The movies have been reviewed, and only two pieces of Star Wars: The Complete Saga are left: extras and packaging. Three bonus discs comprise the extras of this set, split between the prequels, original trilogy, and documentaries.
Navigation consists of a simple horizontal scroll for each section and sub-menu. Generally speedy, only a montage of clips leading into each section slows things down, and there’s no way to skip any of it. Boo.
Disc one will be concentrated on prequels. Breakdowns for this disc is similar for all three films, simply varying in amount of content. Sections are named after the planets, so Episode I beings with it Naboo. An interview with Liam Neeson and a brief featurette related to the scenery and designs are planted in the interview department, appropriately enough. Deleted/extended scenes are a trilogy of cuts, followed by The Collection, cordoned off to showcase models and costumes. A concept gallery follows.
Tatooine’s visit for Phantom Menace is the same, although there are two interviews with Rick McCallum and the general overview. Dual deleted/extended scenes are followed by The Collection and concept art. Coruscant carries another overview, and an interview with Lucas as he was preparing to write the film back in 1994.
Episode II won’t prove much different (nor will the other film-specific sections). Coruscant, Naboo, Tatooine, and Geonosis are featured for this sequel. Collected interviews include Hayden Christensen (Geonosis), Ewan McGreggor (Coruscant), and a featurette on acting via blue screen. The usual runs of deleted scenes (in each department), concept art, and model works are also here.
Episode III crams Coruscant, Utapu, Mustafar, and Kashyyyk & Order 66. Interviews here are minimal, only Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman, while the overviews continue. Kashyyyk contains five deleted scenes. Most of these are limited to two or three for their home planet. The rest of it is the familiar base of concept art, and model work, including some 360 turn-arounds.
Disc two brings us to the original trilogy. The format doesn’t change, Episode IV split by Tatooine, the Death Star interior, and Battle to Yavin. Interviewees include Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Carrie Fisher. Just to note, most of these interviews are just a few minutes long. Six deleted scenes are crammed onto Tatooine’s lap, the highest number here.
Empire is greeted by four menu choices, Hoth, Dagobah, Pursued by the Imperial Fleet, and Cloud City. Irvin Kershner is the only person interviewed, George Lucas chatting about the Force and editing the film on his own terms. Hoth draws in five deleted scenes, crowded since Dagobah only has one.
Jedi contains only a pittance in comparison, Harrison Ford the only one featured in Tatooine, Endor, or Death Star II Space Battle. There’s significantly less content all around, only six deleted scenes amongst them all and one overview each (in addition to concept work and collections).
The third and final discs houses documentaries and other relevant bits. Notably missing is Empire of Dreams, one of the most definitive Star Wars docs. You’ll need the 2004 DVD set for that. The Making of Star Wars will have to suffice instead, this one a classic bit pulled from 1977. The Empire Strikes Back: Special Effects was also brought out around the release in 1980. Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi is vintage 1983. The three of those average about 48-minutes each. That’s hardly limited content.
Anatomy of a Dewback (26 minutes) is a 1997 bit that explains the work that went into the Tatooine shot of the Stormtroopers looking for the droids, then with added Dewbacks in the background. Star Warriors runs 84-minutes focuses squarely on the 501st Legion and their history. Fan clubs usually aren’t this dedicated.
Star Wars Tech is from 2007, a TV piece that looks at the technology of the films and how it relates to our world. Conversations with the Masters is a more recent piece from 2010, a retrospective on Empire Strikes Back, 25-minutes of Lucas, Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan, and John Williams remembering what it was like to create the film. Star Wars Spoofs is exactly what it says it is, 90-minutes of clips from commercials, music videos, cartoons, sketch shows, and whatever else they could find.
That wraps the discs up, a varied and not totally complete selection of bonus features (trailers anyone?). Still, it’s enough that the Complete Saga is worth it over the individual sets, unless of course you can’t stomach the prequels sitting on your shelf.