"I think if I can get a room full of people and they enjoy it, then I've done whatever I hoped to do."
George Lucas about Star Wars[src]

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy is a documentary by Kevin Burns about the making of the three original Star Wars films: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It is strictly chronological, divided into three parts, one for each film. It is narrated by Robert Clotworthy, and features interviews with George Lucas and major cast and crew. It tries to put Star Wars into a sociological and political perspective by using interviews with spectators.



The original cut of the documentary ran at around two hours and forty minutes. It included a ten-minute segment which elaborated on The Star Wars Holiday Special and Lucas seeing a mistake in not holding full control over the Star Wars franchise. It was cut down to around two and a half hours, with this ten minutes cut. The final version was released as the main feature on the bonus disc of the 2004 DVD release of the original Star Wars Trilogy. However, a shortened version of premiered on the A&E network in late 2004. This version ran at around ninety minutes, cutting out nearly an hour of content.

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