A long time ago in a holiday galaxy far, far, away…
A day that has been long remembered, the premiere of the Star Wars: The Holiday Special will continue to live on in hilarious infamy. Why? Because it has never been rebroadcast or officially released on home video. It has become something of a cultural legend due to the underground nature of its existence. Of course, this status has made it all the more intriguing.
This piece of vintage television has been viewed and distributed in off-air recordings made from its original telecast by fans, which were later adapted to content-sharing websites via the Internet. Star Wars creator George Lucas has been quoted as saying he “would like to hunt down and destroy every copy ever made.” With the highly anticipated release of The Last Jedi on December 15th, we have decided to re-visit this cult classic.
Wookiees and Bea Arthur? Luke Skywalker and Harvey Korman?! The main plot of this film takes place on the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk. Han Solo and Chewbacca are racing to Chewie’s homeworld, sure to celebrate “Life Day” with Chewie’s family. Han and Chewie’s reputation as smugglers precedes them and Darth Vader are in hot pursuit. With variety show-type musical numbers, the introduction of bounty hunter Boba Fett, and the late Carrie Fisher singing, this holiday classic unlike any other. Although hard to track down, is a MUST SEE on your holiday list.
Also, the copy you manage to get your space mitts on may have commercials from the original airing. Consider it a bonus. How often do you get to see toy commercials from 1978?!
If you can’t wait until December 15th for the Last Jedi release and need your force fix, be sure to stop in at your favorite Bookmans location where we always have great toys, books, lightsabers, and MORE. Gift certificates are available in any denomination and will make your little rebel happier than a Wookiee on Life Day!
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