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2013-10-10 09:25:15 PM  
Subby sounds young. In 1976 that movie was nothing less than amazing. Only 2001 had shown anything as cool, and that movie didn't have anywhere near the swashbuckling excitement.
 
2013-10-10 09:42:27 PM  
You just had to be there to understand.
 
2013-10-10 09:47:48 PM  
Still strange to see it without that epic score and finished special effects.
 
2013-10-10 10:46:56 PM  
I was a snot-nosed punk in the spring of 77 when the DoD family release of this made the rounds.  We were in Moscow at the time, and they had a special showing of this at the ambassador's residence in the grand ballroom.  Somewhere they managed to find an enormous white backdrop sheet and used it as a makeshift big screen, and everyone sat in awe as the 16mm projector on a folding table at the back of the room purred, and the soundtrack blared from 2 PA speakers in the front..  The picture and sound were marginal at best, but we didn't care. It was magical.

For the next six months, a buddy and I tried to come up with the physics needed to make a lightsaber.
 
2013-10-10 10:53:43 PM  
Grow up and stop reading comic books. This stuff is fine when you're 11.
 
2013-10-10 11:18:53 PM  
The trailer is pretty bad. Funny seeing shots that weren't important in the film, and the lack of Williams' film score.
 
2013-10-10 11:44:09 PM  
as is said every time this is greenlit, it's fitting how they make the same distance vs. time screw-up in the trailer as they do in the movie

"it's a spectacle light-years ahead of its time"
/new web content being generated daily, and the same repeat links always go green
 
2013-10-10 11:46:25 PM  

PainInTheASP: You just had to be there to understand.

 
2013-10-10 11:48:32 PM  
I was 24 when I saw this trailer. It was unlike anything I'd seen before and it was hard to wait until the movie was released.


As has already been said in this thread, you just had to be there to understand.
 
2013-10-10 11:54:08 PM  

Cewley: Grow up and stop reading comic books. This stuff is fine when you're 11.


This movie was the shiat when I went to see it in the theater in 1976. I saw it in its raw form, minus the "Episode IV" deal. People believed it was real. Kids were scared of firefighters because of "Darth Vader Syndrome" because a firefighter in full gear resembled the Sith Lord himself, and reportedly some kids ran away from them because they thought the firefighter was gonna force-choke them.

Even with the effects that are antiquated by Lucas' today's standards, this movie set the gold standard for special effects and it was an amazing experience, even as a 6-year-old brat. It mesmerized young and old alike. Very few movies can create an entire cult of personality like Star Wars did.
 
2013-10-10 11:59:05 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: The trailer is pretty bad. Funny seeing shots that weren't important in the film, and the lack of Williams' film score.


This. I think the lack of the music is probably the biggest weakness in that trailer. The music they do use makes it sound like a horror film. Plus the voiceover is terrible.


Beerguy: PainInTheASP: You just had to be there to understand.


You are so blind! You so do not understand! You weren't there at the beginning. You don't know how good it was! How important! This is it for you! This jumped-up firework display of a toy advert! People like you make me sick! What's wrong with you?!
 
2013-10-11 12:37:43 AM  
My parents went and saw it at a movie theater when it came out. There happened to be a huge snowstorm coming down, so they were the only ones in the theater. My mom said all the theater employees came in and watched it with them. I think that sounds like a fun way to see it.

/end of not CSB
 
2013-10-11 12:45:54 AM  
You have to understand subby, a lot of drugs were done in the 70's.  A lot of drugs.
 
2013-10-11 01:25:32 AM  
I remember seeing the trailer. And remember at the time the last two 'space movies' where 2001, and Silent Running. 70's scifi movies where dystopian ecological type preaching things. Silent running, Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, Andromeda Strain, Westworld, etc..etc. Instead of movies set in space with ships and action and battles.

Nothing was like an action adventure movie set in space had been done with modern (70's) effects.
 
2013-10-11 02:16:22 AM  
Now, subby, go and find me anything that pre-dated Star Wars that looked like that.

I, and all my friends, saw even less than that on PR bits on TV shows, and it looked amazing.
 
2013-10-11 02:20:23 AM  

Redwing: Even with the effects that are antiquated by Lucas' today's standards, this movie set the gold standard for special effects and it was an amazing experience, even as a 6-year-old brat. It mesmerized young and old alike. Very few movies can create an entire cult of personality like Star Wars did.


