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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand / Actors: Harrison Ford, Ewan McGregor, Mark Hamill, Hayden Christensen, Carrie Fisher ... / Blu-ray released 2011-09-12 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the Blu-ray: Box set

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      PREAMBLE
      New Year is a good time to look back at things that annoyed you in the past year - however most the slightest. One of those things was the attempt of the Star War franchisor to cash-in on the undying fan base of the beloved franchise by releasing a brand-new blu ray version of the entire Star Wars saga.

      Some fans were delighted, some indifferent and some visibly annoyed. The reactions ranged from 'How could they erode the cinematic value of the classics' to 'Haven't they invigorated the soul of the saga'. The annoyed tried their best to be obstinate but then came round once the fan base had all but embraced it wholly. The nay-sayers quickly participated in the record sales and the cash-registers has kept on ringing since the day of the release.

      So keeping the preamble aside, I am now going to review STAR WARS - The Complete Saga on Blu Ray - all of it. And I start with the first look...

      FIRST LOOK

      I am happy to announce that notwithstanding my initial abhorrence I stand converted. After seeing the discs sit on the shelf of my in-laws staring at me mockingly my hands had twitched and jerked intermittently till I managed to lay it gently on the glimmering box of discs. My hand quivered before it mustered the courage to disobey my 'naysaying soul' and wriggle the discs out from the handsome case: one by one it had gotten to all the six films plus three extras containing an astonishing array of additional assets. Three days later and an overdose of caffeine - the verdict had been read - a splendid set of stupendously superior, skillfully set showpiece had been showcased to it's fan - the iconic saga had survived its unsolicited sinful-tweaks to once again delight its fan.

      Most probably everyone would be reasonably familiar with the movies themselves (will cover them later). So I next go on to what it (the disc) contains...

      WHAT IT (the disc) CONTAINS

      I will cover all the 9 discs individually breaking then down wherever into the good, the bad and the ugly.

      Disc 1: The Phantom Menace

      THE GOOD
      - film retains its visual brilliance
      - the locales and sets looks stunnigly realistic
      - the use of digital Yoda instead of the rubbery puppet
      - the graphics in the past decade have advanced considerably but the old animatronics sequences still bring out the effects
      - the included audio commentaries - excerpts on the making of the film by the director, the cast and all those who mattered
      - worth mentioning is the talk by the sound engineer on the audio effects generated in the movie

      THE BAD
      - the advanced graphics fail to rectify the fundamental flaws of the film

      THE UGLY
      - films presented as a narration rather than by release date
      - this film was originally shot on 35mm reel that makes the transferred images on blu ray to reflect its 'analogue' quality

      Disc 2: Attack of the Clones

      THE GOOD

      - very soft transfer
      - stunning visuals helped by the fact that the original film was shot digitally and the transfer does not suffer from any 'transfer noise'
      -worth mentioning is the spectacular climax seqeunce of Yoda erupting out with a lightsaber, the first time around in the Star War films
      - the audio commentaries again shall delight the fanbase with its extended commentary on the making of the film

      Disc 3: Revenge of the Sith

      THE GOOD
      - looks the best transferred of the three prequels in the Star Wars series
      - crystal clear visuals - beast of the lot
      - again the audio commentaries delight its fan especially where the origin of the wilhelm scream is revealed

      Disc 4: A New Hope

      THE GOOD

      - flawless transfer resulting in striking visuals
      - enhanced graphics especially the fight sequence at the climax
      - audio commentaries once again stand out - watch out for Sir Alec Guiness sublime observations and honest comments from Harrison Ford
      - worth mentioning is the profound with of Carrie Fisher

      THE BAD

      - special sound effects and voiceovers added for this edition of the film are obnoxious like Kenobi's clarion call
      - addtional characters introduced for this edition are not convincing

      Disc 5: The Empire Strikes Back

      THE GOOD

      - the graphics, special effects and sound engineering elements put together for this edition are not only are subtle enough to get unnoticed albeit with a crtically dissecting eye but powerful enough to give a completely new dimension to the original
      - audio commentaries continue to be as good a justification for having this edition as anything else

      Disc 6: Return of the Jedi

      THE GOOD

      - except for the bad glitches the blu ray visual and sound emphasize the mysterious opulence of Jabba's place, the simple serenity of the chase sequences and the magnificent final face-off of Vader and Luke.

