[295], Marvel Comics also adapted the film as the first six issues of its licensed Star Wars comic book, with the first issue sold in April 1977. [227], The film also received twelve nominations at the Saturn Awards, winning nine: Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction and Best Writing for George Lucas, Best Supporting Actor for Alec Guinness, Best Music for John Williams, Best Costume for John Mollo, Best Make-up for Rick Baker and Stuart Freeborn, Best Special Effects for John Dykstra and John Stears, and Outstanding Editing for Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew.[228]. [297], Lucasfilm adapted the story for a children's book-and-record set. [251][252][253] Writing for The New York Times, Frank DeCaro said, "Star Wars littered pop culture of the late 1970s with a galaxy of space junk. The film ranks first on 100 Years of Film Scores,[104] second on Top 10 Sci-Fi Films,[280] 15th on 100 Years...100 Movies[274] (ranked 13th on the updated 10th anniversary edition),[279] 27th on 100 Years...100 Thrills,[275] and 39th on 100 Years...100 Cheers. "[88] Lucas also stated that he wanted to move the narrative focus to C-3PO and R2-D2: "At the time, to have the first half-hour of the film be mainly about robots was a bold idea. [3] Adjusted for inflation, it had earned over $2.5 billion worldwide at 2011 prices,[197] which saw it ranked as the third-highest-grossing film at the time, according to Guinness World Records. Later, after Luke finds R2-D2 missing, he is attacked by scavenging Sand People while searching for him, but is rescued by elderly hermit "Old Ben" Kenobi, an acquaintance of Luke's, who reveals that "Obi-Wan" is his true name. The credited author was George Lucas, but the book was revealed to have been ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster. But he also becomes the older brother figure to Luke, who cannot carry the story by himself. In truth, in 1975 Lucas suggested he could make a trilogy, which "ends with the destruction of the Empire" and a possible prequel "about the backstory of Kenobi as a young man." [7]:17:30 Subsequently, Lucas started writing with a budget in mind, conceiving the cheap, "used" look of much of the film, and (with Fox having just shut down its special effects department) had reduced the number of complex special effects shots called for by the script. A prequel trilogy was released between 1999 and 2005, and following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, a sequel trilogy was released between 2015 and 2019. And we spoke and he looked at the set and couldn't believe it wasn't real." March 27th, 1997 (Wide) (New Zealand) August 14th, 2020 (Wide), released as Star Wars: Episode Iv - A New Hope (1977) (re:2020) Video Release: September 12th, 2006 by Fox Home Entertainment, released as Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope (1977 & 2004 versions) MPAA Rating: PG for sci-fi violence and brief mild language. Lucas was looking for a way of accelerating the storytelling, and removing Luke's early scenes would distinguish Star Wars from his earlier teenage drama and "get that American Graffiti feel out of it. [278] In addition, the quote "May the Force be with you" is ranked eighth on 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes,[277] and Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi are ranked as the 14th and 37th greatest heroes respectively on 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains. [53] In fact, Lucas himself sometimes admitted to have only had notes rather than complete treatments or scripts, and in 2010 confided in the showrunners of Lost that: "when 'Star Wars' first came out, I didn't know where it was going either. Use the HTML below. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. "[73], During production, Lucas and Taylor—whom Kurtz called "old-school" and "crotchety"[74]—had disputes over filming. Another 50 wins & 28 nominations. The cover is as shown in the amazon listing for this review, with the 'Limited Edition' banner in gold along the top. Fox released A New Hope for digital download on April 10, 2015. It was discovered that in addition to the negative motion picture stocks commonly used on feature films, Lucas had also used Color Reversal Internegative (CRI) film, a reversal stock subsequently discontinued by Kodak. [34][105] Star Wars features many elements derived from Flash Gordon, such as the conflict between rebels and Imperial Forces, the wipes between scenes, the fusion of futuristic technology and traditional mythology, and the famous opening crawl that begins each film. Roy Thomas was the writer and Howard Chaykin was the artist of the adaptation. "[268], In its May 30, 1977 issue, the film's year of release, Time magazine named Star Wars the "Movie of the Year." The bonus disc contains the documentary Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy, three featurettes, teasers, theatrical trailers, TV spots, still galleries, an exclusive preview of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, a playable Xbox demo of the LucasArts game Star Wars: Battlefront, and a making-of documentary on the Episode III video game. "[75] After several scenes were filmed against the volcanic canyons outside Tozeur, production moved to Matmata to film Luke's home on Tatooine. It wasn’t until the film’s theatrical re-release in 1981 that it received the Episode IV marking and the subtitle A New Hope. It is a period of civil war. It's like a poem." [113] There are also similarities in the Death Star trench sequence to the bridge attack scene in The Bridges at Toko-Ri. 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The result is a remarkable confection: a subliminal history of the movies, wrapped in a riveting tale of suspense and adventure, ornamented with some of the most ingenious special effects ever contrived for film." It's a textbook case of an exciting narrative and what I believe makes this superior to all the sequels (knowing that many feel "The Empire Strikes Back" is superior - I must disagree).The one character you really can't wait to see again is the ominous Vader, naturally. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up. The most significant material cut was a series of scenes from the first part of the film which introduced Luke Skywalker. "[63] Lucas recounted what De Palma said the first time he saw it: "George, you're out of your mind! "[293] In 2012, the Star Wars action figures were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. [7], —Producer Gary Kurtz, on when he realized Star Wars had become a cultural phenomenon[123], Star Wars debuted on Wednesday, May 25, 1977, in fewer than 32 theaters, and eight more on Thursday and Friday. [40] After spending the next two years completing American Graffiti, Lucas turned his attention to his space opera. '"[67], Lucas described a "used future" concept to the production designers in which all devices, ships, and buildings to do with Tatooine or the Rebels looked aged and dirty,[7][68][69] as opposed to the sleeker designs of the Empire. [172], All six Star Wars films were released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Disc on September 16, 2011 in three different editions, with A New Hope available in both a box set of the original trilogy[173][174] and with all six films on Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which includes nine discs and over 40 hours of special features. Im Star wars episode iv a new hope ost Test schaffte es der Vergleichssieger bei so gut wie allen Kategorien das Feld für sich entscheiden. After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy. 22 on its list of the "500 Greatest Movies of All Time";[286] in 2010, the film ranked among the "All-Time 100" list of the greatest films as chosen by Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel;[287] the film was also placed on a similar list created by The New York Times, "The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made";[288] in 2012, the film was included in Sight & Sound's prestigious decennial critics poll "Critics' Top 250 Films", ranking at 171st on the list, and in their directors poll at 224th. "[32] During production, he changed Luke's name from Starkiller to Skywalker[7] and altered the title to The Star Wars and later Star Wars. While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. [7] The original soundtrack was released as a double LP in 1977 by 20th Century Records. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope . The film's success led to two critically and commercially successful sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), and later to a prequel trilogy, a sequel trilogy, two anthology films and various spin-off TV series. John Williams's music and Ben Burtt's sound design were retained for the show, and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) reprised their roles. For example, Luke had several brothers, as well as his father, who appears in a minor role at the end of the film. There are no slow spots and you can't wait for the next scene during the entire experience; and, experience is the better description for it, rather than just 'movie.' Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. We'd dream about them at night and try to imagine ourselves in their midst; up until then, we could only imagine such things - there were no projected images to realize such dreams. Worried that Star Wars would be beaten out by other summer films, such as Smokey and the Bandit, 20th Century-Fox moved the release date to May 25, the Wednesday before Memorial Day. Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates an assassination attempt on the senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi. The films were digitally restored and remastered, and more changes were made by Lucas. The central villain, Darth Vader, creates a menacing presence and engages in several acts of violence (threatening, choking). [34] Lucas later recounted: I wanted to make a Flash Gordon movie, with all the trimmings, but I couldn't obtain the rights to the characters. [84], While shooting, Lucas rarely spoke to the actors, who believed that he expected too much of them while providing little direction. New changes were made to the films, provoking mixed responses. Fox and Lucasfilm subsequently decided that they wanted to promote the new film with a less stylized and more realistic depiction of the lead characters. Most of the visual effects used pioneering digital motion control photography developed by John Dykstra and his team, which created the illusion of size by employing small models and slowly moving cameras. Though now known as "Episode IV-A New Hope," for many of us, namely those of us who first saw this exhilarating entertainment in theaters back in '77, this will always be the first "Star Wars." [7]:19, Since commencing his writing process in January 1973, Lucas had done "various rewrites in the evenings after the day's work." In 2013, Star Wars was dubbed into Navajo, making it the first major motion picture translated into a Native American language. It would eventually see many theatrical and home video re-releases. [256] Lucas permitted Brooks to make a spoof of the film under "one incredibly big restriction: no action figures. [7] The delays increased the budget from $8 million to $11 million.