You may have noticed a lack of Top 5 around these parts last weekend. Given the holiday weekend with friends and family, a slow news week in general, and my own recovery from Black Friday shopping at a local Wal-Mart (Note to past self: the kid next to you in line is going to unexpectedly throw-up so…just be prepared for that), it seemed like the logical time to take a week off. In spite of the holiday, though, a few cool things did happen the week before last so you’ll have to excuse the fact that some of this week’s items date back to two weeks ago.
Disclaimer aside, this week’s return includes Allison’s Confessions of a Star Wars Virgin series and more Star Wars news, Adam’s 2013 Oscar Previews, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel returning for the Boy Meets World sequel series, Girl Meets World, the first programming announcement and an abundance of first images from Sundance 2013, and the synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness finally sees the light of day. Find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
This week on The Collision, we’ll be talking with special guest (the show’s first!) Allison Keene (@keeneTV) about losing her Star Wars virginity, the series’ lasting influence, the interaction of the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, and where the sequel trilogy will go. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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Our daily series where Allison Keene watches the Star Wars movies for the first time. Read her intro/explanation here, and here’s her Star Wars review.
Empire Strikes Back is probably one of the densest genre movies I have ever seen. Because it embraces its role as sequel fully, the story dives right in and doesn’t need to spend more time on character development. Even when it adds new characters (like Yoda, more on him in a minute) there’s not a ton of backstory, and yet, they seem to fit perfectly well into the world for their own purpose. Besides, Empire seems to know now with gusto that there will be a follow-up, and the layers don’t all have to fit into a single feature. Hit the jump for my take on Empire.
Fans of Star Wars have managed to parody and re-tell the saga in countless ways, and it’s getting to the point where it’s become redundant and predictable. Artist Wayne Dorrington has broken the mold by going through every scene in the Original Trilogy, and breaking down to its barest form. No dialogue, no motion, just basic pictures and symbols. Dorrington told us that he thinks this is how IKEA would tell the Star Wars movies. I would agree except that Dorrington’s illustrations makes me laugh whereas IKEA’s instructions make me want to murder every Swedish person in the world.
Hit the jump to check out Star Wars: A New Hope done in “iconograph” form.
Why do people still get outraged about Star Wars? What’s the point? People get upset at the Blu-rays. They get upset when George Lucas opens his mouth. They get upset when the prequels are even acknowledged. They lose their freaking minds if you say “Greedo Shot First”. We’ve been having these discussions since 1997 when the special editions arrived. Now whenever the opportunity arises, we keep dredging up old controversies. It’s time to let them go.
It’s been a couple of weeks since the release of Star Wars on Blu-ray, and we’ve all said our share of “NOOOOOO”s over the whole “NOOOOOO!!!” unpleasantness. Once again, fans lamented the further erosion of their beloved franchise thanks to an owner/creator who now seems to view it all less as a cinematic classic and more as an extended game of chicken between him and the audience. The nine-disc Blu-ray set continues that grand tradition… and once again, after swearing that they would stand firm, the fan base caved. The set appeared to record sales, and complaints about the new changes were quickly drowned out by the sound of cash registers.
With that in mind, the question now becomes whether the fans have bought a bill of goods: whether the Blu-ray set delivers nothing but another box to sit on the shelf and gnaw at the souls of true believers. I’m happy to report that – unwelcome tweaks notwithstanding – Lucasfilm delivers a magnificent set that does justice to the iconic saga. Hit the jump for the full review.
There have been plenty of complaints about George Lucas’ continued tinkering with the original Star Wars trilogy (interesting side note: aside from the CGI Yoda in The Phantom Menace, Lucas hasn’t touched the prequels), but there’s more than just defiled movies on the upcoming Blu-ray box set. The set contains previously unreleased deleted scenes and one of those scenes has gone online. The clip shows an extended bickering/flirting between Han and Leia on Hoth. Their conversation is more sexually overt that what made the final cut and I’m glad it was left on the cutting room floor. It’s too much too soon in the development of their relationship and it doesn’t really fit with the overall tone of The Empire Strikes Back.
Click over to EW to see the clip. The only way to see the deleted scenes and all of the new special features is to buy the entire Star Wars: The Complete Saga and pay extra for the prequels you don’t want. The Complete Saga set, along with the prequel trilogy and original trilogy sets, goes on sale September 16th.
As the high-definition format of Blu-ray looks forward to the franchise of Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) hitting its catalogue, it’s time for fans to look back at the historical saga of Star Wars. With the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, the dawn of the 21st century and now the teens of it, Star Wars has existed in five decades and counting, but how pure was that first one. How glorious was that second, how rejuvenating was that third, how sweet that fourth and the fifth has just started. Before Star Wars is in high-definition, this is Star Wars in retrospect. You’ll need a home theater seat by September 16, but you don’t need a theater seat to experience this now. No, this is your seat on the Millennium Falcon and hyperspeed is after the jump.
