What does the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special have to do with improving race relations and Elvis getting his groove back? Steve Binder. So this holiday season, I sat down with the legendary director to talk about Wookiees, Hound Dogs and some of the other highlights from his career.
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Any Star Wars fan can tell you that even though plenty of people don’t like the prequels, the worst thing to come out of the sci-fi saga is undoubtedly the Star Wars Holiday Special. The feature length holiday movie finds Han Solo (Harrison Ford) trying to get Chewbacca back to visit his family on his home planet Kashyyyk, just in time for some kind of celebration called Life Day. It’s downright goofy and terrible, but you’ll have some real hearty laughs if you watch it, if only out of disbelief.
Now with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving just in time for the holidays, the sequel is getting its own holiday special, put together with the limited knowledge we have of the characters and story. It’s just as stupid as the original holiday special, but since it’s done intentionally, that makes it far more entertaining. Read More »
One of Han Solo’s original blasters just sold at auction for $200,000. At that price, it’s a wonder the Rebellion can afford to compete with the Empire. No wonder all their gear was second-hand. More info on that after the break, along with:
- Tim Curry is rumored to be back as a voice on Star Wars Rebels,
- If you’re already ready for next Christmas, Spike has a chorus line of Xmas stormtroopers,
- But no holiday-themed Star Wars footage can compare to the awful grandeur of the original Star Wars Holiday Special, which you can watch below, if you dare.
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The Star Wars Holiday Special was broadcast in its entirety only once, and has never been released on VHS, DVD or Blu-ray (although it isn’t hard to find bootleg copies online and at local comic book conventions). For those who haven’t seen the special, here is a short description from wikipedia:
In the storyline that ties the special together, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s home world, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca’s family: his father Attichitcuk, his wife Mallatobuck, and his son Lumpawarrump. During the special, scenes also take place in outer space and in spacecraft including the Millennium Falcon and an Imperial Star Destroyer. The variety-show segments and cartoon introduce a few other locales, such as a cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine and a gooey, reddish ocean planet known as Panna.
There is no reason for anyone to sit through the entire 97-minute special, even if you’re a hardcore Star Wars geek. It is as bad as everyone says it is. Paul Seattle has done the work for you, and has edited the abomination down into a five minute abridged version. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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