      THE BAD

      - suffers from unnecessary and too-much messing with the originals
      - sound effects or voiceovers such as Vader's spine-chilling moan should have been left alone
      - gets increasing worse with horrifying graphics replacing the original for example the blinking idiots made out of the Ewoks or Kenobi made to look ugly and old.

      THE UGLY

      - why have the fans been deprived of the yub-yub song

      Discs 7 and 8: Special Features

      THE GOOD

      - a plethora of features are provided for consumption - you can spend the entire day with it
      - 7 has everything associated with the prequels and 8 belonging to the original trilogy
      - there are sections referring to each film and then sub sections referring to planets such as Naboo etc
      - each sub section has intervies, deleted scenes, expanded sequences, visual concepts and many more fascinating Star Wars trivia

      THE UGLY

      - search function is broken - gave up pointed searches after a time
      - you can immerse into the vast depths of seemingly endless trivia and discover gems rather than start with something specefic in mind

      Disc 9: Documentaries

      THE GOOD

      - three excellent television documentaries are there, some as good as the movies themselves
      - thre are also four other one's that offer insights into the technology, the dewback developments, a retro-documentary featuring the key people behind the franchise and the an excellent piece on the fans who visit various charity events as cheerleaders called the 501st Legion, a truly fantastic tribute to all the diehard fans.
      - there are also several 'takes' on the Star Wars franchise - some good, some bad and some grossly ugly
      - not in any particular order are excerpts from Family Guy, How I Met Your Mother, Robot chicken, the 70s show and Saturday Night Live, some bizarre advertisements based on the franchise, Candid Camera clips and a funny song-and-dance routine from Donny and Marie.

      THE UGLY

      - the documentaries are fantastic though it lacks a bit of passion
      - the excerpts do not have a way to be individually searched - you need to go through all of it and skip those that do not interest you

      THE MOVIES (for those still uninitiated to the Star Wars baptism vows)

      The Phantom Menace

      Coming after the stupendous success of the trilogy itself, the Phantom Menace is the beginning of the prequels. It is a whole universe into itself and Lucas tries hard to self contain the film in its own story while also suggesting the start of one of the most successful franchise.
      Any sort of pop culture does not rise in a vaccum, and decades apart from the first of Star War experience that heralded the Star War religion, the fans of StarWars had very high expectation from the prequels, a thing which must have certainly weighed on George Lucas. Did Geroge Lucas disappoint or was he able to do justice to the
      expectation?

      The Phantom Menace is essentially 'childish' or has the fans all grown up now - debatable. What George Lucas might be dooing is to wean away the Cartoon Network hooked kids into the religion of Star Wars by being attrative to them - cartoon-like robots, child-like characters, frentic actions and chocolatey finishes. Gone are the stormtroopers, mucky aesthetics, breathtaking action and adult characters. At the same time it tries that the fan still remember the original trilogy - the fear, the tragedy and all the specifics that made it into a religion.

      The universe in this film despite being true to the franchise still smells of steel and greasy machines but does not bring forth the cold desolateness of the trilogy.The atmosphere here is rich and does not evoke the same level of filth and treachery. Coruscant is an art disaster. Tattooine looks like a city taken over by refugees. The dialogues fail to lift the mood.

      George Lucas has tried to do more than the poor fan can digest. A messy attempt to please the child and at the same time continue to appeal the adult. The performance of some of them though are good enough to wipe away some of the gloom - special mention to Ewan McGregor and Ian McDarmid.
      Also it should be said that George Lucas has puth more faith on the computer graphics to carry the film rather than on the classic Star War punch. And so these graphics do stand out - Watto's and Yoda's computer rendering provide it with the brilliance that the puppets in the original failed to do, honestly being puppets it was the most that could be done.

      I always knew as a fan that George Lucas had borrowed liberally from the Vedic philosophy and mythology to create the Star Wars myth but the stance on war as a drastic measure and not as a first response when rights are usurped is a straight from the 4000BC Mahabharata text espoused in the Bhagwad Gita. Palpatine quiet guidance to the child queen leading her to his desired outcome also can be referred to Krishna's guidance of young warrior Arjuna to effect the course of the Mahabharata war.
      The Phantom Menace brings in the references to the Vedic philosophies much more than the original trilogy which were esentially for the adventure-loving fan. Qui Gon explaining The Force in both scientific-religious terms is a direct philosophical reference to those espoused in the Gita where Krishna mentions the Akhand Brahmand, a spiritual simplicity that can only appeal to those who embrace both the religion. It also speaks as to how Qui Gon is a Jedi far removed than any of the
      contemporaries.

