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2021-05-25 9:11:23 AM  
To be fair, the unexpected incest happened a couple of years later.
 
2021-05-25 9:34:25 AM  
Guy thinks his sister is hot
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2021-05-25 10:12:18 AM  
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My favorite scene was the post credits rock concert sequence.
 
2021-05-25 10:57:19 AM  

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My favorite scene was the post credits rock concert sequence.


Had nothing on the Jizz Wailers. Their sound was ahead of its time, they were premature for so big a moment.

How they got all that jizz by the censors is still a conundrum.
 
2021-05-25 10:59:50 AM  
If you ever want to see how big of an impact Star Wars was in 1977-1978, watch the movie Hardcore.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardcor​e​_(1979_film)

There is a scene where the main character goes a large city where Star Wars is in the theaters. A strip club has a pair of naked strippers having a lightsaber duel. One of them strippers is wearing a Darth Vader mask.
 
2021-05-25 11:03:57 AM  
"Unexpected incest" is the name of my future ancient Greek chorus cover band.
 
2021-05-25 11:14:41 AM  
It's strange to remember the time when Star Wars (1977) was the only Star Wars.
 
2021-05-25 11:29:26 AM  
Overrated trash.

Oh wait, I thought you said Star Trek.
 
2021-05-25 11:47:34 AM  
Ahh, memories...

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2021-05-25 11:48:09 AM  
and shortly after these appeared on my bedroom wall...

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and joined this one...
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2021-05-25 11:51:17 AM  
Star Wars has been my happy place since about 1979 when I saw it in a theatre re-run with my dad. He knew a guy who managed all the theatre's in the small(er) city where I live. The moment that cemented my lifelong fandom was a year later when he got us a private showing of Empire Strikes Back the day before it was supposed to be released. Just me, my dad, my brother and my grandad sitting in balcony seats. It was absolute magic for 7 year old me. Thank you George Lucas!
 
2021-05-25 11:59:24 AM  
my dad worked for the FBI and at some point came about a VCR and copy of star wars. I watched this movie SOOOOO many times

Ive seen it on big screens, drive ins etc.
 
2021-05-25 12:07:55 PM  

kindms: my dad worked for the FBI and at some point came about a VCR and copy of star wars. I watched this movie SOOOOO many times

Ive seen it on big screens, drive ins etc.


ROTJ was the first bootleg video I ever had and it was glorious.
 
2021-05-25 12:31:05 PM  
I stood in line at Century Theater Domes back then. The theater people were handing out buttons that said "May the force be with you." Lucky kids also got a shirt. I got a shirt! Both are long gone lost to the Sarlac pit of time.

/ It was a great experience -- people stood up and cheered when the Death Star exploded.
 
2021-05-25 12:40:11 PM  

SPARC Pile: If you ever want to see how big of an impact Star Wars was in 1977-1978, watch the movie Hardcore.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardcore​_(1979_film)

There is a scene where the main character goes a large city where Star Wars is in the theaters. A strip club has a pair of naked strippers having a lightsaber duel. One of them strippers is wearing a Darth Vader mask.


From my point of view, a better way to see the impact of Star Wars would be to check out both a 1976 and a 1977 Sears Christmas wishbook and compare the toy section.

There might have been one or two movie-based toys in 1976 (I remember a "Jaws" game marketed at those who shouldn't watch the movie), but it wasn't big.  That changed in 1977.  By 2000 it became hard to find a toy in Toys R Us that "only" had a single franchise tie-in (the ones with zero were throwback old fashion toys).
 
2021-05-25 12:51:30 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: SPARC Pile: If you ever want to see how big of an impact Star Wars was in 1977-1978, watch the movie Hardcore.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardcore​_(1979_film)

There is a scene where the main character goes a large city where Star Wars is in the theaters. A strip club has a pair of naked strippers having a lightsaber duel. One of them strippers is wearing a Darth Vader mask.

From my point of view, a better way to see the impact of Star Wars would be to check out both a 1976 and a 1977 Sears Christmas wishbook and compare the toy section.

There might have been one or two movie-based toys in 1976 (I remember a "Jaws" game marketed at those who shouldn't watch the movie), but it wasn't big.  That changed in 1977.  By 2000 it became hard to find a toy in Toys R Us that "only" had a single franchise tie-in (the ones with zero were throwback old fashion toys).


