Technology Strikes Back
Original Star Wars trilogy DVDs you will own. Many, many special features you will watch. Reason for living confirmed it will be.
Maxim, September 2004
Ever since the DVD format began slowly sending VHS to bargain basement hell, we’ve had an empty spot in our home libraries set aside for the original (a.k.a. non–Jar Jar) Star Wars trilogy. On September 21, the wait will finally be over—we’ll have our Han Solos, Boba Fetts, and, grudgingly, even our furry little Ewoks all cleaned up and prettified like never before. Those lucky enough to have seen the first Star Wars in theaters haven’t seen anything like this: A brand-new digital transfer means images so sharp they can cut carbonite, and a 5.1-channel Dolby Digital surround mix will have you ducking Star Destroyers all over again. As if that weren’t enough, a fourth disc features a Jabba the Hutt–size load of booty straight out of the Lucasfilm archives. To quote a certain Dark Lord of the Sith, “This will be a day long remembered.”
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy: This whopping two-and-a-half-hour documentary details the birth of Star Wars all the way from George Lucas’ notepad to sci-fi movie legend. Archival footage and new interviews with all involved trace the project from its somewhat ignoble beginnings (20th Century Fox almost shelved it) to eventual triumph.
The Birth of the Lightsaber: Yup, an entire featurette on these space-age Ginsu knives. You’ll learn how their effects were achieved, how the Jedi fighting style was developed, and, hopefully, why you still can’t help but imitate the noise whenever you carry an open umbrella.
The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars: Relax, you weren’t the only one so entranced by Star Wars that it changed your life. (You are, however, the only one still wearing Underoos. Stop it.) Interviews with Hollywood heavy hitters like James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, and Peter Jackson (who we hear just finished a little trilogy of his own) discuss the impact Star Wars had on movies and those who make them.
Original trailers and TV spots: On most DVDs, special features like this one tend to be pretty lame affairs, but the industrious folk at Lucasfilm have taken the time to dig up some extremely rare promotional spots that haven’t been seen by the general public since they originally aired on late-’70s and early-’80s TV. That strange sloshing sound you may hear is the nostalgia buffs already starting to salivate.
“A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…”
…these guys all had jobs. While some ended up doing OK, what happened to the rest of the Star Wars crew?
After drug troubles, Carrie now has a talk show on the Oxygen network, the last refuge of fading female stars.
A car wreck between Star Wars and Empire mangled his fresh- faced looks and put a crimp in his post-SW career. He keeps busy doing voice-over work.
Star Wars? Big deal. Ford scored the Indiana Jones trilogy, two huge Jack Ryan flicks, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, and Sabrina. Oh, well.
He’s pretty much been consigned to sci-fi convention hell, but he’ll be donning the walking carpet one more time for an appearance in the forthcoming Episode III.
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