Ever since I saw Star Wars as it was called back in 1977 and not Episode IV: A New Hope as the fan boys would call it I was hooked. As a six year old the opening sequence the music the action and characters were almost too much to take in, but way back then nobody knew George Lucas would build a muti-billion dollar franchise and then milk it for all it was worth.
We waited so long for Lucas to put pen to paper was it worth the wait? erm.........
Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Some how I don't think the taxation of trade routes is as gripping as a massive planet destroying space startion with a power mad messed up Sith. Terrible acting, allot of talking of whats happening, lots of CGI and the spawn of Satan Jar-Jar Binks! is this what we deserve? no but ever saga has to have a beginning and for all it's faults there is the amazing Darth Maul fight and the Pod Race, but the good points can't stop it from still being a crushing disappointment.
Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.
Lucas has to put it back on track right?Actually no for me he messes it up even more, cringe worthy lines, some of the most agonising acting, the horrible picture post card romance, for two thirds of the film it's a truly horrible experience, but then Lucas pulls out all the stops for a great action packed final third, but it's too little too late.
Episode III: Revenge Of the Sith.
Lucas had to put it back on track after his two previous efforts does he? actually ,yes he does! I'm not saying that this is a patch on the original trilogy but compared to Episodes I & II is a work of genius, the tacky lines are still there, but the acting is better and the sense of urgency is back leading to a jaw on the flaw final battle between Ben and Anakin gives all the fans what they have been wishing for and it delivers.... mostly!
Episode IV: A New Hope.
This is the Star Wars we all grew up on and love, the best entrance ever in motion history of a villain, the ships the aliens and of course Han, Luke, Leah and Chewie. for a film of this age it has not lost any of it's power to encheant and entertain, one of the most iconic films ever made.
Episode V: The Empire Strike Back.
Many say it's the best of the series, it's not, to say that is doing it an injustice, the fact is The Empir Strikes Back is ONE OF THE BEST FILMS EVER MADE! a much deeper film, more adult tone, better writter characters and a brilliant story and it even manages to be more fun than the first. Just a stone cold classic with the most jaw dropping reverlations in cinema history. five stars is not a bigger enough score.
Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi.
It all built up to this, but there is a few bumps in the road to get there. The opening resue of Han in Jabba's palace is brilliant, and the death of Yoda and is conventiant reverlation is great, but it goes a bit wrong on Endor, yep you know what I am about to say. Why Ewoks how can a bunch of cute teddies take on the might of the EmpireLucas saw cash singns and thought of the money he would make out of Ewok lunch boxes, a cartoon series and two god aweful spin off movies, not what every one over ten years old wanted to see,we wanted Wookies to rip the Empire a new one, but to be honest I would rather spend an hour with those furry critters than ten seconds of Jar-Jar Binks!
The extra are good, but it's a shame the DVD feature length documentaries are not included, but you know Lucas he'll probably save that for when he yet again recyles the series in a few years time, but for now it's expensive but just about worth the wait.
Looking back if Episodes I-III was released before IV-VI they probably would have been recieved with a warmer reaction.