I've heard it said that the 3 biggest influences on the movies are

1. Sound
2. Color
3. Star Wars

markie_farkie: For the next six months, a buddy and I tried to come up with the physics needed to make a lightsaber.


Only six months? Quitter.
 
2013-10-11 02:20:34 AM  
I remember sneaking into the Pussycat on Hollywood Blvd just to see the redband trailer, three times!
 
2013-10-11 02:21:59 AM  
I remember our mom DRAGGING us to see this in Green Bay, WI in 1977. We were sure it would be dreadful. Countless viewings and thousands of dollars spent on merchandise later I guess I can say I was mistaken. Thanks, mom! Miss you. Miss your taste in movies.
 
2013-10-11 02:24:17 AM  
I guess someday when I'm decrepit, someone will bring up a trailer for the original Jurassic Park movie and I'll have to explain why the effects and plot were so mind-blowing to my generation.
 
2013-10-11 02:25:06 AM  

Dinki: Subby sounds young. In 1976 that movie was nothing less than amazing. Only 2001 had shown anything as cool, and that movie didn't have anywhere near the swashbuckling excitement.


Only if  you hadn't seen Hidden Fortress or Stagecoach to pick on up those stale tropes and cliches.
 
2013-10-11 02:25:43 AM  

markie_farkie: I was a snot-nosed punk in the spring of 77 when the DoD family release of this made the rounds.  We were in Moscow at the time, and they had a special showing of this at the ambassador's residence in the grand ballroom.  Somewhere they managed to find an enormous white backdrop sheet and used it as a makeshift big screen, and everyone sat in awe as the 16mm projector on a folding table at the back of the room purred, and the soundtrack blared from 2 PA speakers in the front..  The picture and sound were marginal at best, but we didn't care. It was magical.

For the next six months, a buddy and I tried to come up with the physics needed to make a lightsaber.


Space Westerns at Spaso House?!?!? Must have been a blast! Jealous

/Embassy Moscow, 2002-2004
 
2013-10-11 02:28:03 AM  
As one who grew up during the 70's, let me explain something.

All we had in 1977 were either trucker movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" or touchy-feeling garbage like "Annie Hall".

Hollywood still had a very low level of respect for any sort of science fiction or fantasy film. And in the few that were released, there were very few space battles in them because FX at the time were either very expensive or very cheesy or both.

In fact, THE planned "blockbuster" 20th Century Fox had planned for was yet another disaster movie called Damnation Alley.

forgottenflix.com


But because of cost overruns and the film being behind schedule, 20th CF decided to delay DA's rollout and instead fill the theater slots (which were already reserved for screening DA) and used their "B Side" SciFi film made by some guy who did pretty good with a movie called "American Graffitti".

So, with a cinematic year full of rednecks in trucks and romances where the girl was always the strong feminist in charge, a movie like Star Wars was totally outside of the norm, and people noticed that.


In other words, Lucas was damn blessed with good timing and luck. That's all.
 
2013-10-11 02:36:23 AM  

RoyBatty: I remember sneaking into the Pussycat on Hollywood Blvd just to see the redband trailer, three times!


Why would a PG movie need a... what the hell are you talking about??
 
2013-10-11 02:43:13 AM  
The red band trailers to Star Wars. Back in the 70s, most films had them in order to "persuade" distributors but really to show to others in Hollywood at ya know, dope and heroin fueled parties up in the hills. But they were often leaked and you could see them in between the double features at the local Pussycats. It was the era of Deep Throat, Devil in Miss Jones, Manson, the Doors, hell, the Ivory Snow Girl became a porn star.

Most of that got cleaned up by the 80s, when <a data-cke-saved-href="<a href=" href="<a href=" http:="" en.wikipedia.org="" wiki="" peter_ueberroth"="" target="_blank">Peter Ueberroth came to Hollywood and cleaned up the town for the Olympics.
 
2013-10-11 02:45:12 AM  
Star Wars was a bit like the first Pixar Movie.   It kept the kids mesmerized spectacle and kept the adults amused with inside references and cliches to the movies they grew up with. Then those kids grew up   and watched Lucas' next batch of films with adult eyes, and saw it for the cliched schlock and money making machine it always was and there was much butthurt throughout the land.
 
2013-10-11 02:45:57 AM  

TV's Vinnie: As one who grew up during the 70's, let me explain something.

