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on October 24, 2016
Very basic release of this film. No special features. Movie looks and sounds incredible though. I have all the steelbooks and love the way they look on the shelf. Keep in mind though, you're not getting any special features.
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on November 23, 2011
Didn't even recieve the right product. It was suppose to be the limited edition 2 dvd(first release + latest version), full screen.
What I recieved was regular dvd, not even the same cover as shown in the add, with only one disc(latest version) coming from a boxset(not sku on box)
And finally the add qualified the product as like new, but the box was dirty and the dvd was full of scratches...
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on December 31, 2015
Pros: -Great steelbook cover.
-Great Sound and Visuals
Cons: Worst changes of any of the special editions including:
-Stupid Hayden Christenson replaces Sebastian Shaw at the end of the film in force ghost form.
-Vader says "NOOOOOO" before throwing The Emperor as if him not saying anything somehow hides the fact that he is conflicted.
- Jabbas Palace music number scene *cringe* (I hate this change and the scene in general sooo much)
-Bad CGI

My point is, if hate these special editions then don't bother buying this one. If you can handle them and not get too distracted by them. (Which, as hard as it is, I can do) Go ahead and buy it.
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on May 8, 2016
If you don't already own the Bluray and don't mind too much about eveything George Lucas scrapped with the new edition. Then this is worth it. It's still a big piece of my childhood so, yep I liked it!
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on March 11, 2004
"So be it. . . Jedi."
- The Emperor
With Return of the Jedi, the space opera saga/cultural phenomenon that began with Star Wars in 1977 and continued with The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, comes to a close.
This perhaps the most difficult film to categorize as far as quality and living tup to expectations. Executive Producer Gary Kurtz parted ways with Lucas after Empire, and Jedi would have been a different film in many respects had he and his ideas stayed put. However, Lucas wanted certain things and would not buge, and what the viewer gets is a climactic and spectacular, if somewhat unfocused, conclusion to one of the most beloved film trilogies of all time.
Luke Skywalker, an older and wiser man for his defeat at Cloud City, attempts a daring rescue mission in the seedy lair of the gangster Jabba the Hutt, a mission to free Han Solo who is being kept as a showroom piece by the ruffian slug. This premise gives birth to the first in a string of incredible action set pieces ranging from monster pits to desert oceans to the blackness of space to the luch forrests of the forrest moon of Endor.
Moving the action along, the plot is more daring even than that of the first movie. The Rebel Alliance, having learned of a new, more powerful Death Star, prepare to mount a final resistance against the station in the hopes of ending the war with one swift stroke. To help accomplish this, Luke, Han, and Leia must deactivate the generator that keeps the Death Star shielded.
However, this won't even be as easy as it sounds. Luke no knows that Darth Vader is his father, and he must confront him if he is to become a fully-fledged Jedi Knight. Han and Leia are caught by a legion of Imperials and must fight a fierce geurilla battle with the help of some unexpected (and sickeningly cute) allies. The Repel fleet is caught between a rock and a hard place - literally - and must contend with both the might of the Imperial Navy and the destructive power of the Death Star while our heroes race to accomplish their mission and restore freedom to the galaxy.
There are parts of Jedi where it really shows that George was going this one alone, particularly the inclusion of the Ewoks (cute, furry, evil Teddy Bears of DOOM), but even with a few marketing concessions and a bold narrative, Jedi still manages to do a LOT of things right. Luke is a more confident character, taking charge of the movie and making you care about him more than ever before as he battles Vader, the Emporer, and the Dark Side. Han and Leia, though not as prominent in Jedi as they were in Empire, are still a joy to watch, particularly in the case of their sometimes-bumbling relationship. Even Lando is given a good deal more screen time, and more importance. Though the characters seem driven by the plot rather than the other way around, this is really the only way the concluding chaper ot the Star Wars Saga could have played out.
As for the Special Edition of Jedi, it is perhaps the most despised of the three. In addition to the requisite digital additions, Lucas added in an entirely new ending sequence of galtactic (literally) proportions to play along with the Ewok celebration after the battle, going so far as to include all new music. Sure, it's still nice, but why mess with something when it's so good?
