A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE Sets Release Date; Mark Hamill Reveals His Favourite Thing About HOLIDAY SPECIAL

A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE Sets Release Date; Mark Hamill Reveals His Favourite Thing About HOLIDAY SPECIAL A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE Sets Release Date; Mark Hamill Reveals His Favourite Thing About HOLIDAY SPECIAL

After premiering at this year's SXSW festival, A Disturbance in The Force has set theatrical and home release dates. Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has also shared his reaction via Twitter.

By MarkCassidy - Nov 18, 2023 09:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Yesterday was Life Day, a canonically Wookiee holiday in the Galaxy Far, Far Away that has its origins in the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.

To mark the Special's 45th anniversary, we finally have word on the release of A Disturbance in the Force, the behind-the-scenes documentary about the ill-fated Star Wars event that had its world premiere at this year's SXSW festival.

A Disturbance in the Force is set to be released on digital and Blu-ray on December 5, and will also play in select theaters across the U.S., U.K. and Australia ahead of its home entertainment launch.

George Lucas was convinced to develop a holiday-themed variety special after the massive success of the original Star Wars movie. The Special aired 45 years ago on CBS over Thanksgiving and gained approximately 13 million viewers... but that was the last anyone ever saw of it (until its recent Disney+ re-release).

How bad is it? Put it this way, even the most die-hard Star Wars fans who will defend the prequels with their very life and hail The Rise of Skywalker as a masterpiece have no choice but to admit that the Special is the lowest point of the iconic franchise.

Lucas famously attempted to bury the Special forever, but the doc includes quite a bit of footage from the campy one-off. Co-director Steve Kozak explained how they managed to get away with this during a recent interview with /Film. 

"As you know, there are a lot of films that evaluate, comment on, critique arts and media, certain media. I don't know why there hadn't been a documentary, or even very little reported about the special, but I come from licensing, fair use, and I know that if you're conservative enough, which we very much were, you can use a decent amount of unlicensed footage to make your point."

"I think, to our credit and Jeremy's credit, we were very conservative," he continued. "There's not a ton of footage of the special in the doc. That's actually both for legal reasons, respect reasons of the ownership of it, for Lucas's perspective, and also for the fact that it's just hard to watch. I don't know if we had permission to use a ton of footage if we'd actually have used that much footage. You know what I mean?"

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), who has always championed the Special as a misunderstood masterpiece (not really), shared his favourite thing about it via social media.

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Feralwookiee - 11/18/2023, 9:44 AM
This shit legitimately gave me nightmares as a kid.
JohnPain - 11/18/2023, 9:48 AM

It's Canon

lolal - 11/18/2023, 9:51 AM
It's still better than the sequels.
Simonsonrules - 11/18/2023, 9:53 AM
Later came those truly weird Ewok movies.
lolal - 11/18/2023, 9:55 AM
The trailer for this documentary was great. Nice imitation of the original 1977 Star Wars trailer.

I've heard much better Vader impressions though
LilJimmy - 11/18/2023, 9:56 AM
1-Empire Strikes Back
2-A New Hope
3-Revenge of the Sith
4-Return of the Jedi
5-The Phantom Menace
6-Attack of the Clones
7-Star Wars Holiday Special
8-The Force Awakens
9-The Last Jedi
10-The Rise of Skywalker
Feralwookiee - 11/18/2023, 9:59 AM
@LilJimmy - 1-A New Hope
2-Empire Strikes Back
3-Return of the Jedi
4-Revenge of the Sith
5-Attack of the Clones
6-The Phantom Menace

7-Star Wars Holiday Special

There are no other Star Wars movies. 😁
LilJimmy - 11/18/2023, 10:32 AM
@Feralwookiee - How dare you?! Rey is all of the Jedi! The force is female! You evil sexist!
lazlodaytona - 11/18/2023, 11:01 AM
@LilJimmy -

10-The Rise of Skywalker
2089-Your current sex life
Feralwookiee - 11/18/2023, 11:38 AM
@LilJimmy - Rey who?
Never heard of him.
LilJimmy - 11/18/2023, 11:55 AM
@lazlodaytona - Awwww. Didnt mean to hurt your feelings sweetie.
lazlodaytona - 11/18/2023, 12:51 PM
@LilJimmy - was just giving u trouble bro :) didn't mean anything serious about that luv
Feralwookiee - 11/18/2023, 9:57 AM
A much better visit to Chewie's homeworld than the Holiday Special and Lumpy is even in it! 🤪

TheVandalore - 11/18/2023, 10:25 AM
I mean, if we can strike officially made Star Wars media as non canon like the Star Wars Special and like the Wookie movies and crap... What's to say we don't use the same logic to call the Sequel trilogy non canon?
AmazingFILMporg - 11/18/2023, 10:28 AM
I'll watch the holiday special over the rise of Skywalker anyday👮
santoanderson - 11/18/2023, 10:33 AM
CUT TO George Lucas screaming into a pillow.
DEVWoulf - 11/18/2023, 10:48 AM
How nice of George to have gotten Bruce Dickinson, THE Bruce Dickinson to perform on this special with his smash rock hit "Run to the Falcon!"

Order66 - 11/18/2023, 10:49 AM
One of the worst productions of all time. It’s not even watchable.
JustAWaffle - 11/18/2023, 11:25 AM
@Order66 - Whole heartedly disagree. Their mistake fueled the guys from Rifftrax to produce comedy gold. ?si=o1i9JhEC6rjRS91O
lazlodaytona - 11/18/2023, 10:59 AM
"....shared his favorite 'thong' about it via social media."

No wonder this special failed. Who the hell wants to see Luke in a 'thong' as compared to Leia?!?

and why the F does Chewy and Luke both look high-as-a-kite and have the EXACT SAME EXPRESSION on their faces on the photo above?!
That South Park episode should have came out WAY back then after this special

things that make you go .... blugh
Feralwookiee - 11/18/2023, 11:52 AM
@dracula - Hey, it's only an 80% drop and will $9 million in its' 2nd weekend. 🤣

In other box office news Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins which is a low budgeted can't-use-your-hands- ball movie has gotten terrible reviews, is flopping, and is being accused if TRANSPHOBIA! *gasp!*


Floke - 11/18/2023, 12:28 PM
bkmeijer1 - 11/18/2023, 1:55 PM
Wait, the Holoday Special is on Disney+? Knew that the Boba Fett animated fragment was, but not the rest of the special.

Anyway, I'll check this out. Disney has some solid docs (Imagineering Story, Light & Magic, Behind the Attraction), so I'll give this a go too. Also like how fitting that title is.

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