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Bobby Fett
07-10-2004, 11:50 AM
I'm sure this has beaten to death somewhere on the site, but can anyone tell me where I can get a decent copy of the 1978 Holiday Special? VHS or DVD is okay.


07-10-2004, 12:01 PM
It's not available, and likely will never be available. Lucas had little to no input with the Holiday Special and considers it terrible. You'll have to try to pick up a bootleg of it from Ebay, if you really want it bad enough. Since it's pretty much a fact that it will never be officially released on Home Video in any way shape or form. :)


Jar Jar Binks

07-10-2004, 01:09 PM
It sucks SO badly, don't do it! I bought a VHS copy last year at Wizard World Philly. Fro some reason I didn't watch it for almost a year. When I finally put it in, I could hardly watch it.

Wasted money.

It sucks so bad, it has a Starship video! You know the ones... We built this city on rock-n-roll? Yeah, that Starship.

Don't do it!

Don't do it!

Don't do it!

Ooo, I know. ... [calmly][waves hand] This is not the video your looking for. Move along.

07-10-2004, 01:12 PM
I'll agree with Dr. Evazan here ;) but....

it's SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad, that you MUST see it at least once. I bought a copy at the comic convention they have at the Shrine auditorium every month for 15 bucks and I'm glad to have it.

07-10-2004, 02:41 PM
Although the Holiday Special is so awful, I still enjoy watchingit from time to time. It actually makes me apreciate the prequels :crazed:!

I downloaded it off Kazaa, it's poor quality but you'd be able to decide if you want to spend money on purchasing it from eBay. I've tried burning it to DVD but for some reason it's not working :(, I just think it's so bloody awful that my DVD player is just refusing to play it, LMAO :crazed:!


07-10-2004, 03:21 PM
It is good for one thing, the premiere animated Boba Fett cartoon. That is one of the major redeeming qualities of the entire Holiday Special. I would like to see at least it released somehow, possibly as an extra on the eventual Ewoks & Droids cartoon DVD. :)


Jar Jar Binks

07-10-2004, 04:08 PM
It would make the ideal "easter egg" for the OT DVD. Have GLu do a humerous "okay, you asked for it" lead in a la Peter Jackson's intro to the Jack Black bit on the FOTR DVD. It would show a good sense of humour if nothing else, and would finally satisfy those of us that actually do want a copy of this to watch - for whatever absurd reason.

Run a search of "holiday special" on these forums and you'll find an absolutely hilarious thread from around a year ago... some of the funniest stuff I've read on here. I'll try to dig it up and link, it's worth the time. :)

Dr Zoltar
07-10-2004, 07:49 PM
I was able to download it using WinX (a Kazaa like program without the spyware). That's how I found the US pilot for Red Dwarf as well. Both are awful, awful, AWFUL!

07-10-2004, 09:23 PM
If I had one I would give it to you. But I dont because it sucks.

07-10-2004, 09:30 PM
a decent copy of the 1978 Holiday Special

Oxymoron. :D ;)

07-10-2004, 10:17 PM
Oxymoron. :D ;)

Bahhahahhahahhaa! Niiiiiiiiiiiice!

btw, nice sig line. lol

07-10-2004, 10:48 PM
I've also got a downloaded copy off of WinMX and if all of the other posts haven't driven it into your mind yet, it's pretty horrible. Also if you plan on buying it off ebay you can bank on spending roughly $10 to $20 from what I've seen. The only redeeming factor is Bea Arthur. Man she's hot.

Bobby Fett
07-11-2004, 08:02 AM
Oxymoron. :D ;)

Keep it up and you won't be getting a birthday present wrapped in that terrific new Saga gift wrap paper! ;)

07-11-2004, 09:55 AM
btw, nice sig line. lol

Thanks, but I can't take credit for writing it.

Exhaust Port
07-11-2004, 11:14 AM
It's bad but worth at least one viewing for SW fans.

07-11-2004, 12:15 PM
You can go on a P2P network and usually find it. Most fans eventually allow their curiosity to get the best of them and wind up watching it. Sitting through the whole thing an exercise- it really is as bad as they say. The majority of the program is spent in the wookie treehouse, listening to them grunt back and forth. Here's a funny article...

Have a very Wookie Christmas

The dark, ugly secret of "Star Wars" is a "Holiday Special" banned from TV forever.

By Daniel Kraus
- - - - - - - - - -

December 05, 2000 | Aw, what's wrong? Holidays giving you a case of the "Wookie-ookies"?

Take heart, friend. It could be worse. A lot worse. A hell of a lot worse.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (Nov. 17, 1978), CBS broadcast a two-hour holiday event called "The Star Wars Holiday Special."

Never heard of it? That's because after its ill-fated premiere, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas banished it forever from the realm of human existence. But something of this much weight has a way of reaching the masses.

"Special" is certainly one word for that show. Other words one might choose to apply include "distressing," "appalling" and "bad."

Yes, it was that unprecedented. Yes, it was that bad.

Among the "Star Wars" faithful, it's taken for granted that their aloof Marin County Buddha wants every last trace of it expunged from the earth. Nearly every actor involved -- essentially the entire cast of the first film -- would probably rather forget his or her participation, especially Carrie Fisher. If you're unlucky enough to come across a 10th-generation dub of this underwhelming indignity, you'll find her performing a musical number.

A musical number with Wookies.

"The Star Wars Holiday Special" is like a massive train wreck -- you see it coming, it makes a whole lotta noise and it's really, really long.

There's no plot per se, but the show drifts along something like this: It's Life Day on the Wookie planet of Kashyyyk. (Life Day is sort of like Thanksgiving and Chanukah put together, except it's much, much more boring.) Chewbacca's return from his galactic adventures is eagerly awaited by his family -- wife Malla, father Itchy and son Lumpy.

