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1. Star Wars Trilogy
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The Star Wars trilogy had the rare distinction of becoming more than just a series of movies, but a cultural phenomenon, a life-defining event for its generation.On its surface, George Lucas's original 1977 film is a rollicking and humorous space fantasy that owes debts to more influences than one can count on two hands, but filmgoers became entranced by its basic struggle of good vs. evil "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," its dazzling special effects, and a mythology of Jedi Knights, the Force, and droids.

In the first film, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) gets to live out every boy's dream: ditch the farm and rescue a princess (Carrie Fisher).Accompanied by the roguish Han Solo (Harrison Ford, the only principal who was able to cross over into stardom) and trained by Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), Luke finds himself involved in a galactic war against the Empire and the menacing Darth Vader (David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones).The following film, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), takes a darker turn as the tiny rebellion faces an overwhelming onslaught.Directed by Irvin Kershner instead of Lucas, Empire is on the short list of Best Sequels Ever, marked by fantastic settings (the ice planet, the cloud city), the teachings of Yoda, a dash of grown-up romance, and a now-classic "revelation" ending.The final film of the trilogy, Return of the Jedi (1983, directed by Richard Marquand), is the most uneven.While the visual effects had taken quantum leaps over the years, resulting in thrilling speeder chases and space dogfights, the story is an uneasy mix of serious themes (Luke's maturation as a Jedi, the end of the Empire-rebellion showdown) and the cuddly teddy bears known as the Ewoks.

Years later, George Lucas transformed his films into "special editions" by adding new scenes and special effects, which were greeted mostly by shrugs from fans.They were perfectly happy with the films they had grown up with (who cares if Greedo shot first?), and thus disappointed by Lucas's decision to make the special editions the only versions available. --David Horiuchi ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I love the Star Wars Trilogy S.E., warts and all...
I'm somewhat ambivalent about the Special Edition versions of the Star Wars trilogy. On one hand, I rather like the idea that Lucas decided to re-tool the legendary saga more towards his original vision of how he wanted them to look, using modern movie magic technology that had just been a far-off dream when he originally produced these films . On the other hand, I also feel that one should just accept a movie's shortcomings, despite the stature of legend they have attained, and just get on with life. But, I must admit that a lot of the enhancements and expansions worked fairly well, and looked convincing in most cases. Unfortunately, not ALL of the new moments passed muster in my eyes...

I was finally glad that some of the Biggs Darklighter footage was restored to Star Wars (aka prior to the Death Star run). For many years I've heard about these cut scenes- Biggs and Luke talking about the future on Uncle Owen's moisture farm, and the hangar reunion- and had high hopes of finally seeing them. Unfortunately, only the hangar reunion was put back in. The moisture farm intro may well be forever lost...

Another weird addition was Greedo firing first before Han plugged him from under the table in the Cantina. Talk about revisionist history! And the new Jabba scene didn't look that great to me. The CGI Jabba looks a bit too smooth. He was a good sight more wrinkled and warty in both Episode I (Before Star Wars) and Return of the Jedi. Also, you do NOT step on the tail of the most influential crime lord on the planet! I mean, I know they had to tweak the scene to make it work, but still! That should've called for Han's execution right there! Hey, is that Boba Fett hangin' out in the hangar with Jabba? Cool, now he's in all three films!

Then there's that concentric ring of energy that flies outward after the explosions of both Alderaan and the Death Star. Aside from being an unnecessary embellishment, I found this little addition to lack originality as well. This same effect was used in the opening of 'Star Trek VI'. Whoops... I just mentioned 'Star Trek' in a 'Star Wars' review... so much for renewing my fan club membership! Heh...

'Empire' has the fewest changes of the three. The only part I have a problem with are the scenes of Vader boarding his shuttle on Cloud City following his battle with Luke, then exiting his shuttle onto his flagship. Like the explosion rings, I found this to be an unnecessary embellishment; I already got the drift about how he got to his ship from Cloud City, all right? There's also a slight change of dialogue in one scene, following R2D2 getting spat out by the swamp monster in Dagobah. See if you can tell the difference!

I don't have too many complaints about the "improvements" done to Return Of The Jedi, aside from yet another energy ring expanding from the explosion of the second Death Star. The new Jabba's Palace band was pretty neat, but I still prefer the original three-piece band from the original version. I guess I'm just a sentimental kinda guy. There were a few scenes cut from the original release I was hoping to see (Vader force-strangling an Imperial Guard who blocks his attempts to speak with the Emperor, and an Imperial officer being punished by another Imperial guard for insubordination)... no such luck. The expanded Ewok celebration at the end was pretty neat to watch, and included an all-new John Williams composition that has become my second-favorite 'Star Wars' tune (right behind 'The Imperial March- Darth Vader's Theme', from The Empire Strikes Back of course).

I'm not an absolutist about the widescreen format, but in the case of the Star Wars trilogy, it's an absolute necessity. There's just too much happening on both sides of the screen, and you're likely to miss something important. In this case wider IS better.

I just wish they'd finally release these movies on DVD. Like many of the other Amazon reviewers, I too am getting a bit fed up of the constant VHS re-releases. Let's get with the times here!

'Late!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD's Ever
When the Star Wars trilogy arrives on DVD on September 21, the digitally remastered and restored films will be accompanied by over 10 hours of bonus material that goes inside the making of these classic movies.

Each film resides on its own disc, with sharp, pristene imagery restored and remastered by Lowry Digital Images, and the rich sound experience of the saga presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX. The films also include new commentary tracks, featuring insights from George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, actress Carrie Fisher, sound designer Ben Burtt, and Industrial Light & Magic's Dennis Muren.

The fourth disc is packed with bonus material, the most notable being Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. This two-and-a-half hour documentary traces the evolution of the saga, from a low-budget labor-of-love space saga to the movie phenomenon that defied the odds and reinvented the rules.

This comprehensive documentary features all new interviews with George Lucas and more than 40 members of the cast and crew from the original trilogy, as well as a host of filmmakers and media personalities. Empire of Dreams includes some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the three films.

Other material on the fourth disc includes:

Episode III Behind the Scenes Preview: The Return of Darth Vader: Finally, Star Wars: Episode III will reveal just how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, the most iconic villain in film history. In this exclusive preview, George Lucas discusses Anakin's descent, with a first look at the new Vader costume forged for Episode III. Also, experience how Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor have prepared for the epic lightsaber battle that has been anticipated for more than two decades: the climactic showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The Birth of the Lightsaber: Its unforgettable hum and scintillating glow are instantly recognizable around the world. Now, viewers will discover the origins of this elegant weapon from a more civilized age in this documentary devoted to the lightsaber.

The Characters of Star Wars: An in-depth look at how favorite characters came to be, featuring rare concept art, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with George Lucas and the cast and crew who shaped the screen's favorite heroes.

The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars: Star Wars opened up a galaxy of possibilities to a generation of filmmakers and creative talents. Hear from some of the most notable filmmakers of our time about how influential the Star Wars movies have been to their lives.

Star Wars Battlefront Trailer and Playable Demo: The fourth disc will offer a trailer featuring an exciting look at the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront video game from LucasArts, along with a special demo for Xbox users that lets players fight the Battle of Endor as a Rebel or Imperial soldier and drive AT-STs, ride speeder bikes and use different weapons to lead their side to victory. The full version of Star Wars Battlefront will also be released Sept. 21 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC.

Star Wars: Episode III Making the Game Preview: Video-game players will be able to experience the stunning Jedi action of Episode III themselves in the new Star Wars: Episode III game, due out in Spring 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. This special feature shows how game developers at LucasArts worked behind-the-scenes and on the set to create the most authentic Jedi experience ever.

Original Trailers and TV Spots: The original theatrical teaser, launch and re-release trailers for each film, plus TV spots, are featured on the DVD.

Never-Before-Seen Production Gallery: Delve into an unseen corners of the Lucasfilm Archives with exclusive photos from the making of the trilogy, with hundreds of rare behind-the-scene images.

Posters and Print Campaigns: The original releases of the Star Wars films came at a time when international campaigns produced a wealth of intriguing, alternative poster art. Explore a collection of theatrical posters from around the world.

Exclusive DVD-ROM Content: The Star Wars Trilogy DVDs are keys that unlock exclusive content available only through a special DVD-ROM website.

5-0 out of 5 stars M-I-G-H-T-Y F-I-N-E
the star wars trilogy was byfar the best trilogy I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all of the star wars movies were MIGH-TY FINE, and to the guy that said star wars was a LOTR rippoff, I can't see where you are going with your story, its nothing like LOTR, and I for one are one of those people you were talking about and as long as the star wars movies come out i'll help make Lucas richer!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
I just recently purchased a DVD player and knew that the Star Wars Trilogy would have to be in my collection ASAP. Of course I've these three movies many, many times, but for some reason I never tire of seeing them again. The first one brings back many childhood memories (my brother had a Star Wars themed bedroom!) and it's comforting to put it on just to have as background noise when my apartment gets too quiet. I guess that is the true meaning of a classic movie - you love it so much that it becomes a part of yourself.

The added interviews and such on this DVD were pretty insightful to me and the bonus disc of "never before seen" footage from making the three movies had me giddy with delight!

I can't imagine anyone not wanting to have this set in their collection!

2-0 out of 5 stars Lord of The RIngs Ripoff!!!
The Star Wars legacy was directly stolen from The Lord of The Rings novels, which were publised in the 1950s. It's shameless, I tell you, shameless!

First there's Luke Skywalker, who has to leave behind his friends to face the evil all alone. But he gets to take along a little droid named R2-D2. This is obviously based on Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings. Then there are the wise Jedi Masters, Yoda and Obi Wan Kanobe. These two characters were obviously based on Tolkien's Gandalf.

Han Solo is a carbon copy of Aragorn. Princess Liea, the warrior hottie, is a ripoff of Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings. Chewbacca is just a ripoff of Gimli. And what about Boba Fett, the mysterious loner who is loyal to no one, who is only out for himself? This is just a ripoff of Gollum. The Death Star is really Mount Doom. Darth Vader is Saruman, and The Empoeror is Saruman.

And then there's Lando Calrisian, who is stolen from J.R.R. Tolkein's character King Theoden. You know, the cowardly ruler who bow's down to the bad guy, then finds his courage to fight! The storm toopers are just Orcs. And the most shameless ripoff of all is the Imperial Walkers in Empire Strikes Back! They are just like the Mumakil monsters in Lord of the Rings.

I can't believe how George Lucas become so filthy rich through thievery!! ... Read more


2. Star Wars Trilogy Giftpack
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Real STAR WARS
Unlike the new Star Wars movies (from the older stories)these original movies, before they were 'remastered', had true 'spirit' or 'heart' or whatever - they were REAL. The 'special effects' (damn good for that time, if u care) weren't what made the movies such awesome adventures. It was a combination of things - a yearning to live the impeccable warrior life of a Jedi, to battle a terrible evil empire, to avenge the deaths of friends, family & unknown innocents, to live in the beautiful forests of Endor with the strange, primitive creatures called 'Ewoks', to bravely enter into the unkown - if you do not understand, all I can say is what a pity. The pathetic attempts at humour found in the new movies were not in these original movies - they were not needed.
When I was growing up, Star Wars, like Conan & Monkey Magic (the real life series not the cartoon), inpires me. Lots.

4-0 out of 5 stars Important, Fun, but not briliant.
The Star Wars Saga was a breakthrough in the science fiction movies. It is an imprtant series that should be learned, or at least mentioned, in cinema academies. However, it's not really a good movie. When the movies came out, the then breathtaking special effects had covered on its weaknesses. Today, when these effects are no longer unique, one can see more clearly the weaknesses of the series. The plot is generally OK though kind of weak and sometimes boring and pathetic, such as The Toy-Beaver like Alliens in "Return of the Jedi", at least, if you do something like that, after making millions in 2 movies- Get better costumes! The actors are pretty good, not great, but ok, and the general idea is good.

Anyway, why 4 stars? Well, it is a classic, and as a breakthrougher it disorves some honor. It has some ideas that turned into cultural icons and even a religion, lately. The immortal Yoda (Though it could've been made better, I mean, what's with that muppet?) and of course, every-kid's-dream: The lightsavors. It is a nice movie, that is generally fun. It is a must see, as an important peice of cinematic history, but I guess it's just over-appriciated. ... Read more


3. Star Wars Trilogy (Special Edition)
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Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars I love the Star Wars Trilogy S.E., warts and all...
I'm somewhat ambivalent about the Special Edition versions of the Star Wars trilogy. On one hand, I rather like the idea that Lucas decided to re-tool the legendary saga more towards his original vision of how he wanted them to look, using modern movie magic technology that had just been a far-off dream when he originally produced these films . On the other hand, I also feel that one should just accept a movie's shortcomings, despite the stature of legend they have attained, and just get on with life. But, I must admit that a lot of the enhancements and expansions worked fairly well, and looked convincing in most cases. Unfortunately, not ALL of the new moments passed muster in my eyes...

