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Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Well, unless you have the cold heart of a Sith, Star Wars did indeed translate well from the silver screen to radio, thank you very much. Yes, Star Wars' visual effects are a big part of the magic of the saga, but the heart and soul of George Lucas' galaxy far, far away are the characters and the storyline. And while the movie is satisfying on its own, the radio dramatization written by the late Brian Daley takes us beyond the movie....beyond the screenplay...and even beyond the novelization.
By expanding the movie's story beyond its two hour running time, the Radio Drama allows us to catch glimpses of Luke Skywalker's life BEFORE the movie. It tells us how Princess Leia acquired the Death Star plans....and what, exactly, happened to her during her interrogation aboard the Empire's battle station...(it is an interesting scene, but not for the squeamish, by the way). In short, by expanding the story to nearly seven hours, characters we loved on screen acquire depth only equaled by novelizations.
The Radio Drama makes extensive use of material written (and in some cases filmed) for A New Hope's silver screen version but cut for editorial or technical reasons. Also, Ben Burtt's sound effects, John Williams' score, and the acting of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Anthony Daniels (See Threepio) give the whole project its "true" Star Wars cachet.
These complaints cannot be levelled against this, the first of the NPR dramatisations.
The acting is spot on, with Perry King providing a rougher verion of Solo that goes over well, as opposed to the next two adaptions where it begins to grate. Mark Hamil and Anthony Daniels are naturally perfect at the characters that defined them for a decade and more after the original trilogy finished. Bernard Behrens does a surprisingly good Ben Kenobi, and Brock Peters likewise with Vader. They are not Alec Guinness and James Earl Jones, but they're good enough not to cause problems.
The direction is great, and I never found myself noticing the obvious radio 'cues' which tell the listener what is happening. THe music and sound effects are good and the pacing is not rushed, unlike ROTJ.
And as for added material? Deducting front and end credits gives us roughly five and a half hours, nearly triple the length of the film. The vast wealth of extra material is great and never seems out of place.
In all I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in the Star Wars original trilogy.
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the 1st volume, a new hope is fully 2x the story of the movie with huge amounts of unexpected back story...
the 2nd has quite a bit extra too...3rd not so much... Read more
When Star Wars came out in theaters in 1977, it was way ahead of its time. However, if a movie like this one came out today, you would only have to wait 4 months to own it on... Read morePublished 26 days ago by John B. Urschel
pretty good. like the music and sound effects giving this more interest.Published 2 months ago by andemoine winrow
This is nothing more than a narration of the plot line original movie. Nothing new or imaginative. Not bad for 1930's radio, but nothing to write home about, either.Published 2 months ago by Topper Tucker
Loved listening to this while we took a trip, filled many hours of Kansas and other entertainment starved areas of our country with fun listening. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jon B.
We loved this! There is so much backstory to the characters. We drove 5 hours (started this after the first hour) and the drive was a blip! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maya Rose
I was always intrigued by this audio production of the Star Wars on radio trilogy. The acting was superb and I thought it went well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matterhorn Magic
If I hadn't seen the movie years ago, I would have gotten nothing out of the Radio Drama. The wonderful music made the audio drama mediocre at best.Published 9 months ago by cricket