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Rick Senger
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Midichlorians de-mystify The Force and make it all about some random substance you must be born with rather than a mysterious, intangible whatsit that anyone might learn to attain or harness no matter what their background if they are worthy.  Just another way Lucas turned the Jedis from a noble order where modest people with exceptional character might join into an exclusive club where your good or bad genes determined whether The Force is strong with you rather than your character.  Terrible idea no matter when it was first conceived and Lucas should have stuck with his first instinct, which was to omit it from ANH.
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Incidentally, I happened to be listening to the LOGAN'S RUN soundtrack in the car today (since the film is 40 years old this month)... no knock on Jerry Goldsmith, mind you, as these particular cues were deliberately avant-garde and "futuristic" for their places in the film, but it struck me that these cuts from the album (released almost a full year before STAR WARS) could very well give us an alternative listen into the type of soundtrack that we could have been saddled with in 1977, had John Williams not been available, and if other composers pushed Lucas to go this route instead:

"Flameout"

"Love Shop"


Again, I love almost any & all Goldsmith, and these are interesting selections to be sure... but to my mind, they also almost scream "stereotypical 1970's sci-fi music."

STAR WARS could very well have been an entirely different beast altogether, without the Williams score!


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I was 11 when I saw Star Wars for the first timeŚright smack in the ideal demographic.

Just for context, here are some movies that were 39 years old when Star Wars was released:

Errol Flynn's Adventures of Robin Hood
Angels with Dirty Faces
Boys Town
Bringing up Baby
Jezebel
Shirley Temple's Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms

The top grossing film of 1938 was Alexander's Ragtime Band, with Don Ameche and Ethel Merman, and the Academy Award for Best Picture went to Frank Capra's You Can't Take it With You.
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Posted: 19 November 2016 at 1:40pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply


Starting to appear around the 1976 holidays, in a movie theater lobby near you:




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Posted: 28 December 2016 at 7:18pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply


Hitting bookstore shelves in the winter of 1976-77:



I have the later copy with the John Berkey art on the cover... anyone ever read this novelization? I know I tried when I was a kid, but never really finished it. Nearly 40 years later, I may have to finally give it a shot, out of curiosity.


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I read it when I was a kid. Loved it then. 
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Never mind. I saw the wrong book - thought it was "Splinter of the Mind's Eye." Just move along... stupid old man here...


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There was a period in my tweens when I read every novelization that came out.  I recall being into the SW novelization because it had all sorts of backstory that wasn't in the movie, but I can't be sure at this point if there actually WAS a lot of that, or I was just so into the movies that any additional detail seemed hugely revelatory.

As far as actual quality, Alan Dean Foster is in general a pretty polished writer.  Nothing remarkable, but quite readable.


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I remember enjoying the STAR WARS novelization quite a bit. I probably still have a copy in a crate of paperbacks somewhere. Well worth a read, Shaun.
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I was five or six when 'Star Wars' came out. I know I saw it in the theater but don't have any real memories of it. I DO have memories of getting a bunch of the toys that Christmas, which was great. Vader's Tie Fighter became the most unstoppable thing in my toy universe for sure!

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I remember that poster.

Oh, dog, I'm OLD!!!!!!!!

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One of my acquaintances, Stephen Hayford is a diorama builder who eventually was hired by Lucasfilm to create action figure dioramas, but he made this re-creation of the 1976 Comic-Con based on some photos of the display.



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