Episode 394 – PODRACE MONTH – The Many Versions of the Podrace

As we come into the final lap of PODRACE MONTH here at Blast Points, we’re taking the time to examine something that has confused us for decades, the many versions of the podrace.   In 2009, the podrace dazzled fans when The Phantom Menace arrived in theaters but there were some who said it was too long.  So when the DVD arrived in 2001, what did George Lucas do?  He made it even longer.   And there were deleted scenes on the disc that were even longer still!   And then it changed for the blu ray and then it changed again for the 3D release,  Listen as we go over as many changes as we can and wonder how we’ll survive this year’s big re-release!  So yell some nonsense for Jabba, celebrate the love and listen today!  

Watch every version of the podrace all at once here:

watch the original theatrical version here :

Episode 393 – PODRACE MONTH – Meet the Podracers

Podrace Month continues as we examine something that has eluded us for decades : who are the Podracers?   Sure we all know Sebulba and Benny Quad but what about Dud Bolt? Aldar Beedo? Ebe E Endocott?  Who are they?  What’s their story?   Join as we play the $20,000 Podracer Pyramid and test each other on how much or how little we know about these Boonta Eve Racers!  

So cheat on that test, celebrate the love and listen today!  

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!