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Old 11-18-23, 10:57 PM
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A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary








A Disturbance in the Force is a documentary unlike any other tailor-made for every and any Star Wars fan. Dealing with the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special, in 1977, "Star Wars" became a cultural phenomenon that single-handedly revitalized a stagnant film industry, and forever changed how films were sold, made, and marketed. In 1978, filmmaker George Lucas was talked into cashing in on the Star Wars craze by producing a holiday variety TV special. What could possibly go wrong? ANSWER: Everything… A Disturbance in the Force stars Seth Green, Weird Al Yankovic, Paul Scheer, Taran Killam, Patton Oswalt, Donny Osmond, Gilbert Gottfried, Bonnie Burton, Bruce Vilanch, and Steve Binder. The documentary is directed by Jeremy Coon and Steve Kozak with Kyle Newman serving as producers alongside Jeremy Coon and Steve Kozak as producers as well. Adam F. Goldberg is the executive producer of A Disturbance in the Force. A Disturbance in the Force is releasing on December 5 for Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu with select screenings across the US, UK, and Australia ahead of its digital and home entertainment launch.



This was released at the SXSW Film Festival, but it was announced today it will be released on VOD December 5th.

If you don't support paid VOD, it also comes to BD December 5th

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Old 11-18-23, 11:37 PM
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

Weird to see some of these folks my age or older talking about “finding” it like it was forbidden fruit when they’re old enough to have seen it when it aired, plus it’s been on (or on and off) YouTube and other sites since forever. I wasn’t overly interested in Star Wars in 1977, and didn’t see it until years later (on video, after seeing the second one), so when I happened to catch this special by pure coincidence when it first aired, it took friends who had seen it quite a while to convince me that the movie wasn’t in the same cheesy vein as the tv show.

It’s cool that this appears to cover the whole ‘variety show’ environment in which something like this originally made sense. That could be the subject of a documentary on its own.

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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

The Holiday Special is truly awful. Not in a so bad it’s good way but just so bad it’s hard to even watch.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

The Holiday Special was godawful. Can't picture myself watching a documentary about it. Heck, Disney did such a "good" job ruining Boba Fett, I can now pretend the special (his first appearance) doesn't exist.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

Perfect title.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

No longer the worst Star Wars thanks to The Last Jedi.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

That special is a death march.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

I hope it gives the Special some credit. As a Variety special I'd call it enjoyable and it's no longer the worst Star Wars after the sequel trilogy was made.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

Even though I was only three or four when I saw this, it was the first time I ever felt embarassed for actors.

It sort of fascinates me that, even as a small child I knew this thing was wretched and wrong-headed in every conceivable way, it somehow got made. I mean, there's that disco number with Diahann Carroll, Jefferson Starship, the weird thing with the acrobats, all of those painfully unfunny skits with Harvey Korman, that Wookie ceremony that's creepy and cult-like, Mark Hamill's bizarre hair that made him look like Dorothy Hamill, and Bea Arthur and Carrie Fisher singing.

Like most, the only good thing was the Moebius-influenced cartoon that introduced Boba Fett, and I really wish that, somewhere during the production, that someone would have had Nelvana make a Saturday morning Star Wars cartoon to bridge the gaps between movies.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

Originally Posted by L. Ron zyzzle
That special is a death march.
A death march on Life Day? The universe has a warped sense of humor.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

Interest in this movie seems a little lukewarm here, but this is out today on VOD. $10 to buy and $5 to rent.

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https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_d...e_in_the_force

https://www.vudu.com/content/browse/...-Force/2705982
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

This was very entertaining. But, why is the original special not along with this? Can’t they convert? Even if it’s pretty bad, not putting it as an extra on disc or streaming is a blown opportunity.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

I’d love to get a good copy of that special. I have a DVD copy but the reception was less than perfect. Some guy on Facebook sells a bootleg Blu-ray made from a master tape (so great quality but no commercials) BUT naturally it’s at the wrong frame rate and looks like ass. I have a few other tapes recorded that same week in great quality including a Hawaii 5-O episode with a promo for the special, but the show itself continues to elude me.
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

I've owned this in so many formats since the early 1990s. Crappy VHS. Better VHS. DVD. Two-disc Blu-ray edition (feature film + bonus disc). Supposedly someone is remastering it in 4K, but that was announced a couple years ago with nothing since...


Originally Posted by DJariya
If you don't support paid VOD, it also comes to BD December 5th
Seems fitting that based off one Amazon review, looks like this is a BD-R rather than a pressed Blu-ray.

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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

I saw this on Vice and it aired on May 4th of course.

Could this end up eventually in the public domain like Mickey Mouse and it gets a official disc release?
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Re: A Disturbance in the Force (2023) -- Star Wars Holiday special documentary

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
I saw this on Vice and it aired on May 4th of course.

Could this end up eventually in the public domain like Mickey Mouse and it gets a official disc release?
Not in our lifetimes.

The best we can probably do is just download the best version available on youtube and consider ourselves lucky.


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