Star Wars Trilogy
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Star Wars Trilogy

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Cast: George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

     
 

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Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox finally unleash the beloved original Star Wars trilogy on DVD in this packed box set sure to heat up retailers' shelves and home systems everywhere. All three films have been remastered in their Special Edition forms and have been given a face-lift for the digital age with literally the most stunning picture and sound quality theSee more details below

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Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox finally unleash the beloved original Star Wars trilogy on DVD in this packed box set sure to heat up retailers' shelves and home systems everywhere. All three films have been remastered in their Special Edition forms and have been given a face-lift for the digital age with literally the most stunning picture and sound quality the films have ever seen. Colors are incredibly vivid, while the picture has never looked as sharp as it does now. Since George Lucas is a firm believer in letting artists control how the public sees their work, sadly there isn't any trace of the original versions on the new prints (so Greedo still shoots first, though it's not as jarring as the Special Edition made it out to be). Mixed with Ben Burtt's new sound mix, the overall presentation is stunning and truly does justice to the films. Extra effects have been added as well, with a new Jabba to replace the initial CG one cut into A New Hope, and yes, that is Hayden Christensen added into the end of Jedi. Released exclusively as a collection in two separate editions, this set includes the full-screen versions (the more recommended widescreen set is also available) and features anamorphic transfers with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX tracks. Menu design is particularly stellar, with three optional ones chosen at random for all the movie discs that can also be chosen by entering Menu, 2, or 12 on your remote during the Warning screen. Commentaries can be found on each movie, with everyone from George Lucas and Carrie Fisher to Empire's director, Irvin Kershner, and sound designer, Ben Burtt, sounding off. Burtt actually is a joy to listen to as he takes the viewer through his process of recording these iconic sounds, though the main prize goes to Kershner, who astounds with his grasp of the characters and the film itself. If Empire is thought to be the best-made film out of the trilogy, you can bet that he's the main reason for it. Over ten hours of extras are included on the bonus disc, with newly created featurettes and archival material spanning the entire history of the original saga. The 151-minute extended cut of the documentary "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy" is easily the most anticipated, and boy, it does not disappoint! Featuring countless interviews with cast and crew along with rare behind-the-scenes footage from the first three films, the story is told through time as Lucas battled to remain in control of the productions despite lawsuits and plenty of other obstacles that will come as quite a surprise to the casual viewer. You'll be glued to the screen, whether it's from glimpses of deleted scenes not included in the rest of the disc or just the sheer amount of mind-blowing behind-the-scenes footage (such as Peter Mayhew's voice saying Chewie lines, or how about David Prowse doing Vader's voice with a Scottish accent?). Three other featurettes make their debut in the set as well, including "The Birth of the Lightsaber," "The Characters of Star Wars," and "The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars." Each short featurette is solid, with more amazing footage from the vault, while the last one features interviews from current directors Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott, and others as they discuss how the original trilogy affected them. Also on the bonus disc is what will be audiences' first look at Episode III in "The Return of Darth Vader" preview. Packed with footage of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen as they practice the final fight in the film, the ten-minute documentary cuts between that and the step-by-step process of sculpting and fabricating the new Vader costume. Sure it's a tease, but then again, this is the same marketing game that Lucas helped create, as you can see in the wall-to-wall production print galleries and packed sections of trailers and TV ads that are included. Extreme fans shouldn't expect everything, as only three trailers are attached to each film, thereby cutting a few memorable ones out of the pack. The photo galleries are another beast, with numerous shots of deleted scenes once again making their way onto the disc, but not in their film form. Indeed, despite additional promotional features that dive into future Star Wars games and some hilarious gag reels hidden within the bonus disc, it's not hard to see that Lucasfilm is still holding some stuff back. Still, fans should be quite used to buying multiple versions of these films by now, and these discs really are something special that should more than tide them over until the rumored six-movie set coming after Episode III. While many will be disappointed that the films couldn't be released in their original theatrical versions, this set will still be a nice package that most DVD customers will have a hard time turning down.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
UPC:
0024543123453
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering]
Time:
6:28:00