If the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray set included the original theatrical editions of the original trilogy, I would care what special features are on the Blu-ray. Unfortunately, we’re being stuck with the special editions, complete with Han shooting first, awful Jabba the Hutt special effect, and cringeworthy musical number in Jabba’s palace. For some people, these added flaws won’t detract from the promise of seeing the beloved trilogy in high-definition.
Lucasfilm has now announced the full list of special features that will be included in the 9-disc set. While you can buy the original trilogy separate from the prequel trilogy, you’ll have to buy all six films in the “Complete Saga” box-set to get the three additional discs of bonus material. So if you want the sweet new special features, you’ll have to suffer the indignity of buying the prequels. Hit the jump for the list of special features and decide if it’s worth it. Star Wars: The Complete Saga hits stores on September 16th for an SRP of $139.99. If you’re interested, you can pre-order Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray via this link to Amazon. In case you only want to partake in either the Original Blu-ray Trilogy or the Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy, you can click here or here respectively. [Disclaimer: we get a small percentage of from the sale of items purchased through our Amazon links, but if you were going to buy it anyway, why not throw a few credits our way?]
UPDATED: With cover art
Mondo will be finishing up their Mondo Star Wars series with work from Tyler Stout. Stout has designed a poster and a variant for each of the original series. So if you’re still smarting that you didn’t nab one of Olly Moss’ amazing prints for the original trilogy, you now have a second chance at an awesome Star Wars poster set. You’ll also have a much better chance this time around as this will be Mondo’s widest release to date: 850 posters of the standard edition and 275 of the gold-and-silver variants. The posters measure 24″x36″ each and will go on sale at Mondotees.com on December 31st at a random time. As always, be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
Mondo’s Star Wars poster series continues with arguably their best work to date: posters for each of the original films by artist Olly Moss. Not to diminish the incredible work of the other artists who have contributed to this series, but Moss’ pieces are astounding. It’s an ingenious combination of character and setting silhouettes and I predict that these posters will sell out faster than any of the ones that have come before. If you manage to nab all three, you’re a very lucky guy/gal (who likely has a speedy internet connection).
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Each of the posters measures 24″x36″, is limited to an edition of 400, and costs $50. The posters go on sale Monday at a random time so be sure you’re following @MondoNews on Twitter for the announcement.
Director Irvin Kershner has passed away today at the age of 87. According to the AFP, Kershner had been suffering from a long-illness. Kershner was born in 1923 in Philadelphia and was a graduate of the University of Southern California film school. He was later one of George Lucas’ instructors in college. He initially turned down the director’s chair for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, but his agent convinced him to take it. Widely considered to be the best of all the Star Wars films, fans the world over are glad he took the gig. Kershner’s other credits include the “unofficial” James Bond film Never Say Never Again, which brought Sean Connery back to the franchise, and Robocop 2. His last directorial work was on the TV series SeaQuest 2032.
Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Kershner’s friends and family.
Mondo has a new Star Wars poster coming out tomorrow and I think it’s their best one yet. Illustrated by Frank Stockton, the 24″ x 36″ screenprint depicts one of the most memorable moments in the original trilogy. These Mondo Star Wars posters have been selling out in less than ten minutes and even though this edition will have 360 posters, I’m betting they’ll be all gone in less than half that time.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. For those who don’t know, Mondo is the art boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse. Be sure to follow @MondoNews for an announcement of when the poster is going on sale. You can check out their previous Star Wars posters here, here, here, here, here, and here.
All of the Star Wars films will return to the big screen — only this time, in 3D. We’ve been hearing rumors about this for awhile now, but THR now confirms that George Lucas will milk the franchise once more by releasing new 3D conversions of the films beginning in 2012. The plan is to release all six films — starting with The Phantom Menace — in the early months of 2012. Depending on how well The Phantom Menace does, each subsequent Star Wars film will be released in order at the same time each following year. It will supposedly take that long between each film because, according to Lucas, each conversion takes at least a year to complete and to perfect.
Given that it’s Lucas we are talking about, the director will then probably release the 3D versions of the films on DVD after the theatrical re-releases are done. Hit the jump for my thoughts about all of this and why I don’t think it will be that big of a success for Lucas.
Artist Andy Helms has drawn up a set of stunning Star Wars prints based on the original trilogy. I really dig the symmetry across the three prints and the minimalist approach. Unfortunately, the prints are sold out, but he says he’s looking into a limited run of some offset prints made of all three of them together. Fingers crossed he goes ahead with it.
Hit the jump to check out the prints.