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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope DVD

The first film made in the "Star Wars" saga and was released in May of 1977.

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It's hard to repeat things that have been said a million times, but I'll try

  • Sep 26, 2009
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I love Star Wars.  Yeah, hardly an orginal statement but really I do.  The original movie, after seeing endless merchandising, satirizations and parodies, in jokes, Seth McFarlane and Kevin Smith-I can still turn on this movie and from it's opening scene have all that pollution go away and remember that this movie was and still is something special.

The classic battle of good and evil, a young man having his place in the galaxy, colorful rouges, beautiful princesses, fantastical ideas on religon and technology and slimy villians that you have to see defeated.  What more is there to say?

Well, sorry, but I MUST bring up the special editions.  Before Star Wars, I can only think of two other movies that had Special Editions and both of them were James Cameron movies: Aliens and Terminator 2, both had successful theatrical runs but were not what James Cameron wanted due to them being cut down by several minutes leaving out scenes of character building and interaction to strengthen it's themes. 

Where Star Wars makes the fumble on this is Lucas just put more scenes in for no real reason, other then Luke catching up with an old friend before the big attack at the end.  Special effect scenes are spiffed up but look artificial instead of quiant and whimsical and two of the biggest changes are for the worse and bring this movie down a peg or two, one is Jabba's scene where the only hinted at gangster is shown to ridiculous effect instead of remaining mysterious.  It would have been two movies later we FINALLY see this character that was only mentioned but now the cat is out of the bag and some of his aura is gone.  The second is the infamous "Greedo shoots first" scene where Captain Solo is acosted by a bounty hunter who taunts him about Jabba and a failed mission, to which Solo shoots him out of spite before Greedo can carry out a threat.  Makes Han seem like a good guy who isn't that good right?  Well the Special Edition changes it and makes it look like self defense which, isn't quite as cool.  He shoots out of self defense here but later has no problems about saying that the Princess dying his better then him dying or that Luke better keep his mouth shut about Hans ship or he could thrown off.  Feels strange, makes Han look like a puss.

Yeah the Special Edition is a bit of an eyesore on a famous movie that brings it down a peg or two.  I wish Lucas would wake up and realize that the original is the one people want.  Old effects and characters with restored sound and picture quality on a nice remastered DVD.  Those classic versions out now were culled from an old laser disc version and that simply won't cut it for me and are a cop out.  Lucas said he'll never put them out and he later decides to put them out haphazardly, why?  So he can release them again correctly some day of course!

Sounds like a lot of whining doesn't it for a movie I claim to love, right?   Well it's hard to come up with new and great things to say about a movie that has had so many great things said about it that it's easiar to focus on what is bad and what was changed for the sake of changing.  Unless your changing something for some kind of emotional impact, don't do it.

Lets end this on a high note, Star Wars is classic and a timeless movie.  Everyone needs to see the classic un-special editions of this at least once in their life.
Darth Vader The Empire stops Luke and Obi Wan The Rebellion's X Wing fighters Han and Chewie get more then they bargained for The Rebellion prepares against a bording party Uncle Owen and Luke buy some droids

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review by . November 09, 2010
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review by . March 09, 2010
You have to put yourself in my shoes.  It is the summer of 1977.  I am just about to turn 14.  The best science fiction I  have seen is Star Trek.  The Disney abomination "The Black Hole" is about to go into theaters and will be described as "revolutionary".  So just imagine how startling this movie was back then.      Here is the setting. I am on an exchange trip to Idaho working on a Sunflower farm for two weeks.  Every …
Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
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It's hard to believe the merchandising juggernaut that is the Star Wars franchise started with this masterpiece. Continue to harang George Lucas to put out genuine 1977 versions of the film and not the kid friendly and obnoxious with it's additions Special Editions.
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I've never been quite sure why so many people are complaining about the revisions to the original version of A New Hope. It's a great movie, but it came out in an era when people didn't have home video players (much less DVDs). Lucas cleaned up the movies, made the ships more realistic, and generally most of the improvements make the film look better. I agree that I wish Lucas didn't mess with the Greedo scene - I still believe Han shot first. However, that's relatively minor. Don't let that ruin …
review by . July 06, 2009
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review by . January 18, 2010
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I've never been quite sure why so many people are complaining about the revisions to the original version of A New Hope. It's a great movie, but it came out in an era when people didn't have home video players (much less DVDs). Lucas cleaned up the movies, made the ships more realistic, and generally most of the improvements make the film look better. I agree that I wish Lucas didn't mess with the Greedo scene - I still believe Han shot first. However, that's relatively minor. Don't let that ruin …
review by . January 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I've never been quite sure why so many people are complaining about the revisions to the original version of A New Hope. It's a great movie, but it came out in an era when people didn't have home video players (much less DVDs). Lucas cleaned up the movies, made the ships more realistic, and generally most of the improvements make the film look better. I agree that I wish Lucas didn't mess with the Greedo scene - I still believe Han shot first. However, that's relatively minor. Don't let that ruin …
Quick Tip by . January 07, 2010
Classic space adventure full of heroes and villains. Special Edition is damning but a classic for all time nonetheless.
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Star Wars is an epic space opera franchise conceived by George Lucas. The first film in the franchise was originally released on May 25, 1977, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, spawning two immediate sequels, released at three-year intervals. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy's final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released, again released at three-year intervals, with the final film released on May 19, 2005.

As of 2008, the overall box office revenue generated by the six Star Wars films has totalled approximately $4.3 billion, making it the third-highest-grossing film series,[1] behind only the James Bond and Harry Potter films.

The Star Wars film series has spawned other media including books, television series, video games, and comic books. These supplements to the film trilogies comprise the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and have resulted in significant development of the series' fictional universe. These media kept the franchise going in the interim between the film trilogies. In 2008, Star Wars: The Clone Wars was released to theaters as the first ever worldwide theatrical Star Wars film outside of the main trilogies. It was the franchise's first animated film, and was intended as an introduction to the Expanded Universe series of the same name, a 3D CGI animated series based on a previous 2D animated series of a similar name.

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