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Finn, Poe Dameron and the Resistance commence a final battle against new and old enemies of the First Order. As Rey tries to find out who her parents really were.

In terms of what a Star Wars film should be, director J. J. Abraham delivers a brilliant return form, layered with Lucas magic.

Rian Johnson’s Last Jedi as much as it tried to be different was too subtle in its script, and lacked fan execution. That said, whether by accident or design with the events of Rise it makes the dialouge of Last Jedi more pertinent, for example Luke says ‘he [Kylo] would bring destruction and pain and death, and the end of everything I love.’ So in retrospect he already saw the death of Han and Leia. Last Jedi actually works better now in since Rise of Skywalker and the lines especially between Rey and Ben have more relevance. Rise of Skywalker doesn’t pretend to be anything more or less than a Star Wars film. Adam Driver is impressive, thankfully many of the characters get room to breathe, John Boyega’s Finn, Daisy Ridley’s Rey and especially Oscar Isaac’s likeable Poe. Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) no pun intended gets to shine.

It’s packed with homages, throwbacks and treads new ground. Chewie gets his medal, Lando (Billy D. Williams) returns, finally we see a flashback of Leia (Carrie Fisher) training, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo cameos and the voices of many our favourite saga series main characters are heard. Denis Lawson even briefly appears as Wedge Antilles.

As much as harden fans would have liked all the force ghosts to appear it makes sense that Rey only saw those known to her, not just those who the audience knew. Leia, Kylo and Rey also get a fitting resolve. Even Hux gets closure. Mark Hamill’s Luke fittingly appears along with Ewoks, Jawas and Tatooine.

With excellent special effects, sets and music score it may not have the old school feel of Rogue One or Solo but it’s packed with action that echoes the likes of the Madalorian, Force Awakens and emotional energy of Last Jedi. It pushes buttons and fills satisfaction gaps that its predecessor couldn’t. It’s a great closure with on the nose fan satisfaction.

As a Star Wars film (while you could argue that no films should have been made since Return of the Jedi) it’s great, as a sequel to Last Jedi it excels.

Overall, Abraham’s delivers an almost impossible feat, some Star Wars magic.

A bounty hunter makes his way through the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

Directed by Dave Filoni The Mandalorian chapter one is excellent, it may not be a feature length film but this live action series is thankfully the next best thing. Created by Jon Favreau and with Disney and Lucas Film wallet he offers great production values, practical effects, hidden FX and a music score to match, it does not disappoint.

Actor Pedro Pascal expertly echoes Boba Fett injecting his own nuances and movements into this new lead character. The tone is perfect and feels like Star Wars should.

It is not just all new Uber characters and elements. It welcoming builds and expands George Lucas’ established universe. For example recycling/reusing established species and droids (including the Ewok’s Battle for Endor’s Blurrgs) to name but a few. Filoni also offers an IG bounty droid mirroring the IG-88 ESB character. You get to see a bounty droid in action.

With a job from Carl Weathers’ Greef Carga, Pascal’s Mandalorian tracks a target for a well-paying client (Werner Herzog) he freezes and shoots his way through the episode with The Man with No Name prowess. With the help of an indigenous character Kuill (voiced by Nick Nolte) and the bounty droid IG-11 our hero proves his honour durning a surprise reveal of a familiar unknown Star Wars species at the closing of the first episode.

Overall, aside from some iffy CGI it’s pretty much a TV Star Wars action adventure dream come true. Captures that Stars Wars magic.

Chapter 2: The Child

When Jawa’s strip Mando’s ship, he must undertake a dangerous task to retrieve an item to trade with little thieves to get them back.

Disney and Lucasfilm offer another quality episode echoing the serial tone of the Planet of the Apes TV, ‪Star Trek‬, Flash Gordon series’ to name a few and a handful of Western films.

Nick Nolte is again memorable as his moody character Kuillas as he helps The Mandalorian mediate with a group of Jawas. There’s some great action scenes, Mando (brilliantly played by Pedro Pasca ) climbing a Jawa’s
Sandcrawler vehicle, killing and burning Jawas, fighting a Rhino-like creature harking back to Attack of the of Clones’ Reek. To top this episode off theres a bit of force ‘magic’ thrown in for good measure as Mado’s bounty gets to show off his skills.

