When George Lucas created the world of Star Wars,
he also inspired an alternative world inhabited by flying
toasters, deadly waffle irons, and hot cinnamon buns. A world
involving deadly Hardware Wars. One of the most successful
short films ever, this is the acknowledged granddaddy of all
Star Wars parodies and the only film to feature flying,
battling steam-iron spaceships, and 'DynaSpace' sound...
Wars was originally filmed in 1978 and is just under 15
minutes in length. The production was originally filmed as
a parody on the way large scale Hollywood movies were marketed
and the movie is actually a teaser trailer for the non-existent
Hardware Wars movie.
characters and the plot from Star Wars, writer/director
Ernie Fosselius renames the main characters with corny names
that even MAD magazine would be ashamed to use in their
spoof strips: Fluke Starbucker, Augie Ben Doggie, Princess
Anne-Droid, Ham Salad, and the evil Darph Nader. The comedy
sometimes takes a back seat to the story advancement - there
is a whole segment in the Millennium Falcon which is
laugh free and really drags the production down.
under 15 minutes in length this is disc could have been a
waste of space. Thankfully, there are also a whole heap of
extras: Director's commentary. Producer's comments. Rare look
at a pirated foreign version from 1979. An interview with
Fosselius on TV show Creature Features. Out-takes and
lost scenes. The actual workprint/director's cut. Antique
Sideshow, prequel revealing the rediscovery of Hardware
is a comedy genius, and for anyone who remembers seeing Star
Wars when it first opened in 1977 this movie is a hoot.
Sadly it is one of those DVDs that you will watch once and
then probably never watch again. Entertaining in the short-term
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