Thursday, 4 October 2018

CLASSIC ART: THE DEFIANT SKYWALKER!


The simple yet emotionally complex battle between good and evil, father and son, rages on in these intriguing poster conceptual art ideas by Tom Jung for Revenge of the Jedi's climactic and iconic finale lightsaber duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

CLASSIC MERCHANDISE: 'FANTASTIC' SPECULATION!


Fantastic Films, the competitive US sci-fi/fantasy magazine rival to the iconic Starlog, loved Star Wars, and they especially loved discussing and speculating (via features and alongside readers input) about what was going to happen next with the finale to the then upcoming Revenge of the Jedi. This classic issue of nostalgia, from 1982, was certainly no exception, its cover of Luke Skywalker guaranteeing good sales at the newsstands!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

WHEN 'VARIETY' GOT 'REVENGE'D!


Celebrating their success in having the number one and two highest grossing films at the box office at that point with Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, Twentieth Century Fox and their marketing teams were eager to publicise Revenge of the Jedi - the third chapter of the STAR WARS saga, then in production - in the American Variety entertainment newspaper in 1982, via a special and lavish gate-fold pull-out poster advertorial that has become a lovely collector's item.



Saturday, 14 April 2018

CLASSIC MERCHANDISE: PROMOTING 'REVENGE' FOR '83


Recently listed by a seller on Ebay America, this is one of the gorgeous press packs sent out by FOX and Lucasfilm in 1982 to teaser/promote the upcoming Revenge of the Jedi to various magazine and newspaper editorial departments of the territory, especially via tantalizing open-up production painting art by Ralph McQuarrie of the Sail Barge battle on Tatooine, which is beautifully reproduced.












Friday, 2 March 2018

BEHIND THE SCENES: LIGHTS...CAMERA...'REVENGE'!


Revenge of the Jedi
makes a striking appearance on a clapperboard used during the filming of General Madine's (Dermot Crowley) ultimately deleted bridge scenes set on his Rebel cruiser, shot at Elstree Studios during February 1982.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

THE CLOTHING LEGACY OF 'REVENGE'...


The race is on to complete RETURN OF THE JEDI and deliver it to cinemas and expectant fans during 1983, but the original traces of Revenge of the Jedi happily remain, too, as demonstrated by Unit Production Manager and documentarian talent Miki Herman, alongside George Lucas at Lucasfilm headquarters in 1983.

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Saturday, 3 February 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: 'REVENGE' OF THE TOYS...

Image: EBAY.

With the third STAR WARS film in the works during 1982, the money-making merchandise was in full-swing preparation alongside it, especially KENNER/PALITOY who'd have confidential access to the concept art and model blueprints. Early toy publicity for the companies would bear their own version of the Revenge of the Jedi logo, too, as seen in this teaser poster for the new line for 1983.