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Was the Original ‘Star Wars’ a Bad Movie Saved by Good Editing?

New video from YouTube movie buffs the Solomon Society investigates

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The version of Stars Wars that audiences saw in theaters in 1977—and subsequently fell into hot, intergalactic love with—was vastly different from a lot of the raw footage shot by director George Lucas.

In fact, history has show that some of that footage is laughably bad (see above), as YouTuber the Solomon Society points out.

Could it have been amazing post-production work in the editing room that saved Star Wars from being just another forgotten stab at sci-fi?

The point is a valid one—but the conclusion that the Solomon Society comes to is more realistic: that instead of Star Wars being “saved” by its editors, the production crew was simply gifted with incredible editors that added to an ambitious project made a long time ago.

Watch the mini-documentary in the video above.