      The Phantom Menace is in that sense very rational and highly structured. Though disappointing in its faithfulness to the original trilogy, it fascinates the child and adult alike and introduces grand idea, magnificent universe, ancient philosophies and bewildering journey.
      If I could rate it individually would give it a 4 star on a scale of 5.

      Attack of the Clones

      The philosophies and political statecraft is carried forward from The Phantom Menace. In fact it focusses too much on the palace intrigues that hinders the progress of the film. Coupled with it this film deals in mushy romance involving Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala that borders on the ridiculous due to extremely bad chemistry between the actors and horrendous dialogues. Anakin emitting mawkishly cheesy oomphs for Padme is unbearably cheapish. bUt then George Lucas was never in love with teenage romance.

      Does that make for good film? Not the least for the romance. The non-romantic parts of the film are much better though not something that would blow of the Star War faithful. The actual plot is nicely told and comes off a winner despite being arduously convulated. There is plenty of action. The action sequences are beautifully shot and absolute fun. The bad part is that the actions have been overdone to death, killing its novelty - if one lightsabers was not enough this film has Anakin wield two.
      The resonance with the vedic texts continue here as well - the Kautilyan plotting is very reminiscent of the Shakuni's statecraft in the Mahabharata. Padme shoots Mace a minute after declaring that Doku isn't capable of murder. Yoda hinting that Jedi has lost connection with the Force because of arrogance - Karna forgetting to use his unconquerable weapons on the battlefield due to his arrogant desire to win against Arjuna. The treachery of Lee is very Shakuni-like. In fact you can map almost all the characters to one another.

      But the fact that Yoda points out repeatedly that a war is no reason to celebrate is just like Krishna reprimanding Duryodhana that the war is no reason to rejoice as you have control over the war but not the consequences of the war.
      George Lucas has thrown in a lot more action into the film, maybe as an apology for the lack of it in The Phantom Menace but the overkill has done more harm than good with the film coming out to be un-StarWars-like - the weakest of the entire franchise.

      Sadly a lowly 3 star

      Revenge of the Sith

      The best of the prequels. The storyline is solid and the actions breathtaking. The marriage of philosophy and technicality is complete. The technology embellishes the film overcoming the shakiness of the earlier prequels. It is beautiful, sublime and expected. It is a Star Wars movie.
      From the time that Anakin and Padme stare at each other from the horizons of Coruscant to the time when the villany of the trio - Count Doku, General Grievous and the Emperor himself becomes known, the film is uniformly exhilirating.

      It is a visual 'space opera'. The desert planet Utapau from where General Grievous menacingly conspires is a visual treat. ObiWan riding on a giant 'Jurassic' lizard is simply awesome. The droids no longer irritate - their personality is eccentric but not bothersome.
      Revenge of the Sith is very sombre movie. It gives us the sense of the spread of the Empire's evil designs. It provides us the most extravagant space battles. It gives us unhindered drama, scheming villains and unexpected sprite.

      Palpatine declares himself Emperor after ensuring the the Jedi is systematically massacred all over the galaxies by their own soldiers by planting a 'Manchurian Candidate' on the clones. This sequence is extremely powerful not for the manner of the massacre but the obliteration of the morals that the Jedi stood for. The institution of the Jedi is nearing an end - and several plots point to it - Mace's nearly killing Siduous, the Plapatine-Siduous duel of falsities and other circumstances where every motive is questionable and every intention dubious.
      Striving to remove fear from oneself could be a path to nirvana but equally it might be a path to the 'nether world'. Seems surprising but not when motives are questionable and intentions dubious.

      The Jedi purge is largely symbolic of the collective failure of the good. The idea of a soldier surrendering his soul to the devil for fear of losing everything he has fought for has been discussed in the Mahabharata where Ashwathama, the great warrior unleashes the most devilish of weapons to kill everyone on the other side including unborn foetuses without even having the power to withdraw is akin to the soul being sold to the devil in him. The same idea is espoused in the film - in Anakin's quest for power and freedom without the morals, ObiWan's distancing itself from imparting impartial advice to Anakin and suffering shame in the process, Padme's succumbing to her husband's whims knowing his dangerous plans.
      The duels are very well thought off and executed - ObiWan and Anakin, Yoda and Doku. The technology imprints in this duels are all too visible but what stands out is the emotional connect which carries over to the closing melancholia of ObiWan and Yoda.