Either way, this is still a darn good version of a darn good movie, and one that had a hefty bill to fill coming out of the gates. No movie collection is complete without the Star Wars Trilogy, and the trilogy isn't complete without Return of the Jedi. And hoestly, it's really such a FUN movie that it shouldn't be any other way.
If you don't have this, buy, it, or, even better, wait for the DVD release later this year. Either way, the Force will be with you, always.
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on January 8, 2004
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, written by Larry Kasdan and George Lucas and directed by the late Richard Marquand, closes the Classic Trilogy that chronicles the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia during the Galactic Civil War, which pit the Heroes of the Rebellion against Emperor Palpatine and his evil minion, Darth Vader. Although many fans consider Jedi to be weaker than The Empire Strikes Back, it is still a fitting conclusion to the beloved film series.
Even though Return of the Jedi was released 16 years before Episode I: The Phantom Menace, George Lucas intended it to be part of a six-film cycle, very much as J.R.R. Tolkien intended each volume of his Lord of the Rings "trilogy" to be part of one single novel. It clearly ties up all the events from both Prequel and Classic Trilogies, leaving it to authorized novelists to continue the Star Wars story in the Expanded Universe books and graphic novels.
As the film opens, it is a dark time for the Rebellion. Imperial forces under the command of Jedi-turned-Sith Lord Darth Vader (Dave Prowse, voice of James Earl Jones) have defeated the Rebel Alliance at Hoth and elsewhere. The Emperor (Ian McDiarmid) has ordered Vader to capture Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and turn him to the Dark Side of the Force before the boy becomes too powerful and destroys the two Sith Lords. To achieve this goal, Vader uses every means at his disposal -- the Imperial Fleet and bounty hunters -- to capture Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and use them as bait to lure Skywalker to Cloud City on Bespin...and into a carefully laid trap.
Luke manages to escape, but now Han is frozen in carbonite and in the clutches of the vile Tatooine gang lord Jabba the Hutt. And as he, Leia, Chewbacca and new ally Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), they are unaware that Palpatine has ordered the construction of a second, more powerful Death Star. If the Empire completes this planet-killing space station, the Rebellion is doomed.
The first half of Jedi focuses on Han's rescue from Jabba's Palace on Luke's home world. It starts out subtly, with C-3PO (clueless as ever) and his feisty astromech counterpart R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) being "given" as a gift to the Hutt as a token of goodwill by Luke, who hopes -- against evidence to the contrary -- that Jabba will see reason and negotiate. Then, a bounty hunter called Boussh arrives with Han's Wookiee pal Chewbacca, but later, when Han is thawed out in an abortive rescue attempt, it is revealed that Boussh is really Leia in disguise and she is forced to wear a skimpy outfit (later made famous in an episode of "Friends") and chained to the slug-like crime lord.
The film finally becomes full of action once Luke arrives at the palace to get his friends out of this mess. His first attempt to use his Jedi powers seems to fail, but later, at the Pit of Carkoon -- the nesting place of the awful Sarlacc -- the young Jedi uses the Force and his new lightsaber to help destroy Jabba and most of his minions. Han, Lando and Leia have some of their best moments in this sequence, with some of the best lines going to Ford's roguish smuggler-turned-Rebel-hero:
Luke (to Han): Han!
Han: Luke! How we doin'?
Luke: Same as always.
Han: That bad, huh?
Han: I think my eyes ARE getting better. Instead of a big black blur I see a bright blur.
Luke: There's not much to see. I grew up here, you know.
Han: You're gonna die here, you know. Convenient.
Mayhem ensues, but the Rebels manage to escape with their lives. But Luke has unfinished business with his Jedi Master Yoda, and the Rebels have just decoded the data stolen by Bothan spies. The Empire is building a new battle station near the moon of Endor, and the Emperor is supervising the final stages of its construction.....
Return of the Jedi was altered in the late 1990s with CGI graphics to test some of the new digital effects and technology that would later be used in the current prequels, although most of the changes come at the very end, where the victory celebration on Endor is now supplemented by simultaneous parties on Bespin and Tatooine. There is a new musical number that replaces the original version's "Lapti Nek" and the Victory Celebration features new material composed by John Williams.
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on January 28, 2004
I clearly remember when this was released, I went to see it at the Colony theatre down the street. It had a great sound system and I had to see a Star Wars movie with that great sound.
