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5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure brought to life.
I have several copies of the NPR StarWars trilogy on CD-ROM. I listen to them on the road and love the continual discovery of the depth of the characters, the use of sound effects, the skill of the actors in portraying everything from stealth to hard work to pain to love. I do have a warning to early collectors of these CDs. The original limited edition of the...
Published on 10 Jun 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Just the audio version of the film's audio would have been better
If it weren't for the unabashedly five-star reviews above, I would have given this three stars, but I wanted to balance out the overall score for the prospective buyer. The commendations are for effort (rather than result) plus the usual good performances from some of the actors.

First, we need to take into consideration that this was aired on National Public...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure brought to life., 10 Jun 1999
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I have several copies of the NPR StarWars trilogy on CD-ROM. I listen to them on the road and love the continual discovery of the depth of the characters, the use of sound effects, the skill of the actors in portraying everything from stealth to hard work to pain to love. I do have a warning to early collectors of these CDs. The original limited edition of the trilogy had wonderful interviews of the cast and the alternate scenes that were recorded. But HighBridge did not use good CDs. The CD label graphics merged with the color laser technology that created the disk content, wiping out any audio on the CDs. My now useless set is numbered in the 9000s. HighBridge has the masters but declines to reissue to those whose numbered copies were produced on low quality CDs. So if you want to purchase a numbered copy with interviews, rather than the current copies, be warned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Turn on your translator, Greedo...', 10 Jan 2011
I'm part of the generation that literally grew up with STAR WARS, ten years old when it was first released. Like so many young fans I was enthralled by the then limited official adaptations of the work expanding on the STAR WARS universe. I collected the original Marvel Comics, wrote fan fiction and fanatically collected all things published in connection with it like SPLINTER OF THE MIND'S EYE and the Han Solo novels.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars star wars radio paly, 11 April 2010
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all i can say is sit back close your eyes and enjoy its better than watching the film .original sound efects great cast and greatly enhanced story line.one of the best radio plays ever made .if you love sci fi you must have this in your collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars As A Radio Drama Was Stunning!!, 24 Mar 1999
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All the sound effects and music added much as well as having two members of the original cast from the movies(Mark Hamil and Anthony Daniels)was wonderful!! Anne Sachs was brillient as Leia and Perry King was magnifesent as Solo although getting used to King's voice instead of Ford's was a bit difficult.I enjoyed getting more background on Luke and Leia. Brian Daily wrote a wonderful script!! All in all this series should be re-brodcast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 4 April 2014
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Bought this for my 6 yr old Star Wars mad son - he loves listening to it. Two original voices at least ( Luke Skywalker and CP30) - worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!, 11 Nov 2011
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This is a masterpiece of audio. If you like radio plays or Star Wars you should buy this and the sequel without hesitation. There is also a box set on Amazon with the plays of all three movies - Empire is as good as the first (seeing as how the first is as good as the film only more so, then it's amazing!!) but I haven't heard Jedi so I haven't commented on it.
Really, these plays are worth their weight in gold to anyone who loves these films as they add REAMS of extra material and character development to the films.

If you like this then may I also suggest The Han Solo Adventures (A Del Rey book) as it's written by the same guy and it's one of the best books I've ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be Missed, 6 Jan 1999
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The new material (and there's lots of it) is masterfully intertwined with the original dialogue. The translation to a radio format is done marvelously well. We couldn't stop listening!
This is a first-rate production, in many ways superior to the movie. A must-have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Abrigement of Lucas' Masterpiece!, 27 Nov 1998
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As well as filling in gaps that the movie doesn't, it explains things like the relationship between Leia and her father, Luke and Biggs, and introduces new characters such as Lord Tijon.
All in all, this is definately worth a purchase!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just the audio version of the film's audio would have been better, 4 April 2012
This review is from: Starwars (Star Wars (Penguin Audio)) (Audio CD)
If it weren't for the unabashedly five-star reviews above, I would have given this three stars, but I wanted to balance out the overall score for the prospective buyer. The commendations are for effort (rather than result) plus the usual good performances from some of the actors.

First, we need to take into consideration that this was aired on National Public Radio which doesn't have the playwriting tradition that the BBC does. This means the adaptation for radio was clunky and self-indulgent in a lot of places. Where it was good, it was merely following the film script verbatim, though with mostly lesser actors. What was invented was poorly written. Giving Han Solo the new line: "Take that you Empire suckers!" makes me weep for the originality and tight editing of the film's dialogue.

One could attribute some of the clunkiness to the requirements of adaption, which entails conveying actions and emotions verbally that were visual onscreen. However, it is easy to spot the difference between someone with an extensive background in radio-writing and an amateur. For example, there are more subtle ways to convey anger than having Leia repeat several times to Lando in a whiny, over-feminine voice. "He was your friend and you deceived him!" (What happened to the brash, quipping Leia of the film?)

Speaking of character voices, John Lithgow's Yoda starts out brilliantly, but halfway through he starts channeling Zero Mostel or some elderly Jewish relative. (I was just waiting for him to gush: "Oy vey Luke! Use the Force already!"). It's a great accent but it just doesn't belong there. But at the end of the day, it wasn't his fault. It's poor directing and poor editing that made that the final cut.

I appreciated the attempts to recapture the original actors' intonations. Brock Peters does the JEJ transatlantic accent well. Perry King's Han Solo can smolder and scoundrel (is that a verb?) like HF, when the poor guy's not having to come across like a pimply 1950s teenager with thoughtless lines like "Shut up!" and calling Dark Vader just a guy in a funeral suit.

Given the effort that went into these recordings, I wondered why they didn't just package the soundtrack--voices and music--from the films, as everyone can "watch" the film by now just by hearing it. (It's tatooed to my unconscious mind in a way Joseph Campbell would surely appreciate!)

So, to sum up, I was mosty disappointed. The pleasant surprises I enjoyed made these tapes almost worth the £3 I spent for them at a second-hand shop.
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