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RETURN OF THE JEDI: SPECIAL EDITION

SYNOPSIS:
The forces of evil, led by Darth Vader and the Emperor, are at it again - creating a second, even bigger, deadlier Death Star. Freelance space pilot Han Solo is still frozen in carbonite and now on display at the fortress hangout of Jabba the Hutt. Luke Skywalker, whoís on the verge of becoming a true Jedi knight, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, C-3P and R2-D2 take off for the planet of Tatooine to save Han. This enterprise leads up to a bigger confrontation between the heroic rebels and Vaderís mighty army. While Lando and the rebels conduct an aerial attack on the Death Star, Han, Luke, Leia et al land on the forested planet of Endor - source of the Death Starís protective force field, and residence of those helpful, fuzzy Ewoks. Luke confronts his father, Darth Vader, and meets the Emperor for a final showdown.

Andrew L. Urban:
Slower, longer and less powerful than Episodes IV and V, Return of the Jedi closes this extraordinary trilogy more with a whimper than a bang, its ending rather too corny for my liking. There is also a distracting flaw in the FX work on the ghostly Alec Guiness as Obi-Wan which is at odds with the rest of the filmís high quality renovation. On the positive side, the forest chases are magnificent, exhilarating and inventive, as is the big battle scene that closes the dark days of the Empire. But my greatest pleasure, as always in this trilogy, is the collection of creatures of the galaxy, their gizmos and musical instruments.

Louise Keller:
While the third in the trilogy ties together the loose ends and wraps up the plot, there are fewer emotional grabs along the way, and it is undoubtedly the weakest of the three. The script is not as satisfying as Empire Strikes Back, but it is relatively easy to forgive the flaws. Jedi does introduce the Ewoks, a delightful cross between a teddy bear and a koala; they bring out the child in all of us. The scene where 3CPO is talking Ewok language gibberish leaves a lasting impression. Highlights include the magical ride through the forest at rollercoaster speed through the trees, and the stunning space battle. I wonder why new original music by Jerry Hey for the Ewok Rocks scene was included, which seems at odds with the whole feel of John Williamsís mesmerising soundtrack.

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RETURN OF THE JEDI: SPECIAL EDITION
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CAST: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guiness, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew (II), Sebastian Shaw, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz and James Earl Jones as Darth Vaderís voice; David Prowse as Darth Vader

DIRECTOR: Richard Marquand

PRODUCER: Jim Bloom

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: George Lucas

SCRIPT: Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas(story by George Lucas)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Alan Hume

EDITOR: Sean Barton, Duwayne Dunham, Marcia Lucas, Randy Thom

MUSIC: John Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Norman Reynolds

COSTUME DESIGN: Aggie Guerard Rodgers, Nilo Rodis-Jamero

RUNNING TIME: 135 mins.

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 24, 1997

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox







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