Despite the bashing by the critics on this one (ohh its not as good as 4 or 5) I really enjoyed this movie. Luke rescues Han from Jabba the Hut and flies back to Dagobah to complete his Jedi training. Then he asks the monumental question to Vader my father? Your Father he is. Wow. I didnt believe it for 2-3 years and what a suprise.
The rebellion makes a plan to destroy the new Death Star.....they will knock out the Shield on the planet Endor and fly into it and knock out the main reactor. Also, Luke must face Vader one more time. So they get there....have a few problems.....Luke battles it out with Vader some. Then they turn it around....blow up the shield and are on thier way to the reactor.
Meantime, The Emporer tries to kill Luke for not joining the dark side. Vader is standing there, he looks at Luke, looks at the Emporer, looks at Luke, and OH MY GOSH he PICKS UP THE EMPORER and throws him down a shaft. Wow again!!!!
Then they blow up the death star and the galaxy is saved. How about that hehe. Frankly tho it was a really good movie.....intense action, wonderful score, and a terrific storyline. Go get it!!!
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on October 12, 2003
If George Lucas only knew how a lot of us feel somewhat cheated. "Return Of The Jedi" is quite good, but it really has a lot of mistakes on board, and is the weakest of his original trilogy. The idea of having another Death Star isn't so bad. I almost wanted to comment that they couldn't come up with a more original plan, but why not? Besides, that's the Empire's fortay. Building intimidation to rule the galaxy. A tasty first five minutes has an Imperial Shuttle escorted by two TIE's to a looming Death Star under construction. After it docks, a very shiny and even more frightening looking Vader dismebarks the shuttle to criticise an officer about the 'lack of progress' in the new station's construction. Meanwhile, Threepio and R2 find themselves in the palace of the jumbo sized slimy croissant Jabba The Hutt. He is really neat to watch, and is one of my favourite villans. A real scumbag. In his palace he has a slew of renegades, bounty hunters (yes, Fett is there), and Han Solo in carbonite placked on his wall. The two Alliance droids are put to work, as both Leia and Luke fail to rescue everyone else. The whole gang, including the now awake Solo, are taken on Jabba's sail barges and skiffs to the Sarlaac Pit, where a sudden heroic plight gets under way. Good action. Not new to the trilogy, but hardly seen until now, is Emperor Palpatine, who sounds like he just celebrated his 150th birhtday, and looks like a prune. Vader and master discuss the near success of the Imperial forces as they prepare to once again shake fear into all of the star systems with their new battle station.
As the film goes on, Solo, Leia, Luke, and the rest of the gang lead a group of commandos onto the forest moon of Endor and attempt to knock out the shield generator which is protecting the Death Star. Here is where the movie trips and falls flat on it's face. The Ewoks, who are native little bear-like creatures, encounter the squad in an awkward way, yet eventually help them in knocking out the Impereials who occupy the forest with their generator station. The Ewoks are cute, and they do make it fun to watch, but they are not needed for more than a few minutes. Too much yub-yub! Where's the space for Leia, or Solo to whoop the stupid stormtroopers and officers? Some good fun comes with Chewie and two ewoks in a stolen AT-ST, blasting other walkers to smithereens. The other walkers probably were wondering why they're getting backstabbed by their own walker. This is a piece of the movie that is really funny!
Lando, the Rebel fleet and really nifty aquatic beings of Mon Calamari (not squid looking, but it's a name) lead an attack on the Death Star with a large sum of cruisers and fighters. All hell breaks loose when the fleet becomes trapped between a surprise attack from the Imperial fleet, and the Death Star itself. Watching this scene makes my heart pound with excitement, although the space battle gets messy with some mistakes (groan, again). Still, the three battles go on, and all the new vehicles are really neat to watch. I'd love a speeder bike for Christmas, but at the speed they go, ah, maybe not. Mark Hamill's Skywalker is stronger and more confident as he begins his realization of becoming a Jedi. The confrontaion with his black armoured father is tense, but not deep enough. Their lightsabers become too important between the two. However, one could only wish that Skywalker and Vader had a much more intense saber fight, with better skill, and more graceful moves. Clumsy and so stop and go, it didn't really faze me much.