I was finally glad that some of the Biggs Darklighter footage was restored to Star Wars (aka prior to the Death Star run). For many years I've heard about these cut scenes- Biggs and Luke talking about the future on Uncle Owen's moisture farm, and the hangar reunion- and had high hopes of finally seeing them. Unfortunately, only the hangar reunion was put back in. The moisture farm intro may well be forever lost...

Another weird addition was Greedo firing first before Han plugged him from under the table in the Cantina. Talk about revisionist history! And the new Jabba scene didn't look that great to me. The CGI Jabba looks a bit too smooth. He was a good sight more wrinkled and warty in both Episode I (Before Star Wars) and Return of the Jedi. Also, you do NOT step on the tail of the most influential crime lord on the planet! I mean, I know they had to tweak the scene to make it work, but still! That should've called for Han's execution right there! Hey, is that Boba Fett hangin' out in the hangar with Jabba? Cool, now he's in all three films!

Then there's that concentric ring of energy that flies outward after the explosions of both Alderaan and the Death Star. Aside from being an unnecessary embellishment, I found this little addition to lack originality as well. This same effect was used in the opening of 'Star Trek VI'. Whoops... I just mentioned 'Star Trek' in a 'Star Wars' review... so much for renewing my fan club membership! Heh...

'Empire' has the fewest changes of the three. The only part I have a problem with are the scenes of Vader boarding his shuttle on Cloud City following his battle with Luke, then exiting his shuttle onto his flagship. Like the explosion rings, I found this to be an unnecessary embellishment; I already got the drift about how he got to his ship from Cloud City, all right? There's also a slight change of dialogue in one scene, following R2D2 getting spat out by the swamp monster in Dagobah. See if you can tell the difference!

I don't have too many complaints about the "improvements" done to Return Of The Jedi, aside from yet another energy ring expanding from the explosion of the second Death Star. The new Jabba's Palace band was pretty neat, but I still prefer the original three-piece band from the original version. I guess I'm just a sentimental kinda guy. There were a few scenes cut from the original release I was hoping to see (Vader force-strangling an Imperial Guard who blocks his attempts to speak with the Emperor, and an Imperial officer being punished by another Imperial guard for insubordination)... no such luck. The expanded Ewok celebration at the end was pretty neat to watch, and included an all-new John Williams composition that has become my second-favorite 'Star Wars' tune (right behind 'The Imperial March- Darth Vader's Theme', from The Empire Strikes Back of course).

I'm not an absolutist about the widescreen format, but in the case of the Star Wars trilogy, it's an absolute necessity. There's just too much happening on both sides of the screen, and you're likely to miss something important. In this case wider IS better.

I just wish they'd finally release these movies on DVD. Like many of the other Amazon reviewers, I too am getting a bit fed up of the constant VHS re-releases. Let's get with the times here!

'Late!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD's Ever
When the Star Wars trilogy arrives on DVD on September 21, the digitally remastered and restored films will be accompanied by over 10 hours of bonus material that goes inside the making of these classic movies.

Each film resides on its own disc, with sharp, pristene imagery restored and remastered by Lowry Digital Images, and the rich sound experience of the saga presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX. The films also include new commentary tracks, featuring insights from George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, actress Carrie Fisher, sound designer Ben Burtt, and Industrial Light & Magic's Dennis Muren.

The fourth disc is packed with bonus material, the most notable being Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. This two-and-a-half hour documentary traces the evolution of the saga, from a low-budget labor-of-love space saga to the movie phenomenon that defied the odds and reinvented the rules.

This comprehensive documentary features all new interviews with George Lucas and more than 40 members of the cast and crew from the original trilogy, as well as a host of filmmakers and media personalities. Empire of Dreams includes some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the three films.

Other material on the fourth disc includes:

Episode III Behind the Scenes Preview: The Return of Darth Vader: Finally, Star Wars: Episode III will reveal just how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, the most iconic villain in film history. In this exclusive preview, George Lucas discusses Anakin's descent, with a first look at the new Vader costume forged for Episode III. Also, experience how Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor have prepared for the epic lightsaber battle that has been anticipated for more than two decades: the climactic showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The Birth of the Lightsaber: Its unforgettable hum and scintillating glow are instantly recognizable around the world. Now, viewers will discover the origins of this elegant weapon from a more civilized age in this documentary devoted to the lightsaber.

The Characters of Star Wars: An in-depth look at how favorite characters came to be, featuring rare concept art, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with George Lucas and the cast and crew who shaped the screen's favorite heroes.

The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars: Star Wars opened up a galaxy of possibilities to a generation of filmmakers and creative talents. Hear from some of the most notable filmmakers of our time about how influential the Star Wars movies have been to their lives.

Star Wars Battlefront Trailer and Playable Demo: The fourth disc will offer a trailer featuring an exciting look at the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront video game from LucasArts, along with a special demo for Xbox users that lets players fight the Battle of Endor as a Rebel or Imperial soldier and drive AT-STs, ride speeder bikes and use different weapons to lead their side to victory. The full version of Star Wars Battlefront will also be released Sept. 21 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC.

Star Wars: Episode III Making the Game Preview: Video-game players will be able to experience the stunning Jedi action of Episode III themselves in the new Star Wars: Episode III game, due out in Spring 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. This special feature shows how game developers at LucasArts worked behind-the-scenes and on the set to create the most authentic Jedi experience ever.

Original Trailers and TV Spots: The original theatrical teaser, launch and re-release trailers for each film, plus TV spots, are featured on the DVD.

Never-Before-Seen Production Gallery: Delve into an unseen corners of the Lucasfilm Archives with exclusive photos from the making of the trilogy, with hundreds of rare behind-the-scene images.

Posters and Print Campaigns: The original releases of the Star Wars films came at a time when international campaigns produced a wealth of intriguing, alternative poster art. Explore a collection of theatrical posters from around the world.

Exclusive DVD-ROM Content: The Star Wars Trilogy DVDs are keys that unlock exclusive content available only through a special DVD-ROM website.

5-0 out of 5 stars M-I-G-H-T-Y F-I-N-E
the star wars trilogy was byfar the best trilogy I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all of the star wars movies were MIGH-TY FINE, and to the guy that said star wars was a LOTR rippoff, I can't see where you are going with your story, its nothing like LOTR, and I for one are one of those people you were talking about and as long as the star wars movies come out i'll help make Lucas richer!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
I just recently purchased a DVD player and knew that the Star Wars Trilogy would have to be in my collection ASAP. Of course I've these three movies many, many times, but for some reason I never tire of seeing them again. The first one brings back many childhood memories (my brother had a Star Wars themed bedroom!) and it's comforting to put it on just to have as background noise when my apartment gets too quiet. I guess that is the true meaning of a classic movie - you love it so much that it becomes a part of yourself.

The added interviews and such on this DVD were pretty insightful to me and the bonus disc of "never before seen" footage from making the three movies had me giddy with delight!

I can't imagine anyone not wanting to have this set in their collection!

2-0 out of 5 stars Lord of The RIngs Ripoff!!!
The Star Wars legacy was directly stolen from The Lord of The Rings novels, which were publised in the 1950s. It's shameless, I tell you, shameless!

First there's Luke Skywalker, who has to leave behind his friends to face the evil all alone. But he gets to take along a little droid named R2-D2. This is obviously based on Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings. Then there are the wise Jedi Masters, Yoda and Obi Wan Kanobe. These two characters were obviously based on Tolkien's Gandalf.

Han Solo is a carbon copy of Aragorn. Princess Liea, the warrior hottie, is a ripoff of Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings. Chewbacca is just a ripoff of Gimli. And what about Boba Fett, the mysterious loner who is loyal to no one, who is only out for himself? This is just a ripoff of Gollum. The Death Star is really Mount Doom. Darth Vader is Saruman, and The Empoeror is Saruman.

And then there's Lando Calrisian, who is stolen from J.R.R. Tolkein's character King Theoden. You know, the cowardly ruler who bow's down to the bad guy, then finds his courage to fight! The storm toopers are just Orcs. And the most shameless ripoff of all is the Imperial Walkers in Empire Strikes Back! They are just like the Mumakil monsters in Lord of the Rings.

I can't believe how George Lucas become so filthy rich through thievery!! ... Read more


4. Star Wars - Episode I, The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition Boxed Set)
Director: George Lucas
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"I have a bad feeling about this," says the young Obi-Wan Kenobi(played by Ewan McGregor) in Star Wars: Episode I, The PhantomMenace as he steps off a spaceship and into the most anticipated cinematic event... well, ever. He might as well be speaking for thelegions of fans of the original episodes in the Star Wars sagawho can't help but secretly ask themselves: Sure, this is StarWars, but is it my Star Wars? The original elevatedmoviegoers' expectations so high that it would have been impossible forany subsequent film to meet them. And as with all the Star Warsmovies, The Phantom Menace features inexplicable plot twists, afistful of loose threads, and some cheek-chewing dialogue. Han Solo'sswagger is sorely missed, as is the pervading menace of heavy-breatherDarth Vader. There is still way too much quasi-mystical mumbo jumbo,and some of what was fresh about Star Wars 22 years earlierfeels formulaic. Yet there's much to admire. The special effects arestupendous; three worlds are populated with a mélange of creatures, flora, and horizons rendered in absolutedetail. The action and battle scenes are breathtaking in theircomplexity. And one particular sequence of the film--theadrenaline-infused pod race through the Tatooine desert--makes the chariot race inBen-Hur look like a Sunday stroll through the park.

Among the host of new characters, there are a few familiar walk-ons. Wewitness the first meeting between R2-D2 and C-3PO, Jabba the Hutt looksyounger and slimmer (but not young and slim), and Yoda is as crabby asever. Natalie Portman's stately Queen Amidala sports hairdos that makePrincess Leia look dowdy and wields a mean laser. We never bond withJedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Obi-Wan's day is yet to come. Jar Jar Binks, a crossbetween a Muppet, a frog, and a hippie, provides many of the movie's lighter moments, while Sith Lord DarthMaul is a formidable force. Baby-faced Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) looks too youngand innocent to command the powers of the Force or wield a lightsaber (much less transmute into the future Darth Vader), but hisboyish exuberance wins over skeptics.

Near the end of the movie, Palpatine, the new leader of the Republic,may be speaking for fans eagerly awaiting Episode II when hepats young Anakin on the head and says, "We will watch your career withgreat interest." Indeed! --Tod Nelson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for DVD quality, 3 stars for the movie
I'm reviewing only the DVD, and not the movie itself, which was a bit of a stinker, in my opinion. Well produced, beautifully filmed, but very poorly written.

Anyway - this is an awesome and incredibly well done DVD. Lots and lots of extras. Great commentary by Lucas, the producer, the sound man, etc. Interview with the composer. Lots and lots and LOTS of background materials on the making of the film, and the entire process of putting it together from initial writing to final production, and the making of the DVD itself.

The image of the movie is *very* crisp and clean. The deleted scenes are a nice addition to the movie. I am very impressed (and surprised, to be cynical about it) that Lucas has given us the full-featured DVD the first time out, and not offered us one scaled down DVD version, only to offer us a better version in a year, and then the full-scale one a year after that, like he's constantly done with the VHS versions of his movies. Thank you, Lucas, for taking care of your fans this time, and not trying to pad your pockets a few times before giving the fans what they *really* want.

Quality-wise, this is absolutely one of the most loaded, best-featured DVDs I have in my collection.

(as a p.s. - after hearing Lucas' commentary, and talking about some things coming up in the next movies, I have realized that a few things I criticized about this movie actually make sense oin terms of the upcoming story-line. However, I still think that, overall, the writing for this movie was only a cut above old b-movies)

4-0 out of 5 stars OK Movie, Great DVD
The Phantom Menace was probably the most heavily anticipated movie in history. It was the prequel to the original Star Wars series and George Lucas was taking the helm as director for the first time since Star Wars in 1977. The film was hyped incessantly and, of course, the final product failed to live up to the expectations. The Phantom Menace is not a bad film. It actually is absolutely amazing to look at and the special effects are incredible. The problem with the film is the plot. It seems disjointed as it bounces around from scene to scene. It seems that Mr. Lucas was to preoccupied with getting the film to look right than the actual story (which is what made the first Star Wars so great). Many people weren't happy with the casting of several roles, especially Ewan MacGregor as Obi Won Kenobi, but he does a decent job in an undeveloped role. Liam Neeson is commanding as Qui Gon Jin and Natalie Portman is quite good as Queen Amadala. The biggest complaint that most people had with the film was with the character of Jar Jar Binks and I won't disagree with most of what's been said about the annoying character. Mr. Lucas has previously shunned the DVD arena (American Graffiti is the only one of his films to appear in the format), but he goes about this release with a vengeance. The extras, including seven deleted scenes, are worth buying this DVD alone. Mr. Lucas spent an additional four million dollars on them and the money is well spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars prequel?
in this one,there is a council of jedis who rule everything and keep the peace.yoda,ben,some black dude and on like that.a younger ben finds a little kid-who is called anakan and later vadar.that kid wins his freedom with bens help in a very cool pod race.ben recognizes the force in the little one and decides to train him as a jedi.the bad guy is darth maul who has a double bladed light saber-very cool.hes the coolest looking character yet.i think peple came down too hard on jar-jar.hes a dork but there have been a lot worse.the kids will like it.it is the 4th part but the first episode.everybody should go see this one because just anybody will like it.anakans mom was pretty nice if she cleaned herself up.this movie isnt as good as the tv says but they blow everything all out of proportion anyway.this movie is abselutely incredible though.i think the black dude may be in the matrix too.its good too.the special effects are good.after this there is one more.then there is an animated short film.there is also another one on the way next summer.

