Archive for March 7th, 2011
As a kid I was enthralled by the original Star Wars trilogy. It was such a big part of my childhood that I will always have a soft spot for Star Wars. However, when it comes to everything the Star Wars universe has produced since 1990 I get bored. Starting with the special editions of the original trilogy, through the waste of time prequels, to all of the animated stuff still being produced, I simply don’t care about any of it. It’s not that I’m one of those diehard fans who love to proclaim that George Lucas is personally ruining their good memories from their childhood, or that I’m a diehard in the other sense of loving anything that involves the Star Wars universe. I’m somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, mostly feeling aloof about Star Wars.
With that being said, I’m actually surprised at how much I am currently enjoying a fan made documentary about the original trilogy.
Some über-fan with way too much time on their hands made a pretty impressive alternative version of all three original films and posted the whole thing on YouTube.
Starting with Star Wars Begins, the editor creates a cut of the film that has the feeling of watching Pop Up Video. It’s full of alternative takes, audio interviews with the cast and crew, and lots of other interesting bits. For a casual fan like me, it’s the perfect mix of information and entertainment. I’m half way through the doc on the second film, Building Empire, and it’s just as well done as the first. All three documentaries are broken into clips that are widely available on YouTube. You should check them out.