Episode 178 – The Mono Mix Strikes Back

Did you know that in the summer of 1980 there were three different versions of Empire Strikes Back playing simultaneously each with it’s own unique audio track?  Or that the first ESB “special edition” actually came out in June 1980?  Our obsession with the weird and ever changing Star Wars saga audio continues this week as we dive into Empire’s various wild sound mixes.  Stereo, mono, 70mm, VHS,  97 Special Edition, DVD, Blu Ray… each one was a little different and we can’t stop talking about it!  From words that kept appearing and disappearing for 30 years to moments where Williams’ score just vanished, we’re going over it all!  So be sure you say thanks to 3PO and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

    
WIDE ANGLE / CLOSEUP: http://www.wideanglecloseup.com/starwarsaudio.html

ESB mono / stereo differences youtube video:https://youtu.be/s2I2NSECyK0

70mm ESB ending :https://youtu.be/cmbl8tLOfFE

Carrie ESB phone promotion outtakes :https://youtu.be/flgH9xb42PY

Episode 174 – Star Wars Fanzines And The Secret Dawn Of SW Fandom

Long before there were Star Wars podcasts, there were Star Wars fanzines. Thousands and thousands of Star Wars fanzines.  These fanzines helped unite and create a Star Wars fandom and everything that comes with it.  Join us as we explore the surprising history of this fan created, woman driven dawn of Star Wars fan culture!  What were some of the first ones?  What was in them?   What did Lucasfilm think of them?  What were the fan theories for Revenge of the Jedi that were driving fandom insane? Where are many of these zines kept today? Join us for a fascinating look at a little known yet vital piece of Star Wars fan history!  So warm up the blue ink in the Ditto machine & celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!


LOOKING FOR LEIA: https://www.lookingforleia.com

University of Iowa Library Special Collections: https://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/

List of OT Star Wars zines: https://fanlore.org/wiki/List_of_Original_Trilogy_Star_Wars_Zines

Episode 163 – Explosions are Star Wars, Star Wars is Explosions

EXPLOSIONS!  We’ve done some research and discovered Star Wars is actually all about explosions! There are hundreds explosions in the Star Wars saga and we’re talking our top 3 from each film & discussing their size, sound & feeling.  It’s a totally serious episode about a serious topic and explosions is the word that you heard.‬  What explosions are the ultimate from each film?  Listen and find out!
PLUS : Star Wars Celebration Chicago is just weeks away and we are freaking out.  Episode IX panel! What could happen?  The return of Ahmed Best!  Listener reviews & more!So ask Plo Koon about Young Guns Too and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!  

Episode 148 : The Sounds of The Empire Strikes Back

This week Jason and Gabe are doing a deep dive into Ben Burtt’s amazing sounds of The Empire Strikes Back! We listen to almost 40 ESB sounds & share the wild stories on how they were created! Raccoons in bathtubs & Shakespearean Probe Droids! What sounds were shared with Raiders of the Lost Ark and what came from The Holiday Special sessions? Listen to this BurttTastic episode and find out!!
PLUS: We lost our minds over Cassian Andor The TV Show! Will he find his gloves?!
So smell bad on the outside and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

 

Episode 119 – The Yoda Puppet Is Still Working

119.jpgNEW!  This week Jason and Gabe are talking about the greatest gamble of The Empire Strikes Back, the Yoda puppet!!  With the sequel to the most successful movie ever made going way over schedule and over budget, the extremely important Yoda was not figured until the very last minute.  The fate of the entire future of Star Wars rested on the little green shoulders of that puppet!  We go into Yoda’s creation, filming and how the puppet changed with ROTJ, TPM and TLJ!

PLUS : some news with Therm Scissorpunch love and general SOLO madness!

So head to the Bog Planet and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 111 : Listener Emails, Voice Mesages, Questions & The Great All Nighter!

Jason and Gabe are back this week to discuss and read through all of the fantastic listener emails they’ve gotten in the past couple months!  There’s great questions & voice messages that lead to discussions on things like : The future of the saga, the fate of the singing frog man, Solo speculation, Midnight Madness, what makes Star Wars feel like Star Wars, Ewok movies, Ace Frehley, Anakin’s anger, background characters, Kit Fisto, Maz statues, light speed vs hyper space, C-3PO impressions and MORE!! Plus there is the first ever FAN OF THE WEEK or maybe the whole year!

It’s a fun filled episode that goes all over the place and maybe to a Pabst Blue Ribbon factory and Cherry Point!  So get on your Strategy Board and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 108 – Leigh Brackett, Writer Of The Star Wars 2

Leigh Brackett, a figure mostly tossed aside when it comes to Star Wars history, but she is responsible for the first draft of what was known as Star Wars 2.  Join us as we explore her life & her fascinating version of what became Empire! Who is The Minch? What about Luke’s father? And how does this Brackett draft connect to Last Jedi?  Did she create Master Codebreaker?!?!  Listen and find out! Plus Solo gossip, Last Jedi deleted scene Caretaker party stuff & much more!‬  So take the Jedi Oath, feed your gargoyle and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

 Read the Brackett draft of Star Wars 2 here:

 

Episode 86 – The Rusty Miller Jedi Master Quiz Book Challenge!

Jason and Gabe are back and are absolutely freaking out about all that Entertainment Weekly Last Jedi stuff from Anthony Breznican. From Luke & Rey to Porgs and the beautiful space nuns, The Caretakers, your trusted Blast Points hosts can barely handle it all.
After about 24 minutes of stone cold Last Jedi madness and some off the rails speculation, they get down to the greatest battle of the century…. THE RUSTY MILLER JEDI MASTER QUIZBOOK CHALLENGE! Join them as they go through dozens of random listener generated random questions to test each other with some 1982 Star Wars trivia written by the then 11 year wizard known as Rusty Miller. What questions do they get right? When are they a little “rusty”? It’s a rapid fire, laugh filled strain on all known Star Wars knowledge!! Plus a listener review and so much more!!
So fire up your type writer, put some snow on your head and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!!!

Game Show host announcer : The Real Jeremy Wheeler

Episode 77 – Empire Strikes Back Super 8 Is Super Great

Did you know there is a version of The Empire Strikes Back out there that is just 33 minutes long? And within this mysterious version are tons of odd alternate takes of dialogue which possibly have not been heard since 1980? It is true and this week Jason and Gabe look at this super fascinating and shortened Ken Films Super 8 version of The Empire Strikes Back!! It’s a weird version of the classic that you never knew existed! Plus Last Jedi talk, Bossk Baby rumors, international listener reviews and a report on Rancho Obi-Wan! Celebrate the love, scream while falling down a giant tube & listen today!

Watch Empire Super 8 here

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Episode 61 – We love the Star Wars Read Along books & records. Let’s begin now!

This is story of Jason & Gabe listening to the Star Wars Read Along books from the 70s and 80s.  You will know it is time to turn the page when you hear R2-D2 beep like this –  beep-boop-waa-weeo!

Let’s begin now….

That’s right, join Blast Points this week as they take a close up listen to the the weird, awesome and mysterious Read Along books for the original trilogy!  Did they tell the future?  Is there a Clone Wars voice connection?  How are they connected to Tom Cruise?!!  Find out in this laugh filled episode!!

Before that there the weekly news with info on our first look at at the main characters in The Last Jedi, Celebration Orlando’s big panel and the latest on your next favorite movie, STAR WORLDS!

Get out your record player, listen to BLAST POINTS & celebrate the love!!

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