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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Widescreen Limited Edition) (Bilingual)

Mark Hamill , Harrison Ford , George Lucas    G (General Audience)   DVD
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The 2007 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

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but for the maniacs only Sept. 20 2006
I am so pleased be finally able to rediscover Star Wars the way I saw it for the first time but I can't felicitate George Lucas for delivering a so poor DVD edition. The least he should have done is restoring the movie properly so it would have looks better than an old VHS tape (after all, he is known to be so obsessive with hi-tech) and add some substantial extras such as archive documentaries, theatrical trailers, and even an introduction where he could have explained why he is so unhappy with this version and wanted to make it disappear (in that context, the presence of the 2004 cut on disk one will have found a reason to be included).

I seriously doubt this is really the last time we will got the chance to own the original versions of the original trilogy on DVD knowing only fools never change their mind and how much money can be made by re-releasing the same movie in many different ways (Lucas is not a fool and he is a tough businessman). So, if you are Star Wars maniac like me you will enjoy these Limited Editions anyway despite their flaws but if you are a "moderated" fan and already got the 2004 Box set you should wait until a definitive DVD edition see the day of light to upgrade.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING !!! - NOT the Holy Grail after all May 27 2006
By Dave
The 1977 theatrical version of Star Wars in this set, which countless have been waiting years for, is an inferior transfer. It is being made from an old 1993 laserdisc master and it's NOT anamorphic/16x9 enhanced, which is completely unacceptable for a DVD in 2006. I certainly expected better from LucasFilm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Feb. 13 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Being only a year old at the time I can only faintly visualize what a phenomenon it must have been seeing audiences jam pack theaters all over Earth on May 25, 1977 for the screening of the very first (er I should say fourth) STAR WARS film adventure. With the Special Edition releases now gracing the video and soon DVD shelves, I must say that if such technology would have been available in those early days, STAR WARS would indeed be a technological breakthrough in film making.
SPECIAL EDITION or no SPECIAL EDITION - STAR WARS is indeed that. Unlike the previous reviewers, I am not going to get carried away by reviewing the entire trilogy but by comparing the original and special editions as this review appropriately applies to STAR WARS: EPISODE 4 - A NEW HOPE only!
Computer graphics technology does indeed give STAR WARS a wider depth not just for the old but new generations of fans to enjoy. Look very carefully around the Rebel Blockade craft, there are more computer terminals around. The sky is darker in some scenes on the Tatooine landscape, and a more closer view of the Sandcrawler looming over the dunes, and a better view outside Obi-Wan's chateau are among the many changes available. Plus more alien creatures roaming the population of Mos Eisley. It's great, but owes more homage to the slapstick humor excessively expressed in the Prequel films.
What remains missing that is only available from Alan Dean Foster's storybook novel (which he wrote under the pen name George Lucas) is the scene where Luke Skywalker is watching the space battle up in the sky with his binoculars and rushing off to tell his friends about it, and the scene where Biggs bids Luke farewell in the sand dunes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Young fans today begin to lose interest. Aug. 18 2002
Format:VHS Tape
It's too bad that George Lucas makes Episode IV so precious. It has taken him to release this movie on DVD so long that many wouldbe/couldbe fans have begun to lose interest. There are other more recent films which compete to establish themselves in the psyche of the public (Lord of the Rings to name a recent example). Many kids and young adults weren't even around with the original Star Wars was released and don't know what the hype is all about and frankly many of them don't care. At this point, the longer George Lucas holds out, the more he is liable to lose money in sales. After all, despite what he says...it really is all about money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all..... Nov. 9 2003
Format:VHS Tape
It's been over a quarter century since George Lucas (THX 1138, American Grafitti) first shared Star Wars with millions of awestruck moviegoers in the late spring of 1977. Both the director and the studio executives at 20th Century Fox thought they'd have a modestly successful sci-fi/fantasy film with "just okay" box office receipts. Instead, bucking their logic and lowered expectations, Star Wars became not only the biggest hit of its time, but it also launched both a multi-movie series and a huge merchandising/multimedia "empire" that made millions for the shy, unassuming USC film school graduate from Modesto, California.
Star Wars (later renamed Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) begins with one of the most stunning opening scenes in movie history: After the 20th Century Fox Fanfare and a moment of silence for the "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" card, the Star Wars logo appears with the opening chord of composer John Williams' now famous "Main Theme" -- which serves as accompaniment to a title crawl that sets the stage for a battle between good and evil. "It is a period of civil war," and Rebels have united to challenge the evil Galactic Empire. From a hidden base in the Outer Rim, the Rebel fleet has won its first victory against Imperial forces. In the heat of battle, Rebel agents have discovered the secret plans for the Death Star, a huge space station with a planet-killing superlaser. Now those plans are in the hands of Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and her starship carries her back to her home world of Alderaan with a huge Imperial Star Destroyer in hot pursuit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard on the eyes - I must disagree with the fans
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