Happy Star Wars Day!

- 05-04-11Cool Stuff, Featured, Film, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

And May the 4th be with you all.

Today, whip out your lightsaber, make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and talking backwards begin, hrm. Why, you ask? For the love of our favorite sci-fi movie series, Star Wars. Sure, it’s had it’s ups and downs over it’s 34 year history. There have been some questionable alterations to the original trilogy and then there’s the prequels, but through it all Star Wars fans stay devoted. So, on today, the most pun-erific of holidays, fly your Star Wars nerd flag and wave it high. Who knows, you might find fellow fans of the Wars in the most unlikely of places.

Need tips on celebrating the venerated day? Oooh, I’m waaaay ahead of you. The most likely way you’ll want to celebrate the special day is with a movie marathon of the films. Lucky for you Lucasfilm made a special announcement today about the upcoming Blu-ray release of the complete Star Wars saga. They released the full list of special features included on the 9-disc mega edition, and there is enough crap to satiate even the most die hard of fans. Oh wait, except they’ve decided not to include versions of the original, unaltered films. Why? Because apparently Lucasfilm is trying to rewrite history. They want the first time we see Jabba to be when he’s talking to Han in the Falcon’s hanger in A New Hope. Or even worse, they want to ingrain the god-awful musical number from Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi in our minds forever. Or, ever worse than that, they would like to continually shit all over actors like Sebastian Shaw (the original Anakin we see all blue and glowy and the end of RotJ) and Jeremy Bulloch (the original Boba Fett, before we knew he was a clone and therefor had to sound like, Temuera Morrison). Come on guys, can’t we watch the films the way we did in our childhood? I guess you can if you’re lucky enough to own some old VHS copies and a working VCR. Warning though, two decade old tapes tend to look mighty shitty on your 50-inch, plasma television. Just sayin’.

For the whole list of special features click the jump. Also beyond the jump is a list of more Star Wars stuff you need to ensure you’ll have the best Star Wars Day of your life. Well, at least a Star Wars Day where you’ve bought a lot of cool crap.

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY is presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Special features include:

  • DISC ONE - STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC TWO - STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC THREE - STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC FOUR - STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC FIVE - STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC SIX - STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI
    • Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
    • Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • DISC SEVEN – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III
    • Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and more
  • DISC EIGHT – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES IV-VI
    • Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more
  • DISC NINE – THE STAR WARS DOCUMENTARIES
    • NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) – Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures…these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.
    • NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) – George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.
    • NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) – The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more — and don’t miss “Weird Al” Yankovic’s one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!
    • The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, Apx. 49 Minutes) – Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
    • The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!
    • Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) – Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.
    • Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, Apx. 26 Minutes) – See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.
    • Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) – Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.

source: ToplessRobot

So the new editions of the saga may be lacking even with everything they’ve managed to cram in them. Whatever, you still love the Wars and nothing is gonna change that. On with the celebration!

You’re going to need to dress appropriately. If you’re Jedi robes are at the cleaners or you simply can’t fit into your Stormtrooper gear anymore a nice, comfy t-shirt might be what you’re looking for. Of course, the internets are brimming with Star Wars tees but it’s fun to wear a clever tee, and these are few of my favorites,

Nothing makes me happier than a good mashing of things I love, which is why this “Chewie and Han” t-shirt is perfect! (available for purchase at RedBubble) The obvious play on “Calvin and Hobbes” is clever, funny, and so freakin’ adorable you really can’t say no. But if you’re more a fan of a boy and his stuffed teddy bear as opposed to tiger, maybe James Hance‘s, “Wookiee the Chew” is more your style (also available at RedBubble),

Okay, maybe I’m getting too cutesy for you with these t-shirt designs. You want to be manly and not express you’re love of childhood cartoons. Fine, here’s a bunch of tees for all the nerdy bastards out there,

All of these tees can be found at SplitReason. Know what else you can find there that would be completely appropriate for any Star Wars nerd? Our own Nerd Bastard’s Smokin’ Vader tee! Of which all proceeds go to the wonderful charity, Child’s Play. ‘Cause we’re bastards with hearts of gold.

So you’re wearing your sweet tee, now what? Well playing video games is always a great idea, and they’re are plenty of Star Wars video games to waste your day. To name a few: Rogue Squadron, Star Wars Galaxies, Jedi Knight, Super Star Wars, Knights of the Old Republic, The Force Unleashed, Battlefront. But, in my opinion, the best Star Wars video games out there?

Lego Star Wars is easily the most fun you can have with Legos without actually handling real Legos. The Star Wars version is also probably the best of all the Lego video games. Witty, challenging and really, really funny these games perfectly capture the heart of the galaxy.

You’ve played your game, you’ve watched your movies, are you hungry ’cause I know I am. Hope you like to bake because Williams-Sonoma has the best cookie cutters this side of a Tatooine desert.

Mmmmm…Yoda head. These go great with a tall, cold glass of blue milk. Pictured above in their Heroes & Villains set but they also have a set of vehicles including a Death Star, Tie Fighter, X-Wing and Millenium Falcon. They also offer these designs in pancake molds. Yum!

Okay, so I’ve entertained you, dressed you and fed you all with Star Wars. What movie series can say the same? All right, like dozens, but they don’t have one kick-ass day where you can nerd yourself out right and do everything the Star Wars way.

May the 4th be with you! But be careful and don’t have too much fun. Tomorrow is after all, Revenge of the 5th.

*ba dum tssssh*

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