The wonderful special effects (espscially the space battle) never lets you down, except for a moment here and there. A bigger shame was not enough characters relations, especially a sudden fact that Han and Lando are friends again-where was the full pledged reconciliation? Behind closed doors? Luke, on the other hand, gets 'all' of the emotional and chacracter attention. Figures. Carry a lightsaber, you get all the attention. I get it. The filmmakers almost gave everybody, lead or minior characters, "jobs", and just send them to work, including the very underused ace Wedge, his fellow pilots, Imeperial officers, and the Rebel commandos who you next to never see in the fight once it starts. Making Solo, Chewie, the Princess and Lando come aboard mostly for the ride was especially unfair. Knowing what kind of interest we had in the other two films with these characters, why not give them more in their final act? Everybody could have been given more broad outlooks and actions, instead of just running around with a blaster, or flying around in the Falcon. This confrontaion could end the Emipre's overall reign once and for all, yet the emotional impact for the Rebels should have been much bigger. They could have really emphasized on the possibility for peace throughout the galaxy, and the fear of their whole plan failing. Not to blame the cast, who are simply doing their part. It was that darn Lucas and his writers, selling us Ewoks instead of a greater need for character involvement. This thinned out adventure film was sadly, the last of the series-not saying it isn't worthy-no! "Return Of The Jedi" is much better than both "The Phantom Menace", and "Attack Of The bowling pins, uh, clowns-Clones"! I do have to say that it should have been a lot deeper with a lot more invovlement, since it was the conclusion of the whole story. It's an overall "fair" space epic, but just barely making the worthy podium. Oh, and uh, don't feed the Ewoks, or else they might follow your squad home. Leia did it.
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on February 13, 2004
AH! There is nothing better than an eye-filling, rousing finish to wrap up a classic trilogy. That is exactly what you get with RETURN OF THE JEDI. It's funny how both the INDIANA JONES and STAR WARS PREQUELS followed the same formula utilized in the original trilogy. STAR WARS being the hybrid introduction. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK being the dark second act. Finally RETURN OF THE JEDI being the rousing finish. This the third (sixth sorry) episode in the trilogy brings its' own creativity with more integral alien creatures and more sentimentality that was not even faintly visualized in the darkness of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. So this time George Lucas and late director Richard Marquand shift gears to the glossy and bright, and the humorous and light.
The Special Edition version of RETURN OF THE JEDI has the least amount of changes, but of all the changes made, these are the best! First - why are so many complaining about the Ewoks now? Being so childish and stuff? WHO CARES! They were important to the story. JEDI is a riot of character invention giving audiences much more appeal mixed with lightning speed action sequences leaving you at the edge of your seat even at your 928th viewing. Would you see it THAT many times? LOL!
What are the changes? First I would strongly suggest reading James Kahn's storybook novelization so you know what to be prepared for. The novel version brings more depth to many crucial scenes; the Skywalkers' family tree, the Emperor and Darth Vader's relation in the throne room, and the all important final rendezvous with the entire Rebel fleet for the attack strategies. The musical number of the Sy Snootles band is much different with an alien back-up group. OOH! Look out for the scene where Boba Fett romantically nudges one of the dancing girls on the chin! Other changes and upgrades are Oola's fall in the Rancor's cavern, Banthas tredding the dunes outside the Sail Barges, and a Computer Graphic enhanced beek and tentacles added to the Sarlacc Monster making the beast look more lively and threatening...and disgusting! There was a classic blooper where during the space battle, two TIE-Fighters skim past the Millennium Falcon, but where mistakingly still visible as the pass through the craft. For the Special Edition - they are visually removed! There are also shock waves as several ships and more importantly as the Death Star are destroyed. The best changes is the ending sequence with the Victory Celebration also taking place at Cloud City, Mos Eisley, and Coruscant. Instead fo the childish Ewok song for the ending calypso, it's a choir bringing to life happiness and awe for the Rebel celebration around the bonfire. I'm thinking after the Trilogy is completed, George should add the ghosts of Qui-Gon and Mace Windu to the ghosts of Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Anakin. Plus when Leia is trying to remember her late Mother, digitally show an image of Queen Amidala witnessing some dramatic incident. Still it brings delightful tears to my eyes watching this ending scene. It truly defines great endings to great stories.
