On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes

I have been a fan of John Williams’ symphonic scores ever since I saw the original Star Wars – aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – in the autumn of 1977[1] For me, Williams’ swashbuckling, neo-Romantic themes and action cues sold the rest of George Lucas’s out-of-this-world space-fantasy about “a boy, a girl,Continue reading “On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes”

Documentary Review: ‘Empire of Dreams: The Story of the STAR WARS Trilogy’

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004) Directed by: Kevin Burns, Edith Becker Written by: Ed Singer Starring: Robert Clotworthy (Narrator), George Lucas, Gary Kurtz, Walter Cronkite, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alan Ladd Jr., Steven Spielberg, Irvin Kershner, Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Warwick Davis Harrison Ford: There’s a princessContinue reading “Documentary Review: ‘Empire of Dreams: The Story of the STAR WARS Trilogy’”

4K UHD Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’

If you are a regular visitor to A Certain Point of View, Too, you probably remember that I bought the exclusive-to-Best Buy Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 27-disc UHD/HD Blu-ray box set earlier this year. At $249.99 (plus sales tax, fees, and surcharges), this is the most expensive box set I’ve ever purchased. Considering thatContinue reading “4K UHD Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’”

Book Review: Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope’ (Remastered 2015 Edition)

Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope Based on a screenplay by George Lucas Writer/Editor: Roy Thomas Artist: Howard Chaykin Consulting Editor (1977): Archie Goodwin Cover Artist (2015): Adi Granov The original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age! Weeks before George Lucas’ first Star WarsContinue reading “Book Review: Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope’ (Remastered 2015 Edition)”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader (Star Wars 40th Anniversary) and Legacy Pack

Darth Vader The Emperor’s Sinister Agent In early April of 2017, shortly after introducing the first five Star Wars The Black Series 40th Anniversary figures[1] to commemorate the Ruby Anniversary of George Lucas’ original Star Wars (aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), Hasbro released its Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader (StarContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader (Star Wars 40th Anniversary) and Legacy Pack”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Star Wars 40th Anniversary Figure)

From Farm Boy to Hero of the Rebellion In the spring of 2017, in anticipation of the 40th Anniversary of the theatrical premiere of George Lucas’s Star Wars (aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), Hasbro, Inc. of Pawtucket (RI) released its first wave of Star Wars The Black Series 40th Anniversary 6-inch scaleContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Star Wars 40th Anniversary Figure)”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars 40th Anniversary Figure)

Princess, Diplomat, and Rebel Fighter On April 21, 2017, Hasbro, Inc. of Pawtucket, RI released Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars 40th Anniversary), one of an initial series of 12 Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch scale action figures sold in “Kenner” branded packaging based on the original 1978 cardbacks used for Kenner Toys’ 3.75-inch scaleContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars 40th Anniversary Figure)”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra’

The Album In June of 1977, shortly after the May 25 limited release of writer-director George Lucas’ Star Wars, 20th Century Records released a 2-LP gatefold album titled Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. And just as the film it was derived from became both aContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra’”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ (Remastered)

Star Wars: A New (Reissued) Hope On May 4, 2018, Walt Disney Records and Lucasfilm released Star Wars: A New Hope (Remastered), the latest re-issue of the original 1977 soundtrack album featuring music composed and conducted by John Williams. Digitally remastered from analog sources by a team led by Shawn Murphy, Leslie Ann Jones, andContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ (Remastered)”