Never Before Seen “A New Hope” Archival Footage From Star Wars Celebration

New footage from Star Wars: A New Hope debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 this past week, offering a never-before-seen look at some outtakes and alternate dialog from the film. Check them out!


Previously lost footage and additional dialogue from the original Star Wars film appeared during one of the many panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. ILM genius John Knoll, the visual effects supervisor who came up with the concept for Star Wars: Rogue One, took the time to share the archival footage with some very lucky attendees.


During the filming of Rogue One: Star Wars Story, unused clips from blockbuster 1977 film were used to bring two classic characters back to life in a creative and honoring way. While sifting through the trims, Knoll’s team discovered clips from an extended DEATH STAR council scene with additional dialogue, more dialogue between Leia and Tarkin, and Rogue squadron’s gold leader (played by actor Angus MacInnes) messing up one of his legendary lines.



The first clip gives us extended dialogue from the Imperial officer discussion with Tarkin on Death Star I. What’s interesting about this bit is they mention a “Sith Lord”, not heard on screen until the release of Star Wars: Phantom Menace back in 1999.

“I tell you we’ve gone to far. This Sith Lord sent by the Emperor will be our undoing”





Another clip explores a piece of footage that shows Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) reacting to Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) shortly before he orders her home planet destroyed.






The last one follows an outtake of Rogue Squadron’s Gold Leader (played by actor Angus MacInnes). In this clip MacInnes drops an F-bomb when he flubs up one of his lines.






But wait, there’s more!


Also, check out this blooper of Peter Cushing.






Source: TheCinemaRealm (Via THR)



May the force be with you….



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31 thoughts on “Never Before Seen “A New Hope” Archival Footage From Star Wars Celebration

  • April 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I remember that “Sith Lord” line being in the Marvel comics adaptation.

  • April 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    That was pretty cool. I wish Lucas would have released all this stuff on the blu-ray collection. There is so much they have never showed us.

    • April 21, 2017 at 4:04 am

      Saving it for future triple dips.

    • April 22, 2017 at 3:49 am

      you should be glad any extra footage exists at all. Not all films keep cut footage

      • April 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

        I can be glad to have what has been offered and wish for more at the same time. Well, with your permission of course.

  • April 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Look at that, now the words Sith Lord isn’t just in the script anymore. Would be SOOO great if these would get the treatment they deserve and put onto a blu-ray..or better yet…. 4K release

    • April 20, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Yep, waiting for the 4K version myself ! Bring it on. The ultimate version !….

      Until they bring out the 8K version that is 🙂

      • April 22, 2017 at 12:21 am

        Re: “waiting for 4K” / 8K version
        I’m also waiting on 4K for all of the new SW movies.

        Colouur gamut & contrast can probably also be improved at this point for even 4K release in HDR.

        8K – going to get to a point of diminishing returns quickly on resolution, both from avg audience even noticing (viewing size/distance in homes) but in the resolution available.
        Even going back to the aged 35MM(as well as larger format that’s available for scenes) with the quality of the negatives/film processing heck even lenses used… there’s going to be a near-tipping point on bang-for-buck restoration & re-scanning (Lucasfilm’s original story was some negatives were *destroyed* during handling & re-scanning for the SE versions. Realize that’s unlikely but possible for some film of this age).

        Somewhere between 4K & 8K re-digitizing is gonna hit wall of diminishing returns.

        I welcome it, hook up the scanners & crack the seals on the chemical film vault…. but just saying by 8K… 😉

        • April 22, 2017 at 10:51 am

          re: 8K : Fine by me, gives more weight to 4K being the medium for a long while. Just need Disney to get on the bandwagon and release these in 4K. Was hoping we’d see something at Celebration. But there is still D23, or perhaps simply closer to Christmas when the Ep8 hype train is running full speed.

          • April 22, 2017 at 8:08 pm

            Sure, just hope they get moving on 4K HDR bluray releases of new titles.
            Those 4K(+) re-masters ( /de-specialized 😉 ) would be great as well.

  • April 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    ive seen the “you call yourselves human” one before somewhere.

    • April 21, 2017 at 12:41 am

      It was in the Empire Of Dreams documentary I think, I saw it a few months ago…

    • April 21, 2017 at 2:13 am

      Yeah, me too.

  • April 21, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Got to hand to it George. That original film laid the ground work for everything in the saga. So many things, seen and/or mentioned is that first film that would shape everything:

    The political regimes of the republic and the empire and the senate
    The jedi purge
    Anakin and Ob1 master and apprentice and the Jedi order. Light side/dark side
    Smugglers, Bounty hunters, Gangsters, Soldiers, and the common man
    Light speed, Light sabers, blasters, tractor beams, speeders, super weapons, droids, holograms

    • April 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      It’s too easy to forget in 2017 just how groundbreaking this film was back in ’77

  • April 21, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Interesting clips. It would have been cool if the line about the Sith had remained in the final cut. A New Hope has that weird distinction of never having the actual word “Sith” used in the film.

    • April 21, 2017 at 2:13 am

      None of the original trilogy films have the word “Sith” in them, nor the word “Ewok”.

      • April 21, 2017 at 3:37 am

        That’s true. But including “Ewok” isn’t the same as including “Sith.”

  • April 21, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Interesting that Vader refers to the “cosmic force”. Maybe this line will make it into the Way Special Edition!!!

  • April 21, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Does Gold Leader kiss his mother with that mouth?

    • April 23, 2017 at 3:18 am

      No…, the Empire killed her

      • April 23, 2017 at 11:52 pm

        Oh damn.

  • April 21, 2017 at 4:52 am

    I’m with the audience on this One.

  • April 21, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I really like that “and you call yourself human” line. Nice touch.

    • April 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Meh, I think it’s too cheesy.

    • April 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Wasn’t that one on the Blu ray? I’ve definitely seen it before.

      • April 21, 2017 at 11:41 pm

        I really don’t know to be honest. This was the first I’ve seen it.

  • April 21, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Man this is gold. I really want to see another star wars movie with this level of intuitive dialogue. The last two movies under Disney have been very action heavy, and for the most part fast paced action films. Something about these quiet intimate moments in the originals are what I really love.

    • April 21, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      It’s a proper sense of pacing you’re seeing, and it’s one of the biggest problems I have with TFA. If you look at, particularly the original films, (or, hell, look at Raiders for what might arguably be the most PERFECTLY paced action film ever) there’s a very definite ebb and flow to sequences, building energy followed by really exciting, high energy scenes, followed by quieter stuff where you can catch your breath. TFA by contrast is so concerned with ‘constant delight’, that it plays every moment at ’11’. I find it a little exhausting and a LOT desensitizing, and end up disengaging with the film as a result. (I did think R1 had much better pacing however)

  • April 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    David prowse actually thought they’d use his voice. That’s how arrogant he is. He can’t even act let alone sound menacing.

  • April 22, 2017 at 3:52 am

    We’ve seen a portion of the second clip before, when Leia says “and you call yourselves human” and Tarkin says “Dantooaine”.
    It’s in “The Empire of Dreams” documentary that came out with the OT DVD boxset in 2004.

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