So what's missing? Having read the book and being familiar with the story, there was to have been a sandstorm following the battle with Jabba the Hutt and his forces. I reportedly hear the Sarlacc spat out Boba Fett, finding him tasting unappleaing - too bad, I also liked the belch as he was swallowed. Such nasty villains also deserve it too. There are also longer scenes in the Emperor's throne room whether plotting with Darth Vader or Luke's being brought before him. There is also a scene where Vader uses the force choke on a guard to enter the Emperor's chamber. I haven't noticed any differences, but I wonder if there are more creatures roaming the Endor Forest. In the SNES game version there are all sorts; mosquitoes, frogs, poisonous plants, dinosaurs, etc. That would require some major Computer Graphic upgrades to add them to the mix. Still the excitement leading up to the final confrontation between Luke and Vader, and the Emperor is still a classic in itself. As is the opening sequence inside Jabba the Hutt's Palace.
It doesn't matter because RETURN OF THE JEDI will still remain the classic it is. Some things may be best left unaltered, but if it's for the best, "So be it" as the Emperor would say. Don't you just love his diabolical laugh? There is none better! As an added bonus, the trailer to the Special Edition of RETURN OF THE JEDI is also included.
All things considered, it's a shame that only the SPECIAL EDITION films will be released on DVD on September 21, 2004. If George Lucas really wanted to monopolize on the Star Wars franchise he should have both the original and special edition releases available in the same set. Similar to how on some DVDs one side is standard edition and the other is widescreen format. That would be some heavy duty technology to pull that off, but it would be worth it. Still I am definitely going to buy the DVD releases, since I strongly feel that the films will be given their long overdue justice - not to mention fantastic picture and sound quality, which with STAR WARS is a must. I also hope for Special Features the original, yes you read me correctly, ORIGINAL trailers will be included. After 2005 when EPISODE 3 is released, fans all over Earth will no doubt have their visual dreams realized - if still lacking the old time freshness.
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on November 7, 2003
As long as there had been motion pictures, there had been science fiction films. Unfortunately, very few of them ever managed to hit the spot. That was, until 1977 rolled around. It was in this year that George Lucas would change the way we look at science fiction. How would he do this? With the film he released that year - Star Wars. The film was so successful, that two sequels were released! And in 1997, special edition versions of the films were released! How does Return Of The Jedi, the third and final film in the classic trilogy measure up? Read on for my review.
A year has passed since the events that took place in The Empire Strikes Back. The Galactic Empire has begun work on a newer, more powerful version of the Death Star, the space station that caused so much trouble for the Rebellion in the first film. After rescuing Han Solo from Jabba's Palace, he, Luke, and Leia reunite with the rest of the Rebel Alliance, and discover that the plans for the new battle station have been taken into their custody, giving them a one-shot chance to destroy the station before it is completed. What they aren't aware of is that the Emperor has allowed the plans to fall into their hands, so that he can launch a surprise attack. While the rest of the Rebel Alliance falls right into the Emperor's trap, Luke goes aboard the new Death Star, so that he may face Darth Vader once again. On the Forest Moon of Endor, below the Death Star, Han, Leia, and the rest of a massive Rebel strike force plot to destroy the shield generator around the battle station. Before long, the Rebellion is involved in its most intense battle yet - a battle that will result in galactic peace if won - or eternal terror if lost.
A great film - no questions asked. This is a rare example of a film nearly thirty years old that doesn't seem dated. Even by modern standards, this is still an excellent film. It's by all means worthy of a five-star rating in my book. Oh, and to all you folks new to the series - steer clear of the prequels. Stick with the CLASSIC trilogy.
Even though this is a VHS tape and not a DVD (god only knows when this film will get a DVD release), Lucasfilm has included extra features. Before the actual film begins, you get a "making of" featurette, which is very informative and entertaining. But the best extra of all is the new footage - each film has had some new footage added. Of all the films, this one probably got the most new footage. Though these new scenes don't reveal anything important (many were originally thought of as outtakes), they're still a nice touch.
The Star Wars films are science fiction masterpieces that don't fail to stand the test of time. Hell, these movies are better than most of the modern sci-fi films out there! If you're a fan of the genre, the Star Wars series is not to be missed.
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