In 1978, The Star Wars Holiday Special was aired on TV. Lucas had absolutely nothing to do with it and didn't see any of it himself until, just like everyone else, saw it on TV. To which he quickly bought the rights to the show and destroyed it. Bootleg copies recorded that night have been circulating through the geek underworld for 25+years now! He has been quoted as saying, "If I had the time, I'd get a sledgehammer and destroy every copy in existence." The only way to describe the Special is "Indescribable." It's just abyssmal beyond imagination. The basic concept is Chewbacca desperately trying to make it back to his Family for "Life Day". Of course, Imperial threats are everywhere. Several original cast members are in this travesty; Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher. And its truly embarrassing seeing them in this. The Special is basically a 70s Variety show gone horribly wrong. I could go on and on about this, but instead I'll list some highlights:-The first 15 minutes: Wookiee family talking in Wookiee with NO subtitles. 15minutes. No subtitles.
-Carrie Fisher, coked out of her mind, singing and stumbling.
-Chewbacca's family, including his wife cooking in an apron.
-Chewbacca's creepy father inlaw essentially getting off on holo-porn.
-Jefferson Starship performing!
-Bea Arthur as the Cantina owner doing a musical number, singing & dancing with Walrus Man.
-Harvey Korman as an alien with a cup for a head wooing Bea Arthur.
-Harvey Korman in drag as a "4 armed Julia Child droid" doing a cooking show.You simply must see it to believe it. It probably sounds like a lot of fun, but its really not. Its pretty much impossible to watch it in one sitting and without fast forwarding.
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