Friday, May 25, 2007

Happy 30th Anniversary Star Wars!

Happy 30th Anniversary, Star Wars!

Star Wars 30th Anniversary postage stamps

Star Wars IV - A New Hope

Star Wars V - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars VI - The Return of the Jedi

Star Wars I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars II - The Attack of the Clones

Star Wars III - The Revenge of the Sith

Happy 30th Anniversary, Star Wars!

Darth Vader

Battle of Hoth

Darth Vader

Jabba the Hutt and Bib Fortuna

Battle of Endor

Emporer Palpatine

Droid Invasion of Naboo

Darth Maul

Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi battle Darth Maul

Jango Fett

Jango Fett's ship Slave I

Clone Army

Battle over Coruscant

General Grievous

Clone Trooper

Darth Vader leads Clone Troopers into the Jedi Temple

Birth of Darth Vader

Battle of the Heroes

Jedi Master Yoda

Emporer Palpatine - Darth Sidious

Happy 30th Anniversary, Star Wars!

"Star Wars," indeed, was a phenomenon -- one that caught most of Hollywood by surprise. Thirty years after its premiere on May 25, 1977 (in just 32 theaters), it remains the model for the summer blockbuster -- and a touchstone for two generations of moviegoers.

With the film's 30th anniversary Friday, celebrations are kicking into high gear. Besides the History Channel special, set to air 9 p.m. ET Monday, there are:

· Several books (notably "The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film" [Del Rey]);

·"Star Wars" weekends at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park near Orlando, Florida;

·"Star Wars" Celebration IV, beginning Thursday in Los Angeles, California;

·30th-anniversary action figures, released by Hasbro;

·A screening of all six films on Cinemax on Friday;

·And even "Star Wars" postage stamps, to go along with all those R2-D2 mailboxes that the United States Postal Service has installed around the country.

Not bad for a film rather unsensationally described in its own press kit as "an expression of [George Lucas'] boyhood fantasy life -- his love for 'Flash Gordon' and all the great mysteries and adventures in books and movies."

'It was touch-and-go for a time'

Given that press kits are usually chock-full of hyperbole, that somewhat timid portrayal may have indicated what studio execs, and even Lucas' friends, thought of the film.

After viewing a screening in March 1977, with the special effects still unfinished, Lucas' wife Marcia was aghast, according to Peter Biskind's 1970s movie history, "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls."

"It's the 'At Long Last Love' of science fiction," she said, referring to a well-known bomb of the time.

And the necessary special effects cost a fortune in 1977. Lucas' studio, 20th Century Fox, was nervous. "It was touch-and-go for a time," Lucas later recalled. (He wouldn't trust a studio again, creating his own company, Lucasfilm, to go along with his special-effects house, Industrial Light & Magic, for future endeavors.)

But moviegoers never doubted. The film was a hit from its first day, attracting such crowds of people that its opening was featured on Walter Cronkite's "CBS Evening News." Harrison Ford was practically ripped apart while shopping at a record store. The film's theme music, redone in disco form by a musician named Meco, became a No. 1 single.

The success of "Star Wars" paved the way for Lucas' entire empire, including massively successful merchandising tie-ins and five other films, broadening the "Star Wars" mythology.

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Lot's of stuff is going on in honor of the Star Wars 30th Anniversary!

Be sure to watch Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed on The History Channel.

Don't forget to pick up some Official USPS Star Wars Stamps.

Check out 30 Years - 30 Covers at Empire Online.

1 comment :

Philip. said...

Great post!

I queued for Star Wars back in the 70's when I was only 9 years old - brilliant!

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