The Making of Star Wars


The Making of Star Wars

The Making of Star Wars is a television special produced by 20th Century Fox and aired on the ABC Television Network on September 16, 1977 and produced by Gary Kurtz.

The special features interviews with the writers, producers, and cast members of Star Wars including Kurtz, George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford and is narrated by C-3PO (Voiced by Anthony Daniels), R2-D2, and a voiceover narration by William Conrad.

Home Video Release

The special was the first Star Wars material to be released to the home video market in 1979 by Magnetic Video. The special was reissued to video in 1980 with a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back, which had been released that year. This trailer was not featured on the DVD box set issued in 2004.

In 1982, it was reissued to video by 20th Century Fox on VHS, Betamax, CED, and Laserdisc as part of a double feature with the 1980 special . It was reissued separately in Japan on Laserdisc in 1992, and was reissued as a triple feature with SPFX and the 1983 special . It has not been reissued in any video format in the United States since then.

Alternate Version

In 1995, a special version of this special was released to VHS as a special mail-in offer with Kellogg's Corporation to tie-in with the last video and laserdisc releases of the original versions of the Star Wars Trilogy. This version is identical to the 1977 version but replaces William Conrad's voiceover with legendary movie trailer announcer,Don LaFontaine. This version has not been issued on DVD nor any other format.

Some portions of the special were recently edited into The Story of Star Wars, a DVD that was issued as a promotional bonus available at Wal-Mart stores for the DVD release of Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith.


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