[97]. "[159], In 1989, the 1977 theatrical version of Star Wars was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress. [58] On February 27, the studio granted a budget of $5 million; this was later increased to $8.25 million. When Lucas went out for lunch with Marcia, they encountered a long line of people along the sidewalks leading to Mann's Chinese Theatre, waiting to see Star Wars. He found that the pace was dictated by the actors instead of the cuts. Obi-Wan presents Luke with his father's old lightsaber, the signature weapon of Jedi Knights. We'd read about them constantly in science fiction novels and short stories - tales of outer space civilizations, of spaceships zooming through asteroid belts, of exotic-looking aliens hanging around space ports. Where are the romance, the adventure, and the fun that used to be in practically every movie made? The final issue of the original theatrical release (pre-Special Edition) to VHS format occurred in 1995, as part of "Last Chance to Own the Original" campaign, available as part of a trilogy set and as a standalone purchase. 20th Century Records also released The Story of Star Wars that same year, a narrated audio drama adaptation of the film utilizing some of its original music, dialogue, and sound effects. I'm trying to make a classic sort of genre picture, a classic space fantasy in which all the influences are working together. Using a tracking device, the Empire tracks the Falcon to the hidden Rebel base, actually located on Yavin IV. After requests from the team that "it had to be more," the executives "got a bit scared. [105][106] The film has also been compared to The Wizard of Oz. [55] He also claims to have read scholastic works like Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces,[56] James George Frazer's The Golden Bough,[53] and even Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment. ILM. By 2015, this copy had been transferred to a 2K scan, now available to be viewed by appointment.[161]. [140][141][b], The retronymic inclusion of subtitles brought the film into line with the introduction to its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, which was reconcieved during rewrites as "Episode V" and eventually released as such in 1980. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Taylor refused to use the soft-focus lenses and gauze Lucas wanted after Fox executives complained about the look. "[200] Vincent Canby of The New York Times called the film "the movie that's going to entertain a lot of contemporary folk who have a soft spot for the virtually ritualized manners of comic-book adventure" and "the most elaborate, most expensive, most beautiful movie serial ever made. His lighting suggestions were rejected by Taylor, who believed that Lucas was overstepping his boundaries by giving specific instructions, sometimes even moving lights and cameras himself. However, since the film is a fairy tale, as he had described, "I still wanted it to have an ethereal quality, yet be well composed and, also, have an alien look." [105] In both films, several men threaten the hero, bragging about how wanted they are by the authorities, and have an arm being cut off by a blade; Kuwabatake Sanjuro (played by Toshiro Mifune) is offered "twenty-five ryo now, twenty-five when you complete the mission", whereas Han Solo is offered "Two thousand now, plus fifteen when we reach Alderaan." All of the main films have been box office successes, with the overall box office revenue generated by the Star Wars films (including the animated The Clone Wars) totaling over $10.1 billion,[242] making it the second highest-grossing film series as of 2019. Lucas worked with his friends Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck to revise the fourth draft into the final pre-production script. They had a conversation with Lucas on what he would like the film to appear like, with them creating the desired sets. The Special Edition contains visual shots and scenes that were unachievable in the original release due to financial, technological, and time constraints; one such scene involves a meeting between Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt. Star Wars, together with Lucas, is the subject of the 2010 documentary film The People vs. George Lucas that details the issues of filmmaking and fanaticism pertaining to the film franchise and its creator. "[254] Mel Brooks's Spaceballs, a satirical comic science fiction parody, was released in 1987 to mixed reviews. [85] Editor John Jympson began cutting the film together while Lucas was still filming in Tunisia; as Lucas noted, the editor was in an "impossible position" because Lucas had not explained any of the film's material to him. [59], Lucas finished writing his script in March 1976, when the crew started filming. It's gibberish. [116], While the film was in production, a logo was commissioned from Dan Perri, a title sequence designer who had worked on the titles for films such as The Exorcist (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976). Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope - Opening Crawl In the original Although Luke initially declines Obi-Wan's offer to accompany him to Alderaan and learn the ways of the Force, he is left with no choice after discovering that Imperial stormtroopers have killed his aunt and uncle and destroyed their farm in their search for the droids. It wasn’t until the film’s theatrical re-release in 1981 that it received the Episode IV marking and the subtitle A New Hope. The trick is to pretend you've planned the whole thing out in advance. I used to do it with models when I was a kid. The iconic weapon of choice of the Jedi, the lightsaber, was voted as the most popular weapon in film history in a survey of approximately 2,000 film fans. Arrakis is the only known source of a longevity spice; Star Wars makes references to spice in "the spice mines of Kessel", and a spice freighter. The publication said it was a "big early supporter" of the vision which would become Star Wars. '"[208] Fisher's main surprise is that she's not all sugar and sweet as one would expect of a princess. [68] Christopher Nolan cited Star Wars as an influence when making the 2010 blockbuster film, Inception. 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