2-0 out of 5 stars To Lucas: Eye of the Tiger, Man!!
To quote the famous lines by Apollo Creed from Rocky III, "You lost for all the wrong reasons, you lost your edge. Eye of the tiger, man!"
A good analogy when you think of it...

When Lucas made the first trilogy he was a relativly unknown up-and-comming writer/director full of desire and well, "hunger" to make his mark. That drive lead to the masterpieces of pop culture we know as ANH and ESB. By ROTJ his edge was already waning but thankfully it was the last one... or so we thought.

By the time TPM came out he lost it completely and produced a quite mediocre if at best ordinary film. Living like a king for the past 20+ years made him not "hungry and full of desire" but fat and content. He lost his edge.

Peter Jackson's LOTR Trilogy is so much better than Lucas' last 2 efforts for this same reason. Jackson has the "eye of the tiger"!

Lucas HAS to get his edge back. Most agree AOTC is better than TPM but not by much. Will episode 3 prove that Lucas got it back??

If only reality played out like the fantasy of Rocky III and Lucas brings home a REAL winner....

1-0 out of 5 stars What drug was George Lucas on?
I love Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. I think that George Lucas should have stopped there. The two movies: The Phantom Menace and the Attack of the Clones....SUCK! What was George Lucas thinking? Jar Jar Binks needs to tossed off the face of the earth, and Hayden Christansen (while hot), needs to take some acting lessons. Not enough special effects in the world could make me want to see the third release. Poor acting and writing have made me want to run for cover! Where's the FORCE when you need it? ... Read more


5. Back to the Future - The Complete Trilogy
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4-0 out of 5 stars Joyride through Time
The time-traveling misadventures of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd has finally made its way to DVD with "Back to the Future" 4-Disc Box Set. "Back to the Future" was one of the most popular films of the 1980s and a surprising box-office hit in 1985. Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump & Cast Away) and co-writer Bob Gale successfully combine elements of humor and science fiction into an inventive and entertaining movie experience. The cast also includes Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. Its two sequels lack some of the energy and spirit of the original but are certainly quite enjoyable. Each film of the series is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen format. The DVD contains a good video transfer with bright colors and some minor bits of grain. The 5.1 Dolby Digital sound is surprisingly clear but a DTS audio track should have been included. The 4-Disc Box Set features over 10 hours of supplemental extras. It features audio commentaries with director Robert Zemeckis and crew, deleted scenes, outtakes, music videos and a in-depth "Making the Trilogy" featurette. With its many fine supplements, the "Back to the Future" Trilogy earns a satisfying "B+".

5-0 out of 5 stars Enough with the framing issue!
The "Back to the Future" Trilogy is one of the greatest DVD sets out there right now. Yes, we are all aware of the framing issues in the widescreen versions of BTTF 2 & 3. Universal may have flubbed and you may have a right to complain about it, but in contrast, the quality of this set overall is excellent. They included "hoverboard" tests, director commentaries, pop up trivia, outtakes and deleted scenes, music videos, behind the scenes features, special effects segments, and more. As a complete boxed set, I couldn't have asked for more. It's a great bargain considering all that's included. The 5 total minutes of "bad framing" is disappointing, but in no way does it take away from the whole of the story. You are still aware of what's going on whether you're seeing it for the first time, or if you've seen it a hundred times.

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox have chemistry. You actually believe that these guys could be friends in real life. Crispin Glover also plays a classic nerd. Even when he's "hip" in the future, you still know that he's a madeover nerd. It just works for him. Thomas F. Wilson plays a good bully. He looks the part, and he plays the part. Great casting by all. I rank these movies in order of release. 1 is best, 2 is great, and 3 is good. If you don't already own this, I suggest you add it to your DVD collection. Others have said it, and I will too...you won't be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best birthday present!
This trilogy has been on my must-have list since part III came out. Call me a dork but I can't get enough of this movie. I really love it, and now am so happy to own the trilogy! It was well worth the wait.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic trilogy!!!!
Anyone who's not a fan of the 'Back to the Future' trilogy should be locked up for some sort of treason to the world of entertainment. Though the first movie is the only one which can be said to stand alone as a whole story, it's when the three of them are put together as one complete adventure that things really get good. In fact, everyone should make a point of watching all three 'Back to the Future' movies in a back-to-back marathon at least once in their lives. Allow the occasional toilet break, of course, but no more than that.

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd stars as the troublesome teen and madcap scientist who do their time-travelling in style, courtesy of a revamped DeLorean. Their adventures over the course of the three incredible movies take them from 1985, to 1955, back to 1985, on to 2015, 1985 again(!), 1955 again(!!) and the wild wild west of 1885 (!!!) before returning home to 1985 in time for tea and a couple of Huey Lewis tracks. It features quite possibly the only sequel ever in which a large chunk takes place within its own predecessor, and definitely the only trilogy to feature Christopher Lloyd leaping around the outside of a moving train rescuing a damsel in distress. Lea Thompson, the brilliant character actor Crispin Glover, Elisabeth Shue, Billy Zane and the marvelous Thomas F. Wilson are among the other members of a fine supporting cast. And is that really Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers popping up as squeaking bad boy Douglas J. Needles? Yup, that's right , something for everyone!

Go out, buy this collection, watch it repeatedly and, when you're not watching, keep the three discs in a glass display case which only very special friends are invited round to see. At this price, there are NO excuses. Do it now. Right now. Go. You'll thank me later, why are you still here?

5-0 out of 5 stars More info on widescreen format errors on II and III discs
I read somebody else's review from December 2002 about how there were errors on discs 2 and 3, that they weren't really widescreen. I did a little more research and found this information on dvdtown's site:

The most controversial part of the video concerns the framing of the image for widescreen viewing. When Universal went back to the full-frame, open-matte negatives to do the DVDs, they made some changes, intentional or not, from the laser disc framing. Then they issued an official press release as follows: "Universal Studios Home Video is aware of a minor technical framing issue on the 'Back to the Future Trilogy' widescreen DVDs. The framing appears differently from the laserdisc releases for approximately two minutes during 'Back to the Future II' and four minutes during 'Back to the Future III.' The framing difference is unnoticeable to widescreen DVD viewers and does not detract from or interrupt the viewing experience. Consumers with further questions can call (888) 703-0010."

The studio is probably right in saying that the differences are unnoticeable (whether they meant "widescreen" or "full screen" or whatever), because unless a viewer has a photographic memory of the theatrical versions or has the laser discs on hand for direct comparison, there is little to notice. It's doubtful that anyone but the most meticulous "Back to the Future" partisan need worry about any possible framing problems. ... Read more


6. Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)
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Star Wars
Again? Yes. Even though no other movie has been released as many times onvideo as Star Wars (except for its sequels, The Empire StrikesBack and Return of the Jedi), George Lucas and the folks at 20thCentury Fox have actually released a slightly different film this time. Thisvideo followed the mega-successful 20th-anniversary theatrical rerelease, inwhich Lucas personally remastered the image and sound quality of his baby.Other revisions are more obvious, if hardly radical. Lucas enhanced severalspecial effects with updated computer technology--most noticeable are theexplosions and removal of matte lines during the Death Star battle finale.And the creatures that populate Mos Eisley's spaceport--thoughmeticulous--are aesthetically superior improvements. The inclusion of extra scenes(originally outtakes), however, is not an improvement. Both the meetingbetween Jabba the Hutt and Han Solo, and Luke talking with his childhood palBiggs, do nothing to enhance character development or theme, and serve onlyas distractions that preoccupy the waiting viewer. And, really couldn't Lucasfind something better to do with his time than mess around with a nationaltreasure? As for the video, this boasts both visual and sound enhancements.But since Star Wars has been available with these tweaks numeroustimes before, the decision whether to purchase this latest new versiondepends on how badly you want to see Lucas's cosmetic surgery. --DaveMcCoy

The Empire Strikes Back
The middle film in George Lucas's enormously popular Star Wars sciencefiction trilogy is a darker, more somber entry, considered by many fans asthe best in the series. Gone is the jaunty swashbuckling of the first film;the rebellion led by Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) suffers before thesuperior forces of the Empire, young hero Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) faceshis first defeats as he attempts to harness the Force under the tutelage ofJedi master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz), and cocky Han Solo (Harrison Ford) isbetrayed by former ally Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams). In thetradition of the great serials, this film is left with a hefty cliffhanger.The leap in special effects technology in the three years since StarWars results in an amazing array of effects, including a breathtakingchase through an asteroid field and a dazzling, utopian Cloud City, whereLuke faces the black-clad villain Darth Vader (David Prowse, voice of JamesEarl Jones) in a futuristic sword fight and learns the secret of his Jedifather. Veteran director Irvin Kershner (The Eyes of Laura Mars,Never Say Never Again) took the directorial reins from creator andproducer Lucas and invested the light-speed adventure with deeper charactersand a more emphatic sense of danger. The special edition expands Luke'sencounter with the Abominable Snowman-esque wampa and establishes thecreature as a tangibly more terrifying beast, in addition to refining many ofthe existing effects. The trilogy is concluded in Return of the Jedi.--Sean Axmaker

Return of the Jedi
The high-energy, special-effects-laden conclusion to George Lucas's ambitiousStar Wars trilogy delivers the final confrontation between LukeSkywalker (a more confident and mature Mark Hamill) and his nemesis-father,Darth Vader (David Prowse, voice of James Earl Jones), as the rebel alliancemakes its last stand against the evil Empire. The film opens with animpressive set piece in the cave of the monstrous Jabba the Hut, who holdsboth Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) for hisdecadent pleasure until Skywalker comes to the rescue. The final battle pitsan enormous armada of rebel ships against the rebuilt Death Star, theplanet-killing weapon of the first film, while guerrilla forces battle Empiresoldiers on the planet below with the help of a cuddly army of pint-sized,teddy-bear-like creatures known as Ewoks (Lucas's one concession tomerchandising) and Skywalker confronts Vader and the emperor on theDeathstar. Director Richard Marquand invests the tale with plenty of humorand a vigorous sense of adventure without losing the seriousness ofSkywalker's mission. The special edition adds, among other effects, morecreatures and a bouncy song-and-dance number to the Jabba the Hut scenes, andan extended celebration that literally encompasses the galaxy at the film'sjubilant conclusion. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I love the Star Wars Trilogy S.E., warts and all...
I'm somewhat ambivalent about the Special Edition versions of the Star Wars trilogy. On one hand, I rather like the idea that Lucas decided to re-tool the legendary saga more towards his original vision of how he wanted them to look, using modern movie magic technology that had just been a far-off dream when he originally produced these films . On the other hand, I also feel that one should just accept a movie's shortcomings, despite the stature of legend they have attained, and just get on with life. But, I must admit that a lot of the enhancements and expansions worked fairly well, and looked convincing in most cases. Unfortunately, not ALL of the new moments passed muster in my eyes...

I was finally glad that some of the Biggs Darklighter footage was restored to Star Wars (aka prior to the Death Star run). For many years I've heard about these cut scenes- Biggs and Luke talking about the future on Uncle Owen's moisture farm, and the hangar reunion- and had high hopes of finally seeing them. Unfortunately, only the hangar reunion was put back in. The moisture farm intro may well be forever lost...

Another weird addition was Greedo firing first before Han plugged him from under the table in the Cantina. Talk about revisionist history! And the new Jabba scene didn't look that great to me. The CGI Jabba looks a bit too smooth. He was a good sight more wrinkled and warty in both Episode I (Before Star Wars) and Return of the Jedi. Also, you do NOT step on the tail of the most influential crime lord on the planet! I mean, I know they had to tweak the scene to make it work, but still! That should've called for Han's execution right there! Hey, is that Boba Fett hangin' out in the hangar with Jabba? Cool, now he's in all three films!

Then there's that concentric ring of energy that flies outward after the explosions of both Alderaan and the Death Star. Aside from being an unnecessary embellishment, I found this little addition to lack originality as well. This same effect was used in the opening of 'Star Trek VI'. Whoops... I just mentioned 'Star Trek' in a 'Star Wars' review... so much for renewing my fan club membership! Heh...

