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#611797
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What Do You Remember From Your First Viewing Of The OT?
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I was born in '79, so the first time I saw "Star Wars" was on TV via a CBS "movie of the week" or what have you in the early '80s. I remember finding the part where the jawa jumps up and shoots R2-D2 on Tatooine very unpleasant; during subsequent VHS viewings I cowered behind the couch as that scene crept up. I also wasn't very fond of the part where Chewbacca just straight up yells at Luke over being handcuffed. Like, you understand English, you know what the score is, calm down. Jesus! Otherwise, this was the perfect movie.

"Empire" was also presented to me first on a tv set, at my aunt's house in Greenwich, CT (the only reason that town means anything to me). I remember watching the Hoth sequences over and over again because I thought they were so dreamy and cool. I was still rather young, so the major plot points were totally lost on me, but hot damn if I didn't love this one even more than the o.g. "Empire" also helped me become cognizant of fashion, in that I realized no one in my world dressed as cool as Han or Luke or Vader or Boba Fett.

By '83 I was deemed old enough to experience Skywalking in the theater, but initially I didn't even want to see "Jedi" because the commercials on television made Jabba the Hutt look like evil incarnate. Funnily enough, spotting an Admiral Ackbar action figure in K-Mart changed my mind. I wanted that figure like the dickens and I sure as heck wanted to see that funny fish guy do his thing on screen. So a couple hours later my grandparents took me. It was pretty great, but near the end of the movie I had to go to the bathroom, and I distinctly remember missing key pieces of the speeder bike chase.

Flash forward a decade-ish. I was eighteen when the Special Editions came out, and I was just ELATED to finally have the opportunity to catch the first two in theater after years and years and years of small screen viewing. On top of that, I was employed at Taco Bell, who struck the deal for the SE "Feel the Force" promotion (that may have been how I initially found out about the rereleases); I nicked so many trinkets and stickers and cups during my shifts it's a wonder I wasn't fired/arrested. I don't know how they did it over in England, but here in the states the SE releases were staggered a month apart (January, February, March), which seemed really cruel. I didn't want to have to wait that long to see all three. The outstanding memory from these showings is how "Rocky Horror" the crowds were---cheering and booing and laughing and going nuts at the weirdest times. The Toschi Station line, I swear people just started screaming in pain and calling Luke terrible, not-PC names.

Naturally I found all the updated bits pretty displeasing, but I didn't sweat it at the time. I mean, there was no way they'd really keep that dodgy Greedo fuckery in there or that quasi-world music horse shit at the end of "Jedi." This was just a one-time thing. VHS was gonna be around forever. Right? Sigh. 

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#604946
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The Surprisingly Strange Story of "Lapti Nek"
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Nice detective work! Let me sit with this info for a hot minute while I work out the outline for something to write. I'm a pretty big punk fan but I've never heard of Smear (unless it's somehow related to Germs guitarist Pat Smear, which I don't think it is)...lemme look into that as well. Thanks for your help here, I think this is the start of something interesting.

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#604904
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The Surprisingly Strange Story of "Lapti Nek"
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Well, according to Gruska, we know Arbogast was once possibly the apple of George's eye. I'd be willing to track her down if it were for a larger project...I don't just want to cold call her as a fan, without any kind of backup. Maybe I could start compiling an oral history of "Jedi" for its thirtieth anniversary next year. You feel what I'm sayin' here?

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#604767
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The Surprisingly Strange Story of "Lapti Nek"
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AntcuFaalb said:

jturd said:

Hey there, I'm James Greene, Jr., the author of those two articles (and longtime lurker here at OT.com). Thanks for drudging them up, AntcuFaalb! I worked pretty hard on the "Lapti Nek" saga as presented. Glad someone feels like preserving it all. As for the whole fair use/copyright issue, I hereby use my power as the author to say go ahead and post 'em where ever---just don't profit off 'em. The powers that be like to pretend Crawdaddy never even existed anyway. The site's owner really mistreated it, eventually folding us into Paste Magazine, after which we (Crawdaddy writers, editors) all basically lost our jobs and the website itself was transferred to that awkward CrawdaddyArchive.com web address to collect dust. It's sad. Red-headed stepchild stuff.

At least I have all those versions of "Lapti Nek" to comfort me!

Thanks, James! It's awesome that you're a member here.

I appreciate you letting me preserve your articles. They're excellent!

