Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope 1977 4K Bluray 2160P UHD
Genre: Action , Adventure , Fantasy , Sci-Fi
Release Date: 26 January 1978 (Hong Kong)
IMDB Rating: 8.6
Director: George Lucas
Cast: Mark Hamill , Harrison Ford , Carrie Fisher , Peter Cushing , Alec Guinness , Anthony Daniels , Kenny Baker , Peter Mayhew , David Prowse , Phil Brown , Shelagh Fraser , Jack Purvis , Alex McCrindle , Eddie Byrne , Drewe Henley
Sound: Dolby(as Dolby System);;(1977 print), DTS-Stereo(as DTS Stereo® in selected theatres);(1997 print), Dolby Digital(as Dolby® Digital in selected theatres);(1997 print), Dolby Atmos, (as Sony Dynamic Digital SoundTM in selected theatres);(1997 print), Mono(some 35 mm prints);(other 16 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Max File Size:83.85 GB
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight| a cocky pilot| a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station|
while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…"
It’s writing started in January 1973, "eight hours a day, five days a week", George Lucas said by taking small notes, inventing odd names and assigning them possible characterization… After many drafts, he finally came to a satisfactory conclusion.
Then, Lucas presented Star Wars to the United Artists, but they refused to budget the film, so he went to Universal Pictures, the studio that financed American Graffiti; however, it was rejected, as the film concept was "too strange".
Suddenly, Alan Ladd Jr -head of 20th Century Fox- appeared, a man that deeply trusted in Lucas genius. And that’s how Star Wars became a reality.
The filming of the movie was difficult, full of mishaps, problems with practical effects, a bad first edit of the movie, but that did not stop George from fulfilling his Space Opera. Due to those setbacks, the Fox Study began to put pressure on Lucas to finish the movie. Finally, the movie was done. On the eve of Star Wars release, 20th Century Fox, George Lucas and his cast and crew braced themselves for the worse. One way or another, May 25, 1977 would be a day they would never forget…
Star Wars is a modern tale of mythic adventure and excitement. It follows the journey and growth of the protagonist: Luke Skywalker. His journey of discovery is set amidst a larger struggle between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance; both parties are embroiled in a civil war. The Empire is comprised of corrupted power within a small group of leaders. These sullied leaders abuse their power over the masses with impunity. It is oppression and repression of the masses. The Empire wants to destroy the hope of the rebellion to ensure the small group of leaders can keep their power…
One of the most important features of the movie are the special effects. The use motion control was even superior to Stanley Kubrick’s revolutionary masterpiece: "2001: A Space Odyssey". Along with an incredibly iconographic character and production design, the movie became stylistically unique.
The story and the characters are original and compelling. R2-D2 and C-3PO: the astromech as the optimistic adventurer’s desiring to move forward. In direct opposition C-3PO, the protocol droid filled with doubt and reservations. Luke Skywalker, the brave hero, often haunted by doubts and hopes about his future journey. Obi-Wan Kenobi, the wise master and moral guidance of our hero. Han Solo, the rebellious smuggler whose personality represents tenacity. Leia, the damsel "in distress", a fearsome princess and general. Finally, Darth Vader, the most iconic character in the franchise, the merciless tyrant in a black suit, representing evil and final conflict of the journey.
The visual composition is authentic and gives the movie a powerful aesthetic value, such as the ‘Binary Sunset’ scene, which establishes the narrative through-line of the story and the world it takes place in, the main value of the scene lies in how powerfully and economically it develops Luke’s character: As the suns begin to slowly sink in the evening sky, he gazes towards the horizon, his sense of longing for something more is palpable. Taking things further, he goes on to squint into the distance as if he can see his new future just out of reach, and for the first time we get to see him not as a kid, but for the dreamer he really is.
The film score presents an emotional resonance trough a romantic 1930s Hollywood orchestral score that was commissioned for composer John Williams, who succeeded to create a haunting constellation of operatic leitmotifs.
For sound design, Lucas wanted real noises, not synthesized science-fiction twitters. Thus Star Wars’s spacecraft doors open and sandcrawlers rumble with whooshes and clatter from the Philadelphia subway, recorded by soundman Ben Burtt.
Star Wars is far more experimental than believe. Lucas’s new methods baffled Fox executives, as he used two and sometimes three or four cameras: encouraging improvisation, he reserved his options for postproduction. He called for naturalistic acting to anchor the space fantasy. He started in close, avoiding establishing shots. He wanted a nostalgic "filtered look" but kept changing key lights for a "flashing, strobing" effect. He used a loose, "nervous" frame, as in newsreels. The dramatic center was displaced, deflecting the eye to background activity, which in later films would include poetically changing weather. This first film gradually turned darker, following a symbolic color scheme where organic brown and warm gold yielded to high-tech black, white, and steely gray.
Books such as "The hero with a thousand faces" by Joseph Campbell structured the story, The War of Vietnam inspired the battle between the Rebels and the Empire, the lifestyle of buddhist monks characterized the Jedi, real shots of warplanes made the space battles real, Kendo foreshadowed the epic lightsaber duel, Akira Kurosawa’s storytelling influenced the focused on minor characters… The fascination with filmmaking and anthropology are the components that allowed Star Wars to be compelling and human, besides being located on a galaxy far, far away.
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