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Poll - May 25, 1977 - A New Hope? The Original Release?

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Old Guard here. Born in September of 75, but sadly, I never saw the originals in the theater. My parents thought theaters were a waste of money, and we had an early VCR & cable. I don't get the thinking to this day.

I think I saw ESB more than any other film in my life, and to this day I still see the HBO logo floating at the top of the screen as the AT-ATs advance on Echo base. It fades in as the, head on, lead AT-AT rises to step, and is fully visible as it shudders down, visually showing the weight of the giant walkers. I love that scene!

 

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1 hour ago, cynanbloodbane said:

I think I saw ESB more than any other film in my life

 

Absolutely.  I think ANH might be a close second.  

So the other day, as I was painting TIEs, I decided to pop in the Original Trilogy soundtrack.  I was amazed.  My brain for sure knows every line from the original trilogy as the characters speak them.  However I found it fascinating that I also remember the score from John Williams.

It is so nice to the the 40+ crowd represented in Armada!

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I was born in '64.

I wasn't into Sci-Fi back then, I thought it was just bad stories with bad effects and bad acting. i.e. Dr Who, Star Trek, Lost in Space etc.

I was going into Perth with my friend to see the Henry Winkler movie Heroes but it was sold out.

My friend suggested we go see a movie called Star Wars of which I had heard people were going crazy about but I wasn't too keen on seeing. It had been on the cinema for over a year and was in its last 9 weeks yet the line still went down Hay Street and around the corner. there was no way we were going to get in so we budded in the front of the line. It was funny when a woman and man started looking at us and saying they couldn't remember having given birth to us, we had budded into the middle a a family LoL.

Anyway after we got in and the movie started my mind was blown away with the opening seen and I have never been the same again. I had to go and see Star Wars every Saturday by saving up all my lunch money each day which was 20¢/day so that I could catch the bus into Perth and watch Star Wars which was 80¢. 

It's hard to describe what an effect Star Wars had on the movies and the world at the time, we had never seen anything like it. The difference between the movies before and after Star Wars was a experience you had to be there to feel. I don't think anyone will ever experience what it was like ever again.

Rogue One wasn't revolutionary but it almost captured the atmosphere.

 

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Born in February of '73, so I was a bit over 4 years old.

My mom took me to see it when I was but a wee lad.  My grandmother says she told my mom I was too young to go to the movies.

I barely remember it, except some of the spaceship battles at the end, but I do remember the sheer terror of seeing a guy dressed as Vader at the local mall.

Soon after, my grandma was buying me Star Wars toys all the time. Man, I miss those!

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I didn't have the best of starts with life and all.  My initial exposure to Star Wars was a VHS version taped from a showing on Channel 9 in Australia, commercial breaks included on occasion, skipped on others...  It skipped over part of the death star infiltration because the person taping it had forgotten to re-push record at one point.

 

But I still loved it.  I think this was around '87-88 and I was 5 or 6.  

 

The first theatrical experience I had was paying my own way when the special versions were released in '97.   I was 14, and I remember going straight from Parade close to the theatre up the road in-uniform to watch the Special edition of ANH on my own, before taking a late bus home...  I remember I stripped my rank slides and ditched my garrison cap in my backpack as I went, doffing all insignia, but I still got written up the next week for wearing parts of my uniform (shirt, pants and shoes) outside of the Cadet times.  I planned better timing for ESB and RoTJ later on.

I don't recall having any real problem overall with the Prequels...  I remember on my second watch, being more offput by little non-plot related things with the effects (the flying fruit).  So I'm not a Prequel Hater, as such...  I enjoy every view of Star Wars.

Especially now.

Now I have a Toddler, and I'm in a new country and able to work some things out.  We have things like Star Wars: Rebels that are introductions into the greater media of Star Wars.  So he started with that.  He's seen almost every episode so far, and since he was 2, he has been able to sing the Star Wars Opening Theme song...  (He has Speech language difficulties, so he can't actually say "Star Wars", but he can sing the first few bars of the song to tell us he wants to watch it.)   

So I'm appreciating the way Star Wars is now, to someone who has never seen Star Wars.  I went back and watch The Clone Wars when we got Netflix - because that was a thing...  I didn't know it was a thing, but I'm glad it was, even if, again, there were the odd episode (or even series of episodes) that I didn't enjoy - I appreciated it as a thing that exists and gives to the greater Star Wars element and Lore.

And the New Trilogy is doing the same - giving us more stories, further learning and elements, and further views of the way Star Wars is presented to the new crowd of people right now...

