Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope: The Original Radio Drama As Heard on National Public Radio: Featuring the Original Music and Sound Effects

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When this series was first broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, it generated the largest response in the network's history: 50,000 letters and phone calls in a single week, an audience of 750,000 per episode, and a subsequent 40-percent jump in NPR listenership.

This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's ...

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Overview


When this series was first broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, it generated the largest response in the network's history: 50,000 letters and phone calls in a single week, an audience of 750,000 per episode, and a subsequent 40-percent jump in NPR listenership.

This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development. Director John Madden guided a splendid cast—including Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, reprising their film roles as Luke Skywalker and the persnickety robot See Threepio—through an intense 10-day dialogue recording session. Then came months of painstaking work for virtuoso sound engineer Tom Voegeli, whose brilliant blending of the actors' voices, the music, and hundreds of sound effects takes this intergalactic adventure into a realm of imagination that is beyond the reach of cinema.

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Editorial Reviews

Indianapolis Star
HighBridge Co. has issued the complete National Public Radio production of "Star Wars: The Radio Drama." It consists of 13 half-hour episodes. There is a full cast, including movie performers Mark Hamill (Luke) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO). There also is music and sound effects. It clearly demonstrates that good radio drama is not dead. The series covers the same ground as the original movie; but because of the added length, there are details the movie could hope to include. In fact, it explains some thingssuch as individual characters motivationsthat were best hinted at...in the movie. ( June 9, 1993 )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565110052
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 3/24/1993
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Original radio broadcast; 6.5 hours on 7 CDs
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 215,329
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

The creator of the Star Wars Saga and Indiana Jones series, George Lucas is also the critically acclaimed director of American Graffiti and THX 1138, as well as the producer of a myriad of independent films. In 1971, Lucas formed his own film company, Lucasfilm Ltd., in San Rafael, Calif. In 1973, he co-wrote and directed Graffiti, which won the Golden Globe and garnered five Academy Award® nominations. Four years later, his Star Wars broke all box-office records and set new standards for sophistication in film visuals and sound. Lucas continued the Star Wars saga as storywriter and executive producer with The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. He returned to directing in 1999 with Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which was the first major live-action film to be projected digitally.  Three years later, Episode II Attack of the Clones broke new ground as the first major movie shot using entirely digital media. In 2005, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith concluded the live-action Skywalker arc, but Lucas continues to explore the “galaxy far, far away” and his impact on the film industry continues to grow.

In the late 1980s, Lucas donated the Star Wars story rights toKUSC-FM, the National Public  Radio af?liate station at his alma mater, the University of Southern California. The result was the Star Wars Original Radio Drama and subsequent Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi radio dramas

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

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    A novel that matches the quality of the original film in almost every way.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Good

    Love it

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2005

    Simply put - - - Awesome!!!

    The amazing stories that George Lucas had masterfully created had been brought to life in our imaginations with the Star Wars Radio Drama. The added dialoge to the story adds a more in-depth understanding into the Star Wars Universe. A truly AWESOME adventure!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    great read

    I love the Star Wars movies! i am enjoying reading the books that accompany them.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2002

    This is where it all began....

    Even though a New Hope is Episode IV, we all remember this as the first. If you read this book closely, it sets up the stories that followed even the prequels. I just bought this in hardcover (had the paperback for yrs) Well worth the $$. It's great having all the books now in hardcover. What a wonderful series to read over & over & introduce & share with younger generations. By far the best.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Wow!

    The NPR Radio Dramatization of Star Wars was excelence at its peak. Cleverly written and expertly delivered, it is a must have for SW fanatics and casual fans alike.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    Better than the Movie!

    'Better than the movie' is how my 10-year old son described this outstanding dramatization of the Star Wars tale. The sound effects were as stunning as the movie and helped to paint a clear picture in our minds of everything that was happening. This was a great way to alleviate the boredom on a long car trip. We had to rush out and buy the others.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2000

    THE STAR WARS RADIO SHOW IS A MASTERPIECE!!!

    A MUST HAVE FOR ANY STAR WARS FAN!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    BOO:)

    BOO:)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    ?

    Im pretty surprised 2 find a star wars book by George Lucas HIMSELF!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Is this a movie

    Is this a movie

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2015

    Charachers in every movie

    R2D2, C3PO, and Obi-wan kenobi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasss

    .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyoooooooooooooooooooooodddddddddddddddaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Yoda rules

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    WOAH! WOWZERS Star Wars A new Hope

    A new hope is my favorite movie and my favorite character is C3PO,who with his counterpart,R2D2, is in EVERY SINGLE MOVIE and one (if not the first) of the first characters we see.The droids are heroes, along with their human costars.If this book is the best it is going to be with me for when I cant pop A new hope into the dvd player. It would probably be weird that I go for the droids because of the great wonderful human (and wookie) co-stars.So go see the movie and watch no read this book! -c3p0speaks. From a young rediscoverer to you, consider this book!Hum the music with me...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    So forcing

    Luke skywalker is the bomb! When in the movie han chases those stormtroopers and then screams because he found a 100 stormtroopers armed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Star wars

    Love it lucues



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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Seen it

    Ive seen the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Ninja

    Sits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    I FELL IN LOVE WITH HAN SOLO

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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