There Is A 4K Restoration Of Star Wars: A New Hope Out There

Technology is WONDERFUL! I say that, because I have a 4K Ultra HD TV. I love getting everything I can on 4K, if not, Blu-Ray. I’m a technology geek and want the latest everything, but more-so when it comes to movies. Some people can’t tell the difference between the quality of a DVD to Digital HD to a Blu-Ray to 4K.

While making the press rounds for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, director Gareth Edwards let it be known to Little White Lies, that there was a 4K conversion that had been done to Star Wars: A New Hope also known as Episode IV. In Edwards’s own words:

“On day one, we were in Lucasfilm in San Francisco with Industrial Light and Magic and John Knoll, our supervisor, he said that they’ve got a brand new 4K restoration print of A New Hope – it had literally just been finished. He suggested we sit and watch it. Obviously, I was up for that. Me, the writer, lots of the story people and John all sat down, we all had our little notepads, we were all ready for this. I’ll add that I’ve seen A New Hope hundreds of times. So I was sat there, ready to take notes and really delve under the surface of the film. You have the Fox fanfare, then scrolling text with ‘A long time ago…’, and then the main music begins. Next thing we knew it had ended, and we looked around to one another and just thought – shit, we didn’t take any notes. You can’t watch it without getting carried away. It’s really hard to get into an analytical filmmaker headspace with this film. It just turns you into a child.”

Now, we do know that Star Wars Celebration will be taking place from April 13th – 16th of 2017 in Orlando. Why do I bring this up? Because next year is also the 40th year anniversary since A New Hope was originally released. Could Lucasfilm be planning on releasing the 4K version next year?It would make sense. The only thing that is a SLIGHT “issue” is the fact that Disney, in purchasing everything from George Lucas, made a deal that 20th Century Fox still retains the rights to A New Hope as far as distribution. The other question raised: Which version of A New Hope was converted to 4K??? The original or “Special Edition” version?


Star Wars: A New Hope poster (1977)
Star Wars: A New Hope poster (1977)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently in theaters!



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