 

So here's where I get rambly and easy to ignore. :D

Old Guard, I salute you.  To you, A New Hope will always be the Definitive and Defining Star Wars for you.  I even have a copy of the De-specialised Edition to appreciate it in its original format.   But I urge people of all ages to recognise that however you consider "Star Wars" to be, and which are the most important "Star Wars" to you  -  Star Wars will outlive you, and will outlive us all, and if there is a limit to how much "Star Wars" you can handle, you might as well find out what it is before you go....    Even if its aimed at "Children", even if it fills in "Prequel" information...   Appreciate it, Understand it.

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Just now, Undeadguy said:

With genetic engineering, I shall prove you wrong. Then we will enjoy Star Wars forever until WE are Star Wars.

Technically, you're already Undead, so you've got Unlife, not Life.

A Small, but important difference.

Star Wars already out-lived you.

 

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I was 5 in 1977 ,my sister took me and my brother to see Star Wars and it's been part of my life ever since she says she can't believe she took me when I was so young and I have been obsessed by it ever since when my wife says I've got to much Star Wars stuff I just blame my sister!!

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Born in '73 and possess a hazy recollection of ANH, may have seen it on re-release run after the intial (they used to do that more, right?).

 

Anyway, distinctly remember my 7 year old self flipping out when I saw the first commercial for ESB. I saw the walkers and ran upstairs screaming there was another Star Wars movie. ESB will always be the first one I recall actually resonating beyond the 'pew-pew' awesomeness.

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On 4/24/2017 at 2:02 PM, CaribbeanNinja said:

Now there's a film that I've loved for a long, long time. A long time.

"You do know it then?"

Of course I know it...it's me.  I haven't remembered truly loving another film since, oh, since before you were born.

Calling out all the old Star Wars Armada nerds here.  If you were old enough to walk, crawl, drive or be carried to see A New Hope on May 25, 1977, speak up and be heard.

Younglings, we love you.  You are the future we all wanted for Star Wars.  I'm so excited that the franchise is pulling in so many fresh faces and voices.  Now get the **** out. :) 

I'm imagining that MOST of the forum belongs to the "newer" side of the May 25th 1977 dividing line.  I thought it'd be cool to find out.  And yeah it is probably Off-Topic.  That's okay.  I forget to post/check that sub-forum regularly. :)

The Old Guard:

@CaribbeanNinja

@itzSteve

@mcworrell

@HoundsTooth

@Beatty

@miferr

@mhd

@MerryVulture

@NeonKnight

@gaerithe

@Maturin

@idiewell

@anthemius

@Daht

@racknut

@Megatronrex

@Corver

@cynanbloodbane

@Democratus

@Vetnor

@Totengraber

@Trumpet

@RogueCommander

**** lookit all you guys. Oh wait sorry, forgot. I'll wait for you to go get your reading glasses.

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**** lookit all you guys!

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Born in may '76. 

I remember being about 4 years old, and crying my eyes out when my dad tried getting me to stand next to a guy (according to my pops he was around 6'5" tall.)  dressed as Darth Vader at the local cinema for the Empire Strikes Back release, scared the crap out of me. That was my first introduction to Mr Vader.

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I was there, I saw it happen. Watched as it all unfolded. Blew my mind and soon as I could, I grabbed a copy of the Novel by Lucas. That novel had so many more elements in it than the movie; I had it by my bedside for years until the binding finally fell apart.

You can add me to the 'Old Ones' list.

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I am also a longtime member of the ancient visual ways of the Force.

Was 16, driving, and looking for some ‘cool’ war movie to see - so 4 of us piled into my VW super-beetle and went to the Opera House theater in Fort Worth, May 25, 1977 (currently the home area of Chewbacca, BTW).

!!!...Holy $hit…!!! – We were all so blown-away, that we came back and did it again the next 4 nights!

I since then have seen every Star Wars movie on its opening theatrical release date.

My son (when he was a ‘youngling’) even used to bring his school friends home just to hear me tell the tale.

Great stuff and great movies.

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14 hours ago, Madaghmire said:

**** lookit all you guys. Oh wait sorry, forgot. I'll wait for you to go get your reading glasses.

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**** lookit all you guys!

It's OK. ..I always wear my reading glasses when looking at posts.

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Now where did you dig up that old fossil?

Just turned 30 this past year. Star Wars was the mystical VHS in my house of which I had incomprehensible memories from my barely remembered early years. Then it became full blown love when they were rereleased in the late 90s.

Tragic fact: the Special Editions were closer in time to the theatrical release of Return of the Jedi than to today.

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On 26/04/2017 at 0:09 PM, TheEldarGuy said:

I was there, I saw it happen. Watched as it all unfolded. Blew my mind and soon as I could, I grabbed a copy of the Novel by Lucas. That novel had so many more elements in it than the movie; I had it by my bedside for years until the binding finally fell apart.

You can add me to the 'Old Ones' list.

I still have my '77 copy of the novel and it's autographed by Carrie Fisher. :-)

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