When I was a child my father took me to the movies for the first time.  It was a mesmerizing experience, the smell of the popcorn, the cool movie posters, the arcade games, and the candy.  For a kid this was like heaven but instead of everything being free it cost about 5 times as much as the rest of the world, almost like the airport!  We stumbled into the dark cavernous theater where the previews had already rolled, spilling our popcorn trying to find a seat.  Suddenly the sound of horns and strings erupted from the screen throwing us back into our seats.


…came rolling onto the screen and thus my childhood began…

Now, it is my turn to take my son to see Star Wars in the theater for the first time.   Star Wars is coming to 3D and is being completely remastered for release in theaters starting with Episode I in 2012.  Of course my son is a huge fan and has all the movies, and all the toys and video games he can wrangle out of his grandparent’s wallets.  To sit with my son at my side, and perhaps my dad at my other side I’ll smile and nod at both of them and then point at the screen so they don’t miss Boba Fett blowing someone away and smile knowing that a new tradition has begun.

George Lucas is thrilled that the STAR WARS saga will be returning to the big screen.

“In the end, you do the best you can telling a story, and you hope people will come and see it,” Lucas said. “Once in a while, you get something like this, where people love it, they can’t get enough of it, they take it in as part of their lives.”

He said the return of the movies to the big screen will give parents a chance to share with their children something they experienced when they were young.

“It’s a chance not only for people to see it in 3-D, but more importantly it’s chance for fathers to take their sons and they’ll say, ‘I saw this when I was your age. You’ve only seen it on television,”‘ Lucas said. “And if the father isn’t doing that, the grandfather is doing that, because it’s been that long. We’re in our third generation now.”

In addition to being re-released in theaters, STAR WARS on blu-ray will be released as a box set and will feature revamped visuals and audio and several special features including deleted scenes.

STAR WARS is still alive and kicking my friends and will carry on for many generations.


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Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games /, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA. Connect with Jonathan via Facebook.