Overall, director Rick Famuyiwa delivers an action packed standalone episode with the overarching thread still teasingly present.

Chapter 3: The Sin

The conflicted Mandalorian violates his bounty hunter code and goes on a rescue mission with grave consequences.

The Sin is another strong instalment as Mando grapples with handing over the baby of his last bounty. Director Deborah Chow’s offering oozes atmosphere of the fallen Empire and hints of the new Republics lack of reach and power to bring peace to the galaxy.

In the third episode Mando shoots, stabs, electrocutes, burns and explodes his way through Stormtroopers and bounty hunters like butter.

The sets and special effects here are first rate, the narrative is strong and the action comes thick and fast. It also spends time to explore the Mandalorian’s culture also beliefs and fans are treated to a great shootout in the closing act with help from his armoured friends.

Carl Weathers gets a little more screen time. More trilogy Star Wars sub-characters appear which is a joy for fans. Packed with nods, the Empires science devision hark back to Rogue One, IT-O Interrogator droid from New Hope, glimpse of an order 66-like purge and even a battle droid from the prequel films to name a few.

Overall, the series goes from strength to Mandalorian forged beskar armour strength, successfully expanding the Star Wars universe.

Chapter 4: Sanctuary

The Mandalorian teams up with an ex-soldier to protect a village from raiders.

The Sanctuary is a solid enough entry which in the closing doesn’t go they way the casual viewer may expect with The Mandalorian making another important choice.

However, it does fall short of expectations story wise feeling very much like a Star Trek episode/film, with Western themed plot that echoes of likes of The Three Amigos, Blazing Saddles, High Plains Drifter to name a few, in which the indigenous village population must learn to protect itself against the odds of a greater danger.

That said, Star Was fans will find it great to see an AT-ST walker included in the plot. This episode introduces a new and welcomed character, the action orientated soilder namely Gina Carano as Cara Dune. Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian is on his usual perfectly cast form. It a shame they didn’t use an already established spieces as the raiders (although they are reminiscent of something from Ewoks).

With great effects, action setups and a little heart it’s good but excluding the main overarching story, this filler episode’s plot is slightly worn.

Chapter 5: The Gunslinger

A wannabe Bounty hunter requests Mandos help to bring in a nutritious assassin.

Chapter five is joy that returns Star Wars fans back Tatoonie and Mos eisley cantina as Mando travels across the dune sea to do a job to get credits to repair his ship.

Gunslinger is another great episode with loads of nods to the films, speeder bikes, Tusken Raiders, droids as far back as episode I and II, an EV droid from RotJ, Dew-backs of New Hope to name a few. Even the table where Han Solo killed Greedo appears and Beggars Canyon where Luke used to knock about gets a mention!

It’s a welcomed fan service episode that new comers and sci-fi fans would also appreciate with its great effects, sets, music, direction, action setup and shoot outs.

There’s an interesting tease in the closing that hints at a beloved villain saga character may well be returning.

All in all a return to Star Wars form.

Chapter 6: The Prisoner

A team of unsavoury characters plan a prison ship breakout with the help of Mando.

With double crosses and century guards part 6 is a standard prison break affair only its just what the Star Wars universe needs on screen (better the the brief breakout in Rogue One), echoing Predator and Batman in terms of weapons and action.

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa and written by Famuyiwa and Christopher Yost. The anti-hero group cast are great Mark Boone Junior is on subtle form, Natalia Tena is a little OTT but Clancy Brown and especially Bill Burr are on point.

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) is more physical and the bounty hunter character’s morals are fleshed our a little more.

It’s a solid enough episode with icing on the cake being a squad of X-Wings turning up in the closing.

Chapter 7: The Reckoning

Kuill and Cara Dune team back up with Mando in a deal to take the heat off the child he protects.

Director Deborah Chow offers tension infused episode, tightly paced with plenty to enjoy. There’s creatures in the night attacking the group, more Ugnaught-isums from Nick Nolte’s voiced Kuill. Carl Weather gets more screen time and development. The Child’s healing powers are reenforced (connecting it to the recent Rise of Skywalker saga film).

