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In the first film, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) gets to live out every boy's dream: ditch the farm and rescue a princess (Carrie Fisher). Accompanied by the roguish Han Solo (Harrison Ford, the only principal who was able to cross over into stardom) and trained by Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), Luke finds himself involved in a galactic war against the Empire and the menacing Darth Vader (David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones). The following film, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), takes a darker turn as the tiny rebellion faces an overwhelming onslaught. Directed by Irvin Kershner instead of Lucas, Empire is on the short list of Best Sequels Ever, marked by fantastic settings (the ice planet, the cloud city), the teachings of Yoda, a dash of grown-up romance, and a now-classic "revelation" ending. The final film of the trilogy, Return of the Jedi (1983, directed by Richard Marquand), is the most uneven. While the visual effects had taken quantum leaps over the years, resulting in thrilling speeder chases and space dogfights, the story is an uneasy mix of serious themes (Luke's maturation as a Jedi, the end of the Empire-rebellion showdown) and the cuddly teddy bears known as the Ewoks.
Years later, George Lucas transformed his films into "special editions" by adding new scenes and special effects, which were greeted mostly by shrugs from fans. They were perfectly happy with the films they had grown up with (who cares if Greedo shot first?), and thus disappointed by Lucas's decision to make the special editions the only versions available. --David Horiuchi
Wasn't what we wanted, but had I read the description more carefully, I would have seen what I was getting clearly enough. Read morePublished 26 days ago by yvonne spanks
This item was advertised as the original versions (1977) No special edition. I play it and it's the special edition, which I did not want. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James
Great to have all the well-done movies in one package.
The bonus disc is worth the price itself!! Highly recommended.
Set came in excellent quality with no scratches on the DVDs and no scuff marks on the box case. It had the original wrapping still on the box except on the side to pull out the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Epp
Let's say Blu Ray and DVD doesn't make a great deal difference. The movies were ok. The quality is under my expectations.Published 11 months ago by Martin Pitchon