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    1983: ROTJ in the news

    I hope these haven't all been posted before; but I was just searching around on YouTube and found some really cool old videos from 1983 about the premiere of ROTJ.

    The first is Siskel & Ebert's review of the film. The most interesting part is near the end when they reveal that Lucas planned to release 6 more films after ROTJ. I guess I can spoil it for you and just say that they both liked it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA-1WV99Gug

    In this next one, on an episode of Nightline, Siskel and Ebert get to defend the film against a critic who obviously has a stick up his butt:
    "These films try to keep children stupid children forever."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB3V3qyZiFM

    Here's a local news story (not sure where from) talking about the anticipation for ROTJ from lines at the theater to toy sales. I think it also features the world's first documented scalper caught on tape.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcjs1RMF1iw

    Another local news story about toy sales, this one also repeats Lucas' promise for 6 more films, but the reporter is a little skeptical as to whether they will ever really materialize.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNGAfTuEBd8

    Finally, one of the coolest finds for me, a featurette on the making of ROTJ creatures hosted by.... Mr. Spock! I like this one mainly because it has a lot of cool close-ups of the Skiff Guards, especially Kithaba.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDB-ISl7U0Q
    "To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence… When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." - C.S. Lewis

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    Wow, BigB!
    Great finds! I've never seen any of this stuff before!

    Never knew Nimoy would "cross the line" and acknowledge a competitor by hosting a show.

    And, the scalper was priceless! He's probably still haunting the same TRU and still has the same dream that one day, he'll get rich selling plastic!

    Thanks!
    ¡Que la fuerza te acompañe!

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    It's amazing how that scalper fits the stereotype almost perfectly and looks very much like the current scalpers out there that lurk in the aisles of dept. stores to this day.

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    That scalper grew up to be obsessed with feminine hygiene and world domination, and died when he was on the verge of both just over a year ago. We're not sure how, but it somehow happened on his way to his home planet.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    That's some great stuff. Thanks for digging it up, BigB.
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    The last one is definitely the best!

    The critic who 'hated" Star Wars was just grabbing at straws, really, to play the devil's advocate and it didn't work because he really ended up sounding foolish. He couldn't even get his sentences straight, and if you notice eye movement, he was REALLY thinking about something, anything, bad to say about the movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deoxyribonucleic View Post
    The critic who 'hated" Star Wars was just grabbing at straws, really, to play the devil's advocate and it didn't work because he really ended up sounding foolish. He couldn't even get his sentences straight, and if you notice eye movement, he was REALLY thinking about something, anything, bad to say about the movie.
    That guy talked about movies that he would take his children to if he had children; but it was pretty obvious that he didn't have kids, because if he did then he'd take them to whatever movie kept them quiet for two hours like every other parent.
    "To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence… When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." - C.S. Lewis

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    You know what's funny about that critic? Twenty five years later, nobody knows who he is. John Simon? I had to rewatch the beginning of the video to catch his name. However, today, Roger Ebert is still the most famous living film critic, and many people still remember Gene Siskel. And I think that speaks for itself. People remember the good critics.
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    As a kid, I remember watching that debate(my dad almost always watched nightline so I usually did too). The man is as ludricrous now as he was back then. I had forgotten how much S&E liked it.

    Seeing all of those vintage toys packed onto the pegs and shelves sure makes me want to go back in time.

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