Monday, December 08, 2008

COMING ATTRACTIONS: THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL

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Since I survived Santa Claus Conquers The Martians last Christmas, I’ve been feeling kind of invincible. What better way to test my mettle than to spend this Advent season revisiting the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special? And I do mean revisit as I actually saw this the night it aired. What’s that? You don’t think I can handle a second viewing? I find your lack of faith disturbing. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

You know what, just to be safe, I think I’ll go spend some time with my family before popping this in.

18 comments:

Susan said...

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D. G. D. Davidson said...

Holy cow, it's worse than I ever could have imagined. Every little excerpt from this thing I ever see is just absolutely hideous.

Is this thing in your budget range?

EegahInc said...

Hi Susan, thanks for dropping by.

Deej, the whole special is currently up at YouTube. Watch only if your heart is strong.As for the budget, it was pretty steep for TV, but still less than a million I think. Harvey Corman and Bea Arthur didn't break the bank.

Camassia said...

I'd never heard of this thing until I was at a Star Wars convention about 10 years ago, and my friend and I came across someone screening it. (It was a home recording on Betamax, with the original ads. Has it been commercially released yet?) We wandered in near the end, and it all seemed OK, and then ... Princess Leia started singing! I think we just sort of gaped.

LarryD said...

I posted this on my blog on Tuesday. I should have figured you would have posted about it, being the premier Catholic movie blogger.

I could only handle about 3 minutes of this travesty. But I was ROFLMAO watching the segment with Carrie Fischer singing...

Do you think James Lipton will use any of this when he does an "Inside the Actor's Studio" with Harrison Ford?

EegahInc said...

Hi Cammassia, everyone should see this at least once. No, it never has been, and probably never will be, for sale over the counter. Lucas bought the rights back from CBS and has vowed to lock it away forever.

LarryD, that would be great! At least Carrie Fisher can blame the cocaine.

Anonymous said...

I watched it as a kid when it originally aired. I don't remember much except an inexplicable figure skating sequence someone was watching on a private viewer from the Wookie planet, and the sickening feeling of betrayal after it was over.

Xena Catolica

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

The whole thing? Dear God NO! Once way back when was more than enough. (Except for the intro to Bobba Fett cartoon which was adequate.) Excuse me while I got back to clawing out my eyes and destroying brain cells with scotch to eradicate the memory of the small excerpt I watched over at Larry's blog.

Miguel Cuthbert said...

Hooray! I am so happy!

Please, please tell me you are going to pscyhoanalyze the storm trooper guy as he watches Jefferson Starship. I have always wondered... what was he thinking? Was it having a positive or negative effect on his soul? Was he simply mesmerized by the lights or was there something much deeper.

Also, is there a possibility you could list the alredy reviewed movies someplace on your site?

EegahInc said...

You know, going through the comments here I realized something. YOU'VE ALL WATCHED THIS! Of all the cheesy stink bombs I've reviewed, THIS is the one you've all seen. I don't know if that means anything, but it's kind of odd.

Miguel, the sidebar on the right has a series of links which will take you to various indexe pages including one listing all of the movies. Sadly, Blogrolling went down in mid-October, so each index is missing a few items, but as soon as they're back I'll bring them up to date.

Miguel Cuthbert said...

Thanks for the note. But you will regret it because the movie review list has revealed (as I suspected) that you have not reviewed "Warrior of the Lost World" which certainly deserves to be reviewed by you at some point because I believe if any film can defeat you that would be the one!

Especially since it has an undefeatable ultimate weapon "Mega-Weapon" which is completely undefeatable, without any weaknesses at all, except of course for the fact it blows up.

In no other movie have I ever rooted more for the villains.

Miguel

D. G. D. Davidson said...

Warrior of the Lost World? Please tell me there are dinosaurs in that one.

Man, EegahInc, your list of requests must be ginormous by this time. Have I asked you to add Cherry 2000 yet, or is that one too high budget?

I can't believe my word verification is blexpota. I'm going to use that as an alien word in a comedy short story or something. Maybe as an expletive.

Che' Lovell said...

I feel bad about requesting from busy people. Have you reviewed Amulet yet?

EegahInc said...

Warrior of the Lost World!?! Ow. Still, I will add it to the list. Sorry, Deej, no dinosaurs, but it does have Persis Kambata if that's any consolation.

I did catch the Cherry 2000 challenge and it's a few movies away. From the number of requests I'm getting lately, I'm beginning to suspect a vast Internet conspiracy to see who can come up with the worst possible film for me to review.

As for Amulet, I'm afraid I have to admit the only movie I'm familiar with by that name is an adaptation of a Scholastic book which comes out next year. You may have stumped me Che.

Che' Lovell said...

AND GYMKATA! You have to review GYMKATA! It was an AWESOME movie with lots of really cool gymnastics moves and this crazy city of crazy people! REVIEW GYMKATA!

EegahInc said...

As ashamed as I am to admit to being stumped over Amulet, I am even more ashamed to admit that... I have a copy of Gymkata... which I watch at least once or twice a year. Shame, eternal shame, and nothing but shame!

Whew. Looks like I'm gonna have to step up production in 2009.

Anonymous said...

Shame, eternal shame, and nothing but shame!

Well, if we're going to get all confessional before the end of the year, I owned a copy of "Conan the Barbarian" because I was embarassed when the guy at the rental place said, "gee, you've checked out this title more than all the others combined." (noticing my discomposure, he then regaled me with obscure facts from the production) And years later, in a fit of good taste, I donated it to my parish's big tag sale.....

OH, and if you want to take a break from the horrible movies you've been challenged on, do you think there was a relationship between the rise of pro wrestling in the 80's & the decline of b-movies?

Xena Catolica

EegahInc said...

"do you think there was a relationship between the rise of pro wrestling in the 80's & the decline of b-movies?"

Maybe, but I could also counter with the argument that they were actually a boon. Have we so soon forgotten the cinematic undertakings from the likes of Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura? Why this very site has reviewed They Live starring the one and only Rowdy Roddy Piper!

Visit http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/other/movies.htm if you think your heart can stand to even read the titles.