And by 1978 it was all franchise toys.  Glorious.
 
2021-05-25 12:59:33 PM  
This is for anyone who can handle MovieBob for 90 minutes.
REALLY THAT GOOD - STAR WARS
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2021-05-25 1:19:37 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: SPARC Pile: If you ever want to see how big of an impact Star Wars was in 1977-1978, watch the movie Hardcore.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardcore​_(1979_film)

There is a scene where the main character goes a large city where Star Wars is in the theaters. A strip club has a pair of naked strippers having a lightsaber duel. One of them strippers is wearing a Darth Vader mask.

From my point of view, a better way to see the impact of Star Wars would be to check out both a 1976 and a 1977 Sears Christmas wishbook and compare the toy section.

There might have been one or two movie-based toys in 1976 (I remember a "Jaws" game marketed at those who shouldn't watch the movie), but it wasn't big.  That changed in 1977.  By 2000 it became hard to find a toy in Toys R Us that "only" had a single franchise tie-in (the ones with zero were throwback old fashion toys).


You are correct, but your years are off.  There were no Star Wars toys until 78.

//got the card board promise thing Christmas of 77
 
2021-05-25 1:24:21 PM  
I waited on line outside the Twin Cinema w/my brother for like 2 hours, as the line wrapped around the building.  I also remember how outraged we were that the movie theater raised their prices from $4 to $4.50 the day of its release.
 
2021-05-25 1:25:41 PM  
Oh, and let's not forget this classic:  Hardware Wars
 
2021-05-25 1:34:13 PM  

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My favorite scene was the post credits rock concert sequence.


I use to have that poster, gifted to me by a friend.
 
2021-05-25 1:36:22 PM  
Had this album as a kid.  A neighbor gave it to me, I think he produced it or something like that.

The Electric Moog Orchestra - Star Wars Main Title (1977)
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2021-05-25 1:49:06 PM  
After I finish celebrating Towel Day watching HHGTG, I may need to re-watch the Silver Screen Edition of Star Wars.
 
2021-05-25 2:04:08 PM  

The Silver Mullet: Star Wars has been my happy place since about 1979 when I saw it in a theatre re-run with my dad. He knew a guy who managed all the theatre's in the small(er) city where I live. The moment that cemented my lifelong fandom was a year later when he got us a private showing of Empire Strikes Back the day before it was supposed to be released. Just me, my dad, my brother and my grandad sitting in balcony seats. It was absolute magic for 7 year old me. Thank you George Lucas!


I feel ya there. There has never been a part of my life where Star Wars wasn't in it. Was born late 1976, my brother is 3 years older, and we had cousins his age and older. Some of the happiest times in life involved the movies - whether watching in a theater or on tv. To this day I still smile like a kid when I hear the theme song, regardless of who's around to see it or the type of day/mood I'm having. It was one of the first things I wanted to learn when I started piano lessons at 5.
 
2021-05-25 2:12:28 PM  
I saw it at the Eastwood theater in Indy a week or so after it opened.  I didn't know until later that the theater was equipped with Dolby stereo and 70mm projection, which made the opening scene that much more amazing.  It ran at the theater for over a year.
 
2021-05-25 3:53:34 PM  
My family lived in Sweden when SW was released, so we missed out on the excitement, the world-changingness of it. We moved to Alabama at the end of the summer, and some kid was drawing the death star and dark vapor's thai fighter, and I said Cool, what's that you are drawing? He gave me the weirdest look.
 
2021-05-25 4:27:15 PM  

Spice Must Flow: My family lived in Sweden when SW was released, so we missed out on the excitement, the world-changingness of it. We moved to Alabama at the end of the summer, and some kid was drawing the death star and dark vapor's thai fighter, and I said Cool, what's that you are drawing? He gave me the weirdest look.


Go back in time, and tell the kid that a lot of the ideas from Dune (and Samauri films) were the bones of Star Wars.
 
2021-05-25 5:11:52 PM  
One of my best memories of my dad washing taking me to see that on the biggest screen in Chicago at the time... This was the same theatre he took me to for seeing 2001, Lawrence Of Arabia, and Ghandi. For Star Wars, he misjudged the crowd size so we had to wait an extra hour in a huge line that wrapped around Rush Street, and the go go clubs and such that had shadows of the dancers plsing on their windww dhsdes up on the second floor. Anyway, dad was skeptical about the movie, my brother and sister didn't even care to come, so it was just the two of us and he had the greatest time, he was didoi Chewbacca impressions on the drive home, and making jump to lightspan jokes on the Ike expressway... For a couple of hours we were both kids, until he got home and got all Eastern European Stoic again. But he was up for going to the next two sequels with me, for sure.
 