More double crosses, action and tests of conscience. More Star Wars nuggets, familiar droids, more Blurrgs (from 1985’s television film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor) Stormtroopers, a tie fighter, Deathtroopers and Scout-troopers and their speeder-bikes, to name a few. Interestingly it pushes the benefits of the fallen Empire now that there is no order.

A welcomed darker instalment that ends on a dramatic cliffhanger.

Chapter 8: Redemption

Mando, IG-11, Dune and Karga must face off against Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and a legion of Stormtroopers in one final battle to save the Child.

The season 1 finale is yet another fine instalment. You know you’re hooked and a series is doing something right when you get upset that Scout-troopers harming the Child and characters that make self-sacrifices bring a lump to your throat, namely IG11 and the fate of Kuiil.

We get more of Mando’s backstory through flashbacks as his parents hide him from a battle droid and get to see more Madalorians in action.

Baby Yoda, er, The Child gets to shine in this episode and the special effects used to bring him to life are impressive. Once again Gina Carano’s Cara Dune and Carl Weathers’ Greef Karga offer a solid backbone to the episode as Mando discovers the fate of the Madalorians as they try to escape via an underground river of lava.

Overall, a satisfying ending to a strong first season.

Warning: Contains star destroying spoilers.

A crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium.

Credit to award winning director Ron Howard Solo feels like a small film, focusing on characters and high stakes,  not just big sets ups. Howard offers a dark standalone entry without the plodding pacing of Willow or his drama epics. Even with the reshoots and behind the scenes director changes rest assure Howard’s vision fits perfectly in the Star Wars universe. With a few title cards introducing us to the story (no Star Wars title crawl) setting the scene. It’s builds on Rogue One’s grim look opening with Corellia. The effects are as first rate as the performances.

While Han isn’t quite the swashbuckling adventurer yet, Solo isn’t the swashbuckling adventure film either. But that’s not a bad thing leaving room for the further buddy movie adventures of Chewie and Han in the future.

Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke makes up for her less than perfect Sarah Connor as Hans strong independent love interest. Kira Joonas Viljami Suotamo is perfect one again as Chewie mirroring Peter Mayhew‘s Chewbacca wonderfully. Here we see the Wookie fighting more, pulling arms out of sockets with glimpses into his character and background. Like all the main player characters we’ve grown to love including Lando Calrission (Donald Glover taking over the cape from Billy De Williams) are handled carefully.

Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett and his ill-fated crew are great including Thandie Newton at the top of her game and while Alden Ehrenreich may not be everyone’s first choice as a young Han Solo, he does a sterling job.

John Powell, John Williams music fits and heightens the emotion, double crosses and shootouts. We see how Han is named Sol and here we also see Han, once again, getting to shoot first in a pivotal moment. Yet, thankfully it’s not an eye rolling paint by numbers origin tale.

Amongst the excellent action scenes and impressive special effects (no distracting subpar effects, like in Last Jedi) there’s plenty of Star Wars trilogy connections with planet dropping and character (Bosk, Hutts to name a few) dialogue nods including a surprise link and character to the prequels, namely Dark Maul! It also plays against trailer expectations that Paul Bettany’s Crimson Dawn criminal boss Dryden is the masked Cloud Rider saboteur Enfys Nest who in fact is played by Erin Kellyman. The Star Wars story has plenty of twists and turns and it’s even more universe building than Rogue with its moulding of Han into the character we loved.

While not a huge spectacle film it’s still an essential and recommended Star Wars Wester-like heist film.

*** This review contains galactic spoilers ***

An unlikely group of freedom fighters team up to steal the Death Star schematics.

An interesting mix of exciting heroic and tragic characters. Director Gareth Edwards Monsters, Godzilla) and team are careful not to take anything away from the iconic 1977 classic Star Wars and successfully add to it, i.e the Death Star here doesn’t blow up planets in this instalment not to take any impact away from its destructive powers in A New Hope. Still it shows it’s immense firepower as Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso goes about finding her father in a sea of defectors, rebels and insurgents including Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). With great Star Wars action setups and battle scenes, that one could only have dreamed of recreating with toys as child this Star Wars story has plenty of thrills.

