In a heart warming nod to the bygone era of VHS tapes, a devoted Star Wars fan has breathed new life into the divisive sequel trilogy by transforming them into retro-style VHS tapes. User u/sordoftheriver recently took to Reddit to showcase their remarkable creations, seamlessly merging the modern Star Wars films with the nostalgic charm of vintage VHS.
The VHS format, which gained widespread popularity in the 1980s, holds a special place in the hearts of those who grew up during that era. However, its roots trace back to the release of “Star Wars: A New Hope” in 1977, coinciding with JVC’s launch of the first VHS tape machines in Japan. While the widespread adoption of home video tapes occurred in the following decade, the original Star Wars trilogy found a home in many households on VHS. Although these tapes have become rare relics, collectors and nostalgic fans keep the format alive through creative endeavours like u/sordoftheriver’s recent homage.
The Reddit post unveiled three meticulously crafted VHS tapes that, at first glance, might be mistaken for the original trilogy or even the prequel films. However, a closer look reveals the clever reimagining of the sequel trilogy titles in a retro aesthetic. The creator, u/sordoftheriver, asserted that the tapes are fully functional, proudly declaring, “Watched them already!” Despite being the mastermind behind the tapes and packaging, u/sordoftheriver humbly acknowledged that the cover artwork was sourced from the internet, adding, “I don’t know who made them and don’t claim the poster designs as my own!”
While the identity of the original artist(s) remains shrouded in mystery, the craftsmanship of these VHS replicas is nothing short of extraordinary. The attention to detail is staggering, with slipcovers adorned with faux wear and tear reminiscent of beloved home movies. From the meticulously recreated company logos, including the vintage Lucasfilm emblem and MPAA ratings, to the back-cover blurbs and movie stills, the tapes transport viewers back to an era when VHS was king.
The cover artwork for “The Force Awakens” and “The Rise of Skywalker” showcases Daisy Ridley’s Rey as the central figure, surrounded by other characters in a nod to classic ensemble movie posters. However, it’s “The Last Jedi” that steals the spotlight with its distinctive design. Featuring bold colours and a minimalist approach reminiscent of old sci-fi paperbacks, the cover depicts Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker alongside Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, their faces split down the middle by a lightsaber.
Regardless of one’s stance on the sequel trilogy, there’s an undeniable appreciation for the skill invested in creating these VHS tapes. The transformation allows even the most ardent detractors to see the new Star Wars films in a different light, perhaps acknowledging them as a valid and integral part of George Lucas’ legendary canon.
Whether you’re a fan or a critic, the Star Wars sequel trilogy is available for streaming on Disney Plus, offering viewers the chance to revisit these films in their modern digital glory. Yet, thanks to u/sordoftheriver’s creative homage, some lucky enthusiasts may choose to experience the sequels through the warm, analogue lens of a vintage VHS player.