Not that I got the Star Wars DVDs the first day they came out or anything, but I just got a chance tonight to watch Episode IV. It’s been quite a while since I saw Episode IV. I first saw it in waaaay back ’77 at a drive-in (for those who are too young to know what a Drive-in is, it’s the same thing as a single-screen, outdoor multiplex). I saw pieces of it again when it played on the tube (I think I skipped the video release). I took my own kids to see the 20th anniversary “A New Hope” remix back in ’97 and that was the 2nd and last time I saw it from start to finish. Until tonight. The last thing the world needs is another Star Wars review, so here are my brief first impressions.
- Fun movie! Yes, there were flaws. Yes, the acting wasn’t oscar-caliber. But, damn it, it was fun! And it had good story elements, too (good vs. evil, hero-in-training, character drama, aliens, space battles). Also, it had a lot more charm than I remember it having. It’s almost enough to make me want to be a fanboy. 😉
- On the “new stuff” for the DVD – Generally speaking, no big whoop. What with JP’s legendary tirades, though, I paid close attention to the Greedo scene and it was rather silly how Greedo’s shot left his gun at an angle from the barrel. Oh well.
- With all the extra CGI work that LucasFilm put into this release, could someone please tell me why the annoying matte-finish cut marks still remained around the TIE Fighters in some scenes? That’s so ’70’s.
- Yet another THX 1138 reference this month (the first being the address of the Doctor’s office in Sky captain and the World of Tomorrow): When Luke and Han, dressed as StormTroopers take the handcuffed Chewbacca to the brig to rescue the Princess, Luke says he’s a transfer from cell block 1138. I’m sure this has already been noted on thousands of Star Wars sites, but, not being a fanboy, it was the first time I noticed.
Any negatives are severely outnumbered by the positives.
Bottom Line: This DVD is a worthy addition to to any SF fan’s library.