Loaded with nods to the series and standing on its on two feet. The costumes effects and sets are fantastic and it captures the feel of the originals and bridges the prequels, Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) adds to this. Michael Giacchino’s music complements John Williams’ previous scores. Edwards creates a sense of urgency here which helps reinforce Episode IV stakes including the famous first ’77 on screen appearance of Darth Vader. It’s also co-written by John Knoll, who joined Lucas Industrial Light & Magic 30 years ago and worked on Willow (1988). J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens captured the original trilogy’s spirit holistically, but Edwards manages to conjurer up the feel of the 1977 Star Wars Magic.

The CGI characters of dead and favourites while not technically perfect are executed well enough too excite fans, namely the appearance of Tarkin (a resurrection of the great Peter Cushing’s character) and a pivotal female favourite who appears in the closing. Some X- Wing pilots, Red and Gold Leader have clever cameos. As well as an array of droids, littered throughout are the likes of the Cantina’s Ponda Babba and Dr. Evazan, R2D2 and C3PO. Extended purposeful meatier character appearances included General Dodonna, Mon Mothma, Vader himself (in three important scenes) who does not disappoint.

Director Edwards doesn’t get hung up on on these cameos of sorts and keeps his eye on creating a wonderfully crafted grittier Star Wars film. The acting arguably surpasses its predecessors with too many actors to mention. Hardened rebel Andor played by Diego Luna cements a place in Star Wars history but Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Îmwe steals scenes as a blind warrior. There’s plenty of heart courteous of Mads Mikkelsen and lead Jones’ Erso. Notable is Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO who provides some great one liners as well as a memorable emotional moment. The star though is debatably Ben Mendelsohn as villain Orson Krennic, with the bureaucratic gravitas and emotional depth to leave a lasting impression.

What it comes down to is that Edwards like Lucas manages to put on screen a Shakespeare-like tragedy mixed with Flash Gordon wonder that has all the familiar simple themes which makes stories great.

Solid Star Wars entertainment all the way.

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Thirty years after the second Death Star’s destruction, Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, has vanished. An unlikely group get drawn into search for the Jedi before the First Order, a successor to the fallen Galactic Empire find him first.

J.J. Abrams flourishingly takes over the reins from George Lucas for Disney. The production values, effects and music are outstanding with writers Lawrence Kasdan, Abrams and Michael Arndt successfully handing over the baton to the new characters without leaving the beloved ones behind. John Boyega’s Finn has depth and is very likable, as too is Daisy Ridley who is simply outstanding and steals the show as Rey. Oscar Isaac’s X Wing pilot Poe Dameron is memorable and somehow manages to encapsulate the look, swagger and feel of the original Star Wars spirit.

If I were to nit-pick the Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke hologram and the monsters hiding and attacking the Millennium Falcon as it hums back to life CGI is not without its problems. That said, it’s doesn’t distract from the overall great quality of the effects throughout, from the impressive practical and visual effects right down to jolting storms troopers, desert creatures, spaceship base interiors, sweeping planet topography and beyond. 

With droids housing information, space battles and giant weapons with weaknesses, yes, it’s partly a rehash of the first film with a few welcomed twists and surprises but it’s a really visual and emotional treat, with great sets, costumes, make-up and locations. The action set ups, shoot outs, spaceship dogfights and sabre duels are fantastically staged. There’s plenty of Han Solo gunplay and humour on display.
The mix of new and old characters returning works and there’s array of familiar faces and quality actors including Max von Sydow and a hidden Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma. Well loved characters, not just the likes of R2-D2, Han, Leia, Chewie and C-3PO but lesser known ones like Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb also return. As the rebels face another threat, bigger than the Deathstar it manages to remain engrossing and grittier than its predecessors.

There’s the emotional loss of a main character and Mark Hamill’s Luke screen time is fittingly limited which allows Ridley to shine throughout as she develops her skills along with droid BB-8. Adam Driver’s misguided Vader obsessed Kylo Ren is interesting.

Overall, the young cast carry the beats you wanted and expected from a sequel to the original trilogy but it also excels as Abrams manages to fashion an atmosphere of his own while retaining the Star Wars feel and magic. The force is strong with this one. Highly recommended.


 Watch this excellent Star Wars anime style short film Tie Fighter.

