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Star Wars: review of the complete saga

HollywoodNews.com: This will not be an exhaustive breakdown of the set, as I do not have the time to watch and critique each bonus feature. But I will offer a few words for those who are inexplicably on the fence about the set. Point being, I’m guessing you’ve either already ordered or purchased this, or have decided for whatever reason (not the original versions, already like the DVDs, etc) not the pick up this HD upgrade. Anyway, all six films look varying degrees of spectacular.

I’d argue that the prequels look shinier and what-not, while the original trilogy looks more impressive in relation to its age and relative production value. There has been talk that The Phantom Menace looks lousier than the others, but I had no real objections as I scanned to a few highlights (Duel of the Red Shirts looks super). As you all know, my sound system is whatever my Samsung DLP TV offers, so I can only say that the audio sounded fine, with a clear distinction between dialogue, the score, and various sound effects with a generally even volume level at all times (offhand, the big screw-up with the music during the ‘Battle of Yavin’ has been fixed).

But of course the real appeal of the set are the copious extra features included for all six films. If you count the two commentaries (one from the DVD releases, one newly comprised of various interviews and what-not from cast/crew), you get about 40 hours of material. The remaining 16 hours is comprised of three discs.

The first two bonus discs are the mostly new bonus material archives. Disc one has the prequel stuff while disc two has the original trilogy material. It’s technically organized by location (IE – Naboo, Tatooine, etc.) but easily accessible otherwise. Under the PLAY ALL option, you can separately access the interviews, deleted scenes, art galleries, interactive 360-degree models of various props and costumes and the like (two hours worth for the original trilogy and 2.5 hours worth for the prequels), and about thirty minutes of art galleries for each trilogy.

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