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The Making of Star Wars is an hour-long television special (49 minutes without commercials), produced and directed by Robert Guenette, which originally aired on the ABC Television Network on September 16, 1977. Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz acted as Executive Producer for the special.

The special features interviews with the writers, producers, and cast members of the film then known simply as Star Wars, including Kurtz, George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Alec Guinness; and is hosted by C-3PO (voiced by Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (performed by Kenny Baker), with voiceover narration by William Conrad. The show was produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with the Star Wars Corporation (one of the early subsidiaries of Lucasfilm Ltd.).

Home video releaseEdit

The special was the first Star Wars material to be released to the home video market in 1979 by Magnetic Video. It was reissued on video in 1980 with a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back, which had been released that year. This trailer was not featured on the DVD box set issued in 2004.

In 1982, it was reissued to video by 20th Century Fox on VHS, Betamax, CED, and Laserdisc as part of a double feature with the 1980 special SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back. It was reissued separately in Japan on Laserdisc in 1992, and was reissued as a triple feature with SPFX and the 1983 special Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi. It was also included in the Star Wars saga Blu-ray box set released in 2011.[1]

Alternate versionEdit

In 1995, this special was released on VHS as a mail-in offer with the Kellogg Company to tie in with the last video and Laserdisc releases of the original versions of the original trilogy.[2] This version replaces William Conrad's voiceover with that of Don LaFontaine, but is otherwise unmodified. This version has not been issued on DVD nor any other format.

Portions of the special were included in The Story of Star Wars, a VideoNow release that was also released on DVD as a promotional bonus at Wal-Mart stores alongside the DVD release of Revenge of the Sith.

Notes and referencesEdit

External linksEdit

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Books
Full adaptations
Novel · Junior novelization (Updated Edition) · Mighty Chronicles · Random House · The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy · Shakespeare · A Storybook · The Star Wars Storybook · Shimmer Book · Golden Book · The Rise of a Hero · The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight · Star Wars in Pictures: The Original Trilogy · The Original Trilogy Stories · Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy · The Power of the Dark Side
Partial adaptations:
The Life of Luke Skywalker · Choose Your Own Star Wars Adventure · Darth Vader's Mission: The Search for the Secret Plans · Death Star Battles · Heroes in Hiding · Journey to Mos Eisley · Join the Rebels · Luke's Fate · R2-D2's Mission: A Little Hero's Journey · R2-D2 and Friends · Journal: Captive to Evil Journal: The Fight for Justice · Journal: Hero for Hire · Escape from Darth Vader · Trouble on Tatooine · Trapped in the Death Star! · Death Star Battle · The Chewbacca Story · A Leader Named Leia · 5-Minute Star Wars Stories · 5-Minute Star Wars Stories Strike Back
Comics
Marvel: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · Marvel Illustrated Version
Marvel Special Edition Featuring: 1 · 2 · 3
Classic: 1 · 2 · Trade paperback
The Special Edition: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Trade paperback
Droids: 6 · 7 · 8
Infinities: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Manga: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Contemporary Motivators · PhotoComic · Cinestory · The Original Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
Video games
1987 video game · 1991 video game · Super
Activity books
Ultimate Sticker Book · Activity Book
Book-and-record:
Star Wars · Classic Star Wars · A New Hope · Read-Along Storybook and CD
Behind the scenes
The Annotated Screenplays · The Art of · Behind the Magic · Chronicles · The Making of the Movie
The Making of · The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film · The Star Wars Portfolio
· Empire Building: The Remarkable Real Life Story of Star Wars · Chronicles · Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
Guide and reference books
Galaxy Guide 1 (Second Edition) · Super Official Game Secrets
The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook · Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition · Who's Who
The Visual Dictionary (Complete · (Updated Edition)) · Incredible Cross-Sections (Complete · Complete Vehicles)
20th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine · 100 Defining Moments · The Best of · Celebration Special Edition
Other material and merchandise
Jedi Pack · Radio drama (NPR Dramatization) · Original Soundtrack Anthology · Soundtrack · LEGO · Toy line
From a Certain Point of View
Trading card game · Illustrated · Customizable Card Game: Premiere Limited · Premiere Two-Player Introductory Set · Premiere Unlimited · Limited · Revised Unlimited · Enhanced Premiere · Special Edition Limited
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