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Experience 'Star Wars: A New Hope' Again, For the First Time

A week that delivered such highs as a dozen new images and a breathtaking glimpse of the First Order from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" also dealt fans a major disappointment: that no new footage will debut this weekend at the D23 Expo. But let's forget about that last part.

Let's instead go back long ago -- before the prequels, before "Jedi," before "Empire" -- to a theater far, far away, to audiences' first exposure to the now-blockbuster franchise.

With the demand for "Star Wars" reaching a fevered pitch, two wonderful historical gems have resurfaced online. The first is the 1976 teaser trailer for "Star Wars," "the story of a boy, a girl and a universe."  With the standard 1970s voiceover, and without the benefit of John Williams' sweeping musical score, the trailer doesn't file quite so epic, but it clearly did the trick.

The second is a video that syncs up footage of the Death Star finale sequence with a 1977 audio recording of audience reaction, marked by laughter, applause and cheers. If that won't lessen the sting of disappointment, I'm not sure what will.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens Dec. 18.

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