This week has seen one of the most momentous events in the history of high-definition releases with the long-awaited release of the complete Star Wars Saga on blu-ray. And to celebrate, the net has gone wild with Star Wars activity, from deconstructions to flat-out criticisms, and one of the most comprehensively put together pieces came from WhatCulture, who offered 52 reasons why they think Star Wars: A New Hope just might be the greatest film of all time.
You can see those reasons here, and whether you agree with them or not, the article stands as a wonderful celebration of the film and of the wider franchise.
There are those who will immediately disagree, and suggest that The Empire Strikes Back is the superior of the two films, but A New Hope is a bona fide watershed moment in the history of sci-fi film making, and how ever you now feel about George Lucas and the behemoth commercial monster that is LucasArts
, nothing can pollute the importance of that original 1977 film that launched a sprawling franchise galaxy.
Not far, far away, but here, now and probably for a long time after we all disappear.