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Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

– Darth Vader, A New Hope

Today 1981 was the re-release of Star Wars, now as Episode IV: A New Hope

Back in 1977 it was released simply as Star Wars, both on promotional material and during the opening crawl of the film itself. In 1980, the sequel, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, was released with the episode number and title in the opening crawl. In a re-released version a year later, Episode IV: A New Hope replaced the original opening title of “Star Wars” above the opening crawl.

Compare to the current opening crawl.

The text was also rearranged so that each paragraph did not end with a single word, as well as capitalizing ‘Rebel’ in ‘rebel spies. As a result of the the reworked crawl, the initial Star Destroyer flyover was recomposited, removing a thick black matte line.

Back in the 70’s and 80’s it was done by hand, not by using computers.

Lucasfilm Ltd.

Lucasfilm Ltd.


Here are some tips if you want to make your own crawl.
The Franklin Gothic typeface can be downloaded from http://font.downloadatoz.com/  There you also find some Star Wars inspired fonts.

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