George Lucas Star Wars VHS interviews get digital this week

Feb 5, 2014
George Lucas Star Wars VHS interviews get digital this week

Back in the year 1995, before Star Wars was released as a set of "Special Edition" movies, before the idea that a set of prequels would be created was made solid, the film series was released to VHS. On these tapes - on the 1995 edition of these tapes, that is - a long-running interview was included before each film began. The first of these interviews was published digitally - officially - for the first time today.

What you're going to see is film critic Leonard Maltin speak with the creator of Star Wars on a variety of points, starting with the initial process between the scripts for the films being written up and a studio picking the story to be made into a film - or films, as it were.

It's also here that you're to understand that Lucas developed backstories for both Obi-Wan and Darth Vader alongside the original Star Wars movie, later re-sub-titled "A New Hope". Taking Flash Gordon as his inspiration, Lucas created a script that eventually had to be chopped into three, then re-developed into a saga much more full than the original treatment.

Star Wars was a film George Lucas has no small amount of trials with - no studio wanted to have any part of it until Alan Ladd, Jr., at 20th Century Fox decided it was time for a space epic. Having just (successfully) launched American Graffiti, George Lucas was well on his way to success - a success he never really expected.

This interview series is being published by the official Star Wars team and is expected to be released in either 3 or 4 parts. It's not likely that these interviews will ever see their way to another on-disk publishing, but here they are at last, in as "good" a quality as you're going to find them, tugging at your memory strings.

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