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The Stars of Star Wars - Interviews from the Cast [VHS] [1977]

Mark Hamill , Harrison Ford , George Lucas    Exempt   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 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
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Imc Vision
  • VHS Release Date: 6 Mar 2000
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D0ET
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,075 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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What's interesting about this video is also what makes it seem amateurish at first: it is neither endorsed nor authorised by 20th Century Fox or Lucasfilm. The result: a montage of interviews with everybody of importance to the Star Wars world--from George Lucas and Liam Neeson to Samuel L. Jackson and Harrison Ford, with intelligently written voice-over narration, and a unique exploration of Star Wars and Star Trek together. This is at once an homage to the Star Wars trilogies and a documentary of its sci-fi precursors, from silent film to Star Trek.

Since this collection of interviews isn't authorised by Lucasfilm, you won't find footage of the Star Wars movies here, although you will find terrific snippets from sci-fi milestones such as Fritz Lang's Metropolis. A youthful Carrie Fisher talk about the interplanetary appeal of the original Star Wars, while a 20-years-older Fischer talks about the films' fairytale-like grasp across generations. Young and older Harrison Fords and Mark Hamill give interesting perspectives as well; the video also sports one of the longer interviews recorded with the man inside C-3PO.

Besides the actual cast and crew of the Star Wars movies, including The Phantom Menace, there are interviews here with stars as fans, famous people who love the movies as much as anyone: Sharon Stone, Gary Busey, Hugh Hefner, Magic Johnson, Christina Ricci and William Shatner. A fun and provocative look through uncensored interviews across the spectrum at all that is Star Wars, worthy of any fan's archive, this is a must for any serious collection. --Erik Macki

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This exposé of the 'Star Wars' phenomenon features exclusive interviews with, among others, creator of the franchise George Lucas, who reveals his original influences, and cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Also featured are stars of prequel 'The Phantom Menace', Liam Neeson, Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman, plus footage from the film's opening. In addition to clips from Mel Brooks' spoof 'Spaceballs', celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Hugh Hefner and Magic Johnson reveal what impact the 'Star Wars' series had on their lives.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing added, nothing taken away. 31 Dec 2006
A few reviewers have mentioned that this isn't the original theatrical version, despite what it says in the tin. It's true. The film on the second disc seems to be the same as the THX digitally remastered version that was released on VHS in, I think, the mid-late 90's.

There don't seem to be many differences between this one and the original 1977 effort - a couple of tiny alterations of the 'blink and you'll miss it' variety, but the sound & picture quality are certainly improved.

Like a lot of people, this is the version I bought the DVD for and after having some misgivings after reading the reviews on here I have to say I am very pleased. It is in widescrren format but I haven't had any problems with that. The picture quality is great, although maybe more VHS than DVD but again I'm not complaining. I've not noticed any grainy images yet - that's not to say they aren't there, but they certainly don't distract from the enjoyment of the film if they are.

Sound quality is very good, too, and the soundtrack (voices, music etc) has obviously benefitted from some cleaning up.

There are no extras included with the 1977 version - it in itself is regarded as a 'bonus feature' but the 1st disc includes some commentaries, including one by Carrie Fisher which could be interesting.

I have to admit, though, that I didn't buy it for that version.

This is the film I remember watching from being little - nothing has been added and nothing has been taken away, or very little! If you want the film as it should be seen, buy this! If you're after bundles of extras, however, you may be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funtastic! 16 Nov 2007
By Tim.T
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I recently bought all 3 of these "Limited Edition" movies, and have already watched them countless times. What can I say? There are still hugely enjoyable, and just wonderful escapist fun! I once felt a bit apprehensive about the added CGI elements in these movies, but actually after a while you start to forget they are there. Besides, they are only really noticeable in Star Wars: A New Hope, and not so much in the other films (though, there is quite a bit of added CGI stuff at the very end of Return of the Jedi).

