Fear and Loathing in The Star Wars Holiday Special
A/J/E - Trap (Star Wars Dubstep)
- In some cases I've re-arranged, cut-up and looped the footage. In most cases it was already mad enough!
I have not...
- Added any sound or visuals (Outside of the opening titles and credit music)
- Added any slow-mo
- Adjust colours
- Re-dubbed any audio
- Or applied any visual FX
... i.e. if it looks crazy here, it looked crazy when it was first broadcast on an unsuspecting public in november 1978.
Obviously the visual quality is limited by the VHS source material of this never-commercialy-released car-crash TV show.
I have no words...
...other than, well... Is it strange to say that it was over too soon? This stuff is like a drug. Horrible, damaging stuff, but strangely addictive.
Why a 10 for narrative? Because the editor communicated what he aimed to communicate: an utter nightmare extracted from an utter nightmare.
Just sneak into your favorite club or Rave and slap this shit on as the background visual-- Loved it, though even at 18mins I still find the Holiday Special an excruciating painful watch, unless you like damaging your cerebrum
Jeejuss H. Pink Star Woes Floyd. Viewing may lead to cerebrospinal fluid leaking out your nose.
Trip factor: 10 mental aerothrusts.
Well this is pretty much exactly what it sets out to be--all the crazy shit from the Holiday Special mashed together incoherently. And it’s wonderful.
A/V Quality - 9
Editing - 10
Narrative - uh... a 7 I guess (JEDIT: Upgraded to 8)
Enjoyment - 8 (original 6ish) (JEDIT: Upgraded to 9)
Recommended drink: Kashyyyk ale
I have a very high tolerance for bad Star Wars. I like the Special Editions (well, besides that musical number...). I like the DVD/Blu-Ray revisions, ghost-Hayden and all. I like the prequels. I saw Attack of the Clones in theaters four times. (Note: at this point I have lost all credibility on everything, forever.)
I've never been able to finish the Holiday Special. It really is that awful. It hurts. It hurts my brain. This is the only way I've ever been able to bring myself to watch it for an extended period of time. TM2YC was struck with some real creativity here, refashioning this... this thing into a drug-induced hallucination. The sights and sounds present fit that description all too well. I found myself laughing hysterically to the point of tears during my first viewing. Now, technically speaking, it still looks like the 70's broadcast recording, blah blah. Until Disney actually gives this thing a legitimate release (i.e. never), this is as good as it can possibly look. Besides - this isn't about picture quality. This is about the experience of watching it. Go do it. It'll change you.