The War Of The Stars (Grindhouse Star Wars) The War Of The Stars (Grindhouse Star Wars)
A review of a fan edit that turned "Star Wars" into a 70s grindhouse movie. The War Of The Stars (Grindhouse Star Wars)

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.

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AsimovLives

Hailing from the atlantic lusitanian shores, AsimovLives is a native of Portugal (it's in Europe). An enthusiastic fan of Science Fiction and Cinema, together with varied interests in Science, Astronomy, History, Arts, Gastronomy, Wines & Spirits and all things Beauty. Unshakable convictions of humanism, secularism and rationalist kind. Tireless supporter of intelligent and honest-hearted entertainment. Staunch enemy of superstition and all dumbed down shallow hack made cynical cash-grabbing cinema and tirelessly calling out on their supporters, no half-measures. Passion is the game.

  • I_am_better

    Nice cover art there

  • Stalkeye

    That’s cute!

  • Great idea. Have to see that!

  • KilliK

    I think the best 70s Grindhouse SW is Hardware Wars:

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    You can add Star Crash to the grindhouse space opera category. Caroline Munro looked great in leather.

    They should do a modern remake of this starring Kelly Brook.

    http://www.joblo.com/moviehotties/images/news-gallery/thumb/Kelly%20Brook%20Christmas%20Collection%208.jpg

  • KilliK

    FUCK!

  • KilliK

    FUCK!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Kelly is definitely worth two fucks…and probably a thousand!

  • S_D_M_F

    Caroline Munro FTMTW!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yup. Classic seventies brunette beauty, up there with Lynda Carter and Jaclyn Smith from Charlie’s Angels – with some British class thrown in as well.

  • Captain Genius

    i saw this 2 or 3 years ago and i really dug it. loved the cantina scene.

    my only problem was the special effects were too nice.

  • Captain Genius
  • Captain Genius

    sawthat shit on the big screen as a little boy

  • KilliK

    what the hell?

  • Captain Genius

    it’s masato shimon

    don’t question it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxxxiQwoZV4

  • I’m not stranger to the charms of Munro, since my favorite Hammer movie is Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter.

  • There’s always somebody trying to out-do the Christmas Special.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Editing is the most important part! It is the actual creation of the film!
    Editing! Ahh Ahhh! He edited the Universe!

  • spinkles

    Real Grindhouse Star Wars…????
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n2KqGTF6voM

  • spinkles
  • I hope you guys all noticed the great gif/link I put into the right sidebar!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    …Like JJ Abrams is currently doing?

  • KilliK

    in other news, a new rumor says that there is a scene where Solo shoots first… sigh…

  • ErnestRister

    So, I hear Greece isn’t getting The Force Awakens day and date with the other foreign markets. India isn’t either, some Bollywood Superstar has a new film opening that week, and LucasFilm is staying away from it. I don’t know what the hold up is in Greece. Maybe LucasFilm fears the power of the Killik. Lastly, unlike Jurassic World, which opened day and date in China, LucasFilm is holding off on a Chinese release for now. I assume out of piracy fears, but who knows…

  • The Force Awakens will be released on 17th December in my country.

  • He’s doing the ultimate fanfic.

  • ErnestRister

    Without China, it’s going to be hard if not impossible to beat Jurassic World’s $315 million International opening weekend haul. $96 million of that was from China alone.

  • Killik said there is some horrible over-hyped Greek director who bullied behind the scenes so his movie, which originally had this release spot, would not be moved to a later date.

  • It’s Star Wars, anything is possible.

  • KilliK

    where did you hear this from, Ernest?

  • CoolHandJuke

    How burnt is Vader’s penis? I’m asking for a friend…

  • ErnestRister

    Deadline Hollywood. They have an article about the International Market for The Force Awakens.

  • KilliK

    does this mean they are delaying the China premiere for later?

  • KilliK

    Here is the story to what happened with the release date in Greece:

    1.There is this hack greek director/writer whose melodramatic/romantic movies always become big hits here in Greece. and when I say hack, I mean it, JarJar is Orson Welles compared to him.
    2.His last movie was gonna premiere in September, but because of the parliamentary elections, they postponed it for December 17.
    3.Initially, the global release date for TFA was for 24/12 but, I think it was during the March this year, they changed it to 17/12. Greece followed suit but three days later they inextricably reverted it to 24/12.
    4.The SW fans here didnt notice the 24/12 change until two months ago. They had the impression that the 17/12 release date was still valid, since it was applied to every other country in the world.
    5.But two months ago, the fans realized that the release date was changed to 24/12 and they discovered the reason behind it:

    The big distributor of the greek movie (Village/Roadshow’s office here in Greece) made a secret deal with the small greek distributor who was going to release TFA. They persuaded them to release it in 24/12 instead of 17/12 so that their own movie would premiere without any direct competition and take all the movie theaters for itself.

    This caused an upheaval in the Greek SW fanbase, all the fans were angry about this and complained for days in the social media. TFA’s distributor made an official statement to calm down the situation. Their reasoning for the change was that 24/12 was the best week to release SW7, which is a fucking lie since traditionally the best period for blockbusters has always been two or three weeks before Christmas. The success of the LOTR/Hobbit is proof of that.

    And to add salt to the wound, there was a film critic with ties with the distributor company who tried to defend from his site, their decision to change the release date by belittling and mocking the greeks fans. His argument was that the SW fanbase in Greece is miniscule, that each Prequel sold only 250k tickets whereas the previous movie of the Greek director sold 500k, so the distributor served its interests and acted accordingly. There was no financial gain for them to release TFA in 17/12 because it wouldnt make much money, so they made the deal with the Roadshow/VIllage distributor and are going to release it in 24/17.

    So there you have it, just another day in one of the most corrupted countries in Europe. business as usual. The problem is the obvious disappointment of the Greek fans who will be the only ones (with the Indians) to watch the movie one week later except for the rest of the world, and are also forced for one week to stay out of the internet if they want to avoid spoilers.

    Moreover this change will hurt the BO performance of SW7 for two reasons: the greek movie will still have hold of most of the movie theaters so TFA will open in fewer theaters. And as always, many Greeks will leave Athens to spend their Christmas with their families in the rural country, leaving a limited movie audience during the Holiday.

    This sucks.

  • KilliK

    yep, I explained it again above.

  • ErnestRister

    Yeah…there were also rumors that the Chinese people were finally allowed to see the Star Wars films sometime recently, to mixed results, so there’s also that.

  • I_am_better

    Sounds like something that could happen in Finland too. The fucking ‘”comedy” trash that gets made here always gets at least 300-500 000 idiots flocking in theaters, so it always gets the priority

  • Man, same here. The taste of the Europeans is in the shitter.

  • Bop

    Well, there are at least 1 million idiots who visit the yearly new Dutch Santa movie. 🙁

  • Stalkeye

    So, what happened to your review?

  • It still needs happening.

  • Stalkeye

    Exactly! We’ll discuss the deets since I have your addy.

  • Is that cockney slang thou spaketh?

  • TheManBehindTheMask

    Thanks for the words about that old fanedit of mine. You can watch both War of the Stars I and II (The Future in Motion) on “TMBTM’s blog”.