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The Original Release of Star Wars on DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
To be perfectly honest, I'm beginning to wonder if the original theatrical version of this movie ought to be on DVD as well. You know what I mean: the way it was originally released when it first came out in theaters. The same thing for "The Empire Strikes Back", as well as "Return of the Jedi." Just something to think about.
- kevin sellers
Let me try to explain to Jared the difference between "Annie Hall" and "Star Wars": "Annie" is fun and intelligent, while "Star Wars" is fun and dumb.
Star Wars: My Favorite Film
- Jared Wignall
When I was very young, I saw this film. I was born in the mid 90s, and grew up with the original three and the prequels. I love all of them, as they all tell a long story. The film was revolutionary for its time and it was one of the most influential movies ever made. The characters are great, as you want the heroes to succeed in defeating the Empire. But you also like the bad guys, most notably Darth Vader. I love this film. The film took home 7 Academy Awards, including special effects, sound design and John Williams' phenomenal music score. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (the latter two were for George Lucas), and Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness). Now I know I'm biased in saying this but I believe it should've won all the Oscars the film was nominated for. Guinness brought a nuance in the film that was needed, as the audiences may not have been hugely impressed with the great performances by new comers at the time. And while Jason Robards was great in Julia, Guinness was phenomenal as the Jedi Master, who helps the main character see a path that could lead to bigger, greater things for not only himself, but for the galaxy. The former three Oscars went home to Annie Hall, a romantic comedy written and directed by Woody Allen. I'm not a fan of Allens, but with that said, there are some films of his I like, such as Radio Days and Midnight in Paris. I saw Annie Hall and didn't get what was so great about it. I thought it was a typical Woody Allen film that was made around other films of his in the 70s. I didn't think the writing was too witty. Yes, the dialog fits with the film, but it was just a typical Woody Allen film. Star Wars was something that was familiar, with it's influences, yet new. George Lucas' film also changed the way movies were looked at and made, even before the Academy Awards. So if you haven't seen Star Wars, give it a watch along with the sequels and prequels. They're all great films.
The Star Wars Affect
- Mark Urness
Star Wars  has been hailed and praised for over thirty years as Science Fiction's Gone With The Wind, but it has had a greater influence than anyone ever thought it would, mostly George Lucas. When George Lucas started to play with the idea of creating a space opera film, he was trying to create his version of Flash Gordon intermixed with ideas from Isaac Asimov, Joseph Campbell, World War II film footage, Japanese Cinema, THX-1138, & even the movie Silent Running. These ideas combined with George Lucas's iron determination & film making talent created a Social, Political, & Economic Monster of a film that changed the world & our imaginations forever. I can go on & on about the great influence this movie has had on our world, but simply put this film's fast paced adventure, sense of humor & orchestra film music has captivated the movie going public. If you have not seen this movie, please do as soon as possible & try to see the original 1977 version.
Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope
- Dashiell B.
The greatest science-fiction film ever made, whose success in popular culture is legendary. A farm boy, an old sage, two droids and a smuggler & his furry sidekick rescue a princess from a robotic villain. Jones voice of "Darth Vader," and the character himself have instantly become a part of today's culture; Hamill, Fisher & Ford became major stars after the film & Guinness was nominated for an Oscar as "Obi-Wan Kenobi." The film won seven Oscars (Minus Best Picture & Best Director) for it's art direction, costumes, editing, score, sound, sound effects & visual effects. It's unlikely that anybody who lives will never see or hear a reference to a truly magnificent film thanks to outstanding merchandise success. I give it a 5/5.
Star Wars (1977)
The greatest science fiction film of all time came from the mind of director George Lucas and turned out to be a very brilliant idea. The film is about Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammill) and how he must join the rebel alliance against the galactic empire and the evil Darth Vader (James Earl Jones). The stand outs in the cast are Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, and Jones. John Williams' score and Lucas' direction are both vivid and great. The script is also top notch. After this film, The Empire Strikes Back (1981) and Return of the Jedi (1983) were released. Both were worthy sequels however they do not have as much impact as this one had. Together, this trilogy competes for the title of the best one ever made. Ignore the recent trilogy. This one is the real deal.
Sci fi Groundbreaking Classic
- Michael D. Jackson
This is my favorite of the 6 STAR WARS movies--the first to be released and it was a revelation. I understand that the film was going to get a G rating and the producers negotiated their way into a PG rating because it would sell better to the adult audience. Actually, the film is kind of a matinee Western set in the future and might have been made in the 1930s save for the modern and innovative (for 1977) special effects, which were truly astounding and mostly hold up today. Actually, this is the type of movie that Walt Disney might have made and that the Disney Studio should have been making instead of those silly screwball comedies. However, George Lucas, along with Stephen Spielberg in that same era, established himself as the new "Walt Disney" with this fantastic thrill-ride of a movie that was both a nostalgic trip back to the days of Flash Gorden and a new modern block buster movie experience. The charm of it is the iconic characters made up of humans, robots and aliens of all kinds. The first twenty minutes focuses on two robots lost in the desert and could be considered the new comedy team of R2D2 and C3P0. All of the players were rather unknown to audiences, though the film is distinguished by the presence of Sir Alec Guinness. He is nearly Shakespearian in it and few could seriously say lines like "If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine," with as much credibility and majesty. The story is fast paced, full of surprises, a good sense of humor and people who believe what they are saying, raising a previously B genre to an A level. Just a good solid wonderful movie.