'Empire' has the fewest changes of the three. The only part I have a problem with are the scenes of Vader boarding his shuttle on Cloud City following his battle with Luke, then exiting his shuttle onto his flagship. Like the explosion rings, I found this to be an unnecessary embellishment; I already got the drift about how he got to his ship from Cloud City, all right? There's also a slight change of dialogue in one scene, following R2D2 getting spat out by the swamp monster in Dagobah. See if you can tell the difference!

I don't have too many complaints about the "improvements" done to Return Of The Jedi, aside from yet another energy ring expanding from the explosion of the second Death Star. The new Jabba's Palace band was pretty neat, but I still prefer the original three-piece band from the original version. I guess I'm just a sentimental kinda guy. There were a few scenes cut from the original release I was hoping to see (Vader force-strangling an Imperial Guard who blocks his attempts to speak with the Emperor, and an Imperial officer being punished by another Imperial guard for insubordination)... no such luck. The expanded Ewok celebration at the end was pretty neat to watch, and included an all-new John Williams composition that has become my second-favorite 'Star Wars' tune (right behind 'The Imperial March- Darth Vader's Theme', from The Empire Strikes Back of course).

I'm not an absolutist about the widescreen format, but in the case of the Star Wars trilogy, it's an absolute necessity. There's just too much happening on both sides of the screen, and you're likely to miss something important. In this case wider IS better.

I just wish they'd finally release these movies on DVD. Like many of the other Amazon reviewers, I too am getting a bit fed up of the constant VHS re-releases. Let's get with the times here!

'Late!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD's Ever
When the Star Wars trilogy arrives on DVD on September 21, the digitally remastered and restored films will be accompanied by over 10 hours of bonus material that goes inside the making of these classic movies.

Each film resides on its own disc, with sharp, pristene imagery restored and remastered by Lowry Digital Images, and the rich sound experience of the saga presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX. The films also include new commentary tracks, featuring insights from George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, actress Carrie Fisher, sound designer Ben Burtt, and Industrial Light & Magic's Dennis Muren.

The fourth disc is packed with bonus material, the most notable being Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. This two-and-a-half hour documentary traces the evolution of the saga, from a low-budget labor-of-love space saga to the movie phenomenon that defied the odds and reinvented the rules.

This comprehensive documentary features all new interviews with George Lucas and more than 40 members of the cast and crew from the original trilogy, as well as a host of filmmakers and media personalities. Empire of Dreams includes some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the three films.

Other material on the fourth disc includes:

Episode III Behind the Scenes Preview: The Return of Darth Vader: Finally, Star Wars: Episode III will reveal just how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, the most iconic villain in film history. In this exclusive preview, George Lucas discusses Anakin's descent, with a first look at the new Vader costume forged for Episode III. Also, experience how Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor have prepared for the epic lightsaber battle that has been anticipated for more than two decades: the climactic showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The Birth of the Lightsaber: Its unforgettable hum and scintillating glow are instantly recognizable around the world. Now, viewers will discover the origins of this elegant weapon from a more civilized age in this documentary devoted to the lightsaber.

The Characters of Star Wars: An in-depth look at how favorite characters came to be, featuring rare concept art, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with George Lucas and the cast and crew who shaped the screen's favorite heroes.

The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars: Star Wars opened up a galaxy of possibilities to a generation of filmmakers and creative talents. Hear from some of the most notable filmmakers of our time about how influential the Star Wars movies have been to their lives.

Star Wars Battlefront Trailer and Playable Demo: The fourth disc will offer a trailer featuring an exciting look at the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront video game from LucasArts, along with a special demo for Xbox users that lets players fight the Battle of Endor as a Rebel or Imperial soldier and drive AT-STs, ride speeder bikes and use different weapons to lead their side to victory. The full version of Star Wars Battlefront will also be released Sept. 21 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC.

Star Wars: Episode III Making the Game Preview: Video-game players will be able to experience the stunning Jedi action of Episode III themselves in the new Star Wars: Episode III game, due out in Spring 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. This special feature shows how game developers at LucasArts worked behind-the-scenes and on the set to create the most authentic Jedi experience ever.

Original Trailers and TV Spots: The original theatrical teaser, launch and re-release trailers for each film, plus TV spots, are featured on the DVD.

Never-Before-Seen Production Gallery: Delve into an unseen corners of the Lucasfilm Archives with exclusive photos from the making of the trilogy, with hundreds of rare behind-the-scene images.

Posters and Print Campaigns: The original releases of the Star Wars films came at a time when international campaigns produced a wealth of intriguing, alternative poster art. Explore a collection of theatrical posters from around the world.

Exclusive DVD-ROM Content: The Star Wars Trilogy DVDs are keys that unlock exclusive content available only through a special DVD-ROM website.

5-0 out of 5 stars M-I-G-H-T-Y F-I-N-E
the star wars trilogy was byfar the best trilogy I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all of the star wars movies were MIGH-TY FINE, and to the guy that said star wars was a LOTR rippoff, I can't see where you are going with your story, its nothing like LOTR, and I for one are one of those people you were talking about and as long as the star wars movies come out i'll help make Lucas richer!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
I just recently purchased a DVD player and knew that the Star Wars Trilogy would have to be in my collection ASAP. Of course I've these three movies many, many times, but for some reason I never tire of seeing them again. The first one brings back many childhood memories (my brother had a Star Wars themed bedroom!) and it's comforting to put it on just to have as background noise when my apartment gets too quiet. I guess that is the true meaning of a classic movie - you love it so much that it becomes a part of yourself.

The added interviews and such on this DVD were pretty insightful to me and the bonus disc of "never before seen" footage from making the three movies had me giddy with delight!

I can't imagine anyone not wanting to have this set in their collection!

2-0 out of 5 stars Lord of The RIngs Ripoff!!!
The Star Wars legacy was directly stolen from The Lord of The Rings novels, which were publised in the 1950s. It's shameless, I tell you, shameless!

First there's Luke Skywalker, who has to leave behind his friends to face the evil all alone. But he gets to take along a little droid named R2-D2. This is obviously based on Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings. Then there are the wise Jedi Masters, Yoda and Obi Wan Kanobe. These two characters were obviously based on Tolkien's Gandalf.

Han Solo is a carbon copy of Aragorn. Princess Liea, the warrior hottie, is a ripoff of Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings. Chewbacca is just a ripoff of Gimli. And what about Boba Fett, the mysterious loner who is loyal to no one, who is only out for himself? This is just a ripoff of Gollum. The Death Star is really Mount Doom. Darth Vader is Saruman, and The Empoeror is Saruman.

And then there's Lando Calrisian, who is stolen from J.R.R. Tolkein's character King Theoden. You know, the cowardly ruler who bow's down to the bad guy, then finds his courage to fight! The storm toopers are just Orcs. And the most shameless ripoff of all is the Imperial Walkers in Empire Strikes Back! They are just like the Mumakil monsters in Lord of the Rings.

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7. The Lawnmower Man
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5-0 out of 5 stars fx
hi there

dark city i liked it a lot to rent it again

the lawnmower man is another great movie to wach

try the sequal to the lawnmower man 2

lost in space is another great movie

i hope they make sequals to lost in space and

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8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (With CD Soundtrack)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate
2001 is the ultimate cinematic experience. This movie has it all for fans of film. When i say this, I don't mean your casual film goer who thinks "2 fast 2 furious" is an instant classic, I mean those who appreciate film for what it is. For those pop culture movie goers, this film will bore them within five minutes. But, those who appreciate the art of film, will drool over the sheer awe that this movie has.
The story is a little more than simple. It starts in prehistoric africa where Moonwatcher the man-ape and his clan. A mysterious monolith appears and teaches them the use of crude, but usful tools in order to eat. It suddenly jumps (via on of the best jumps cuts ever) inot space in the year 2001 where a monolith has been discovered buried in the moons surface. When it is dug up it sends an ear peircing ringing through all of space, a sort of call letting the worlds know it is time. We then jump to the Jupiter mission in which the main story starts. This is where Hal 9000 makes his first appierence with Dave and Frank. We all should know what happens next.
This movie, released in 1968 but filmed before, was a technological phenomenon. Not even star wars can hold up to the power of 2001. The scene in which Dave enters the monolith could be one of the best in cinema. It is a filmed acid trip pretty much. Except it gave us a look at what other constalations might look like (remember we weren't even on the moon yet).
This is Kubricks best film, and by far and away one of the top five films ever made.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still a masterpiece
Regardless of how "bored" some (probably adolescent) viewers may become (forced to maintain their attention span over vast minutes of time on something other than sex, car chases and dripping blood), this is obviously a great movie. At least for the rest of us. Rated in the top 250 (#66) at IMDb, and the subject of innumerable articles and reviews, Stanley Kubrick's much studied and admired visual, artistic and thematic masterpiece, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke, is still--remarkably, after all these years--a mesmerizing motion picture experience even on a television screen.

This is no mean accomplishment when you realize that Kubrick made his film before humans actually walked on the moon in 1969, and furthermore, when you consider how much more we now know about space travel and how much more advanced special effects have become. What I think contemporary movie makers might learn from Kubrick's work is (1) special effects without rhyme or reason may titillate first time viewers and the very young, but quickly grow meaningless; and (2) even in a movie that relies heavily upon special effects and ideas--which 2001: A Space Odyssey certainly does--it helps a whole lot to have a story to tell.

The story begins in the prehistory and ends in the future. It begins with a pre-human consciousness and ends in mystery. (Note that the last sequence in the movie is labeled in part as being "beyond the infinite"--whatever that metaphysical notion may mean.) Along the way we have a creditable hero (Astronaut Dave Bowman played by Keir Dullea, whom I also recall from David and Lisa, 1962) and a very cold and merciless villain (HAL 9000, the computer as megalomaniac--apparently his makers never heard of Issac Asimov's rules for robots!).

Today we know more about pre-humans and more about computers, artificial intelligence and space exploration, and with such knowledge today's movie makers would avoid some of Kubrick's mistakes. For example, the space craft was far too roomy (ask the astronauts!). Real space ships must be as small as possible to save fuel and they are incredibly cramped. Also, the year 2001 has come and passed, and we are nowhere near the practical capability of providing artificial gravity in space. And of course computers (or robots) don't have emotions unless such emotions are built or programmed into them.

Yet the visual sense of space and the terrible isolation of being alone in the vast vacuum has never been conveyed so well. Using music synchronized with visual effects laden with meaning for our earth-bound minds and bodies, Kubrick managed to depict the Pythagorean "music of the spheres" in a most splendiferous and awe-inspiring way.

However, the opening sequence with the hairy apes is probably what Kubrick would most like to redo if he had the opportunity. In the first place, the terrain, which is semi-arid, is all wrong. No hairy, long-armed, bent-legged creature would occupy such a landscape. The "foraging" they were supposed to be doing was ludicrous since there was obviously next to nothing to forage. The tapirs (forest-dwelling animals native to South America and Southeast Asia, by the way, and not to the savannas of Africa, which should have been the terrain depicted) were almost comedically fat for the ecosystem. And the apes themselves, looking and acting a lot like chimpanzees (no doubt the model that Kubrick used), are in conflict with the fossil record as we know it. Our primordial ancestors, the australopithecines, were upright walking apes and probably not exceedingly hairy since they needed to sweat as they walked and ran over the savannas and grasslands of East Africa.

As for using bones as weapons, yes, there can be little doubt that that is what our ancestors learned to do, followed by using hard wood and stones and then shaped stones. And the idea that a bone tool is a proto-type for all the tools to come is also correct, most saliently in the form of the space ship and HAL.

An interpretation of the ending would necessarily include the idea of time as being something other than we think it is. We see Dave as an astronaut in his thirties, and then as a middle-aged man dining in something like a very expensive Parisian apartment, and then on his death bed, and finally as a soon-to-be-born fetus returning to earth. I think it was wise of Kubrick not to attempt to explain what he clearly points to as unexplainable, as "beyond the infinite."

Perhaps the most haunting image of all, at least for me, is the red and yellow "eye" of the HAL 9000 computer as it coldly viewed the two astronauts talking. Therein was expressed, long before it became fashionable, the coming inexorable conflict between us and our machines, between our culture and our biological nature, between natural and artificial intelligence. Never in the history of cinema has that tension been so concisely conveyed as in that scene and in this movie.

See this for Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest film makers of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars the movie that set the standard in sci fi
in 68,this movie was the best sci fi film ever.in it there is this force referred to as the monolith.it shows up at different points in time.finaly,a space crew goes to check it out.it is too intellectual for children.stanley kubrik directs so you know-since hes the greatest directer ever and all-that this movie is a classic!it is better than the sequel.thinkers will like it.in 68 there wasnt a computer paranoia like today.in this film,kubrik explores what would happen if the computer decided to just take the hell over.an idea not toyed with for years to come.he was a visionary.the music in it is very good too.for you wrestling fans,ric flairs theme song begins it.an abselute must for sci fi fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made.
This was a brilliant movie. It never ceased to make interesting theories concerning life other than ours, whether or not we should be in space, and how exploration of the ether will affect our lives.

