the set also features a coveted peek into the making of the Saga with vintage documentaries, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, prop and costume turnarounds, retrospectives and more.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2011
UPC:
0024543742180
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
13:25:00
Sales rank:
60

Special Features

Disc One: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires; audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew.
Disc Two: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow; audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew.
Disc Three: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith audio commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett; audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew.
Disc Four: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope audio commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew.
Disc Five: Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back audio commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew.
Disc Six: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi audio commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew.
Disc Seven: NEW!Star WarsArchives: Episodes I-III Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm archives and more
Disc Eight: NEW!Star Wars Archives: Episodes IV-VI, including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more
Disc Nine: - The Star Wars Documentaries -- NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, approximately 84 Minutes) -- Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures...these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world;
NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, approximately 25 Minutes) -- George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan, and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie;
NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, approximately 91 Minutes) - The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother, and more, such as “Weird Al” Yankovic’s one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!;
The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, approximately 49 minutes) -- Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher;
The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, approximately 48 minutes) -- Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!;
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, approximately 48 minutes) Go behind the scenes -- and into the costumes -- as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams;
Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, approximately 26 minutes) See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update;
Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, approximately 46 minutes) Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering, and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.

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