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Cool Videos: Enjoy these rare vintage trailers and featurettes for Star Wars and Gremlins

Oct. 9, 2013by:
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I love vintage movie trailers and clips. In this modern age of Blu-rays and Internet marketing, we take for granted what movie trailers used to look like. They were not the art form they are considered today and were pure advertising. The editing was not slick and the commercial sometimes didn't match the final result. Hell, forget about featurettes. We are lucky to get behind the scenes photographs, let alone video.

With that in mind, here are two old clips that have made their way online featuring some rarely seen glimpses at the marketing for STAR WARS and GREMLINS. First up is the original teaser trailer for STAR WARS, back before we even know what EPISODE IV meant. The teaser is two minutes long and does not feature the iconic John Williams score or even the trademark STAR WARS font we have come to know and love. Instead, the clip showcases the action scenes from George Lucas' film with a dark score that sounds more like something from a dystopian scifi movie and not a pulpy action epic.

Pretty cool, huh? Not remotely close to what the tone of the movie ended up being. But, still a very different perspective on what STAR WARS was before it became a global phenomenon.

Next up we have a behind the scenes feature for the classic Joe Dante film GREMLINS. Dante and producer Steven Spielberg explain what exactly a gremlin is and where the inspiration came from for the characters. It is also a sad reminder that we don't get more GREMLIN movies, or even Joe Dante movies for that matter. it is also cool to see just how different the marketing department treated this little videos back before the advent of DVD.


Gremlins - Behind The Scenes by eduardojapan

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1:23AM on 10/10/2013
Man that Star Wars trailer was BAD! Luckily the other trailers were much better, or I don't know if anyone would have gone to see the movie. The behind the scenes of Gremlins was cool. I wonder, did this behind the scenes footage air on tv before the film came out? They actually show Stripe riding around on his tricycle, which would have been a major spoiler(at least how the gremlins looked anyway). Was the Bugs Bunny footage added later, or was it actually used in the original behind the
Man that Star Wars trailer was BAD! Luckily the other trailers were much better, or I don't know if anyone would have gone to see the movie. The behind the scenes of Gremlins was cool. I wonder, did this behind the scenes footage air on tv before the film came out? They actually show Stripe riding around on his tricycle, which would have been a major spoiler(at least how the gremlins looked anyway). Was the Bugs Bunny footage added later, or was it actually used in the original behind the scenes video?
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10:17PM on 10/09/2013

John Williams

That STAR WARS teaser shows how important John Williams' score is to the movie - the score really puts everything in place and into context somehow, it's amazing.

Also, if I remember correctly, that teaser is talked about on one of the Star Wars DVD documentaries. Ah, found it: [link] skip to 1:12:00 for when they discuss the above teaser. Pretty interesting.
That STAR WARS teaser shows how important John Williams' score is to the movie - the score really puts everything in place and into context somehow, it's amazing.

Also, if I remember correctly, that teaser is talked about on one of the Star Wars DVD documentaries. Ah, found it: [link] skip to 1:12:00 for when they discuss the above teaser. Pretty interesting.
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1:38AM on 10/10/2013
thanks for the link to the trailer explanation. The visuals of the film, the cool characters, and the light saber duels had to stand on their own in that trailer. John Williams master piece score (like you mentioned) was absent, and that really helped the movies soooo much!
thanks for the link to the trailer explanation. The visuals of the film, the cool characters, and the light saber duels had to stand on their own in that trailer. John Williams master piece score (like you mentioned) was absent, and that really helped the movies soooo much!
9:22PM on 10/09/2013
I remember a shorter teaser that showed ships fighting and then Chewbacca screaming. I also remember that there were bubble gum cards put out before the movie came out so we had images from the movie and we tried to figure out what the plot of the movie was by arranging the cards in an order that made sense. I also remember the Marvel Comics adaption coming out within months of the movie first showing. A lot of people bought VCRs so their kids could watch the movie Star Wars on tap. I also
I remember a shorter teaser that showed ships fighting and then Chewbacca screaming. I also remember that there were bubble gum cards put out before the movie came out so we had images from the movie and we tried to figure out what the plot of the movie was by arranging the cards in an order that made sense. I also remember the Marvel Comics adaption coming out within months of the movie first showing. A lot of people bought VCRs so their kids could watch the movie Star Wars on tap. I also remember the early speculation about The Empire Strikes Back. We thought it was Darth Vader who was stranded on Hoth after escaping the battle at the end of the first movie. We assumed the second movie would pick up the story right after the end of the first.
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8:40PM on 10/09/2013
The MPAA background used to be blue?

I remember watching the special features of Gremlins where a kid on the set was asking Joe Dante why a Christmas-themed movie would be released in the summer.
The MPAA background used to be blue?

I remember watching the special features of Gremlins where a kid on the set was asking Joe Dante why a Christmas-themed movie would be released in the summer.
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5:49PM on 10/09/2013
I can only imagine how people would have reacted to that Star Wars teaser. Adults were probably like "What the fuck was that about?!" While kids were pissing themselves with excitement.
I can only imagine how people would have reacted to that Star Wars teaser. Adults were probably like "What the fuck was that about?!" While kids were pissing themselves with excitement.
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