(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, an incredible illusion makes it look like a speeder bike from Return of the Jedi is flying around New York City. Plus, see how many of the Easter eggs you missed in the second season of Stranger Things and learn about some vintage horror movies from before the Great Depression that are scarier than most horror movies today. Read More »
UPDATE: It turns out that all of these rumors were, once again, wishful thinking. We’ve added the latest details below.
Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the original trilogy will be re-released in theaters, other times they say the movies will be available in high-definition on Blu-ray for the first time officially. Now a new rumor has emerged regarding the release of the Star Wars original cuts, but this one is somewhat more credible.
Find out more about the Star Wars original cuts being released again after the jump. Read More »
Right around the time Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, beginning a new film trilogy, a new Star Wars book trilogy was launched as well. The series began with Star Wars: Aftermath, continued with Aftermath: Life Debt, and concludes later this month with Aftermath: Empire’s End.
All of the Aftermath books are giving us insight into the events that happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The last one gave us some details on what Han Solo and Chewbacca have been up to, and now the final upcoming installment provides some insight into what happened to Lando Calrissian, as well as his sleek Cloud City, after he became a Rebel hero in the Battle of Endor.
Get the latest Aftermath Empire’s End details after the jump. Read More »
There are endless pieces of collectible artwork paying tribute to Star Wars, but there are always some that stand out from the rest of the pack. A couple of those distinctive pieces will be available on sale later today.
Kevin Tong is one of the more celebrated artists in the realm of pop culture artwork, and today he’s delivered two new Star Wars prints commemorating each of the lightsaber battles that take place between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Each print by itself is gorgeous enough, but they also compliment each other perfectly.
Check out the Kevin Tong Star Wars prints after the jump. Read More »
While some of the technology that was once just the dream of sci-fi filmmakers has become real, most of what we’ve seen in the Star Wars universe is still just fantasy. Whether it’s ships that can travel at hyperspeed, lightsabers or space stations that can blow up entire planets, we just have to accept that some of these creations may never be real. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t come close to realizing some of our Star Wars dreams.
One of the most exciting sequences from Return of the Jedi is the speeder bike chase between Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and some Imperial Scout Troopers in the thick forests of Endor. While we’ve yet to create vehicles that can fly through the air like speeder bikes, thanks to the power of water, we have the next best thing.
Check out some awesome water-powered Star Wars speeder bikes after the jump. Read More »
Even though there have been plenty of gadgets from film and television that have become realities in our time, most sci-fi creations end up just being mere dreams. This is especially true when it comes to various vehicles we’ve seen from the likes of Star Wars and other iconic franchises. But today, one iconic vehicle from a galaxy far, far away has become a reality…sort of.
In Return of the Jedi, one of the best sequences is the speeder bike chase that happens on the forest moon of Endor. Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia must evade some Scout Troopers so as not to alert the Empire to the presence of Rebels on the surface trying to shut down the shield generator of the second Death Star. The speeder bike is an awesome vehicle, but as a hovering, fast piece of machinery, it’s not exactly easy to create in the real world. But the folks at Vintage Works have done the best they can by turning a motorcycle into a Speeder Bike, and you can see it in action after the jump. Read More »
No, that’s not a typo. Any Star Wars fan can tell you that the original title for the final installment of the original trilogy was Revenge of the Jedi. Franchise creator George Lucas eventually changed the title to Return of the Jedi before release because he had determined that getting revenge was not something a Jedi would seek out.
However, the Star Wars sequel was teased so far out in advance of the release that some marketing materials still had the title Revenge of the Jedi. The teaser poster featuring that title is worth a pretty penny, but there was also a teaser trailer that had the abandoned title still intact, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has dusted it off and posted it online.
Watch the Revenge of the Jedi teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
There are plenty of Star Wars fans out there who have made their own custom lightsabers, blasters, Jedi robes, LEGO sets, action figures, and countless more creations. But one fan has put them all to shame by building a life-size AT-ST (or All Terrain Scout Transport) from Return of the Jedi in his backyard. Thankfully, he doesn’t live in an area where Ewoks have smashed its head with a couple swinging logs, so it’s still standing strong, despite the fact that the Empire has fallen.
Check out the life-size AT-ST after the jump. Read More »
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Plenty of ancillary and extraneous characters in the Star Wars universe end up getting some kind of fan following, no matter how little screentime they get in the movies. But few minor characters were more beloved than Admiral Ackbar, the Rebel officer best known for shouting “It’s a trap!” in Return of the Jedi, a line that would become one of the most popular memes on the web.
Unfortunately, we have some sad news for Admiral Ackbar fans as the man behind his familiar voice has passed away. Erik Bauersfeld, a voice actor and radio drama producer, died yesterday in his California home at the age of 93 due to natural causes. We remember the man and his work below. Read More »
There have been a couple different official Blu-ray releases of the original Star Wars trilogy. First it arrived in a box set that featured all six movies, and then they were re-released in individual steelbooks last year leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. However, we’re still waiting for the rumored official Blu-ray release of the theatrical cuts without the special edition “enhancements” that have not pleased most Star Wars fans.
However, if you already have the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray in some form, but you’re looking to make the trio of movies look a little more aesthetically pleasing on your shelf, we have something cool for you. One fan has created custom Blu-ray covers with art from Ralph McQuarrie that you can print out for your own collection. See the artwork below. Read More »