Tuesday, September 21, 2004

"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away"...and about damn time

Guess what came out on DVD today? Already on my Amazon wishlist (btw...notice that there are already EIGHTY used copies for sale) after years of waiting for George Lucas to get to it already. Despite the general sullying of the franchise that has happened with the making of the three "prequels", this is still one of the most astonishing stories and feats of filmmaking in the history of the medium, IMHO. A few weeks ago Morning Edition did a story about what it takes to put a film on DVD and why it takes so long for some titles to be released in said format. They noted Star Wars as an example, but rather than *saying* the name, they just played the opening bars of the John Williams score and I TOTALLY GOT GOOSE BUMPS. That is how evocative and timeless these movies--at least A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back--are.


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