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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Two-Disc Widescreen Enhanced and Original Theatrical Versions) (1977)

Mark Hamill , Harrison Ford , George Lucas  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (926 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: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (926 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FQJAIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Two-Disc Widescreen Enhanced and Original Theatrical Versions)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • **Widescreen Feature (Enhanced Trilogy Version)
  • **Commentary by George Lucas, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher
  • **Easter Egg - Credit Roll
  • Disc 2:
  • **Widescreen Feature (For Both Versions Full Screen and Widescreen) - original theatrical movie version in dolby 2.0 surround
  • **XBox Playable Game Demo
  • **Lego Game Trailer

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The 2006 limited-edition two-disc release of George Lucas's epic space fantasy Star Wars is not only the first time the movie has been officially available by itself on DVD. It marks the first-ever DVD release of Star Wars as it originally played in theaters in 1977. What does that mean exactly? Well, for starters, the initial title crawl proclaims that this is just Star Wars, not Episode IV, A New Hope. Second, the film is without the various "improvements" and enhancements Lucas added for the theatrical rerelease in 1997 as well as the DVD premiere in 2004. So no more critters and droids scurrying around the port of Mos Eisley when Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi first arrive, no meetings between Han Solo and Jabba the Hut and between Luke and Biggs (extraneous scenes that were cut in 1977), no enhanced explosions during the final reel, and--most importantly to some fans--no more of Greedo shooting first in the bar. Instead Han is free to be the scoundrel and not even let Greedo squeeze off a shot.

What do you lose by watching the 1977 version? Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound, for one thing (only 2.0 Surround here). Digital cleanup for another--Tatooine looks like it's been coated with an additional layer of sand cloud. But for home-theater owners, the biggest frustration will be from the non-anamorphic picture. On a widescreen TV, an anamorphically enhanced (16x9) picture at a 2.35:1 aspect ratio will fill the screen with the exception of small black bars on the top and bottom. The original edition of Star Wars, however, is not anamorphically enhanced (sometimes referred to as "4:3 letterbox"), so on a widescreen TV it will have large black bars on the top, the bottom, and the sides unless you stretch the picture (and distort it in the process, especially considering the substandard picture quality). If you're watching on a standard square-shaped (4:3) TV, though, you won't notice a difference.

Yes, it's true that serious home-theater lovers who want spectacular sound and anamorphically enhanced picture can always watch the 2004 version of the movie also included in this set. But chances are good that they already picked up the trilogy edition of all three films, so their decision to buy the 2006 two-disc edition depends on how much they want the original film. The official LucasFilm stance is that this is an individual release of the 2004 version of Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope, and the 1977 version of the film is merely a "bonus feature." Common speculation is that the only reason the original versions are seeing the official light of day at all is to undercut the booming black market for the laserdisc version. Star Wars fans will have to decide for themselves if that's worth the purchase. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

For the first time ever and for a limited time only, the enhanced versions of the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi will be available individually on DVD. Plus, these 2-Disc DVD's will feature a bonus disc that includes, for the first time ever on DVD, the original films as seen in theaters in 1977, 1980 and 1983.

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658 of 681 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
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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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300 of 346 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
My most favorite movie of all time
Published 2 days ago by Farileyme
3.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars "A NEW HOPE"
Great Star Wars movie, for a person who likes "oldies." I love Star Wars, but this one was a disappointment..........but it was still a good show!
Published 5 days ago by Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great purchase! Everything was exactley as advertised.
Published 13 days ago by terry holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the greatest films in the series
Still one of the greatest films in the series, marred only by the fact it's the special edition. Dewbacks, dewbacks everywhere.
Published 15 days ago by Thomas L. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars great adventure vs the blahs
still feel excited with this series starter!this series is excitement with a capital E Excitement vs hohum,great adventure vs the blahs. Read more
Published 20 days ago by John Tatley
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Lowzy movie the DVD works but the story line is terrible
Published 23 days ago by D-Goods
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 24 days ago by James J. Prestidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic
Published 28 days ago by Leigh W. Skilling
5.0 out of 5 stars The unaltered 1977 version on disc 2.
I purchased this so my daughter could see the original 1977 release version of Star Wars, without the later meddling and changes (Han not shooting first, cgi scenes in a pre cgi... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. David
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it.
have the whole grouping now. Like it.
Published 1 month ago by carolaf
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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.
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