The Star Wars Blu-ray collection was a widely anticipated release with all six films being available on Blu-ray in high definition for the first time. Having recently bought a brand-new HDTV, I was looking forward to watching these films again and seeing what difference, if any, the Blu-ray format and the subtle additions had on the films.

Video quality

As you would expect, the video quality of the Blu-ray is amazing. The detail is astounding and a vast improvement upon the DVD and a humongous improvement on the VHS copy that I had. There is a small amount of noise from the transfers from the original film and there is the occasional mistake which is now shown up by the high definition, but I think you'd only notice these if you are looking for them.

Sound quality

The sound quality is very good but whether it is my audiovisual setup, or deliberate engineering by the sound artists, some of the music occasionally sounds distorted. I do believe that this is an intentional effect but it is quite different from the high clarity music that is used on films today.

The films

We will now have a quick look at the storylines of the films. The original films and now decades-old but even the new trilogy’s first film was launched in the late 90s. Star Wars is beginning to become an old franchise but one which is currently standing the test of time. Re-releases on new format such as DVD and Blu-ray have allowed new generations of people to enjoy the franchise.

New trilogy

The basis of the new trilogy is to show what the Republic was and portray the creation of Darth Vader from Anakin Skywalker. The films, the “The Phantom Menace”, “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith”, focus on the characters of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker (later Darth Vader), Padme Amidala (mother to Luke and Leia), the Jedi Council and the Senate including the Emperor. The trilogy begins with the Jedi protecting Queen Amidala and the people of the planet Naboo and the discovery of Anakin Skywalker on Tatooine. The 2nd and 3rd films then portray the rise of Anakin from becoming a Jedi into the Sith Lord Darth Vader. They also betray the loss of democracy in the Galaxy with the war of the Republic against the Separatists.

Original trilogy

The original trilogy, presumably set around 20 years after the ending of the 3rd film when Luke has grown up, portrays the development of Luke and eventual downfall of the Empire, including Darth Vader becoming good again and saving his son Luke. The films focus on the Rebel Alliance vs the Galactic Empire, with subplots including Jabba the Hut and Tatooine.

Which is better on Blu-ray?

We will not get into a debate into which trilogy or film is the best, but focus on which offers a better experience on Blu-ray. The more modern trilogy does appear to offer better special effects and audiovisual experience but the original trilogy has been majorly overhauled for its release on Blu-ray. The original trilogy has also had scenes from Coruscant and Naboo inserted into it, for better or worse in my opinion. Overall you probably will not notice the difference after around five minutes of the film but in my opinion the more modern trilogy looks better.

What next for Star Wars?

There has been much talk of this Star Wars sequel trilogy which would be films seven to nine. George Lucas and Lucasfilm have denied plans for making a sequel and they have always insisted that Star Wars would be six films and no more. He said that the six films cover the general theme of the rise of Anakin Skywalker to becoming Darth Vader followed by his son Luke saving his father and the galaxy.

What you think of the Star Wars Trilogy? Do you prefer the new one or the old one? Who is your favourite Star Wars character? Do you think they will make a third trilogy? Please feel free to leave a comment below.