Star Wars Weekend: Episode 4 turns 36

Posted: May 25, 2013 in cinema, movies
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star wars posterAll Jedi of the Galaxy must commemorate. Today, 25 May, “Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope” (for the new Padawans) or simply “Star Wars” (for all the old Jedi Masters) is turning 36.

A long time ago in a theater far, far away…


If you were born yesterday or if you were out of this Galaxy during the last 40 years, “Star Wars” is an epic space opera franchise centers on a series of films created by George Lucas, and spawned a media franchise out of the film series called Expanded Universe including books, television series, video games and comic books.

The first movie was originally released on May 25, 1977, under the title “Star Wars”, by 20th Century Fox, and become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, followed by two sequels, released at three-year intervals, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. Sixteen years after the release of the trilogy’s final film, the first in a new prequel trilogy of films was released, “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”, and the three prequel films were also released at three-year intervals, followed by “Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones”, and the final film of the new trilogy, “Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith”, released on May 19, 2005. In October 2012 (see here) The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $ 4 billion and announced that it would produce three new films, with the first film, “Star Wars Episode VII”, planned for released in 2015.

The film series began with “Star Wars”, released on May 25, 1977. This was followed by “The Empire Strikes Back”, released on May 21, 1980, and “Return of the Jedi”, released on May 25, 1983. The opening crawl of the sequels disclosed that they were numbered as “Episode V” and “Episode VI” respectively, though the films were generally advertised solely under their subtitles. Though the first film in the series was simply titled “Star Wars”, with its 1981 re-release it had the subtitle “Episode IV: A New Hope” added to remain consistent with its sequel, and to establish it as the middle chapter of a continuing saga.

In 1997, to correspond with the 20th anniversary of “A New Hope”, Lucas released a “Special Edition” of the Star Wars trilogy to theaters. The re-release featured alterations to the three films, primarily motivated by the improvement of CGI and other special effects technologies (and to me and to all original Star Wars fans GREEDO DID NOT SHOOT FIRST!), which allowed visuals that were not possible to achieve at the time of the original filmmaking. Lucas continued to make changes to the films for subsequent releases, such as the first ever DVD release of the original trilogy on September 21, 2004 and the first ever Blu-ray release of all six films on September 16, 2011.

But all of this, you already know. What you maybe do not know are the following curiosities about Star Wars. If you already know about half of them, congratulations you are a real Jedi Master! If you don’t, be patient, young Padawan, “always in motion the future is”.

Source: Wikipedia.



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