Fans of Star Wars will be delighted to learn that there's a new fan-made documentary floating around in 14 different parts on YouTube that's probably one of the most comprehensive pieces of Star Wars geekery that we've ever seen. At two hours and 18 minutes, 'Star Wars Begins' is an unofficial documentary pieced together by Jambe Davdar, who, in 2007, set out to make "the ultimate audio/visual commentary" for 'Star Wars' and finally completed it in January of this year. Quite simply, if you're a Star Wars fan of any kind, this thing is an absolute blast to watch. Davdar took ridiculous care in unearthing old interviews with everyone from George Lucas and Harrison Ford to Maurice Murphy, a principal trumpet in the orchestra that first played the iconic music for the opening crawl.
This thing is packed with alternate takes, behind-the-scenes footage, concept art we've never seen before, an early edit of 'Star Wars' that's silent and in black and white, and so much more. Seriously, it's like diving into a pool of awesome.
Here's the official synopsis for this unofficial doc:
This is only the first of three docs Jambe created. The other two, 'Building Empire,' and 'Returning to Jedi,' are also available online. For now, though, we've posted all 14 parts of 'Star Wars Begins' after the jump, so have at it.
Star Wars Begins is an unofficial commentary to Star Wars, offering an insight into the development and creation of film. The documentary combines video from the movie itself with seen and unseen behind the scenes footage, rare audio from the cast and crew, alternate angles, bloopers, reconstructed scenes, text facts and more to give an in-depth look at the process which brought the film to the big screen.