The Summer of '83: Return of the Jedi Comments -


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CaptAmerica04 5/20/2013 2:31:57 PM

 "[N]o gratuitous insertion of youthful child murderers in the happy afterlife of the Force."  BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  LMFAO!!  Well said, Rob!!

CaptAmerica04 5/20/2013 2:39:16 PM

 Oh, and I still remember standing in line for this at the Camelot Theater in Palm Springs when I was 8.  Even at that age, I had issues with the Ewoks, but I was so caught up in the rest of the film's greatness and excitement that I let it go and just loved it all.

TheMovieGuy28 5/20/2013 2:58:41 PM

 So, just a couple of things to speak on-

Seeing the Mon Cal ships, along with Admiral Ackbar, were spectacular. Here we have a full-on alien leading the assault, along with Nien Numb(I think I'm totally spelling his name wrong here, it's been years) riding shotgun to Lando. "It's a trap!" has itself become immortalized in pop culture, and his wide eyes registered how much sh*t the rebels were in.

(plus, that entire sequence in orchestra is amazing, I think it's track 4 "into the trap".....the whole piece just see Han and crew get foiled on the forest moon, you see all the x-wings lining up for some ass-kicking, and then the lone black guy and illegal alien in the universe figure out sh*ts about to get heavy. Brilliant.)

The lightsaber fight with Luke/Vader. Sure, perhaps not as technically proficient as Empire, but it was fierce in its own right. The moment when Luke betrays his feelings, and Vader finds out he has a daughter, it's all out the window, and Luke is on rampage mode. Again, the soundtrack here plays out brilliantly. You have the orchestra in full-on "force" mode, even the chanting of the monks, and it's all over in the moment Luke realizes/hears the Emperor's laugh....I'm now rewatching the final dual on Youtube. God this scene was so incredible.

And lastly, I for one dug the Ewoks. Hey, I was maybe 3 when Jedi came out. They were cool, they were cute, and they were funny. But at least they were real, not like the cg gunguns....I shudder at that word.....


Jedi may not be the best of the SW trilogy. Yet it's still better than many buckets of turds that they float off as movies now. 

TheMovieGuy28 5/20/2013 3:11:51 PM

 Holy crap, Cap! You brought back some memories of the Camelot theater! I was born & raised in Palm Springs/Desert Hot Springs. 


Man, childhood was awesome. People took you to movies. Being an adult sucks. You have to pay for your own tickets now

wildwestie 5/20/2013 7:10:43 PM

 Okay, I am a huge fan of the original trilogy. I was seven when Jedi came out and loved every second of it. Watching the movies on VHS was a weekend tradition. I can't wait for the new SW with the hope we get a slice of what was. 

That's why it pains me to ask, where is the "NOOOOOO" from Vader in Jedi? Are you talking about when he gets his hand cut off and falls back? That's more of an"AAAAAAAA" than a "NOOOOO". Was there more additions to the blue ray edition? That would make sense since I haven't seen that version. 

I feel like this question will label me as a bad fan. I assure you, I am not.

srm1270 5/21/2013 10:08:19 AM

 Westie - yes, the very painful "NOOOOOOO!" from Vader is from the Blu-ray release.  He screams it just before he picks up the Emperor and tosses him over the edge.  I think his scream may even just be a complete cut and paste from Episode III.  

I know that everyone praises TESB as the best of the originals, and don't get me wrong, I think it's very excellent but ROTJ is my favorite.  I was twelve when it came out, my dad was gracious enough to take us all on opening night at the mall in Marquette, Michigan.  I actually didn't (and still don't) have a problem with the Ewoks, I never thought they were annoying.  And I didn't (and still don't) think the movie's pacing or story suffered from trying to tie up loose ends - I thought the loose ends were worked into the story quite well (I typically love the final acts of most series - it's nice to see what filmmakers do when it's all on the line and they know they don't have another story to save them).  The speeder bike chase was my favorite sequence ever until the pod race came out, the the two sequences are typically what I show to others when I want to show off my home theatre.  All in all, it was just an awesome movie and it bummed me out that (at the time) there were going to be no more Star Wars movies.  

I sincerely hope that Disney releases the original theatrical editions of these films.  

mellowdoux 5/21/2013 10:23:29 AM


Oh you have hit the nail right on the FACE, my friend!

That's why I laugh at some of the rubbish like "Let's Boycott X-Men so the rights return to Marvel" (good luck with that!) and "This movie SUXXX because Jean Grey's hair was the wrong shade of red!!!"


wildwestie 5/21/2013 5:54:03 PM

 Srm-thank you sir. That kind of stuff makes no sense. The way they added the Emperor's scream to Luke when he was falling in  Cloud City for the first rerelease. Then took it away for the regular dvd release. Just leave well enough alone.

thezillaman 5/21/2013 10:45:54 PM

 naaah , my ultimate experience with star wars movies was with the original 1977 star wars. . The experience was out of this world and to this date nothing has surprised me and has made me feel like what Star Wars a new Hpoe did for me as a child.. .

DarthoftheDead 5/23/2013 4:20:42 PM

 Hey, Y'all want to have a good laugh about REAL Rubbish......

Lets talk about tthe last two Judge Dredd flicks......

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