Star Wars: The Complete Trilogy Radio Dramas by Brian DaleyStar Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, slipcased.
When this series was first broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, it generated the largest response in the networks 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 NPR an affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the films 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 ten 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.
Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama
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Genre, Radio drama Like the preceding series, The Empire Strikes Back expands on the movie's story and National Public Radio's promoted the series in part by getting Craig Claiborne to create.
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An expanded radio dramatization of the original Star Wars trilogy was produced in , , and A dramatization of Return of the Jedi was produced by most of the same team and also broadcast on NPR. Lucas also permitted the use of original sound effects and music from the films. In the s, radio drama was in decline in the United States. At the suggestion of one of Toscan's students, Joel Rosenzweig, they developed an idea for adapting the epic space opera film, Star Wars , for radio. The popularity of Star Wars would certainly attract new, younger listeners, but they feared that the production costs would be prohibitively high.