All we had in 1977 were either trucker movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" or touchy-feeling garbage like "Annie Hall".

Hollywood still had a very low level of respect for any sort of science fiction or fantasy film. And in the few that were released, there were very few space battles in them because FX at the time were either very expensive or very cheesy or both.

In fact, THE planned "blockbuster" 20th Century Fox had planned for was yet another disaster movie called Damnation Alley.

[forgottenflix.com image 850x1302]


But because of cost overruns and the film being behind schedule, 20th CF decided to delay DA's rollout and instead fill the theater slots (which were already reserved for screening DA) and used their "B Side" SciFi film made by some guy who did pretty good with a movie called "American Graffitti".

So, with a cinematic year full of rednecks in trucks and romances where the girl was always the strong feminist in charge, a movie like Star Wars was totally outside of the norm, and people noticed that.


In other words, Lucas was damn blessed with good timing and luck. That's all.


Don't forget he was also blessed being married to one of the best Editors in the industry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcia_Lucas.

Who was the only person that could tell George Lucas to STFU CUT IT..and then put the footage back together to make it great. She took the story that George Lucas blasted out and parsed it down into something with pacing and Editing out bits that slogged down the story.

Iif only someone did that for EP I-III instead of "Yes George, Jar jar is wonderful!...heck if you have a DVD of SW II...hit chapter Skip every time Aniakin and Padme are on screen together..and it's a actually a good movie.
 
2013-10-11 02:48:13 AM  

HotWingAgenda: I guess someday when I'm decrepit, someone will bring up a trailer for the original Jurassic Park movie and I'll have to explain why the effects and plot were so mind-blowing to my generation.


Even twenty years later, most films don't have as good CGI as Jurassic Park did.  Most of that is due to studios not caring, but bad CGI just ruins the suspension of disbelief.
 
2013-10-11 02:49:48 AM  

optikeye: TV's Vinnie: As one who grew up during the 70's, let me explain something.

Who was the only person that could tell George Lucas to STFU CUT IT..and then put the footage back together to make it great. She took the story that George Lucas blasted out and parsed it down into something with pacing and Editing out bits that slogged down the story.


Much of which made it into the red band trailer.
 
2013-10-11 03:01:22 AM  

InmanRoshi: Star Wars was a bit like the first Pixar Movie.   It kept the kids mesmerized spectacle and kept the adults amused with inside references and cliches to the movies they grew up with. Then those kids grew up   and watched Lucas' next batch of films with adult eyes, and saw it for the cliched schlock and money making machine it always was and there was much butthurt throughout the land.


WUT?

The original three films. Where indeed filled with cliches. But powerful ones ancient ones. Even to the point Joseph Cambell one of the best mythologists ever spoke at great lenghts about the simular plot lines of SW and the "Hero Journey". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lSwTH9WI-w

The recent ones...don't have connection to ancient mythology...or even Cliches. Which is why we see them as simply manipulative crap for selling toys. There is very little in the recent 3 SW's movies that's really not anything other than really bad writing and super bad editing.
 
2013-10-11 03:02:28 AM  
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2013-10-11 03:02:44 AM  
"Somewhere in space this may all be happening right now" < "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.."

It's cheesy, but I still like the old school trailers that show lots of quick and original moments of the movie, over todays trailers which are typically way shorter and all look/sound exactly alike.
 
2013-10-11 03:04:55 AM  
I'm glad it never got "The Wiz" treatment. Shew.
 
2013-10-11 03:10:06 AM  
It's easy to look back on this and compare it to todays movies, but in 1976 that movie was years ahead of it's time, nothing like it had been done before. As for the trailer, it's a little rough around the edges but that's how they used to make them. They would come out long before the movie was finished so they weren't quite as polished as the final film.
 
2013-10-11 03:12:23 AM  

optikeye: Don't forget he was also blessed being married to one of the best Editors in the industry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcia_Lucas.

Who was the only person that could tell George Lucas to STFU CUT IT..and then put the footage back together to make it great. She took the story that George Lucas blasted out and parsed it down into something with pacing and Editing out bits that slogged down the story.

