- Audio CD
- Publisher: HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (August 16, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565111656
- ISBN-13: 978-1565111653
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.2 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,711,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Star Wars Trilogy: Original Radio Drama, Limited Edition Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
George Lucas is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic. Lucas is considered a significant figure in the New Hollywood era.
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They brought back some of the actors from the movies, including Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels. Unfortunate neither Mark or Billy are in Return of the Jedi, but it's still great! All of the actors fit the rolls well and you don't feel distracted by any of the different actors.
The voices are mostly good to passable in quality. I remember snickering when I first heard Han's voice but I grew to accept it as an interpretation of the Han character, and even Yoda was bearable to an extent (Ep. 5 was much better than Ep. 6, John Lithgow took some creative liberties).
As the series goes on, fewer and fewer extra scenes are added, to the point where Ep. 6 is almost a straight conversion. It's a shame, but makes for great entertainment on a road trip.
Highly recommended for people who want to experience the original trilogy in a new light.
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. The radio series expanded on fascinating elements of the story that had to be left out of the features like the friendship between Biggs and Luke, the story of Leia and her idealism leading to the destruction of Alderaan and the bickering antics of R2D2 and Threepio.
Before the sequels and the long wait for the prequels, these things had an intense hold on the imagination of fans like me and the radio series idea was a clever way of doing this. The use of the original audio effects and music from the features make them a satisfying experience on radio. I think anyone with a strong interest in STAR WARS before all the endless poor quality novelisations and Dark Horse comicbooks and tedious controversy over what's 'canonical' and not will find in them a gem which retains all the original spirit of STAR WARS.