Star Wars Returning to Jedi

 
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Star Wars Returning to Jedi
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Original Release Date:
1983
Original Running Time:
135
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Brief Synopsis:
In the follow up project to “Building Empire” Jambe Davdar presents Star Wars: Returning to Jedi, charting an in depth view intro, and around the story of SW6.
Intention:
This is a ‘commentary documentary’, combining all of the know behind the scenes footage with audio commentary and text facts.
Other Sources:

- 2004 DVD Supplemental Material
- 2006 OT DVD
- Laserdisc Supplementals
- Classic Creatures
- From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga
- Other official DVD extras (if you know of any specific ROTJ footage let me know)
- Teasers Trailers
- Photos of Sand storm deleted scene (anyone got hi-res versions)
- Comic Adaptations
- Radio Drama
- Skywalker (BBC Radio 1 Programme)
- NPR Richard Marquand Audio Interview
- Return of the Ewok
- Horizon, How to Film the Impossible
- ROTJ Soundtrack (previously unreleased music)
- BBC Interview — Jeremy Bulloch
- Ocpmovie’s Classic Edition
- Original and Special Editions
- Annotated Screenplays Book
- Wonder Column in Space CD
- When Star Wars Ruled the World
- Rarities 1
- Lucasfilm Archives book
- Art of ROTJ Book
- Star Wars Chronicles book
- Empire Building book
Release Information
  • NTSC DVD-9
  • PAL DVD-9
Special Features
- ‘Ugly as Sin’ Teaser Trailer
- Trailer
- Revenge of the Jedi crawl
- Alternate Sail Barge music sequence
- Speederbike Storyboard comparison
- Easter Egg
Editing Details:
DVD Details:
- PAL DUAL LAYER 2hr 27min main doco (total 2hrs 38 inc extras)
- 16:9 Anamorphic
- AC3 Audio

NTSC single layer version of this, lower in quality than the PAL dual layer, but still very much enjoyable.
Cover art by Sluggo (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by Jambe Davdar (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by Jambe Davdar (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by Jambe Davdar (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by Jambe Davdar (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by BlueHarvest82 (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by Darth Solo (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by Darth Solo (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Complete Documentary Art Set (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by Sky_UK (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by Sky_UK (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art by AvP (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Star Wars - Returning to Jedi

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9.3
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9.0

Initial doc from Jamie Benning’s Star Wars trilogy is, not surprisingly, the weakest.
From the menu design to long stretches with no extras.
This installment, while extremely interesting, pales next to Begins and Building Empire.

Video - Thoughtful layering of stills, sketches, models, as well as behind the scenes footage and deleted scenes. With so many sources, it is unfair to expect razor video quality throughout. Some of the extras are blurry, others are marred by rapid camera movement. Nevertheless, narrative coherence is maintained and nothing is too flawed. Indeed, some of the more damaged materials are the most interesting, and I am glad the editor included them.

Audio - Reads 5.1, but much of the original material is Dolby 2 or simple stereo. Everything and every one is discernable, though. As noted in another review, Harrison Ford has a tendency to mumble. More in the later (2004) commentaries than in the earlier (1984 >). Not a problem, just noticeable. No dialogue subs, only info subs.

Narrative - As noted, there are several stretches where this are no “documentary” elements. Only the movie rolling along. Difficult to gauge whether there was a lack of supplemental material for those sections or if this was editor neglect. One point becomes clear - Lucas did not have a clear vision for Jedi. Much of the time he seemed to be winging it, trusting in serendipity rather than a focused script.

Enjoyment - Extremely mixed bag here. I bitterly recall the disappointment viewing this theatrically. After the first two installments, after viewing the trailer for this, everyone was so pumped. Jedi was such a massive let down. I rewatched at the theater - hoping. Terrible. Latex characters, Boba Fett’s absurd demise, Luke’s inabilities. When I eventually bought the discs Jedi was worse than I remembered. It’s like Lucas dialed back the adult themes and delivered a kiddie film, complete with a teddy bear party.

Extras in this doc are minimal. Cause could stem from the fact that the Star Wars phenomenon had peaked. The mania had passed. I well remember how quickly the first two radio installments were released, and how Jedi came out a full decade later. (Note - To the best of my knowledge, the prequels never had a radio series, never boasted the plethora of behind the scenes footage, only lots of toy merchandising.)

Hearing the doc one soon realizes that producers knew Jedi might well displease. Expectations were skyhigh. Listening to comments, Lucas’s vision was second-guessed, the directions he went were not understood - then and now. This doc is informative, yet cringe-inducing, seeing error after error committed. Also, there is an “end of vacation” vibe from all narrators. “Loved doing this, but tired of it and wanna move along.”

No matter the failures of the original film, Benning’s documentary is whole heartedly recommended. This is a must for Star Wars fans. In so many ways, this is a better experience than the original. Thank you, Mr Bennng, for persevering with this and sharing with the world. Fans everywhere are in your debt.

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Pretty much everything I said in my Building Empire review stands here. The only difference is there were no video or audio glitches. Wonderful commentary/documentary on Return of the Jedi, and definitely a must see by any Star Wars fan.

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Review by Mr.Lovebucket — March 9, 2012 @ 1:38 am

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