The Story of Star Wars
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The Story of Star Wars is a 1977 record album presenting an abridged version of the events depicted in the film Star Wars, using dialogue and sound effects from the original film. The recording was produced by George Lucas and Alan Livingston, and was narrated by Roscoe Lee Browne. The script was adapted by E. Jack Kaplan and Cheryl Gard. The album was released on 20th Century Fox Records (T-550) and came with an illustrated book.
The original film became a hit in the days before home video, so for many fans at the time, this album was the closest to owning a copy of the film they could revisit whenever they wanted. The album was also released on compact cassette, 8-track tape, and 4-track reel-to-reel audio tape. It was a commercial success and achieved Gold Record status. The sequel films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, saw a similar record release.
VideoNow and DVD
In 2004, the title was used again for a three disc set produced and released for the VideoNow Color personal video player. The first two discs are an overview of the first five Star Wars films released: The Story of Luke Skywalker (Episodes IV, V & VI) and The Story of Anakin Skywalker (Episodes I & II). These two features are hosted by the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO utilizing pre-existing footage and new voiceover work. They contain no footage from Revenge of the Sith, nor do they have the changes contained in the 2004 DVD releases. The third disc is titled Behind the Scenes and features the following:
- Episode I - Fights, a featurette on Lightsaber Duels in The Phantom Menace
- Episode II - Action, a featurette on action sequences in Attack of the Clones
- Episode III - General Grievous, a featurette on the creation of the Droid General in Revenge of the Sith
- Making the Game, a featurette on the creation of the Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith video game
- Revenge of the Sith, featurette on the nature of the Sith
- An Original Trilogy DVD commercial
- An Episode I DVD commercial
- An Episode II DVD commercial
- A Yoda Electronic Lightsaber commercial
In 2005, Lucasfilm repackaged the content from the first two VideoNow discs for a bonus DVD that was included in a special 2-pack with the Revenge of the Sith DVD at Wal-Mart stores. The DVD is presented in full screen with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound and runs 1 hour in total. The sticker on the cover describes it as "R2-D2 and C-3PO's Chronicles of Luke and Anakin Skywalker".
That same year, the VideoNow release was reissued with new packaging and disc artwork, proclaiming "With Updated Episode III Footage". Other changes include the numbering of the discs themselves, which the first release lack. In addition to these cosmetic changes, the third disc was reworked. The Fights, Action and Revenge of the Sith featurettes were retained, as was the Episode I DVD commercial. In the place of the other material is the following:
- Revenge of the Sith "Saga" trailer
- Revenge of the Sith "Dark Side" trailer
- A different Episode II DVD commercial
- PVD game playable on the VideoNow XP.