February 10, 2004

Star Wars Original Trilogy DVD Set in September

It is on its way.
The original Star Wars trilogy, comprising the 1977 movie, its 1980 sequel “The Empire Strikes Back” and 1983’s “Return of the Jedi,” will be released on DVD as a four-disc boxed set in September, Fox Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced yesterday.
Posted by James at February 10, 2004 3:29 PM
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These are the Special Editions of the original trilogy, not the original original trilogy as I had hoped. Originally.

Funny, the article said Lucas "found some time" to put the set together. I hope that wasn't time that should have been spent making ep. 3 a decent movie.

Posted by: julie at February 10, 2004 3:51 PM

I've pretty much lost any hope that the remaining episode will be any good after the last two. To be honest I haven't watched the originals in a long long time and the last time I did they had really weren't as good as I remembered. I think I've been ruined by modern special effects but the original stories, action, etc. just haven't held up either. To think Empire Strikes back is the only movie I've ever waited in line to see (1st show, 1st day).

That's not true of some of the other movies from that era (at least the era of the last two) like Blade Runner and Alien.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 10, 2004 5:37 PM

I have a lot of nostalgia for the old trilogy (and sorry I forgot to mention that these were the special editions -- Revisionist Historian Lucas considers those the only true versions)

I don't know if it's just nostalgia, or something else. When I was a little kid, Star Wars was the best. In the subsequent years, I appreciate Raiders of the lost Ark as a better film than "SW:A New Hope."

The latter 2 Indiana Jones films I put slightly above Return of the Jedi, with The Last Crusade slightly higher. Then "A New Hope." Then "Empire." Then, on top, Raiders.

In any case, I think Raiders will hold up better over time.

Star Wars is undeniably groundbreaking, but only time can tell how a film holds up. Ultimately, its ability to hold up will rest on the characterizations. Groundbreaking effects are soon surpassed. That's why the new films have no traction.

For Ep III I will give Lucas another chance. What the hell and why not -- I've waited this long. It could be a really good film. But it probably won't be. He has to spend too much time tying up loose ends, and we've seen him come up with some miserable stuff for the last 2.

But you know me and the films I watch. I'm just a sucker. If I'll watch Freddy vs. Jason, I'll watch Ep. III.

Heck - I paid to see "They."

Posted by: James at February 10, 2004 6:27 PM

Well, you *paid* to see Bank Shot too. That proves nothing. :o)

Posted by: julie at February 10, 2004 9:54 PM

I agree that the Raiders movies held up a lot better (although I was never all that keen on Temple of Doom). I think I actually like the third best. I think the main reason is that the charcters and the stories are far more compelling than the Star Wars trilogy (although now that I think back Empire was a pretty good movie on it's own). I'm sure I'll see episode III as well (although I'll probably wait for the dvd) but I vary low expectations (which is probably a good thing. Maybe I'll be pleasently surprised).

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 11, 2004 9:16 AM

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