The film opens up with pre-historic man. They are shaggy, ape-like creatures who fight in loud blasts of sound, calls, etc. But at one point, they discover an immense slab of rock that is so finely crafted, they conclude it was made by "something." And with that, they discover they can use left-over bones as weapons, furthering their standing on the planet.

That is the not only the opening for the film itself, but also for its mood and thesis. It makes the case that knowledge of greater beings will propel us into greatness ourselves, using advanced artifacts as motivation and example. But the movie will eventually take a darker turn you'll have to explore for yourselves. If I went into any of the symbolism, I would be writing an essay, not a review, and could potentially ruin your experience.

As a film, it is not traditional by any means. I've heard of people walking out at the premier muttering furiously about how there was no story, or that they had no idea what Kubrick was trying to say and that his obsession with imagery and perfection led to the demise of what could have been a masterpiece. But to those who stayed and to those who see it now, it is apparent Kubrick meant to be challenging and intelligent: this is not for the light-hearted or the impatient. For instance, many of the sequences are realistically slow, such as an early docking sequence. But the images are so engrossing, I doubt you'll turn away.

And to top off Kubrick's obvious genius, there is an unforgettable soundtrack of famous classical music that complements the imagery so well, Kubrick left it in over an underscore that was being prepared. It often conveys the mood very well, expressing wonderment, curiosity and fright with incredible power. If you can't take the movie, if you can't take its themes and its slow-moving plot, if you can't take the sparse dialog (this is essentially a silent movie), at least sit back, close your eyes and watch the film through the tones and moods the music evokes: it matches Kubrick's imagination with every moment from the opening shot of an orb to the end shot of a star-child floating among the nebular and the giant.

3-0 out of 5 stars Quick-Buck artists ruin a classic.
The video detail and special effects are great. The aspect ratio is good, but the sound track has been trashed. No bass, garbled treble and a dolby 5.1 remastering that sounds as if it was recorded off a small radio in another room. The producers of this remake should be ashamed. The original sound track would blow you away. I was very dissapointed to say the least. What a waste! I wish I could talk to their sound people. ... Read more


9. Star Wars Trilogy Giftpack
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not the Special Edition... but still special in its own way
I found myself kinda bummed when I read about George Lucas' decision to never ever EVER release the original version of the classic Star Wars trilogy on DVD. I was also kinda bummed to hear rumors that he's gonna mess with the Special Edition flicks even MORE so that they tie in better with those gawdawful prequels he's making, but that's another review for another time. While the Special Edition renditions of this legendary sci-fi trifecta have their good parts (the new 'Ewok Celebration' tune at the end of RoTJ, for example) and bad parts (Greedo shooting FIRST?! WTF?!), I still possess a certain sense of nostalgia for the original, un-tinkered-with movies and their not-as-special-as-they-seemed-twenty-five-years-ago effects. Unfortunately, it appears the 1996 THX-mastered VHS tapes being offered here will indeed be the final release of the un-special incarnations of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in ANY home video format. I mean, Steven Spielberg included the original cut of E.T. along with the revamped 20th anniversary re-release when Universal put it out on DVD; why couldn't Lucas be doing the same thing for the very films that made him a household name and laid the foundation for modern visual effects? I'm so disappointed by the situation, I'm considering getting my own VHS tapes dubbed on to DVDs so I won't hafta worry about the picture and sound quality degrading over time (and in case you're wondering: No, I WON'T be making these dubs to sell; the transfers would be solely for my own personal viewing).

Anyway, on with the show. Now I'm not an absolutist about the widescreen format. In fact, most instances I couldn't care less about what's "off screen" to the left or right of the subject being shown. One of the big exceptions to this rule of mine, however, is the classic Star Wars trilogy. If there's ever been a set of mo-pics that absolutely MUST be viewed in their original theatrical aspect ratios, these bad-boys are it! So if you're thinking of buying this set, make absolutely sure you get it in widescreen format. In this instance, wider really IS better!

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5-0 out of 5 stars This was the perfect thing to do at the perfect time.
I love the Star Wars Trilogy and the way they made the film better with this special edition. In my opinion, the film really did need some work done. It was starting to age and the special effects were outdated. Plus, there were a lot of details left out of the story. This new release features the film digitally remastered with new scenes, better special effects, and a lot more details. They could not have done a better job on this movie. I cannot wait for the upcoming new Star Wars movie in May '99.

5-0 out of 5 stars IS THERE ANYTHING TO BE LEARNED FROM THIS REVIEW???
I AM WRITING THIS REVIEW ON ACCOUNT OF MY FRIEND BASSEM WADIE WHO HAS NEVER EVER SEEN A STAR WARS FILM IN HIS 18 YEARS OF LIFE.

IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN STAR WARS, AND YOU ARE A FAN OF SCIFI, FANTASY, ACTION FILMS, OR A COMBINATION OF ALL OF THEM, YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS MOVIE REGARDLESS OF YOUR AGE OR YOUR WORK SCHEDULES. YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE. IT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest movies on Earth
The Star Wars Trilogy are the three greatest movies on Earth. Great actors, special effects and an excelent plot. What else do you want? If you are a real fan of movies, then you must see them and enjoy them. No parceros estas peliculas son todo un "video". Muy paila usted si no se la ha visto chino. Esta monda es un visaje a lo bien. Suertes.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Special Edition is an Insult!!!!!
When I heard that Lucas was going to put the original Trilogy back in the theatres before he released his Star Wars Prequels I was on top of the world! For years I waited rather impatiently to see A New Hope in the theatre because I had been born in 1978 and was not born when it came out. My earliest childhood memories are of Empire and Jedi in the theater. The new music was rancid. It was reminicent of crummy 1970's yuppy lounge music!!! The classic scenes had all been ruined by silliness. The Jabba's palace dance scene in Jedi was Fraggle Rock, I swear!!!I think they used some of the old Fraggle Rock muppets! This is like Monet deciding he did not like his masterpiece Waterlilies and spraypainting a big yellow smiley face on it..(if he had had spray paint) Oh and that is another thing. The original effects were better! Even though they were discoloured they were better!!! The only real improvemnt was the extra footage in cloud city. That was beautiful and I might add still consistant with the original version. I could have stomached Greedo shoots first and the slim fast (and quite inconsistant because they invalidated their excuse for this by putting him in episode I, in case you are wondering what I am referring to they said that he was young in a New Hope and Hutts have a short life span that's why he was sooo much bigger just a little while later in Jedi, but obviously that's not true!)version of Jabba the Hutt, but when the messed with Jedi that was the end!!!! In conclusion: Run away!!!!! Run far far away!!!! ... Read more


10. Invasion Earth
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This ambitious miniseries, a coproduction between the BBC and the American cable entity the Sci-Fi Channel, is an unusually intelligent and demanding example of the genre. The story begins when a cocky pilot shoots down a UFO inside British air space, but the following revelations only hint at the scope of the predicament. A few soldiers and civilians, led by an American general with the NATO forces (Fred Ward), find themselves in the middle of an intergalactic war and discover they are the next target of a mysterious civilization that has already conquered most of the galaxy. Working with a limited budget, the filmmakers concentrate on creating a palpable sense of fear of the unknown while punctuating the story with sparse but startling effects: dimensional portals that open out of nowhere, a hellish otherworldly land where prisoners appear to be digested in a monstrous stomach, our first and only glimpse of the demonic-looking enemy as it lays waste to an Earth laboratory. These eerie moments only intensify the moody dread that permeates the series. Though an unconvincing romantic subplot occasionally slows the pace, theconsistently smart writing and dense, delirious plotting makes this unusual epic compelling viewing right through to its jaw-dropping conclusion. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Intelligent sci-fi
Invasion Earth is an excellent example of British sci-fi at its best, following in the tradition of Quatermass rather than Dr Who. Some of the acting is rather stereotyped and the dialogue at times is like wading through thick mud but the originality of the concept and the intelligent tackling of complex ideas eclipses the shortcomings of this movie. The exploration of an alien species (NDs) that is just that, alien, is rarely done in science fiction. The Aliens in Star trek or Babylon 5 are usually a human with bumpy foreheads but here they are very alien with a totally non-human psychology. It is this alien ness that gives the movie its suspense and drama. It is interesting to see North American viewers commenting on the unusual end. The British, unlike the North Americans, often like their drama to have realistic themes and if necessary messy endings; just like real life. Look at our Soaps if you want other examples. This movie is no different; an alien invasion or take over would be far more likely to be successful or hugely destructive than to finish with an independence day ending, also as in real life there would be a lot of loose endings. It is refreshing to see a science fiction movie ending with the death of a key character, a lot of unanswered questions and with no guarantee of the survival of the human species.

1-0 out of 5 stars 30 minutes of plot and 4 hours of filler
This story is plagued by many shortcomings. The casting is all wrong. The military characters have personality traits more like ballet dancers, such as panicking at small dangers. They are frequently insubordinate and trigger-happy. Scientific types are more like night club employees. The dialog is all wrong. The middle class characters frequently have confrontative and other types of lower class behavior and make trivial tripe and irrelevant statements. The plot is full of easily avoidable logical flaws. After direction finding a radio transmission accurately enough to identify the emitter, the officer of the watch tells the radio operator to tune the signal in. A free lance, economically disadvantaged space signal researcher has the equipment which enables him to analyze the radio transmissions from an airplane well over the horizon and determine that the main beam of its antenna pattern is away from the earth while misidentifying the altitude as that of a space satellite.

1-0 out of 5 stars 30 minutes of plot padded with 4 hours of filler
This production is plagued with several problems. First, casting is poor. The military people, who are a major part of the story, are more like ballet dancer types than anyone I had met while serving in the military. Second, there are logical problems. Phyllis Logan announces that there is a radio transmission from the UFO and then tells the soldier to tune it in. How can you detect a transmission and direction find it accurately enough to identify the emitter without tuning it in to start with? All of the military activity is totally wrong. These clowns would not last a week in a war zone.

3-0 out of 5 stars British Drama Wins Again
The Brits have done it again, creating a gripping SciFi drama that is not only engaging but innovative as well. Invasion:Earth explores first contact from alien species in a way we've not seen before, two warring alien species colliding with ours. Just when you think you've figured it out, wham, there's a new twist. This is a plot driven series, something the Brits do best. Invasion:Earth doesn't rely on monosyllabic characters and stacks of mind numbing visual effects in order to keep us engaged; it introduces a complex plot and characters with depth. The series is moody, rather like early X-Files meets "V", and often what we don't see, is more terrifying that what we do. The direction is tight, the acting, for the most part, is top notch and although there is a predictable subplot romance between two of the main characters that falls into maudlin sentimentality there is enough of a focus on the actual story at hand to make this no more than a passing irritation. Predictably, Phyllis Logan shines as Sqd.Ldr. Helen Knox and although her role is a secondary one it is clear that her acting is the most refined. She is decisive, gritty and has a piercing stare that reaches right out and stings you. She never wavers for a moment. It is also gratifying to see a woman given the command of an RAF base for once. Invasion:Earth comes to its final conclusion in an incredibly realistic way; there are no easy answers, and although there is plenty of heroism there is no perfect Hollywood finale complete with a pounding musical score to tug at our emotions. Some of the dialouge is over the top, especially that delivered by Fred Ward, and the story, trying to span two time periods, may be slightly over ambitious. Invasion:Earth is definitely worth a second look. You won't be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Where is the DVD of this?
I happened to catch this on the SCI-FI Channel and thought it was excellent, except for a few minor quibbles. And those I'm attributing to the fact it's made in England.

With the word that the BBC has made a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Home Video, the hope is we will see it on DVD.

Then again, Warner Home Video also controls "Babylon 5", AND WE ARE SILL WAITING FOR THE DVD'S!!!!!!!(And they're probably not coming anyway.) ... Read more


11. Star Trek Movie Collection
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5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect box set for any Trekkie...
I was thrilled when I found this box set containing the first six "Star Trek" films in their two-disc collector's editions. I had to get it. Let's take a look shall we?

"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" Rating: 3.5/5
This is the long-awaited director's cut which actually subtracts about 12 minutes and adds a few necessary special effects. The film isn't as boring as it used to be and the focus is now more on the story than the special effects. The second disc is pretty good as well with three interesting documentaries and a load of deleted scenes.

"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" Rating: 5/5
This timeless sci-fi classic is now in beautiful widescreen with all the action and intensity in tact. This is even the director's cut with three more minutes of footage, though granted you don't even notice the added scenes. Overall it's a great movie and the features on the second disc are very worth the money.

"Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" Rating: 4/5
This third film adventure for the original crew of the USS Enterprise is an exciting and action-packed ride that almost equals it's predecessor. A very enjoyable film with great special features.

"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" Rating: 4.5/5
This is the black sheep of the bunch in the sense that it's mostly a comedy, but it's well-done and an enjoyable adventure worth seeing.

"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" Rating: 2.5/5
This is probably the worst of the movies, period. It tries to blend the action and adventure of films two and three with the comedy of film four and fails on an epic scale, not to mention shoddy special effects at the end.

"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" Rating: 5/5
Nicholas Meyer returns to direct this final voyage and it's excellent. This wraps up the story with the Klingons and sets the stage for "The Next Generation," which had been on the air for a few years by the time this film came out.

Overall, it's a fantastic box set for any Trekkie or sci-fi movie buff. Each movie has a running audio as well as text commentary as well as documentaries on the makings of each film, trailers, and interviews. It's well worth it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Set
There is some confusion on the movies contained in this set due to the lack of a picture. They are all 2 disc sets, 12 in all. The first 2 movies are the director's cuts, and the remaining 4 are the special collectors editions. I checked on another website in which this was offered, it had the same release date and price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Star Trek collection, I am very pleased.
Great Star Trek collection, I am very pleased.
First 6 movies, with average price of $12.33 ea, not bad at all!

It's a must have in anyone's dvd collection!

1-0 out of 5 stars Which set is this?
Beware when purchasing this set. There have been many Star Trek Original Crew Movie sets produced in the past several years. Some of them contain director's cuts and special editions for some of the movies. The latest set contains director's cuts or special editions for all of the movies - 12 discs in all.(...). The description says the set includes 6 discs, which implies that it does NOT contain the director's cuts and special editions for any of the movies, yet it also states that it was released in 2004. This would imply that it is the latest set and does contain the special editions. Then again it might be the set that was produced a couple of years ago, which contains the 2-disc director's cut for the fist film and 2-disc special editions for films 2, 3 and 4, but the regualar one-disc editions for 5 and 6. Who knows? Since there is no picture posted for this set(...).

5-0 out of 5 stars Get the 2004 Edition!!!
I liked the original box series very much. All of the extra special features discs contained enough production and interview sequences on each of the six films. Some of it was filler like "is time travel possible" or "terra forming" where a lot of experts get very far off the subject of Star Trek. Paramount did an honest job of remastering each film to DVD, they are clear, sharp and crisp. It would have been nice to see more of the deleted scenes from Star Trek V so many could see why Bill Shatner pooped on Paramount for butchering the film into under 2 hours. But you honestly can't complain. It's a great set. Get it while Amazon still has it cheaper than eBay and everywhere else. ... Read more


12. Farscape - Collection 3 (The Flax/Jeremiah Crichton, Durka Returns/ A Human Reaction, Through the Looking Glass/ A Bug's Life)
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"The Flax": When Crichton and Aeryn's Transport Pod is ensnared in an invisible drift net called The Flax, a former Zenetan pirate offers to free it for a small fee. He also promises he'll take D'Argo to a Luxan ship that is similarly trapped. But when readings indicate that Crichton and Aeryn's pod is running out of atmosphere, D'Argo must make a difficult choice-retrieve the star charts that will take him home or save his friends!

"Jeremiah Crichton": After Moya starbursts without warning, Crichton finds himself stranded on the planet Acquara, an earth-like paradise where he is more than happy to stay. Paradise is lost, however, when D'Argo and Rygel land on the planet in the middle of a dispute between Crichton and a young warrior, and Rygel is hailed as the Acquaran's savior. Can Aeryn and Zhaan find a way to rescue Crichton before Rygel's true identity is revealed?

"Durka Returns": When Moya nearly collides with another transport, Moya feels obligated to make repairs and brings the vessel aboard. Once docked, they find the ship carries a powerful race known as the Nebari---including a Nebari official, Salis, a Nebari criminal, Chiana, and Captain Selto Durka, the ex-Peacekeeper Commander responsible for the torture of Rygel. Durka has been mentally cleansed by the Nebari to remove all those thought processes deemed unacceptable, making him incapable of inappropriate behavior. Seeking revenge, Rygel attempts to kill Durka, but instead breaks the mind cleansing.

"A Human Reaction": Crichton finds a wormhole and returns to Earth. However, only his father, Major Jack Crichton, believes he is really his son. When Moya's Transport Pod blasts through, Crichton convinces the military not to shoot, but he can't prevent them from drugging and imprisoning Rygel, D'Argo and Aeryn. In horror, Rygel is killed and dissected. Aeryn escapes with Crichton and they steal away to a safe house where they give in to their long-standing passion. The next morning, with his father's help, Aeryn and Crichton plan an escape until he realizes that nothing is as it seems.

"Through the Looking Glass": The pregnant Moya attempts StarBurst prematurely in an attempt to prove her worth but abruptly comes to a halt sending the crew flying. In the aftermath, they discover Rygel has disappeared. Setting off to look for him, Aeryn and D'Argo also disappear in a flash of light before the other's very eyes. Crichton discovers inter-dimensional doors leading to four different Moyas. Crichton learns that Moya is stuck in the wall of StarBurst. He must get all four Moya to push forward at the same time if they ever want to reunite and not be destroyed. Crichton must race against the clock if he is to save them all.

"A Bug's Life": When special commandos are forced by a fuel leak to come aboard the ship they are deceived into believing that Moya is still under Peacekeeper control. They reveal to Aeryn and Crichton that they are on a mission to a secret base to deliver an unmarked crate. Curious about the crate's contents, Rygel and Chiana are the first to discover an unseen enemy; a lethal virus living within a host body. Virtually undetectable, the virus plays a deadly jumping game as it changes host from Thonn to Chiana to Crichton. The commandos and Moya's renegade crew must work together to recapture it, for if it remains in its infancy stage, it can be stopped before breeding to hundreds of worlds. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Farscape Continues
As I write this, Farscape is well into its 4th season. I have known about the existance of Farscape from its beginnings. However I never bothered to watch the show because it looked so weird. Knowing that "muppets" (I tease as the show is produced by Jim Henson Entertainment) played two of the characters didn't help. But with everything else in reruns and SciFi showing new episodes, I thought, "What the heck." So I watched an episode and was surprised at how quickly I was absorbed into the show despite knowing almost nothing about it. Five episodes later I can say I was hooked. Since then I've worked on watching all of the old episodes and buying the VHS tapes.

This is the 3rd box set of Farscape's first season. Three tapes come in this box-set and each tape contains 2 epidsodes. These are shown in order.

Tape 1: "The Flax" & "Jeremiah Crichton";
Tape 2: "Durka Returns" & "A Human Reaction" ;
Tape 3: "Through the Looking Glass" & "A Bug's Life".

What marks this set of tapes is the entrance of the character Chiana who would go on to become a regular cast memeber ("Durka Returns"). Also, the characters continue to grow and continuity begins to play out quite well.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Set Yet
Farscape keeps getting better and better, and this set, as a collection of episodes is no exception. This set has some of the most important early episodes for the relationships between the crew members, and even has restored scenes that clear up a few questions and vagunesses from the TV showings. Buy it. You'll love it. Go ahead-- give in to the 'Scaper inside...

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT Sci-Fi
I bought both Collections one and three at my local video store (at half price) but they were missing collection two which I've just bought here in Amazon. If you love sci fi these collections are some of the better sci fi shows to watch. My children are hook and I couldn't pass up getting the missing collection. I've enjoyed watching these shows almost as much as my children. If you can afford it, buy all three collections at once. You get so hooked on them you won't want to wait to see all of them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Always irritating when you don't have an episode list
Video 1-The Flax/Jeremiah Crichton
Video 2-Durka Returns/A Human Reaction
Video 3-Through The Looking Glass/A Bug's Life

4-0 out of 5 stars Farscape-The Journey Continues
As a fairly new viewer of Farscape, I love the boxsets ADV releases because they are an excellent way to catch up on the beginnings of this terrific series. It is great that they are releasing every episode in order, unlike other shows that only release a few from each season(namely Buffy). And I am pleased to report that this is the best box set released yet.

Tape one contains: The Flax and Jeremiah Crichton. The Flax is a very good episode which shows continued character growth and even features a couple very humorous moments. It also features some lovely shipper moments for those who like John and Aeryn together as the two lunge for each other when they are convinced they are going to die. Jeremiah Crichton is a mediocre episode at best, but since the other episodes in this set are so good, it can easily be overlooked. And for those fans who love just watching Ben Browder(Crichton), then they will enjoy this episode.

Tape Two contains: Durka Returns and A Human reaction. Durka returns is a great episode which introduces Moya's newest member-Chiana, as well as the Nebari race. Durka is a great villian and this episode continues with storylines previously mentioned in the PK Tech Girl(Coll. 2) episode. Solid episode. A Human reaction is an excellent episode and one of my all-time favorites. When Crichton goes through a wormhole to return to Earth, he does not get the warm homecoming he thought he would. And when Aeryn, Rygel, and D'Argo join him there, Crichton must confront his divided loyalties to save his friends from being killed. But things are not what they seem on the strangely unchanged Earth. Terrific episode with great writing and acting, very important for future storylines. Also, the scenes between Crichton and Aeryn in the hotel are uncut on this video.

Tape three has: Through the Looking Glass and A Bug's Life. Through the looking glass is a great episode which showcases teamwork when Moya attempts to prematurely Starburst and ends up separated into 4 different Moyas with the crew scattered about. This episode is both touching and cute and shows how the escaped prisoners have become a family and rely on each other. A Bug's life is a very good episode with Crichton and Aeryn having to impersonate Peacekeepers in order to escape recapture, but the crew of Moya ends up transporting a deadly virus that can inhabit people without the host or anyone else knowing.

This is a terrific boxset with 5 out of 6 episodes being exceptionally good viewing. Farscape is one of the best scifi shows ever and this set showcases when the show started to really become the enthralling show it is today. This set has something for everyone--Romance, action, humor, and great special effects. Don't hestitate to buy this set, you won't be sorry. ... Read more


13. The Alien Legacy (Widescreen Edition)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Horror Series Ever!
By now, just about every science fiction film since 1979 has ripped off nearly all of ALIEN's hooks, looks, and story. It is at the polar opposite end of STAR WARS. No lovable droids here. Ridley Scott is a visual genius and this movie shows it. Also, ALIENS(1986) has spawned numerous rip-off movies. I'm sorry, but you just can't repaint the Sistine Chapel of action movies. With this new director's cut on DVD, us fans will be able to enjoy Cameron's vision even more. Like many people have stated, the added sentry guns scene is wonderful. Obviously, I can't wait for this new version.

The most critically lambasted of the series, ALIEN 3(1992), has always been one of my favorites. I realize I'm one of the few who truly appreciate this film, but I don't really care. Director David Fincher did an exemplary job of conveying a nicely paced, intellectual story with a urgent sense of reflection. The real monster in this picture is Ripley's internal emotions. Oh yeah, there's also a pretty cool alien in it as well.

ALIEN: RESURRECTION(1997) is another strong entry in the series. After I watched it for the very first time in the theater, I truly wasn't all that impressed. However, after viewing it at home, I've actually come to like it quite a lot. The disarming amount of humor in this movie might turn a lot of fans off, but it actually is an asset. This is also a film where Ripley isn't always on the defensive; she's the aggressor here. Weaver seems as if she's having great fun with her role.

After all is said and done, this 4 DVD set is any 'ALIEN' fan's dream come true. Finally, a format that can really open up the 'ALIEN' universe a little more. All of the movies are great in their own way.

4-0 out of 5 stars Forced to Buy Four when only Two rule!
This review applies only to the boxed set! Because if the original 1979 DVD Alien were available separate I would only own the one, the only, original ALIEN! ALIEN is the ultimate classic Si Fi, hell bent, rollercoaster ride that shattered all others before it, and is the Definitive to which all other Alien type movies must stand up to. If you are facinated by the concept of extraterrestial life to be wicked and evil beyond the furthest reaches of our imaginations, then you MUST see ALIEN. The visual effects alone are stunning beyond words.

The sequel, Aliens is also great entertainment, however it has a much different feel, it is more mainstream; not as surreal or original as Alien 1. Don't get me wrong, Aliens (the sequel) is heart stopping, acid burning, eye poping, non stop action but like all sequels it will always be second best. Oh yeah, what about the last two??? Trust me you don't want to spoil the wicked imprint that the original will leave on your mind.

FOX literally broke the mold when making the film ALIEN because it is not available UNLESS purchased in this costly boxed set. A high price to get two great movies and two other throw aways. If you don't want to fall into the conglomerate profit trap, rent the movie until they reissue the films separately!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice and simple box set.
This is the much older Alien Legacy box set containing the oldest DVD editions of the four Alien movies and offers little of anything new in terms of DVD extras. The Quadrilogy is far superior on every level.