Aw shucks, thanks. I wrote at least one other "Star Wars"-related feature for Crawdaddy about my quest to find an album that synchs up with the original film a la "Dark Side of the Moon"/"Wizard of Oz": 

http://www.crawdaddyarchive.com/index.php/2008/07/09/dark-side-of-the-death-star-or-how-i-wasted-eleven-months-of-my-life

It also goes without saying that I'd love to hear Annie Arbogast's side of the "Lapti Nek" saga (especially how she felt being wiped out in favor of "Jedi Rocks").

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#603955
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The Surprisingly Strange Story of "Lapti Nek"
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Hey there, I'm James Greene, Jr., the author of those two articles (and longtime lurker here at OT.com). Thanks for drudging them up, AntcuFaalb! I worked pretty hard on the "Lapti Nek" saga as presented. Glad someone feels like preserving it all. As for the whole fair use/copyright issue, I hereby use my power as the author to say go ahead and post 'em where ever---just don't profit off 'em. The powers that be like to pretend Crawdaddy never even existed anyway. The site's owner really mistreated it, eventually folding us into Paste Magazine, after which we (Crawdaddy writers, editors) all basically lost our jobs and the website itself was transferred to that awkward CrawdaddyArchive.com web address to collect dust. It's sad. Red-headed stepchild stuff.

At least I have all those versions of "Lapti Nek" to comfort me!

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#239872
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Selectable crawl on new DVD? Or just the old one?
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Originally posted by: Yoda Is Your Father
Originally posted by: boris
LOL those aren't off the official discs. The very last places that would the DVD's more then 2 weeks ahead of time is rental stores.
Not true. My brother is Assistant Manager at Blockbuster and I have seen many films days and sometimes weeks before the release date thanks to him. I have no reason to doubt these are legit and I am pretty content with the image quality.

And apart from the dodgy photoshop recreation poster covers, the rest of the packaging looks pretty nice (i.e. back cover and inserts)


Yeah, some Blockbusters are already renting the OUT DVDs. I'm in Florida, and there was a news report about all the kids who got off from school today because of tropical storm Ernesto and how they planned to spend their day. One kid was walking out of a Blockbuster with the DVD of ANH and was like, "I got Episode FOUR, Star Wars, A New Hope..." The only reason I looked up at the T.V. was because the kid said "Episode FOUR," like he knew he was getting it before anyone else.
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#232252
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Lawsuit on George Lucas?
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Originally posted by: BadAssKeith
Originally posted by: Jobel
There's more to life isn't there?


You are passing up on a great opportunity to makes lots of money, make Lucas lose a lot of his money and make him look bad to the entire world and you could be well known and liked depending on how you handle your ego.


Dude, those are some pretty sorry reasons to sue somebody. This is about film preservation, not Anna Nicoling somebody out of their loot.
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#213797
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The Star Wars Storybook
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I have those books too! As well as the "Jedi" book. I never really gave the Biggs stuff in the book much thought until I was older and realized none of that was in the movie. Now it's fascinating to me. You're right about the pictures, too - they're totally awesome. I'm pretty sure all three of them have personalized stickers with my name inside that say, "This book belongs to..." Ah, youth.
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#211508
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Describe your history with Star Wars
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I was born in 1979. Sometime after that, I saw "Star Wars," either broadcast on T.V. or VHS. It blew my stupid little mind and quickly became the focal point of my tiny universe. I caught "Empire" on VHS at some friend of my mom's house. "Jedi" I actually got to see in the theater, first run, but I almost didn't go. I had seen Jabba the Hutt in the commercials and he looked scary. I didn't want to be in a dark room with that thing blown up fifty feet on a movie screen. Luckily, Grandma brokered a deal where if I agreed to go to the movie, I'd get the Admiral Ackbar toy I had suddenly decided I needed more than anything in the world. Here's to the wisdom of old folks.

My interest in "Star Wars" never really waned. I read the books, collected the toys, played the video games. I flipped out in '96 when the news about the SEs broke. I think the whole country did. That was the most fun I had my senior year of high school, seeing those movies on the big screen, finally, in packed auditoriums at the Saxon Boulevard UA Marketplace in Orange City, FL. I would have liked to have seen the SE of "Jedi" in the same theater where I saw the original; alas, that movie house (whose name escapes me at the moment) had become a night club called Tsunami Beach. I did see Nerf Herder there, so that kind of counts for something.

