Episode 397 – The Birth of Star Wars – May 1976 to May 1977

In May of 1976, things looked pretty bleak for George Lucas’ big space fantasy movie. It was over schedule, over budget, nothing worked and the studio was getting nervous. Somehow in 12 months, everything changed and the movie opened to sell out crowds and became the phenomenon that continues today.   This week we are talking about all the miracles that helped make Star Wars become Star Wars.  

So get your A New Hope punchcards out, listen today and celebrate the love!

Episode 392 – PODRACE MONTH – The Sound of the Podrace

We’re kicking off a month long series of episodes all about the Boonta Eve Classic aka The Podrace and what better way to kick things off then talking about the incredible sound of the podrace!  JW Rinzler’s Sounds of Star Wars book calls the podrace Ben Burtt’s greatest achievement in sound and we couldn’t agree more.  Listen as we analyze the mind blowing soundscape Burtt and his crew at Skywalker Sound made for the film lap by lap and highlight some standout moments and reveal what continues to surprise us 25 years later.   

So get on your cigarette boat, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Episode 378 – Journal of the Wilhelm Screams

Sure, we all love the classic WILHELM SCREAM and we all know the fun Ben Burtt story behind it BUT only Blast Points is brave enough to tell you all the times it played in Star Wars from 1977 to 2005!  And only Blast Points is rating each Wilhelm based on their unique traits and falvors!  What about the Holiday Special?  And do we talk about all four times there’s Wilhelms in ROTJ?  YES!  It’s WilhelmMania!  

PLUS – week 3 of SNOKETOBERFEST Kino Loy style!  

So get bitten by an alligator, celebrate the love and listen today!  

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Episode 358 – The Sound Evolution of the Detention Block Shootout

Throughout the vast history of the various audio differences in the many versions of 1977’s original Star Wars, no scene has gone under the radar, been more mysterious and had more subtle changes then the infamous Detention Block Shootout scene!  Join us as bravely we listen to 8 incredible different versions of this scene, uncover it’s audio secrets, discuss how it evolved over the decades, what changed and what has stayed the same!  

So get out your bass cannon, celebrate the love and listen today! 

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Episode 321 – The Sound of Revenge of the Sith

In this latest chapter of our long running series based on JW Rinzler’s incredible SOUNDS OF STAR WARS book, we are going over the unique and exciting sound of REVENGE OF THE SITH!   It’s a film where madman genius Ben Burtt took the sound highway to the crazy zone while simultaneously knowing exactly where to hold back.   Join us as we go over it all from giggling Buzz Droids to exploding volcano sounds! 

PLUS : a special spotlight on the unsung heroes of the film sound : the foley artists!  Who did the foley on the prequels and how was it done?  Listen and find out!  

So, call your Boga on the phone, celebrate the love and listen today! 

Episode 308 – The Special Luke Scream Mystery

For 25 years, Star Wars fans have asked one question : why did Luke scream like the Emperor in just the 1997 Special Edition and then it disappeared forever?!  In this very important episode of Blast Points, we have the answer to that question and the person responsible is not who you think it is!  Join us as we unravel this mystery and discuss some of the other strange audio changes in the Empire Strikes Back Special Edition.  PLUS : listener Luke screams AND the big news for our upcoming panel we will a part of at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim!  So, fall into a bottomless pit, listen today and celebrate the love!

Episode 283 – INDY YEAR – The Sounds of Indiana Jones

Indy Year continues and it’s about time we talked about the magical wizard Ben Burtt and his contributions to the sound of Indiana Jones!  How is the sound of Indy like Star Wars?  What sets it apart?  How were some of the most iconic Indy sounds created? Join us as we listen to sounds from all 4 Indy films and share how they were created and why it’s all about toilet bowl covers, irritated chickens and cheese casserole.   
So grab your fuzzy microphone, get on Big Thunder Mountain, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Episode 267 – The Star Wars DVD Commentary Commentary

In honor of the 44th anniversary of the original George Lucas masterpiece, STAR WARS, this week we are talking all about the fascinating 2004 DVD commentary that featured Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt & Dennis Muren!  Lucas talks about influences and parsecs, we’re missing Carrie and Ben Burtt is just being Ben Burtt.   Along the way are minds are blown thinking about Luke and Leia (that’s right) and we wonder how it all could have been like Leonard Part 6.  Plus, of course, Beru is brought up. It’s an informative and “romantic” episode you won’t want to miss!!

So, call up that little bald human you know and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 262 – The Sound of Attack of the Clones

Our long running Sounds of Star Wars series continues with our look at one of the most underrated sound experiences in the galaxy far far away, ATTACK OF THE CLONES!   As the legendary Ben Burtt’s role in the production of the film grows, somehow the sounds become even more insane.  Long planned wild Burtt dreams come true while secret seismic charges fail to impress Lucas.   From Poggle’s poetry, a shocking Stallone connection, electric guitars and Zam’s speeder, this one has IT ALL!  PLUS :  what about the info in the Sounds of Star Wars book that Order 66 was originally going to happen in Episode II??? So, fight over a banana, record yourself talking backwards, call up the ghost of Eddie Van Halen and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS! 

Episode 228 – SAGA YEAR MONTH 7 : The Sound of A New Hope

Saga Year continues and this month is all about the original, groundbreaking, spectacular SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE! Join us as we listen to and discuss 92 classic sounds! That’s right – 92!! Lightsabers, Beru’s food processor, Falcon sounds, Cheez Balls, dogs in closets, John Wayne voices, Lucas & Ben making “oink” sounds and more! PLUS: what is “worldizing”, the “water tank effect” and how can the roots of Star Wars sound be heard in THX-1138 and America Graffiti? It’s a biggie sized fun filled episode so close your eyes, listen to the sounds and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!