4.5 See and hear Star Wars as never before DigitalCritic | 07/02/2012 | See all DigitalCritic's reviews (18) This film set must have been one of the most anticipated releases on Blu-ray so far. Im not going to review the films, they are so well known, Im here to tell you about the transfer.If you choose to watch them in chronological order, as I did, by the time you reach episodes 4 to 6, there is a feeling that something is not right. This is of course the problem with making prequels so many years after the originals. Film techniques, technology and presentation have all moved on so far that the originals look and feel a little out of place. In light of this, the next time I watch them it will be in the order they were released.The picture and sound quality of the prequels is truly stunning. Sharp crystal clear picture with deep blacks and rich colour depth, I could find no fault in them, not one blemish, but then, they arent that old and this is to be expected. The special effects are flawless and it is clear that a great deal of production time went into making them. The battle at the beginning of Revenge of the Sith is a real masterpiece of visual film making. The Jedi fight between Darth Maul, Obi-wan and Qui Gon in Phantom is an amazing piece of chorography and shows the time and training that the actors went through to do it.Now, Star Wars, Empire and Jedi. I must give credit to the technicians who restored these 30 plus year old films and finalised the digital transfer to Blu-ray, they have done a great job, and you will certainly see and hear Star Wars as never before. But I have a few gripes, there are a number of visual flaws.A common problem I spotted between all three original films was matt boxes around some the space craft. In Start Wars, during the escape from the Death Star, hexagon shaped matt boxes can still be seen around the attacking Tie Fighters. In Empire, you see the same thing around the first transport as it escapes from Hoth, and again around some Star Cruisers.In Star Wars, one of the views from behind Han and Chewbacca shows up the matting effects as the star field outside is a rich dark black while inside the falcon cockpit; the picture contrast is very soft.In Empire, during the search for Luke and Han, you can still see through Rogue 2s cockpit as the landscape passes below. Admittedly, this is slight, but still noticeable.In Jedi, one of the biggest giveaways is the Rancor, it is so obviously a puppet and there are still matting flaws here also. The speeder chase does not look as believable as it did in the cinema, the lighting is very wrong. In the Death Star, there is a scene with some weird focus issues. The Emperor is in focus, the frames on the large circular window behind him are a blur yet the star field outside is in focus.With all the CGI technology film makers have at their disposal today, I would have liked to have seen these corrected for their transfer to Blu-ray.I am of course being very critical, and while all these things are there, it is easy to let them pass by and still enjoy the beauty of the film.As for all the extra elements that George Lucas has added in recent years, Im not going to comment too much, I think you either love or loath them. As far as I am concerned, they are mostly improvements.If you are a fan of these films, then you will love the way they have been restored, and I would say that they are well worth the asking price.