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Fair warning. The rambling discourse that follows contains major spoilers.

I’ve seen Return of the Jedi more times than I’ve seen some members of my own family, but this may be only the second time I’ve really seen it. The first time I ever watched the trilogy was from the original video cassettes of the theatrical releases borrowed from a friend, but I grew up with the VHS tapes of the 1997 special editions; and by that time many changes irksome to long-time fans had already been made. The updated musical number and CG characters in Jabba’s palace, the Sarlaac’s beak, the soundtrack at the end, etc. these were all firmly a part of my experience of the film.

Thankfully I snatched up the limited edition two-disc Star Wars DVDs while they were out – the ones that include the theatrical editions on the bonus disc. These are, as I understand it, ripped from the laserdisc and they are non-anamorphic letterboxed transfers that already look grainy and look moreso when you zoom in to make the picture fill your screen. It’s not ideal, but they are watchable and as you get swept up in the movie all over again you mostly forget the technical limitations.

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway
Running Time: 2 hrs, 45 min
Rated: PG-13


Review by Brother Reed

In 2005, Batman Begins pioneered the now ubiquitous gritty reboot (in film – it was being done in comic books more than a decade prior) and reintroduced a generation to Gotham’s mythic hero in a way that was more realistic than ever before. Then in 2008, the ludicrously popular follow-up The Dark Knight permanently changed our perceptions of what comic book adaptations could be; it was heady, mature, cerebral, and morally complex. It also featured Heath Ledger in a career-defining role that defied expectations. His Joker was initially supposed to carry over into the third part of the trilogy. READ FULL REVIEW