Alien: This 1979 classic is my second favorite with the crew of a research ship being killed one by one by a menacing alien.

Aliens: This 1986 sequel is even better!

I love all four movies and this is highly recommended if you have spare change.

5-0 out of 5 stars Alien Legacy
The Alien Lagacy is my favorite sci-fi horror saga! It contains four fantastic videos and The Alien Legacy, the behind the scenes look at the making of Alien. The Alien Legacy tape includes H.R. Griger's artwork and deleted scenes. Ridley Scott also had a part in the tape.

Alien is the first in the saga. Alien is a suspenseful thriller. It introduces Ripley, who is in all the Alien movies, to the viewers. It all begins when the Nostromo, which is the spaceship, receives signals from a planet. The ship wakes up the crew so they can go check out the planet. A member of the crew goes into a nest of a spacesraft that is found. He is attacked by a parasite that lays an emreyo in his chest. The alien bursts out of his chest at dinner and is loose on the ship. Alien is probably my 3rd favorite.
Overall: 81% B
Begining: 12/20 Boring
Plot: 17/20 Decent
Alien: 18/20 Looks Great!
Acting: 18/20 Weaver, Skeritt, Great!
Ending: 16/20 A bit soft

Aliens was a great movie overall, but not as scarry as the first or third. James Cameron put together a great film. It was too long. It took more of the action side at my point of view. My favorite characters, besides Ripley are, Apone, Spunkmeyer, and Burke. Ripley is found by a salavage crew and is brought to a space station. Colonies have been set up on LV-426, which was the planet Ripley was previously on. Nobody believes her story on the alien, so the Marines, Burke, and Ripley check out the disapearances on LV-426. One problem, there were a heck of a lot more! Only one of the 158 colonists are found, and that introduces Newt. An alien takes her later in the movie. Bishop and Hicks now have to wait for Ripley on an escape ship because she's out seachinf for Newt. A Queen Alien was found on the search and there is one final battle before they reach the Sulaco. My fouth favorite.
Overall: 86% B
Begining: 14/20 Boring, but with a point.
Plot: 18/20 Strong.
Alien: 6/10 Good, but you hardly see it.
Queen: 10/10 Griger's a genius!
Acting: 19/20 Weaver and Riser were great!
Ending: 19/20 Air-Lock, again?

Alien 3 is my favorite! David Fincher's film is highly under-rated, but those viewers don't like the characters, who are excons. Ripley, Bishop, Hicks, and little Newt crash on Furry 161, a prison planet. Another thing viewers hated was Newt, Hicks, and Bisop were killed off. So what! It's a movie! An alien impreagnanted Ripley and a dog. The burster broke out of the dog. A Queen was inside Ripley, so it took a lot longer. The new alien species is bigger, faster, and can craw on ceilings. There are no weapons so Dillon, (Chareles S, Dutton), has the idea of luring the alien into a mould and drowning the alien in hot lead. They procede with the plan but does it work? My favorite characters were Dillon, Ripley, and Clemens. The best!
Overall: 94% A
Begining: 17/20 Alien action early.
Plot: 18/20 What else is there?
Alien: 20/20 Beautiful!
Acting: 19/20 Weaver, Dutton, Dance, and Webb!
Ending: 20/20 Best in series!

Alien Resurrection is my second favorite in the series. In deep space, seven scientists bring Ellen Ripley back to life as a clone beacause nobody liked that Ripley died in the third. Nobody cared fo this one either. What else do you want besides Ripley back in action, a shot-em-up James Cameron Film?!? A crew of six come in to the Aguria to sell cargo to the ship. Twelve aliens break out of their part of the ship and start killing. Ripley and the crew have to head back to the Betty before the aliens get them. The aliens by the way were a science project for the company. They needed Ripley because of the Queen inside her. It was overall a good action movie and thriller.
Overall: 90% A-
Begining: 17/20 Slow, but interesting
Plot: 17/20 ahhh, OK, good.
Alien: 10/10 Looked great in water!
Queen: 8/10 Looked good, but not in action.
Acting: 19/20 Weaver, Wincott, Ryder, Fabulous!
Ending: 19/20 Bloody, but sweet!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sequels as character evolution
No matter what you think of the cinematic achievements or pitfalls of the Alien series (e.g., see the various reviews here on Amazon.com) nothing is more interesting and compelling than the evolution of a character in the hands of various directors, writers and the actor who plays her. Lt. Ellen Ripley is the case in point.

In Alien, we see Ripley as a smart but tentative lieutenant. She is second in command but not quite sure of herself--and the crew both knows it and takes advantage of it. As the lone survivor, in Aliens she is no longer tentative. When it comes time for her to take charge, she does--and this time everyone seems to want it. In Alien 3, Ripley must once again step up to the plate. This time, however, it is not only an alien she must battle but also the inmates of a space penal colony. But by the end, they follow her like lemmings as she assumes the general in a battle plan to trap the alien. She demonstrates just how much she is dedicated to leading and protecting others in this film by committing the ultimate sacrifice in the end. Finally, in Alien Resurrection, Ripley leaves unwanted leadership behind to become the renegade with a gun. People can follow her or not, she doesn't care. She emerges as a new character,; only vestiges of the first Ellen Ripley remain.

Such development is rare for us to see on screen. If we compare the Alien series with just about any other series such as the Terminator, we see just how unique Ripley is. And this is important because in spite of the focus on plot, direction, and writing in most reviews, for me the essence of Alien is Ellen Ripley. Whether we know it or not, she is why we watch the series. And she is worth it. ... Read more


14. Planet of the Apes Collection
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3-0 out of 5 stars You'll go ape over these!
Let me start out by saying the only reason I didn't give PLANET OF THE APES -- THE EVOLUTION series more stars is because as DVDs go, there are little extras and the sound was less than spectacular. Other than that, this is a great set. The first movie is (I believe in most people's opinion) the best one. But the others are wonderful too (although BATTLE FOR... is kind of lame). As a kid I used to watch them on Channel 9's (then WWOR-TV) 4:30 movie after school and never realized the political and social relevance each film contained ... I just thought they were cool monkey movies. But after watching them all again (even the hokey ESCAPE FROM...), I learned that they were and still are important statements about social equality and injustice -- while still being cool monkey movies! Though the behind the scenes documentary DVD is great, I wish there were more things on the DVDs themselves.

For those of you who don't like sci-fi and never wanted to watch PLANET... and it's sequels (as is the case with my fiancee), give them a shot. They're funny, action-packed, incredibly intelligent and still worth watching today. Let's hope Tim Burton's new take on it will be just as good (I think it will).

3-0 out of 5 stars Saga
This is a great movie series. The problem is that it tends to drag after the third movie. However, all, and all I do like this. It's very different from the book but good non the less. I recommend it to any one who has ever wondered what would happened if another creature ruled earth.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Apes Sequel
This is fourth sequel to "Planet of the Apes" somehow is lacking as a denouement to the series. John Huston as the Lawgiver brings the entire series full-circle as best he can in a rather economical way. J. Lee Thompson leisurely directed the unsubstantial battle sequences. This is a highlight of the film as the mutating humans' attack Ape Village via yellow school buses laden down with an arsenal of weaponry in a totally preposterous sequence, which brings the house down. Roddy McDowall as the stalwart Caesar defends his rigid code of ethics with subdued dignity. J. Lee Thompson reflected the essence of 1970's ambiguities of its society with this inspiring parable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Some are fantastic - others, not.
The first couple movies in this boxset are fantastic. Simply fantastic - they take you away to another world. Easy to follow, and they make you think...

However...the last 2 movies in the boxset are.....strange. Somewhat get off topic a bit - and are a bit hard to understand. Takes this far fetched idea...a bit too far fetched.

Essential to own though if you are a Planet of the Apes fan in the least...it's complete.

5-0 out of 5 stars forgot how good these movies were
The first movie is odviously the best, followed by the second and then the Conquest/Battle series. Escape is goofy, but ties together the "astronaut sequence" and the "Heir to the Throne" sequence. That is incentive enough to watch all five in order(not all in a day of course). The two hour documentary is interesting, but not tiring and represents all of the movies, and is not the rediculous six-hour documenary/reality show with boring actors whining about how hard it was to make the movie, like most DVD sets. Lord of the Rings for example has six hours doc/reality drama per movie, I am now totally dis-enchanted with LotR, thanks alot, Jackson and team! With PoA I am totally more interested in the movies. Thanks Roddy McDowel(sincerely)Whining only constructively presant and not excessive. Peas and Carrots, never would've thought. ... Read more


15. Farscape - Collection 1
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"The Premiere": When his experimental spacecraft is thrust through a wormhole, astronaut John Crichton finds himself transported to a strange, alien galaxy light years from Earth, and directly into an interstellar battle! On the run from a totalitarian regime, the "Peacekeepers," Crichton's only hope of survival is a band of escaped prisoners--a renegade Peacekeeper soldier, a raging Luxan warrior, an anarchist priestess and a deposed despot--all onboard a living starship the fugitives have used for their escape!

"I, E.T.": After detecting a homing beacon, the crew is forced to crash Moya onto an Earth-like planet where extraterrestrial life is virtually unknown! While Zhaan and Rygel try to free Moya from the painful device, Crichton, Aeryn and D'Argo must brave a hostile, frightened society to save their dying ship--and Crichton discovers just how alien he is in this new universe.

"Exodus from Genesis": Fortunately, a strange interstellar phenomenon conceals Moya's location from a Peacekeeper marauder. Unfortunately, the phenomenon is a swarm of Drak, insect-like creatures that mysteriously infest Moya. Soon, the space insects begin using the ship as a breeding "host", sending the temperature within Moya skyrocketing - perilously high for Aeryn's heat-sensitive Sebacean system. But the infestation within is nothing compared to danger lurking outside!

"Throne for a Loss": When a cargo negotiation with the bloodthirsty, money-hungry Tavleks turns into a kidnapping, Moya's crew must race against time and tempers to save the abducted Rygel. But a captured Tavlek is no even trade for a wealthy dominar. Crichton, Aeryn and D'Argo have no choice but to use a dangerously addictive, adrenalin-pumping gauntlet stolen from the Tavleks to save their pompous companion and retrieve the crystal Rygel has stolen that is causing Moya's orbit to decay.

"Back and Back and Back to the Future": After rescuing two aliens from their disintegrating ship, Crichton and D'Argo fall victim to effects brought on by the presence of the alien female. Soon, Crichton experiences "future flashes" where she attacks him, both sexually and fatally. Is Crichton losing his mind? Or does he now, mysteriously, have the gift of prophecy?

"Thank God It's Friday... Again": When Moya's crew follows D'Argo to the planet Sykar, they find a strange, almost Utopian society centered around a certain plant. But the world's happy veneer is ripped away when Crichton is assaulted, Rygel's body becomes explosive and D'Argo and Zhaan become pleasure-seeking cult members. As the true purpose of the plant and the planet are revealed, Crichton finds the Uncharted Territories to which they've escaped are not as uncharted as they seemed. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars basic primer for Farscape
This collection includes the first 6 episodes of Farscape: "Premiere" and "I,E.T." are on the first tape; "Back and Back and Back to the Future" and "Thank God It's Friday,Again" are on the second; "Exodus from Genesis" and "Throne for a Loss" are on the third. This means that if one buys this collection, there is no need to buy the separate tape with Premiere/I,E.T. on it.

Farscape is one of the best science fiction shows to come on in many years. While the first year of episodes aren't the best of Farscape, these are the ones that establish the characters and the basic plotlines. The first year seems to be more a series of stand-alones, but as the series builds it seems to be establishing a story arc----if it can be anywhere as good as Babylon 5 (which sets the mark for high quality extended story arcs), which this past season suggests may be so, it will be first-rate. Knowing the background provided in these 6 episodes will allow a viewer to understand and enjoy the ride!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just one of the best SF shows on TV...
...one of the best shows on TV, period. Witty, intelligent and daring, Farscape regularly breaks the rules of storytelling and gets away with it. This collection contains the first few episodes, in which the basic premise of the show (contemporary astronaut gets shot through a wormhole, winds up in parts unknown on board a living ship inhabited by escaped prisoners) is established and the characters are introduced. The most amazing thing about it, is that Farscape's universe starts off rich, well defined, and very real, and it just keeps getting better. People who sit down to watch these tapes will find themselves in a story where conflict is already manifest, not something that builds over several shows. Farscape hits the ground running. As of this writing, Farscape is in its third season, and continuing to surprise its loyal viewers with risk-taking writing and shocking character developments.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Sci Fi EVER on TV
With its unexpected plot twists, fresh and witty scripts, and some of the best special effects you can find, Farscape is easily the best SF to ever be aired on television. It constanly throws everything traditional about SF out the window and gets away with it because its so damn weird. Great stuff!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Definative Farscape
Whether you're a Farscape-virgin or a long-time-fan, you've got to get this set. It has the very first episode, which sets everything up, and the next five episodes after that, which flesh out the people and their world. Trust me: If you aren't hooked after watching this show, you aren't paying enough attention!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stunningly original SF series
I'm real picky about my SF. Most TV SF is poor to horrible, with little character development and derivative plotting.

