I just bumped into this site by accident after kind of extending May 4th to a couple of weeks…well 10 days now…I saw the original film (the one now dubbed Episode IV) well over 120 times in the theaters as a 14 year old geeky kid. My mom used to say “At least I know where she is.”
I had dug out my VHS copy of Star Wars, package date on it says 1984, and talks about the oscars it won on the back cover. I was always good at taking care of my tapes, so it was rewound and played nicely without any tracking difficulties or distortions. I obtained hardware to digitize it for preservation and did so. It’s a bit grainy, of course, but very watchable. It was REFRESHING to watch it without all of the annoying additions.
I really enjoyed the page on this site about the contradictions to the story line. I used to have a 3rd draft of the script, and it cited “Journey of the Wihls” (or Whils or was it Journal?) and wish I had kept a copy. I was in search of a VHS with the starting crawler sans the Episode IV stuff but realized that home video of Star Wars didn’t come out before 1982 (in my findings). Too bad!
I have an 8’ section of 70mm print and several frames as I made friends with the projectionists. I still remember every single line, shot, mistake, etc. and even know the registration number of the film with the Motion Picture Association…I am so happy to have found this site. I might be an old fart, but I know my Star Wars.
I didn’t really get into the prequels; quite frankly, they were rather sucky. The only one I was really interested in was seeing how Darth Vader became Darth Vader. I still prefer the original storyline - that Anikin and Darth Vader were TWO DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS and it makes more sense. If you put blinders on and remain oblivious to the other films, the first one (um, the fourth one - HATE that) makes sense and is self contained. Once you know “family is all involved” it quite frankly becomes creepy. Even when it was known in Empire Strikes Back - Leia kisses her brother full on the lips? Where’s my bucket?
Anyhow, this Star Wars geek is still alive and well (hope to stay that way) and hope to entertain some discussion. I don’t have anyone to talk to about this stuff in depth! On a side note, Seth McFarland’s parody is brilliant. He didn’t miss anything and I think he knows that film as well as I do!!!
And the references to TK521, THS1138…