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[Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition on CRITERION COLLECTION :)]
DVD Title: Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition on CRITERION COLLECTION :)|
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Letterbox, anamorphic option, Dolby Digital/DTS, closed captions, THX certification, and PERFECT video transfer (no flubs, freezes, or glitches in the widescreen box like some movies I've bought)
Commentary tracks w/ G.Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and/or Rick McCallum. Animated menus, scene selection, theatrical trailers (both from the special editions and the ones from the 1970s and 80s, including the 'Revenge of the Jedi' spot), behind the scenes spots including interviews with John Williams, Ralph McQuarrie, Dennis Muren, and others involved. A separate section that has a comparison of the changes made for the SEs would be neat too. Cast bios, interviews, main character screen tests, special effects, storyboards, social impact/influence of these movies, a listing of the awards won by the films, and even the Star Wars TV commercials (things like Pepsi Special Edition, The Vader vs. Energizer Bunny, 3POs breakfast cereal, etc.) would be excellent extras. If some deleted scenes are not restored to the films, then a separate archive on the disc would be good. Gag reels for each film would be great.
If they were ONLY released as a box set I think $60-$75 range is appropriate but only if it had the features I describe. If also sold separately, $20-$30 would be a decent price.
Since this would be in the Criterion Collection, it would be a very good opportunity for G.Lucas to create a classy director's cut. This would give the freedom of including deleted scenes and making other changes that would let the story be told the best. Scenes I would like to see added/changed are: for ANH-Get rid of Greedo shooting first, it was better before since it was Han's moral ambiguity that made him interesting and helped his development from scoundrel to decent guy through the sequels. I don't think the Anchorhead scenes should be added, they are unnecessary and would slow the movie down, besides they are already included on the Behind the Magic CDROM. I would like to see the Biggs/Yavin scene restored in its' entirity because of the talk about Anakin by Red Leader (who would be a great character to appear in Eps II or III). For Empire Strikes Back, the most important change I would like to see is Please- fix the carbon freezing scene. The Han Solo jacket flub when he should be just in his shirt ruins the scene. ILM should have no problem fixing it. Some of the cut training scenes on Dagobah would be nice to see in the film. Also, I think the music for the added SE scenes with Vader at the end needs to be resequenced- going from the tense 'hyperspace' music to the sluggish 'Vader lops off Luke's hand' song ruins the pulse and makes it look like something was added. It would play much better with it tense. Also it would be cool if Ian McDiarmid did a voiceover for the Vader/Emperor sequence, considering how awesome his performaces were in Return of the Jedi and Phantom Menace. For Return of the Jedi, I would like to see the Luke/lightsaber scene in the beginning restored, along with the complete fight with the Rancor (including the Force jump) and possibly the sandstorm sequence (which isn't as important except for Han telling about the Hell he lived through while frozen in carbonite) as well. Releasing these 3 magnificent movies on DVD (not that scam called Divx) would ensure that the tales of the Skywalker family could be enjoyed by all families for many years to come without any sacrifice in picture/sound quality.