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At first glance, it seems difficult to imagine Star Wars presented as a radio serial. Wouldn't the story be weakened by the loss of visuals? This remarkable production, broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, proves that sounds convey pictures quite well on their own. John Williams's original score and sound effects from the film add drama and depth to the story, and the characters are brought to life by a talented cast including Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels reprising their roles as Luke Skywalker and C-3PO. Though Brock Peters's Darth Vader is a bit of a disappointment (James Earl Jones left some pretty big boots to fill), Perry King does a fine turn as Han Solo, and Ann Sachs makes a believable Princess Leia. The story itself has been greatly expanded, and listeners are treated to several new scenes, including conversations between Princess Leia and her father on Alderaan and Biggs Darklighter's confession to Luke that he had decided to join the Rebel Alliance after leaving the Imperial Space Academy. Presented in 13 episodes, this excellent radio drama is enjoyable even for those whom audiobooks usually leave cold. As series director John Madden noted during the production, "You may think you've seen the movie; wait till you hear it." (Running time: 6 hours, 6 cassettes) --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
HighBridge Co. has issued the complete National Public Radio production of Star Wars: The Radio Drama. It consists of 13 half-hour episodes. There is a full cast, including movie performers Mark Hamill (Luke) and Anthony Daniels (C3PO). There also is music and sound effects. It clearly demonstrates that good radio drama is not dead. The series covers the same ground as the original movie; but because of the added length, there are details the movie could hope to include. In fact, it explains some things (such as individual character's motivations) that were best hinted at...in the movie. -- Indianapolis Star, June 9, 1993See all Editorial Reviews
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 1 month ago by cricket
The highest praise I can give this production is that over the years, I've listened to this probably as many times as I've watched the movie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by michael
My boys want to listen to it all day!!!! They don't care if it is reaping in the car!! We just listen and listen! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mum of two
Following the success of the first Star Wars film, George Lucas sold the rights to do a radio adaption to National Public Radio for $1. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
More than just a radio retelling of the movie, this radio drama goes into more depth, with additional scenes that expand the story and the characters in a way that is true to the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve
I have been such a fan of the Star Wars saga and never knew of the radio drama. I am so pleased. The product arrived as expected and in great condition.Published 8 months ago by Joshua
It's the full ultimate directors cut of New Hope. Discover secrets of the story you never knew!!! It's the ultimate Star Wars fan Easter egg!!!Published 8 months ago by Steampunk
My Star Wars enthusiast son loved this. He said there's more information than in the movies.Published 9 months ago by J. Barnes