The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Star Wars • Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi

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We wrap up our look at the Original Star Wars trilogy with Richard Marquand’s 1983 film ‘Return of the Jedi.’ Again, we look at the Harmy’s Despecialized edition, but we did some side-by-side comparisons between it and the latest iteration on Disney+. How do the changes stack up? How does the film hold up for us? And how about those Ewoks? Tune in!

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We return to Return of the Jedi

Three years after the success of The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas made his conclusion to his original Star Wars trilogy – helmed by director Richard Marquand – Return of the Jedi. How does it work as the wrap-up to this trilogy? What do we think of Luke’s cool new black duds? How about Han’s somewhat neutered character? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Original Star Wars Trilogy series with Marquand’s 1983 film Return of the Jedi.

We clearly have a lot to say about Star Wars and Return of the Jedi

We grew up with the film and this franchise, so we’re very close to it, but it’s hard not to see how effective they were with the storytelling, even if it’s not quite at the level of the previous two films. But the effects? They’re amazing. We get all sorts of new characters, new ships, new worlds, and an epic conclusion.

We have a great conversation talking about Jabba the Hutt, Endor and Ewoks, the Emperor, Yoda, Leia, Chewie, Darth Vader, Han, Luke, Lando, and everyone else who pops up. And of course we’re talking about the Harmy’s Despecialized Edition, which may not offer the color and cleanup but at least doesn’t have the new Sy Snoodles song. So, there’s that. Check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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