How short was your attention span?
Can we all agree that Jedi fails at putting the characters back together in a satisfying way?
well, when your nine years old, and theres a three year wait from Empire to Jedi, you don't have the dialogue from the last movie embedded in your brain.
quote:Well actually, Star Wars wasn't released on VHS for years (you could get bootlegs though).
We had videotapes and cable channels back then.
I know it was a long time ago but we weren't complete barbarians back in the day
quote:I'm going to say NO on both fronts. It is easily possible that I am incorrect, but this doesn't figure with what I remember at all.
They must have been on cable (at least Star Wars if not Empire) because I know I had a recording and I wasn't old enough to be circulating on the playground black market.
And I almost want to say they even had a re-release of the movies before Return came out.
they even had a re-release of the movies before Return came out.
Laserdisc CLV (1982)
Laservision was thinking ahead of the curve in 1982. Offering the very first laserdisc presentation, Laservision made Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope available for home viewing on laserdisc. The format was a 12-inch platter recorded in CLV (Constant Linear Velocity), which allowed 60 minutes of film on each side requiring the viewer to flip it over, ultimately proving the suckiness of the past.
VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc CAV (1984-85)
In 1984, The Empire Strikes Back was released on VHS and Beta for home nerding pleasure. However if that wasn't exciting enough, the following year both Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back on laserdisc were presented in CAV (Constant Angular Velocity). This format was a godsend for nerds since it allowed a numerically ordered frame-by-frame view of the entire film, allowing them to dissect it in an organized manner.
quote:Yep. Makes perfect sense.
Looks like the movies did get some semi-frequent theatrical releases though in the early 80's so that makes sense because I remember Empire in the theater a lot clearer than I should have considering my age in 1980 compared to late 1982.