Having watched a zillion SW clips, I didn’t think I’d go for this - but it was absolutely mesmerising! Thank you! This reminded me of a time when Star Wars was Star Wars. I get the same feeling watching the unaltered version of the film and (excuse the digression here) this only fuels my contempt for the unavailability of that film.
Loved the reference to ‘300 Wookiees’. I also loved how Gary described Leia’s royal influence over several planets. It kind of gave credence to his later claim of her ruling ‘what was left of her people’ in a discarded iteration of Revenge of the Jedi.
‘Novel written by George Lucas…’ - nice one!
It’s a shame the clip cuts off before Kurtz gets to explain how they’re struggling to get extra funding for some additional rocks in the Tatooine R2D2 scene. Maybe that’ll surface someday…
On a side note I’d love for Gary Kurtz to do a commentary track for Despecialised or the SSE/4K. Does anyone here have his email address?