WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Star Wars, The Definitive Collection: Return Of The Jedi (With Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back)
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Sebastian Shaw, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, James Earl Jones, David Prowse, Sir Alec Guinness & Kenny Baker

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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The three films are presented in the CAV Standard Play 30-minute per side LaserDisc format, each film consisting of three platters in individually bound black star field jackets within a (fingerprint prone) gloss black outer sleeve and marked on the spine as Sides 1-6 Star Wars, Sides 7-12 The Empire Strikes Back, and Sides 13-18 Return Of The Jedi. Within each outer sleeve set the film is presented along with an alternative audio track (although sparse), interviews, production stills, original theatrical teasers and trailers, and other features. The box set also contains a guide booklet descriptive of LaserDisc production credits, the filmmakers interviewed and the subject to which they speak, as well as the chapter stop sequences in which each is found on the analog audio tracks. Side 6 of each film set contains the chapter stop guide to the supplemental materials and various points of interest. There also is a hardcover book, George Lucas The Creative Impulse, written by film critic Charles Champlin (1992).

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 0693-84
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $249.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 377
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1983
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Credits Information
(Director): Richard Marquand
(Screenplay/Written By): Lawrence Kasdan & George Lucas
(Story): George Lucas
(Music): John Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Reynolds
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Nicholas C. Smith, Glen Scantlebury Sean Barton, Marcia Lucas & Duwayne Dunham
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): George Lucas
(Co-Producers): Robert Watts & Jim Bloom
(Producers): Howard Kazanjian

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Return Of The Jedi, Han Solo is rescued from certain death at the hands of slimy slug crime lord Jabba The Hutt and Luke Skywalker completes his Jedi training by successfully confronting Darth Vader.

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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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