This collection is available from Amazon.com, however, it appears to have been rereleased later with the packaging being different than the one I bought.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga is one of those purchases that Lucasfilm marketing and George Lucas counted on fans like myself buying. Until Lucas sold the SW brand to Disney, SW was pretty much my favorite series of all time due to the characters, mythology, and world-building. Regardless of how you like (or dislike) Disney’s handling of the sequels, SW: TCS represented all 6 of the movies on Bluray up until that point. The fidelity of the movies (picture quality and sound) are stunning. While the prequels are of questionable quality based on their story and characterization, they are a masterful technical achievement with the space battle sequence of the 3rd movie integrated computer graphics.
The “Original” Story
It should be noted at the outset that if you are “purist,” you still aren’t getting the “original” release of the original SW movies with this collection–rather the “Special Editions” of those movies that Lucas recut in the late 1990s with the additional CGI material added in. Just so you’re aware. I prefer the original cut of the movies, but it isn’t a make or break deal for me. I’ve gushed over this trilogy before in other blog posts, so I won’t rehash it here, but I think that the audio and the picture fidelity is really good. Not 4K unfortunately, but still an awesome 1080p master of the movies.
No Sequels (or Digital Editions)
So, that’s right–this came out before Lucas sold the rights to the brand to Disney, so The Force Awakens isn’t included (nor Rogue One, and now, The Last Jedi), so it really is the “Not so Complete Edition,” but at the time it was “complete.” One thing that really bums me out about this edition is the lack of Digital Editions. This almost was a deal-breaker for me, and I almost didn’t purchase this edition. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Editions did come with Digital Editions (and the Extended Editions to boot–but I don’t think Amazon is selling that “edition” anymore as it wasn’t there when I looked for this post). Lucasfilm wanted to “double-dip” and get paid twice for the same content. As much as I would like the convenience of digital as these are my favorites, I refuse to pay again for these movies and I do not own them in digital format, especially when their competition figured it out. Still, to have the “complete” (at the time) set, I ultimately decided it was worth it.
Well, that’s it for today, and I hope you enjoyed this brief look at another boxed set that is on my Bookshelf.
- Read Skin Deep (Sci-Fi) for Free at Aurora Wolf
- Read Childe Roland (Fantasy) for Free at Electric Spec
- Read Faerie Knight (Fantasy) in the anthology Fae, Rhonda Parrish, Ed. or the Kindle Edition
- Read Ship of Shadows (Sci-Fi) in the anthology Visions IV: Space Between Stars, Carrol Fix, Ed. or the Kindle Edition.
- Read WarLight (Sci-Fi) in the anthology Visions VI: Galaxies, Carrol Fix, Ed. or the Kindle Edition.
- Read Dragonhawk (Fantasy) in the magazine Tales of the Talisman, Vol. 8, Iss. 3, David Lee Summers, Ed. or the Kindle Edition