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Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope (Widescreen Edition) (1977)

Mark Hamill , Harrison Ford , George Lucas  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (927 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing
  • Directors: George Lucas
  • Writers: George Lucas
  • Producers: George Lucas, Gary Kurtz, Rick McCallum
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (927 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006VIE4C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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666 of 689 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Restoration versus Cartoonization November 7, 2006
Format:DVD
I am one of those geeks who was ten years old when Star Wars came out (note: it was not originally called "Episode IV.") I watched it in the theater perhaps a dozen times. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.

This release contains two DVDs: the version that Lucas has been tinkering with, and on a bonus disc, the original movie in 4:3 letterbox, taken from the best-available videodisc masters.

About that "tinkering." The 2004 version of Episode 4 looks, for the most part, quite gorgeous. The _restoration_ that Lucasfilm did is impressive: the blacks are blacker, the whites whiter, the color richer, the contrast improved all around, and the soundtrack is great. The dirt and scratches are gone, the shaky color very solid.

However, at some point Lucas crossed over from "restoration" into making a new movie. That's fine; he has the right to do so. But for him to say that the original Star Wars is not really what he had in mind, when it was one of the most famous and popular movies in history and became entrenched in the culture -- well, I find that weirdly arrogant. And when he says, in effect, that his altered version _is_ "Star Wars" and the original _isn't_ -- well, hmmm. A movie is a historical artifact. There's a difference between preservation and tinkering. Mainly, that tinkering mostly is there to gratify the artist, while preservation serves the art -- and the fans of the art. Artistic creation is a fragile and uncertain process. For Lucas to assume that he knew exactly what made Star Wars great and presume to make it better misstates the amount of control that artists actually have over how their creations are received by the public.

Where you draw this line is slightly unclear. I think the cleanup of the backgrounds is fine.
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204 of 226 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Setting the Record Straight August 22, 2006
Format:DVD
After reading countless reviews about these Star Wars DVD's over the past few months here on Amazon from some who are taking this issue way too seriously to others who just don't seem to have a clue as to what some words mean, I finally feel compelled enough to write a review of my own.

To begin, I agree with the majority of reviewers in the fact that these films, the original unaltered Star Wars trilogy, deserve much better treatment for release on DVD. Now, from what I understand, the original negatives/prints were destroyed or altered during the restoration for the Special Edition release back in 1997 and, as a result, can't be restored. Therefore, the laserdisc transfers from 1993 are being used as source material for the upcoming DVD release, which explains why these "bonus" DVD's (don't get me started on the originals only being - according to the soulless marketing geniuses at LucasFilm - "bonus" discs), won't be anamorphic and without 5.1 surround sound. I also understand that LucasFilm is not willing to put in as much time, effort, or money into this project since the original unaltered films didn't represent his true "vision" for the films. However, I take issue with the reasoning behind this thought process.

First of all, I'll admit I'm no film restoration expert, but common sense would tell me that 95% of the restoration of the original unaltered trilogy has already been done since only, at the very most, 5% of the original movies was altered for the Special Edition releases.
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301 of 347 people found the following review helpful
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The second disc of this release contains the movie as it was released in 1977; however it's non-anamorphic, which means that it won't display properly on a widescreen television.

Star Wars creator George Lucas, who doesn't mind tinkering with his own classics for special edition re-releases said, "I am very concerned about our national heritage, and I am very concerned that the films that I watched when I was young and the films that I watched throughout my life are preserved, so that my children can see them."

Does he know the definition of "hypocrite"?

Lynne Hale of Lucasfilm said,"...since these movies (as originally released) do not represent George's artistic vision, we could not put the extraordinary time and resources into this project as we did with the Special Editions. The 1993 Laserdisc masters represented the best source for providing the original versions as DVD bonus material. Although these are non-anamorphic versions, they do preserve the original widescreen composition of the movies."

Believe it or not, George Lucas was not the only person involved in the making of these movies. Ask Ralph McQuarrie, John Dykstra, Gary Kurtz, Rick Baker, or Marcia Lucas. Star Wars (what Lucas now calls A New Hope) is a great movie that represents some of the best filmmaking of the 1970's. What Lucas is doing is completely disrespectful to all of those people that were involved in the process of making those films. He's completely disregarding their work and dishonoring their memory.

By the way, last weekend I watched the "2004 version" and I didn't think it held up. The scene where Luke and Ben enter Mos Eisley looks too busy and too cartoon-like, in other words, like CGI. The new scene with Jabba: it's redundant.
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I want to buy the originals, not the modern edits.
I agree. I think an ideal box set of the original trilogy would have included both the enhanced as well as the untouched 70s versions of each movie. Oh well... perhaps the next time Lucas releases yet another box set version of the trilogy he'll include both, and (like a lemming) I will buy that... Read More
Feb 5, 2007 by Brian Howell |  See all 7 posts
No Blu-Ray from Lucasfilm Ltd
so eat your words 3 years later :) it`s coming out this september
Jul 11, 2011 by turkish |  See all 11 posts
Star Wars vs. Star Trek
A Galaxy Class star ship can lay waste to an entire planet by itself. Star Destroyers have no transporter technology. Star Ship phasers and photo torpedoes would cut through a star destroyer like butter. And Star Ship shields could withstand the power of the planet killers pure anti proton... Read More
May 9, 2010 by P. Reynolds |  See all 7 posts
Hypocrites!
I'm fine with these releases. From the screenshots and .avi samples I've seen posted on the internet, I think they look great. My only issue with these releases is that they're forcing the buyer to purchase the shoddy 2004 version, increasing the overall disc price. They should've just released... Read More
Sep 6, 2006 by Pawn |  See all 20 posts
Wait....Is the scene with Jabba in the original release with a different...
The scene with Jabba was filmed, with a human actor, for the 1977 release of Star Wars but it was never used and it never appeared in the theatrical release (I was 10 and saw it many times). Some folks are saying that it was in the original release (with the human actor) but it never was.
May 10, 2007 by Kasper Von Deutschland |  See all 4 posts
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