It’s “Star Wars” day and fans around the world are looking to celebrate one of the fandom’s most beloved days by over-watching some of their favorite episodes in the ever-growing franchise.
What started out as a clever pun (“The Fourth Be With You”) has turned into a full annual celebration of the “Star Wars” franchise every year on May 4th. Now is the time for people around the world to bond. their fandom. That once meant binge-watching three movies, but over the years the canonical “Skywalker Saga” has exploded into nine films as well as a myriad of spin-off film and TV projects.
This often leaves a lot of people wondering what to look for to celebrate the big day and where to find it. Fortunately, thanks to the launch of its own streaming service, the Disney-owned franchise can be found in its entirety on Disney +.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to figure out what to watch. Traditionalists may choose to check out the canonical “Skywalker Saga,” which includes “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones.” , “Revenge of the Sith”, “The Force Awakens”, “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker”. Although many are debating the correct order in which to look at them.
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While this is an interesting venture for anyone interested in the genre, it isn’t the only way to celebrate the franchise in 2021.
On the movie side, Lucasfilm has hit the accelerator with spinoffs like “Rogue One” and “Solo,” which tell stories on the periphery of the main plot, such as how the rebels stole plans for The Death Star and the origin of every thug’s favorite, Han Solo. Meanwhile, it’s never been the best time to be both a TV fanatic and a “Star Wars” fan as Disney + has bundled older shows like “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels” together. in one convenient place.
Additionally, House of the Mouse has doubled down on the franchise by creating shows like “The Mandalorian,” which currently has two seasons and expects a myriad of spinoffs. The streaming service even goes so far as to celebrate “Star Wars” day with the release of an all-new animated series, “The Bad Batch,” which follows an elite group of clone troopers as they begin to ramp up. of the Empire.
While all of these options are ideal for anyone looking to immerse themselves more in the world that George Lucas created all those years ago, production enthusiasts can expect to find interesting documentaries just about making shows. like “The Mandalorian” and their impact “Star Wars” has also made pop culture available on Disney’s only streaming platform.
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In short, if you have a Disney + membership there are no wrong answers when it comes to “Star Wars” content, so just dive in and let the Force guide you. However, if you can’t wait to celebrate the big day and don’t have a subscription, there is still hope.
Many may choose to dust off their old hard copies to view them. However, not all DVD and Blu-ray versions of the original trilogy are created the same.
As WIRED notes, Lucasfilm has released several different remastered versions of the films since the first one hit theaters in 1977. The first film, for example, was previously revised in 1981 to add “A New Hope” to the title. In 1997, special editions of the film were also released with modifications. The year 2004 saw the biggest digital remaster of the first three films for home viewers, followed by yet another in 2011 when they were released in 1080p for Blu-ray players.
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So if you find yourself an old copy of “Star Wars” and want to see if your DVD or Blu-ray player is still working, it might be worth checking the date on the box to see which version of the. movies you’re talking about. watch.
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That said, any “Star Wars” fan will tell you that May 4th is less about what you watch and more about bonding with all the other fans of the franchise in one way or another. So may the fourth be with you on your frenzy.