Paul Johnson’s seven minute short movie with an amazing guitar track is a dialogue free battle in space, set a longtime ago in a galaxy far far away, between Imperial and Rebel forces. 

It was made by Johnson over four years worth of weekends. The Tie Fighter is film is packed with dogfighting action, wonderfully drawn and smoothly animated, it impressively captures the original Star War magic I felt as a kid. 

With Lego so popular there’s always an underdog, click the link and take a look at these playmobil play-sets from Star Wars to Exodus my son and I created so far of famous films and characters:



I had the pleasure or pain of watching the Star Wars Holiday special. It’s one of the creepiest surreal-like things I’ve seen a long time, a long-time. Directed by Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’s Steve Binder, the 97 minute program focuses on the family of Chewbacca waiting for the walking carpet himself coming home for’ Life Day’. However, Chewie and Han Solo are held up by the Galactic Empire.

You get to see the 70’s Wookie style version of Family Ties or modern equivalent ‘In The middle’ as Chewbacca’s wife Malla tell off their son Lumpy for pinching Wookie cookies. Lumpy looks like a cross between Teen-Wolf, Cornelius from Planet of the Apes and an Ewok. I should point out that Chewie’s father Itchy is a grey Wookie with a chilling face. This nuclear-like family doesn’t capture anything Star Wars.

