Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

1983 PG 2h 11m Blu-ray / DVD

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Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

1983 PG 2h 11m Blu-ray / DVD
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Director George Lucas delivers the finale to his original epic space trilogy with the rebel forces' last stand against the Empire and Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) fateful confrontation with his nemesis, Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). Skywalker tries to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from Jabba the Hutt, while the rebel army and the small, furry Ewoks battle the enormity of the rebuilt Death Star.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French, Portuguese
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 6.1 Surround Sound, English DVS: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there are two versions of The Return of the Jedi, the original 1983 release (on VHS and Laserdisc) and a later one on DVD to which George Lucas added enhanced special effects -- some of the aliens are obvious puppets, others are obvious CGI. Both feature abundant fantasy violence, from spaceship dogfights and light-saber duels to guerrilla-style war waged with primitive weapons by the cute Ewoks (which is played largely for laughs, though one Ewok is shown dead). Robots and pig-like aliens are dismembered and devoured in Jabba the Hutt's dungeons. Jabba is strangled slowly by a chain. Deaths of prominent characters in the series, including a peaceful one in bed for Master Yoda and a more dramatic exit (and funeral pyre) for Anakin Skywalker. Scantily-clad harem girls dance suggestively in the lair of Jabba the Hutt, including Princess Leia.

Sexual Content

Scantily clad harem girls dance suggestively in the lair of Jabba the Hutt, including Princess Leia.

Violence

Explosions of spacecraft and ground weapons. Light-saber fighting results in loss of limbs. Speedy airborne craft slam into trees, and soldiers are shot down by blaster fire, and one Ewok dies. Robots and pig-like aliens are dismembered and devoured in Jabba the Hutt's dungeons. Jabba is strangled slowly by a chain.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Luke Skywalker successfully resists giving in to the dark side of the Force, and he repeatedly asserts that there is still good remaining in his father, the diabolical Darth Vader. Both the roguish Han Solo and Lando Calrissian end up in heroic leadership roles. The Empire is composed entirely of white males, while the rebels are a blend of genders, races, and species.

Consumerism

There was an Empire of toy tie-ins and cartoon spin-offs.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

None, unless you count the hookah pipes in Jabba's place.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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