• Hello,Welcome to Play.com.  . (Not youSign in?) | Register
  • 0 SuperPoints
  • Your Account
  • Help

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Original Version) (2 Discs)

Featuring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher

Format: DVD | Rating: Universal Suitable for All

    (23 customer reviews)  |  Write a review

Customer Reviews

"Average rating (23 reviews)"

Results 1-10 of 24


| | See all teak71's reviews (34)

Just plain Star Wars in old money, this spectacular sci-fi flick kicked off one of the most successful franchises of all time. It's the simple tale of futuristic farm boy Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who takes off to do battle with an evil Empire. Along the way, he picks up crusty old mystic Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness), the plucky Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and rogueish smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford). even though it's thirty plus years old, this must-see Classic still packs in a lot of fun- which is what was largely lacking from the three stodgy prequels. Also starring Peter Cushing. 5/5. d;-)

  5* FILM - 4* DVD's

| | See all JonathanE's reviews (4)

I feel the same way about this movie as "movieaddict" as I remember all too well seeing this movie 7 times at the cinema.
The problem with the original version of Star Wars on DVD lies in the subtitles (Not hard of hearing subtitles). The DVD is non-anamorphic and as such needs you to expand the picture to 16:9 on a widescreen TV. The subtitles are put on screen on the black portion of the screen, so when you come to watch the film after expanding you may well be able to see Han shoot first but you can't see what Greedo is saying!

These original versions of all three movies seem to be the direct copies of the first 5 widescreen films ever put onto tape by Fox in the UK. The other two were Die Hard and Alien. These were released in the early 90's and because Widescreen TV's were definately not the norm, watching these across the middle of a 4:3 TV would not present a problem seeing the subtitles.
It is a shame that George Lucas gave us what we wanted i.e. the original unaltered versions of his trilogy but failed to put any effort into the DVD's at all.
What I would of liked is the original trilogy, unaltered, cleaned up, 5.1 surround sound, anamorphic and carrying the original cinema poster on the sleeve. The original cinema poster is on the reverse side of these DVD's.

While I'm on the subject - I do think the sleeves to ALL the Star Wars saga DVD's are the worst sleeves ever put onto DVD. Why can't we have the glorious original cinema posters ?

On the whole the picture quality is still excellent compared to VHS and although the sound on the original versons is only 2.0 compared to 5.1 on the special editions this is still excellent.

Anyway as this is the ONLY way you are going to see the original versions of these films on DVD at the moment (Until George Lucas has a change of heart) I feel they are well worth parting with your hard earned cash.


| | See all PATCHES1989's reviews (518)

I have finally gotten round to seeing this film some 23 years after it was a huge hit and i have to say i was blown away with the quality. When i read the reviews for "The Godfather" being the greatest film of all time and i ultimately was let down by that snoozefest....then i read the reviews for this which recieved similar billing and this time was very accurate. Loved the story from start to finish and the acting by all was great especially from Harrison Ford as Hans Solo and Alec Guinness as Obi Wan Kenobi and the SFX for the 70s was brilliant and could stand up to modern cinema coupled with some great action scenes. Enjoy

1 of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you?   Yes |  No |  Report abuse


| | See all sithlord2202's reviews (21)

As far as SCI FI goes and as far as the imagination goes this movie is truly the greatest ever, for its story, soundtrack by John Williams, its star cast, characters and most of all the imagination of George Lucas.....

Lets look at the movie.....

the story is about good against evil, a small band of rebels against the evil galactic empire led by Darth Vader, a farm boy by the name of Luke Skywalker who's life changes when he aquires the droids R2D2 and C3P0, and then by meeting with wise old Obi Wan Kenobi (played by the late Sir Alec Guiness who won an oscar for his performance) learns of his involement in the clone wars with his father Anakin Skywalker and also the data R2 carries regarding princess Leia, Luke siezes his chance to go with Obi Wan blasting off with Han Solo and Chewbacca on the Millenium Falcon to rescue Princess Leia form Vader's clutches, the rest I will leave to you to view as I dont want to give anything else away.....

My opinion.....
As a pose to my opinion a FACT I have accepted is that this is the GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE by a very long way and nothing touches this at all, this well and truly captures your imagination time and time over, this movie is timeless and I like a lot of others have never grown tired of watching it so much so I can resite every single word from it. There are also a lot of classic moments in the film. I also have to point out here that the prequels do not match up at all to episodes 4, 5 & 6 in anyway at all.

