Widescreen Edition of Star Wars - Return of the Jedi. 1985 Edition from CBS/Fox Company. Large 12" LaserDisc.
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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While Return of the Jedi is not a perfect film, it has many joys, and some subtle moments. Our dear Carrie Fisher has many great moments, and not only when she delivers justice to that blobby Jabba. When she frees Han from the carbonite block, and he asks who it is, she removes the mask and says "someone who loves you." It's a brilliant reveal. The whole adventure at Jabba the Hut's castle is a hoot, and when Jedi Luke says to Jabba "it's the last mistake you'll ever make," the film pays off with a great riff on pirate "walk the plank" tropes. The three-way face off between Luke, Vader, and the Emperor (a stellar Ian McDiarmid, also brilliant in the Prequel Trilogy) is full of stern tension and shifting alliances.
As everyone notes, most of the soft mush takes place on the Endor moon, and yeah, the Ewoks were better in concept than execution. Still, there are some bright moments on the moon as well: the speeder chases through the forest, C3PO telling...
I'm a first generation Star Wars fan, and in my opinion the Original Trilogy is the reason they invented movie theaters. That said, I never thought Return Of The Jedi was as good as the other two movies. My principal reasons for this was 1. The Ewoks! Right, so a bunch of teddy bears is the reason good triumphed over evil and the galaxy was freed from the oppression of the evil Empire!, and 2. Of the lead actors, only Mark Hamill bright his A-Game to the movie. He was brilliant, and did a better job acting with a dying muppet than either Carrie Fisher, who wasn't up-to-par with her performance in the previous movies, and especially Harrison Ford, who obviously flat-out did not want to be there. Now, that was my initial reaction, and I stand by it. However, a lot has happened since 1983, notably a prequel trilogy which was a great story in itself, but catches a lot of flack for its terrible dialogue and bad acting (personally I think the cast acted their butts off, the dialogue...
I was so disappointed. The extra scenes added by George Lucas were asinine! I cannot even comprehend what he was thinking when he ruined a masterpiece. Jabba's palace has an extra CGI scene where the band is singing. Totally unnecessary. I had the privilege of showing the Star Wars series to someone who had never seen any of them. Even she looked at me and said, wow! that was really out of place! I had to explain how the original didn't have that. I hope Disney releases the original cuts. On the plus side? The remaster is brilliant. The color and surround sound is amazing. I wish Lucas would have just cleaned it up and released it. To be fair, some of the extras Mr. Lucas added were very cool in my opinion. They fit in seamlessly, add to the film, and they are almost unnoticeable. However, these huge changes he made, like the aforementioned Jaba band scene were uncalled for.
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