Star Wars: A New Hope - The Original Radio Drama, Topps

Star Wars: A New Hope - The Original Radio Drama, Topps "Light Side" Collector's Edition

by George Lucas
     
 

This special collector’s edition, illustrated by Matt Busch, features:

  • Limited 7,500 print run
  • Topps Star Wars Illustrated: A New Hope card that corresponds to the package cover art
  • 6 hours of the Star Wars Original Radio Drama, with a cast lead by Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, John Williams’ iconic score

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Overview

This special collector’s edition, illustrated by Matt Busch, features:

  • Limited 7,500 print run
  • Topps Star Wars Illustrated: A New Hope card that corresponds to the package cover art
  • 6 hours of the Star Wars Original Radio Drama, with a cast lead by Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, John Williams’ iconic score, and Ben Burtt’s irreplaceable sound effects
  • 35 minutes of rare bonus audio: “The Making of the Radio Drama” audio documentary, interviews, and promo spots created for the original radio broadcast
  • 8-page booklet featuring images from the the recording sessions and the Star Wars: A New Hope movie
  • High fidelity MP3-CD edition

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.

(Includes the same content as the “Dark Side” edition except for the Topps card with corresponding cover art.)

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Even those who don’t know Aunt Beru from a Bantha can enjoy this exercise in the theater of the airwaves.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Even those who don’t know Aunt Beru from a Bantha can enjoy this exercise in the theater of the airwaves.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622313242
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
11/06/2013
Edition description:
Original radio broadcast; 6.5 hours
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
4.94(w) x 5.56(h) x 0.31(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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