Sunday, September 22, 2013

Seeing 'Star Wars' Is Harder Than You'd Think

Our eldest child turned 5 this month, and that meant he finally got to watch "Star Wars" — something he's been eagerly anticipating for months (as you'll recall from the video below).

Despite all the buildup, we only realized a couple days before his birthday that we didn't actually have "Star Wars."

Our DVD of "Episode IV" is sitting in storage in Berkeley, and it's surprisingly hard to obtain a copy on short notice.

It's not on iTunes or's streaming site, and there were no copies at the library. Our local video store (yes, one still exists) said someone had checked out their DVD and never returned it.

I had to beg my co-workers to bring in a copy on the day Elliot turned 5. (We had promised him he could stay up late that night and see it.)

Fortunately, it all worked out in the end.

Still, it's odd that one of the seminal movies of the 20th century is almost impossible to see without planning well ahead (or pirating it).