This fan-made VHS trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is galactically good nostalgia
Presented by: Josh Weiss
Being a prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, Rogue One was a throwback in every sense of the word -- a throwback to a time when audiences learned just how magical the movies could be. Now a filmmaker on YouTube, Damien Kazen, has made the first Star Wars anthology movie even more nostalgic by turning it into a VHS trailer that you might have seen as an advertisement on another VHS you bought and/or rented in the 1990s.
The static, poor sound quality, deep-voiced narrator, smaller aspect ratio, and bleeding colors are all present in the excellently fan-made ad you can see below; all that's missing is the blue FBI warning about copying the video. After watching it, you might have to look out the window to make sure Marky Mark, Bill Clinton, and a gang of Street Sharks aren't parading by your window.
Moreover, this isn't the first time Rogue One's gotten the old-school treatment. In early February, CineFix turned one of the movie's scenes into an 8-bit video game.
Rogue One is the story of how the Rebel Alliance got the Death Star plans in the first place. It also explains why the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction had such a deadly flaw included within its structure in the first place. The project is spearheaded by defiant scientist Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), whose daughter, Jyn, ends up procuring the blueprints for the rebels. Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker all co-star in the prequel, which made over $1 billion at the box office.
All the original films and prequels were released on VHS, although by the time Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith came along, DVDs had already made tapes an extinct form of home entertainment.
The next Star Wars movie to be released on home video will be The Last Jedi, whose Blu-ray arrives March 27, along with its availability on On-Demand. The digital release, both HD and 4K Ultra HD, arrive earlier, on March 13.