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Star Wars: The Complete Trilogy Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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The creator of the Star Wars Saga and Indiana Jones series, George Lucas is also the critically acclaimed director of American Graffiti and THX 1138, as well as the producer of a myriad of independent films. In 1971, Lucas formed his own film company, Lucasfilm Ltd., in San Rafael, Calif. In 1973, he co-wrote and directed Graffiti, which won the Golden Globe and garnered five Academy Award® nominations. Four years later, his Star Wars broke all box-office records and set new standards for sophistication in film visuals and sound. Lucas continued the Star Wars saga as storywriter and executive producer with The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. He returned to directing in 1999 with Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which was the first major live-action film to be projected digitally. Three years later, Episode II Attack of the Clones broke new ground as the first major movie shot using entirely digital media. In 2005, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith concluded the live-action Skywalker arc, but Lucas continues to explore the “galaxy far, far away” and his impact on the film industry continues to grow.
In the late 1980s, Lucas donated the Star Wars story rights toKUSC-FM, the National Public Radio af?liate station at his alma mater, the University of Southern California. The result was the Star Wars Original Radio Drama and subsequent Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi radio dramas
Top Customer Reviews
Overall, the case works well. Mark Hamil actually plays Luke Skywalker and does a great job of it. Likewise, Anthony Daniels plays C-3P0. Most of the other characters come off at least similar to their on-screen counterparts. Han is appropriately cocky, although he's also more selfish than portrayed in the films. Leia has a good amount of spunk. Unfortunately, the series didn't quite get Darth Vader right. The torture scene with Leia - not in the movie for good reason - was particularly onerous and Vader sounds more like a shrink than a Sith Lord.
One other thing tat bugged me is the episode breaks. Originally, when this aired as a radio show, it was broadcast as 13 episodes, and each time there was an introductory narration and credits. Unfortunately, these remain on the audiobook version. Thus, every 15 minutes or so you hear another listing of credits, then another introduction. I hope future versions eliminate this and allow listeners to hear just one uninterrupted book.
The ESB episode wasn't quite as strong. Luke, Han, and Leia are all well done. However, Vader comes off as corny and Yoda just doesn't have the majesty he demands. Also, it doesn't have many deleted scenes, aside from the Battle of Derra at the beginning. It's about an hour shorter than the ANH radio show.Read more ›
Let me begin by stating I am only through A New Hope. I have not begun TESB or ROTJ.
I love the original movies. I grew up with them, the toys and games, and everything else. I'm not as much a fan of the newer movies, et al. Hence, I haven't been on the look out much for new SW stuff. However, I saw these one day while searching for Lord of the Rings stuff, and thought it may be interesting, so I picked this CD trilogy up.
I can't tell you how excited I am I did. The CDs add so much depth to the movies. Not only do you revist every part from the movie, but it's like you found a treasure trove of deleted scenes. Some of these scenes I had heard of or seen before in either books or behind the scenes material, but to see them pefectly fitted in to the story as smooth flowing as it is was just perfect!!
I won't spoil any details for you, but if you are a Star Wars fan, and don't have to have everything presented to you visually, you are going to be in for a huge treat with these CDs. I can't wait to listen through it again just to get more detail. I thought I knew a lot about the original trilogy before, but this just doubled everything I knew. Literally. A New Hope is about 5.5 hours long... 3 or 3.5 hours longer than the movie. That's a lot of extra stuff!! But, it's not time wasting or fluff. It's great detail that adds so much more character depth and so much more to the Star Wars universe at that time.
You won't be disappointed in this gem of a find!!!
I grew up in Canada where the radio series was not to my knowledge broadcast and a friend in the USA kindly alerted me to and taped episodes of the series for me which I listened to for years, practically memorizing them. But I only ever had about three quarters of the STAR WARS episodes and never even knew about the adaptations of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK or the long delayed RETURN OF THE JEDI.
So when I found them all released in a single boxed set many years after I had to get them and no one buying it will be disappointed. Given that Brian Daley (also the author of the Han Solo trilogy) has his own take on the story he does a fascinating job of expanding on the original stories. He captures, I think, the sense of fun of STAR WARS. It's full of quirky humour and fun asides, like the casual abuse suffered by working robots or the hovering-on-farce confrontations between Han Solo and the creepy minions of Jabba the Hutt.
I think that STAR WARS as a whole released a lot of pent-up creativity in my generation and helped to give it a mythological template that owed a lot to many different sources, not least the story of PARSIFAL and the Grail Knights on which STAR WARS is clearly based in part.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this box set. A must have for any Star Wars fan getting ready to move cross country and needing something to listen to while on the road.Published 1 month ago by D.Landon.Felix
Ah the memories. This was fantastic. I had these (abridged versions) on records as a kid. Nice to hear it in superb digital quality. Great listening on my rides to/from work.Published 2 months ago by A. Mondi
So surprised how good the performances are, truly a totally different experience than the films. The expansion of the story in A New Hope is very interesting although not canon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bobby F.
When I first heard of a radio drama version of Star Wars, I admittedly balked. How could you capture the heart of Star Wars using sound alone? Boy was I wrong. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brad Balukjian
Most of the other reviews are fine, but there is one thing that must be stated that I did not notice. ROTJ is not a radio drama. The first two were and were broadcast on NPR. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Glen A. Gill
Perfect compliment to the original movies. Love the additional scenes and backstory. Well written and produced.Published 11 months ago by Tom0B1