Sponsored by GM motors with intermittent plugs The Holiday Special is made up of several oddly toned segments. One includes Blazing Saddles‘ Hedley Lamarr , Harvey Korman himself dressed up as a female TV cook while Chewie’s wife follows a recipe that needs more than two hands. There is a completely outlandish scene where Itchy dons on some head gear to have some kind of sensual cyber encounter with Carol Diahann reminiscent of Sly Stallone in ‘Demolition Man’. There’s a chessboard ala New Hope that has dancing holograms accompanied by eerie dreamlike music. By this time you’re thinking is this for children.
It compasses everything about 70’s bad TV, it’s looks like a game show, even the nostalgic Top’s of the Pops type special effects can’t make it more palatable. It all serves as an excuse to string together a series of musical dance numbers, celebrity cameos, including Art Carney and Bea Arthur. While Malla contacts the gang from a hidden monitor, she speaks to Mark Hamill who looks as odd as the Wookies, eyes piercing blue, nothing wrong with that but with his short blonde hair and bad make up he looks like Bowie in ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’. Also Princes Leia, C3PO and R2D put in an appearance though Malla’s video phone.
The scenes are cringe worthy and it feels a lot longer than it actually is. The music score a watered down romanticized version of the original themes annoyingly plays throughout and I’m sure parents couldn’t wait to switch off and watch Dallas.
Surprisingly Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher grace the screen in this car wreck too. Harrison’s Han Solo is punished by having to deliver possibly the worst misplaced sounding dialogue ever in TV history., “That’s the spirit! You’ll be celebrating Life Day before you know it!” and “You’re like… family… to me,” spring to mind. Or Luke Skywalker saying “Come on Mala, let’s see a little smile. Come on…”
It could have been a bit of cheesy fun but it’s so painful, nightmarish and elusive you can’t help but feel acid trip scared. If only some horrors got the under the skin this effectively. Carrie Fisher sings the closing number (quite well) before we get drowned out by some more Wookie action and noises. The only saving grace is the animated segment which features Boba Fett and the main cast voiced by the original actors – even if Solo is drawn like Mr. Magoo and Luke’s eyes are like blue plates.
Taking some horror time out, what seems like a long, long time ago I opened up my Star Wars Blu–ray Saga set expecting a cardboard fold out like the Alien set, however, I was surprised to find them (the UK release at least) stacked like a book of blue plastic. From the off I should state it’s not the originals it’s the reworked 2004 with ‘some’ tweaks.
There’s some nice are work on each of the discs and as a bonus behind a little booklet with some more nice artwork I found concealed a Limited Edition Sentiype that contains a unique 35mm film. The film frame is mounted on postcard (right) that features the artwork from the Star Wars Blu-ray box. The Senitype is numbered for authenticity. A nice surprise as I didn’t realise it came with the set that was ordered.
Limited Edition Sentiype
The biggest problem with the set is not the 2004 updated effects (hated by diehard fan boys of the original) still light-years better than the 1997 release. But the real dilemma is which do you watch first? IV- VI then I-III. Mix it up a little as flash backs and forwards watching I,IV,II, V and so on or watching the documentaries first then the films. Oh my I am a Star Wars geek after all.
The menus look great and the bonus discs are broken up into films and sections, with headings – Hoth, Tatoonie, Endor and so on. Make sure you push left on the remote as it’s easy to think there’s no more, but the menus revolve round revealing more sections. In those sections are the deleted scenes, concept galleries, documentaries and so forth.
Even though there are three discs of extras what I would say is hold on to your original DVD’s if you have them and are a fan of extras as not everything has been shifted over. The Blu-ray is not a definitive collection which is a shame given that the majority of extras are of standard DVD quality. I don’t think it would have hurt to slap everything on.
The package
The first bonus disc covers I Phantom Menace – III Revenge of the Sith, the second New Hope – VI Return of the Jedi and the third disc includes spoofs, a 2010 doc about Empire, Dewbacks and more. Interviews are short and end abruptly. In the Star Wars there’s a handful of deleted interesting scenes including Biggs and an unknown male and female with Luke debatably drunk. You can’t help feel sorry for those actors in the deleted takes who may have gone onto do other things if they’d been included. There’s a very short snippet of an old woman on a dusty road and black a white rough cut of the Cantina that includes Han kissing a woman. If included this would have added three more women to George’s at the time predominantly male world of Star Wars.
There’s a lot of new stuff notably the aforementioned Empire documentary with Lucas, Kasdan and Kershner (R.I.P) , the fly through the Lucas ranch and archives are quite insightful. There are tones of documentaries that give you a broad insight into the making of the Saga over the three discs.
In any case I waited for the sun to go down to avoid glare on the screen and popping in Star Wars I got quite excited. The picture is great and new details are uncovered that could not been seen in other formats. Jabba still looks odd but sits into the scene better and to be honest his inclusion solidifies Hans motivation to leave in the final act. The Han who shoot’s first is corrected and doesn’t look out of place. There’s some new changes to this Blu-Ray notably R2-D2 hiding further behind newly inserted rocks, Obi-Wan’s Krayt Dragon call and some audio changes in the Yavin battle – none of which spoil the fun.
R2-D2 change
However, picture wise the Tatooine scenes are a mixed bag and a good as can be expected but Star Wars really kicks into eye-popping gear on the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star with vibrant colour, great depth and contrast. There are still some inconsistencieswhen Luke is using the lightsaber but the training laser ball now looks spot on. You notice how worn and dirty the Falcon is dispelling that everything is glossy in the world of Lucas. That said, the Death Star is pristine, reflections on the board table, shinny floors, glowing and flashing lights. The scene with old Ben switching of the tractor-beam, humming noises and green lighting are humbly exceptional. As too is the duel the lightsabers now corrected. The whole rescue to the final explosion has never looked so good, probably better than in 1977 theatre.

Watching Star Wars on Blu-ray felt fresh, it took me off autopilot, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialouge and action along with my children and enjoying Star Wars a lot more than I had in a long time. For some reason Star Wars had turned into a journey that you do so often you can’t remember the journey itself and Blu-ray injected something new. (and I’m not a Lucas film employee!)
Biggs where are the women?
The best thing is that my children want to watch them and I’m sure that their children and their children’s children will too. Despite the changes to Star Wars it has never looked so good and until something better than Blu-ray comes along this is it geeks.
Now I just have to decide which one to watch again next.

There’s an easter egg of sorts. ‘easy to miss. It’s a Boba Fett cartoon from the ‘Holiday Special’
1. Go to Disc 8, Episode V
2. Go to Pursued By The Imperial Fleet
3. Go to Collection
4. Go to Boba Fett Prototype Costume
5. Watch “First Look”

Watching the Boba Fett cartoon from the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, it’s clear that when Lucas said he’d changed the original trilogy editions because he couldn’t do things at the time and had always intended the additions he wasn’t doing a Pinocchio. For example, the flying searching droids that aid the Stormtroopers which appear in the special editions are also are present in the 1978 cartoon. Conforming that Lucas wasn’t just adding things on a whim. Kudos to the beard.

