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YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds for Original Trilogy <strong>making-ofs, documentaries, promos</strong>, etc.

What a great thread, though I could spend way too much time in here 😃

My little contribution (please edit this if I get it wrong):


Empire Of Dreams’:- - at the Soarinfan Videos youtube channel. (a 2004 documentary. 151 mins)

The Blurb:-

"Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy is a 2004 documentary film directed by Kevin Burns and narrated by Robert Clotworthy. It documents the making of the original Star Wars trilogy: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, and their impact on popular culture.

The documentary is chronological, divided into five parts, from the beginning of George Lucas’ career as a filmmaker, to the complicated production of Star Wars in 1976, to the impact of the film, and its sequels, have made on the world today.

It features interviews with George Lucas and major cast and crew members. The documentary puts Star Wars into a sociological and political perspective by using interviews with spectators such as Walter Cronkite".


Topic - The Official Thread

Broom Kid said:

You’re vastly overestimating how much of a financial draw “The original versions” would be. The audience for “the original versions” is very niche.

I wouldn’t be so sure on that…

Back in 2004:

“Over the years, a truly countless number of fans have told us that they would love to see and own the original version that they remember experiencing in theaters,” said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts and Senior Vice President of Lucasfilm Ltd. “We returned to the Lucasfilm Archives to search exhaustively for source material that could be presented on DVD. This is something that we’re very excited to be able to give to fans in response to their continuing enthusiasm for Star Wars.”

In 2006:

LFL were issuing very hastily PR responses to enormous amount of fans’ concerns re the GOUT DVD release - which caused them more issues.

In 2011:

Such was the clamor not to be caught short again they shut the message boards down in the summer on the official site; knowing what was coming with the blu ray release with more changes made to the films in the fall. Spent a fair few extra $$$ on PR around that time too - when money was scarce around the place for many departments.

And today:

Ask people who work at LFL what some of the most asked questions are they get quizzed on - the three people I still talk with all still say (with sighs) “When are the original versions being released?”

Even the people at LFL who don’t particulary want to see a release of the theatrical versions know it will sell well - even on a small promotions budget.

It is essentially free money. A matter of timing - when, not if. Too long the wait for sure. Though not for the good ‘niche’ people on here: some of the Star Wars preservations on here - wow! (and a great journey along the way too!)

Feel free to disagree, it is all I’ll be saying on the matter. Though maybe try and show a little more respect to doubleofive (and the others on here that make this place tick) - the man has spent considerable time and effort compiling the changes made to these movies. He is the ‘go-to’ man for that. Highlighting them, and other content he researches and finds, along with the reasoned comments he makes on them, is far from “irresponsible”.

Peace out.

The Kenobi <s>Movie</s> Show

An interview with writer of the series Hossein Amini:-

‘Hossein Amini Talks The Success Of ‘The Alienist’, Approaching The Screenplay For ‘Drive’ & His Upcoming Disney+ ‘Obi-Wan’ Series (Exclusive Interview)’

The Mandalorian - Star Wars Live action TV series : <strong>NO SPOILERS</strong>

emanswfan said:

Here’s the new trailer!

Definitely looks more like Rogue One in terms of cinematography, which is the best looking SW film IMO. It’s like a hyper-realistic OT, kinda like how it was for me watching the OT when I was a toddler.

Still nothing much to go off of story wise, but definitely seems more grounded and original than TROS.

I am loving that trailer, and everything about the series so far! Two weeks to go 😃

The Mandalorian Trailer: 37 New Images from Star Wars TV Series’ - IGN

The Mandalorian’s First Episode Contains a Major Star Wars Spoiler’ - IGN

The Mandalorian - Star Wars Live action TV series : <strong>NO SPOILERS</strong>

The Mandalorian Press Conference’ - (by Star Wars Unity)

^ a 20 minute youtube video of Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers answer questions from the press & audience and generally talk about new series 😃

List of most current preservation versions (harmy's despecialized, 4k77, 4k83)

Other similar websites have been closed down for having links on them, and the various rightsholders and authorities are likely watching this place and others ready to shut these sites down if they go too far.

I think you may not be using the word “literally” correctly there. Also “there’s no risk” - the whole site would indeed be at risk. I apologize if that appears harsh.

I mean, are there other public sites like this one out there that have links to thousands of projects out in the open?

Though I will defer to the mods, other people who run the place, and those who have contributed to the site for many years such as Chainsaw and CatBus.

If other renowned editors put links up on their sites or facebook that is the risk they take on there. I am very happy that no links are allowed on here. We want this place, this creative community, this library of information to be around for a long long time to come, not taken down due to people wanting it easy and wanting links everywhere, I think?