Hello. AsimovLives here.
Today I’m going to talk about something special. Something that happened …
Actually, it happened on Earth and not so long ago.
This article is about The War Of The Stars. This is a fan edit of Star Wars: A New Hope but made as if the movie was a 1970s grindhouse low budget cheesy B-movie science fiction. And they did it by re-editing the movie.
The grindhouse look was achieved by making the image look scratched, taking scenes from a 16 mm copy of the film, using shots from the making of- documentary, and inserting alternative takes and deleted scenes. The latter can go into full scenes, sometimes replacing known scenes from the original movie. The most notorious of these are Luke meeting with his pals and his conversation with best friend Biggs.
Half of the original score was replaced by library music, often funky or cheesy electronic versions of well known pieces of classic music like Gustav Holst’s “Mars, The Bringer of War” (which replaces the famous opening credits fanfare) and Joaquin Rodrigo’s second movement from “Concierto of Aranjuez” as sad music when R2-D2 is captured by the Jawas. The music in the Cantina was changed into a moody lounge music.
The original sound effects are mostly replaced by cheesy library SF- sounds like the ones in the old episodes of Doctor Who.
In some dialogues scenes, the original British voices of the extras actors were used over the American dub. Darth Vader’s dialogue lines are often changed from lines of dialogue by James Earl Jones from his other movies, which are taken from a well known video parody of Star Wars. Darth Vader’s mark eyes glow red when he uses the force. R2-D2 has subtitles. And it was edited in some gore when people get shot.
They even edit in scenes from another famous SW fan film, Troopers, depicting the encounter of the storm troopers with the Jawas and their massacre. My favourite alternative version scene is when Luke realises that the Empire troops are going after this uncle and aunt and he rides to warn them. A sad song starts to play, Luke runs in slow motion, and when Luke finds the dead bodies, it uses the scene of Luke looking at the twin suns and he sees the faces of his uncle and aunt projected in the suns. That made me rolled with laughter!
Basically, this is a funny fan made re-edit of the movie done in good humour, proving that there is still a part of the Star Wars fandom that knows how not to take things too seriously concerning their favourite SF- saga and instead use their love for Star Wars to stimulate their creativity.
And in a meta way, this re-edit makes we regain appreciation of George Lucas’ skills as an editor. A lesser filmmaker could had made Star Wars into a lesser, more cheesy and less well made film. Lucas could had fallen into many pitfalls during editing and turned a much lesser film than the one we got. The power of editing can make a great movie look like a grindhouse B-movie, but it can also make a bad as well as a great movie from the same material.
Here’s the trailer:
Oh, and by the way, Han still shoots first.
I hope you enjoyed this. As always, thank you for reading.
This is AsimovLives signing off. Have a better one.