WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

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

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse & James Earl Jones

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
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): 1977
(LD Release Date): 09/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): George Lucas
(Screenplay/Written By): George Lucas
(Story): NA
(Music): John Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Barry
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas & Richard Chew
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Gary Kurtz

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
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Star Wars, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is held hostage by the evil Imperial Forces, under orders from Darth Vader (David Prowse; Voice Of James Earl Jones), in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Millennium Falcon Captain Han Solo (Harrison Ford) team up to rescue the princess and restore freedom to the Galaxy.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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