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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Star Wars - 33 Years Later and Still the Best

  • Mar 9, 2010
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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 day I go out and pull weeds from the sunflower rows.  On the second saturday after a week of drudgery, the family I am staying with decides to take me and their 10 year old son to see this new Movie  "Star Wars".  This is before the hype, before I even know what to expect.

Oh my Freeking goodnees! 
From the first scenes when I see Darth Vader capture the beautiful Princess Leia, to the final celebration, the movie has me absolutely enthralled.  This is so far beyond Star Trek  in special effects that I am in "pure delight" mode the entire film.  The movie just doesn't stop either. It is one pulse pounding action scene after another with just enough mysticism and storyline to rivet any 14 year old firmly to his seat.  Hey, I am Luke Skywalker saving the beautiful  Princess.  (Remeber now the thought that she might be my sister isn't even hinted at in the first film.  ThenI am the dashing Han Solo, part rebel and outlaw but with just enough "aw shucks" goodness that you know he will be a hero in the end.

A full thirty three years later the special effects and story still hold up.  This movie was so far ahead of its time that it is still fresh when new audiences that watch it today.

In my mind.  The Best Movie Ever! 

Of cousre Ialso believe that my heart is compromised by the excitement of my youth captured fully for the first time with STAR WARS!

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March 15, 2010
What?  Mr. Spirited DIscussions reviewing Star Wars?  No way! :P  Thanks for sharing this great review, Chip! :)
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review by . July 06, 2009
In 1976 a young director named George Lucas had a vision for a movie.  A movie no one thought would get off the ground at all.  When FOX gave Lucas the greenlight the studio thought it could very well be their swansong.  And how could they not?  The budget, for the time, was pretty big (the number itself might seem laughable now as even some independent films are made for more).  Not only that, but there were many problems.  There was a big desert storm the first day …
review by . May 20, 2009
Star Wars is one of those films that I totally marked out for when I was a child. But viewing it today it's just not the same. Have I grown up? Am I not a sci-fi geek like all the other fanatics? Ahh, one of the mysterious of life. I was a huge Darth Vader fan, he was so cool. I mean he'd choke people from across the room and punked out everyone he met (except Peter Cushing). I never liked the good guys such as Luke (whinny young punk) Han Solo (loud mouth wind bag) Princess Leia (ugly with those …
review by . September 11, 2008
I was born in April of 1972. My earliest memory is of the Bicentennial celebrations. I seem to remember watching people playing around with fireworks at our neighbor's house. But I'm not 100% sure these memories are accurate.    The first memory I know for sure is accurate is seeing "Star Wars" in 1977. This was back when it was just "Star Wars". Not "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope". No, it was just a simple, single film.    But what a film it was! I am …
review by . December 10, 2006
I first saw Star Wars on HBO when I was 5 years old. I then bought it on VHS, and rented the DVD's when they came out. The first couple of times I saw the movie, I was amazed and astounded each time. But after watching the updated version at the theaters and now on DVD, the movie has lost some of its magic and shine. Here is why.    First, of all the re-releases, Lucas tweaked A New Hope the most. Some scenes were added that should have been left out. The scene with Jabba in …
review by . September 10, 2006
I find it *hilarious* that a large portion of the Star Wars fan community did nothing but bitch, whine, and complain about the lack of the "original" films being on DVD. For _years_ they did nothing but complain about it. Begging and threatening Lucas to just, "release the original films -- in whatever condition they are in -- please!"    So, Lucas finally breaks down, and throws these people a bone, and instead of dancing in the streets, they immediately move on to bitching, …
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The Star Wars logo, as seen in all films

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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