Talking about Star Wars

I have a couple hours to kill since watching the United States Olympic Basketball team beat Australia at around six in the morning. I have obtained a VHS copy of The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition. Does everybody on the face of the planet know what will cost about seventy dollars on September 21? The answer comes from Fox Video who has graciously decided to ship millions of four-disc Star Wars Trilogy DVD sets.

I forgot what it was like to watch a good old VHS. All you have to do is put in the tape, sit on the couch, and when the movie is over the tape rewinds itself. As you already know, from your extensive research and amazing information retention abilities, VHS stands for Video Home System. This however is not an accurate historical account VHS used to stand for Vertical Helical Scan. I found out that this has something to do with the head scanning technique used on the tape. Now DVD on the other hand has prospered. Some people like Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, and of course Jersey Girl) like so many others once believe in laser disc. Kevin Smith was wrong.

Star Wars (Episode IV) released in 1977, now has a box office gross of around 461 million dollars. George Lucas had a film that would start a science fiction revolution beginning a cult phenomenon that has lasted for more than twenty years. I forgot how great it is to be able to watch Mark Hamill playing Luke Skywalker. Alec Guinness does a great job of playing the part of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi interacting with Mark Hamill with a precision that you do not see in modern acting. Anthony Daniels who played C-3PO and Kenny Baker the mastermind behind R2-D2 are in the top fifty box office grossing actors ever. Anthony Daniels has been in five movies, I will let you guess what they are grossing 1,793,744,468 total dollars with an average of 358,748,894 dollars per movie. Star Wars has been good to Anthony Daniels.

James Earl Jones is not even credited as the voice of Darth Vader. I can hardly believe that Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia Organa and Mark Hamill did not go on to celebrated movie careers. Harrison Ford was amazing as Han Solo and is still one of the most successful actors in history. The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V) was released in 1980, and changed the standard for visual effects while changing attitudes about the viability of almost cornering the market on blockbuster science fiction movies. For some reason the second installment only made 290 million in box office gross. The introduction of Frank Oz playing Yoda defiantly is the highlight of this movie. I might be one of the biggest Yoda fans in the history of Star Wars.