Star Wars: Behind the Magic

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Star Wars: Behind the Magic is an interactive CD-ROM released in the Fall of 1998 by LucasArts. It was designed as an in-depth look at the original trilogy and features a preview for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.


Behind the Magic is spread over two discs. Its features include a detailed look at the original trilogy (with a complete script); details of the characters, locations, and technology; and a look at the making of the movies. A searchable glossary of entries is available. Several games are also included, including a trivia game and an area where you can test weapons on a stormtrooper.

Perhaps the most celebrated feature of Behind the Magic is its inclusion of several deleted scenes from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. These include the famous "Biggs scene," where Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter talk on Tatooine, as well as a scene where Luke talks to his friends after witnessing the opening space battle. Two other bits of rough footage are also included: one of Luke watching the space battle through binoculars and a rough cut of the Mos Eisley cantina scene.

The CD-ROM also contained a timeline of Star Wars events, which is now outdated by the release of the prequel trilogy and more Expanded Universe material. Some details later overturned include setting Obi-Wan Kenobi's birthdate to 60 BBY instead of 57 BBY, placing the events of Episode III at 20 BBY, and placing the birth of the Skywalker twins at 18 BBY.


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