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About the Movie
Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of Darth Vader and the evil Empire.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 104
- Fresh: 97
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 8.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A grand and glorious film that may well be the smash hit of 1977, and certainly is the best movie of the year so far.
Fresh: [Star Wars] will undoubtedly emerge as one of the true classics in the genre of science fiction/fantasy films. In any event, it will be thrilling audiences of all ages for a long time to come.
Fresh: George Lucas, who made American Graffiti, has put together a sci-fi film that draws on any number of associations. Star Wars is both amazing and familiar.
Fresh: Some of Lucas' scriptwriting is clever, a hip updating of the stilted language of the old Flash Gordon serials. Also, the film is dotted with weird-looking creatures who might have stepped out of the pages of a Marvel comic book.
Not until Han shoots first...
These are NOT the original theatrical release versions. Instead, they are the horribly kiddy-fied, politically correct, LAME versions that were forced on the public years later. iTunes will NOT get my money until they wise up and release the masterpiece that was the ORIGINAL.
Please don't take offense Disney. This release is a nice gesture, but we want the real deal.
I feel bad leaving a one star review for one of the greatest films of all time, but that is how exasperated I am that there STILL isn't an officially released HD (or 4K) theatrical release copy available. I know this isn't Disney's fault, and they may even be working on such a release, but this just feels like. "Lets' scoop up as much cash as possible before we make these versions obsolete with the new release." And that's a best case scenario. For all we know, there's something in the contract about never releasing the original theatrical versions.
Please can we just have the original cuts with remastered color, audio, etc.? Throw these special editions in the package too if you must. I respect that George Lucas's wants having his redone versions out there if he wants. (Though I suspect he would be happy with something like what I bring up in the following paragraph. He could feel like he fixed many of those "annoying mistakes", and fans would like it as well.)
This part is a bit of a long-shot, but I'd REALLY love something like Adywan's STAR WARS REVISITED, with subtle enhancements, recut/extended space battles, some blinks and facial movements/expressions on the aliens, Sebastian Shaw back where he belongs in Jedi, some of the hokier and distracting Mos Eisley bits removed, song dance scene in Jabba's palace back to original, don't show Jabba in episode 4, Greedo doesn't get a chance to shoot, maybe keep the new song at the end of Jedi. (It's still John Williams guys! It's a pretty legit end theme!) (Just no Jar Jar please.)
Sorry most of this is not very refined, and likely has plenty of mistakes. I'm tired and just trying to get the my thoughts out there.
OK, sounds demanding, but its actually a pretty sane cut. Like Adywan's tagline says, "What the special editions should have been." (Adywan is the editor of Star Wars Revisited. In fact, hire him as a fan representative or something. You don't even have to listen to all his ideas, but it'd be nice if we could get this right and have some fan input.)
Maybe a cut could be made and even get Mr. Lucas's blessing, and we could just move on from these current special editions. I mean, we've already de-canonized the 1997 editions right? And... kind of the 2004 version... maybe.
Please do the right thing Disney (Bob Iger and maybe Michael Eisner right?), George Lucas, and Kathleen Kennedy. You will rake it in like never before and guarantee the brand's staying power for all of time.
This is not the Star Wars you are looking for.
It’s the butchered 1997 re-release, not the original 1977 theatrical release.
Han shot first!
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- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1977
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