...as told by C-3PO and R2-D2. With
Special Appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness,
and George Lucas.
In the Fall of 1977, after a successful summer, ABC decided to produce a
Star Wars prime-time special. Aired on the day that Maria Callas died
(happened to be in the newsbrief after the show), R2-D2 and C-3PO hosted
it, while Cannon's William Conrad narrated it. Alec Guinness, Harrison
Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, and George Lucas also contributed
with small bits featuring their thoughts and feelings about Star Wars. The
show ran about 45 minutes long (1 hour with commercials), and preceded the
ABC Firday night movie, on a night in September.
Most remarkable, The Making of Star Wars also featured a split second of
missing Biggs footage. Biggs and Luke are seen walking together behind
a mechanical creature.
In 1995, Lucasfilm 'updated' the special a little, by changing the narrator's
voice. The deceased Conrad was replaced by a new announcer.
Virtually none of the script was touched, and that was one of the problems.
It seemed as if much of the dialogue was developed for Conrad's harsh and simple
voice, and because of that, the new version sounds a little odd. The
new version was made for a 1995 Corn-Pops mail-away exclusive, that went
along with the highly successful 1995 Star Wars video release.
To judge the difference between the narrator's yourself, I recorded the same
piece of both of the versions.
here to download William Conrad's version
here to download the Corn Pops version
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