In a move that is equal parts benevolent and malevolent, the folks at Rifftrax are finally giving fans a Rifftrax that they’ve long been asking for – and one that will surely scar them irreparably. 1978’s Star Wars Holiday Special will be the next Rifftrax, just in time for the Christmas season. It releases on December 10th (the same day as a certain other project) and will feature our usual trio of riffers.
Now, if you know anything about this disgusting piece of sci-fi history, you know that it is not currently available on DVD. Despite the fact that George Lucas is the man who made the Star Wars prequels happen and he, thus, has no shame, he refuses to let this special see the light of day. So that makes one smart decision, for George. Mike, Bill, and Kevin apparently used the only widely available copy of the special – the one on Google Video. Seeing as though that idea is fraught with disasterous potential, you might want to go download it off of Google’s page ASAP (it’s easy; you’ll only need Quicktime to play it), lest it be removed by LucasFilm’s attack monkeys.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the Holiday Special, it was made the year after the first Star Wars’ release, likely to cash in on the film’s popularity. The two-hour special features numerous guest stars, including a frightening-looking Mark Hamill, a Harrison Ford-looking Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher looking hot as usual. There’s also Bea Arthur and Art Carney, but they just make me scared and sad, respectively. I won’t tell you anything else about it, because that would require that I remember it.