Only 7,500 of these deluxe sets of this special NPR-produced, dramatization of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi were produced. It's 15 hours on 15 CDs in a handsome, foil-stamped, collector's slipcase. With special bonus tracks never before available, including interviews with the cast members and much more. When this series was first broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, it generated the largest response in the network's history: 50,000 letters and phone calls in a single week, an audience of 750,000 per episode, and a subsequent 40-percent jump in NPR listenership. This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development. Director John Madden guided a splendid cast-including Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, reprising their film roles as Luke Skywalker and the persnickety robot See Threepio-through an intense 10-day dialogue recording session. Then came months of painstaking work for virtuoso sound engineer Tom Voegeli, whose brilliant blending of the actors' voices, the music, and hundreds of sound effects takes this intergalactic adventure into a realm of imagination that is beyond the reach of cinema.
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Public radio's 1981 faithful expansion and serialization of the first Star Wars epic benefits from the sounds and music tracks of the original film, a fine cast, lush production values, and direction by John Madden, director of the Academy Award-winning SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. (Lucas sold the rights and the tracks to NPR for $1.) Tom Voegli's engineering is slick, lush, and unimaginative. He tries too hard for an illusion of depth, thus muddying elements that should firmly stand in the foreground. Brian Daley's script sticks to the spirit of the source material. Dialogue and characterization are actually better. However, the writing makes the action often hard to follow. Fans will disagree with this writer who admires neither the cinematic Star Wars saga, nor this knock-off. He finds both derivative and mundane, except for the effects. However, in terms of content and substance, the audio version improves upon the original. Y.R. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
Description du livre HighBridge Audio, 1996. Audio CD. État : Good. Unabridged. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. N° de réf. du libraire 1565111656