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April 21, 2015 at 02:57 PM EDT

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
121 minutes
performer
Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse
director
George Lucas
Producers
Lucasfilm
distributor
CBS/Fox Studios
author
George Lucas
genre
Action Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

The humble beginnings of Star Wars (at least compared to the gargantuan franchise it’s transformed into) are well documented, but now fans can relive one of the first looks behind the scenes of the film that started it all.

The Making of Star Wars, which debuted on ABC only a few months after Star Wars: A New Hope‘s theatrical release in 1977, is an almost hour-long look at how the original film came together. And it’s hosted by the galaxy’s most famous droids, C-3PO and R2-D2, with additional narration by William Conrad.

The documentary includes rundowns of the film’s major characters, along with a history of George Lucas’ filmmaking and inspiration for his latest work. There are also plenty of shots of the practical effects that went into the film, which, in the current age where every action film features a CGI-filled scene of city destruction, is a fascinating look at what used to go into the film’s production.

YouTuber Sanchez del Campo posted the documentary in full, which has seen home releases alongside the other Star Wars films for years, most recently in the 2011 Blu-ray box set of all six films. So while it may not provide any new information for Star Wars fans who have never seen it, it recaptures the spirit of a more innocent time, without the knowledge of everything that Star Wars would become in the decades to follow.

And with Star Wars Celebration having just concluded and offering a view of what’s in store for the future of Star Wars, there couldn’t be a better time to take a look back.

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