Farscape is that rare exception, like Babylon 5 or the better moments of ST:TNG. The characters we meet in these first episodes continue to grow and change as the series progresses, often in surprising ways. The stories themselves are wonderfully different -- you never quite know what to expect, and from whom.

My only complaint: The publisher needs to put these out much faster. A Season 1 & Season 2 DVD set would be greatly appreciated under the tree this Xmas. ... Read more


16. Farscape - Collection 2
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"PK Tech Girl": Our crew encounters the drifting derelict of the most feared Peacekeeper battleship, Zelbinion. The discovery has a devastating effect on Rygel... it's the first ship on which he was imprisoned. And Aeryn is finding herself jealous of the attraction she witnesses between Crichton and Gilina, the PK technician they have met aboard the Zelbinion. But as our crew comes under attack by the Sheyangs, a race of savage scavengers, all must put their emotions aside and focus on the battle they face...

"That Old Black Magic": A simple trip to a commerce planet turns into a life-or-death nightmare for Crichton when he is tricked by the dark sorcerer, Maldis. As his spirit literally gets torn from his body, Crichton is transported to a dark supernatural world and forced to battle his arch enemy, Crais, in a deadly game designed to entertain Maldis. It is up to Zhaan to save Crichton, but to do so, she must rekindle a dark side within herself that she thought was buried forever...

"DNA Mad Scientist": When a mysterious DNA researcher, Namtar, holds high the promise of helping Zhaan, D'Argo, and Rygel return to their home worlds, they will let nothing stand in their way. Caught up in their excitement, they begin to turn against each other, with no price seeming too great for the opportunity to go home. But how selfish will their sacrifices be...?

"They've Got a Secret": Trying to clear the ship of all Peacekeeper devices, D'Argo inadvertently causes an extremely strange reaction within Moya, at the same time driving himself into an inexplicable delirium. As D'Argo relives the painful events that led to him becoming a prisoner of the Peacekeepers, Moya's life support systems begin to shut down. Pilot falls unconscious, cutting off all hope of communication with Moya. The DRDs transform from mechanical servants to deadly protectors, attacking the crew with chilling resolve. As they race against time to correct the problem, the crew is in for a shocking surprise....

"Til the Blood Runs Clear ": While out studying solar flares in his module, Crichton unexpectedly creates a wormhole. Aeryn manages to pull the module away before they're sucked in. They are forced to land at the Dambada Depot where they discover a Wanted Beacon offering a reward for the return of Zhaan, D'Argo, and Rygel. When confronted by two vicious Bloodtrackers determined to get the reward, Crichton and Aeryn must also impersonate bounty hunters. The situation gets even more complicated when D'Argo comes down to the planet and is captured by the Bloodtrackers...

"Rhapsody in Blue": The crew wakes to find Moya has StarBurst on her own accord to answer the distress call of another Leviathan. But the call was merely a psychic ruse by a stranded Delvian sect who needs Zhaan's powers to heal their leader, Tahleen, from madness. Crichton and the rest of the crew are helpless as they become victims of the sect's mystical powers, as Tahleen attempts to steal Zhaan's soul! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Video Collection ; Quality so so
I got hooked on farscape the second season, so I am eagerly buying up the videos. HOWEVER, the video quality is so-so. A lot of scribbles and skips.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
If you like Farscape and just started watching recently -- I recommend this HIGHLY. Six episodes all great. Less costly than six movies AND you can keep it to rewatch. I think each episode is a work of art. Great GIFT!

4-0 out of 5 stars Farscape-Instantly Addictive Box Set
I stumbled across Farscape one Friday night this summer when there was nothing good on TV. Without knowing much about it and even being very confused, I was instantly addicted. I bought this box set to catch up on some of the show's history. What I found is that this show is probably the best sci-fi on TV these days. It has compelling (and likeable) characters, equal parts humor and drama, and stunning make-up and sets.

This box set has some very good episodes that give interesting entertainment while establishing necessary background info about the main characters. Tape one contains PK Tech Girl. Good episode where Rygel must confront his inner demons and Aeryn starts to show a bit of the green-eyed monster when John finds himself attracted to a peacekeeper tech. That old Black Magic is also a great episode with Zhaan having to unlock her dark side to save John from his confrontation with Crais. Great to be able to see a little of what makes Crais tick.

Tape Two contains: DNA mad scientist. Good, unconventional episode with a rare look at the vulnerabilities of the main characters. It also contains They've got a secret. This is a great episode with D'Argo's pain-filled past coming to light and Moya(the living ship) has a secret of her own.

Tape Three contains: Till the Blood runs clear, a good episode that shows John's desperation to try to get home, but a bounty on his shipmates' heads changes plans. Cute scenes with Zhaan's reaction to solar flares. The last episode in this set is Rhapsody in Blue. This episode contains interesting information on what makes Zhaan so unique from others of her kind and why Zhaan was originally imprisoned by Peacekeepers.

All in all a very good video set. Very worth buying. Even if you are not a sci-fi fan per se, get this set. It is one of the most impressive forays into sci-fi with heart you are likely to see.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Voyage Continues
As I write this, Farscape is well into its 3rd season. I have known about the existance of Farscape from its beginnings. However I never bothered to watch the show because it looked so weird. Knowing that "muppets" (I tease as the show is produced by Jim Henson Entertainment) played two of the characters didn't help. But with everything else in reruns and SciFi showing new episodes, I thought, "What the heck." So I watched an episode and was surprised at how quickly I was absorbed into the show despite knowing almost nothing about it. Five episodes later I can say I am hooked and have purchased "Farscape - Collection 2".

As with Collection 1, there are 3 tapes containing 6 episodes.

Tape 1: "PK Tech Girl" & "That Old Black Magic" Tape 2: "DNA Mad Scientist" & "They've Got A Secret" Tape 3: "Till The Blood Runs Clear" & "Rhapsody in Blue"

"DNA Mad Scientist" contains some very surprising things that would NEVER get told in a Star Trek episode! But surprise is one of the key elements of Farscape and this puts it above all current-running sci-fi programming (IMO).

5-0 out of 5 stars Volumes 4-6
For those who might actually want to know what episodes you are buying, here's the list: Volume 4- "PK Tech Girl" & "That Old Black Magic" Volume 5- "DNA Mad Scientist" & "They've Got a Secret" Volume 6- "Till the Blood Runs Clear" & "Rhapsody in Blue"

With the Star Trek series now doing prequels, you best get up to speed on the best Sci-Fi series that ever existed. ... Read more


17. Babylon 5 3pak: Vol: 5.5 Secrets Of The Soul/In The Kingdom Of The Blind, Vol: 5.6 A Tragedy Of Telepaths/Day Of The Dead, Vol: 5.7 Phoenix Rising/The Ragged Edge
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5-0 out of 5 stars For those who are wondering ....
The overall title of this 3-pak is PSI-FI

3-0 out of 5 stars Season 5 wasn't the best, but better than season 1!
It would have been fine to wrap up in season 4. But the show was renewed, without much of anywhere to go. We're left waiting around for the final six episodes, when stuff happenes, and is great

4-0 out of 5 stars Byron and his telepaths fight for a home planet
Since Amazon won't tell you what's on this 3-some, I will. This set includes Vol. 5.5, Secrets of the Soul/In the Kingdom of the Blind, Vol 5.6, A Tragedy of Telepaths/Day of the Dead, and Vol 5.7, Phoenix Rising/The Ragged Edge. The first 3 episodes basically tell of the rise and fall of the telepath home planet movement, starring Byron. (I'm no big fan of his, and this lowered my rating from 5 to 4 stars. Sorry.) Day of the Dead is basically a stand-alone episode but a good one, in which Penn & Teller make appearances as the (in)famous "Rebo & Zooty." Phoenix Rising finishes the telepath story, and leads into The Ragged Edge, in which the alliance is seeking to solve the mystery of who has been attacking everyone's ships.

All in all, some excellent watching, although not my favorite set of B5 episodes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Which Episodes
Hey amazonians!

I would be nice if you would bother to include a list of the episodes contained in a give three-pack. 5-stars for B-5, none for Amazon.com ... Read more


18. Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (Volumes 1-3)
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19. The Ultimate Star Trek Collection (Widescreen Gift Set)
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Star Trek: the motion picture director's edition, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Love this set
This is exactly what I was waiting for all the star track 9 movies in one set at a good price. They look wonderful (even on my non digital TV). Personally I am not into the extras that are included on the first Movie (the directors cut), I just wanted the movies in pristine DVD condition and that's what I have received. If you into the frills like a second disk filled with advertisements, deleted seance etc., get the directors cuts, if you just want the movies in great condition (wonderful clean picture and wonderful sound) then this set is perfect for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Complainers
Once again the whiners are out in force. These DVDs are wonderful. It is true thaere are not many special features. However, these movies are great sci-fi (at least most of them) and stand on their own merit. I think Paramount was great for releasing them.

As far as the classic TV series. I bought all 40 volumes and love them. The list (x-files, Simpsons etc.) are all shows made in the '80s and thus did not take as much work to bring to DVD. The Simpsons is already broadcast in Dolby Digital so again not much work went into it. No one has asked how much it cost Paramount to restore the old series to near pristine condition and add 5.1. 40 Volumes relaeased over 3 years at around 13.99 a volume seems reasonable to me for an old show. I understand they are releasing an entire season of TNG at one time. They can do that with a newer show. TNG is sub par to the original series in content anyhow, but I won't get into that. So stop whining about Paramount, watch these 9 movies and enjoy them, the way they were meant to be enjoyed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hold out
The special editions are coming! They're done with the first six already, making this collection out of date. Another blow to the set is Nemesis' DVD release. The two together tell me about how old this set is.

(Eric, Montalban's chest is real. Meyer says so on one of the featurettes. It's his trainer's fault if it looks cheesy.)

4-0 out of 5 stars The First 9 -- some extras, but not a lot.
This Box set was one of the first DVD sets I got, almost a year ago. It includes all of the Star Trek movies up to and including Insurrection. This set does not have Nemesis.

A NEW BOX SET with that 10th Movie is out now.

Heads Up -- this 9 movie set (which I own and watched) and the other 10 movie collection do not include all of the Special Editions. So you get a little less bonus material, and it is pricey. But hey, it is Star Trek.

The First 3 films in this set have two discs with lots of extras, interviews, trekkie stuff. The other six are single discs only, and honestly they are pretty light on anything "bonus". Like nil.

The Films are old, and it shows. Just look at the trailers on STTMP, and you'll know what I mean. The effects really do look corny by today's standards, but the stories are solid and the acting is decent -- more or less throughout the whole series.

I will skip the review of each film, and sum it up -- this is a solid buy for the first 9 movies, but additional special edition discs will be coming out soon. You might be better off picking and choosing. But I got this and started my DVD collection with a decent beginning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Captains Log 6/11/03 Star Trek just got better
This is the date i wrote my review and got this box set. It is so kool + 9 awesome flicks. I have watched 1,2,3,& 4 so far and let me tell you they are nothing like i imagined. I thought they would be like the star trek TV show. But there not they have the same characters and all but so much more. I would really buy this before it goes out of stock again. ... Read more


20. Star Trek I-Ix Gift Set
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Videos include - Star Trek: the motion picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Star Trek Movie Collection is an appropriate ti
Everyone has his or her favorites. Few people find any of the movies negative. My favorite is Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I always had a preference for the time travel episodes (Star Trek - The Original Series, Episode 28: The City On the Edge Of Forever (1966) ASIN: 6300213323). However all of these movies are well made. And to have all ten tapes in a set is an added plus any kid will tell you that volume can be fun also. The closed caption option is sometimes fun to watch even if you do not particularly need to. However it is an added plus for those that do.

Christmas is coming back soon. Also Hanukkah, winter solstice, and Kwanzaa.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Gift for new Trekkies
I can't imagine how excited I would be if I opened up this beauty on Christmas day. Now that I already have all of the films on VHS and DVD, I no longer have that opportunity. This is a beautiful collection with a wonderful bonus episode "Tapestry" from "The Next Generation". This collection has ALL the movies, including the latest "Star Trek Insurrection". Buyers should take note that there are two versions of this VHS sets. A widescreen version which features those black-bars on the bottom and top of the screen, and a pan & scan version which fits your standard TV set. For purists, I highly recommend the widescreen edition since it shows the entire image rather than slicing it apart to fit the TV screen. If you have a trekker in the family who does not have any of the films, this is the gift to beat all gifts. If you don't feel like searching your local stores for all 9 film or if you want to save some money rather than buying the movies one video at a time, this is the set for you. ... Read more


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