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STAR WARS - SPECIAL EDITION

SYNOPSIS:

Princess Leia is held hostage by the evil Imperial Forces, under orders from Darth Vader, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Millennium Falcon Captain Han Solo team together with the lovable droid duo R2 D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.

"This old fashioned fairy story about dangerous, exotic creatures, an evil ‘kingdom’, rollicking buccaneers, a damsel princess in distress and a young hero whose faith carries him to victory, is timeless. The old fashioned elements are never downplayed: just look at the costumes. Other than the stormtroopers and Darth Vader, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker get about in clothes that are ambivalent about the 19th and 20th century. As for Princess Leia and old man Kanobi, as well as some of the stranger inhabitants, their wardrobe seems to have been inspired by some sort of Camelot. These - and things like the old fashioned jazz band in the galaxy’s weirdest bar - are some of the most reassuringly familiar elements in what is otherwise a high-tech setting. And they reverberate with the same recognisable human notions as honour, courage, the love of freedom - and faith. The heroes have a cause to fight for that is greater than their own personal ambitions; their motives are deeply felt, and worth our attentions. Those - among others - are the reasons why Star Wars was and is so popular - and stands the test of time: it’s not an empty exercise in pyrotechnics."
Andrew L. Urban

"The integration of the new technology, additional scenes and enhanced digital sound is blended seamlessly into this classic adventure of Good versus Evil. Like visiting old friends, the Star Wars experience is friendly and familiar. But technology aside, the human story that George Lucas’ masterpiece brings, still holds its own. And we warm to those delightful characters all over again on the big screen. What unlikely heroes, and what a memorable personification of evil in Darth Vader. John Williams’ complex and magnificent score has never sounded better, and must truly be one of the great musical works of our time."
Louise Keller

"With its naive romanticism, its simple fable of youthful innocence triumphing over evil, its look back at classic narrative mythology, Star Wars is an exhilarating ride into cinematic fantasy, unlike anything that the cinema has made since, though there have been many imitators. The new release with its enhanced effects, startling sound and additional scenes, combine to make a film that is as fresh and enthralling as many of us who review films remember all those years ago. It reminds us that there was a time when the purity of innocence existed on the screen, and this simple, but elegantly crafted fable, still resonates with magic. From those classic lines to the John Williams music, through every aspect of production, Star Wars is not only for the nostalgic, but for the true movie goer. The Force is still alive and strong in all of us, and in the genius of writer/director George Lucas."
Paul Fischer



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STAR WARS: SPECIAL EDITION

(US)

CAST: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Cushing, Alex Guiness

DIRECTOR: George Lucas

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: George Lucas

PRODUCER: Rick McCallum

SCRIPT: George Lucas

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Gilbert Taylor

EDITOR: T.M. Christopher

MUSIC: John Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

RUNNING TIME:2 hrs 17 mins

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 20, 1997







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