Special Features

Disc 1: Star Wars: A New Hope IV -- Commentary by George Lucas, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, and Carrie Fisher.
Disc 2: The Empire Strikes Back V -- Commentary by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, and Carrie Fisher.
Disc 3: Return of the Jedi VI -- Commentary by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, and Carrie Fisher.
Disc 4: Extended DVD version of "Empire of Dreams," featuring an additional hour of never-before-seen footage and interviews; featurettes on "The Characters of Star Wars," "The Birth of the Lightsaber," and "The Force is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars"; behind-the-scenes look at Episode III in "The Return of Darth Vader"; Trailer and Xbox playable demo with an entire level of the Star Wars Battlefront game, a sneak peek at the making of the Episode III video game; theatrical teasers, trailers, and TV spots from all three films; still galleries; DVD-ROM web link to exclusive content; and more.
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, THX Certified; English subtitles.

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episode IV: Star Wars: A New Hope
1. Opening Logos [:22]
2. A New Hope [1:31]
3. Imperial Boarding Party [1:31]
4. Artoo's Mission [1:31]
5. Vader Confronts the Princess [:17]
6. Lost in the Desert [:17]
7. Land of the Jawas [:17]
8. Droids for Sale [2:42]
9. In the Garage [2:35]
10. Lars Family Dinner [1:26]
11. Binary Sunset [:12]
12. Attack of the Sand People [2:13]
13. Meeting Old Ben [4:18]
14. "Your Father's Lightsaber" [:10]
15. Leia's Message [3:50]
16. The Death Star [3:52]
17. Torched Homestead [1:59]
18. Luke's Decision [2:12]
19. Mos Eisley Spaceport [1:27]
20. The Cantina [3:21]
21. Han Solo [1:02]
22. Cornered by Greedo [1:16]
23. Death Star Destination [2:01]
24. Jabba the Hutt [2:11]
25. The Millenium Falcon [1:10]
26. Alderaan's Fate [1:26]
27. Lightsaber Training [:49]
28. "That's No Moon..." [2:19]
29. Secret Compartment [3:00]
30. Planning the Escape [2:05]
31. Wookiee Prisoner [1:16]
32. Rescuing the Princess [1:27]
33. Into the Garbage Chute [1:31]
34. The Trash Compactor [:17]
35. The Walls Close In [2:29]
36. Deactivating the Tractor Beam [2:13]
37. Back to the Ship [3:30]
38. Obi-Wan Vs. Vader [:26]
39. The Fighter Attack [:00]
40. "They Let Us Go" [:11]
41. Arrival on Yavin 4 [2:53]
42. Rebel Briefing [2:05]
43. Han's Departure [4:10]
44. Luke and Biggs [1:40]
45. Assault on the Death Star [:18]
46. Trench Runs [2:42]
47. "Use the Force, Luke" [1:55]
48. A Hero's Welcome [2:06]
49. Medal Ceremony [:13]
50. End Credits [3:30]
Side #2 -- Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
1. Opening Logos [:11]
2. The Empire Strikes Back [:10]
3. Ice Planet Hoth [:10]
4. The Rebel Base [:10]
5. Escape From the Wampa [1:34]
6. Closing the Doors [1:34]
7. Obi-Wan's Instructions [1:34]
8. Search Party [:22]
9. Luke's Recovery [:22]
10. Imperial Probe Droid [:22]
11. The Imperial Fleet [1:57]
12. Preparing for Battle [4:03]