      This film is grand by all strech of imagination, something George Lucas would be proud of. This film certainly does not let down the Star War fans. Whatever lacunae is in the dialogue is more than adequately plugged by the emotional beats of the John Williams musical scores.
      However, the film does have its howlers. Princess Leia dies the moment she is born and the final duel gets sucked in the surrounding landscape due to awful colour contrasts.

      Definetly deserves 4 and half stars.

      A New Hope

      The problem with this film is it continues to live with unispiring dialogues. And some of them, I must admit are crass. The later films in the trilogy also had superior acting though with hindsight as there was nothing to compare when The New Hope was released. But it deserves the respect for it was the first.
      Despite being shallow in its storyline it is both pathbreaking and exhilirating. The film has many firsts - lightsabers, dog fights in space, laser shootouts, aliens of all shape and sizes and of course Jabba the Hutt.

      A sci-fi series is born. The fans are exposed to the galaxy, to superpower granting Force, dictatorial governments, democratic ideology lurking beneath authoritarian streaks and sumbersives scrapping to get free. The impressive bit is that even without having an inkling of the prequels and the sequels the film did not look incomplete. It was a fim into itself and George Lucas could have simply stopped with it and still etched as a great filmmaker.
      There is enough hints of the use of Vedic ideas and mixed with science fantasy the film is thoroughly a joy to watch. And it left the fans wanting more.

      A 3 stars or 4 if I did not know of the prequels and sequels.

      The Empire Strikes Back

      George Lucas turned to Irvin Kershner for direction and Lawrence Kasdan for screenplay in this film and the difference was for everybody to see. Kershner injected life and warmth that were sadly missing in the previous films while Kasdan's dialogues were more humane having poise, modulation and subtle wit. It's a storytelling par excellence, a perfect 'space opera'.
      The characterisation is supreme. Nothing seems flab. Nothing seems unwanted. The fans can sense the direction the film is going from the start - the rebellion and the romances of Han and Leia. Luke begins his training to be a Jedi. Fans can now connect to the happenings of the galaxy and wait for the Empire to Strike Back.

      It's a film on the dark side. The heroes in this film are vulnerable. They are bogged down by their own weaknesses. The Empire is on a high. They are on a march. They possess the ultimate unknown weapon but they still cannot be completely victorious. The message is very Eastern - it is not all white and black, there are many areas of grey in between - classic Yin-Yang. The fact that Luke is weighed down by his mistakes and inability to comprehend Yoda's message when on the doorsteps of unimaginable power is just like Arjuna not able to initially comprehend Krishna's invincibility.
      There is excitement, adventure, large scale spectacle, enormous setpieces, great physical drama, complex romances, engaging conversations, spiritual encounters, remarkable muppets, dark characters and even pure humour.

      And then there is the ultimate villain, Vader - ruthless and insensitive taking commands from the Emperor himself. And then there is Vader's revelations, his motives which leaves his conversations with Palpatine so much potent. A completely different Star Wars from now on.
      A very Mahabharat like ending where the victorious is also the loser and the loser is still a loser. Geroge Lucas, however leaves all of them alive. The last images of Luke and Leia running scared and Han being carried off by scavenger are still very alive. The fact that this film was the first of the many Star Wars ones that I saw as a young child is evident from the impressions it has imprinted in me that this is the best sci-fi movie ever made.

      Five Star - 5 out of 5 - anything else is blasphemous

      Return of the Jedi

      It is undoubtedly the weakest of the original trilogy. Not completely hopeless. But lot on the downside to pull it into a morass.
      On the upside there is plenty of action. A truly war movie erupts in the second half with the assault on the second Death Star. The battles are magnificent and get bolder as it becomes evident that the rebellion is trapped in an unwinnable war. Then there is a defining battle that leaves Han cold and neutralised.

      On the upside again is Luke Skywalker who graduates within the film as the last Jedi and his journey becomes known.Luke is now using his new Jedi skills and his character is well expositioned. Yoda is finally laid to rest - lot of tear jerking formula used. ObiWan's ghost haunt the galaxy with suspicious elucidation. Palapatine as the satanic Dark Side of the Force is chillingly evil.
      Plenty of let downs, though, as mentioned. Fans are exposed to some awful mutants that pretends to gobble up the heroes but as soon as it becomes obvious that they are not capable it becomes a game of sidekicks having fun with the only purpose of lengthening the movie.