2021-05-25 7:07:55 PM  
I learned about Star Wars on April 12th 1977 when issue #1 of the Marvel comic appeared at my local Quik Shop's comic section.

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2021-05-25 7:22:19 PM  
I was at a theater watching the movie Silver Streak, it showed a preview of a movie to be released next spring. It was Star Wars. After seeing the preview, I was looking forward to the following spring, saw it the day it came out.
 
2021-05-25 9:04:19 PM  
I remember those years when Star Wars was everywhere. The 50's had cowboys, the late 70's had space opera. 

"May the Force be with you." was a common phrase everyone was using, even though we didn't understand just how powerful the force was, and what it could do. 

Everyone wanted in on the Star Wars pie. The worse James Bond movie (Moonraker) happened because of Star Wars. There were many, many variety shows at the time that did skits on Star Wars. (Heh, check out the Richard Pryor video clip.) Donny and Marie had songs and dances... (Thurston Ravenscroft as the voice of Darth Vader! - the writers really only saw the movie once.. "By the power of my force, I shall return!") 

From all that, we got the Official Star Wars Holiday Special. 

I remember the school discussions were "Who is your favorite Star Wars character." Nobody ever picked the stormtroopers, or Darth Vader. In the classroom, we had three "reading circles", and every one of them was named after a Star Wars character. "Okay, all the Luke Skywalkers bring your chairs to the circle." 

The first nightmare I can recall ever having involved Darth Vader coming after me. 

With so many memories from just myself, there are many other fans who also deeply impacted by that one little film. I can see why we defend it so strongly against many of the "changes" Disney is trying to do. Not all are bad- Han Solo's line about "That's not how the Force works!" brought his character development to a satisfying ending. Having the Biggest Death Star Ever? Meh. It's a whole planet? Ugh. 

It seems like the current movies want the huge cultural impact the first movie did, but that was a different time then, and today's movies have to deal with decades of follow up movies and lore. Rather than come up with some thing new, Hollywood seems to be satisfied rehashing old material. Want a huge impact? Come up with something new.
 
2021-05-25 11:36:41 PM  
I remember it. It was my 7th birthday. We saw it opening night. Mom was pissed that we were going to be out late. Piss on her.
 
2021-05-25 11:58:07 PM  

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2021-05-26 6:13:02 AM  

FKA Queen Etheria: Silver Screen Edition of Star Wars


Is that a thing? How can one obtain it these days?
 
2021-05-26 9:07:36 AM  

PartTimeBuddha: FKA Queen Etheria: Silver Screen Edition of Star Wars

Is that a thing? How can one obtain it these days?


Search for the Unspecialized Editions (Hammy, etc) of Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. A group of preservationists managed to find 35mm copies of the movies and digitized them. They then did the usual cleanup to make it look like it was when you stepped into the theatre in 1977, 1980, and 1983. The Star Wars one is good because their source material is an original May 77 cut, so it just shows the title as Star Wars, not A New Hope. A New Hope didn't come around until the 79 re-release to hype up Empire Strikes Back.
 
2021-05-26 11:23:35 AM  

PartTimeBuddha: FKA Queen Etheria: Silver Screen Edition of Star Wars

Is that a thing? How can one obtain it these days?


The DVD sets from the early 00s had the original theatrical cuts as special features.  What completely sucks was, it's was 4:3 format and letterboxed.  So on modern screens, it's a little rectangle with black bars all around.
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2021-05-26 1:31:17 PM  
I was 8, it was a magical year.  Every story my mom tells, I was 8.  I never aged.


Anyway, I saw it in some group public school setting, I can't really remember, I was 8 goddammit.

I want to say it was after the school year and it was a program for us poors whose parents both had to work but couldn't afford a baby sitter and didn't trust the kid at home alone.

I was in awe and saw it like 6 more times in theaters.
 
2021-05-26 1:35:15 PM  

PartTimeBuddha: FKA Queen Etheria: Silver Screen Edition of Star Wars

Is that a thing? How can one obtain it these days?


*cough* torrent *cough*

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