Due to the fact that VCR's hadn't been released widespread, the only way to see anything to do with Star Wars in the seventies was in the theater. The Holiday Special is a television program that was released to give kids an oppurtunity to experience Star Wars in thier living rooms.
The Holiday Special was only ever aired once in 1978, and then purposly lost. before I saw it I thought that no matter how bad it was, it was still Star Wars and it should be released on video for everyone to experience.... I was wrong, it is so bad it borders on sacrilege. I don't know what was worse, watching Chewbacca's son Lumpy(???) watch a holographic dance by some fairies, or listening to Bea Arthur sing in the Cantina. The entire show is filled with things that almost made me sick.
However there were a couple things of interest to Star Wars fans. It did give cameo appearences to all the main characters even though they all seem to have forgotten how to act.
I liked the scene of Chewbacca throwing a Stormtrooper over the railing to fall to his death.
Their is an interesting commercial for the first toy's contained in it (at least in my copy).
The one thing that made me glad that I spent my thirty bucks on it, is the short cartoon contained in the middle of it. This cartoon deals with Boba Fett. Seeing as how it came out before Empire it is the first appearance of him, even though his character doesn't exactly fit with the Boba Fett we all know, it was still interesting.
I guess there were even toys designed but never released for the new characters.
I got lucky and was told about a place where you can order the video. Even though it is so bad, it's worth buying for its historical value. The quality from this place is pretty good considering it's a recording of a seventies TV show.
I recently found a FAQ at Lucasfan.com that answers some questions about the special
Revok Catalogue - I ordered my copy from here so I can vouch for the quality and reliability of the company.
If you don't want to order it but still want to know what happens here is the script.
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