Thursday, May 26, 2005

The OTHER New Star Wars Movie

Well, within this past week I got to see TWO new Star Wars movies.

First of all, last Thursday, I went to the theater and got to see Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Enjoyed it immensely, almost more than I can put into words.

I mean, look, I can still remember going to the theater and watching the very first Star Wars movie back in the 1970s. And I've seen every one of them since, and enjoyed all six of them. (Well, except for Jar Jar: even I have my limits.) I'd never make a movie critic: there are simply too many things in this world that I honestly like and enjoy.

Anyhow, this past week when it comes to Star Wars I've been feeling elated, but at the same time a bit like a smoker fresh out of cigarettes. You know, last movie, no more to come, get twitchy, start digging through the pockets of old mothballed overcoats in search of my next cig?

So imagine my joy when I ran across... yet ANOTHER new Star Wars movie I've never seen before! That makes TWO new Star Wars movies for me in the past week!

You know, the OTHER new Star Wars movie that's come out just recently? No, seriously, I'm not making this up.

I'm talking about Star Wars: Revelations, which I discovered online Tuesday night. And downloaded. (Thank God for DSL, it's around a quarter of a gigabyte.) And have been watching, again and again and again.

Yes, Revelations is the OTHER new Star Wars movie that's come out recently. It's a 40-minute movie produced by Star Wars fans, with the blessing of George Lucas. And here's what blew me away: it damn well looks like a professional production. It cost only $20,000 to make, and it damn well looks like you're watching the seventh Star Wars movie.

The Republic is no more. The Empire is tightening its grip on the galaxy. And fugitive Jedi Taryn Anwar finds herself drawn into the intrigue surrounding an ancient artifact, which holds within it the key to the destiny, or doom, of the remaining Jedi.

If you'd asked me, I might've been marginally aware that there are Star Wars "fan movies" out there. What I didn't expect was how damn professional Revelations is. I guess nowadays you can do almost anything, special-effects-wise, on a computer. Plus they recruited a small army of geeks and Star Wars fans to volunteer and pitch in.

And the download is free. Mirror sites all over, though a lot of them are getting hammered. Movie is available in both Windows Media Player (.WMV) and QuickTime (.MOV) format. Go for the "large" version, it's only another 30 megs. And go for the Windows Media format, if you can find a mirror carrying it that's still up: I downloaded both formats, and I can testify that the sound and picture are significantly better in the Windows Media version (the "large" .WMV even looks good in fullscreen).

Talk about bolt-out-of-the-blue serendipity! I got to see not just one but TWO new Star Wars movies this past week...


Blogger Chris Reid said...

Wow, I didn't like that movie at all. Perhaps if I had read every Star Wars book ever made I'd have enough backstory to know what the heck is going on, because the writers apparently don't like explaining anything. And the music definitely could have been cut&pasted with more skill.

The effects were pretty darn good for $20,000 though. I'll give them that.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 11:22:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Burgess said...

Well, Chris, like I say, I'd never make a movie critic: there are just too many things in this world that I honestly like and enjoy. :-)

As for Revelations, I admit I had to watch it two or three times myself before I unraveled every last detail of the plot. Though I got most of it the first time through. And I've watched it again, and enjoyed it, several times since. Indeed, this movie may be the item that moves me at long last to go get a CD burner for my computer: I want to save it, in both formats, for the long term, but my hard drive is only 11 gigs!

Monday, May 30, 2005 11:07:00 AM  

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