      Jabba the Hutt's palace consumes half the film - worthless meanderings and pointless use of reeltime. Leia is a waste - stupid romancing. Han, as mentioned, gets neutalised and that's pretty much of him. The faceless scavenger disappears altogether teasing you as to why it was there in the first place. The less said about C3PO the better. Vader who was wonderful in earlier film is back wasting his prescence moaning about his inability against the Dark Side.
      However what salvages the film is at the very end - the Empire has finally fallen, the celebration across the galaxies erupt spontaneously and Luke gets to meet his father. The fans can go home satisfied, the final minutes have mesmerised them into forgeting how awful it all began.

      It was a tough film indeed as it was trying to put the lid on the Star Wars franchise and struggled all through to find an appropriate method to do so. Everything boils down to the constant battles with the Dark Side, how very human for a science fantasy.
      For being worst of the trilogy a poor 2 and a half star.

      VERDICT

      - Smooth video transfer and enhancements - three and half stars
      - Impeccable audio transfers and enhancements - five stars
      - Above average added graphics and special effects - three stars
      - the movies - four stars
      - the religion or cult - five stars
      - the bonus material - four star
      - in totality - five stars if you are a cult member or if not, definitely a four

      Please get it and watch (at your own peril). You shall be converted.

      Welcome to the STAR WARS cult!

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      IN STOCK
      Actors: Harrison Ford, Ewan McGregor, Mark Hamill, Hayden Christensen, Carrie Fisher
      Directors: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand
      Format: Box set
      Language English
      Subtitles: English, French
      Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
      Number of discs: 9
      Classification: 12
      Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
      DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011

      Disc One--Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
      Audio commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
      Audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew
      Languages: English audio description, Spanish, French, , Quebecois and Portuguese
      Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing, Spanish, French, Quebecois, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish / Commentary: English for the
      hard of hearing

      Disc Two--Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
      Audio commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
      Audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew
      Languages: English audio description, Spanish, French, Quebecois and Portuguese
      Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing, Spanish, French, Quebecois, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish / Commentary: English for the
      hard of hearing

      Disc Three--Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
      Audio commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett
      Audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew
      Languages: English audio description, Spanish, French, Quebecois and Portuguese
      Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish / Commentary: English for the hard of
      hearing

      Disc Four--Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
      Audio commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
      Audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew
      Languages: English audio description, Spanish, French and Portuguese
      Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish / Commentary: English for the hard of
      hearing

      Disc Five--Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
      Audio commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
      Audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew
      Languages: English audio description, Spanish, French and Portuguese
      Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish / Commentary: English for the hard of
      hearing

      Disc Six--Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
      Audio commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
      Audio commentary from archival interviews with cast and crew
      Languages: English audio description, Spanish, French and Portuguese
      Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish / Commentary: English for the hard of
      hearing

      Disc Seven--Star Wars: Episodes I-III Archives
      Including deleted, extended and alternate scenes
      Prop, maquette and costume turnarounds
      Matte paintings and concept art
      Supplementary interviews with cast and crew
      A flythrough of the Lucasfilm archives and more

      Disc Eight--Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI Archives
      Including deleted, extended and alternate scenes
      Prop, maquette and costume turnarounds
      Matte paintings and concept art
      Supplementary interviews with cast and crew and more

      Disc Nine--The Star Wars Documentaries
      Star Warriors (2007, Approximately 84 minutes)--Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures... these fans want to be action figures. A tribute to the 501st
      Legion, a global organisation of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.
      A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Approximately 25 minutes)--George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John
      Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the
      movie.
      Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Approximately 91 minutes)--The farce is strong with this one. Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been
      created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more. And don't miss "Weird Al" Yankovic's one-of-a-kind
      music video tribute to The Phantom Menace.
      The Making of Star Wars (1977, Approximately 49 minutes)--Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big
      screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
      The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Approximately 48 minutes)--Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas' vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality.
      Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Approximately 48 minutes)--Go behind the scenes--and into the costumes--as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilised by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.
      Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Approximately 26 minutes)--See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later. George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.
      Star Wars Tech (2007, Approximately 46 minutes)--Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it
      today.

      Also reviewed for Ciao Uk under same name and title.

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