Thursday, September 21, 2006

September Movie Selection: Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope

Its been a long time coming, and now the waiting is over. As a Star Wars fan, I too have been wrapped up in the conflict between the much-loved original and the often maligned newer editions of the sci-fi classic. Quite frankly, to see the movies I grew up with finally take their place on my DVD Shelf, well... it nearly brings a tear to my eye.

But was it worth the wait? Is adding yet another edition of this series to my collection worth the price I've paid? Honestly, it kinda is. I think, once you strip down the nostalgia to leave this obsession standing in the middle of the room in its birthday suit, it seems silly. It is, after all, just a bunch of movies. But it is, essentially, the nostalgia that makes all these movies as good as they are. For many of my age group, seeing Star Wars in the theatre in 1977 is something akin to our parents' discussoins of the first moon landing or the assassination of JFK. Seeing that first space battle is something we'll never forget, and there is little doubt that we will be telling knee-perched grandchildren all about it when our time comes.

Watching all these years as George Lucas and his crew slowly tweeked our memories has been an uncomfortable process. That is what makes these DVDs so important for Star Wars fans. Having these versions available to us now means that we can really truly relive the experience we so desperately cling to without having to gingerly handle our now ancient VHS cassettes. Indeed, this release means that we can now, finally and officially, sell our VCRs in the next family garage sale.

Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
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Reel Fanatic said...

Though I was angered many times over the years with Lucas' actions towards these great movies, I too broke down and bought all three the day they came out ... Even if he does follow through on the threat to remake them all in 3-D, this is my last purchase (yeah, right!) said...

Ha ha! If I had a dollar for every time I've said that myself... well... I would probably be able to more comfortably afford the innevitable uber-set that will no doubt hit shelves next may. ;)