Star Wars DVD, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Review by Shadow Chaser
Creator / Producer: George Lucas
Director: Richard Marquand
Rating: Death Star
Well, where to begin. I guess I should first say that Return of the Jedi is my favorite original trilogy movie of all three. Which is also why I'm reviewing it. ^_^ But aside from that, the reason I like it so much is because of four things:
Okay, now on the nuances. Having seen the original TV format back in the early 1990s, I know what the original music was like before 1997's Special Edition appeared with John Williams' newer score for the ending. The current DVD edition has not changed the original music, but there are added scenes to the end sequence montage. Among the three planets (Tatooine, Cloud City, and Coruscant) shown at the end, Naboo has been added. Now I don't have a problem with the original three, and especially loved Courscant, but Naboo?! I had always figured the planet was blown up by Palpatine since he became Emperor. Besides, please no more Gungans ... and the sequence looked like it was ripped out of Episode I's ending.
More scenes were also edited, like the end sequence where Luke sees the spirits of Yoda, Obi-Wan, and his father. Well, Sebastian Shaw, the original actor who portrayed Anakin Skywalker unmasked had two scenes in this movie. That has been halved to one. The spirit sequence had been redone to erase Shaw's image and replaced it with Hayden Christensen sporting curly locks and a roguish smile. I don't have a problem as a storyteller about that, but I do have an issue with the cinematography. The image looks too well done, too recent, compared to Yoda and Obi-Wan who still looked a bit washed out in the film quality.
But I must say that one improvement they had on spirit sequences was when Luke was talking with Obi-Wan after Yoda had just died. Originally, Obi-Wan looked a bit too faded for anyone to see, but Lucas made it so that the view can truly see it was Obi-Wan, but also that he was still just a spirit. He made it seem that Dagobah was a place strong in the Force and that was why spirits looked very corporeal.
Overall, Return of the Jedi is still an enjoyable movie. Though I think it'll never compare to the original theatrical version, this is still one of my favorites of all three. It concludes almost all plot lines, yet leaves room to start a new adventure in the subsequent books.
Watching this movie has inspired me to go write some stuff, so it's a good food for the muses. So many plot points, so many nuances that you can pick out and zoom into (if your DVD player has the capability). Still my favorite of the whole trilogy.
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