Fear and Loathing in The Star Wars Holiday Special

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Fear and Loathing in The Star Wars Holiday Special
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Original Release Date:
1978
Original Running Time:
97
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
18
Time Cut:
79
Brief Synopsis:
This edit is only about a quarter of an hour as it features only the cream of the madness from this notorious TV Show. Including Princess Leia singing, avant-garde alien dance, Wookiee pornography, drinking through the top of your head, a cooking lesson from an alien drag-queen in blackface, a bar of drunken aliens and a Stormtrooper rubbing a ceramic penis.
Intention:
I was scanning through the SW holiday special (Never watched it properly before 'cause I couldn't stand it ) for my Workprint project and noticed that some of it comes off like a terifying acid-trip nightmare. Thus the idea of compiling and remixing only the very trippy-est moments into a short film.
Additional Notes:
Obviously the visual quality is limited by the VHS source material of this never-commercialy-released car-crash TV show.
Other Sources:
Zion's Hybrid Restoration of The Star Wars Holiday Special
A/J/E - Trap (Star Wars Dubstep)
Special Thanks:
Thanks to originaltrilogy.com's darth_ender for suggesting I watch SWHS in the first place. What looked like being a chore, actually turned into a bunch of fun.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
* This edit is only available to stream on my Vimeo page. This is because the source is a low quality VHS and because it is only 18 minutes long.
Editing Details:
It's about 15 minutes (Not including intro and credits) of only the most baffling footage from the SWHS. I suggest pouring yourself beer* (Or something stronger or stranger), turning off the lights and taking a voyage into Director Steve Binder's "Vision" of family entertainment. A vision so trippy and demented that even George Lucas couldn't top it when he came to make his Prequels (God knows he tried!).
Cuts and Additions:
I have...
- 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.
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Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.7(7)
Audio Editing
 
9.4(7)
Visual Editing
 
9.3(7)
Narrative
 
9.0(7)
Enjoyment
 
9.4(7)
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(Updated: March 02, 2023)
Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
6.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Wow, that was a horrible experience, but somehow I couldn't look away. Of course the A/V quality would low, but everything else gets top marks because the editor succeeded in doing what he set out to do: turn a 97 minute drug trip into an 18 minute drug trip.

Narrative? What narrative? Just an incoherent nightmare. Enjoyment? More like "anti-enjoyment". Self-inflicted torture.... in the best way possible. I recommend this edit because if I had to see it, then everyone else has to see it too!

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8.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
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.

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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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

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Overall rating
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Jeejuss H. Pink Star Woes Floyd. Viewing may lead to cerebrospinal fluid leaking out your nose.

Trip factor: 10 mental aerothrusts.

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(Updated: May 04, 2018)
Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
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

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