The movie itself was made in 1977 and I believe to this day that the effects in some of the movies made today dont rival this at all, and in 1977 there was no CGI at all it was all made by hand, the effects speak for themselves and as for the sound effects Star Wars will always be remebered by everyone who watches it by the LIGHTSABRE and DARTH VADER,and also lets not forget R2D2 and the engine sound of the Millenium Falcon.

Final say.....
Not much to say really other than this movie is what dreams are well and truly made of and YOU WILL FEEL THE FORCE WHEN YOU WATCH IT.....


  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

| | See all Kevin1075's reviews (754)

Thankfully, the original trilogy arrives with a simple and straightforward 'rescue the princess from the tower' plot dressed up with all the flourishes from George Lucas's love of old genres, styles and serials.

Far simpler because it doesn't have to explain anything but could just unfold anyway it wanted to this is the cinematic icon that will probably never be equalled as innocent farmboy Luke Skywalker sets off with his band of friends (Obi-Wan, R2-D2, C-3PO, Han Solo and Chewbacca) to rescue Princess Leia from the hands of Darth Vader and the evil Galactic Empire.............

......the rest being history!!!!

The dialogue can be as bad as anything Lucas devised later, but delivered with aplomb by better actors who just go with the idea and throw themselves into it it's as timeless as can be and still huge fun after 30+ years.

Not much more to add, really!!

  Classic Storytelling

| | See all AshCaton's reviews (116)

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) - *****
A story that now seems to have become somewhat formulaic, is here utilized to perfection in the first (well, sort of) chapter in the epic sci-fi opera. Originally titled simply 'Star Wars', A New Hope follows a young Luke Skywalker as he first discovers his Jedi heritage. Filled with classic scenes such as the Mos Eisley cantina and the final destruction of the Death Star and classic, now legendary characters such as Chewbacca and Vader. The plot is one of the most flowing of the saga, and there is never a moment without motivation, unlike some of the prequels.

  Set your faces to stun!....

| | See all elmarco's reviews (9)

Get ready...get ready....until last weekend i had never seen a single Star Wars movie...ok ok you can stop gasping now. All the fuss, all the hype, "Star Wars is one of the best movies ever" people say.......what a major let down! The effects looked amazingly dated (sure it was made in 77 but still, why all the hype?"...Mark Hammils acting would fit straight into Worzil Gummidge, Carrie Fisher ...cheesy, James Earl Jones voicing Darth Vader....why? Harrison Ford was the only good part about the acting force.
Alot of the first part of teh movie revolves around 2 robots "speaking" to each other, i found this tedious and frustating. The story picked up though and it turned out to be nothing more than an average movie. Sci-Fi nerds will be in their glory im sure, but this is yet another movie that was outdone by it's own hype..and can be thrown into the same category as "The Matrix", "I Am Legend", and "The Da Vinci Code"

1 of 10 people found this review helpful. Did you?   Yes |  No |  Report abuse

  Timeless classic

| | See all soloshootsfirst's reviews (12)

The cinema's most enduring movie . Never will you have a better time watching a movie , yes the picture quality on the original version is a bit dissapointing but it's how good the movie is not how good the picture is . Buy this movie relax and enjoy over and over. A Masterpiece.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you?   Yes |  No |  Report abuse

  What a waste

| | See all AndyPeel's reviews (2)

I have been looking forward to getting my hands on the origional untouched pre special editions on dvd for ages. What a disapointment. Yes it's origional, very origional. No anamorphic transfer, dreadfull picture and thin sound. These movies have been cleaned up so many times can mr (rip of the fans) lucas please explain why a cleaner and anamorphic print was not used for the origionals. I own the laser disc special edition which looks way better than this. I can't knock the movies but if your buying this or empire and jedi for the origional print, don't waste your money!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?   Yes |  No |  Report abuse

  Best DVD set to get

| | See all awlred's reviews (2)

If you haven't seen this movie then you must be living at the bottom of the ocean. This is truely an outstanding movie and being able to have the remastered edition and the original deffinatly makes it worth the £5.99. The case looks impressive and the disks are beautifully decorated too.

This is the start of the greatest sci-fi series ever. And even better that you can still see Han shoot first.