Two days ago, Star Wars Episode III came out on dvd. I'd been waiting for Nov. 1st for months. We had intended to see it in the theatre, but waited until it was available at the 2nd run theatre ( $5 for ticket, small popcorn and a soda). We planned to go on a Friday, got a babysitter (which is rare) and called the theatre for the start times. Unfortunately, they stopped running Episode III just the day before. Arrrgh!
Two days ago I said to my husband, "Oh my gosh! It's the 1st! You have to go rent it!" He knew exactly what I was talking about when I said "it." I loved the movie. The kids loved it. We spent almost an hour after the movie was over telling them about the "next" three movies and how fantastic they would be, despite the difference in age and computer graphics.
So I went to the store today looking for episodes IV, V, and VI. I bought a box set for $48 (I'm sure I was ripped off) and came home so excited I could barely wait till my husband got home to watch them. So I'm a geek. Sue me. Episode IV (originally just THE Star Wars) came out the year I was born. The only Star Wars movie I've seen with much memory was Episode VI, Return of the Jedi. After watching Episode IV tonight, I am severely disappointed. Not because of the graphics, because I expected what I saw, but because of the lack of a storyline. I'm having a hard time understanding how anyone watched this movie in 1977, with such complicated politics that weren't explained whatsoever and lacking any kind of pre-story, could bear to watch The Empire Strikes Back. I'm thinking it had something to do with Harrison Ford.