I sort of knew right off the bat that any "Star Wars" prequels would be really bad, so I didn't get very geeked out on "Phantom Menace" hype. I stayed home on opening day. All my friends thought I was crazy. Then word of mouth started getting around, and it was obvious I had dodged a bullet. It hurt hearing people say so many awful things about a "Star Wars" movie, but hey, it wasn't the end of the world.

Eventually I saw "Phantom Menace" and it almost stopped my heart. Glad I waited until it was on video. I saw "Clones" and "Sith" in the theater, hoping both times that they'd be better than the last one and somehow salvage the prequel trilogy. I left disappointed both times. There are a handful of really great, intense, special moments in those prequels. Unfortunately, those moments are surrounded by complete dogshit.

In 2005, I completed "Star Wars Ruined My Life," a book that's part reflection on, part critical analysis of "Star Wars" and the fan culture it created. I wrote it from a fan's perspective, and pitched it as such to numerous literary agents and publishing houses. I finally landed an agent about mid-year that year, but she had a lot of trouble getting publishers interested. Seems no one wanted it because I didn't have any "platform" (read: I'm not already famous for something). Talk about frustrating.

That's how I came to start the Great Star Wars Sychnronicity Project, the blog that's linked at the bottom of my posts. My agent suggested I enter the blogosphere and attempt to gain noteriety there, so I did. After I posted something about watching "Star Wars" while listening to a White Zombie album to see if anything matched up like "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Wizard of Oz," a friend suggested I dedicate the blog entirely to that kind of activity. So I did. And it became an obsession.

Now I spend every night of the week watching my favorite movie and sometimes its sequels while listening to different CDs, hoping to find the one special album that produces just as many moments of synchronicity as "Dark Side" and "Oz" (that's sixty, if you're wondering) that will, in turn, get me some "platform" so my book can hit the shelves and I can start my journey to becoming a well-respected figure in "Star Wars" historical circles. I currently don't have any literary representation, but I'm hopeful for the future that something will happen. Even if I die horribly and someone publishes the book out of pity. I'd take that.

I'm going to love "Star Wars" until my horrible death, even if the OUT never sees the light of day beyond shoddy bonus feature and George decides to remake it with dogs and cats in the primary roles. It's like that, and that's the way it is. Huh.
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#206286
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The Official Discs Will Be No Better Than What We Have!
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Originally posted by: TheCassidy
I think cooler heads should prevail here and reserve judgement until these are actually seen or at least until we have more information.

EDIT - It's occurred to me that everyone has seen the 1993 version that was released on laserdisc, but no one has seen what the same transfer, directly from that master, will look like on DVD.

In other words - even if it's the same transfer it's going to look a hell of a lot better than any laserdisc that has been used as a source for fan preservations.


True dat. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched, yo. If we all buy them and they suck, then we can complain. And although that individual pricing thing kinda blows, I'm too shocked that this is actually happening to care right now.
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#204790
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Your claim to fame?
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Originally posted by: codester
Originally posted by: jturd
Marky Ramone bought me a cheeseburger.


That is awsome. The Ramones rock! I love Road to Ruin, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century, Too Tough To Die, and their self titled debut. Amazing stuff.


Yeah, those are all classics. I love all their albums, though. They're my favorite band of all-time. Meeting Marky was wild. It was post-Ramones, during his Intruders days. Very nice, very patient, and willing to share food. What more could you ask for from one of your idols?
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#204541
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An exact quote from Lucas on Greedo shooting first.
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And jturd, Greedo wouldn't have had to drag Han back to Jabba's palace. Jabba was already at the spaceport and sent Greedo out as a gofer. Yes, I know that scene is special edition, but it was actually originally planned (imagine that!) and in the novelization written before the movie came out, so I consider it canon. I just don't want to see it on my screen because it's redundant and not central to the plot of the story. But he was there.


I gotcha. So I'm guessing Jabba went there with Greedo, was all like, "let's split up, we'll cover more ground," Greedo found Han first, and Han blasted his ass. If Greedo was really smart, he would have shot Han on sight, checked his pockets, and met up with Jabba later.

"Dude, Solo's totally dead. I don't know what happened. Someone must have shot him right before we got here. Crazy. No, no money with him. I'm gonna knock off early, okay Jabbs?"