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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Star Wars comes home: the Super 8 releases from Ken Films


The 200ft black and white silent Star Wars on Super 8 from Ken Films

The story of Star Wars on home video really begins with its release on VHS and Betamax in May 1982. But long before then, there were some lucky people who were able to relive the Star Wars experience at home.  They were the people with Super 8 movie projectors.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Star Wars Record Collection #3: Star Wars – Original Soundtrack double LP

The front cover of the Star Wars double LP

One of the greatest favours Steven Spielberg ever did for his friend George Lucas was to introduce him to the man who had written the music for Spielberg's first two films – John Williams. The young George Lucas knew little about music, apart from the kind of rock and roll 45s that had been so adeptly woven into the soundtrack of American Graffiti.  But he wisely put his trust in a fine composer.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Star Wars on the small screen: The Making of Star Wars TV documentary


The Making of Star Wars



When a film has already broken all box office records and has been packing out cinemas for more than three months, it isn’t in desperate need of a free hour-long advert on prime time television. But that’s just the boost Star Wars received on September 16 1977, when ABC aired The Making of Star Wars

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Story of Star Wars LP, Side Two Part 3

The Story of Star Wars LP, Side Two Part 2

The Story of Star Wars LP, Side Two Part 1

The Story of Star Wars LP, Side One Part 3

The Story of Star Wars LP, Side One Part 2

The Story of Star Wars LP, Side One Part I





My previous post was about the LP The Story of Star Wars. Several people have posted the album on YouTube, and this particular series of videos, from user Mittdawson, comes complete with the relevant pages from the accompanying booklet.

Why not retreat to your bedroom, put up a Darth Vader poster, leave some Star Wars comics lying around and sit back to listen to it the way we would have in the late 1970s?

Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Star Wars Record Collection #1: The Story of Star Wars LP

The front and back covers of The Story of Star Wars LP


For millions of children who saw Star Wars on its first release, the chances of watching it again any time soon were pretty small.