Reviewed by: Ryan Kelly
The True Force
“Star Wars: Special Edition” is the re-mastered version of the original “Star Wars” feature film which debuted in 1977. The re-mastered version improves the old special effects, and adds footage which did not appear in the original.
The original movie is so well known that I won’t go deeply into the plot. (See here for a review of “Phantom Menace”).The overall theme is that a corrupt (alien) Imperial government is controlling the galaxy, and a handful of rebels attempt to restore the now extinct upright ruling. There is approximately 4½ minutes of added footage, enough to make you notice (and appreciate, I might add), but not enough to damage the classic science fiction film.
“Star Wars: Special Edition” is a wonderful science fiction movie. There is a handful of almost unnoticeable profanities, and the violence shown is mostly phaser-battles between the good guys and the bad. Throughout the movie however, the “force” is portrayed as a god-like energy field, supporting good and evil. The good wins in this movie, and in the rest of the “Star Wars” trilogy, but you should explain to your younger viewers the difference between the non-existent “force”, and the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God.
The two remaining films in the Star Wars trilogy (“The Empire Strikes Back,” and “The Return of the Jedi”) will be re-releasing as well. So, if you are weighing the option of renting the original, or seeing the “Special Edition”, my suggestion would be to see the improved “Special Edition”. It will be worth your time.
Year of Re-release—1997