For a certain strain of “Star Wars” fan, the 1995 VHS release of the original trilogy was kind of a big deal. Not only was it the last time we’d get to see the movies as they (more or less) screened the first time they were released, but in a rarity for VHS, each movie came with a special feature. In this case, it was interviews with George Lucas and film critic (and our Indiewire pal) Leonard Maltin. So what was it like for the critic and “Star Wars” creator to sit down and chat?
The folks at Steele Wars sat down with Maltin for a fascinating talk not just about his meeting with Lucas, but the “Star Wars” phenomenon in general. The writer gives some great context for the era in which “Star Wars” was launched, reminding listeners that at the time, prior to its release, the movie wasn’t held in much regard, and was something of an anomaly as studios weren’t really making sci-fi and movies. From there, the conversation takes in the sequels, prequels, J.J. Abrams‘s upcoming effort and much more.
Sit back and give a listen below. Check out the Lucas and Maltin interviews right here.