Galaxy Far, Far Away

A Galaxy Far, Far Away

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Director: Tariq Jalil

Cast: Christopher Vogler, Roger Corman, Meat Loaf

     
 

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No other series of films has achieved greater commercial success, or captured the attention of as many viewers, as Star Wars, its two sequels, and the continuing series of prequels. Filmmaker Tariq Jalil had long been fascinated by the passionate following the films inspired, and when the publicity machine began rolling for the release of Star Wars: Episode…  See more details below

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No other series of films has achieved greater commercial success, or captured the attention of as many viewers, as Star Wars, its two sequels, and the continuing series of prequels. Filmmaker Tariq Jalil had long been fascinated by the passionate following the films inspired, and when the publicity machine began rolling for the release of Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace in 1999, he assembled a camera crew to document the fans who waited in line (some for as long as a month and a half) in order to be among the first to see the long-awaited film on its first day of release. Along the way, Jalil also interviewed a number of other passionate Star Wars devotees, and the documentary A Galaxy Far, Far Away examines the cultural phenomenon of Star Wars fandom, from celebrities who stop by to see the film on opening weekend (including Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci, Meat Loaf, and Roger Corman) to Star Wars-inspired rapper Jam Master Jedi and a number of rabid toy collectors who nearly riot while trying to get their hands on Episode I action figures.

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Clearly inspired and emboldened by the success of Trekkies, Tariq Jalil follows science-fiction fan fetishism down an equally fertile avenue in A Galaxy Far, Far Away. The effort provides as many laughs and as much head shaking as Roger Nygard's documentary. What it lacks in production value it makes up for in focus, with the countdown to Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace serving as a great spine for this freak-show parade. Belying his clearly low budget, Jalil dispatches teams to the far corners of America to interview fans camped out in tents and on sidewalks. He could have gone more into the nitty gritty of the logistics: do they have to be constantly present to be a legitimate line member? What's their favorite on-line pastime? But sacrificing interviews with latter-day Jedis and a hip-hop Boba Fett would hardly have been worth it. Scenes where Jalil delves into some of the fans' sad family histories, which inspired them to cling to Star Wars, don't work quite so well, but he buttresses these with academic opinions on how Star Wars speaks to its fans. There are even some guerilla-style celebrity interviews, the most hilarious and egotistical of which involves Meat Loaf comparing the Star Wars phenomenon to his album Bat Out of Hell. Jalil clearly owes a debt to Trekkies, but his film has one bit of good sense that Trekkies does not. Cutting his film to a mere 62 minutes, Jalil recognizes that a little of this goes a long way. Stretching it out to feature length (let alone making a sequel, as Nygard did) might be as excessive as a six-week queue for movie tickets.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
UPC:
0812142010027
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Cinevolve Studios
Time:
1:20:00

Special Features

New Trailer, Coming Attractions; New 10th Anniversary Video Commentary (MST3K-Style); New Interviews with the Producer and Director; All New Audio Commentary by the Producer & Director; Deleted Scenes, Original DVD Commentary, Original Trailer; ; 2000/2009

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Disc #1 -- Galaxy Far, Far Away
1. Fan Around The World [3:31]
2. Day One - 42 Days To Go [1:40]
3. The Star Wars Obsession [5:42]
4. The Heroe's Journey [4:53]
5. Understanding the Force [3:50]
6. Celebrating In Denver [6:56]
7. Countdown To Phantom Menace [1:21]
8. It's All About The Toys [3:54]
9. Camping Out [13:29]
10. Premiere Night [8:29]
11. Looking For Answers [3:21]
12. More Than Just Subjects [4:15]

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A Galaxy Far, Far Away 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the title, you might expect this film to be only for sci-fi geeks and Trekkies. It's not. From some of the bizarre characters it finds for interviews, you might think this film is only for people who want to laugh at sci-fi geeks and Trekkies. It's not. This film somehow manages to walk the line between analysis of the social phenomenon of Star Wars and our need to laugh at the weird. Plenty of humor, an eye into a slice of Americana, and something to think about. Worth seeing. - Graduate Student, Harvard University
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a little movie that my husband and I really loved. We've been waiting for it to come out on video for some time. We still quote some of the characters to this day. The production value is not the greatest but the content is pretty priceless. Check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Hmm, I wonder what this could be about?'' is the question that isn't on my mind as when I bought and watched Director Tariq Jalil¿s latest documentary series about Real Life Star Wars Fan and actors who lives their lives as movie characters. It combines an absorbing real human drama, balanced with special unbiased real story that make the first best documentary I have ever seen
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly inspired documentary that both embraces and laughs at the very phenomenon it dissects. ''A Galaxy Far Far Away'' broke attendance records when it opened the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This film more than portrays the inner workings of the Star Wars fan but more importantly seeks to answer why the phenomenon has caught on the way it has. Sure there are people in the film to make you groan, but there are others who you deeply empathize with. More than just a film meant to capatilize on the fandom it portrays, it seeks something deeper and yet remains thoroughly entertaining and humorous as well. Loaded with celebrity cameos, though not all of them with sound (as seen in the film's coda), ''A Galaxy Far, Far Away'' is meant not only for any fan of ''Star Wars'' but also any fan of life and what makes our society what it is. The film is worth viewing for the supergenius himslef, who parades around as Boba Fett playing remixed Star Wars inspired dance songs and for a truly brilliant scene comparing the power of need: fans pushing and shoving for the newly released Star Wars action figure versus citizens of Kosovo pushing and shoving for a single piece of bread.