Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope is an epic space opera film that was produced by Lucasfilm and originally premiered in theaters by 20th Century Fox as Star Wars on May 25, 1977. The title "Episode IV – A New Hope" was added to the top of the opening crawl in 1981, the year following the release of the sequel Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, which revealed producer George Lucas' intentions for the series. A "special edition" of the first film was theatrically released in 1997 with new advancements in visual effects, but also some censorship. It underwent further changes for the 2004 DVD trilogy release, and even more changes for the 2011 Blu-ray release. Disney+ uses a 2019 4K restoration that incorporates previous changes with some fixes, including digital noise reduction issues.


Visual effects changes are not included.

International censorship[]

  • The scene that shows a large blaster mark on side one of the imperial officers was cut.
  • The scene that shows a large blaster mark on the stomach of one of the imperial officers was cut.


  • A new edit is made to the Han/Greedo confrontation with a new shot of Greedo saying "ma klounkee" (spelled "Maclunkey" by fans), which roughly translates to "I'll end you" (based on what Sebulba said to Anakin in The Phantom Menace during their first confrontation), just before he and Han fire at each other (which is now one shot towards each other at the same time). The shot of Greedo exploding has also been altered by removing the Greedo dummy and changing the explosion cloud to give the impression that the explosion shot happened at the same angle Han and Greedo fired at each other. Disney stated that the change was done at the behest of George Lucas before the restoration was shelved following Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm.

Where to find it uncensored[]

The original 1977 and 1981 theatrical releases were completely uncensored. The 1981 version was included with the 2006 DVD home video release which had the original uncensored version of the trilogy on bonus discs.

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