Star Wars Weekend: Episode IV A New Hope 38th Anniversary Part 1

Posted: May 23, 2015 in movies
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Star Wars Weekend on All That I Love! To celebrate the debut dates of the original Star Wars films, I will make a retrospective of some posts about Episode IV, V and VI already published here.

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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope release date May 25, 1977
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back release date May 21, 1980
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi release date May 25, 1983.

Reblogged and edited from Star Wars 35th Anniversary. All gifs cortesy of Best Movie Gifs.

star wars posterAll Jedi of the Galaxy are celebrating. “Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope” (for the new Padawans) or simply “Star Wars” (for all the old Jedi Masters) is turning 38.

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

If you were born yesterday or if you were out of this Galaxy for 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.

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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.

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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, which allowed visuals that were not possible to achieve at the time of the original filmmaking.

Untitled-211997 Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope Special Edition: to me and to all original Star Wars fans GREEDO DIDN’T SHOOT FIRST!

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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Official Website: http://www.starwars.com/

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