Star Wars Trilogy: The Definitive Collection
(Superclass: Imperial Star Destroyer - Executor)
Release Year: 1995
Price: Unknown (estimated $175-200)
This is without a doubt one of the lesser known VHS box sets. In fact, I'd never heard about it until after I started collecting the VHS sets (in 2011)! Just by looking at the release specs for this set, it's not hard to see why.
- THX Digitally Mastered Films in their Original Aspect Ratios of 2.35:1
- Over 5 hours of supplementary material
- Star Wars: The Complete Scripts (a book collecting the revised scripts of all three films)
- Prints of six matte paintings used througout the trilogy
- Three of John Alvin's New Art prints (one for each film)
- Individually numbered certificate of authenticity (featuring new Darth Vader art)
- Housed in S. Executor black metal box, with Galactic Empire emblem embossed into lid
- Limited Edition of 20 000 units worldwide
I have no idea how much this thing cost when it was released in 1995, but I would imagine it would have been up around the $175-200 range. Exceeding the limits (in 1995) of all but diehard fans. After all, the Widescreen THX Trilogy was just released, and about half of the bonus content was previously released.
I don't own this set and don't know if I ever will. But it's almost certain that the transfers would have been identical to the 1995 THX Widescreen cassettes, perhaps with alternate trailers that didn't promote the rest of the films in the THX set. This set also has the distinction of being the most extensive set in terms of both physical content and additional bonus material (although I think the 1993 LD Collection may have provided fans with more new bonus content than this one). Although the VHS box art is lacking greatly (IMO), I would love to get my hands on this one to check out the original scripts, so if anyone is giving one away, let me know!