Iif only someone did that for EP I-III instead of "Yes George, Jar jar is wonderful!...heck if you have a DVD of SW II...hit chapter Skip every time Aniakin and Padme are on screen together..and it's a actually a good movie.


you could of at least posted her picture.

i131.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-11 03:18:24 AM  

optikeye: InmanRoshi: Star Wars was a bit like the first Pixar Movie.   It kept the kids mesmerized spectacle and kept the adults amused with inside references and cliches to the movies they grew up with. Then those kids grew up   and watched Lucas' next batch of films with adult eyes, and saw it for the cliched schlock and money making machine it always was and there was much butthurt throughout the land.

WUT?

The original three films. Where indeed filled with cliches. But powerful ones ancient ones.


Oh God, not the self aggrandizing Joseph Campbell mythology bullshiat again.     Lucas borrowed more from Gene Autry movies than he did Joseph Campbell, right down to the titles.   Hollywood movies have been rife with stories of "outlaws" banding together to take on the evil empire since the beginning (and have done it much better previously, see Stagecoach, they just didn't encase it in a bunch of baby-boomer pseudo-intellectual Bay Area hippie bullshiat for gullible fanbois to lap up like Lucas did.    Luke and Leia weren't swinging through the air in the Deathstar as an homage to Campbell's hero theory, they were doing it was as a subtle-as-a-sledgehammer nod and wink to Tarzan.

latimesblogs.latimes.com
 
2013-10-11 03:21:04 AM  
I saw it when I was 14, in the 9th month of release. Only movie I have ever seen that the entire crowd stood up, cheered and clapped at the end
 
2013-10-11 03:25:48 AM  
I was 11 when it came out. EVERYONE was wondering "wtf was a wookie?". It became a sort of bragging rights thing to talk about how many times you saw it in the theaters. Lucas got on the ancillary products thing very early on in the form of figures and trading cards. There was an amazing amount of conceptual art that was just waiting to be distributed. I was a Star Trek fan but at that time (it was really the only thing comparable), the studio's wouldn't even consider bringing it back as a tv series and certainly not any movies. After Star Wars, Paramount looked in their properties and rushed a Star Trek movie into development but Paramount always kind of sucked managing that franchise, certainly in comparison to Star Wars. I also believe, in some ways, it paved the way for the first Conan movie to be produced. I just remember there were all these literary properties people were dying to see adapted (Lord of the Rings as well-resulted in animated movies) but until Star Wars hit, the studios had no interest in them.
 
2013-10-11 03:47:21 AM  
"Star Wars" debuted in my little hometown in one of the last of the main street movie theaters -- one screen, small snack bar, etc. Within a few weeks or so, smarter heads prevailed and it was moved to one o' them whatcha call fancy cineplexes, with "good" sound system, etc.

I'm sure that's where I saw it, but sadly, I don't remember "the experience."
 
2013-10-11 03:53:42 AM  
I dunno man. That movie looks pretty boss. Can't wait to see it. Figure out what all those robots are
 
2013-10-11 03:55:19 AM  

nigeman: I dunno man. That movie looks pretty boss. Can't wait to see it. Figure out what all those robots are


Droids. They're called "Droids".
 
2013-10-11 03:55:41 AM  
I loved this time of movie making. Focus was on acting and storytelling. Everything was "real" and it produces a more immersive experience when watching a movie. When you have no name actors doing their best to just act the part rather than an established celebrity persona, you get a much better performance out of them. When you have special effects that are real world and actual tangible things actors can see and interact with, it produces a much better film and film experience.

Now anymore, you get stuck watching a movie that's 75% cartoon, with the latest celebrity of the week portraying Himself as Himself wielding a Sword/Machine gun/whatever as he looks *through* the cartoon anthropomorphic thing sidekick he can't really see as they stumble around on the surface of that planet he can't really touch. Story has largely gone out the window in favor of cramming as many lensflares/cutscenes from Starcraft/whatever in the film to make people born in the '90s who don't know any better talk about how much more awesome the CGI was than the last movie of the week was.
 
2013-10-11 03:57:50 AM  

HotWingAgenda: I guess someday when I'm decrepit, someone will bring up a trailer for the original Jurassic Park movie and I'll have to explain why the effects and plot were so mind-blowing to my generation.


The EFFECTS were mind-blowing.

The plot... what are you smoking ?
 
2013-10-11 04:03:43 AM  

Terrible Old Man: I loved this time of movie making. Focus was on acting and storytelling. Everything was "real" and it produces a more immersive experience when watching a movie. When you have no name actors doing their best to just act the part rather than an established celebrity persona, you get a much better performance out of them. When you have special effects that are real world and actual tangible things actors can see and interact with, it produces a much better film and film experience.