Once again, that's "Itchy" and "Lumpy."

Anyhow, Malla (who I think is supposed to be pretty, but looks a little like Leatherface from "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"), Itchy and Lil' Lumpy have several in-depth conversations regarding different Wookie-related matters. Of course, since they're speaking Wookie-ese, we can't understand a word.

This nonsensical squawking and squealing goes on for 20 minutes. Thankfully, Art Carney finally shows up and bestows upon the family a "mind evaporator."

Which, come to think of it, actually explains most of the program so far.

Apparently unimpressed with the low caliber of the show's guest-star cameo, Itchy settles down to indulge in a little Wookie porn via a sort of proto-cybersex virtual reality machine. Diahann Carroll appears in his porn finder, purring, "I am your fantasy. I am your pleasure. So enjoy me." Which Itchy -- licking his rubbery lips and shuddering orgasmically -- proceeds (at length) to do.

Occasionally, the producers cut to space battle footage cribbed from "Star Wars" and check in on Chewbacca and Han Solo, who are in the Millennium Falcon, struggling to get Chewy back in time for Life Day. No, Harrison Ford didn't weasel his way out of this TV bad boy, either. Nor did Mark Hamill, C-3PO or R2D2. (This is what is known as a "contractual obligation.")

Luke Skywalker surfaces briefly, slathered in girlish makeup, and blathers incoherently for a while. Then there's a few more dance sequences, a cartoon that introduces Boba Fett, no fewer than four different high-larious characters played by Harvey Korman, a Tatooine Cantina ballad sung by Bea Arthur ("You're such a dear friend/You know I'm here, friend/Is that a tear, friend?") and a startlingly bad performance by Jefferson Starship.

No, seriously.

Chewy eventually shows up back at home. Han greets the family: "Malla. Lumpy. Itchy." Han scruffs the little one's head, saying, "Look at Lumpy, he's all grown up. I think his voice is changing." Then Han hugs all four fur balls and pauses meaningfully at the door: "All of you are an important part of my life."

Finally, we witness the moving Life Day ceremony. And at the end, when all the Wookies line up in their red robes and walk through the stars and into the moon ...

Well, it's, uh, really, um, baffling. I mean touching.

Was Lucas high when he authorized this? Although technically only 120 minutes long, the "Holiday Special" has the futuristic ability to slow time, and one emerges from its vortex some six days later bearded, weeping, defeated and sporting a limp. It's the kind of experience that makes you want to go lie down in the road.

Yet, much as with "Schindler's List," perhaps everyone should be forced to watch it once, just so that nothing this abominable ever happens again. In their haste to capitalize on the entirely unexpected extraordinary success of "Star Wars" only months earlier, 20th Century Fox and CBS rushed to cater to the lowest common denominator. Quite obviously, they shot way, way, way too low.

Thankfully, lessons can be learned from this mistake. The progam's jabbering nonsense and preschool sensibilities forewarned us of "Episode One's" inexcusable Jar Jar Binks. Also, by showing us the absolute low point of the "Star Wars" universe, the special pointedly illustrates the harmful legacy of Lucas' original masterpiece -- namely, the priority put on cool lasers and nifty explosions as well as the leniency now granted galaxywide to expository "if only there was a way to get Chewy home for the holidays and still find time to shoot the 'Star Wars' franchise in the foot"-style dialogue.

And to ambitious movie producers, "The Star Wars Holiday Special" gives a stark warning as well: Do not, under any circumstances, make one that sucks.

But for now, Lucas can count his blessings. You will not be seeing "The Star Wars Holiday Special" -- not this year, not any year. And if you're lucky and pray really, really hard, maybe your grandkids will never have to see it either. Maybe there can be peace on Earth; maybe there can be goodwill toward men.

So have a merry Christmas. And may the Force most certainly not be with you.


07-11-2004, 12:48 PM
That sure is a lot of words to say something sucks.

Bobby Fett
07-11-2004, 03:25 PM
Kinda brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?

Actually, I just wanted to watch it to see if the Life Day presents were wrapped in that terrific, authentic Saga gift wrap paper.

07-11-2004, 03:36 PM
That sure is a lot of words to say something sucks.

I think it was an attempt also to describe what happens in the show, since a lot of people never saw it.

07-12-2004, 12:20 PM
I have seen the Holiday Special twice. Once as a little kid and again several years ago when I actually dished out cash for a copy. I watched it in horror through the entire 2 hours. Just an ugly pile of poo. :frus:

Maybe later on when they need someothing to put out to rekindle or keep the Star Wars popularity alive they'll put out a Holiday Special: Platinum Digitally Remastered Special Edition with cut scenes which include:

-Duet sung by Greedo and Han ("Why can't we be friends?")
-Cantina Band plays Beethoven
-Argument between Chewie and his wife regarding the fact that Chewie didn't take out the garbage. Timeframe = 25 mins.


07-13-2004, 07:06 PM
-Duet sung by Greedo and Han ("Why can't we be friends?")
-Cantina Band plays Beethoven
-Argument between Chewie and his wife regarding the fact that Chewie didn't take out the garbage. Timeframe = 25 mins.
That would be about par for the course and would fit seemlessly.

07-14-2004, 08:16 PM
You can download it from Kaaza. I watched it and it is a beating. The only cool thing I like is Wookie family and the cartoon with Boba Fett in it. But the story is bad. I liked it when I was kid because it was Star Wars.

07-14-2004, 08:55 PM
I liked it when I was kid because it was Star Wars.

I was 3 going on 4 when it came out. I think that is the upper age range. Now that I have seen Teletubbies, I actually think the Wookies were their television ancestors.