Io9 gives it 3/5
For better or worse, the day is finally here – George Lucas's magnum opus is out today on Blu-ray. I'm sure you've all heard by now that they're not the versions we all know and love, and they're not even the versions we've begrudgingly had to live with for the last 10 years. However, they are now in full HD and the 9 disc set is packed with hours worth of extras and documentaries. So who better to review them than the man who took it upon himself to create feature length visual commentaries for all three original trilogy films, Jamie Benning?
It's been years in the making. Lucas had even dismissed Blu-ray as a viable format. But it looks, for a while at least, that Blu-ray will remain. So, this week sees the release of the Star Wars Saga across the world (though we Brits got them first) and no doubt it will be the biggest seller ever. But like most of the Star Wars releases, this box set comes with its own baggage.
Firstly, as any Star Wars fan now knows, Lucas has been tinkering again. Not only were they tweaked in the 1997 Special Editions in the cinema, but Lucasfilm went back and made further alterations for the 2004 DVD release. Well, the Force-fueled OCD continues with this Blu-ray release. Not only does Ben Kenobi's Krayt Dragon call now sound like he's stepped on a Lego brick with no shoes on, Darth Vader now shouts "Nooooo!" at the end of RotJ mirroring the characters most cringe-worthy moment from the Prequel finale. Both are unwelcome additions for any Original Trilogy fan, as is the fact that no room was found to include the original versions of the films. But, the compromise for me is that there are some 40 hours of extras with this set. That, after all, is why I have shelled out my hard earned cash… once again.
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So what is your opinion on the collection?
Well, I'm debating whether or not to invest (though the fact is, I'll either get 'em myself or ask for 'em for Xmas!). Currently, I have TWO different editions of the original trilogy on LaserDisc (that is, original [pan 'n' scan] and updated [letterbox] versions of Episodes 4, 5, & 6), plus two different distributions of the updated original on DVD, plus the [cringe!] prequel, again on DVD. One of those original DVD sets DOES have the original-originals of 4, 5, & 6, though in a reduced-size format which doesn't seem to want to expand to fill my HDTV screen (and which pisses me off no end because of that!).
As I said, I'll probably invest, but what pisses me off more than anything about this whole business is that Lucas can't stop fiddling with it, yet he has done nothing substantial that I'm aware of SINCE Star Wars (Clone Wars? Oh, PUL-LEASE!). Honestly, I'd really like to know just when George is going to start with a clean sheet of paper and do something NEW!
I have the originals too on DVD, but not on Blu-Ray.
It is worth the investment if you are a fan of the movies. You could ask for them as a gift.
Yeah, I'm not too sure I like all those changes he made. Plus, he should of at least but the originals in with the altered movies. I bet he will probably release a new set with just the unaltered movies. That way he can make even more money!