Picture notes:

Phantom Menace – while the picture quality is adequate it lacks clarity especially in some shots on Tatoonie. New CGI Yoda looks impressive, with a tone and look more true to Empire than what’s offered in still the excellent incarnation in II and III. (As a side note in the Naboo forest and in the desert Ewan still looks particularly odd with his ever changing hair and weight.)

Attack of the Clones – fairs a lot better than PM but at times the effects around the live characters leave a glowing blur.

Revenge of the Sith – excellent clarity, it looks the crispest of the bunch most likely due to lessons learned on the first two and that it was shot digitally.

New Hope – as mentioned Tatoonie segments differ from shot to shot but is excellent while in space. Music queues and sound are fantastic.

Empire Strikes back – as well as can be expected. Details are brought out for the first time.

Return of the Jedi – oddly the worst of the of the bunch, some scenes look mucky with a lot of noise that lack clarity. That’s said, the briefing scene amongst others look really good.

If you weren’t old enough to have seen the original Star Wars trilogy and The Phantom Menace was your first introduction to Star Wars then many will envy your fresh eyed look at the films from 1-6.

Yoda Movie Poster (11 x 17 Inches - 28cm x 44cm) () Style A -(Mark Hamill)(Carrie Fisher)(Harrison Ford)(Billy Dee Williams)(Alec Guinness)(David Prowse)“That face you make.
Look I so old to young eyes?”

For the rest and the die hard, extreme countless legions of Star Wars fans you maybe disappointed with the Blu-Ray release.
Star Wars 3.75 Vintage Figure Boba FettI’ll always remember going with my dad to the dankest cinema watching the original films back to back – it was a highlight, even coming out flee bitten it didn’t seem to matter. Recreating Hoth in a kitchen bowl with snow (as it was too cold outside), getting as much play in before it melted, using paper cups to build new spaceship oh the joy of and innocence of Star Wars. The only thing that I remember about disliking the original is that the Millennium Falcon was a horrid uncool looking ship, lacking sleekness, however, overtime that seems to have dissipated.
BLADE RUNNER HARRISON FORD 11X14 PHOTOVHS came and went, then George Lucas began his tinkering with the record breaking classic(s). The 1997 re-released special editions had their faults, some of which the 2004 DVD tried to correct. Now you probably think I’m going to join the legions that are boycotting the Blu-Ray release, not a chance. And between you and me they’ll still buy it. They’re Fanboys. They wont be able to resist the power of the dark-side.

With remakes flooding the market at least Lucas controversial revisiting has saved fans from that. Contentiously regardless of tinkering much of what Lucas has done simply enhances the films. And looking back at the original, originals (no, not a typo) as ground breaking at they were I’m content with the digital corrections and replacements. In the same vain as Blade Runner corrections, lip-syncs, removal of wires and stunt doubles to names few it helps solidify the film, even igniting new interest for an new generation with the publicity that comes with it.

King Kong (Two-Disc Special Edition)Watching Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future complete with it’s original optical effects in tact; would a digital bastardised version have destroyed the story? or make the film better? There was a missed opportunity that would have been more fitting than Steven Spielberg’s E.T from guns to walkie-talkie incident but it was Zemeckis and Spielberg’s call respectively. Should 1933’s King Kong be digitally replaced? Well if Directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack were still alive and wanted to do so, why not eh? If Spielberg replaced Bruce with a photo realistic shark I must say I’d be happy with that as he’s simply now a distraction from the great performances.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Two-Disc Widescreen Enhanced and Original Theatrical Versions)If the creators are still alive and decided to undertake arguably unorthodox changes let them I say. So long as studios have their blessing.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray]In Star Wars case you could say the studios and George are missing a money making opportunity especially by not releasing the original trilogy unaltered but is there really a need to go as far as saying Lucas “raped my childhood” as countless bloggers have posted. There’s a lot of hate there.
If you are that cut up about it go and track down the bonus DVD released in the 2 disc special edition. As Yoda put it, “Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Meanwhile the rest of us can watch blinking Ewoks, Vader shouting ‘Nooo’, new monsters and an array of slight correction in peace.