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Better Late Than Never: Material from Unfinished Empire Strikes Back Documentary

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | October 17, 2012 |


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Back in the 1980s, when the bad guys were from the arctic wastelands instead of the desert wastelands, and science fiction was filmed with models instead of computers, filmmaker Michel Parbot was given a bunch of inside access to the filming of Empire Strikes Back. In case you haven't heard of this little known science fiction classic, it's the timeless story of a love affair between a boy and a wrinkled green muppet. Although bits and pieces of Parbot's work was cobbled together for some other documentaries, the core "making of" film he had been working on never saw the light of day.

Now, thanks to Dutch television, obsessed fans, and the power of the Internet, that has changed.

The quality of the video is terrible. It's worse than trying to watch low resolution quicktime porn on a dial up modem in 1996. Or so I hear. A nice man on the bus told me. Then he showed me polaroid pictures of the locked filing cabinet in his woodshed in which he has filed several thousand floppy disks with meticulous categorization.

Here is the fifteen minutes of salvaged footage, or it might be footage of Bigfoot with a Star Wars soundtrack dubbed over, I can't really be sure without more advanced computing technologies.

Normally when people view grainy footage ripped off of old Dutch VHS tapes, there's a special phone that rings in the FBI's basement. But still, this is better watching than the prequels.


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