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July 08, 2013    
 
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Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
"A long time ago, in a galaxy , far, far out"
Original Movie Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1978
Original Running Time:
97
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
18
Time Cut:
79

Brief Synopsis:
This edit is only about a quarter of an hour as it features only the cream of the madness from this notorious TV Show. Including Princess Leia singing, avant-garde alien dance, Wookiee pornography, drinking through the top of your head, a cooking lesson from an alien drag-queen in blackface, a bar of drunken aliens and a Stormtrooper rubbing a ceramic penis.
Intention:
I was scanning through the SW holiday special (Never watched it properly before 'cause I couldn't stand it ) for my Workprint project and noticed that some of it comes off like a terifying acid-trip nightmare. Thus the idea of compiling and remixing only the very trippy-est moments into a short film.
Additional Notes:
Obviously the visual quality is limited by the VHS source material of this never-commercialy-released car-crash TV show.
Other Sources:
Zion's Hybrid Restoration of The Star Wars Holiday Special
A/J/E - Trap (Star Wars Dubstep)
Special Thanks:
Thanks to originaltrilogy.com's darth_ender for suggesting I watch SWHS in the first place. What looked like being a chore, actually turned into a bunch of fun.
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
* This edit is only available to stream on my Vimeo page. This is because the source is a low quality VHS and because it is only 18 minutes long.
Editing Details:
It's about 15 minutes (Not including intro and credits) of only the most baffling footage from the SWHS. I suggest pouring yourself beer* (Or something stronger or stranger), turning off the lights and taking a voyage into Director Steve Binder's "Vision" of family entertainment. A vision so trippy and demented that even George Lucas couldn't top it when he came to make his Prequels (God knows he tried!).
Cuts and Additions:
I have...
- In some cases I've re-arranged, cut-up and looped the footage. In most cases it was already mad enough!

I have not...
- Added any sound or visuals (Outside of the opening titles and credit music)
- Added any slow-mo
- Adjust colours
- Re-dubbed any audio
- Or applied any visual FX
... i.e. if it looks crazy here, it looked crazy when it was first broadcast on an unsuspecting public in november 1978.

Obviously the visual quality is limited by the VHS source material of this never-commercialy-released car-crash TV show.
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Overall rating 
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.2  (5)
Visual Editing 
 
9.2  (5)
Audio Editing 
 
9.4  (5)
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8.4  (5)
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9.4  (5)
Just sneak into your favorite club or Rave and slap this shit on as the background visual-- Loved it, though even at 18mins I still find the Holiday Special an excruciating painful watch, unless you like damaging your cerebrum
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
Reviewed by tranzor February 23, 2014
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Just sneak into your favorite club or Rave and slap this shit on as the background visual-- Loved it, though even at 18mins I still find the Holiday Special an excruciating painful watch, unless you like damaging your cerebrum

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Jeejuss H. Pink Star Woes Floyd. Viewing may lead to cerebrospinal fluid leaking out your nose.

Trip factor: 10 mental aerothrusts.
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9.8
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
Reviewed by ssj December 04, 2013
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Jeejuss H. Pink Star Woes Floyd. Viewing may lead to cerebrospinal fluid leaking out your nose.

Trip factor: 10 mental aerothrusts.

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Well this is pretty much exactly what it sets out to be--all the crazy shit from the Holiday Special mashed together incoherently. And it’s wonderful.

A/V Quality - 8
Editing - 10
Narrative - uh... a 7 I guess
Enjoyment - 8 (original 6ish)

Recommended drink: Kashyyyk ale
Overall rating 
 
8.2
Audio/Video Quality 
 
8.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
7.0
Enjoyment 
 
8.0
Reviewed by Neglify November 05, 2013
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Well this is pretty much exactly what it sets out to be--all the crazy shit from the Holiday Special mashed together incoherently. And it’s wonderful.

A/V Quality - 8
Editing - 10
Narrative - uh... a 7 I guess
Enjoyment - 8 (original 6ish)

Recommended drink: Kashyyyk ale

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I have a very high tolerance for bad Star Wars. I like the Special Editions (well, besides that musical number...). I like the DVD/Blu-Ray revisions, ghost-Hayden and all. I like the prequels. I saw Attack of the Clones in theaters four times. (Note: at this point I have lost all credibility on everything, forever.)

I've never been able to finish the Holiday Special. It really is that awful. It hurts. It hurts my brain. This is the only way I've ever been able to bring myself to watch it for an extended period of time. TM2YC was struck with some real creativity here, refashioning this... this thing into a drug-induced hallucination. The sights and sounds present fit that description all too well. I found myself laughing hysterically to the point of tears during my first viewing. Now, technically speaking, it still looks like the 70's broadcast recording, blah blah. Until Disney actually gives this thing a legitimate release (i.e. never), this is as good as it can possibly look. Besides - this isn't about picture quality. This is about the experience of watching it. Go do it. It'll change you.
Overall rating 
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
Reviewed by matrixgrindhouse October 21, 2013
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I have a very high tolerance for bad Star Wars. I like the Special Editions (well, besides that musical number...). I like the DVD/Blu-Ray revisions, ghost-Hayden and all. I like the prequels. I saw Attack of the Clones in theaters four times. (Note: at this point I have lost all credibility on everything, forever.)

I've never been able to finish the Holiday Special. It really is that awful. It hurts. It hurts my brain. This is the only way I've ever been able to bring myself to watch it for an extended period of time. TM2YC was struck with some real creativity here, refashioning this... this thing into a drug-induced hallucination. The sights and sounds present fit that description all too well. I found myself laughing hysterically to the point of tears during my first viewing. Now, technically speaking, it still looks like the 70's broadcast recording, blah blah. Until Disney actually gives this thing a legitimate release (i.e. never), this is as good as it can possibly look. Besides - this isn't about picture quality. This is about the experience of watching it. Go do it. It'll change you.

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What a truly horrifying experience. Once I started watching, I couldn't avert my eyes. I became mesmerized by this gratuitous spectacle that is "Fear and Loathing in the Star Wars Holiday Special." The editor called it, when he said this "comes off like a terrifying acid-trip nightmare." No horror movie ever made can do this justice.

Watch at your own risk, however do check your health insurance coverage for psychiatric care before so.
Overall rating 
 
8.8
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
7.0
Audio Editing 
 
8.0
Narrative 
 
7.0
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10.0
Reviewed by Fanedit July 14, 2013
Last updated: July 14, 2013
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What a truly horrifying experience. Once I started watching, I couldn't avert my eyes. I became mesmerized by this gratuitous spectacle that is "Fear and Loathing in the Star Wars Holiday Special." The editor called it, when he said this "comes off like a terrifying acid-trip nightmare." No horror movie ever made can do this justice.

Watch at your own risk, however do check your health insurance coverage for psychiatric care before so.

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Faneditor's Reply

Music to my ears. The tone of your review not only suggests you enjoyed it but that you got into the spirit of it too! Now...

"GO CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM!!!"

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