Title: Star Wars: The Complete Saga (1977-2005)
Disc Size: BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc/Nine Disc Set
Resolution/Video Codec: 1080p/AVC
Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Subtitles: Many languages
Run Time: 805 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating: I, II, IV, V, & VI – PG III – PG-13
Region Coding: Region free
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46″ 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu
I am not going to spend a great deal of time talking about these six films. Chances are most of you have seen the entire saga at least once and a fair number of you have probably seen the entire saga from start to finish in a few days or less.
Beginning in 1977 George Lucas brought the world a new galaxy in which see a boy’s (Luke) reality come crashing down as it is destroyed by an evil force known as The Empire. In 1980 and 1983 we saw the continuation of the boy’s quest as he seeks to find out who he is, where he comes from, and how to stop The Empire. 16 years later in 1999 the world is once again reintroduced to Star Wars through what has become known as the prequel trilogy. Here we see the story of Luke’s father, Anakin, and his struggle with good and evil.
While everyone has their favorites from this saga it really is a wonderful story from start to finish despite Lucas’ changes that have came with every home video release in the last 30 years. Whether you’ve seen the entire saga or not do yourself and your family a favor and sit down together to watch this timeless saga because we all now that Star Wars not only changed film, but it also changed popular culture.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga comes to Blu-ray with a set of films that actually look well done. Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were actually filmed digitally in 1080p so it’s no surprise that they look the best without any glaring issues. The Phantom Menace was filmed in standard 35mm just like the original trilogy and looks great for the most part. However, someone decided that DNR was needed so there are several scenes throughout the film that have evidence of DNR. It’s not overly obtrusive, but it is certainly noticeable in several key sequences. Luckily, that’s as far as the complaints go with the first film in the saga. As far as the original trilogy goes all three films rank about the same in terms of picture quality. There are a few softer shots scattered throughout each film, but I was actually surprised at how good they look on the whole. Despite The Phantom Menace’s problems fans should be impressed with the entire set.
There’s not much to say concerning the audio of Star Wars: The Complete Saga except that it is absolutely perfect. Presented in DTS-HD MA 6.1 this is by far the best part of the set. Everything including dialogue, blaster fire, lightsabers, speeders, and ships is just perfect. As a matter of fact this may be the best mix I have heard all year in terms of clarity, LFE, and surround usage. If you don’t have a proper surround system make sure and get one before watching the saga on Blu-ray.
The Star Wars: The Complete Saga set is nine discs in all. The first six discs comprise of the films themselves along with two audio commentary tracks per disc. The first commentary track is the same ones that were used on the DVDs that have been released in different years. The second commentary track consists of just about every actor and crewman that was a part of making the films throughout the 25 plus years. Both tracks are interesting, but you’ve probably heard some of it at one point or another in the past.
The real meat of the set comes in the form of three additional BD-50 discs that contain anything and everything Star Wars related. So that this review can fit in a single post here is the link that shows the list of features found on the three supplemental discs: http://www.starwars.com/news/starwars_blu-ray.html
Unless you just despise Star Wars for some strange reason this set belongs in everyone’s movie collection. This will be the definitive set for the saga until a 4K format is released (if ever). You can’t really argue at $80 when you’re talking about 6 films that clock in at over 13 hours plus 3 more discs of extra features. Buy yourself or family a gift and share the best the saga has looked or sounded in home video history. Despite Revenge of the Sith being rated PG-13 the entire saga should be okay for children of all ages except the youngest ones as they won’t understand the sci-fi violence.
Video Score: 8/10
Audio Score: 10/10
Special Features Score : 10/10