Before & After the Special Editions: Han and Greedo (Part 1) Stuart Tullis
Change is a part of life. It’s a part of growing up. Seasons change. Feelings change. Even friends change as we move from school to school, job to job, town to town, or even simply through the natural progression of events. But until the end of the last century, there were some things we took for granted would never change. Then came the Star Wars Special Editions, and even our presuppositions changed.
In truth, Star Wars has been changing since the first releases of the original film in 1977. There were different audio mixes with various voices in familiar roles even then. Most fans are aware that “Episode IV” and “A New Hope” were not in the opening scroll of the original cut; these were added in a later release. These changes, however, are usually overlooked (quite possibly because the earliest copies available on home video already included these early alterations).
Get Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy book on the 28th of this month!
STAR WARS® COSTUMES: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY
By Brandon Alinger Forewords by John Mollo, Aggie Rogers & Nilo Rodis-Jamero
Photographs by Joseph McDonald
9½ x 12¾ in 226 pp Hardcover ISBN: 9781452138053
Who can forget the first time Darth Vader marched onto Princess Leia’s ship in his
enigmatic black mask and cape? Or the moment when Leia pulled back her hood to
reveal the face of a young princess in grave danger? The costumes of the original Star
Wars trilogy were memorable, be it the well-worn armor of bounty hunter Boba Fett, the
imposing presence of a line of faceless Stormtroopers, or Leia’s outfit as Jabba’s slave.
These costumes—like so many that adorned the characters of the galaxy far, far away—
have become iconic. In Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, for the first time, the
Lucasfilm Archives has granted full access to the original costumes of A New Hope, The
Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, allowing them to be revealed in never-beforeseen
detail. This lavishly illustrated volume pairs all-new photography with original sketches
and artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, John Mollo, and Nilo Rodis-Jamero, and new interviews
with the costume designers, fabricators and dressers.
Mitchell Stein: I couldn’t be more thrilled to see that Star Wars is back on television in animated series form once again, although not quite in any way we’ve ever experienced it before.
The series stars Ezra, a “street rat” who accidentally gets recruited along with a band of misfits who have the same mission as him as they rebel against the Imperial army and fight for justice. Although this series has no connection to any story arc in the ever expanding Star Wars universe, there hasn’t been one that felt so bound with the original trilogy in years. While The Clone Wars was great and fun, Star Wars Rebels takes the die-hard fans closer to the original trilogy and to many fans’ fondest films. It kind of bridges the arc between the two film trilogies, and along with The Clone Wars, really succeeds in it’s awesome story.