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Flashback Friday: Star Wars Trailers

by Sean P. Aune | May 2, 2014May 2, 2014 10:00 pm PST

Before the Internet was really a thing, one had to actually watch film trailers at movie theaters. In the late 1970s and early 1980s nothing could cause a murmur more than a Star Wars trailer.

With the casting news for Episode VII coming out this week, and Sunday being Star Wars day, it’s time to go back and look at where all of this began.

It’s pretty hilarious going back and watching these with a 21st eye and you have to wonder how these films ever became the successes that they were.

Oh, and the fact that the trailer for The Empire Strikes Back says “epic romance” and then shows Luke and Leia about to kiss… yeah, nothing creepy there. Nope.

Beyond not being able to watch trailers at home, these were also how most of us got our first looks at the film. You would see the occasional picture in Starlog magazine, but for the most part you were in the dark. I would intently watch these trailers, studying every inch to figure out what was going on, what new creatures we were meeting and so on as I would only have my memory to pull from until the film came out.

It was a very different world.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...