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review added: 10/12/01
2001 (2001) - Film Threat
review by Bill Hunt, editor of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B/B/B-
Specs and Features
80 mins, NR, full frame (1.33:1), Amaray keep case packaging, single-sided,
dual-layered (no layer switch), audio commentary with director Dennis Przywara
and star Guy Klender, video interview with Kevin Smith, 7 deleted/extended
scenes, fan profiles, "Daniel's Diet", filmmaker's diary, animated
program-themed menus with sound effects, scene access (24 chapters), languages:
English (DD 2.0), subtitles: none
"OH, MY GOD...!"
Are you one of those Star Wars kids? You
know... the kids who saw the original film back in 1977 and were forever changed
by the experience? It was Generation X's version of Woodstock, and I'll admit it
- I'm one of 'em. Yes... I've seen all the original films hundreds of times. Not
just on video, mind you, but back in the early 80s, when the only way to see
them was to spend the whole day in a theater, watching showing after showing of
the many re-releases there were back then. Yes... I spent a whole day in line
with all my friends back in Fargo, North Dakota, when Return
of the Jedi hit theaters (it was quite the media event locally -
Fargo had never heard of anyone standing in line for anything up until then).
Yes... I damn near leaped out of my seat cheering when the trailer for the Star
Wars: Special Editions first appeared in theaters. Yes... I sat
through the God-awful Meet Joe Black just
to see the Episode I trailer, not once but
twice. And yes... I did see the first showing of Episode
I on the first day it premiered at the Mann's Village theater in
Westwood, CA (scenes from which appear in this film).
BUT... I didn't stand in line for 42 days waiting for it like the stars of this
film. Yes, that's right - for 42 DAYS people waited in line for Episode
I at the Village and at the Mann's Chinese theater in Hollywood. I
even had a buddy in line down there (who shall remain nameless). I'll be honest
- while part of me thought they were nuts, part of me wanted to join them. I can
understand it. Many of these enthusiastic fans were of the younger variety -
Generation Y - who had been in diapers (or were not even born yet) when the
original films were released. They'd never had the fun of spending a day in line
with friends to see a Star Wars movie.
Now, it was finally their turn.
And what an adventure it was! There was noble sacrifice, there was charity,
there was fellowship and camaraderie. Hell... there was even a mini-rebellion!
Filmmaker Dennis Przywara decided to document the experience of these intrepid
Star Wars fans, and the result is the
hilarious, sobering and sometimes a bit scary Starwoids.
The film follows the quest to be first in line of young movie zealot, Daniel
Alter, who is well known in Westwood for being the guy who's got to be first in
line for almost EVERY new movie. There were the guys from CountingDown.com,
who made a party (and eventually a global media event) out of waiting in line
and even webcast all the fun live. There were the guys who created Star
Wars: The Musical - no kidding. There's the girl who's car is
painted to look like an X-Wing fighter and the guys who came from England just
to be part of it all. In short, there were hundreds of people from all walks of
life, all waiting in line to see the most eagerly anticipated film in cinema
history. And this is the story of the some of the best 42 days they ever spent.
Newly released on DVD by our friends at Film
Threat.com and IndieDVD,
Starwoids is well worth a look. The
production is shot-on-video, so you get digital-looking full frame video and
decent (if average) Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio quality. But a reference
quality home theater experience isn't exactly what you're looking for if you
pick up this DVD. The film is just plain fun, and the disc delivers some cool
extras. You get an audio commentary with Przywara and star/cameraman Guy Klender
(to whom the enthusiastic quote at the beginning of this review is attributed)
and an amusing video interview with filmmaker Kevin Smith, who offers his
perspective on Star Wars (and
interestingly even reveals that,
myself, he didn't hate Episode I
nearly as much as many others fans did). You also get some 7 deleted and/or
extended scenes (including more of the aforementioned Star
Wars: The Musical), profiles of many of the fans you'll meet in the
film, info on "Daniel's Diet" and even a filmmaker's production diary
(which is continued online). All things considered, it's a nifty little package.
And you thought Star Trek fans were a
hoot! Starwoids is a must spin for film
buffs, Star Wars fans or anyone who ever
stood in line for a movie - and you know who you are! Plus, I've met filmmaker
Dennis Przywara a couple of times now, and he's a heckuva good guy. How's that
for a good old-fashioned, Midwestern testimonial? Watch his movie - you'll be
glad you did.