The first trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII -- The Last Jedi has been recreated as a VHS-style trailer from the '80s. Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm debuted the first trailer for the highly anticipated follow-up to The Force Awakens at Star Wars Celebration 2017 last month. It gave us our first glimpse into the next adventure in the Star Wars saga, which will see our newfound heroes presumably battling the First Order, as Supreme Leader Snoke completes Kylo Ren's training while Rey begins her's with Luke Skywalker.
It wasn't long after the first trailer debuted that people began to make their own versions. Editing new Star Wars trailers is nothing new. In fact, people do it all the time to emphasize various plot points, conjoin stories that span across the saga, and just to see what the trailer would look like in a different format. Today is no different. We've already seen what The Last Jedi's trailer would look like as a 16-bit video game; now see what it would look like as a VHS trailer.
A few days ago, Screen Crush released a video (above) that shows what the trailer for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi would look like if it released as a VHS trailer from 1983.
The video heavily resembles the official trailer for Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi but has been spliced with scenes from The Last Jedi's trailer. For instance, the opening -- from the MPAA splash screen to the movie's logo -- has all been taken from Return of the Jedi, albeit edited for the new movie's title. Furthermore, the narration is virtually the same, with only the specific details for Return of the Jedi (such as the characters and release date) being omitted.
Although the trailer obviously wouldn't be convincing to a modern audience, it does a great job at evoking nostalgia for the original trilogy. This isn't the first time that Star Wars fans have wondered what the new movies would be like on VHS. Last year, concept designs for potential VHS covers for The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cropped up online on May the Fourth, showcasing the lost art of VHS cover artwork.
So far, the sequel trilogy has done an excellent job at bridging the gap between the original and sequel trilogies, which is something J.J. Abrams specified that he wanted to do. Now that the new era has been established, Johnson is able to take the saga in a new, different direction. Being a Star Wars movie, though, there is still a lot we don't know (or will ever know) about the movie. And considering that The Last Jedi's first trailer was only recently released, fans shouldn't expect to see anything new about the movie until this summer.
Source: Screen Crush
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