Star Wars-Episode 4-New Hope

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This DVD has the original, unadulterated, authentic Star Wars movie as it was when it first came out in the theaters. No CGI, no stupid extra ring of fire when the Death Star blows up, no extra Cantina song--the movie is as it was when George Lucas first released it to the public. I don't know why he has so much contempt for the original movie that made him so successful, or why it took so long to release this original version on DVD, but it's here and I'm mighty glad I've got it. They did screw around with the widescreen formatting for the original release DVD which may require you to zoom on a widescreen TV, but it's a minor inconvenience. Well worth it to show your kids that it is possible to make a great SciFi movie without CGI. I hear this is a limited release, so do get yours before they're gone.

-Ian T. quote

You won't be disappointed or surprised

on 10/6/2006

Well, there is no sense in telling you about the movie itself because if you don't know the movie at this point in time you should crawl back into bed and pull the covers over your head and stay there. I will discuss the packaging and presentation, however. I saw the movie when it was first released in 1977 and thoroughly enjoyed it then and still enjoy it every time I see it. I guess this package gives you the definitive version(s) of the movie. Both the original and the upgraded/revised version. I did not have any of the three original movies (episodes IV, V, and VI) on DVD and was waiting for a reason to buy them. This package was the reason I needed to finally buy them. You won't be disappointed or surprised, beacuse by this time you most likely have seen some version of the movie.

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by Dennis on 2/14/2007

didnt care for the enhanced version but this dvd package came with the original theater release which is now disc 1. Some will like the enhanced version especially those that didnt see the original but i prefer the original

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A reluctant captain teams up with a determined young hero on a mission to rescue a kidnapped princess and save the galaxy.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202636528
UPC 024543263739
UPC 14 00024543263739
Format DVD
Release Date 12/8/2008
Rating Rating
Big Battles
Essential Cinema
Good Vs. Evil
Space Opera
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note STAR WARS, George Lucas's stunning sci-fi masterpiece, is arguably one of the most inventive and entertaining films ever made, garnering generations of loyal fans who are forever imprinted with the memory of its characters and dialogue. As the adventure begins, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), an impulsive but goodhearted young man who lives on the dusty planet of Tatooine with his aunt and uncle, longs for the exciting life of a Rebel soldier. The Rebels, led by the headstrong Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), are fighting against the evil Empire, which has set about destroying planets inhabited by innocent citizens with the Death Star, a fearsome planetlike craft commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) and the eternally frightful Darth Vader (David Prowse, with the voice of James Earl Jones). When Luke's aunt and uncle are murdered by the Empire's imperial stormtroopers and he mysteriously finds a distress message from Princess Leia in one of his androids, R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), he must set out to find Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), a mysterious old hermit with incredible powers. On his journey, Luke is aided by the roguish, sarcastic mercenary Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his towering furry sidekick Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) as they run into a host of perilous situations while trying to rescue the princess--and the entire galaxy. ^Magnificently referencing everything from Akira Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI and THE HIDDEN FORTRESS to THE WIZARD OF OZ to John Ford Westerns and Joseph Campbell philosophies, STAR WARS revolutionized the cinematic world with its epic storytelling and amazing special effects. In addition to film veterans Guinness and Cushing, the movie also features an unforgettable performance from the young Ford, who would, of course, go on to become one of the biggest stars of the silver screen. Even today, Lucas's astonishing film leaves viewers wanting to see it again and again.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "But I was going into Tashee station today to pick up some power convertors!"--Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to his uncle Owen
Quote "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."--Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in a recorded message
Quote "It's not wise to upset a wookie."--Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to C-3PO (Anthony Daniels)
Quote "Look, Your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person--me!"--Han Solo to Princess Leia
Quote "May the force be with you."--Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) to Luke Skywalker
Quote "Your powers are weak, old man."--Darth Vader (the voice of James Earl Jones)|"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."--Obi-Wan Kenobi
Entertainment Weekly Rating: A 08/26/1994 p.120,"...Revolutionary....A miracle of editing and special effects, it remains an elating action spectacle..." 01/31/1997 p.33-4
New York Times "...The most elaborate, most expensive, most beautiful movie serial ever made....STAR WARS is good enough to convince the most skeptical 8-year-old sci-fi buff, who is the toughest critic." 05/26/1977 p.C18,Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1977" 12/25/1977 p.II:1
Chicago Sun-Times "...It's a good-hearted film in every single frame, and shining through is the gift of a man who knew how to link state of the art technology with a deceptively simple, really very powerful, story..." 01/31/1997 p.35
George Lucas
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher
Mark Hamill
Cast & Crew
Carrie Fisher - Actor
Gary Kurtz, et. al. - Producer
George Lucas - Director
George Lucas - Writer
Gilbert Taylor - Cinematographer
Harrison Ford - Actor
James Earl Jones - Actor
John Williams - Original Music By
Mark Hamill - Actor
Richard Chew, et. al. - Editor
"Gary Kurtz, et. al." - Producer
"Richard Chew, et. al." - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
Catalog ID 2236373
UPC 00024543263739
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 127 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Winner (1978) Oscar, John Barry, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, John Mollo, Best Costume Design,Oscar, John Stears, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects,Oscar, Paul Hirsch, et. al., Best Film Editing,Oscar, John Williams, Best Music, Original Score,Oscar, Don MacDougall, et. al., Best Sound
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "Star Wars'' still has the old blockbuster magic. One minute into it and it's, like, a no-brainer -- the thing is undeniably awesome, a visual splendor with scuffed-up intergalactic realism. That's the way audiences originally saw it, and the way most critics (except for a few eggheads who don't even like Disneyland) saw it, too...Star Wars'' looks so new in its oldness that it prompts a double Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford as Luke, Leia and Han Solo cope with the Death Star in ""Star Wars, Special Edition"" take."
Reviewer Peter Stack
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The most fascinating single scene, for me, was the one set in the bizarre saloon on the planet Tatooine. As that incredible collection of extraterrestrial alcoholics and bug-eyed martini drinkers lined up at the bar, and as Lucas so slyly let them exhibit characteristics that were universally human, I found myself feeling a combination of admiration and delight. ""Star Wars"" had placed me in the presence of really magical movie invention: Here, all mixed together, were whimsy and fantasy, simple wonderment and quietly sophisticated storytelling."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Star Wars
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Bob Stephens, San Francisco Examiner A thrilling experience.
Mike Clark, USA Today A pop-culture landmark!
Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun Candy for the eyes and the heart!
"Bob Stephens, San Francisco Examiner" A thrilling experience.
"Mike Clark, USA Today" A pop-culture landmark!
"Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun" Candy for the eyes and the heart!

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