Just a few weeks ago we watched the latest Star Wars trailer and lost our collective minds. So today, given that it's May the Fourth and all, I thought it might be fun to watch the very first trailer every released for the first Star Wars movie, for a number of reasons.
To begin with, it's crazy to see just how far movie trailers have come. How they've evolved. The thing with this trailer: hardly anything explodes. The editing is so, so pedestrian to the point where I'm surprised anyone ever thought this movie would be worth watching. I guess that was just movie trailers in the 70s.
The second thing is how different the Star Wars we have now feels compared to the one that was originally released. Those movies have been remastered into complete oblivion to the point where the Star Wars you can buy today on Blu-ray just feels so far removed from the original and that space opera feel. A part of me really likes that less polished look.
The third thing: how strange is it to imagine this trailer being unleashed into a world that didn't know what Star Wars was, who Luke Skywalker was. A world without Lightsabers. A world without Yoda or Darth Vader or Han Solo. In 2015 that idea feels so otherworldly. This trailer feels like it comes from another dimension. That's the impact Star Wars has had on popular culture. It's insane.