Just to make sure people know: each DVD consists of 2 discs - one contains the "new", brushed up, improved picture and sound quality version with added CGI elements (Jabba the Hutt talking to Solo; Greedo firing the first shot in the bar when confronting Solo; additional CGI animals and characters in the Mos Aisley spaceport), and all in a new 16:9 widescreen format (should go fullscreen on most widescreen tvs). The other disc contains the discernibly older, unaltered "Theatrical version", with no CGI elements. Basically, the film you remember from your childhood before those stupid prequels. It is in 4:3 format. This is also the same for the other 2 titles in this collection (you know, the REAL movies, RoTJ, ESB). I just have to say, watching them in 16:9 with improved picture and sound, it's hard to believe they were made 30 years ago, they look so contemporary.

For anyone new to the Star Wars universe, and wants to know what the fuss is about, just buy these three movies: Star Wars:A New Hope; Star Wars:The Empire Strikes Back; and Star Wars:Return of the Jedi. Do NOT waste your money on the so-called "prequels" which Lucas made later. They are all utter rubbish and an insult to the real Star Wars fans.

May the Force be with you, always!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remember it 15 Jan 2007
After reading the reviews I decided to buy this one as a 'tester' like Alex from Melbourne. I can't vouch for plasma/LCD/widescreen/HD TV's but the original looks excellent on my TV (59cm CRT, and yes, laugh if you must). I think if the new editions had not been done then there would not be so many negatives toward the DVD version of the original. Sure, the sound and picture quality isn't as good compared to the new editions but if I bought any other DVD and got the same picture quality as the original then I would be more than happy.

What I like best is that it actually has that old school feeling about it, just as I remember as a kid. And not being a full on star wars geek I completely forgot about Han shooting first. This is way better than seeing Greedo shoot first and miss at point blank range. And as for the scene with Jabba, C'mon!

Now I'm looking forward to purchasing the other 2 and seeing the original ending in Jedi.

Being the cynic I am, I know that they will release these as remastered versions sometime down the track (and I will buy them) but in saying that, it's great to see the movie as it originally was. Oh and don't forget the HD/Blu Ray versions are still to come, GL must be rubbing his hands together!
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank the maker... 28 Sep 2006
Finally, finally! Just bought these and watched them again - god it was good. Spaceships look real rather than CGI animated because they are real. The effects ILM used back then were done with real models and explosions, but done so well you couldn't tell they were models. So, so, so much better than CGI animation that just looks like a computer game. I trawled the charity shops a few years ago to pick up the originals on VHS, knowing every time I watched them it could be the last given VHS's abilty to be chewed up. Finally I don't have to worry about this any more!

And I know these are kids movies, but when I first watched them, I was a kid - watching them again now takes me back in a way to those first magical moments and that is why this film is so well loved. It's also the fact that Star Wars tells a classic story which taps into the basics of good story telling. Sure, I love the Godfather too, but I'm not so lifeless I can't enjoy moments of childish glee when the fantastic John Williams score kicks in or when the Millenium Falcon blasts out of trouble just in time!

And directors who use CGI, please could you take note of a little film called Jurassic Park. 1993 it was made and it still is one of the best films I've seen which obviously uses CGI but still manages to make it look real. It's been nearly 14 years now and we still get films which don't use the technology half as well as they did back then!
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The special editions really got on my nerves. So I got this. Apart from it being displayed in letterbox and me having to stretch it, it looked amazing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Flynn Marsden
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD FILM
my star wars collection (on tape) was the original 3, REMASTERED (box set). now 4/5/6. some years ago I bought 1/2/3 on DVD. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Genre
Looking back, it's hard to understand the impact of Star Wars when it hit British screens in 1978; it was a combination of factors - sci-fi wasn't unusual, but populist sci-fi... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars spot on
Wish everyone done it like this ordered,paid,received ,big stores should take a leaf out of these guys books!And stop with the we dont seem to have it in stock SIR,!
Published 3 months ago by KR Hollier
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Star Wars just as I expected
Nice to see the original version of the film with the model spaceships, not the computer generated ones. Amazing what they could do without computer generated special effects. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Simon Byholm
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant DVD
It was brilliant as its sound and picture quality was improved in this DVD version from the 1970s/80s VHS tape version.
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