13. First Transport Away [:28]
14. Battle in the Snow [1:28]
15. The Tide Turns [2:41]
16. Rebels in Retreat [1:13]
17. Escape Aboard the Falcon [1:01]
18. Leaving for Dagobah [1:16]
19. The Empire in Pursuit [:18]
20. Asteroid Field [1:00]
21. Crash Landing on Dagobah [:31]
22. Hunting the Falcon [:37]
23. "Found Someone, You Have" [:48]
24. Interrupted Kiss [1:37]
25. The Emperor's Message [2:34]
26. Yoda's Hut [:19]
27. "This is no Cave" [1:32]
28. Jedi Training [3:38]
29. Failure at the Cave [:26]
30. Bounty Hunters [1:33]
31. There is no Try [2:08]
32. Out With the Garbage [2:17]
33. Seeing the Future [:29]
34. City in the Clouds [:27]
35. Meeting Lando [1:42]
36. Leaving Dagobah [2:03]
37. Leia's Concerns [:56]
38. Imperial Surprise [2:46]
39. The Deal Gets Worse [1:48]
40. Carbon-Freeze [:11]
41. Luke Enters the Trap [3:53]
42. Confronting the Dark Lord [2:02]
43. Lando's Second Surprise [:43]
44. Lightsaber Duel [1:20]
45. Escape From Cloud City [3:20]
46. Vader's Revelation [:24]
47. Falcon to the Rescue [2:52]
48. The Empire Closes In [2:44]
49. The Rebel Fleet [:32]
50. End Credits [1:31]
Side #3 -- Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
1. Opening Logos [:22]
2. Return of the Jedi [1:34]
3. Vader's Unexpected Visit [1:34]
4. Arrival at Jabba's Palace [1:34]
5. A Message and a Gift [:28]
6. The Max Rebo Band [:28]
7. The Price for Chewbacca [:28]
8. Free From the Carbonite [2:36]
9. Enter the Jedi [:39]
10. "Oh No! The Rancor!" [:20]
11. On the Sail Barge [2:11]
12. The Sarlacc Pit [4:10]
13. The Emperor Arrives [1:59]
14. Yoda's Twilight [3:13]
15. A Certain Point of View [4:33]
16. Rebel Briefing [2:58]
17. Lending the Falcon [4:28]
18. The Emperor's Instructions [1:51]
19. Flying Casual [6:15]
20. Arrival on Endor [1:48]
21. Speeder Bike Chase [5:44]
22. Leia Meets Wicket [3:06]
23. Vader's Report [3:12]
24. An Ewok Trap [1:56]
25. The Golden God [:52]
26. Campfire Stories [2:30]
27. Brother and Sister [1:48]
28. Luke Surrenders [3:57]
29. Rebel Recon [3:37]
30. The Alliance Fleet [1:28]
31. Back Door [4:13]
32. Luke and the Emperor [3:51]
33. "It's a Trap!" [2:21]
34. Ewok Attack [4:15]
35. Fully Operational [3:36]
36. The Battle Rages [:45]
37. The Dark Side Beckons [:59]
38. The Ewoks Turn the Tide [2:13]
39. Father Vs. Son [3:14]
40. Taking the Bunker [3:22]
41. A Jedi's Fury [3:43]
42. The Shield is Down [1:57]
43. Force Lightning [2:04]
44. Vader's Redemption [:59]
45. Into the Death Star [3:15]
46. Anakin Unmasked [1:58]
47. Death Star Destroyed [:56]
48. Funeral Pyre [2:59]
49. Celebration [:31]
50. End Credits [:49]
Side #4 -- Bonus Material
1. The World was Changing [8:09]
2. Buildig a Rebel Force [7:50]
3. Star Wars: A New Hope [3:31]
4. An Epic in Crisis [4:41]
5. A Day They Would Never Forget [7:48]
6. The Empire Stikes Back [2:25]
7. A Jedi Named Yoda [5:44]
8. Betting the Farm [8:00]
9. Return of the Jedi [4:29]
10. Speeder Bikes [3:22]
11. The Saga Continues [7:58]
12. Closing Credits [7:50]

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