We, the people who actually created Star Wars, the ORIGINAL 1977 Star Wars, are celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release. So, if your name is on the credits of Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars 1977, Empire 1980 or Jedi 1983 Trilogy…(or you worked uncredited) then you are invited…
Source: Star Wars 40th Reunion Tickets, Sat, May 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite
These retrospectives, by Oliver Harper, are very informative and a “Must Watch” for any fan of the original trilogy. He delves into pre production, filming, merchandising, games, music, and much more. It’s an extremely entertaining watch, or even re-watch. Oliver is a talented editor, plus he is easy to listen to. If you haven’t heard of these before, you’re welcome. If you have, give them a another view… this is my 3rd or 4th time on each.
Before we look forward to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we should all look back at Flash Gordon from 1936.
A long time ago, on a planet of peril, a great adventure took place. Of course I am speaking of FLASH (ah ~ ahhh!) Gordon! For some reason this serial is one of my favorites. There are two others with Buster Crabbe but they are not as entertaining, to me, and so I’ll just write about this one.
This serial, along with the others and Buck Rogers, had a lot of influence on a young George Lucas. If you’ve read any of the original treatments for “The Star Wars” then you Know It To Be True 😉 The episodic nature of the adventure, alone, is a dead giveaway to the relationship to the adventures on the planet Mongo and the Galaxy Far, Far Away.
I know that I am always saying this, but seriously watch this if you haven’t before. You need to go in with an opened mind and as little cynicism as possible. Have fun with it. It’s like a vintage toy from a bygone era. It is very fragile and won’t hold up to too much scrutiny, but if you take it for what it was, and still is, you will be rewarded with hours of play time fun.
So if you get a chance to watch all thirteen chapters (see the embedded YouTube video below), leave a comment either here, twitter or facebook. Let me know what you thought of it. If you are a die-hard fan, let me know too. I know that I am not alone in my love of this Saturday matinee serial.
Until next time, Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with you… always.
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A great documentary that gives the host, Eugene Roddenberry, and the watcher a deeper insight of Gene Roddenberry, what he created and how it affects the fans of Star Trek.
George Lucas. A first name and a last name. Yet those two names together evoke some odd emotional response. I consider myself a Star Wars fan, sure I’ve gone on prequel rants before but at the end of the day I’ll watch them and enjoy them for what they are. Blaming George for all the ills in your daily life because Jar Jar Binks exists is just sad. Or lamenting that you don’t have enough room or money for ALL of the branded items that the corporation vomits out, almost every week is folly. Let this shit go. It’s like Greek, Norse, Tolkien or Biblical mythology… get over it if it bothers you and accept it for what it is, campfire stories. We all have our favorite story, or stories, and some of us even devote our lives to them (see my crack about mythology) but at the end of the day it is just something that we choose to internalize in a very personal way. This is why these people are lashing out, and probably still lashing out, at George. He has been a driving force behind many of our creative endeavors and I dare say that the backlash against him has had the same effect on those creative juices.
Now, Disney owns Star Wars. 20th Century Fox still owns the rights to the original theatrical release. I’ll wager that those two companies will get together and re-release the original prints because people will purchase them. It is money in the bank and a guarantee. So I am now sitting here eagerly awaiting for a remastered Blu-ray version of The Star Wars Holiday Special. You scoff? Don’t. It is another way to make money and never think that they are above that.
George Lucas, artist, businessman, visionary, impetus of CGI and high-tech film making, corporate force, philanthropist, a bit OCD when it comes to his original trilogy AND so much more.
P.S. The film was done really well and I recommend watching it. You may see something in yourself reflected back at you from your screen.
I wasn’t too hyped about this mini series until I saw this trailer. It really does look good. I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with the original draft of George’s “The Star Wars”.
TheForce.net: Rumor: Disney Mulling New Release Of Unaltered Original Trilogy
That would be pretty awesome. I’ve already had them on disc for a while and they go for quite a good price on Ebay. If they release them as remastered editions rather than an appeasement to nerd raging rabid fans, as is, then I will be picking them up. Fox will easily allow Disney to use “A New Hope”, since they still own in perpetuity because they like easy money as well 😉