DVD and VHS guide

Here is a comprehensive guide to what films that George Lucas was involved in that are currently available on DVD and VHS. I will cover the DVD of every film, but if there has not been a DVD release yet, I will talk about the VHS tape edition. I am only covering what is currently available on the market and excluding the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies. Every movie cover links to amazon.com. I hope that you find the information valuable and if you buy through this site, I will very much appreciate it.

Lucas-related DVDs (and VHS)

THX-1138:4EB Electronic Labyrinth (1967).

George Lucas' famous student film THX 1138 4EB Electronic Labyrinth is found on volume 10 of the popular short film DVD journal SHORT. Volume 10 is titled CHAOS and features the entire short film as well as some bonus interviews with his USC professors. SHORT 10: CHAOS is a nice budget-priced DVD that is a must-have for Lucas fans.

Finian's Rainbow (1968).

Francis Ford Coppola directed this Fred Astaire film, and George Lucas was a production assistant. Only available on VHS.

The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (1970).

This revolutionary documentary about the legendary Rolling Stones concert where Hell's Angels were in charge of security. Lucas was one of the cameramen/cinematographers at this concert, but according to director Albert Maysles, his camera jammed approximately 100 feet into the shooting, and none of his footage was used. He is nevertheless credited as a cinematographer.
Criterion did an excellent DVD treatment of this concert film with terrific supplements.

THX 1138 (1971)

Unfortunately the feature-length THX 1138 is not yet available on DVD, and odds are, it will be a long time. In all honesty, Warner Brothers would have released this film on DVD around the time that The Phantom Menace came out. It's been several years since, and still nothing. If you haven't seen the film yet, don't wait. Rent it (if you can find it) or buy it. There are many interesting parables between THX and the Star Wars films.

American Graffiti (1973)

Lucas' first blockbuster hit American Graffiti got the royal treatment from Universal when it was released on DVD for its 25th anniversary. The film's excellent restored audio and video quality is supplemented by a lengthy retrospective documentary featuring new interviews with George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford and many others. The documentary was directed by Laurent Bouzereau who was written and directed excellent documentaries for the Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., 1941, Carrie, Dressed to Kill, The Birds, A.I. and Minority Report DVDs. Honestly, this documentary is worth the price of the DVD alone! A must-see!

Body Heat (1981)

Just like Francis Ford Coppola was a mentor to George Lucas, George Lucas was a mentor to Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan co-wrote Empire and Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and when he wanted to make his directorial debut, George Lucas helped him and executive-produced Body Heat. Starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner, Body Heat is an amazing film noir that shouldn't be missed by cinephiles. Also featured in the AFI 100 Thrills list.

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

George Lucas exec-produced (along with Martin Scorcese) this breathtaking biographical film by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, etc.). This honestly is a film that can't be missed. The scenery and locations are beautiful. The DVD features a commentary from director Schrader.

Droids (1985)

This tape, released in the mid-nineties, features one-third of the entire DROIDS television series starring Anthony Daniels.

Ewoks (1985)

Several episodes from the classic television series, in a nice white clamshell case.

Labyrinth (1986)

George Lucas exec-produced for his friend Jim Henson. Stars David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and Warwick Davis. The DVD is light on special features but very cheap!

Howard the Duck (1986)

Lucas' big-budget disaster! Not even worthy of a DVD release, if you absolutely have to see this, you can get it on VHS for ten bucks.

Willow (1988)

George Lucas put his heart and soul into Willow. Finally available on DVD, this disc features an original making-of featurette, a new making-of documentary, a commentary track by Warwick Davis and more. Fox and Lucasfilm did a great job on this DVD.

Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

George Lucas produced for his old mentor Francis Ford Coppola. Stars Jeff Bridges, Martin Landau, Joan Allen and Christian Slater. The DVD features commentary by Francis Ford Coppola. In fact, even though Coppola had recorded commentaries for the LaserDisc format, this was his very first one for the DVD - shortly followed by The Conversation and later the Godfather series.

The Land Before Time (1988)

Lucas exec-produced together with his friend Steven Spielberg. Unfortunately, the DVD only features the film in the Full Frame format.

Radioland Murders (1994)

Lucas wrote and exec-produced this little-seen comedy about the heyday of radio broadcasting. Stars Brian Benben of the HBO series Dream On, Mary Stuart Masterson and George Burns in his last movie role. Be quick though - the DVD, although still available at some stores, is out of print.

Other related DVDs:

Luke Skywalker/C-3PO/R2-D2/Chewbacca visit The Muppet Show

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Stars of Star Wars: Interviews from the Cast

Hardware Wars - Collector's Edition DVD

A Galaxy Far Far Away

Star Wars vs. Star Trek

Thumb Wars


George Lucas in Love

The Unauthorized Star Wars Story (VHS)

Great Movie Stunts and The Making of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (VHS)

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (features George Lucas interviews) (DVD)

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