EH Buyer’s Scorecard: Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray

A closer look at this nine-disc box set, from in-house and around the web.

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People have been waiting years for George Lucas to pry his fingers off the Star Wars films and put together a Blu-ray release. Last week, that magical moment happened. However, it wasn’t exactly what fans had been frothing for over the years — or was it?

First came word that the movies would be released as three separate box sets. You could get The Prequel Trilogy (which includes the last three films), The Original Trilogy, or you could skip the inevitable and just buy the entire set as The Complete Saga. In other words, no individual disc purchases, people.

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That’s ok, though. At last peek, Amazon was selling the set for $79.99. That’s 43 percent off the title’s list price, and about $10 more that the list for each of the other two sets.

Despite that full 1080p HD image, a new DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1 track, and enough extras for choke Jabba the Hutt, fans don’t seem all that happy. Looking at Amazon’s product page, this set currently has two out of five stars, with over 1,300 Jedi Masters weighing in with an opinion. Apparently, Star Wars fans do not like those movies being messed with.

Lucas, being the perfectionist tweaker that he is, made a few “improvements.” Most notably, there are a lot of changed scenes. (Scroll down for an example.) That would be fine and dandy, but he “forgot” to include the original theatrical films — you know, the ones that everyone wanted in the first place. Ah, maybe the next box set.

Despite the anger, the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray set is currently perched at the top of Amazon’s best-seller list. We don’t see it moving anytime soon. If you’re wondering if the nine-disc box is worth your time, money, and maybe a little Internet vent, check out what critics have been saying about the set below.

What the Studio Says

“Relive the unforgettable moments and experience the spectacular adventure of Star Wars: The Complete Saga in a way only Blu-ray can deliver. This incredible collection unites all six Episodes together for the frst time in stunning high definition with the purest digital sound in the galaxy. With over 40 hours of thrilling special features, including all-new content created exclusively for this release, you can journey deeper into the Star Wars universe and discover more than ever before. Feel the Force of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray!”
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Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web

Star Wars: The Complete Saga

9-disc Blu-ray box set

Excellent audio and video

Insane amount of extras

2.35:1 aspect ratio

No theatrical film versions

No individual disc sales

Big Picture Big Sound
“In general, whenever the action starts in any of the movies, we’d do well to hang on and enjoy a bold sonic ride. The best and most violent example in Episode V would be the prolonged snow battle on Hoth, a royal @ss-kicking on ice. Episode VI offers up more of the same, although the speeder bike chase certainly stands alone, and the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt has quite a few hangers-on, riff-raff of every species that we can hear in the shadows even when we can’t see them.”
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Blu-ray.com
“I don’t think anyone expected this release of The Complete Saga to be free of controversy. But come on. It’s Star Wars. On Blu-ray. This is a once-in-a-technological-generation event, and if your hatred of George Lucas’ revisionist tinkerings keeps you from enjoying some of your favorite films in high definition, you’re missing out.”
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High-Def Digest
“While the video presentations waver a bit, the audio presentations are rock solid, producing rocking demo-material for any sound system out there. There are so many special features it will take you weeks to finish them all off.”
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What Electronic House Says

It’s all of the Star Wars movies on Blu-ray. Which part didn’t you get? If you’re a fan of any of the six movies or Blu-ray in general, we’re guessing you’re going to pick this one up. It’s not going to be exactly how you remember it, but in some respects, that’s a good thing. After all, how many times have you wished that you could relive the first time you ever saw Star Wars? Here’s your chance, people. We’re guessing you won’t be disappointed.

What is Electronic House Buyers Scorecard?

Rather than bring our users a single opinion on a product or service, our EH Buyers Scorecard combines what the manufacturer has to say about their product with real ratings and reviews from other websites, along with our own opinions and knowledge of the product to derive a wider lens recommendation that can help you in making a purchase decision.

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