Now anymore, you get stuck watching a movie that's 75% cartoon, with the latest celebrity of the week portraying Himself as Himself wielding a Sword/Machine gun/whatever as he looks *through* the cartoon anthropomorphic thing sidekick he can't really see as they stumble around on the surface of that planet he can't really touch. Story has largely gone out the window in favor of cramming as many lensflares/cutscenes from Starcraft/whatever in the film to make people born in the '90s who don't know any better talk about how much more awesome the CGI was than the last movie of the week was.


Hard to believe this post could come from someone with that handle.
 
2013-10-11 04:11:26 AM  

InmanRoshi: Dinki: Subby sounds young. In 1976 that movie was nothing less than amazing. Only 2001 had shown anything as cool, and that movie didn't have anywhere near the swashbuckling excitement.

Only if  you hadn't seen Hidden Fortress or Stagecoach to pick on up those stale tropes and cliches.


You sound old.  Watch out for clouds.
 
2013-10-11 04:47:48 AM  
Dear Ghod, am I *that* old?  i remember EquiCon '75, and my buddy and I happened on an unscheduled talk about this film called "The Star Wars", and George Lucas was one of the presenters.  No stage, no whooptie-doo fanfare, just a slide projector, screen and a mic to the PA that the speakers passed around.  Saw early casting shots of the characters in costume, early artwork (the X-Wing 'scissored'  instead of lifting the wings, and the Y-Wing shot as a missile then deployed the wings), and a quick synopsis of the plot post-rewrite.

We came out of that pumped, and telling everyone that we knew that this was going to be a major win, a big SF film that did not suck in comparison.  No artsy disaster like "Zardoz" or others that spent money and had no story.

No one believed us.  They almost all thought us crazy, even the film studies people.

When this trailer came out, my buddy and I were aghast.  The presentation was a cookie-cutter copy of the style of nearly every SF film to come out since the mid-60s.  The blandoid VO narrating, the slowly approaching title between the intercuts, and mindless action scenes with no referents to the actual story.

But, we managed to convince a few friends to come with us to the Coronet Theatre on Geary in San Francisco, and managed, by complete accident, to get a row of loge seats on the first showing.  Ended up getting back in line and seeing it two more times that day, May 27, 1977.
 
2013-10-11 06:26:17 AM  
I saw it twice in the theaters, originally.  I was 6.  And the first time, we came in a little late, for some reason, and the fight onboard the Corellian Corvette was already underway.  So, slightly confusing at first, but it changed my world.
 
2013-10-11 06:33:58 AM  
I was born in '79. Star Wars is my favorite franchise. I must say it is a good thing I wasnt around for the movies back in the day.... I wouldn't want to see that.
 
2013-10-11 06:37:26 AM  
TV's Vinnie:
romances where the girl was always the strong feminist in charge, a movie like Star Wars was totally outside of the norm

cdn3.whatculture.com

;)

InmanRoshi:
Only if you hadn't seen Hidden Fortress or Stagecoach to pick on up those stale tropes and cliches.

You know what?  Back then, if you hadn't seen "Hidden Fortress" in some grimy art cinema somewhere... you hadn't seen it.  I mean yeah Lucas homaged it heavily... but that's not exactly a crime.  It's not like now where viewers in East Armpit, Illinois are on their smartphone before the film's even done, posting snark about how derivative something is based on stuff they read on TVTropes five minutes before.
 
2013-10-11 06:46:28 AM  
I never saw the trailer or tv commericals. My first memories of Star Wars was seeing my brother's friend riding his bike to our house at breakneck speed, jumping off (tires still spinning) and him excitedly going on about this movie that had space ships and laser blasts and we just had to see it. That was how social media worked in the 70's.
 
2013-10-11 06:48:01 AM  

swaxhog: I never saw the trailer or tv commericals. My first memories of Star Wars was seeing my brother's friend riding his bike to our house at breakneck speed, jumping off (tires still spinning) and him excitedly going on about this movie that had space ships and laser blasts and we just had to see it. That was how social media worked in the 70's.


Yeah, I pretty much went in cold, at age 6.  I saw one magazine cover with C-3PO on it, but had no idea what it was.
 
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