Annotated 'Star Wars' is the Best Special Feature You Haven't Seen
Right now, director J.J. Abrams is busy on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, and we're hoping some secrets will be spilled at Comic-Con this summer, even if it's just a title. Between now and the release of the film in December of 2015, we'll have plenty of time to revisit the original trilogy before the new one begins. However, Michael Heilemann, an interface director at Squarespace, has decided to create an annotated cut of the original Star Wars with intercut scenes from other films and TV series that inspired the work of George Lucas and spawned one of the biggest and most revered sci-fi films of all-time. It's pretty damn cool.
Here's Michael Heilemann's annotated version of Star Wars (via The AV Club):
There's a part of me that gets the tiniest bit frustrated when it cuts away from Star Wars, almost as if there's a commercial, but that's just a gut reaction because of my love for the film. Anyway, Heilemann is busy working on an e-book called Kitbashed which is "an exhaustive analysis of the sources of inspiration that led to the creation of Star Wars, covering everything from Lucas' earliest student films, European cinema of the time, westerns (American and Italian), samurai films, war films, comic books, artists, composers, and so on and so forth, up to and including the release of the film that changed the world." He admits this particular video isn't as extensive as he hopes the book will be, but it's still awesome. If you don't want to watch the whole film like this, you can check out shorter clips on Heilemann's Vimeo page right here. Interesting?